Retire with Crafts!

Crafts for Your Leisure Years book

Crafts For Your Leisure Years
Bodkin, Leibowitz, Wiener

As the designated “elder” in ALB, I have to say no to these crafts. Frankly, I don’t get what makes them appropriate for the retirement crowd. They look like any other craft book. Aside from some seriously ugly crafts, there isn’t anything special that makes this book, or the crafts within, particularly senior friendly.

However, a craft book for older folks could be a good idea. I would start by having a craft book with large print. Also a good senior craft book would offer help in adapting needle crafts for those that have arthritis in the hands. Holding scissors, threading a needle, holding a paint brush, etc. could be problematic for those of us of a certain age.

I just know if any of my kids put me in a home with these crafts, they will be disinherited on the spot or I will passive-aggressively make the crafts and give them to my kids as gifts.


mirror plate chair and table eye glass holders candles and jewelry table and wall decor


  1. That weird ugly shelf display makes me suddenly see it all as some weird Claymation movie behind-the-scenes documentary.

    1. It is bizarre to have that sudden display of abstract misshapenness appear. Well, it was 1976…

  2. If retirement means this, everyone I know will keep working till they drop.

    Craft books get dated as styles change. I’m pretty sure a fair amount of those were tacky even in 1976, and by now… yikes.

    I would like to give a special WTF?! to the knitted thing that’s at lower right in the second to last photo.

    @Mary: why not both? The crafts and the disinheriting.

    I used to do latch hook like a fiend, but wrist and thumb arthritis means that’s a no-no for me now. I miss it.

    Adaptive crafts for seniors (and younger folk with physical limitations) would seem like a no-brainer for a book, IF someone with taste came up with the designs. That’s a big “if”, of course.

  3. its the matching keychain, pen holder, money clip made of yarn and plastic canvas for me. I use to dread ladies aid meetings because the ladies kept making them and giving them as gifts. I had 12 of them and left them all at my ex husband’s house when we divorced. let him figure out what to do with them.

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