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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 29 ENTRIES / Re: TMNT Cross-stitch blanket - Tons of Pics!!! on: July 02, 2008 04:45:38 PM
This is awesome. I will always love me some old school TMNT.  Cowabunga, indeed!
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 29 ENTRIES / Re: A cookbook from mother to daughter... on: July 02, 2008 04:42:09 PM
This is so sweet!  I love family cookbooks (my mom gave me one she hand wrote for me a few Christmases ago and I cherish it), and this one gets bonus points for style and pictures.  Smiley
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / Re: CraftiLineage - your own family's vintage crafts on: July 02, 2008 04:11:28 PM
Hi <b>serendipitycrafter/<b>!

Thanks for your comment on the flickr group!  Yes, I have a blog planned (and temporarily parked), but I haven't gotten it up just yet.  I am hoping to include more photos, some tutorials, and hopefully to recruit more folks from the crafting community with DIY in their blood to contribute.

 I've ended up pushing the blog launch back for now in order for me to get some more R&D done when I pay a visit back home this summer.  I'll let you know once it's all up and running! I'm excited about it. : )
4  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 29 ENTRIES / Re: Mr. Rogers Ami and Trolley (Lots of Pix) on: July 02, 2008 04:07:16 PM
I love Mr. Rogers!  And This is absolutely awesome. Now you have me dreaming of an amigurumi Henrietta Pussycat and X the Owl! 
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: first attempt at tinting-1920's lady (WIP) on: May 21, 2008 05:31:30 PM
That looks really nice! Is it from a pattern or did you make your own pattern? 

I never heard or thought about 'tinting' before.  Now, of course, I have to try it.  Thanks for posting the link, and for sharing your lovely lady embroidery. 
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / Re: CraftiLineage - your own family's vintage crafts on: May 21, 2008 05:23:59 PM
zelda2 Sounds a lot like my family craft history, or CraftiLineage, if you will. : )  Cakes, toys, clothes, and just about anything that could be made, my mom and grandmother made it, and both of them were artists.  Even my grandfather was into carpentry - he made chaise lounges, a record cabinet, his bed, and even toys for the grandkids.

I know that my grandparents and mom were always happy to know that I shared in interest in being creative and artistic, and then there's the whole 'problem solving' aspect to crafting that I think is really cool.  All of them encouraged me to be inventive and creative as much as possible, and I'm so thankful for that. I think they all would be proud to see what we've all done with our family history and traditions.

angeltreats That's so cool that your dad is 73 and still at it painting murals!  And it's so cute that he keeps your snail in his car to keep him company.  I love that.  Do you remember how old you were when you started knitting?  I've had to reteach myself, too, as I didn't pay as good attention to when my grandmtoher was teachign me as I should've (but I was young).  

Totally post your dad's mural if you get a chance -- we would love to see it!  That's an impressive feat no matter what age you are. : )

7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / Re: CraftiLineage - your own family's vintage crafts on: May 09, 2008 10:14:41 AM
Thanks for sharing, Weddy_in Paris! Wow, learning to sew and knit at three is very impressive.  I think I was around five when my grandmother taught me how to sew. She wasn't a professional tailor (that's so cool about your grandmother), but she sewed everyone in the family's clothes, or just about all of them, anyway. 

Those crochet gloves sound lovely.  I can't imagine working with such fine materials. : )

8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Sharkboats and Beards on: May 08, 2008 11:28:35 PM
Woah -  these are lovely! I think the first one is my personal favorite -- I love the texture on it, plus the 3-D effect.  I just read your previous post about how to incorporate the idea of 'plush' into your drawing.  I happen to think you solved that problem very well!
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / CraftiLineage - your own family's vintage crafts on: May 08, 2008 11:22:33 PM
I'm planning on writing a blog post in honor of my mom and grandmother for Mother's Day, specifically about how their own crafty skills, DIY projects, and talent shaped my love for arts, crafts, and making things myself.  It's such a huge part of who I am, and I know that, for me, it's an inherited thing.  I mean, my mom and grandmother made everything for us -- clothes, toys, cakes, costumes, quilts, piatas... you name it.  So, I decided to invent a word for inherited craft ability and interest - craftilineage.

So that got me thinking -- how many other modern crafters got hooked on crafts and DIY because it's a part of their family character, their childhoods, and their personal history as a crafter?   What kind of crafts did your family members make when you were growing up, and how did it affect or influence you?

I looked around some and found that while there's a lot of blogs out there showing what crafters make with their own children and families now-a-days, there doesn't seem to be much when it comes to folk's own 'vintage' crafty childhood (as opposed to children today and their crafty folks).  I'm sure that some great projects, ingenuity, vintage style, and inspiration can come from looking at these past family craft connections, and I for one would love to hear other folks share their family's craft experience.

Anyway, I just thought that this weekend might be a good time to start up a discussion about how our families - mothers, fathers, aunts, cousins, grandparents and all, influence our techniques, tastes, skills and overall crafty creativity. 

Oh, and I started a fledgling flickr group today, http://www.flickr.com/groups/craftilineage/ as an easy space to show, share, and browse family projects from the past should you like. : )
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