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Essential Products For The Ultimate Craft Room

We call it our sanctuary, the place we can escape from the hustle and bustle of life and be at peace! What makes it even better, we have everything we need in our craft room to ensure the best possible crafting experience. Here are the essential products we have in our craft room that make it the ideal place for us to get our craft on!

*Note: We may receive a small affiliate commission when your purchase products through the links below. If you do purchase something, thank you very much as this really helps us remain a sustainable business!*

Craft Room Tables

Let's start with possibly the most essential item you'll need in your craft toom: a surface to do your crafting on! Then let's make it just a bit better and add all the storage and drawers you'll ever need. The Artwork Counter Height Craft Table by South Shore is our favorite (an Amazon customer's favorite) craft table on the market. This functional table is perfect for crafting, has a ton of storage, and will look great in any room! Plus it is made with a material that is more resistant to scratches and stains, making it ideal for crafting.

For a table that is the ideal personal workstation that is highly adjustable, check out the Studio Designs Pro Craft Station. The top surface can be tilted from zero to 45 degrees, making it great for anything from painting to woodworking. It has drawers for storage and even a padded footrest for those extra engaging projects! 

A simple, but sweet and useful option is the Studio Designs Crafting and Cutting Table. This table can be folded up for easy storage. It can be used for your crafting activities, but also for storage and even if you are throwing a party. It is durable, functional, but also looks great!

Craft Room Chairs

Everyone has their own prefference when it comes to chairs, but we figured we would let you know what we use and love: the Essentials Mid Back Swivel Task Chair. Great for many reasons, but the reasons we love it are for the cooling back mesh, low price, comfortable, and mobility. If you're looking for a chair that is easy to move around, but comfortable for those long, FUN craft projects, this is the chair for you!

If you prefer a stool, then the Jack Richeson Three Legged Foldable Stool is ideal for comfort and also storability. After you are done creating your masterpiece, just fold it up and tuck it away to make some more space in your craft room. 

Craft Room Organization Products

Once your craft supply collection is rivaling Bob Vila's tool collection, you will sure need a place and system to organize it all. The good news is there are storage options of all shapes and sizes to suit yours needs. One of our favoriate options is a the rolling storage cart so you can easily move your supplies around. The rolling storage cart we have is the Honey-Can-Do Studio Organizer Cart. With tons of drawers and easy on the eye, being able to roll this to the corner of the room when we aren't crafting is crucial!

For some simple desk organization, we love the mDesigns Art Supplies Tote because its simple, has multiple storage sections, looks great, and you can pick it up and carry it.

For larger storage needs, we use the Seville Classics Steel Wire Shelving with Wheels. This unit is the best of both worlds as it is super sturdy, but still has wheels in case you need to move it around the room. Great for craft supplies and tools (i.e. not super heavy items), this steel unit system has 5 levels for multiple storage levels.

Quite possibly our favorite storage unit in our craft room is our Wall Control Pegboard, the ultimate space saver! We put all our tools and other craft items on the pegboard. It saves a ton of space, is safe, and makes everything we hang on it very accessible unlike trying to find something in a drawer or storage cabinet. We highly recommend installing on of these in your craft room or garage.

One more simple item to go on your wall for accessable easy organization is a magnetic strip for any metal tools you have such as knives and hammers. We have a three piece set from VonHaus and they work perfectly! 

Other Nice-To-Have Craft Room Items

For projects that may need a bit of time to dry, we love placing them in a magazine rack so they do not get paint and other colors all over the place. The Spectrum Diversifed Seville Rack is our choice!

While most of our finished crafts end up in other rooms of the house or outside, it is a good idea to keep some in the craft room. This helps with our inspiration and adds some crafty flair to the room. We have a couple different floating display mantles around the room, but our favorite is the Welland Classis Floating Shelf. Not only does it looks classy, but it can hold up up to 25lbs and is 48 inches long, so you can put a few of your projects on it!

A printer and scanner is essential for a variety of different craft projects. You may need to print out some designs or even some pictures for a photo transfer project. The printer we use and love is the HP Envy Photo 8755 All-In-One.

Cutting is essential for a variety of the projects and the quality of your cut will make a big difference on the overall look. For crisp and precise cuts, it's best to use a paper cutter. We use the Fiskars Paper Trimmer which works great and comes in at a low price as well.

