Crafts

@cyrus123 (6383)
United States
August 17, 2009 12:37am CST
I love to paint shirts and make earrings. I haven't done it in a long time because it takes a lot of time and I can't afford to spend money for craft supplies these days. We used to have a few good craft stores here in Jasper but they went out of business. almart has a good craft section, though. This pretty much taught me how to draw. What I mean is, when you paint t-shirts, you have a pattern to go by, and it did help me learn how to draw, if that makes sense. After awhile, depending on what I was drawing, I wouldn't have to use a pattern. I would paint anybody anything on a t-shirt but I mainly did a lot of western art, such as horses, Indians and Indian stuff, cactus plants, cow skulls, desert scenes, mountains, etc. Do you like to do crafts? What kind of crafts do you like to do?
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@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
17 Aug 09
GOOD morning Kathy, U are very smart to do all that. I am not crafty at all. I admire people that are. Hope u can get back into it soon since u enjoy it so much.
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
18 Aug 09
Maybe one of these days I can. You never know. Kathy.
@iskayz (5424)
• Philippines
17 Aug 09
I like to do cross stitch and make jewelries too. I can also do decoupage and make ordinary boxes look good. I make rainbow stickers and put them glasses and bathroom and kitchen tiles. I can also make wallets and bags made of beads. I have done a lot of crafting projects cause we used to have a store here in the Philippines. But due to economic problems, we had to close the shop too but all the stocks are still with me. Some of the items I gave to my relatives as gifts last Christmas. Right now, I'm planning to put up an online store and try if I can still sell some of my stocks or ready made crafts online.
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@GardenGerty (88933)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Aug 09
It is a good idea to make gifts for others, and use up the stock that you have remaining. I have lots of stuff on hand that I can make things from.
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@iskayz (5424)
• Philippines
18 Aug 09
Yes! It was kinda fun too making gifts for my relatives. It was like a labor of love hehe. And using the stocks I have is cheaper cause I don't need to buy anything at all. My relatives loved the gifts!
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
19 Aug 09
I bet your crafts are beautiful! I used to have a sister-in-law who used to do decoupage. She made me a purse one time that had story book characters on it. She also decoupaged my high school graduation invitation and I still have it on a wall in my bedroom after all these years! She used to sew, too, and she also painted and did a lot of art. She and my brother have been divorced a long time, though. I used to do crafts and paint shirts for my family members for birthday gifts, Christmas gifts, etc. It was always a lot of fun. Kathy.
@rjblueyes (215)
• United States
17 Aug 09
My favorite craft or art--- Calligraphy. I just did a speech about it. I think it's pretty amazing how it came to be. It can actually be traced back to cavemen writing on cave walls. Some of the most beautiful calligraphy I've seen is Arabic and Islamic calligraphy. It is just GORGEOUS!
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• United States
17 Aug 09
I almost forgot! Crocheting, cross-sitching, latch hook, tatting, and I make Christmas ornaments with beads. They're so pretty when the Christmas lights shine on them. I usually give them away to friends and family pretty close to Christmas.
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@iskayz (5424)
• Philippines
18 Aug 09
Hi! I know latch hook too. I've made a rag from them and used it in my bedroom. It's nice that something we use is personally made by us.
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
19 Aug 09
I think calligraphy writing is beautiful, myself. I didn't know it could be traced back to cavemen writing on cave walls! This is very interesting! It sounds like you have a lot of beautiful crafts. I would like to see your Christmas tree ornaments. Do you plan to post any pictures of them around Christmastime? Kathy.
@drannhh (15002)
• United States
17 Aug 09
I like just about all crafts, but like you I am short on time and do not like to spare money for expensive craft supplies, especially when I'll probably get busy and end up not using them anytime soon. I paint and draw and fiddle with stuff. I'll try about anything once, but one of my favorite things is making paper out of recycled stuff. I love to turn junk into beautiful things, in this case junk mail and fabric scraps into beautiful handcrafted paper that I can actually use for something.
