.. Craft Trends - Hiving
More families are 'hiving' in homes, experts say
In the '80s we "cocooned." Now, we are "hiving." Family, neighborhoods are now much more important.
Signs of hiving:
*The huge popularity of home decorating shows, aiming to make the home a more accessible living space.
*Increasing numbers of people working from home.
*Cell phone companies highlighting the ability to keep people connected; "family" cell phone plans are highlighted.
*Rising interest in neighborhood "watches" and neighborhood traffic control.
*Board games - old ones and newer ones - enjoying double-digit growth for the past few years.
*Increasing interest in "home" crafts, such as scrapbooking and knitting.
*More "home-party selling".
*New trends in housing construction, such as "walkable neighborhoods" combining retail and living spaces.
*Large TVs and media centers in "great rooms" designed for entertaining.