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Winter could very well be named the craftiest season. From needle worked blankets, hats and scarves, to handmade holiday gifts, to décor and creation in celebration of family, it has all the right elements. But for me there is one pesky hiccup that I can't see past, literally. The darkness that settles into every nook and cranny in town makes it hard for me muster up the courage to craft on. Some find inspiration in the darkness and can easily craft their winter woes away. I prefer to give my space a facelift and I find the craft follows. So each year as the termination dust creeps down I get to work on my list of craft cures for after dark.
Alaska Crafter: Getting crafty after dark 111809 AE 2 Capital City Weekly Winter could very well be named the craftiest season. From needle worked blankets, hats and scarves, to handmade holiday gifts, to décor and creation in celebration of family, it has all the right elements. But for me there is one pesky hiccup that I can't see past, literally. The darkness that settles into every nook and cranny in town makes it hard for me muster up the courage to craft on. Some find inspiration in the darkness and can easily craft their winter woes away. I prefer to give my space a facelift and I find the craft follows. So each year as the termination dust creeps down I get to work on my list of craft cures for after dark.

Illustration By Tanna Peters

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Story last updated at 11/18/2009 - 11:59 am

Alaska Crafter: Getting crafty after dark

Winter could very well be named the craftiest season. From needle worked blankets, hats and scarves, to handmade holiday gifts, to décor and creation in celebration of family, it has all the right elements. But for me there is one pesky hiccup that I can't see past, literally. The darkness that settles into every nook and cranny in town makes it hard for me muster up the courage to craft on. Some find inspiration in the darkness and can easily craft their winter woes away. I prefer to give my space a facelift and I find the craft follows. So each year as the termination dust creeps down I get to work on my list of craft cures for after dark.

Let the Light In

Full spectrum lights are nothing new to Southeast Alaskans or crafters. If you haven't jumped on board with these lamps that emulate the sun's natural colors and feel, then get to hoppin! Not only do these instruments emit bright white light, some also help in the treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which often occurs in dark spots like ours.

Go Green

Greenery and bright florals can counteract a gloomy space by infusing it with life. Craft up a green thumb using your full-spectrum lights (they really do everything!) to keep the growing season going. Or create a tropical paradise of fabric, paper or beaded flowers to display all winter long.

Get Reflective

Decorate your space with mirrors, candlesticks and cut glass. The reflective surfaces bounce light back into the room for a double-whammy of bright. Create a mirrored wall display by grouping silver platters of various sizes together. And don't forget about all those holiday decorations that bounce light like globe ornaments and the ever-enduring bag of tinsel. Think of ways to extend that décor from the tree to the rest of the room.

Spring Cleaning, for Winter

Get down to a deep clean in December to quickly lighten any space. Washing windows and cleaning out clutter makes spaces look bigger and brighter.

Embrace Snow

The color, that is. White spaces and objects together can take a room from dark and dreary to light and airy. If re-painting your house every winter isn't your thing, think about lightening accessories, curtains, bed linens and lampshades. Choose pale and pastel colors in cottons and silks. Replace heavier, dark-framed art with lighter pieces for the winter months. For a quick fix frame bright fabrics in embroidery hoops of varying sizes. Group the hoops in a wall display for winter, and then use them later for crafting all summer.

Whatever you do this winter keep the gloom out by creating. Gather with friends and family, get a crafty group going, turn the lights on, get the mirrors out and craft those dark days away!

Tanna Peters is a crafter and designer from wonderful, rainy Southeast Alaska. View her latest creations at suiteliving.blogspot.com and her shared crafting sitecraftaddicts.blogspot.com. Send local craft inquiries and info to tanna.craft@gmail.com.


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