― Aimee Bender, The Color Master: Stories
“That's the thing with handmade items. They still have the person's mark on them, and when you hold them, you feel less alone.”
― Aimee Bender, The Color Master: Stories
If you are a crafter, surely you are tempted whenever gifting time comes around, to gift handmade items. Surely, you have been caught thinking, "Why spend more money on gifts when I already have all the materials I need to make my gifts." "Why face the hustle and bustle of shopping centers when I can peacefully create beautiful items from the comfort of my own craft room?"
Because each of us is an egg, a unique soul enclosed in a fragile egg. Haruki Murakami
As you can guess by the title, today I am going to talk about eggs. But not just your regular chicken eggs. I am going to talk about eggs that, in some parts of the world, are used as home décor and about eggs that are painted, hidden and hunted at Easter, in yet other parts. Why is it that some of us find these little oval objects to be such attractive ornaments?
March is said by some to be an unpredictable month; a time when it is never clear what might happen next. In my case, the joy that March brings me is always predictable. I remarried in the month of March and during this marriage my youngest daughter was born; also in March. My youngest daughter and I both share a love for all things hand-made. We sometimes obsess over crafting and only we can understand why. So, one of us is always there to enable the other. I am very lucky to have such a relationship in my life!
Every February 14th, in the United States as well as places like Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France and Australia, people give tokens of appreciation to friends and loved ones in commemoration of Saint Valentine, even though little is known for sure about this Saint.
“New Year is a spring time! Open up like a flower! Let the world see your energy! And when the world sees your energy and enthusiasm, the previously locked doors will be opened to you!”
― Mehmet Murat ildan
Happy New Year 2019! I’m hoping that this New Year has begun by motivating you to try new things, plan new projects and take your skills to a new level. I thought I would write the first post of this year by reviewing my crafty achievements from 2018. Hopefully this exercise will help me make a doable plan for this New Year. I really appreciate that you are willing to join me.
This is the third stop in the blog hop for Sock CAL 2018. Last week, Fay, talked to you about yarn choices in her post at Knit-it, Hook-it, Craft-it. Today is the official launch of Sock CAL 2018, so to commemorate, there are two posts to enjoy: this one and a second post, tomorrow Sunday, September 30. The fourth blog hop takes us to Addydae Designs' blog to read up on Sock Anatomy. (http://www.addydae.com) Happy Hopping!
Are you one of those people who think that socks are only for your feet? In modern times, the availability of a vast variety of sock yarns has put socks everywhere. I have seen people make Sockhead hats, Sock Arms sweaters, sock book markers as well as sock garland. But, would you be surprised to hear about sock jewelry. Well, if you have been around a while, it will not surprise you to discover that I have joined my recently acquired admiration for sock making with my love for jewelry.
Throughout history, hand-made collars have been a recycled fashion staple: from the delicate and intricate French lace collars of the mid 1800's to the beaded collars of the last century. As early as the 16th century, collars were made separate from the body of the garment and quickly became a common element of everyday fashion. These separate collars served the purpose of creating a clean and tidy look. They also allowed for easier starching and laundering. These detachable collars were also popular due to their versatility. When added to a simple dress, sweater, or blouse, a daytime outfit became suitable for church going or even for evening wear. Nowadays, the detachable collar is used as a type of necklace and has an ornamental purpose rather than a practical one.
Crochet is commonly associated with making home décor items and garments. It is less common to associate it with jewelry making. Although, it has become common to see jewelry artists venture into the realm of the fiber arts to complement their pieces.
I accept the fact that up to now I have been a terrible blogger... I disappear for ages and no one has any idea when I will publish another post. Honestly, it hasn't all been my fault. I live on the island of Puerto Rico and we got struck by Hurricane Maria in September of 2017 and I finally got internet service back in my residence this month, June 2018!! Yup... seriously.
To work with ones hands is a laborer; to work with ones hands and brain is to be a craftsman; but to work with ones hands, brain and heart is to be an artist. - Louis Nizer
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