Friday, March 5, 2010

Blame crayons. Yes, you read that correctly. Crayons were the first tools I used in exploring my creativity. My love for making pretty things has only grown since opening that first box of waxy wonders, and I’m convinced that crayons are the reason I’m such an artsy-craftsy person today.

I can remember visiting my grandma’s house when I was very young and opening her closet filled with various toys and games. Though not always the first thing I grabbed, the giant cookie tin, recycled as a crayon container, was sure to make an appearance at least once during the visit. I would proudly hold up my blue and green scribbles to various relatives saying, “Here! Look what I made for you!” And always some variation of, “That’s beautiful!” or “What a masterpiece!” I would receive in return.

Next I progressed to the challenge every youngster must master in order to be considered a true artist: staying within the lines. Those coloring books taught me that focus and patience can reward you with something even *more* beautiful if you’re willing to think ahead.

So how does that all apply to now? As I hinted at before, I like to make pretty things. LOTS of pretty things, in all different materials. My recent artistic loves include jewelry and beading, cake decoration, soap making, crochet, and painting ceramics. I like to find projects that others have created and adapt them in order to embrace them as my own. I decided to combine all these interests using one of my other obsessions (the internet) to create a journal of sorts for my beloved creations, and in the process perhaps inspire you to get creative yourself. And since March is national craft month, I couldn’t think of a better time to start my crafty chronicle.

My goal is to provide you with information on a completed project or a new project idea at least once a week. We’ll see how I do. If all else fails and I can’t think of something inspiring, I’ll just bust out the crayons and scribble something down for you. Tell me what your thoughts are on the subject though.  Any favorite crafts you want included as possible starter topics for the blog? Just make a note in the comments section.


Joshilyn said...

OOOH fun. I used to use marzipan to make mermaids or clowns for my kids' birthday cakes...but I lost the recipe and never found another that had just a good PLAY-DOH-like consistency for molding figures.

EVer try that? Got a good marzipan recipe? :)

Kacie said...

Marzipan...something I haven't tried! I'm excited to learn more.

Shaylea said...

I love this idea! :) I can't wait to see what you come up with! I love crafts of all sorts, but am sadly lacking in the skills portion. Luckily, with crafts the fun is in the trying :D