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3 ways to save time finding the best crafts

3 Ways to save time finding the BEST Crafts!

If you are a little like me you can easily get lost while searching for the best Craft Ideas. I have tons of ideas, but I am still searching the Internet for the best crafts. In this article, I will tell you the 3 ways to save time finding the best crafts, I use.

Time is flying by

Especially to overcome wasting too much time on searching. If I start without a plan I end up scrolling and clicking from one beautiful idea to the next. Around every idea, there are other ideas. Before I know it I am pinning and saving tons of ideas and the time is flying by.

Now on to the 3 way to save time finding the best crafts:

3 Ways to save TIME finding the BEST crafts
  1. Make a list before searching

So to keep me from spending too much time upfront and leaving more time to spend on making the crafts. I start by making a plan. That sounds like a lot of work but bear with me.

After testing this out I discovered I saved a lot more time than I even imagined possible.

Before I start searching I write down:

  • The materials I want to use. For example paper, vinyl, faux leather, wood, etc.
  • The kind of craft I want to make. Cards, Decorations, presents, boxes, Decals, etc.
  • How many different crafts I want or need to make

Of course, you can add to this list. The more details you know about what you are looking for, the more time you can save.

If you think you don’t know what you are searching for, start with what you do know. You probably have a preference of material you like to use, or you see what materials you have available. Then the other questions are easier. If NOT try to choose 1-3 different kinds of crafts and start with that.

After doing this a few times you will notice you find your preferences because you look for them now. Next time it will get easier and you will get better at this.

TODO: Make a list with as many details as possible of the Crafts you are looking for.

  1. Make separate Boards on your Pinterest account

I have several boards on my Pinterest account that hold my favorite crafts. Some I keep hidden because I don’t want to spoil what I am making for my family and friends. After the Holidays I transfer some of those pins to my regular boards.

If you don’t have special boards yet, I would suggest that is one of the first things to do. You could make just one board that holds all your pins for Christmas Crafts, but probably you are soon to discover that your board is so crowded that you can’t find anything.

So if you pin a lot and want to get back to those pins year after year it’s a good idea to get a little organized upfront. With sections, you can even organize inside your boards to keep things tidy and easy to find later.

The list you made can help you with that.

TODO: Make one or more boards on your Pinterest that match your list, so you can organize your pins fast. Consider making sections to organize inside your board.

  1. Use Hashtags and Save option on Instagram

If you are a crafter like me the possibility you have an Instagram account is big. If not you should (could) get one. Instagram and Pinterest are the best platforms when it comes to inspiration. But they are quite different.

On Instagram, it is much harder to find something you like and find it back another time.
But of course, there are ways to tackle this.

First, you can use Hashtags to find posts with content you may like. Use your list again to find hashtags (keywords) to search for.

When you find a great post you want to find again later, use the save button to save it to your profile. Only you can see this.

TIP: Because the save option on Instagram is limited, it’s a good idea to share the post to your Pinterest board where you can organize and find it later.

Conclusion

The conclusion of my little test is that when I prepare a little, I can save a lot of time. Too often I just browse around and see something nice and pin it, then I see something else beneath that pin that’s really creative and so on, and so on….

If you really want to save time for the good stuff I have one more BONUS tip for you!

It’s a no-brainer, but still….

DISCIPLINE, Give yourself a timer of some kind, to keep you focused on your task. Believe me, if you do that your search time will decrease drastically.

I love saving time to do the things I love the most the majority of my time and keep my tasks to a limit that keeps me from stressing out. (Thankfully I am no stress tornado but around the Holidays….)

What do you use to keep you from browsing through all those great and fantastic crafts out there and spending hours online?

Let me know in the comments and I might learn a trick or two from you.

3 Ways to save time finding the BEST Crafts!

How to help your (grand)child to feel less anxious and stressed for the first day at school!

Do you know that feeling when you start something new, that makes you really nervous?
A lot of children and teens experience anxiety and stress every year when they start school (again) after the summer holiday.

My Friends Daughter

I have a friend with a daughter who is so nervous that she can’t really enjoy her holiday, because she is worrying all the time. She has not been herself. It is really heartbreaking to see her worry so much. I think what is even worse, is that the whole family is suffering because of this.
The girl is nervous all the time and she doesn’t sleep well, because of that she isn’t really the sunshine at home, she normally is and should be.

What To Do

My friend asked me what to do. She said: “I can’t handle this every summer and we all need the vacation to power up for a new year!”.

So we sat down and brainstormed together for steps to take.

There are a lot of things you can do to help your (grand)child to feel less anxious and stressed when starting a new year of school. First of all every person is different and needs different things and also experience stress or anxiety in different ways.

The Steps We Took

We made a 6 step plan to work with:

  • So the first thing we wrote done is to talk to her and try by asking questions to find out what is really making her nervous.
  • The second thing we wrote done is to take it seriously no matter what the issue is. To give her the feeling that we understand and are going to find a solution.
  • The third thing is to confront her, in a nice manner, with her behaviour and finding out if she liked the way she acts.

We had some expectations of the outcome. For example we expected there would be tears.

  • So the fourth thing we wrote done was to comfort her when crying.
  • The fifth thing is to be aware of not making the conversation too long and thereby too heavy.
  • The sixth is, if talking would not work then try to make a sort of game which we could use to get some answers.
The 5 Solutions

After we found the issues that were making her so nervous we were able to work on some solutions. Again we made a plan and we used the 5 solutions below to help her and her daughter to feel less anxious and stressed:

The first solution was that before going to sleep we talked about the 3-5 nice/happy things that happened that day. We wrote them down in a notebook 📓 (see below for the notebook we bought)

  1. The first solution was that before going to sleep we talked about the 3-5 nice/happy things that happened that day. We wrote them down in a notebook 📓 (see below for the notebook we bought)
  2. The second solution was that we made the deal that we would sit down and prepare for that first day at school 2 weeks before school starts
  3. The third solution was to make a daily planner and write down what we were going to do that day.
  4. The fourth solution was that we thought about some DIY projects we could do together to prepare for school
  5. The fifth was that we ordered some personalized school stuff, that made her even excited, because she could show off her unique stuff to her friends.
Last words

I think it is especially important to take anxiety very serious. The daughter of my friend was very afraid that we would say, get over it or don’t be silly, she was surprised that we understood her and looked for a solution. Eventhough her mother is a very understanding person, she still was afraid about her reaction. So she didn’t talk about it and reflected it with her (bad) behaviour.

After we talked about it, it went much better. After making all those commitments and plans she went back to being her own sunny self.

In the last two weeks we tidied her room, we made some cool DIY school items and we ordered some neat school stuff that made her feel special and confident to tackle that first day.

I am happy that I could be part of this experience and use it with my own children who don’t have that level of anxiety. I still learned a lot and it helped me with my own children as well.

Below I will share my Back to School collection which I made with this experience in mind.

Please Share and Comment, Thank you so much!

Please let me know in the comments if this post was helpful to you! If you have more tips or tricks that could help a (grand)mother with an anxious child or teen, please share below and lets help each other to feel more confident and happy!

With love Saskia