OK so there you have it! Add these items to your craft room and you will be in craft heaven. Check back soon as we will be posting an article soon about all the wonderful craft products and tools we use as well!

Stay Crafty My Friends!

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We call it our sanctuary, the place we can escape from the hustle and bustle of life and be at peace! What makes it even better, we have everything we need in our craft room to ensure the best possible crafting experience. Here are the essential products we have in our craft room that make it the ideal place for us to get our craft on!

*Note: We may receive a small affiliate commission when your purchase products through the links below. If you do purchase something, thank you very much as this really helps us remain a sustainable business!*

Craft Room Tables

Let's start with possibly the most essential item you'll need in your craft toom: a surface to do your crafting on! Then let's make it just a bit better and add all the storage and drawers you'll ever need. The Artwork Counter Height Craft Table by South Shore is our favorite (an Amazon customer's favorite) craft table on the market. This functional table is perfect for crafting, has a ton of storage, and will look great in any room! Plus it is made with a material that is more resistant to scratches and stains, making it ideal for crafting.

For a table that is the ideal personal workstation that is highly adjustable, check out the Studio Designs Pro Craft Station. The top surface can be tilted from zero to 45 degrees, making it great for anything from painting to woodworking. It has drawers for storage and even a padded footrest for those extra engaging projects! 

A simple, but sweet and useful option is the Studio Designs Crafting and Cutting Table. This table can be folded up for easy storage. It can be used for your crafting activities, but also for storage and even if you are throwing a party. It is durable, functional, but also looks great!

Craft Room Chairs

Everyone has their own prefference when it comes to chairs, but we figured we would let you know what we use and love: the Essentials Mid Back Swivel Task Chair. Great for many reasons, but the reasons we love it are for the cooling back mesh, low price, comfortable, and mobility. If you're looking for a chair that is easy to move around, but comfortable for those long, FUN craft projects, this is the chair for you!

If you prefer a stool, then the Jack Richeson Three Legged Foldable Stool is ideal for comfort and also storability. After you are done creating your masterpiece, just fold it up and tuck it away to make some more space in your craft room. 

Craft Room Organization Products

Once your craft supply collection is rivaling Bob Vila's tool collection, you will sure need a place and system to organize it all. The good news is there are storage options of all shapes and sizes to suit yours needs. One of our favoriate options is a the rolling storage cart so you can easily move your supplies around. The rolling storage cart we have is the Honey-Can-Do Studio Organizer Cart. With tons of drawers and easy on the eye, being able to roll this to the corner of the room when we aren't crafting is crucial!

For some simple desk organization, we love the mDesigns Art Supplies Tote because its simple, has multiple storage sections, looks great, and you can pick it up and carry it.

For larger storage needs, we use the Seville Classics Steel Wire Shelving with Wheels. This unit is the best of both worlds as it is super sturdy, but still has wheels in case you need to move it around the room. Great for craft supplies and tools (i.e. not super heavy items), this steel unit system has 5 levels for multiple storage levels.

Quite possibly our favorite storage unit in our craft room is our Wall Control Pegboard, the ultimate space saver! We put all our tools and other craft items on the pegboard. It saves a ton of space, is safe, and makes everything we hang on it very accessible unlike trying to find something in a drawer or storage cabinet. We highly recommend installing on of these in your craft room or garage.

One more simple item to go on your wall for accessable easy organization is a magnetic strip for any metal tools you have such as knives and hammers. We have a three piece set from VonHaus and they work perfectly! 

Other Nice-To-Have Craft Room Items

For projects that may need a bit of time to dry, we love placing them in a magazine rack so they do not get paint and other colors all over the place. The Spectrum Diversifed Seville Rack is our choice!

While most of our finished crafts end up in other rooms of the house or outside, it is a good idea to keep some in the craft room. This helps with our inspiration and adds some crafty flair to the room. We have a couple different floating display mantles around the room, but our favorite is the Welland Classis Floating Shelf. Not only does it looks classy, but it can hold up up to 25lbs and is 48 inches long, so you can put a few of your projects on it!

A printer and scanner is essential for a variety of different craft projects. You may need to print out some designs or even some pictures for a photo transfer project. The printer we use and love is the HP Envy Photo 8755 All-In-One.

Cutting is essential for a variety of the projects and the quality of your cut will make a big difference on the overall look. For crisp and precise cuts, it's best to use a paper cutter. We use the Fiskars Paper Trimmer which works great and comes in at a low price as well.

