I never considered myself a “crafty” person. For one, who has the time? I was a busy working mother and there never seemed to be enough hours in the day as is. I had always been drawn to fun activities and crafty projects I’d see on Pinterest but I filed them away in the back of my mind as something I might try “one day”.
When I found some free time (wait, what’s that?) I would work on something here and there but crafts were never a part of my daily routine.
That “one day” would come sooner than I expected when a separation left me a single mom to five kids. We downsized from our large home, moved to a bigger city that provided better work opportunities for me, and started over from scratch. This across-the-country move meant I didn’t bring any furniture with me and even our personal belongings took months to catch up to us at the new place.
Finding we were seriously lacking in important things we needed everyday, I took to flea markets, garage sales, and Freecycle to try to make up the gaps. I didn’t have the budget to buy everything again new.
This is when my true love for getting crafty began to shine! I found out I loved getting used items that still had a lot of life left in them and then fixing them up for our family. My kids got all of their new furniture this way, the younger kids got toys, and I furnished and decorated my entire bedroom and kitchen for free.
Often when picking up Freecycle items, people would say “Take all and give away what you don’t want” so I’d end up with extra items from the one(s) I originally claimed. I tucked these away in the basement but then started to ponder over what I could do with them. I searched the Internet for great ideas, borrowed books from the library, and other times just completely made up my own ideas.
And you know what?
It worked! We have now all found our own style – something we never did so much of when we just purchased things new from the store – and we’ve also grown closer together as we make family projects out of many of these things. My children have learned important and useful skills like how to fix broken things, how to hammer, saw and screw, and we have a lot of fun along the way.
When friends and family saw the things we were doing, they would say “I wish I could do that!” It took me back to the days when I was always just wishing, until necessity meant I had to start DOING. So that is when we got the idea to start this site so we can share our projects with you.
Since we live in an urban area and in a smaller house, most of my projects are geared toward smaller space, or at least for people who have a smaller space to work in. You won’t find large, elaborate projects here that require special tools either, just simple things my kids and I can do on our own, often at our kitchen table.
So I hope you’ll join along with us and maybe take some of these fun ideas for yourself.