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@GardenGerty (88933)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Aug 09
I tried the paper making once. I may try it again, if I ever become boss of my own time.
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@drannhh (15002)
• United States
17 Aug 09
Gerty, since you are a teacher, I should add that I learned to do paper mache when teaching elementary school, and that reduced the learning curve on the handmade paper projects. Some of the materials are the same and both are messy and time-consuming, but fun and rewarding.
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
18 Aug 09
It's interesting how you can turn a piece of junk into something beautiful, isn't it? Kathy.
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
17 Aug 09
use to draw dont much any more and not to much in to crafts now either
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
18 Aug 09
They do take a lot of time, that's for sure. Kathy.
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
18 Aug 09
to do then right does take alot of time!
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@yogambal_64 (1016)
• India
17 Aug 09
Yes I like to do hand embroidery, I make them for my daughters dresses like tops and some other dresses, I also make stitches on hand made bags, cell pouches, cushion covers, table cloths and many more.
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@iskayz (5424)
• Philippines
17 Aug 09
Hi yoga! Hand embroidery, that's crochet right? I like to learn how to crochet but I'm a failure in that art. Too bad cause there are a lot of nice things to do with crochet.
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@zoey7879 (3104)
• United States
17 Aug 09
I used to love making dream catchers when I was younger, but I don't have very good hands these days, so no crafts for me now.
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
18 Aug 09
I've made one dream catcher in my life. It turned out okay, I guess. I've seen some a lot prettier. I had it hanging in my bedroom over my bed for a long time. It finally tore up, though,. I also have another one in my house. I like Indian stuff, anyway, and have a lot of it in my house. Thank you for responding. Kathy.
@zoey7879 (3104)
• United States
18 Aug 09
It took me a bit to catch on .. I was taught to do the webbing with sinew, and to do the hoop with a variety of medians, primarily medal hoops covered in suede leather, or from a wreath made of birch. I think that once you learn the weaving pattern that sinew is much easier to use than various fabric/thread, etc. mediums because the sinew can be flattened and has a slight moisture to it, which helps secure the "knots" in place.
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
19 Aug 09
This sounds like a good idea. The ones with suede are very pretty. Kathy.
@letsee77 (227)
• United States
17 Aug 09
I like to make jewelry. Earrings, Necklaces, and bracelets, more earrings though. It's really gotten kind of expensive. The beads can get pretty expensive and I don't have any craft stores near by. We have a Wal-Mart but they have a very little selection of beads in their craft department and they are quite costly. I like to draw and sketch, and have started a little bit in painting but am not great yet. I also crochet blankets, scarves and hats. I'm eager to learn more things to crochet, like sweaters or vests. I enjoy crocheting very much, it's relaxing and fun, and when you finish making something you feel good when you see what you've made.
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@vingyan06 (2489)
• Malaysia
17 Aug 09
Yeah, I like craft too. Letsee, I am interested in making jewelry such as earings, bracelets. I have made some for my dear friends and they just like it. Some of them even want to order some personalized jewelry from me, . I never think of my craft can turn into a business to earn some extra money for myself. I like crochet especially crocheting something for my kids. For far I have made them some hats, blouse and vests too. They like every piece of my craft. I am very happy to see what I have done and turn out to be so meaningful to my family.
@letsee77 (227)
• United States
17 Aug 09
So true, it's got so much more meaning when it's made from the heart. It's more personal and special when you make it then if you just go out and buy it. Like I said I would love to learn to make sweaters and vests, I've been looking around on line for a tutorial or patterns to follow. I have also had a lot of requests for jewelry, a few times I have made a bunch for fundraisers. I have also been asked to make some for a church sale. I know it makes me feel really happy when I see friends and family wearing a piece that I made. Crafts let you be so creative. What you can do is only limited by your imagination. Happy crafting, all the best. :)
• United States
29 Aug 09
I paint a little but you are correct the supplies are pretty expensive and oil paint well the stuff at Walmart doesn't work to well. I was thinking about making art out of recycled material and sell it. Then again in today economy hardly anybody can afford anything so who would buy my art. Maybe I should be so negative.
