Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Getting Crafty This Christmas With Design Bundles


Being on 'lockdown' seems to have made so many people reassess their life and discover or re-discover hobbies that they never knew they had. There has been a huge rise in the number of people baking, decorating, gardening and crafting as people look at new ways to keep occupied as they finally have the time to do things that they have put off. I know of so many people who have discovered new skills and have used the extra time at home to be creative in all sorts of different ways, as not only does it keep you occupied but doing crafty things yourself often means that you can save money too, or you may even learn a new skill you can sell and make a few extra pennies from. Super important at this uncertain time in the world.

white and pink wraped christmas gift with bow and babubles

A few friends that I know have recently started up little craft businesses selling personalised items, prints and even clothing. My own teenage daughter is one of them, as she sadly recently lost her part-time job due to the lockdown impact on her workplace (she worked in hospitality). As she is studying art for her A-Levels she has put her artistic streak to good use by setting up a handmade gift company - with a little help from me of course. It is still early days and we don't have the website or Facebook page up and running yet as we are busy making stock but we will hopefully be launching it in August. We will be selling mainly handmade wooden and clay decor gifts and of course some Christmas items. 

Back before I blogged and had my youngest I used to love crafting and made little decorative bits for around the home, so it has been so nice to do something I enjoy again. Now we have got our creative- crafting -caps, back on we have been looking at making some Christmas items to gift to family and friends this Christmas. The teen really wants me to buy her a Cricut or Silhouette machine so she can make her own t-shirts and bags and I have been looking into getting a one just so I can label all the boxes and storage containers in the house (yep I want to be that organised mam).  

Whilst researching I came across Design Bundles who offer affordable digital products such as Graphics, Templates, Patterns, Illustrations and craft files at up to 96% off the regular retail price. Design Bundles products are perfect for budding or established crafters to create some lovely makes. They even do a brilliant range of free Christmas SVG perfect for vinyl Christmas items such as Santa sacks, baubles and gifts. There are thousands of designs to choose from and if you want to make some hand-made gifts, start up your own craft business or you just want to indulge in a new hobby then they are the perfect place to start. 

As a busy (aren't we all?) mam of three, the past few months have been a bit of a blessing in disguise for me. Being at home during the pandemic and spending so much quality time with the children has made me realise that my old way of life was no good, it has made me want to change my life. I need to stop being so busy, we had after-school clubs 4 times a week, I was working and studying for a degree, whilst running the house and honestly, it was just too much. I need to slow down and do things that relax me and make me happy sometimes and crafting helps relax me. If you're looking for a hobby I recommend it, it is so satisfying when you make something yourself. 

Crafting lets me make things for my children to decorate their rooms and I even made a lot of items for my wedding last year. Weddings are expensive so we made place settings, table plans and decorative items to save a bit of money but I wish I had of discovered Design Bundles then as it would have made things a lot easier and saved us a lot of time and effort. 

So keep your eyes out for our new online handmade gift shop, Rainbows and Daydreams next month, fingers crossed it all works out as we cant wait to get creative and show you what we have made. 

If you enjoy crafting be sure to let me know what you enjoy making in the comments below. 

Disclosure This is a collaborative post. however, all opinions are my own. 


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