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COVID HAVE YOU DOWN? BLESSINGS ABOUND WHEN YOU GET CRAFTING

By Morgan Sprigler

Hello Fellow Crafters! I hope you are happy and healthy! The uncertainties COVID-19 has brought to our lives brought a new set of challenges for all of us, regardless of your circumstances. I am in the stage of life where I am attempting to raise two well-rounded, well-mannered little girls. If you are in a similar arena of life, I just have one
question for you: How much wine do you drink in a week? No, seriously.

It’s hasn’t been easy being the everything: The teacher, the chef, the housekeeper, the counselor, the entertainer, the laundry folder, the spill cleanerupper (and the list goes on and on, amirite?!). Our most important job right now, though, is to be the parent who reminds their children that they are safe and loved and that life can still be fun. This craft wraps all of that in one for our sweet kiddos and allows them to explore the beauty of
our earth, alongside their favorite person (YOU!) and creating something silly all in the name of fun!!

SUPPLIES:
Use what you have on hand – or take a trip
to Ben Franklin Crafts New Albany, 420 New
Albany Plaza, where they’re practicing social
distancing to ensure shoppers and staff stay
safe and can keep crafting.
• Scissors
• Paper
• Glue
• A ruler or a book for tracing
• Pencil
• Supplies from Nature

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STEP ONE My family has spent much of our time with three of our favorite little people, The Miller Triplets. Their family has spent much of their time safe at home like we have, so we made the decision to allow the kids to play outside together (which also offers a bit of a breather to their momma and to me). So, I sent the five of them into the back yard with baggies to collect their supplies. We talked about different trees, leaves and flowers and learned (from one of the trio, Beau) that if a ponytail holder is found outside, it is considered a part of nature. Like most things these days, I’ll allow it!

STEP ONE
My family has spent much of our time with three of our favorite little people, The Miller Triplets.
Their family has spent much of their time safe at home like we have, so we made the decision to allow the kids to play outside together (which also offers a bit of a breather to their momma and to me). So, I sent the five of them into the back yard with baggies to collect their supplies. We talked about different trees, leaves and flowers and learned (from one of the trio, Beau) that if a
ponytail holder is found outside, it is considered a part of nature. Like most things these days, I’ll
allow it!

STEP TWO I used my address book to trace our canvases onto poster board, because I thought the size would allow appropriate space for the kids to work in. For extra support, I traced two squares side by side, cut them out together, folded them together like a book, and then glued. You can do this with any paper you decide to use for make it more sturdy.

STEP TWO
I used my address book to trace our canvases
onto poster board, because I thought the size
would allow appropriate space for the kids to
work in. For extra support, I traced two squares
side by side, cut them out together, folded them
together like a book, and then glued. You can do
this with any paper you decide to use for make
it more sturdy.

STEP THREE Using sticks that we gathered, we measured and glued around the edge to create a frame.

STEP THREE
Using sticks that we gathered, we measured and glued around the edge to create a frame.

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STEP FOUR I worked with each child invididually to create their own vision out of the items they gathered. This was so much fun to see their little minds working. We ended up with a flower (Avery), a man with a belly button (Beau), a fiisherman (Quinn), a tree (Evelyn), a field of flowers (Genevieve), and a portrait of a quaratined mom holding a wine bottle (that would be me).

BEN’S BOUTIQUE

screen-shot-2018-10-04-at-11-34-33-amDid you know Ben Franklin Crafts in New Albany is locally-owned and -operated – and has been for decades? The Smith family moved from Milan, Indiana, to the area in 1990 and opened up the independent shop, which is located at 420 New Albany Plaza in New Albany. Unlike big box stores, there is no corporate office that mandates what Ben Franklin’s sells. Instead, the family and their staffers offer a personal shopping experience that is geared to customers and includes a great selection of clothing and gifts in their store-within-the-store known as Ben’s Boutique. Sign up for Ben Franklin Crafts’ newsletter and get more details about the store at benfranklinartsandframing.com.

“SCENT-SATIONAL” THANK YOU GIFT

Creatively inspired by Ben Franklin Crafts in New Albany

 

By Morgan Sprigler

If you know me well, you know I love gifts. Gifts for any reason – especially thank-yous. But, when asked to create a business thank you gift for this month’s issue, I must admit I was a bit stumped. I knew I didn’t want to do something redundant like flowers or candy (not that these items aren’t appreciated). I wanted something for you readers that would portray your appreciation for your co-workers or business partners that was original and fun but still professional. I think I have produced something thoughtful and useful that anyone would appreciate. Read below to learn how to make a DIY “scent-sational” thank you guft. Happy Crafting!

 

Supplies

Decorative glass jar or vase with small opening and large bottom

Small glass or plastic jar/container with lid

Sturdy gift box

Wood moss or Easter grass

Small wooden dowel rods

Twine/ribbon/lace

Small flower embellishments

Jojoba or avocado oil (1 fl. oz. each)

Fragrance oil

Thank you card and envelope

Sharpie

Scissors

Hot glue gun

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Step One

Begin by cutting down your dowel rods, if necessary. This will all depend on how large or tall your glass jar is and how high you want your dowel rods to be. I cut mine down about 3 inches. This can be accomplished by using regular scissors. Be mindful of who is standing around you when cutting these, as they can go flying. Cut a piece of twine about 6 inches long and wrap around your dowel rods. Finish with a simple bow and set asideimg_6790


Step Two

Remove the lid on your box and hot glue it to the bottom (for traveling purposes). Fill your box with the wood moss or Easter Grass.


Step Three

Pour your oils into your small container and secure the lid. I recommend using this container to hold your oil instead of pouring it directly into your decorative jar for traveling purposes. You don’t want your oil to spill inside your box before you present it. Additionally, the recipient will have the opportunity to transfer the oil from the container to the jar, which is a unique and interactive experience.img_6797


Step Four

Decorate! Using your hot glue gun, apply lace or ribbon around the perimeter of the box. Wrap twine around your jar and glue your flowers wherever you see fit.img_6799


Step Five

Fill out your thank you card. I used the phrase, “We made a scent-sational team. Thank you for your partnership.” I love a good play on words. Have fun with this, although a simple “thank you” will suffice.

 

All the supplies used to make these diffusers can be found at Ben Franklin Crafts, 420 New Albany Plaza in New Albany, which is locally owned and now has an amazing selection of women’s apparel in what’s known as Ben’s Boutique.

 

I see these “scent-sational” diffusers adorning a desk in a lobby or office, a break room in a place of business, or even at the recipient’s home.

 

Gratitude in the work place is an absolute must. Positive reinforcement creates a positive environment.

 

Wishing you much success with this project, in business and in all your endeavors, both personal and professional.

 

Xo,

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