I have been creating from the time I first picked up a crayon. Mom my reminded me that I was always working on one project or another. Redecorating my room, making doll clothes... etc. Right up through high school I was still taking classes in photograpy, drawing, ceramics. Then, I went to college, graduate school, got a job and got married. Crayola came back into my life when I had two little girls. Only now they are washable, what a genius idea that is. However, my craft evolution didn't truely begin until the day my mom forwarded an e-mail about Etsy.
The moment I saw the front page was like walking into a craft party. I was introduced to a whole new world of artists creating everything from fine art to baby bibs. I was hooked immediately. Within a few days I was at Michaels craft store looking for that spark of inspiration. I found it in The New Crewel by Katherine Shaughnessy. I ordered materials from her website http://www.woolandhoop.com/ and the journey began.
On Aug. 14 2007, the day my oldest started Kindergarden, I opened my own etsy shop. http://www.sewcrewel.etsy.com/. I would like to say it has been wonderful, but I feel more like I should be earning credits for all the time I've spent learning. In the last 5 months I have learned photography, computers, marketing, ordering, shipping... I barely had time to crewel. From there I started making felt ornaments because I could practice sewing. It was cheep, fast and easy. However, my craft expectations exceeded felt ornaments and so it was time to move on.
That brings me to last week. My sewing machine arrived. I ordered a Brother from Overstock.com. I found a $500 machine for $139, what a deal! My next step was to pick up In Stitches by Amy Butler from the library. Just thinking about it gets me excited. Here have been my projects so far.
1. Teddy bear, self made pattern.
2. Simple leather-handled (I used ribbon) shoulder bag from Amy Butler pattern.
3. Small zipper pouch. http://www.twelve22.org/2006/07/zipper_tutorial.html
The speed of my hands and limited time cannot keep up with all the ideas in my head. I started this blog really for myself and maybe for my friends and family. But I hope anyone reading this will enjoy. Let the crafting begin!