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« Reply #20 on: May 05, 2010 06:31:11 PM »

I am a life-long crafter. I was born in 1965 and my parents were most def. of the hippy persuasion. My mom made all of our clothes and I was taught to sew doll clothes from the scraps. She also was big into crafting anything and everything. Why buy it when you can make it yourself was her motto. She cooked, sewed, painted, gardened, paper crafted, beaded, etc etc etc...
My father was a singer/bass/guitar player in a band and he designed all of his and his band mates clothes and then my mom made them. Fringe galore!!!
Also my grandmother owned a ceramics studio and taught classes daily. I learned all about that when I was tiny and made a zillion different things.
Add the fact that I started school in 1970, the height of the hippy types time. My teachers were ALL big on crafting. I remember making those balloon string eggs for easter, purses out of popcicle sticks, egg carton caterpillars, painting by the reams, sculptures of all kinds. I went to school in a little town and I think all of the school's money went to craft supplies as we did crafts pretty much every day.....LOL!

Growing up this way shaped my entire life.


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« Reply #21 on: May 07, 2010 05:46:21 AM »

I live away from friends and family when I became unemployed, Iyar days and days of looking for jobs, sorting throughthe clutter in our house and planning an itenary for our holiday that Christmas. All good things but weren't making me happy, they were just things 'i had to do' to get by, make it feel like I was getting something done.

That was untill I started to make Christmas cards with the scraps I had. Each one would be different; sequins, drawings, fabric- whatever was around. Each time I did one I got the feeling of 'oh my god I made this!' then I laid them out on the table and showed my bf who liked them too!

Overtime I've realised 'i can actually make things'. I never would have been the type before, I sure know why I was never good at math- I am better at creating things!

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« Reply #22 on: September 15, 2010 03:38:29 PM »

The summer I turned 9 years old (I'm 48 now), I went to visit my auntie who taught me to crochet. My first project was making a baby sweater, which IMHO turned out quite nice. Years later, my new MIL handed me a needle and thread, and said, "Here, make small stitches around these fabric squares", and that's when I fell in love with quilting.

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« Reply #23 on: September 20, 2010 01:29:37 PM »

Definitely my family. I was artistic/crafty for as far back as I can remember. Mom crocheted (a little) and baked, Aunt G does embroidery and beading, Aunt K (who is an architect) knits, decorates cakes, scrapbooks and sews, Oma (who was a graphic designer) did woodwork, sewing, and technical drawing. I remember drawing being my first love with crocheting quickly following. Mom's boyfriend would bring me home from work those reams of printer paper that were perforated connected together. I always wanted to know how to do everything, and they taught me. In high school I fell in love with ceramics, and it is my ART Edu concentration in college right now.

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« Reply #24 on: September 20, 2010 07:48:09 PM »

I was always a crafty child - making stupid things like costumes for my pets - our poor dog got dressed up on many occasions courtesy of me - we have a photo of him dressed up as the easter bunny in some cardboard ears and a fluffy tail! Thanksfully my efforts are a little more sophisticated these days (well mostly!).

My mum and nan and aunts all did alot of crafts so I guess it just got passed down the family.

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« Reply #25 on: September 26, 2010 01:41:06 PM »

My mom was big on me doing art, which i loved, and i took art classes every summer for years. The crafts/art stopped when I hit 11, but i would do random projects every once in awhile. Now I'm a young married stay at home mom far away from anyone i know so I picked up crafts as what I call my "sanity" time Smiley I think I drive my husband crazy with it sometimes because I get bored so easily that I'm always starting new projects.

« Reply #26 on: March 08, 2011 02:08:20 AM »

I can't remember how i started painting, I've just always done it, but with knitting i say my nan doing it and wanted her to show me how. She taught me when i was about 7, after a while i stopped doing it and recently I've started again.

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« Reply #27 on: March 11, 2011 12:22:24 PM »

I don't know really, my genes probably. I come from a very crafty and handy family and I have crafted since before I remember myself.
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