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A Passion For Crafting

I’ve been thinking lately about my crafting history. Nearly as far back as I can remember, I’ve loved hand made things and had the desire to make them myself. The first thing I remember making when I was probably no more than 5 or 6 years old, was this pre printed, Dennis the Menace.

Dennis the Menace Rag Doll

 

All I had to do was lace the yarn through the dots and stuff it. Poor guy. He’s been through H*** over the years. But at least I still have him.

Then I think I made this heart in Girl Scouts. Same principle. Sew up the sides and stuff it.

Stuffed Felt Heart

 

It was sometime around this time that Santa brought me a toy spinning wheel very much like this one. I never did learn how to use it. He also brought me a Sears, chain stitch, toy sewing machine. Now, my mother wasn’t inclined to make stuff, but she at least indulged me.

When I was about 10 years old, I picked up a “belle” embroidery she had abandoned years before and finished it. Did a darn good job, too.

There were countless paint by number pictures and I remember a picture of a poodle that I got to glue on tiny rocks and “gems”. I was always interested in sewing and let’s not forget the potholder loom! We could sure crank out the potholders, couldn’t we?

My grandmother taught me how to make fabric yo-yo’s. If I remember right, I made a book mark. And again in Girl Scouts we made a ceramic leaf.

There were horrible, Play Dough creations. Lots of snakes, balls and hearts. I learned to draw a whale as pictured on my chalk board and a friend of the family taught me how to draw a girl’s face. As a young teen, I copied those art school ads and was convinced I could be a talented artist.

I’m getting long winded, reminiscing. Sorry. Too many words and not enough pictures. I’ll try to wrap it up. The 1970’s were heavy on the macrame, needlepoint and cross stitch. I was cross stitching before it was popular and patterns were very hard to find. Then the 1980’s brought a lot of sewing. French hand sewing and smocking for my daughter and sewing for me. I also tried tole painting. But something happened in the early to mid ’90’s. I lost my desire to craft. Who knows why? Erin got too old for the lacy dresses, I realized I couldn’t paint worth a flip, there were no blogs then to inspire and the few craft magazines showed really cheesy crafts. Oh, yes. I subscribed to Decorating and Crafts for years, beginning in the ’70’s.  Talk about cheesy crafts! Quilting was about the only thing I was ever inspired to do, but I wanted to make them totally by hand. Needless to say, I never made a quilt.

But now, with all you creative people out there to inspire, I want to craft again. Badly! I mean, I don’t want to craft badly, but badly want to craft. The creations aren’t so cheesy any more. I think most are absolutely fabulous. But that makes me wonder. What will we be making in 10 years and what will we think of the things we’re creating now?

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Hi! I'm Wanda, the owner of Just Vintage and this is my blog where I talk about buying, selling, and decorating with all things vintage. I want to help you learn what to buy for resale and maybe give you inspiration in decorating, even if it's what NOT to do.

3 thoughts on “A Passion For Crafting

  1. I can’t believe you still have the little Dennis the Menace…he is adorable! Okay…I’m ready..when it the next craft nite?

  2. Deniis is so cute. Wow, you really brought back some memories for me. I made dozens of those potholders with that square loom thingie. When I was about ten, I wanted to do something different with it, so I used rubber bands. Imagine my surprise when I took it off the loom and is shrunk back to its original size. I just might have that around here somewhere. Thanks for the memories of those cheesy craft ideas. Ick!

  3. Dennis is so cute. Wow, you really brought back some memories for me. I made dozens of those potholders with that square loom thingie. When I was about ten, I wanted to do something different with it, so I used rubber bands. Imagine my surprise when I took it off the loom and is shrunk back to its original size. I just might have that around here somewhere. Thanks for the memories of those cheesy craft ideas. Ick!

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