OK so there you have it! Add these items to your craft room and you will be in craft heaven. Check back soon as we will be posting an article soon about all the wonderful craft products and tools we use as well!

Stay Crafty My Friends!

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Crafter Profile #2 - Next Up: Shelly M.

Moving into the second segment of our recently introduced Crafter Profiles, now we are flying across the country from Georgia where we profiled Kristen W. to check in with Shelly M - a beer and sports fanatic from Northern California. Let's jump right into it!

A&C: Shelly, first off thank you very much for being one of our first customers! Tell us a bit about yourself.

Shelly: I live in Northern California with my husband, two dogs, and three cats. I'm a cubicle dweller who works in healthcare administration - I'm still not really sure how that happened... I love to travel and do active things outside (so long as I have copious amounts of allergy medicine). *this sounds like I'm a contestant on a game show*

A&C: Haha yes and we feel like Bob Barker! We think it's extremely important to balance the work life with some travel and the great outdoors, so how did crafting get into your life?

Shelly: Well, I still wouldn't really describe myself as "into" crafting, really - me and crafting in the same sentence sounds weird. I think one day I was looking a buying a beer caddy on Etsy and thought - 'I'm kinda handy, it might be fun to try to make my own...a few Googles later I was on your website looking at like 10 things I wanted to make :)

A&C: Nice! Ironically we really weren't into crafting about 18 months ago as well! Things have changed a bit. So now that you have crafted a bit, tell us why you like it?

Shelly: I like working on them during the week after work - it definitely changes my head-space for the better! I hate when my day feels like it was all adulting and then bed.  Sometimes my cat Figaro tries to get involved (like by trying to lay on my gold leafing painting...!!). Making stuff seemed healthier than drinking after work... Although I'm pretty good at multi-tasking, so sometimes I do both :)

A&C: We would be lying if we said we didn't enjoy a "bit" of wine while crafting as well! So tell us a bit about your experience so far with Adults & Crafts?

Shelly: I've tried a lot of stuff that never really stuck (like the half knit scarf sitting in a spare closet, half written essays, my guitar collecting dust...). I liked the idea of getting to do something new and different every month! One month I'm painting, the next I'm woodworking. I would never take the time to plan and shop for everything - it would be too much hassle, and expensive to buy a bunch of stuff for a hobby you're not even sure you're going to like... It's good for the creative commitment-phobe!

A&C: That brings a smile to our faces because that is exactly why we started this journey! Just trying to make it as easy as possible for people just like you to get some crafting in your life! So what has been your favorite project thus far?

Shelly: I'm a beer & sports nut, so I love my beer caddy. I used my wood burning tool from a previous kit to do some sports logos on it and I think it turned out awesome. It was one of those things I masked as a present for my husband, but it was really for me :)

A&C: Awesome, although I have to admit that I am a bit jealous of all your Giants' success over the past decade!

Thank you very much, Shelly! We look forward to seeing more of your works of art in the future!

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Moving into the second segment of our recently introduced Crafter Profiles, now we are flying across the country from Georgia where we profiled Kristen W. to check in with Shelly M - a beer and sports fanatic from Northern California. Let's jump right into it!

A&C: Shelly, first off thank you very much for being one of our first customers! Tell us a bit about yourself.

Shelly: I live in Northern California with my husband, two dogs, and three cats. I'm a cubicle dweller who works in healthcare administration - I'm still not really sure how that happened... I love to travel and do active things outside (so long as I have copious amounts of allergy medicine). *this sounds like I'm a contestant on a game show*

A&C: Haha yes and we feel like Bob Barker! We think it's extremely important to balance the work life with some travel and the great outdoors, so how did crafting get into your life?

Shelly: Well, I still wouldn't really describe myself as "into" crafting, really - me and crafting in the same sentence sounds weird. I think one day I was looking a buying a beer caddy on Etsy and thought - 'I'm kinda handy, it might be fun to try to make my own...a few Googles later I was on your website looking at like 10 things I wanted to make :)

A&C: Nice! Ironically we really weren't into crafting about 18 months ago as well! Things have changed a bit. So now that you have crafted a bit, tell us why you like it?

Shelly: I like working on them during the week after work - it definitely changes my head-space for the better! I hate when my day feels like it was all adulting and then bed.  Sometimes my cat Figaro tries to get involved (like by trying to lay on my gold leafing painting...!!). Making stuff seemed healthier than drinking after work... Although I'm pretty good at multi-tasking, so sometimes I do both :)

A&C: We would be lying if we said we didn't enjoy a "bit" of wine while crafting as well! So tell us a bit about your experience so far with Adults & Crafts?

