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#1 of 128 Old 07-01-2008, 11:29 AM - Thread Starter
 
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So I was wondering what do you like most about crafting?

I think for me, I get to create, but also it's a huge sense of accomplishment as I am a SAHM, I do the dishes, laundry, meals, nurse the baby, get the kids dressed, etc. but all of that just needs to be done all over again. When I make/create something it's done AND it STAYS done. Also I'll post a photo of it on flickr, ravelry or splitcoaststampers & share what I've done & maybe get some comments which always feel good. I love to see other people's finished crafts, I love to see everyone's creativity, it also gives me ideas of what I could make next...
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Hello ladies. The last few days I have been busy crafting. I am done with the produce bags. I think they look good. Not pretty or anything but functional.
They weigh 1.8 oz. Is that a good weight for bags or too heavy?

The library bag turned out SO cute. It was a huge pain in the I kept having to change things on it. That is what I get when I don't use a pattern.

Hum, what is next? Grocery bags I think.
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Woohoo!! New thread!

If I get philosophical about it, I think what I like about crafting is making something from nothing. This is especially true when my materials are thrifted---making something functional or even just beautiful from what used to be trash. Love that.
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My answer is similar to AO's--I love finding something good at the thrift store and making it new.

Also, though, I had a moment last weekend that surprised me. I do a lot of the tiedye in the laundry sink in the basement. When I was little, I used to watch those PBS painting shows--you know, the ones where they're painting a watercolor or oil flower and adding yellow where no yellow should be and it's perfect! Anyway, I always wanted a painter's palette--the kind that's all stained from the paints over the years and the colors sort of meld into one another.

Well, I can't paint or draw worth a darn, but when I was dyeing, I took a hard look at my laundry sink and there were all the dye colors I'd been using over the last few years, melding together and reminding me why I find joy in all of this.

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: I have ta show off the library bag


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Oh and what I like best about crafting?

It is a temporary escape. And I just LOVE creating. "I did that, that was all me!" and then to have people actually enjoy something that I create? ::
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Hello ladies. The last few days I have been busy crafting. I am done with the produce bags. I think they look good. Not pretty or anything but functional.
They weigh 1.8 oz. Is that a good weight for bags or too heavy?

The library bag turned out SO cute. It was a huge pain in the I kept having to change things on it. That is what I get when I don't use a pattern.

Hum, what is next? Grocery bags I think.
I saw some really cool grocery bags that were regular sized with the canvas "belt" handles. Then on the outside, they had 2 pockets. It was kind of neat. You could probably fit a bottle of wine in there.

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Well, I can't paint or draw worth a darn, but when I was dyeing, I took a hard look at my laundry sink and there were all the dye colors I'd been using over the last few years, melding together and reminding me why I find joy in all of this.

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You should take a photo & share it with us on your blog...
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: I have ta show off the library bag


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I really like the colors & fabric combos!
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I am still knitting a skirt here. I finished the booties and turtle and need to share pictures! the turtle hasn't been mailed yet but will be sooon.

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I've dyed four hanks of yarn so far today, 2 are steaming, I'm SOOOO happy with how they've come out! I'll be sure to post some pics. I should take a photo of my hands too

Annnnnnd, I've ruined one pair of pajama pants. So much for eyeballing it, I think I can salvage something though, maybe turn it into a pair of bloomers for my daughter.

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I think Saganaga summed it up well. I feel similarly, I do lots of housework & child-rearing. It's nice to have something that is all about me and about me being productive & creative. I feel a great sense of accomplishment when I've completed something beautiful.

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So I was wondering what do you like most about crafting?

I get time alone

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Just wanted to send an update~

I was in an accident today, wrecked my van and have been in the hospital all day. Dang cards are a curse!

Anyways, I am out of commission for a few days, sorry everyone!

Love to you all and I will talk to you later.

Off to bed now to try and control these contractions....

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Oh honey, that's awful. Don't worry about the stupid cards--just feel better!
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Just wanted to send an update~

I was in an accident today, wrecked my van and have been in the hospital all day. Dang cards are a curse!

Anyways, I am out of commission for a few days, sorry everyone!

Love to you all and I will talk to you later.

Off to bed now to try and control these contractions....

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oh no Kara!! I was worried about you not having checked in, thought maybe baby was working on making an appearance. Take care of yourself mama!

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OK, crafty women, I have a question. Say you thrifted 3 strings, each 6-8" long, of large primary colored wooden beads (shown here). What would you do with them?
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OK, crafty women, I have a question. Say you thrifted 3 strings, each 6-8" long, of large primary colored wooden beads (shown here). What would you do with them?
I'd make kids' Anglican rosaries with them.
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Ask Saamy, she makes the cutest necklaces with the chunky beads! DD LOVES hers and wears it ALLLLLL the time!!

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OK, crafty women, I have a question. Say you thrifted 3 strings, each 6-8" long, of large primary colored wooden beads (shown here). What would you do with them?
maybe an abacus? beaded curtains?
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Check out my latest handpainted yarn! I'm so proud of myself!:

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i love it. so you're not just using kool aid now, huh?

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no, that's kool-aid!

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Hey, where can I buy a needle felting needle? Do they sell them at JoAnn's or Michael's? Or do I need to try a local yarn store maybe?
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I've never seen one at Joanns. And if your LYS carries fiber art supplies like roving, batts, etc then they'll probably have a needle felting tool. I've got a fiber store here, they don't have any yarn, just spinning wheels, cards, wool, dyes, needle felting stuff. Very cool store! Maybe you have something like that?

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With the beads, you could make kids necklaces/bracelets or use make sets of them and have them be lacing bead toys, or yeah, beaded curtains? Or a beaded handle for a purse?

I have seen a few needle felting needles at a big box craft store once, very hard to find though, I think it was Micheals? But I second the finding a local wool shop, thats where I get mine. Or off of ebay.

I like crafting b/c I'm an artist who cant paint while my kids are little, so I craft, and handmade things are the coolest!

Hey, can you use RIT dyes to dye playsilks? Or is that a no no?

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Hey, can you use RIT dyes to dye playsilks? Or is that a no no?
It bleeds and fades and is a darn mess, IMO. If you want to dye them for your kid(s), though, I can set you up with some soda ash and procion dye(s). PM me and we can make a plan.
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Aww, Frog, you are so sweet! I have about 10 silks I want to dye, but I dont know anything about the fancy dyes like dharma has, maybe you could explain it to me, and I could buy my own, since I have so much to dye. I'm just intimidated to buy any b/c Im not sure how to use them.

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It's really easy, Saamy. Go here and you can read about the techniques. You'll need dye and soda ash, and possibly squirt bottles, depending on your plans for the silks and whether you have them already.

If you have questions along the way, just holler. And if you end up with leftover dry dye at the end of your process, I'll trade you for it (or buy it outright). I'm a big fan of others' leftovers!
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