If I am asked to help someone out with a DIY project, I come alive. Known as “Crafty Jen”, I don’t want to disappoint. This goes for friends, family, and just about anyone in need. Actually, most of my efforts are focused on my own home and my husband and kids. Either I research a décor item online or someone makes a suggestion, and all I have to do is follow through. What fun! Anything goes in the craft world. There is no end to materials and methods. I use or give away my products—they are not for sale. Those of you in the crafting community know of what I write. With my new blog, I want to give a shout out to creative souls out there looking for new ideas and ways to pass the time with great pleasure. I have the makings of a real business. Most of us in the craft world have a room or garage full of stuff: colored papers, glue, paints and brushes, foam board, ribbons and cast off fabric scraps, pieces of metal, beads and sequins, and all sorts of found objects that will soon populate my projects. Recently, I acquired a nice collection of wooden dowels that were about to go bye-bye at the local lumber yard. Yes, I frequent local businesses for old and new wares. It didn’t take me a long time to come up with a way to use them. After watching my daughter run around the house in her favorite princess dress, I got the inspiration to make some fairy wands for her and her friends. They love to dress up and these would be the perfect counterpart to their fantasy play date activities. I had enough dowels to make five and probably enough litter for two dozen. Ha! I just used what I needed and kept the rest on the shelf for another day. First, I measured them all up and then went to my husband who cut them on his band saw in the shed - this part is never interesting to me, but he loves to read blogs like https://www.woodworknation.com/best-table-saw-reviews/ about his hobby all the time. The dowels made perfect wand holders and, of course, the top had to be a big shiny star. Some pink foil wrapped around a cut-out piece of foam core was the base for a layer of silver glitter. One of my favorite tools in the entire craft world is a glue gun. The stuff stays where you want it without running. I let my daughter tie a piece of light blue ribbon around the dowel, at the top where it meets the star. She changed each wand for her friends, using a different color scheme, but following my construction example. I have bred a budding crafter in the making. After all, she was the one who suggested painting the dowels in different colors for added flair. The kids loved them and took them home to show mom. A few days later, I got a few requests. This was not my intention, but I couldn’t think of another way to use the dowels. Surely something will come to me down the road. Meanwhile, the neighborhood is full of rollicking fairies waving their wands about with glee.