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
29 Aug 09
Hi ellaprice! I try to think positive, myself, but I'm aware you have to be realistic, too. I haven't done any artwork in a long time but I just use the type of paints for painting t-shirts, on sketch pads, and other crafts. I'm not really sure if the drawings I do are good enough for people to want to buy them or not. I just mainly do it for fun. I did paint a t-shirt for a lady who lived in Birmingham one time. She had a Dalmatian Dog at the time and she had been trying so hard to find one on a t-shirt and she never could find one. She asked me if I would paint one on a t-shirt for her and I did. I charged her $10.00 for it and as far as I know, she was happy with it. That was more than ten years ago, I guess. I'm sure a shirt like that would be worth more than that now. Welcome to mylot, btw. Kathy.
• United States
2 Sep 09
Thank you, you did inspire me. I did come up with a new image for a painting. I have been putting it off for months and I have the empty spot in my living room which needs a new painting. I now have in my head exactly what I want let see if I can get it down on canvas and when.
• India
17 Aug 09
I wanted to have a hobby like Crafts. Unfortunately when I was young, there were nothing in India for me to do. Of course there were some crafts like spinning of clothes and fabric painting which were quite expensive. I wanted to try my hand on things like sculpture or pot making or some hand work. It was only a dream for me.
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
18 Aug 09
We had a preacher at our church several years ago who had been doing mission work in India to come talk to us and he brought several clothes and other things back with him from India. Youall do have some beautiful stuff, that's for sure. It's too bad that some of your crafts are so expensive. Is it possible you can try something now? I always thought I would like to do pottery, myself. I don't have an oven to fire it in, though. Kathy.
• India
21 Aug 09
Cyrus believe it or not, the handicrafts or the other things which are made in India are dirt cheap, and only some works which are made of brass or bronze are a little expensive to us. If one converts the Indian ruppee into the American dolor or the European Euro, you will not believe the prices. It is because of the greedy middle man as well the Classy retailers who sell the Indian crafts, the prices reach heaven wards. Visit India or ask anybody who comes to India to buy some of these handicrafts and you will find the difference. Even in India do not go to the high class handicrafts show room run by the private players. There are so many government organised shops as well as you can get it directly from the craftsmen itself for a price which will be thousand times cheap than what you get in your show rooms.
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@jillhill (37354)
• United States
15 Sep 09
I love crafts and do quite a few different things....stamping/card making...painting on glass.....sewing......and much misc. It is so much fun to be able to make something from an idea in your head....sounds like you also enjoy it very much!
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• Philippines
23 Aug 09
I love cross stitching, embroidery and crochet when I had the time and most of my crafts were given as gifts or submitted as model projects by my students when i was still accepting tutorial services. Now that I am working at night, I do not have the privilege to spend some time to do these crafts...so i really missed it but since I really wanted to finish some of my gift projects (since a year ago)...I intend to finish at least 2 of them (6) before Christmas. Thanks for the inspiration, Cyrus123!
• China
17 Aug 09
I like to do a lot of crafts.For example.To do with wax petals(useegg molds do) then stick with the petals of the flower has become beautiful.With the old calendar or cardboard,in the thin wire into a small volume on the volumes.String and then hook them up,the curtain can be made beautiful.Vial with discarded bottles,thin rope with strong links can be made up to wear beautiful Campanula.ha ha,this is I like to do .looked at me and made their own small craft.I was very happy.You happy?Dear friends:)
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
18 Aug 09
I don't know if I've ever seen waxed petals or not. I might have. I just don't remember. From the way you describe them, they sound very beautiful. Do you have any pictures on your profile of these crafts? I might like to check them out sometime. Yes, I'm very happy. Happy mylotting! Kathy.
