Now that the holiday rush is over and the winter blues have started to set in, we find ourselves with nothing to look forward to. As is the case of most people I have talked to. But there are things you can do that will make the days pass faster, especially if you pick a long term project. And, remember homemade does not mean it has to be perfect, it is your own added touches that make your item unique and specia.
Now, My first suggestion is a hand made quilt. Something you can do sitting. You can buy squares precut at store and even cheaper on ebay. and simply hand sew together, put a few, a dozen or so in front of you and move them around until you see a design that catches your eye. Usually mixing solids with prints. You can buy magazines with patterns, but you do not have to if you have an imagination. Simply slip stitch the pieces together, and if you don't want a rugged look, fold edges face to face, then slip stitch on face forward a 1/4 inch above edge, or from behing a simple back stitch closely together, so stitches don't show if that is what you wish, do in lengths you desire, than sew lengths together. You can hand sew to a plain backing, and fill with an old clean blanket. Finish off with some knots stitches throughout to hold together. Sorry, got carried away.
You can start a small business on ebay selling some stuff you just want to get rid of, earn money and get rid of stuff too. A lot of men I know do this, with auto parts, etc.
Go online and do some web search; learn spanish, Italian, German, etc. Educate yourself with whatever you want, It is all out there.
Read some good books, cheap ones easily obtained at thrift stores, sometimes a full bag for a dollar.
Crossword puzzles, table puzzles, internet games or game discs for computers. Try to put your concentration in a good place, and doing something you enjoy will make the winter go by really fast. I remember one year, I built a doll house out of scratch for my daughter, and it took a long time, with different types of wood, balsam and such, different cuts and thicknesses, paints, old material and pictures. You put yourself into a project like this and make it personal for any child. Often men like to make bird houses, not just men though. mailbox covering or painting. Paint by numbers, Go to your local craft supply store and check it out cause there is so much to choose from, and you could get a start on Christmas presents for next year, the stores are lowering their prices right now and want to sell, and making your own is really not expensive. Well, I went on too long, but just think about what you can do to make the winter blues go away, esp if completely housebound. If not, you could join a bowling club, or something like that. Take a class once a week, of something you want to learn. You get the idea; sorry to make this so long. Oops, one more idea, save or adopt a pet. They are a pleasure and really nice to have in those long winter days and nights.
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