Wednesday, December 6, 2017

25% off Sale at our Etsy Store

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving from E Craft Classes

Today is a day to remember all that you are thankful for. We're thankful for all of you who have dropped by to visit our blog today. We hope you have a very blessed and happy thanksgiving.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Paint by Number Tips

Since I have brought back out one of my paint by number projects, I thought I would share a few tips that help me move along better with a large project.

"Morning Run" by Plaid, shown below, is 16" x 20". So, there's a lot of area to paint. This is a lovely painting to work on during these beautiful southern fall days we've been having lately. I have probably worked on this painting for about four months total, and I usually only work on it a few hours each weekend.

I found that it's easier to:

*Paint sections instead trying to find one color to paint all over the board. Concentrating on one section gives you a sense of accomplishment. In this case, I have finished the barn and surrounding greenery, the tractor, both deer and the tree limbs above the deer.

*Paint dark colors before painting a small, intermingled section white, such as the white sky showing between the leaves on the limbs above the deer. The white matches the board color and you might accidentally paint over the white with one of the dark colors you're working with. By not painting the white section first, you will see the number - usually 1 - which reminds you that spot should be painted white. And it will be easy to locate after the dark sections are painted. ; )

* Regardless of what you're painting, paint over the number of any spot last. That will help you stay on track better. If the number is covered first, you will lose your place more easily. I also like to put my finger near the spot I'm working on when I have to look away to rinse or dip my brush so I won't lose my place. Working in one section, as I mentioned in my first tip, also helps you find your place more easily when you have to look away for a few seconds.

I hope these tips help you with your next paint by number project.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

New How to Make a Fabric Yo-Yo Video

Hi everyone! I hope you enjoy this video tutorial about making fabric yo-yos. This is a very relaxing way to pass the time. Contact us at our Etsy link below if you would like us to custom-cut some fabric circles for you.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Finished 20 Cat Quilt Blocks

I finished the first 20 cat quilt blocks. There are five of each blocks shown. I'll make the two quilt tops from these as soon as I have time. My goal is to have these completed by the end of June. They should be small lap quilts so they can be quilted quickly.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Cat Quilt Tops in Progress

I spent three weekends cutting these 380 (mostly) tiny pieces to make 40 cat quilt blocks. I finally got to start piecing the quilt blocks this past weekend. Piecing those ears is a pain in the rear! But after messing up five of these sections and starting over, I was finally able to get about half of 20 blocks finished for two quilt tops. Since, it will probably be June or so before I finish these, I used some of my Christmas fabric to create these tops, which I will sale on Etsy. That way, you ladies will have time to quilt these tops for Christmas.

380 pieces

Block layout

Half of 20 cat quilt blocks are completed

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

How Crafting Affects Your Brain

I have always been aware of how crafting helps me relax, unwind, mentally focus and stay mentally alert. Crafting psychologically benefits me in many ways. I became curious about whether crafting does or can help others in the same way. Below is what I found out.

Research is discovering that crafting helps many people in the ways I mentioned above and that crafting may also delay or eliminate dementia. Science has discovered that the brain is active instead of static as originally believed. That means the brain can adapt as we age and not lose power and flexibility after we reach our 20s as was the common belief for so long. Crafting and other leisure activities such as reading, working crossword puzzles and cooking also help with this age adaptation.

Crafting allows us to meditate, which naturally reduces stress and fights inflammation. Since crafting is pleasurable, it also releases a neurotransmitter known as dopamine, the body's natural anti-depressant. The brain can only concentrate on one thing at a time. So, while concentrating on crafting, your brain won't think about things such as pain or hunger.  However, you use many parts of your brain while concentrating on that one thing. Crafting requires the use of your memory, attention span, visuospatial processing, creative and problem-solving abilities which helps fight that aging process and memory loss as mentioned earlier.

Finishing a craft improves your self-efficacy so your brain can be prepared for the many other challenges life throws at you. You'll feel capable of handling difficult situations, in other words. You believe in yourself.

It's no wonder I feel so great! Regardless of what you may have heard, crafting isn't a silly waste of time. Crafting actually builds brain awareness, reduces painful inflammation and is a natural anti-depressant among so many other positive attributes crafting offers. Get started right away so you can feel better soon! It's the best therapy you'll ever receive.

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