Emkay Sikora on Jan 2, 2016
These were attractive crackers with fun things inside! The only disappointment was that none of the snaps worked, but the little craft projects inside were much more fun than the boring contents of commercial crackers!
Is there a form of Crafting ADHD?
I love, love, lovidy, love making cool things! Always have, always will.
I started out with matchbox dioramas, foil covered box robots and pop up cards as soon as I could wield a pair of scissors and have gone on exploring every kind of media and project I can get my sticky paws onto since then!
My gran taught me to knit when I was 7, but I soon forgot the tricky cast-on that I could only do under her watchful gaze and my knit stitch was more of a knot stitch. But one day I had a fun idea to make bags that looked like animals and I didn't have a sewing machine so knitting would have to be the answer. I had yarn, chopsticks and YouTube's How To Knit videos. This would work! Well the chopsticks not so much, I gave in and bought a proper set fairly soon after. The critter noses were a challenge, no one had anything like what I wanted so short of striking up a business deal with some factory in China I decided to make my own. This involved trying out various Sculpey & Fimo (other products are available) nose sizes & shapes and doing a lot of laundry to see if they would survive.
Needle felting came later, a couple of my friends obtained some sheep and alpacas and got into fiber in a big way (literally). They arranged for a felting class and it was love at fist poke! In case you didn't know needle felting is the art of taking a hunk 'o' wool or roving and jabbing it with a barbed needle a billion times. The wool interlocks and gets tighter as you poke it, so you can shape it.
The guord houses came about as I had fond memories of a mushroom shaped house, night light I had had as a kid. I really wanted to find something similar for my little girl but could find anything so I made one out of a gourd! Lots of learning curves with idea but I long for the day my youngest one goes off to pre-school so I can go and make a huge dusty mess in the garage again with the dremmel and gourds... Soon! Hee hee
Anyway that's just a wee peeky into the crazy workings of my brain. Maybe I'll add to this one day but for now the studio is calling so I'm offski! Happy creating and dreaming!
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