Not a make-do life!

During these weeks of cold, snow and ice, indoor projects are a great option.  Young or old, male or female, there is a hobby out there for everyone.

These days, men are getting in on more and more of the traditional crafts—for instance, there is a new release called Knitting with balls: a hands-on guide to knitting for the modern man by Michael DelVecchio, 2006. Also suggested for the male types (but good for females, too) is The boy mechanic makes toys: 159 games, toys, tricks, and other amusements, 2006.

For someone completely new to hobbying, the new release Get a hobby!  101 all-consuming diversions for any lifestyle by Tina Barseghian is a highly-recommended resource. Those looking for something new can try Making stuff: an alternative craft book, 2006. It isn’t too early to begin planning the handmade crafts for next Christmas—or for a June wedding!  Try Handmade greeting cards for special occasions: step-by-step techniques and 30 original projects to make by Amanda Hancocks, 2007.

Looking for unique gift ideas? Mixed-media mosaics: techniques and projects using polymer clay tiles, beads and other embellishments by Laurie Mika may be just the thing, 2007.  Whoever and wherever, crafts are a great way to keep active in the winter months!