How to be Crafty

sewing woodcut

I've been wanting to write about this for a while now. With the explosion of the online craft world (and a rise in Pinterest addictions) it's easy to gorge ourselves on great ideas that we want to try out "one day." But what happens when that day never comes? When we become so overwhelmed by all the amazing ideas out there that we feel inadequately crafty ourselves?

I'm a firm believer that everyone--man, woman, and child---should learn how to make something with their own two hands (or feet). Whether it's cooking a meal from scratch, woodworking, sewing a pair of pajama pants, knitting washcloths, planting a garden, or even finger painting and making daisy chains, everyone is capable of creating something.

And in a world in which we're more and more removed from where everything we own comes from, I think it's extremely important to reconnection with the things around us and the people who made them. To create meaning beyond consuming while simplifying and de-stuffing our lives as a result.

playing with buttons

I've always been something of a creative person, but it's only been in the past few years that I could begin to call myself a crafter. But I've grown in leaps and bounds in my crafty journey and want to help you grow, too.

So, in the next few weeks I'll be writing about how you can find your own inspiration and motivation to learn, create, and explore what you can make yourself. I'll be focusing more on the fiber arts (since that's what I have the most experience in), including sewing, knitting and crochet, and needlework, hopefully with a few extras added in.

I hope to guide you past the bookmarking and pinning stage of your creative endeavors and step into the realm of doing. I'll start first with sewing.

Where are you on the crafty spectrum? Are you still building up the nerve to dip your toes in? Have you been crafting for years? What motivates you to dive in and start making?

I'm excited to join you in your own creative journey and can't wait to hear your stories and experiences!
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