Monthly Archives: August 2014

Favorite Crafts

Two bracelets made from left over scraps of material and old lace.

Two bracelets made from left over scraps of material and old lace.

I have enjoyed crafting for as long as I can remember.  My grandmother was an important role model to me in this area.  She helped me learn to sew by working on a quilt with me.  She inspired me to experiment and be interested in lots of different types of art projects.  Some of the crafts that I enjoy include flower arranging, sewing and making jewelry.  I mostly like French Country or Shabby Chic decor. This fits in nicely with my love for antiques.  I have experimented with painting furniture with chalk paint since it is all the rage right now.  I enjoy sifting through old things to find items to use in projects. I love old textiles, lace and buttons which I frequently use in my jewelry designs.

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Staying Creative

 Here are some of my teddy bears.

Here are some of my teddy bears.

As we get older, it is not uncommon to revert back to childhood pursuits through leisure activities. For example, one might pursue collections of different types such as dolls, stamps, coins, souvenirs or other memorabilia.  Creative crafts such as sewing, painting, writing or scrapbooking are also popular.  After children are grown, there is more time to develop hobbies or skills.  We might even discover new interests or talents in our free time.  We are all guilty of spending too much time on computers and not enough time on creative pursuits. We must keep challenging ourselves to pick up a pencil, paintbrush, pair of scissors or other tool of craft to keep creating and not grow dull in mind or body.  Here are some activities that I have found to keep me going.

 

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