I’ve always been the DIY type of person. If I see something in the store there’s a 99% chance that I know I can make it myself instead of spending the money, regardless if it ends up costing more or not in the end, which sometimes it does! I realized shortly after I started wanting to create that I did this to keep my mind from racing. I find myself not being able to sleep much when I am stressed or anxious and when I do crafts, this calms me even just for a few hours which than helps me for the most part, sleep better also. So, when we got told in class, we had to pick something to create and learn more about, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. During the last few months of being at home for school and not being able to work my part-time job due to covid, I bought myself a Cricut Explore Air 2 Machine. A cricut is a type of machine that hooks up to your laptop, phone or iPad through Bluetooth and with a software program you can create many designs which you can than put on shirts, wood, cups, etc. I’ve wanted one of these for many years but it was never the right time as they are not what I would call “an impulse purchase.” Well, the day I bought it was definitely more impulse than thought even though I had thought about it for a least a month before but I knew it would benefit me and keep my mind at ease when I couldn’t rest it. 

My plan is to continue learning from what I’m doing right now with making wood frames and using my Cricut to decorate them with positive quotes, family names and whatever else I can think of. I just recently bought a brad nailer and a used mitre saw so these two tools will help my progress along faster than the jig saw and hammer I was recently using, here’s to hopefully not hurting my ears as much as before! When I first decided to start making wood frames, I did not realize how much thought and the process that it takes. For some it might be easy but for me it took a lot of google and Pinterest to realize how to do the right measurements and the proper ways to do the height and width. I am currently in the process of finishing up some Mother’s Day gifts for my mom, sister and mother-in-law so I cannot wait for those to be finished. 

My air nailer for putting the frames and backing together as well as the current Jig saw I use to cut wood

Here’s to learning how to use new tools and hoping my neighbours don’t mind the noise!