@sid556 (31018)
• United States
17 Aug 09
I am also into crafts. Have you thought of selling your products? I sell my crafts and that not only gives me some extra cash to buy supplies but it gives me extra cash to pay some of my bills.
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
17 Aug 09
Hi sid556! I have tried selling them in the past but I didn't have much luck with them. I might have asked for too high a price for them. I don't know. I talked to a girl who was a dental hygienist at the time who also painted shirts on the side. She told me how much she sold her shirts for and I kind of went by what she told me. I rented a booth at a flea market one time and down at Old York (a little reconstructed western town about 15 miles south of here) at one of their festivals one time but I didn't do any good, I hate to say. I sold a few but not very many. I ended up giving most of them away. I haven't painted any shirts or made any earrings in a long time because like I said, it does take a lot of time and I'm living on a small income now. Kathy.
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@anniefannie (1743)
• United States
17 Aug 09
i like to crafts too it passes off time and i like to work with my hands not very good at anything but i enjoy trying.i watch home and garden tv and i try to do some of the things i see.i always wished i good paint or draw some but not good at all.it is fun trying different things.
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
17 Aug 09
Well, at least you try. That's better than what most people do. The more you practice the better you will get at it. I bet you have some pretty things you've made. Thank you for responding and happy mylotting. Kathy.
@sblossom (2170)
17 Aug 09
I like to do crafts too. Sometimes I collect maps and use the beautiful figures of these maps to do crafts. I was in exhibition of maps and showed my crafts by maps. People were very interested in them. I also used seashell to do necklaces for myself and my sister. I also followed a few blogs about how to do crafts and learnt a lot from them too.
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
17 Aug 09
Hi sblossom! I think it's great that you learned to do crafts by following blogs. I bet your map crafts were interesting. I don't think I've ever seen anything like this. Have you posted any pictures of your map crafts? I thought if you had any on your profile, I would like to check them out. I bet your seashell necklaces are beautiful. Kathy.
@ladygator (3469)
• United States
17 Aug 09
tomatoes - A water color painting
I like to do tons of stuff! I like to paint with water colors, I found I am actually half decent at it. I like to paint pictures of fruit and vegetables. I also enjoy making jewelry. Necklaces/bracelets/anklets.
@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
18 Aug 09
Hi ladygator! I just looked at your tomatoes and they are beautiful! I bet you have a lot of beautiful stuff! It's good that you enjoy doing these things. I wish I had the time and the money to do my crafts these days. Maybe someday I will again. You never know. Kathy.
@GardenGerty (88933)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Aug 09
I like way too many kinds of crafts. I like sewing, and I am crocheting right now. I like to do art projects with clients that use found objects or trash. I have made Christmas gifts out of tin cans, painting them and filling them with various things, like homemade muffing mixes. I draw the posters for my clients to paint for our downtown community service projects. I would love to do glass work and make candles, etc. I find that my artistic skills have improved as I just try. I also like to scrapbook, although I have done very little of it. I went to a Red Hat meeting and we made Christmas cards, Saturday. We made the ones the sales lady had designed, but I would love to do some of my own designs after learning some of her methods.
@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
18 Aug 09
I bet the Red Hat party was a lot of fun. It sounds like it would have been. Maybe one of these days you can come up with your own Christmas Card designs. That would be neat! It's interesting what you can make out of things such as trash, tin cans, etc., isn't it? I save tin cans but I recycle mine. I would like to learn how to make candles, too. It sounds like you do a lot of fun things with your clients. Kathy.
@mith018 (57)
• India
17 Aug 09
I paint mud pots and sell them out...i decorate the ordinary mud pots that we get outside and give them a modern touch with bright color and emboss them with clay and sell them out...it gives some good income sometimes...
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
18 Aug 09
These sound beautiful! I bet they make great gift items, too. Do you have pictures of your mud pots on your profile? I would like to see them, if you do. I just love your avatar, btw. It's so cute! Kathy.