3 Old-Timey Crafts You Can Learn at Home

If you are like many people around the world, you’ve been spending a bit more time at home lately. Although the circumstances are trying, good can emerge from the experience. Learning a heritage craft builds confidence and dexterity while also helping to preserve skills that are quickly becoming lost to future generations. 

1. Leatherwork

Maybe you’ve always enjoyed the feeling of skipping into a brand new pair of shoes. Take that to a whole new level by trying your hand at making those shoes yourself. You’ll control the entire process from tanning the leather to putting final stitches on their design. If you find a new passion for working with leather, there are a range of products you can make: bags, wallets, key fobs -if you can think of it, you can create it once you find a reliable source of wet and salted cattle hides Bronx NY

2. Knitting

It’s almost magical how two plain knitting needles can transform yarn into anything from practical socks to elaborate lace. To experience the wonder yourself, use this time to learn how to knit. Once you master the basic stitches, learn how to read patterns so you can work up to bigger and more complex projects that make great gifts for friends and family.  

3. Baking

More and more people are discovering the satisfaction that comes with being elbow deep in rich, yeasty dough as they look for simple and comforting ways to pass the time at home. Start out slow with a simple shortbread or chocolate chip cookie recipe. Work your way up to more complex projects like sourdough or yeast bread. You might even find a fun and informative online cake decorating class to help you dress up your creations in style. 

What heritage crafts have in common is that you can make something out of seemingly nothing. There is a great sense of comfort and accomplishment that comes from turning a pile of flour into warm and delicious bread or a cowhide into footwear. 

How To Buy Stamps Online

These days, many stamp collectors are interested in optimizing their collection with additional stamps. If this is the case for you, it’s important to note that you can now purchase stamps online. In addition to enabling you to make your purchases from the comfort and privacy of your home, being able to buy stamps online can save time that you would have otherwise spent fighting traffic and standing in line within a physical store. To learn how to make prudent purchasing decisions in the online realm, follow these instructions:

1. Find The Ideal Keywords.

Finding the ideal keywords is your first step to online purchases. A key phrase like “Buy Collector Stamps Online” should work perfectly. After you enter this key phrase and hit your “enter” key, you’ll be led to a new screen featuring a plethora of hyperlinks that you can select in order to learn more about independent sellers. When you start selecting from this list, be sure to keep the professionals of Bruce MacDonald in mind. This company offers a wide range of stamps that would be a wonderful addition to your collection.

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2. Research The Company.

Once you’ve found several companies that sell stamps, your next task is to research the companies to see if they are reputable. The internet makes this very easy by enabling you to carefully study the data found in a company’s website. Additionally, you can read the information found in online reviews about a stamp collection company to determine if they have the type of positive reputation that would warrant you purchasing their products. Finally, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is a wonderful online resource that you can utilize in order to learn more about a specific stamp collection company.


If you’re serious about finding excellent stamps to add to your collection, you should know that you can shop online to obtain the great products that you want. To make the most of your online shopping endeavors, be sure that you enter the right keywords and research the stamp collection company thoroughly. Good luck!

Loves playing as a bank teller

Everytime we are in the bank daughter likes to get bank transaction paper and write anything on that paper. At home, she loves acting like she is working in a bank. The last time she asked me if I could buy play money for her. So, yesterday I bought play money with some coins. She started to play when we got home. Insisting she’s the bank teller and I’m the client. I wonder if she will love the idea of having custom coins in our transaction or I’m thinking if I could use this as a present this coming holiday season.

DIY: Pen Holder using plastic bottle and old magazines

Last month I shared my DIY Hair Clip storage, this time I made pen holder using plastic bottle and old magazines. Let me share it to you =)

Old magazines
Plastic bottle
Glue gun
Glue stick
Charger Wire (optional)

How to do it?
1. Get one plastic bottle and
2. Cut the upper part (photo #2)
3. Get old magazine and make strips using pen (#3)
4. Stick the magazine strips on to the bottle (#4)
5. And that’s it; you have your own pen holder using plastic bottle and old magazine.


This is optional, if you want to add decoration feel free to do it. Me, I have old charger wire that I didn’t use already. So I tried to put it in my pen holder and happy with the outcome.


DIY: Hair clip storage

I have old magazines that are just hid in the closet. So, I checked youtube on how to recycle old magazines and thankful because there are many available tutorials. So here is my first DIY (Do it yourself) stuff. I made hair clip storage; my daughter’s hairclips are located everywhere in the room. So, this is the reason why I made this hairclip storage. Now, it’s easy for me to find her hair clips every time I need it especially when going to school. Actually, you can put hair clips in shoe box without making this thing but I want daughter’s hair clip storage more presentable =). 

Anyway, as I said there are many tutorials in youtube so credit to them.  I was inspired to do recycle out of old magazines because I found it easy but needs patience and time . Let me share how I made this hairclip storage but I’m not good in giving tutorial so please bear with me, heheh. 

Materials:    Old magazines, Shoe box, Glue stick, Glue Gun, Pen

Step 1 –  Get an old shoe box. Wrap the whole shoe box with magazine it should be looked like the photo below.


Step 2 –  Roll a piece of magazine using pen. One page of magazine will give you 6 rolls. After rolling, glue it around shoe box. 


Step 3 – Make sure to put piece of roll magazine around the shoe box and voila this is the result, daughter’s hair clip storage. 


Where Contemporary Artists Meet Buyers Online

Usually, people who have artistic inclinations but who come from middle-income or working class families are encouraged to set aside their talents for the sake of earning for the family. Others manage to dabble in their art on the side, however most people do not even have the chance to let the public get a glimpse of their work. 

Thankfully, contemporary artists now who have access to the internet can have a chance to let their artworks seen all over the world and also sell them through artstar.com. The items may not sell that much unlike in museums, but it is better than nothing having an audience to your work. 

At artstar.com, they do not just upload any contemporary artwork in their website. Like the Prada Marfa by Noel Kerns, the admins of the site carefully screen submissions based on the recommendations of their known curators. So you could be a known artist or a struggling one, you have a place in the website as long as your work meets their standards. 

These works are then reproduced through high quality reproduction but in limited quantities. So buyers and potential collectors are sure that what they are getting are limited edition works. 

It is great to have a place like this where contemporary artists and art collectors can connect with each other through the website. The internet has provided a wonderful avenue for that. Many modern-day artists have seen their work get appreciated as well as collected by many people worldwide.