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March is National Craft Month

Crafting is an enjoyable activity that continues to gain popularity because of all the benefits it provides. It helps reduce stress, builds children's self-esteem and learning skills, is emotionally pleasing, and most importantly - it's fun. Nothing is quite as satisfying as making something with your own hands - no matter your age or skill level. Because it is such a well-liked pastime, the Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) has dedicated the entire month of March to celebrating all that crafting has to offer.

During March, craft retailers around the country will offer special classes, demonstrations, tips and projects to get customers involved. Many stores will have a new craft theme each week of the month that highlights a different crafting category, such as needlecrafts, home décor, scrapbooking and kid's crafts.

National Craft Month will culminate on Saturday, March 19th, 2005 with a one-day happening entitled Look! I Made It Myself. A Kid's Craft Day. Craft and hobby retailers nationwide will offer a variety of fun-filled craft activities to introduce families and kids to the joys of crafting. All are encouraged to take that great kid in their lives -- a child, grandchild, niece/nephew, neighbor or someone who is simply a kid at heart -- to their local craft store to enjoy the festivities.

"Crafting is a great way for families to get together, be creative and have a good time," stated Terri Ouellette, national spokesperson for the Craft & Hobby Association. "National Craft Month provides consumers with the information and tools needed to start a craft project and to experience first hand the good feelings that crafting fosters."

National Craft Month is the perfect time to check out what all the buzz on crafting is about. To find out what is going on in your area during National Craft Month, call your local craft store or visit for additional information about crafts and National Craft Month.

The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) sponsors National Craft Month. The newly formed CHA emerged from the unification of two leading craft and hobby industry associations: the Hobby Industry Association (HIA) and the Association of Crafts & Creative Industries (ACCI). CHA is a not-for-profit organization consisting of more than 6,000 member companies engaged in the manufacture, distribution and retail of craft and hobby products. The Association offers a broad range of member services including market research, education and consumer branding initiatives, as well as two annual international trade events that attract more than 25,000 industry professionals.

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