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Why do you craft?

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Photo from Etsy Blog

Crafters are an odd lot. Okay, speaking for myself – I am an odd lot! I craft primarily because I can’t help myself. Creativity, like writing and reading,  are deep-set needs for me. I craft because it is part of who I am. I craft for gifts, I craft for charity, and sometimes I craft for money. But I subscribe mostly to the theory that I craft because I can, because it is necessary, because it expresses love and hope.

Over time, I have spent hours researching websites and books to learn new crafts, to meet new people, and to discover new techniques and ways to express myself artistically, craftily. Browsing the ‘net, I found these sites that have also pondered the question – why do you craft? (Site names below are clickable links if you want to read what crafters had to say there.)

Capadia Designs

The ProvoCraft Cricut Community

The Simplest

And yet, wherever I go, the answers, both long-winded or short, seem to be about the same.

  • I craft for fun.
  • I craft because it saves me money on gifts
  • I craft because I have the talent to do so
  • I craft because I inherited the love of crafting from a parent or grandparent
  • I craft because it is “my time” to do things I enjoy
  • I craft because it allows me to express myself
  • It is a way to relax and get away from the world
  • It helps me deal with stress and to center myself
  • I can create things that are unique and not “made in China” cookie-cutter type art
  • Crafting = Therapy
  • It helps pass the time and/or it keeps my hands busy so I don’t (eat) (drink) (sleep)

SO, why do you craft?! Respond in a comment below, or simply spend some time thinking about why you involve yourself in crafty pursuits. And while you are commenting, or thinking about the role crafting plays in your life, pick out a new technique or skill to master! Mine is going to be felting…>>>

Blogging Mavens ~ The World of Craft Blogs!

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First, I want to send you all to a marvelous charity blog – which ties in so well with the Craftivism mode I have been in lately! Jog on over to World of Charity Stitching and enter their wonderful contest for fat quarters – even if you don’t quilt, you will find tons of uses for fat quarters; in fact, yesterday’s blog about my own “pretty little project” used a fat quarter (well, actually, about 1/3 of a fat quarter!)  If you are not familiar with the term fat quarter – read on!

One of my favorite Tee-Shirts says

Basically, a fat quarter is fabric that is cut in half between the selvedges so you end up with a piece of fabric that is approximately 18″ by 22″. A normal cut of fabric for 1/4 of a yard (a “quarter”) would be 9 x 44.  For a great chart, see about.com’s quilting pages.  Here is a photo of bundles of fat quarters. They can also be sold in rounds, so don’t be mislead when looking for them in your fabric store!

Fat Quarters pictures from "I'm no Chef" Diet Recipe site

ANYWAY – this is all just to encourage you to head on over to World of Charity Stitching. Whether or not you enter the giveaway, please take time to browse the site, as Craftivism, as demonstrated so well by World of Charity, is dear to my heart.

There are many blogs online about and for crafters. I am enamored of many, and subscribe to several. If you know how many emails trot across  my desktop daily, you will know that I am very picky about what I subscribe to, lest I be swamped by ideas and have a serious email meltdown. Here are five of my favorites, all of whom to which I subscribe. (I hate trying to write grammatically correct sentences.  They never seem to sound right!)

1. The Zen of Making  Haley Pierson-Cox is the maven here at The Zen of Making. She does all kinds of DIY (do it yourself) projects, and does product testing as well. (one of the things I am trying to expand into – product reviews) Her tutorials (which I have recently learned to call “tutes” {ye gads} ) are fantastic, her humor is “zenny” (so, so sorry, I am on a roll here…) and I simply love to wander through her site with mind wide open to crafting possibilities! And if you understood that paragraph, you win! (my everlasting gratitude!) (or would that be ‘tude, dude?)

2. I love the mother-daughter Aussies on Craftbits. They too have a charitable “arm” called Bottles of Hope. They have a lot of advertising on their site, but they take the time to explain why, and their projects and ideas are so much fun that who cares anyway!?  Browse their site and their fantastic free projects; I particularly love the section on Therapy Crafts. Great ideas for kids and classrooms as well. What a dynamic duo!

3. Next up, the wonderfully wacky (why are all crafters so nutty? It is just our creativity spilling out into the world!) Ashley, over at Make It and Love It  A mom of three, she finds time for her blog, and some really clever ideas. Particularly like her flip-flop makeovers, (in the no-sew section) and the gifts section. Since she has three kiddies, of course lots of the ideas are child-oriented, but I figure those of you who don’t have your own (or they are grown and gone, like mine) have other kids in your life to make things for, and this site will give you plenty of fodder for fooling around with crafts and sewing.

4.  Gwenny Penny is another mom-blogger. Her site includes printables, which are unique and fun (some geared to kids, some not.) She has  some really thoughtful ideas on creating unusual crafts for home and gifts. I love the tute on making your own personalized labels, which is high up on my list of things to do before Christmas. As with all the blogs I mention here, or will mention in the future, take some time to really check out her site, especially the “about me” page; somehow knowing the blogger and her background, her interest in specific crafting methods and her ideas really make “friends” out of strangers.

5. Last but definitely not least, is the Wool Food Mama. Yep. Wool. I adore her fabric boxes tutorial (I was tired of saying “tute”) and her specialty, felting, is the next new skill I intend to develop. If you want an hysterical bout of laughter, read the left sidebar on her homepage, which includes such statements as “I’m soaking hungry” and she calls that column, Gusty Bleu’s Backseat Blurt-outs… Yep, she is another blogging mommy. So many of them, with so much talent. Her site is about a lot more than crafting tho’ so if you just want the idea part, head over to the crafting portion of her site. Take time to look at the rest though!

When my kids we young, (and I only had two!) there were no blogs, in fact, there were barely computers, and the internet was in its infancy. But you know, I was amazed that I even had time to dress in the morning, and although I did a lot of crafts, I had to create my own ideas, or spend a lot of time at the library. Not complaining, they were lovely years, but I am stating this as a tribute to these talented moms who take the time to share their ideas and their lives with the rest of us.

ENJOY!