The happy crafter:
Sometimes, we will look at our fabric stash, yarn stash, paper stash, etc., and just get the impulse to buy something new, just for the sake of crafting something different than all the other projects. Or sometimes, your stash is full of quilting fabric from the eighties, or Red Heart yarn in bright “Aquatic Green”, and that extra neon pink cardstock from work; and the pretty pink calico at Hancock calls to you, or the beautiful brown bamboo silk at Joann tempts you, and the new “Spunky in Summer” paper collection at Michael’s beckons irresistably. But you’d be surprised sometimes what a little creativity can do.
As an example, my mom makes hand-crafted jewelry. Instead of always buying beads at the store, she has now started making her own. Out of shampoo bottles and such like. It’s called upcycling, and mom has taken it steps above the book she was inspired by, and makes it prettier than a lot of the patterns in the book. Here’s an example of her work:
Those little black flowers are punched out of a shampoo bottle. This is crafty at it’s finest. After all, being crafty (besides evil planning and clever kind of crafty) is making something pretty out of things that are rather mundane (even ugly and below standard) by themselves–using raw materials to make a piece of art.
So sometimes, the happy crafter is the crafty crafter. ♥