There are very few crafts out there I haven’t tried. My husband (and my garage) can attest to that. Everything from jewelry-making to crochet and sewing to painting, I’ve probably at least dabbled in it. But there are a few crafts that are go-to’s for me when my writer brain needs a break from creating stories and wants to recharge by being creative another way.

Crochet is something I love, but I don’t get to do much. However, for a birthday and Christmas, a friend from college commissioned me to make a couple little amigurumi birds for her son. They turned out cute, but my hands complain if I do it too much anymore because I have a tendency to hold the yarn and hook tightly.

I love to paint. For my niece and each nephew, as well as my son and daughter and a few others, I’ve now made a set of peg dolls. Since my sister’s family is living in England right now, and my youngest nephew is obsessed with buses, I thought it would be fun to do some British peg dolls. Here’s the end result, and he was thrilled when he opened them up for Christmas. Can you tell who they’re supposed to be?

Another go-to is sewing. I have made clothes for myself as well as my children, but lately, my skills have turned to doll-sized outfits as my six-year-old and her cousin have developed a love of Barbies. Since my daughter is also obsessed with mermaids and with the baking shows on TV, I’ve made her dolls a mermaid fin AND an apron. I think it turned out cute.

Every now and then, a crafting hobby creeps into my writing. I’ve had characters who scrapbooked and stamped greeting cards in the past. And with the sense of achievement that comes from each project complete (minus a few that didn’t work out in reality as well as they had in my head), I know crafting will continue to be a large part of my life, passed down from many generations of crafters.

Here’s Amy’s latest book:

Can letters from the past spur a couple on to the future of their dreams?

Christiana Jones dreamed her whole life of living in Huntsville, Alabama, so she can’t figure out why it doesn’t feel like home. Her relationships—on social media and in real life—seem shallow and empty. When she unearths a stack of her grandparents’ letters, it spurs an idea. Could she find something deeper with a penpal?

Jordan White is taken aback when his cousin Tina suggests he become penpals with her childhood best friend. What could a Louisiana boy have in common with a girl two states away? After all, he’s happily settled on his family’s property and working the job he always wanted. But every letter they exchange has him wishing for more.

As they grow closer through their written words, the miles between them seem to grow wider. Can love cross the distance and bring them home?

Amy R Anguish

Author of An Unexpected Legacy, Faith and Hope, and Saving Grace

Amy R Anguish grew up a preacher’s kid, and in spite of having lived in seven different states that are all south of the Mason Dixon line, she is not a football fan. Currently, she resides in Tennessee with her husband, daughter, and son, and usually a bossy cat or two. Amy has an English degree from Freed-Hardeman University that she intends to use to glorify God, and she wants her stories to show that while Christians face real struggles, it can still work out for good.

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Do you have a favorite craft or do you vary your crafting depending on time of year or mood?