When I do crafts throughout the year, I think about Christmas presents and who would appreciate a handcrafted gift.
One year I crocheted afghans for many people on my list.
Another I made scarves on a loom.
Many summers, I dried roses from our garden and made sachets with the petals.
Long ago, when craft stores were thriving, my husband, son and I would visit them together, especially when snow began falling and we expected to be trapped indoors for a few days. I would find a crewelwork to stitch and my husband and son would often choose latchhooks projectsfor hangings or rugs. It was a family time, and now I appreciate how much we enjoyed doing that together.
After my dad retired, he took up acrylic and watercolor painting. When he passed on, I kept his paints and decided to try my hand at both. I found I enjoyed the watercolor medium best. Life got busy and writing took up more and more of my time, and I left the art behind.
But this year, with my love of cats a major passion, I decided to pick it up again and try feline portraits. I found watercolor painting with music or an audio book playing in the background is as relaxing as gardening. I forget about everything else and focus on the cat in front of me. Since family and friends are cat lovers too, the watercolor paintings will make wonderful presents.
Baking is another craft I enjoy. I start baking cookies after Thanksgiving and freeze them so I can give an assortment at Christmas to friends and family.
Do you enjoy crafting? Feel free to share in the comments.
Have a wonderful holiday season.
HER SISTER, Book 7 in Karen's
SEARCH FOR LOVE series
USA TODAY Bestselling Author Karen Rose Smith is an only child who delved into books at an early age. She learned about kindred spirits from Anne of Green Gables, solved mysteries with Nancy Drew and wished she could have been the rider on The Black Stallion. Yet even though she escaped often into story worlds, she had many aunts, uncles and cousins around her on weekends. Her sense of family and relationships began there. Maybe that's why families are a strong theme in her novels, whether mysteries or romances. Her 91st novel will be released in 2016.
Readers often ask her about her pastimes. She has herb, flowers and vegetable gardens that help her relax. In the winter, she cooks rather than gardens. And year round she spends most of her time with her husband, as well as her four rescued cats who are her constant companions. They chase rainbows from sun catchers, reminding her life isn't all about work, awards and bestseller lists. Everyone needs that rainbow to chase.
Karen looks forward to interacting with readers. They can find her at the links below.