So, what's everyone been up to in your craft of choice?

@coffeebreak (17820)
United States
May 6, 2012 9:10pm CST
Got anything going? I started quilting again last fall. Stopped for about 15 years, but got back into it last fall when I decided after 25 years.. I deserved something new and bought a new quilting machine. Well, just a new sewing machine since the one I had was 25 years old, but this one has a few more things on it! But I started quilting, you can see in the pictures in my profile my progress so far. I have so many quilts I want to make and started making one for each of my grand children...4 down, one to go! Then I will make one for myself. Here's a picture of the Minnie Mouse one I just finished for one grand daughter that loves Mickey and Minnie Now I am searching for a christmas theme quilt...I figure I get it started now, I know I can finish in a month if not sooner, and then make sure I have it for the holiday season. I also want to make a halloween one for my daughter and her daughter, they love that holiday So what have you all been up to in your crafty world? I also have been searching for ideas on the interent.. and find that I can sit for literally hours looking and admiring others quilts and learning new techniques and structures. So, when you are doing your favorite craft..do you sit searching, looking and admiring site/blogs that are about your craft? How do you stop doing that and get back to work on your project!!????!
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
7 May 12
I've started a beading project. I think I'm making pretty good time. I forget how fast it goes when I bead and how fast the time goes when I'm beading.
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• United States
7 May 12
Ive done this before, i have alot of stuff i havent worked on it in a little while though.
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
7 May 12
Beading is one craft I never got into much. I did it for a craft with my grand daughters but they are kind of out of that now. My problem was it was so small and tiny holes and all and with less than 20/20 vision...it just wasn't something I put my efforts into. But I have seen hand made jewelery and it is beautiful. I bet the time flys when you are beading. I can see you getting going on a pattern and just threading and beading...good luck with your work!
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• United States
7 May 12
I use the bead wire i find it easier to get the beads on then string. mainly when they have very small holes in them.
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• United States
7 May 12
I do art journals, i just started recently. I also, love to scarpbook so it kind of goes together.
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
7 May 12
Cool. I scrapbooked for about 10 years then stopped. Life changed! I had so much scrapbook stuff..my own online store to sell supplies and my punch art I created. I have tried to pick it back up, but just can't. I did 12x12 pages in those big albums..and no one ever looks at them and my kids are always complaining that the album weighs a ton (it does!) but it is full of memories for them so maybe in their old age, they will finally appreciate what mother has done for them!
• United States
7 May 12
I did the 12x12 scrapbook and then i started doing the 8x11.
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
8 May 12
I always did 12x12 cause I wanted to get more pictures on the layout! I just couldn't get an 8x10 to have as much as I wanted it to have. Then I discovered how to put a mini booklets on a page and I could get even more! I had a couple theme albums going at once...started with about 30 years of pictures and did one for each of my kids (2) starting with their life which turne dinto 2 12x12 albums each, my life starting with my marriage, a travel album, then did one for each of my siblings (3) of their lives and then got a grand daugther and started one for her life, then went back and did one of my live since birth and on till my marriage (high school years etc) Good luck on yours! It is a great craft
• United States
8 May 12
I am into making jewelry, soap, wreath making, and ornaments. I want to learn how to use my sewing machine so I can learn how to make quilts and would love to learn how to make stain glass windows. I am trying to save money so I can buy some craft items and get back into it. I hope that the dollar store sells my floral wire so I can continue to work on my wreath.
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
8 May 12
I used to make ornaments. One year I got my kids into it (they lasted about 8 ornaments each!) and made ALL ornaments that were on my tree. First time I had a live tree to. I even made them as gifts for the family..of course, no one liked them and I never saw one of my ornaments on their trees! So I stopped. I had mine and that was good enough. There are so many ornament ideas out there. Check the dollar store frequently..the ones near me always have a fairly decent selection of craft stuff..granted it not alot of everything or one thing, but a lot of alot of different craft things. I think I have beat myself out of crafts like that tho...for years..basically all my life I did crafts like that..ornaments every year, this and that. But it was fun then, and now...my kids are grown, t he grand kids seldom are around (I used to have "craft class" for them when they'd come over..they loved it!)so I have stopped all crafts other than sewing. And mainly just quilting and dresses for the GD's. I have thought about embroiderying again (started that at age 8)_ but my eyes wont' handle that stress anymore! And I have crewel pictures on nearly every wall in my house from my "crewel/needlepoint" days. I do think what I might do is an Advent calender for christmas. I don't decorate much anymore as no one is ever here and I dont' want to put in all the work just for me to look at it, but simple easy decorations like door hangers would be okay..count the days till christmas and if one of the kids come around, they can put the marker on the day they are there..something like that. I am looking into patterns now to get started. I remember back in high school my mom got into making candles. I didn't like that to much, and we did soap...didn't make our own, but would buy plain soap bars and then put a paper image on the front and pour clear wax over it so the top was covered in a nice wax topping/coating and we'd give them as gifts. You could use the soap and the decoration picture stayed till the soap was tiny! That was cool. Good luck to you in your crafts...and you might even check like Craig's list and local papers for free craft supplies...I have seen some, just no fabric and that is all I am looking for! But also watch the sales at the craft stores...Joannes will take other competitor coupons so I take my Joannes and Michaels and usually use 4-6 coupons in one trip for 50% off items.(you can use as many coupons compatiable, just have to have different scan bar code numbers).
• United States
9 May 12
I applaud anyone doing any kind of craft. I've been making, teaching and selling crafts for over 35 years. Dollar stores and second hand shops are two of my most favorite craft supply stores. I love to buy up old sweaters. they make really wonderful pillows and if you unravel them carefully you can even use the yarn again. I used to make all sorts of ornaments for everyone, too. My place is decorated for every holiday and season---even though all the kids are grown now. Somehow it makes me feel really good about everything around me. Besides I like to show off! They're are loads of tutorials and ideas on the internet. So you'll never run out of projects.And you might want to check out stores online. Whatever you do DON'T STOP CRAFTING. like everything else in life you have to practice a lot and schedule it into your life.
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
9 May 12
I agree...don't stop! There is just to many different crafts out there to be done so getting bored isn't an option!
• United States
13 May 12
I have been getting different kinds of teeth (real animal teeth) to use in my earrings. I also have differentk kinds of claws that I use in earrings and neckalces. Right now I am waiting for the rattle snake fangs to come in so that I can use them in a pair of earrings. I am also wanting to get some large snapping turtle shells to use in dream catchers. I sell my crafts at pow wows and several pow wows have made sure to invite me to their pow wow to sell my crafts.
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
13 May 12
You have a one-of-a-kind unique material base! Good luck to you!