Shelly: I've tried a lot of stuff that never really stuck (like the half knit scarf sitting in a spare closet, half written essays, my guitar collecting dust...). I liked the idea of getting to do something new and different every month! One month I'm painting, the next I'm woodworking. I would never take the time to plan and shop for everything - it would be too much hassle, and expensive to buy a bunch of stuff for a hobby you're not even sure you're going to like... It's good for the creative commitment-phobe!

A&C: That brings a smile to our faces because that is exactly why we started this journey! Just trying to make it as easy as possible for people just like you to get some crafting in your life! So what has been your favorite project thus far?

Shelly: I'm a beer & sports nut, so I love my beer caddy. I used my wood burning tool from a previous kit to do some sports logos on it and I think it turned out awesome. It was one of those things I masked as a present for my husband, but it was really for me :)

A&C: Awesome, although I have to admit that I am a bit jealous of all your Giants' success over the past decade!

Thank you very much, Shelly! We look forward to seeing more of your works of art in the future!

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Introducing Adults & Crafts Crafter Profiles - First Up: Kristina W.

One of the main reasons Marianna and I started Adults & Crafts was to bring the same joy we felt while crafting to the masses! Well, maybe "the masses" is pushing it a bit, but even bringing that joy to one person is worth it and definitely worth sharing. That's why every month we will now be posting one Crafter Profile so you can hear the stories of our customers, their crafting history, and how Adults & Crafts fits into their lives.

Our customers make us who we are, so there is no better way to show you who we are than to profile our customers. First up, we have a fun lovin' country girl from Hoboken, Georgia: Kristina W. Let's jump right into some Q&A...

Kristina with her Wood Burning, Gold Foiling, and Geometric Candle Kits.

A&C: Tell us a bit about yourself?

KW: I am a born and raised Southern Belle from Hoboken, Georgia. A small town where we have one red light, everyone knows everyone, and your teachers in school either taught or went to school with your parents! I am a wife to Robbie, I'm a mom to two boys, Kyler, Rowdy, and one girl Brooklyn 12. I am also a medically retired Army Veteran.

A&C: Wow the Army?! Very Impressive! Tell us a fun fact about you?

KW: The number "3" plays a big part in our lives. My husband and I were together 3 years before we got married. Our birthdays are 3 days shy of being exactly 3 years apart. The dates are 13 and 16. My oldest is on the 13th, middle in 2003, and the youngest on the 23rd. Our Mom's birthdays are 3 days apart and our dads 3 months. We have 3 kids. My daughter played football and softball using the number 03 and my son 13. The number 3 consistently shows up in our lives, planned or not.

A&C: Very interesting! I have a similar story with the number 12, but that's for another time. Anyways, how did you get into crafting?

KW: Being from a small town, there's not a lot to do other than outdoor activities. So for rainy day fun (we didn't have the internet until I was in the 5th grade), we've always done some sort of crafting or art project for as long as I can remember. I learned to crochet at 5 years old. My Nana taught me how on my finger first and then introduced the crochet hook. I remember my first granny square, I was one proud little girl!

A&C: Awesome! I'd love to see that first granny square sometime. So how does crafting fit into your current lifestyle?

KW: I craft at least on a weekly basis. Whether it's continuing an in progress piece or doing something quick with the kids, there are always crafts. Crafting allows me to feel productive, where I normally feel in the way. Due to my disabilities, I am very limited in the activities I can participate in. Crafting allows me to get into an activity with my family. I absolutely adore the time I have with my husband and kids.

A&C: Crafting can really be a special time when you're doing it with someone else, plus it really does have that feel-good factor. So why Adults & Crafts?

KW: Adults & Crafts are very thorough, you have great customer service, and response time on inquiries. The products are always great quality, and the kits include everything needed. The Adults & Crafts Crate is a wonderful subscription box program for anyone that wants to try new arts and crafts. The pyrography kit (wood burning) was my favorite so far!

A&C: Glad to hear Kristina, thanks for the wonderful feedback. Thanks a lot for your time Kristina, any final words?

