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Why Make Homemade Items? Arlington WA

A project can inspire wonder about the physical world and wonder about our abilities to manipulate what is around us. Our capacity to wonder and appreciate increases as we build and invent. Creation of an improvised device adds to awareness and reverence for what the world has to offer.

Lingering Legacy
(425) 212-2519
3711A Broadway
Everett, WA
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Studio B Custom Art
(425) 259-9294
2815 Baker Ave
Everett, WA
 
Covenant Art Glass
(425) 252-4232
3232 Broadway
Everett, WA
 
Hobby Lobby
(425) 673-6471
19310 60th Avenue West
Lynnwood, WA
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Michael's Arts & Crafts
(206) 575-2538
17400 Southcenter Parkway
Tukwila, WA
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Anabel's Framing and Gallery
(425) 258-6402
2531 Broadway
Everett, WA
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Jo -Ann Fabrics And Crafts
(425) 355-7373
Cascade Plz
Everett, WA
 
Scents Of Thyme
(425) 258-1713
5212 S 2nd Ave
Everett, WA
 
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store
(253) 839-6710
31523 Pacific Highway South
Federal Way, WA
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Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store
(360) 423-3122
700 Ocean Beach Highway
Longview, WA
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Why Make Homemade Items?

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Family & Kid Crafts

Why Make Homemade Items
By Alan Detwiler 
Email gizmocrafter@yahoo.com
Apr 18, 2005, 23:58

   

I've always liked to make gadgets and gizmos that fill some need ... some useful (or not so useful) function. It started with the simple things that many kids make - slingshots, a simple bow and arrow, a toy boat. Occasionally more involved items such as a canoe and a dune buggy became trophies to add to my accomplishments.

Simple things appeal to me more than more costly homemade items. A project with a small amount of time invested seems more like entertainment. Projects that use up more time and money make me think I would be better off doing something else.

So now when I don't feel motivated to do more practical things I often turn to an idea about some device or other that I've wanted to try making but never got around to.

I can recall many such improvised devices that gave me much needed diversion from the grind of more practical endeavors. Time spent earnestly involved in the creation of something designed and made with ones own ingenuity can be quite enjoyable. Each project gives me something to be proud of and more evidence that I am capable of more than tediously repeating over and over what I have done too many times before.

Ideas for things to make come from many places. Most often the idea comes from some need. I do a lot of keying of text using a computer keyboard. I tend to keep the room temperature a bit cool, cool enough that my hands become uncomfortable. I ended up rigging a length of electrical heating tape wound in a large coil-shape to surround the keyboard. Tying the heat tape to a large piece of cardboard keeps it in place. It does a nice job of keeping my hands warm. I can leave the room temperature set where I want it. As far as I know, you can't buy anything like that.

A project can inspire wonder about the physical world and wonder about our abilities to manipulate what is around us. Our capacity to wonder and appreciate increases as we build and invent. Creation of an improvised device adds to awareness and reverence for what the world has to offer.

As we build and invent, we add to our awareness of what is around us. We begin to understand that even simple things are complex. This insight gives us appreciation for the physical world and our abilities to manipulate what is around us.

Creative and rational abilities are used together to design and make a homemade gizmo. The more often the two abililities are used together, the more powerful the combination becomes. A strong partnership of the rational and creative minds increases a person's ability to produce and enjoy life.

It is fun and satisfying to conjure up and build simple devices. Those created items command more appreciation than more casually acquired, purchased items. And it feels good proving that imagination and ingenuity can make life better. Having witnessed firs...

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