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Hi I'm Debbie. I started nearlycrafty.com together with my son, Logan and my daughter Farrah. Logan loves designing, manipulaitng and creating anything with a mouse and a computer screen in the digital medium. Farrah loves drawing, painting and creating with any and all physical mediums. I am an artist by education and an architect by education and career. I had never ventured out into the world of digital creation before nearlycrafty.com. I love that we have been able to team up as a family and draw upon each of our strengths.   

Joy comes in the process of learning, discovery, failure, and success. The opportunity to design and create as a family will be better for your relationships, your health, and your happiness. It's time to turn off the TV, put down your phone, step away from the computer and create.

Nearly Crafty is here to help you bring back quality, engaging, creative and fun family time!

If you refuse to give up on prying your children away from their screens and are looking for a way to maximize the payoff of your relentless, instinctual and sacrificial hard work that you put forth for your children every day, then you are in the right place:

  • Do you find it harder and harder to engage your kids in a creative or productive activity?
  • Do you not have time to research project ideas or get to the store to buy the supplies needed?
  • Do you end up spending WAY too much money on unfocused supplies when you do make it to the store with kids in tow asking for you to buy them everything?
  • Do you feel like you never have your kids attention and it’s a constant fight to get them off their screens?

Well, you are not alone. As parents, we all struggle with these same issues. Here at Nearly Crafty, we believe that we were born with opposable thumbs for a reason, and it’s not so that we can text faster!

Excessive screen time has been linked to lower scores on thinking and language tests, increasing obesity, disrupting sleep, eye strain, poor posture and headaches. It has also been shown to be addictive. In one study, teenagers’ brain activity was monitored as they viewed their Instagram feed.

It was found that this activity triggered the reward system in their brains and stimulated the release of dopamine, a brain chemical involved in cravings and desire. It can also increase anxiety and depression in young adults.

Excessive Screen Time has been shown to be addictive.

On the other hand, allowing kids to be creative is an important part of their development. There are so many positive benefits when kids create something with their hands:

  • decision-making
  • planning skills
  • problem-solving
  • concentration
  • dexterity
  • auditory, visual and kinesthetic learning
  • multi-cultural understanding
  • associating learning with fun
  • bonding with family members
  • team work
  • self-expression and confidence

It is true, that handmade self-expression actually increases brain activity.

When you use your hands to create, you stimulate the somatosensory and motor cortex of the brain.

The process of stimulating this cortex creates connections between different parts of the brain. Intelligence is believed to be more to do with the number of connections within a brain rather than its size. Hence, the more you craft and create, the more connections you foster and – you guessed it – the smarter you’ll be!

Teaching children to craft and create art is an excellent way to boost those brain connections from a young age.

Crafting is literally a way to exercise your brain.

Taking the time to make something special, personal and handmade means a great deal. Craft projects, scrapbooks, quilts, handmade cards, handcrafted jewelry, and journals connect us to loved ones in the present, bind us to our past and create heirlooms for future generations. Many of these items will be around long after we are gone.

Scrapbooks, for example, become beautiful time capsules for our children, parents or friends in future years.

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Step-by-stepy Instructions

We offer a focused organized recipe box of projects for kids 6 - 13

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List of supplies needed

All of the projects have links to purchase all the supplies needed and have them delivered right to your door so when the weekend comes, you’re ready to have some fun

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Best priced craft ideas

We’ve done the legwork for you… we’ve hunted for the lowest prices on all the supplies we list

Fun projects of any type

We have a wide range of project types from sewing to painting to building that are fun and exciting and relevant to your 21st century kids

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