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Myquillyn Smith, The Nester, is a home stager, redesigner and design school drop-out. Her last home (a rental) was featured in Better Homes & Gardens, Cottages & Bungalows, Ladies' Home Journal and in her upcoming design philosphy book, The Nesting Place: It doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful....

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  1. My daughter and I did crafts for years and would open our home to anyone who wanted to learn crafts. We were blessed to meet a young lady online whose husband was in the hospital and he was coming home. They had no income and she was going to have to be home to take care of her husband. She saw the quilling we used to show online and asked if we could help her learn to make it. They lived in a tourist’s town in South America and we live in a small town in upper US. She had contacted a lot of people online who quilled and none of them were willing to help her.

    We helped her. After a few short weeks she was making some quilling items that were much more intricate then we every made. She did not speak English and we did not speak Portuguese, we used a translator online to communicate with each other. She was able to make enough to squeak by until her husband was able to return to work. She continued because she had so much success it was bringing in an income for her to stay home with her children.

    You never know what crafts could to for someone else, to God be the glory. She was struggling as a Christian and this one act of kindness caused her to see God’s love and accept the deeper walk before her Lord.

    My eyes went bad and I was not able to continue making the quilled items, but God used that short time to teach others who could continue it.

  2. This whole craft day has been on my mind since the last time you posted about it…which was months ago. I know this would be an easy, good way to be more intentional with relationships. I will try to get this going Nester. Lord knows I need to. I relate with everything you say about not leaving the house. It’s hard but I need to be disciplined and just do it. Thanks for challenging yourself and us.

  3. This is funny. I start my craft night in 10 days! Super excited and scared, so thanks for encouraging me 🙂

  4. love this. any suggestions for how to do this when you have little kids? all my friends have babies and toddlers!

  5. I have been thinking about doing this with my youth group girls. Thanks for the reminder and encouragement =)