A Couple of Ideas!

Amber Here!

So in times like these – when you’re spending an inordinate amount of time at home – the key to not going crazy…is to keep both your mind and body active.

Now there isn’t much advice I can give for the latter, but the former I’ve got a couple of ideas. Not the least of which, for those of you out there with a Rainy Day Craft Stash – I think now is the time to peer into its depths and see what you can find!


(See what I did here – Crafting with Christie! Here’s a link to the great people who made the kit I stitched for this pic!)

Now, if you don’t own your body weight in yarn, embroidery floss, and fabric, I’ve got another idea!

Books, which honestly isn’t a surprise, but hey, it’s got to be said! There is a plethora of great ones out there right now just waiting to be snapped up!

Now I know a lot of the bookshops out there have shut their doors temporarily – but not all of them have. I promise! One of my favorites is in Moscow, Id. and it’s called Bookpeople Of Moscow. The owner is lovely and in her beats the heart of a real book lover!

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(I didn’t take a picture of the bookshop or apparently of downtown Moscow – so have a picture of a Quail right around the corner from the shops!)

Now, if you’d like to stay a whole lot closer to home with your purchases, I’ve found these four indie bookshops who are still open – in one form or another – so you can get your books without needing to resort to THOSE OTHER GUYS.

Magnolia Bookstore

Book Larder (they only do cookbooks)

Queen Anne Book Company

Magnus Books

Now, if you’re tired of reading, though how that could happen, I’m not sure (other than eye strain), I’ve got another idea for you…


Not the little kits that you received as a kid, but the giant expert sets with over 10,000 pieces and 250+ pages of detailed instructions! (I am not kidding.) They are a great way of passing the time while listening to the TV, which is heading rapidly towards repeats, so the plot doesn’t need 100% of your attention!

Plus, if you’re anything like me, the warm glow of nostalgia of snapping together the pieces is wonderful!

For inspiration, here’s a build I completed that was fun & forever-taking!

Now if none of this helps and you’re still either bored, depressed or experiencing a huge case of the stir-crazies….Here’s a pic of a mama duck and her ducklings that will hopefully help – if only a little!