Craft Project Ideas
To any recovering burn patients
who might be
reading these pages, I must urge you to consider looking at Craft Project Ideas on Google,
and try to pick one, or two, or more, that you like, and can handle.
You will never have a better chance to indulge yourself as NOW, when
you are recovering from one of the worst
injuries you can get.
Here are a couple of links to get you started. (These links will open in a New Window)
For Kids who need to be occupied http://www.allfreecrafts.com/kids/index.shtml
For Anyone who needs to be busy
I was looking for Craft Project Ideas,
or any Ideas that would suit me for the anticipated 12 month
convalescence period, as I recovered from my extensive 3rd degree
burns, remembering that I had always been a Manual Type.
Being a bit musically inclined I
thought that a Sax might be right, but the price scared me off, so I
got a Clarinet,
learnt to play it, then had to stop when our Border Collie ”Dog” used
to go off his brain. That was a pity because it was good therapy for my
newly grafted bottom lip.
Still looking for something TO DO, a friend taught me Silversmithing,
which I thoroughly enjoyed, and made several pieces, invluding a neat
little Crescent Moon with a
Citron Star Jewel stick-pin for my Mum. The Silversmithing course kept me
busy for a few months, and then I discovered Computers.
One thing that I really admire in this world
and at the time Computers seemed to be the Epitome of Precision, so I
got a Commodore 64 (Now don't laugh! This was in 1983. Where were you
then?) with an external hard drive, and set up pricelists for a
plumbing supplier. I soon progressed to an IBM compatible with a Full
10 Mb hard Drive!
That's when I got serious about Restoring some 400
my father had taken in the 1920's when travelling from the southern
Flinders Ranges in South Australia to Darwin in the Northern Territory,
photos of Aboriginals, Motor Vehicles, Airplanes, Camels, Places and
People. I used to market re-prints of these on eBay. Now I market these on my own website, Early
Australian Outback (this will open in a new
Restoring old photos or manipulating new pix is a great craft project idea for anyone who may have a large collection of photos in that old
the spare room.
There were a couple of more visits to Dell,
my Plastic Surgeon,
to get my wrist, hand, face and arm burns scars sorted out over the
next few years,
and in the meantime I took on a job in Central Queensland, exactly 12
months after being discharged from the hospital, managing a large
Builders Supply Company, and also started a Motor
Bike shop, Hondas, Harleys, BMW' etc.
Well, the Central Queensland climate wasn't
very kind to someone who had extensive split skin grafting over his
body, so after a couple of years we moved to South East Queensland
where I took up a job of managing an Irrigation Supply Company.
In my spare time I did a course in Lead
and just felt that it was made for me, so when one of my bosses would
not take the Sack, I resigned and bought a glazing and security door
business, where I could indulge myself in my newfound art. I had one of
my sons with me to do all the work.
My left hand which had been 'De-Gloved' by
my burns accident, and rebuilt with Skin Grafts, had healed
beautifully, and gave me no touble at all with the glass cutting and
soldering, and just as well because I'm a dedicated 'Left Hander'
Of all the craft project ideas that are out there
one of the most demanding technically, as so many skills are required.
But if you are a good artisan it is also very rewarding. I eventually
set up a Glass Studio specializing in Leadlight
and Fused Glass panels.
When we retired we got a beautiful caravan,
sold everything else, and became “Silver Nomads” or “Grey Haired
Gypsies”. We gravitated to the bush and spent many hours prospecting
with some success, moving from one old
historical goldfield to
the next, making dozens of friends along the way.
Well the knees got bad, the hip even worse,
and the ground got harder to dig,
so we started a new life as city dwellers, and now I spend 12 hours a
day writing articles for the 'net,
and I wish my knees and hip were as good as my old 3rd degree burns.