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I'm a little crafty. I think if I had more time, I could be really crafty. Not to Martha Stewart levels, but definitely crafty. The thing that makes me happy when I'm crafty is I just lose myself in creating something. When you knit a scarf or print out an awesome quote and put it in a frame by your desk or, heck, spend a little extra time wrapping that birthday present to make it just so, you tap into a different part of your brain than you usually use. And you find yourself smiling.

This, my friends, is a treat. That fun sense of creation and accomplishment is a huge -- and often -- not-so-expensive treat. Just looking around my apartment (and some awesome DIY websites), I came up with a few thigns to do that would be a super-cool indulgence.

-- Redo your desk.  Sure, I am writer who, well, writes at a desk (when not at Starbucks), but we all have a desk area somewhere. Make doing bills or meeting deadlines or organizing your to-do list more enjoyable by redoing your desk. Paint it your favorite color, add a trim, make it something special.

-- Redo your bedroom. If you can sew, get that sewing machine and make a duvet cover with some softer-than-soft fabric in a new color. Make some pillow covers that pop. Surprise your kiddo with an all new blanket with her favorite character on it.

-- Make some cool magnets. I love this idea. Grab an old Scrabble game and a few small magnets and glue and voila - an awesome new way to hang up that artwork on the fridge. This is also a cool DIY gift for teachers.

-- Paint a wall a new accent color. This is fun way to redo a room that doesn't cost a lot and can be fun. Looking for the right hue, getting a little messy, all of it is a fun indulgence for that part of your creative brain.

-- Make time for yourself. A treat that is totally free. And it is a DIY, because, well, you have to do this yourself. No one else will do it. Carve out a bit of time each day to relax, breath deeply, enjoy Words with Friends or a new book...or just do nothing. The best treat for you is you.

Does being crafty make you happy? How do you carve out time for yourself?

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by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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KaylaMillar
by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 11:09 AM
I'm not crafty at all! :-(
slw123
by Member on Apr. 25, 2012 at 11:25 AM

 I am not crafty.  I would even like to be crafty and I'm still not.  I have no imagination, I can follow detailed instructions, but that's it.

momkaribg
by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 11:35 AM

 I would love to re-do my room.

elasmimi
by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 11:44 AM

I am not crafty, wish I was. But I am going to start scrapbooking this summer. I have saved everything I could from my dd's pre k year, and I've GOT  to do something with it!

elasmimi
by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 11:45 AM

I have tried a few crafts in the past, but they turned out pretty pitiful.

Leelee1008
by Bronze Member on Apr. 25, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Crafty makes me happy! I made easter egg wreaths this year and loved it.

jbyrd898
by Jessica on Apr. 25, 2012 at 1:29 PM

I need to grab some magnets for the fridge that Joey can play with it!

yvonne37
by Yvonne on Apr. 25, 2012 at 1:44 PM

 Crafting makes me very happy.. almost as happy as writing on cafemom :)

I love to give old furniture a new look.  Love the magnet idea you posted and I am trying to make space in my family room to put a desk or craft table, so this way I can just close myself in there and create.. I want a table with space to put my sewing machine and I will improvise some storage area under it.. still looking for the perfect one on craigslist and local yard sales :)

PrissyT
by Tracy on Apr. 25, 2012 at 3:40 PM
I like to be crafty although I'm not very
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ReesesPieces
by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 5:48 PM
I love being crafty!! I have a lot of projects I want to do but I run out of time.
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