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A dozen DIY diversions to get you through polar vortex 2.0
Although not expected to be as bone-chillingly brutal as what we experienced early this month, there's another cold front due to wrap much of the country in a frigid embrace. A perfect opportunity for crafting and Cat Bingo if there ever was one!
Mon, Jan 20, 2014 at 8:30 AM
As you've probably heard, it's going to get real
cold across a huge swath of the country — brace yourself, Midwest and Northeast —later this week. Forecasters don’t anticipate it will be quite as arctic in nature as the polar vortex that we experienced earlier this month
— like all sequels, this bout of frigid weather won’t be as memorable as its record-breaking predecessor — but with temps dropping down into dangerous single digit territory, it’s enough to severely cut short your time spent outdoors. So enjoy that leisurely post-dinner constitutional around the neighborhood while you can. It’s time to, yet again, don your best house hoodie
and hunker down for a spell.
That being said, weather-related confinement isn’t always easy. A couple of days being near-housebound and you may find yourself pacing, panicking, twidling your thumbs, arguing with yourself in the mirror, or watching reruns of “Magnum PI” on Netflix. Perhaps you’ll use the frigid weather as an opportunity to be more productive around the house — you’ll tackle that pile of bills, clean out the pantry, pen a long-overdue letter to your granny. Hopefully, you’ll also find the time to have some fun.
Below, I’ve rounded up a dozen DIY diversions and distractions to help keep restless minds sharp and your idle hands busy on days when the weather is too polar vortex-ish to venture outside — maker-minded stuff, much of handmade itself, that’s geared to help you merrily pass the time with our without company. Here’s hoping that you do have some company because, after all, Cat Bingo and Cocktail Dice just aren’t the same when you’re stuck inside by your lonesome.
Do you plan on picking up a new hobby, craft project, or make-centric activity when or if you're stuck at home this winter?
Cast Planter Kit @ Twine
Indoor Snowball Fight @ Terrain
Flag Dominoes by Fredericks @ Mae @ Poketo ($100)
United States Chalkboard Map @ Terrain ($168)
"Knitting With Dog Hair: Better A Sweater From A Dog You Know and Love Than From A Sheep You'll Never Meet" by Kendall Crolius and Anne Montgomery @ Amazon.com
AquaFarm at Home Aquaponic Kit by Back to the Roots @ Abe's Market
Rizzo's Original Fortune Teller by Red Horseshoe @ Cog & Pearl
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