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« on: November 03, 2005 07:45:25 PM »

My mom's 60th b'day is coming up this month, so I was reflecting on what a cool gal she is...in fact, I credit her with passing along crafty genes to me.  She has always done SOMEthing crafty, ever since I was a wee lass.  I can remember her ribbon-smocked fleece jogging suits in the 1980s, hand-painted glassware a la Mackenzie Childs in the 1990s, and beaded bracelets in the new milennium.  In fact, she can claim that HER mom--who crocheted afghans for many years--passed along some crafty DNA.

So, where did you get your crafty genes?  Or are you a "first generation" crafter?
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« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2005 08:18:30 PM »

 ooohhh.. this is fun.
My mom used to dress up these bears and decorate little wicker chairs for them to sit in and sell them. (and i used to want to play in all her crafts)
and my grandmother on my dad's side used to knit and crochet, sew, spin... i guess she did a whole lot of things.
so i guess it runs in my blood on both sides. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2005 08:35:02 PM »

I definately got most crafty genes from my mom. She's a science teacher so she's always experimenting with something. She didn't actually teach me the crafts though, she knew I was happy to learn by watching and experimenting. She always got some crazy brilliant idea that she's working on, she's very creative.  She mostly quilts these days, and she's the ringleader at her church for all the ladies who craft.  She has the best family reunions, she always has a craft sections for the little kids to play in.  Last time she had a reunion, they made beaded necklaces with UV sensitive beads AND glow in the dark. The children went bonkers!!

My dad is also a very creative person. He's an writer, so most of his creativity comes out in his words.  He doesn't do much in the way of crafts, with the exception of book binding. He likes to make limited run books for family members, so he taught himself how to bind books.  When he was my age he did Indian dancing, and made all his own costumes.  When it was "mountain man" day in 5th grade, my dad helped me design my costume and my mother sewed it. Then he taught me how to bead, and I made a beaded yoke for my little costume. It was so much fun Smiley 

I'm am so happy to have been raised in such a creative enviroment, it's made it easy for me to learn new things (crafts or otherwise). . .they never said I couldn't do something.  I always make them gifts for birthdays and christmas, they are always appreciative Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2005 08:37:38 PM »

My dad is also a very creative person. He's an writer, so most of his creativity comes out in his words. 

your parents sound awesome. it must've been fun growing up.
i forgot my dad is a writer, too. i get that from him, also. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2005 08:44:23 PM »

The girls in my mom's family are pretty crafty. I guess my gramma did it out of necessity at first, but she must have liked it because she kept knitting and quilting. My mom crochets and sews (she was a young adult last time it was popular) and both of my aunts also knit/crochet/sew/cross-stitch. They also liked to do the colourful string craft (I forget what it's called) where you stick nails into a board and then make neat circular designs with it. When I was in high school, they found a leftover kit with a pattern of owls in brown, yellow and orange that I got to make! Sorry, I guess it's almost my bed time, I'm not making much sense anymore. Huh
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« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2005 08:49:09 PM »

You're parents sound awesome, too Smiley I wish I got some of my dad's writing skills.  I always had to write and re-write essays in high school to pass AP Lit. My teacher actually told me I was better off not taking the test, she thought I'd fail. I showed her, though, I got a better score than her star pupil. HAH. Anyway, back on track.  I'm good at expressing myself verbally and in my crafts, but not so much in writing. I think I may be a little dyslexic or something, I substitute the wrong words, mix things up make crazy spelling mistakes and the like. I'll read and re-read it, and it makes complete sense in my head. As soon as I read it to another person, or post a post, or review my essays after getting them corrected I can see the mistakes.  It's not too bad, these days I just email my dad a copy and have him edit for me Smiley  Oh well. My theory is that it takes all types! There's a place for everyone!
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« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2005 10:06:09 PM »

i think there's a place for everyone, too.
i can't speak. haha. and i can barely read aloud. but i can write pretty well. i'd rather write something than say it most of the time.

my step mom is more crafty than my mom, though. she likes to make things with the shells she finds (by the way, if you know of any shell crafts, let me know). my mom doesn't do anything like that anymore.
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« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2005 10:17:55 PM »

I was thinking about this the other day actually.

My family is rather creative.

My grandmother likes to sew and quilt.

My mother liked to sew, quilt and garden. I'm not sure how creative gardening is, but it was one of her hobbies.

My father likes to write, make railroad models (amazingly intricate), decorate the house, problem solve and build furniture. (He no longer has a garage - it's a woodshop now).

My sister likes to quilt and sew.

My brother tinkers with electronics, and figures out how to get or make things as cheaply as possible (which I think involves a lot of creativity). He's trying to retire early.

I like to do photography and have recently taken up sewing again.

So yea, we all have our things. Personally I think it's fantastic. It gave us all a sense of independence, but also makes for interesting conversations. It's so sad to me to see families that just bond by watching tv together. We didn't have cable until I was 16, so I think that really fueled our craftiness. I think creativity is so important, and not in just actually making things, but it's terrific for problem solving.

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« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2005 10:27:15 PM »

my dad's side--nothing.

my mom's side: well my mom's pretty crafty herself.  she used to crochet back in the day, always made halloween costumes for my sister and me (and my german folk dance outfit), used to do calligraphy and occasionally uses it to fancify cards, and now she quilts and redecorates.  she's good at making things, but not so hot on the coming up with ideas part.  (that's my job.  i'm always saying she could do it this way, or this, ooooo, THIS would be cool!)  i've also inherited the occasional burnt orange and puke green vintage  craft kit from her.  my sister is creative and does craft--but only the "cool" crafts, like stenciling.  (gotta keep up the 10th grade rep.)  my aunt doesn't craft much anymore, but in the 90's she made lots of those little country bunny dolls and sold them at craft fairs, and she's probably also the world's fastest cross-stitcher.  my uncles invented the towel trapper, which holds your towel onto your beach chair.  my grandma sews clothes for my little cousins and sometimes their dolls.  my grandpa is in to woodworking and makes all sorts of beautiful things--scrollsaw stuff, bowls, intarsia, and the occasional bit of furniture.  he also made a wooden version of wilson from home improvement (this was a long time ago) which looks over their fence onto the road and they decorate him for whatever holiday is coming up and sometimes he makes it onto the news when he's got his cheesehead on.   Cheesy  my cousin does some really nice woodwork too.  and to top it all off, my great-great (i think) grandpa invented squirt soda, and some distant relatives started a publishing company.
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« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2005 10:30:00 PM »

One of my friends showed me the worlds cutest purse made of a shell the other day.  It was some sort of large mussell shell with a hinge on the bottom, and a metal clasp on the top to close it. Inside was lined so you could hold change in it!! It was so amazing!  I have a handbag my mother got in Hawaii which is made with little shells all strung together.



As you can see on the left part of the strap, it's broken Sad So I guess I get to learn how to do it!!

d_oubt We never had cable television.  When I moved out it took me years to get a television, then I gave it away when I moved to Cali.  One of my friends recently gave me her old TV (her boyfriend got a 61" (!!!) plasma TV or something equally as ridiculous), and it has a VHS player on it!!! I don't watch TV, but I hit the thrift stores for tapes!! I just got the Cindy Crawford 80's workout tape! I am soooo excited!!!!  I also scored "The Breakfast club" recently, so I'm excited about that, too.  I actually enjoy listening to music much more than watching TV. I can do something else while doing it, and good music always makes me think!! I turn into a zombie when I'm in front of a tv since I haven't had one for so long!
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