Crafting is something that I discovered at an early age and have developed over time. For me, crocheting has strong familial significance. My grandmother was my first teacher, showing me the most basic stitches. When I entered my teenage years, my mom took up the mantle, teaching me the more difficult stitches. This crafting time became very meaningful to me, because it was something special that my mom and I could share together. In between my crazy soccer schedule and her work schedule, we established “Melrose Mondays” (hello, 90’s!) We would order pizza, take up our projects, and watch the drama unfold between Amanda, Michael, and Kimberly. This was a time to grow my craft, to learn techniques and experiment with designs, and most importantly, to bond with my mom. We talked, laughed, shared our struggles, discussed my latest crushes, and really connected in this creative space.
Over the years I also expanded my craftwork to the art of cross-stitch and latch hook. And if I didn’t have a current yarn project, I would seek out something new to create, some new craft. Whether it be baking, cake decorating, or making party decorations, I was always trying to make something beautiful. Dom and I laugh about the fact that whenever we see something inspired, our initial reaction is not “Oh, let’s buy this,” but rather, “How can we make this?” Pinterest serves as both a blessing and a curse for the creative mind. There are so many wonderful ideas and projects, it’s hard to keep my board from getting full! There are so many more pinned ideas than I could ever make, or than my bank account could ever afford. We really should buy stock in Michael’s J
People often ask me why I don’t sell my art- and craftwork on Etsy. I’m sure I could, but for me it’s not about selling my pieces to make money. The value in my artwork centers on how much joy I might bring to someone through giving them something handmade, with love. There is nothing better than seeing the excitement of our kids when I present them with something I’ve just made, or when I see them show something to their friends and proudly announce that their mom made it for them. Crafting is more than just a hobby for me. When you can do something that you love and that also brings happiness to someone else, that is the ultimate reward. There is something thrilling about seeing an idea come to life. Taking something that starts as the seed of an idea in my head or a new pattern in my hands, and watching it grow into a finished project that I can hold and see, is something that few people can say that they have experienced. The sense of accomplishment that comes from seeing the final creation keeps me motivated to move on to my next project.
Now that I’m an adult and a mother of my own, I get to share my gifts with my kids. It is my hope and belief that they feel the same sense of joy I do when they complete a really cool project. I’m happy to do my part in making sure that the passion for crafting stays alive with each passing generation. By sharing your passion for crafting with your children, you can help instill in them a love of art as well as an appreciation for making things oneself. Yes, it is easier to go to the store and buy what you want, but think about how much fun you could be missing out on. Think about how many opportunities there are to build these lasting memories with your kids.As I have done, I want my kids to look back one day and be grateful for the time that we spent together and the memories we created. That’s precious time that you can’t get back.
What kind of things were you taught as a child that you still do or want to pass down? I’d love to hear your stories
Until then, Stay random