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LIFSTYLE: 52 Weeks of Crafting by Anna Stassen of Sakura Jewellery


“What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing.” Aristotle


Many people tend to learn best by doing. Christine Evans has done just that by setting herself the challenge of learning 52 crafts in 52 weeks. A busy career woman by day, Christine is an inspirational person who isn’t afraid to step outside her comfort zone to challenge herself.


What inspired you to start this project and what does it involve? I realised I wanted to be more creative on a regular basis and challenge myself to try new things. My day job is pretty demanding and I don’t have much time to just relax and let my creative side out to play. So, I came up with the idea to try a new craft every week for a year. I needed a way


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to ensure I kept up with it so I started the 52 Crafts in 52 Weeks blog. That way, others could track my progress and help me along the way with encouragement and ideas.


How have you found teaching yourself all these new skills? Great fun! I am inspired by magazines and blogs plus my crafty friends who have helped by lending supplies and equipment. Some weeks have


been tough though – for example, I think it’s going to take me a while longer to get the hang of knitting and crochet. There have been a few weeks when I’ve really had to force myself to make something. It helps if I get organised and plan a few weeks ahead rather than leaving things to the last minute. It’s really satisfying when I master something I’ve never tried before. I now have a whole tonne of craft skills I didn’t have


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