Crafts for Kids and Adults: Favorite Pastimes
People are being affected by our economy's severe downturn on every level. Rising fuel costs have impacted everything from the price of groceries to the cost of getting to work everyday. Joblessness is up and the discretionary income is down. But some of the most telling signs of the times are the changes in the way people spend their leisure time. We've all read media reports about the trend away from vacations and toward 'staycations,' where people stay at home instead of traveling. Along the same lines, there's a significant trend toward finding recreational activities that can substitute for more costly alternatives. What are the emerging trends? Crafts for kids, quilting, and gardening.
As for adults, two trends are emerging. Just as knitting and sewing enjoyed a resurgence during the past decade, the latest 'old world' pastime to hit the big time is quilting. Although it looked as though the art of quilting was on the endangered list, hobbyists are bringing it back to life and enjoying the detail and craft involved in making a quilt. As a result, there is a wealth of helpful new books on quilting projects, including how-to books, quilting patterns, and quilting designs.
The other emerging trend for adults is gardening. Since people are spending so much more time at home, they're finding that gardening is a great way to inexpensively spruce up the yard and get an unparalleled sense of satisfaction.
The recent resurgence of interest in crafts is not only a matter of economics. It's also a reflection of people's new environmental sensibilities. The concepts of reduce, reuse, and recycle are the cornerstone of crafting. Tidbits laying around the house can be put to use in crafts for kids, pieces of fabric can be put together to make gorgeous quilting designs, and some types of waste can be composted and used as fertilizer in gardening. Save money and save the planet? It's a winning combination!
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