KW: Thank you for asking me to do this. Not many companies take the time to get to know their customers. I feel like I am officially a part of the Adults & Crafts family. That is not something that's easy to find. Most of the time customers are left to sort things out with an automated system. The down to earth, one on one type of connection is amazing! It speaks greatly of the integrity of the Adults & Crafts business.

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One of the main reasons Marianna and I started Adults & Crafts was to bring the same joy we felt while crafting to the masses! Well, maybe "the masses" is pushing it a bit, but even bringing that joy to one person is worth it and definitely worth sharing. That's why every month we will now be posting one Crafter Profile so you can hear the stories of our customers, their crafting history, and how Adults & Crafts fits into their lives.

Our customers make us who we are, so there is no better way to show you who we are than to profile our customers. First up, we have a fun lovin' country girl from Hoboken, Georgia: Kristina W. Let's jump right into some Q&A...

Kristina with her Wood Burning, Gold Foiling, and Geometric Candle Kits.

A&C: Tell us a bit about yourself?

KW: I am a born and raised Southern Belle from Hoboken, Georgia. A small town where we have one red light, everyone knows everyone, and your teachers in school either taught or went to school with your parents! I am a wife to Robbie, I'm a mom to two boys, Kyler, Rowdy, and one girl Brooklyn 12. I am also a medically retired Army Veteran.

A&C: Wow the Army?! Very Impressive! Tell us a fun fact about you?

KW: The number "3" plays a big part in our lives. My husband and I were together 3 years before we got married. Our birthdays are 3 days shy of being exactly 3 years apart. The dates are 13 and 16. My oldest is on the 13th, middle in 2003, and the youngest on the 23rd. Our Mom's birthdays are 3 days apart and our dads 3 months. We have 3 kids. My daughter played football and softball using the number 03 and my son 13. The number 3 consistently shows up in our lives, planned or not.

A&C: Very interesting! I have a similar story with the number 12, but that's for another time. Anyways, how did you get into crafting?

KW: Being from a small town, there's not a lot to do other than outdoor activities. So for rainy day fun (we didn't have the internet until I was in the 5th grade), we've always done some sort of crafting or art project for as long as I can remember. I learned to crochet at 5 years old. My Nana taught me how on my finger first and then introduced the crochet hook. I remember my first granny square, I was one proud little girl!

A&C: Awesome! I'd love to see that first granny square sometime. So how does crafting fit into your current lifestyle?

KW: I craft at least on a weekly basis. Whether it's continuing an in progress piece or doing something quick with the kids, there are always crafts. Crafting allows me to feel productive, where I normally feel in the way. Due to my disabilities, I am very limited in the activities I can participate in. Crafting allows me to get into an activity with my family. I absolutely adore the time I have with my husband and kids.

A&C: Crafting can really be a special time when you're doing it with someone else, plus it really does have that feel-good factor. So why Adults & Crafts?

KW: Adults & Crafts are very thorough, you have great customer service, and response time on inquiries. The products are always great quality, and the kits include everything needed. The Adults & Crafts Crate is a wonderful subscription box program for anyone that wants to try new arts and crafts. The pyrography kit (wood burning) was my favorite so far!

A&C: Glad to hear Kristina, thanks for the wonderful feedback. Thanks a lot for your time Kristina, any final words?

KW: Thank you for asking me to do this. Not many companies take the time to get to know their customers. I feel like I am officially a part of the Adults & Crafts family. That is not something that's easy to find. Most of the time customers are left to sort things out with an automated system. The down to earth, one on one type of connection is amazing! It speaks greatly of the integrity of the Adults & Crafts business.

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Achieving a Flow State by Crafting

Think back to a time where you were completely immersed in an activity, so much so that nothing else in the world mattered or even existed in your mind. It could have been playing a sport, writing, or maybe even playing video games, whatever is was you were so focused that all your problems and worries melted away. Not only were you fully absorbed in the activity, but your performance was also at its peak, your actions seemed effortless and ended with an optimal result.

You were so concentrated that you didn't even realize you hadn't eaten for 10 hours, but it didn't bother you one bit!

Time flew by, but you didn't even notice it. You were in a meditative state where your thoughts were clear because your immense focus burned away every molecule of brain fog.

Your ego vanished, your inhibitions relinquished, and any uneasiness evaporated.

What you experienced is the mental state known as Flow State, aka you were "in the zone" or simply in "flow". Buddhists refer to this state as mindfulness, a term you may also hear in your yoga class.

