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Here we are. The month that makes or breaks you as a true Alaskan. The month that hangs on to winter with such growling force you'd think it was a coastal brownie holding on to a chinook. But there are a couple of things that keep us trudging along, like the promise of the first day of spring (at least in date, if not in weather) and the excitement of an entire month totally dedicated to craft. Yes folks, we are now 11 days into the best month of the year, National Craft Month!
Crafts and celebrations for any day of National Craft Month 031109 AE 2 Capital City Weekly Here we are. The month that makes or breaks you as a true Alaskan. The month that hangs on to winter with such growling force you'd think it was a coastal brownie holding on to a chinook. But there are a couple of things that keep us trudging along, like the promise of the first day of spring (at least in date, if not in weather) and the excitement of an entire month totally dedicated to craft. Yes folks, we are now 11 days into the best month of the year, National Craft Month!

Illustrations By Tanna Peters

There's something to celebrate almost any day in March, and a craft to go along with your celebration. Here are some examples, clockwise from top left: make a Tea Towel Apron on Girl Scout Day, a frozen chocolate banana on Something-On-A-Stick Day, a rubber band ball on the anniversary of the invention of the rubber band and an embroidered pi symbol on Pi Day.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Story last updated at 3/11/2009 - 11:10 am

Crafts and celebrations for any day of National Craft Month
Alaska Crafter

Here we are. The month that makes or breaks you as a true Alaskan. The month that hangs on to winter with such growling force you'd think it was a coastal brownie holding on to a chinook. But there are a couple of things that keep us trudging along, like the promise of the first day of spring (at least in date, if not in weather) and the excitement of an entire month totally dedicated to craft. Yes folks, we are now 11 days into the best month of the year, National Craft Month!

Now, I will be honest, crafting is not all March has to offer. It is also National Frozen Food Month, National Noodle Month and Women's History Month, just to name a few. What I find so incredibly tantalizing about crafting is how it encompasses so many interests, genres, techniques and styles. What else can cover noodles, frozen food and women's history like a macaroni noodle crafted portrait of Amelia Earhart on the back of a frozen food box? Amazing!

So, in honor of March and crafting I have compiled some fun treats for you and yours to test out as you wait for the April showers to come.

If NCM isn't enough, the second week of March is both Bubble Gum Week and Crochet Week. I found a quick recipe from Nets Pets online for a bubble gum pouch. Visit netspets.blogspot.com/2008/08/crochet-bubblegum-pouch-gift.htm and carry around your gum with style all week long.

After that, celebrate the crafty way on March 12, Girl Scout Day. I began my original craft addiction as a Girl Scout, and here is the first project I remember, the Tea Towel Apron:

Take one tea towel and one package of bias tape. Fold over 1" on the short edge of the towel and stitch in place. Cut lengths of bias tape for neck ties and waist ties. Stitch in place at neck and waist. Tie on. Cook up a storm.

Next, get your craft on for Pi day. Pi (you remember: 3.14, has to do with circles) day is celebrated all over with fresh hot pies, pizzas and even writing pi-kus (a variation on the haiku with a three-one-four syllable pattern). I suggest whipping out your embroidery hoop and stitching up a pi symbol, while thanking pi the whole time for keeping that hoop together.

On March 17, celebrate St. Patty's Day and the invention of the rubber band (in 1845!) by crafting a rubber band ball using aluminum foil as the balled up center and wrap-wrap-wrapping bands around. Then go wreak havoc on the town with a green crafted tee and your new crazy bouncy ball.

March 20 heralds in the first day of Spring (woohoo) and National Quilting Day (double woohoo). Wait a few more days and you can satisfy your craving for quilts at the Annual Capital Quilter's show at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center in Juneau March 28-29.

While at the Quilter's show (or probably afterwards, lest they kick you out) enjoy Something-On-A-Stick Day by crafting up some frozen chocolate bananas (my favorite). Stick peeled bananas on a stick, freeze them for an hour on a wax paper lined pan, pull them out and douse them with melted chocolate. Refreeze and enjoy.

Round out the end of the month on March 30 by celebrating the Alaska purchase. Get back to your Russian roots by carving a Matroyshka doll set. Or if that's a bit much, buy a blank set and paint them to look like you and your fam. Celebrate any way you like because, let's face it, Alaskans and crafts go hand in hand.


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