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11  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Spoon Carving! on: January 07, 2015 08:30:03 PM
What a beautiful spoon!  You did a fine job on the carving and gave the tree a chance to live again.  Awesome!
12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists on: January 05, 2015 09:14:45 PM
Some nice projects already.  The blanket is beautiful and I love the fabric cicadas.  And that pouch is really good too.

I tried the yarn and fabric when I was in high school.  I might have to give that another try.

I finished a project a few days ago, a late Christmas present for a friend.  I gave it to her yesterday, so I'll get a picture up soon.
13  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists on: December 31, 2014 10:16:47 AM
I'm not very good at clay, either.  I thnk it's because I have a phobia about things sticking to my hands. Embarrassed

I like the 3-D aspect of crafting.  I guess that's why I also like the origami. 

And if I don't cook or bake, I don't eat.  Since eating is one of the things I do best, I cook or bake. Cheesy
14  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Simple photo ornaments on: December 31, 2014 10:13:02 AM
I love your design!  Those turned out really nice. Great keepsake. Smiley
15  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists on: December 31, 2014 10:09:27 AM
Crafting all things isn't a bad thing.  I think most of us have tried many things and gravitate to what pleases us the most.  I've tried leather crafting, ceramics, clay modelling, fabric crafts including embroidery, cross stitch, sewing, and needle point.  I've also tried every aspect of woodworking, many paper crafts, and recycled art.  What I find most pleasing is carving wood, bone, ivory, coconut shells, emu eggshells, and anything else carveable.  I also love origami folding, the more complicated the better.  

I also love creating in the kitchen. Grin
16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists on: December 30, 2014 09:52:47 PM
My Gramma was a quilter and saved every scrap of fabric.  She did all the quilting by hand.  I sat and cut squares and diamonds for her when I was five and six years old.

My Mama sewed all of our clothes.  She had an awesome button box that I loved playing in.  I made all sorts of things with those buttons.  She also had a box with toilet paper rolls, tissue paper, butcher paper, glue, pieces of ribbon, scissors, blocks of wood, paper clips, scraps of fabric, and anything else she could find.  When it rained, out came the "crafting" supplies and we sat around the dining room table and made things.

When I was nine years old, I was given a library card and was allowed to borrow books from the bookmobile that came to our community.  I remember the McCalls big book of crafts very well.  I made lots of things from that book.

I also learned to make rag rugs when I was nine.  Gramma taught me to rip and tie all the pieces and she would crochet them.  I watched her for hours until I figured out what she was doing.  Picked it up like magic.

When I was twelve, my Daddy gave me a hammer, screwdriver and pliers.  I followed him around the farm and hammered nails, tightened every loose screw, and pulled staples and whatever with the pliers.  He taught me how to saw wood with a crosscut saw and how to properly drive nails. 

And my Grampa was a fiddle maker.  I never learned how to make things from him, but he gave me a sense of pride in well made things.

17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists on: December 29, 2014 03:53:08 PM
I'm in again.  No lists this year.  I'll just be posting as I go along.

As for crafting in my childhood, I think I've always been a crafter.  So was my mother, and so was my grandmother.  So I guess I just came by it genetically.  I started out with a spool knitter, paper crafts and lots of cardboard and glue.  We made everything from forts to gifts to ornaments and back again.

And I have no photos of any of that stuff.
18  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! on: December 08, 2014 08:48:28 AM
The wood in this photo is cherry.  I also did myrtlewood, walnut and poplar. 

I love carving cherry and walnut. 

For anyone who is thinking of carving or has already started, if you aren't sure of your tools yet, try carving soap.  It's forgiving enough to be fun and if you mess it up, you can still use the soap. Smiley

You can also carve basswood, which is a soft wood and easy to carve.  Carving the cherry is sometimes a challenge, because of all that beautiful grain, but the results are gratifying.
19  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! on: December 06, 2014 06:40:05 PM

It's all made from one board.  And it's very smooth.  I spent the extra time sanding.  I'm quite pleased with how they turned out.  And the customer was very happy with it.
20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! on: December 06, 2014 02:53:04 PM
Been gone for awhile.  Somehow I lost my internet and have been offline for a few weeks.

Anyway, here's my latest project.  I made eight sets of these.  Only posting one.

I'm still reading through all the posts that I have missed, but I see lots of crafty goodness.
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