Let’s Get Crafty!

It's finally spring and after the roughest winter in recent record, I think most of us are pretty happy about it. Following a winter stuck indoors during the snow days and bitter cold, we just want to go outside and play. But, as we all know, especially here in Louisiana with our unpredictable weather, sometimes those pretty days are marred by rain showers and thunderstorms.

Don't worry about the weather though, because I've got you covered! You can use the time indoors to do a craft or take up a new hobby. Our local library has just what you need to pass those days with accomplishment instead of disappointment. You may even find something you love or revisit a past interest you may have forgotten. Rainy days have never been so much fun; so, let's get crafting! 

Mixed-media Paint Box This is one of those books that gives you a project to do every day of the year. You don't have to complete them all, but its a great place to start.


Cloth, Paper, Scissors This magazine is also a great place to start crafting. With various projects of varying difficulty and stunning graphics, it's one of my go-to's and it's just fun to peruse. Available on RBdigital.


The Cloth Paper Scissors Book This is some of the magazine's projects condensed into book form.


The Artist's Magazine Are you an artist, an aspiring artist or interested in the arts? The Artist's Magazine is full of valuable information on supplies, techniques, marketing, and sometimes they have contests you can enter.


One Painting A Day  Want to brush up on your painting skills? Take this six-week challenge to create a painting a day for six weeks or just pick the projects you want to tackle. It's all up to you and it's all fun!   


Criminal Crafts Ah, Criminal Crafts! When this came in I wondered what it was about. I fell in love with the zany projects and comedic delivery of the instructions.


Michaels Book of Wedding Crafts Is someone getting married? Who better than Michael's to put out a craft book on the subject?


Crafty Ideas for the Bride on A Budget Paying for your own wedding and need to cut corners? These projects won't look like you made them and you'll have fun getting together with your bridal party to make them!


The DIY Bride Crafty Countdown Don't throw that bouquet just yet! It's crunch time and we still have classy and inexpensive ideas for you.


Rubbish Inexpensive, you say? Try free. This book has projects that will have you reducing your carbon footprint while sporting and displaying fashionable things made out of items just shy of the dumpster.


Hardwear While we're on the subject of using found objects, there are supplies just begging to be made into jewelry in your or your dad's/husband's/boyfriend's toolbox. 


Adult Coloring Book: Stress Relieving Patterns, Volume 2 Did you know there were coloring books on RBdigital? Go print out some pages, brew some tea and color the afternoon away, along with the stress.


A String of Expression I'm all about jewelry that looks like art. This book features beautiful and easy-to-understand projects from a very talented artist.


Jeanology Have old jeans lying around? You can make stuff out of them or you can embellish them into something even more fashionable.


Glamour Tees Want cute shirts that don't cost as much as they do in the retail shops? Start with a simple T-shirt and follow the instructions in this book. 


Generation T  Another helpful book with even more trendy DIY projects to cut up and refashion a T-shirt into just about anything.  


Making Colorful Wire & Beaded Jewelry If your feeling wired, start wire wrapping! It's fun and produces beautiful wearable art that you can keep or gift. 


Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center Want to find a goldmine of craft ideas? The Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center is an online database available through the St. Tammany Parish Library and it has everything...I'm almost positive!

This is just the tip of the crafty iceberg, so explore and peruse. I'm sure you'll find something you'll want to create!