I'm a habitual crafter, always trying new things and new materials, but normally without the time or patience to become properly proficient at any of them! However, in my years as a mum and someone who always likes to have project on the go, I've discovered several things. One is that I have a few favourite craft materials, another is that children who need a project are often most inventive if the medium they are using is relatively familiar and another is that it is worth persevering with a material until you get good 😉
And then there are a couple of other things. As a home educator and person with several children to entertain, I often find myself casting about for projects on a theme, or ones with materials I have at hand, or ones which can be accessed by me and the children on several levels of difficulty.
And so the idea of Simple Crafts was born. This site will gradually build up a bank of projects based on topics and seasonal events using a series of craft materials we already like and use a lot (and in some cases sell, on our website CraftMerrily). Initially I'll be pulling together projects from one of our other blogs and websites, where great ideas have got buried over the years and adding content as we do new things too. I'll adding resource pages and how to's but most of our projects will be… simple… the kind of thing you can use as a jumping off point to make a start on your own once you've been inspired.
Each craft will have a rating out of 5 for difficulty, a list of requirements and a description of what we did. We are happy to welcome ideas, guest posts, suggestions, topic ideas and more.
Our initial crafting materials are Hama Beads, Polymer Clay, pom poms, sewing, knitting and crochet, drawing and painting and felting. In addition, my most creative daughter will occasionally add something of her own into the mix, her ideas are always great and I think you'll love them.
As you can see, our first topic is trees, something we've done a good few of over the years. Now we've posted up a project for each of our craft areas, well be moving on, but I expect we will be back to trees with more ideas pretty soon!