Defined literally by Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, flow is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity (1). By the way, Mihaly coined the term "flow". 

Sounds familiar? It certainly does for me and I absolutely love being in such an elevated state, Dr. Csikszentmihaly says humans are at their absolute happiest while in flow, and I agree!

Csikszentmihaly's Flow State Diagram

Unfortunately, for too long of a time, flow often eluded me and admittingly was challenging to achieve.

That was until I put more crafting back in my life!

When I began crafting again, I noticed this zen-like feeling and couldn't believe how much one activity could positively affect my mood. Being a bit of a nerd I wanted to know the science behind it and truly understand what I was feeling and why I was feeling it. After a bit of research, I figured out that when I was crafting, I would be in a flow state.

OK, so I would enter a flow state, but why would I enter it via crafting and not watching TV, eating a great meal, or even having a great workout? To answer that, let's look at the conditions that Csikszentmihalyi says must be met to achieve a flow state and then the answers as to why crafting meets those conditions.

1) One must be involved in an activity with a clear set of goals and progress. This adds direction and structure to the task.

When crafting, your goal is an awesome end product that you can show off to your friends and family. You want to be proud of it! 

2) The task at hand must have clear and immediate feedback. This helps the person negotiate any changing demands and allows them to adjust their performance to maintain the flow state.

During the act of crafting, you immediately see how each stroke, placement, or action turns out to know if you are on the right path. If you make a mistake, you can adjust the rest of your project to simply make it work, adding a bit of challenge to your task!

3) One must have a good balance between the perceived challenges of the task at hand and their own perceived skills. One must have confidence in one's ability to complete the task at hand.

Through examples, instructions, and practice, confidence is built to create an awesome final product. Techniques can be difficult, but even the act of learning them can put you into flow!

A major aspect of getting into flow is the challenge of the activity. For example, people who free solo climb up a rock face with no rope or protective equipment. They are able to do it because of the flow they achieve while doing it and a major aspect of that is because of how difficult the task.

While I am in no way comparing the risks and difficulty of free solo climbing to crafting, the flow state you achieve while doing them is more similar than you may think.

Without even knowing about flow, when Marianna and I started Adults & Crafts, one of the main goals was to create projects that were challenging. We didn't want coloring books (no offense) or "kiddie" projects, but rather to challenge our customers a bit and learn a new and sometimes somewhat difficult skill. Precision, finesse, and even problem solving are often required with our craft kits. 

While crafting can help some people enter a flow state, it certainly will do it for everyone. If a person is simply not interested in craft, lacks the motivation to craft, or perhaps isn't very good at crafting, then a flow state will be hard to enter. Although I will say that I am a horrible crafter, but I am still able to enter into flow during a focused crafting session. 

But I can definitely say I am not the only one who enters a flow while getting a bit crafty. In one of her reviews of our Adults & Crafts Crate, Anna Rodriguez of My Subscription Addiction said:

"Once I got into the groove of burning this design into the tree slice, I went completely zen. I became one with the wood. It was awesome."

Translated: She was in a flow state! We have received many comments like this from our Adults & Crafts Crate subscribers. In fact, one of the reasons we even started the business was because of how good and mindful Marianna would feel while crafting. It did wonders for her overall wellbeing.

What about you? Do you craft? Do you get into a flow when you craft? Do you get into a flow doing something else? Let us know in the comments!

 

 

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Think back to a time where you were completely immersed in an activity, so much so that nothing else in the world mattered or even existed in your mind. It could have been playing a sport, writing, or maybe even playing video games, whatever is was you were so focused that all your problems and worries melted away. Not only were you fully absorbed in the activity, but your performance was also at its peak, your actions seemed effortless and ended with an optimal result.

You were so concentrated that you didn't even realize you hadn't eaten for 10 hours, but it didn't bother you one bit!

Time flew by, but you didn't even notice it. You were in a meditative state where your thoughts were clear because your immense focus burned away every molecule of brain fog.

Your ego vanished, your inhibitions relinquished, and any uneasiness evaporated.

What you experienced is the mental state known as Flow State, aka you were "in the zone" or simply in "flow". Buddhists refer to this state as mindfulness, a term you may also hear in your yoga class.

Defined literally by Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, flow is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity (1). By the way, Mihaly coined the term "flow". 

Sounds familiar? It certainly does for me and I absolutely love being in such an elevated state, Dr. Csikszentmihaly says humans are at their absolute happiest while in flow, and I agree!

