Mend Something {Craft Challenge, Day 7}


As the mom of a 6-year-old, it seems like I’m always needing to fix something. This girl cannot wear leggings or jeans without getting a hole in them. She seems to have a lot of falling-apart stuffed animals, too, and a plastic dragon who keeps losing his head.

That’s not even to mention handknit sweaters that need buttons, handknit socks that have holes, and a crazy too-long-put-off project I’m going to share tomorrow.

Even if you don’t have a kid with powerful knees or a drawer full of worn socks, chances are there’s something in you house that could use mending or fixing. Surely something in your house needs mending. Why not take care of it today?

The challenge today is to do just that. Mend something.

Mending might not feel very creative, but it can be. Visible mending is a lot of fun, or you can replace a lost button with one that deliberately doesn’t match the others.

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The mending pile, before.

I patched a hole in one pair of jeans by sewing on a felt heart. It adds an extra bit of sweetness and will help hide the hole if it gets bigger.

And there’s something to be said for taking care of things we own and love. If we don’t care enough to fix them, maybe we shouldn’t keep them.

In your household it might be putting a pad on a wobbly chair leg, tightening a loose drawer pull that drives you crazy every time you open the drawer, fixing a broken teacup or painting over that weird black mark on the wall in the hallway.

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Adding a little love to an old pair of jeans.

The point is, there’s probably some little nagging thing that’s been bothering you or that you know you need to do. It probably won’t actually take that long to do it (mending and/or cutting off four pairs of pants took maybe 20 minutes) but you’ll be glad you did.

Getting things done is apparently my theme this week, but it’s a great place to start, right? The more we can do the little things as soon as they present themselves, the better off we will be. And the more we do those things that have been building up, the better we will feel.

What can you take care of today? I’d love to hear what’s on your agenda or see a picture of what you fixed. Just tag it with #ourdailycraft on social media. And remember to sign up for my newsletter to keep track of all the daily challenges and other great stuff happening here!

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