Saturday, October 19, 2013

"C" Crafts"

          I'm pleased to have a wonderful relationship with the librarians at our local library. Not only are they helpful when I ask crazy questions or try to find weird material, but they encouraged me to share my latest book, "Dare to Dabble" with library patrons.


         Crafters brought samples of their work to show and share. We agreed that creative people are involved in many different areas of interest and love the challenge of trying out new ideas, techniques and materials.
         Creativity isn't a hobby. It's a lifestyle, a passion. Creative people aren't happy unless they are doing something. We want to learn something about everything.
         Creating handcrafts, the making of useful and decorative objects, is a way of  providing for our own needs by our own hands and provides satisfaction and joy in the doing.
         These ladies are looking over some of the crafts items that were shared at the library. Crochet, stitchery, jewelry making, hand made greeting cards and book binding were some of the projects enjoyed by all.

         Here is an impressive variety of novelty greeting cards. Scrapbooking has made a comeback from the photo albums filled with black pages and photos inserted into black corner stickers.
       This jeweler is showing an ivory necklace. She is standing behind my book display fronted by my quilted skirt. To her right is a display of some of the many crafts books found in the library.

        Crafting provides a sense of accomplishment. In addition, research is showing that the onset of dementia and Alzheimer's is delayed by keeping the brain active by new learning.

        Be proud you are a creative thinker, a crafter or writer, even if you don't finish everything you start. You're attracted to a project that challenges you and are finished when you've reached that
 "ah ha" moment.

Challenge: Try your hand at a craft you have not made before of combine two or more of your favorite crafts into something original.
Writers, photograph and take notes as you create a project with the goal of writing a "how-to" article.

Websites: artsandcrafts.

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