Csikszentmihaly's Flow State Diagram

Unfortunately, for too long of a time, flow often eluded me and admittingly was challenging to achieve.

That was until I put more crafting back in my life!

When I began crafting again, I noticed this zen-like feeling and couldn't believe how much one activity could positively affect my mood. Being a bit of a nerd I wanted to know the science behind it and truly understand what I was feeling and why I was feeling it. After a bit of research, I figured out that when I was crafting, I would be in a flow state.

OK, so I would enter a flow state, but why would I enter it via crafting and not watching TV, eating a great meal, or even having a great workout? To answer that, let's look at the conditions that Csikszentmihalyi says must be met to achieve a flow state and then the answers as to why crafting meets those conditions.

1) One must be involved in an activity with a clear set of goals and progress. This adds direction and structure to the task.

When crafting, your goal is an awesome end product that you can show off to your friends and family. You want to be proud of it! 

2) The task at hand must have clear and immediate feedback. This helps the person negotiate any changing demands and allows them to adjust their performance to maintain the flow state.

During the act of crafting, you immediately see how each stroke, placement, or action turns out to know if you are on the right path. If you make a mistake, you can adjust the rest of your project to simply make it work, adding a bit of challenge to your task!

3) One must have a good balance between the perceived challenges of the task at hand and their own perceived skills. One must have confidence in one's ability to complete the task at hand.

Through examples, instructions, and practice, confidence is built to create an awesome final product. Techniques can be difficult, but even the act of learning them can put you into flow!

A major aspect of getting into flow is the challenge of the activity. For example, people who free solo climb up a rock face with no rope or protective equipment. They are able to do it because of the flow they achieve while doing it and a major aspect of that is because of how difficult the task.

While I am in no way comparing the risks and difficulty of free solo climbing to crafting, the flow state you achieve while doing them is more similar than you may think.

Without even knowing about flow, when Marianna and I started Adults & Crafts, one of the main goals was to create projects that were challenging. We didn't want coloring books (no offense) or "kiddie" projects, but rather to challenge our customers a bit and learn a new and sometimes somewhat difficult skill. Precision, finesse, and even problem solving are often required with our craft kits. 

While crafting can help some people enter a flow state, it certainly will do it for everyone. If a person is simply not interested in craft, lacks the motivation to craft, or perhaps isn't very good at crafting, then a flow state will be hard to enter. Although I will say that I am a horrible crafter, but I am still able to enter into flow during a focused crafting session. 

But I can definitely say I am not the only one who enters a flow while getting a bit crafty. In one of her reviews of our Adults & Crafts Crate, Anna Rodriguez of My Subscription Addiction said:

"Once I got into the groove of burning this design into the tree slice, I went completely zen. I became one with the wood. It was awesome."

Translated: She was in a flow state! We have received many comments like this from our Adults & Crafts Crate subscribers. In fact, one of the reasons we even started the business was because of how good and mindful Marianna would feel while crafting. It did wonders for her overall wellbeing.

What about you? Do you craft? Do you get into a flow when you craft? Do you get into a flow doing something else? Let us know in the comments!

 

 

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DIY Craft Kits: Creating Tangible Memories

A delightful date, a lively party, and a pleasant evening at home are all occasions we thoroughly enjoy, but do we always remember them a few years down the line? Unless something indelible happened, those moments will likely be forgotten, and we think that's a shame! It's a reason why people keep diaries, write blogs and keep journals, they want to remember all those little things that happen that bring a slice a joy to their lives. Unfortunately, most people (me included) do not archive their experiences properly, so those little things that make life so special are likely to evaporate. Luckily our DIY craft kit projects serve as great memory enhancers, let us explain why...

While we're not quite sure where the quote "jog my memory" came from, it is the perfect idiom to use for our DIY craft kit projects. How many times have you seen something which sparked a certain memory and then that memory snowballed in a full day of memories?

Just the other day I saw a coffee mug that was given to me. From that mug, I instantly remembered that it was given to me on the same day the USA won the Women's World Cup, and we watched that game with a great group of people, who then I reached out to again since I hadn't connected with them since that day. It was an interesting chain of events that all started with seeing that mug, and ended by me reconnecting with some friends. While it is not the most breathtaking story, I could have gone years without connecting with them again, but thanks to the mug, I did! 

It's remarkable how often this happens too, and it's crazy how it may allow you to remember the most random occasion ten years ago. Unfortunately, it goes the other way too. You may have an amazing night out with friends, but if there is nothing to show for from that night, it's possible that night may be forgotten in a year. 

Luckily, one of the pleasant byproducts of doing a DIY craft project is the memory you create while making them. Not only do you create those memories while you create the craft, but you are remembered of those memories (and who knows what other memories) every time you look at that finished piece. Whether it is Wood-Burned Tree Slice or Ink-Dyed Coasters, every time you look at it or use them, you'll remember the day you made them and the people you made them with. 

Maybe you'll even do a craft kit on a date, end up getting married to that person, and be able to look at the craft you made on that date 50 years later, it could happen! Or maybe it goes nowhere after the date, but (hopefully) you can look back at that craft a year later and have a good laugh.

Holding a party where crafting is included is a great way of providing everyone a keepsake from the occasion. Check out these awesome string art kits a bachelorette party in Buffalo made from a craft party pack we provided.

Now, everyone that made one of those kits will not only get a new handmade piece to hang in their homes, but they will all remember the party and occasion for years to come.

By signing up for our monthly craft subscription box you'll be able to use a new craft kit every month to your advantage. Whether you want to make it yourself or perhaps give it as a gift, we can guarantee it'll help you jog your memory. Over time, doing a craft kit every month could do wonders for your memory! 

We encourage you to do some crafting with friends and loved ones and see what kind of memories you can create (and remember)! Every DIY craft kit project we send out has a way of leaving an everlasting, pleasant aftertaste:)

Thanks for visiting Adults & Crafts! 

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A delightful date, a lively party, and a pleasant evening at home are all occasions we thoroughly enjoy, but do we always remember them a few years down the line? Unless something indelible happened, those moments will likely be forgotten, and we think that's a shame! It's a reason why people keep diaries, write blogs and keep journals, they want to remember all those little things that happen that bring a slice a joy to their lives. Unfortunately, most people (me included) do not archive their experiences properly, so those little things that make life so special are likely to evaporate. Luckily our DIY craft kit projects serve as great memory enhancers, let us explain why...

While we're not quite sure where the quote "jog my memory" came from, it is the perfect idiom to use for our DIY craft kit projects. How many times have you seen something which sparked a certain memory and then that memory snowballed in a full day of memories?

Just the other day I saw a coffee mug that was given to me. From that mug, I instantly remembered that it was given to me on the same day the USA won the Women's World Cup, and we watched that game with a great group of people, who then I reached out to again since I hadn't connected with them since that day. It was an interesting chain of events that all started with seeing that mug, and ended by me reconnecting with some friends. While it is not the most breathtaking story, I could have gone years without connecting with them again, but thanks to the mug, I did! 

It's remarkable how often this happens too, and it's crazy how it may allow you to remember the most random occasion ten years ago. Unfortunately, it goes the other way too. You may have an amazing night out with friends, but if there is nothing to show for from that night, it's possible that night may be forgotten in a year. 

Luckily, one of the pleasant byproducts of doing a DIY craft project is the memory you create while making them. Not only do you create those memories while you create the craft, but you are remembered of those memories (and who knows what other memories) every time you look at that finished piece. Whether it is Wood-Burned Tree Slice or Ink-Dyed Coasters, every time you look at it or use them, you'll remember the day you made them and the people you made them with. 

Maybe you'll even do a craft kit on a date, end up getting married to that person, and be able to look at the craft you made on that date 50 years later, it could happen! Or maybe it goes nowhere after the date, but (hopefully) you can look back at that craft a year later and have a good laugh.

Holding a party where crafting is included is a great way of providing everyone a keepsake from the occasion. Check out these awesome string art kits a bachelorette party in Buffalo made from a craft party pack we provided.

Now, everyone that made one of those kits will not only get a new handmade piece to hang in their homes, but they will all remember the party and occasion for years to come.

By signing up for our monthly craft subscription box you'll be able to use a new craft kit every month to your advantage. Whether you want to make it yourself or perhaps give it as a gift, we can guarantee it'll help you jog your memory. Over time, doing a craft kit every month could do wonders for your memory! 

We encourage you to do some crafting with friends and loved ones and see what kind of memories you can create (and remember)! Every DIY craft kit project we send out has a way of leaving an everlasting, pleasant aftertaste:)

Thanks for visiting Adults & Crafts! 

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