Dear Fellow Crafters,
My husband and I used to watch a tv show on the Comedy Central Channel called “Blue Comedy Tour.” It starred comedians Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and Ron White. I bring this up because while I was binge-pinning (is that a word?) the other day, I remembered Jeff Foxworthy’s famous words “You must be a Redneck if you ____”. (Fill in your favorite word). I wondered if there were any signs that the experts were right. Pinterest is now being called a “Life Style site” that people are addicted to. So you must be a Pinterest pinner if:
- All the lamps in your house have been replaced by mason jars.
- You continually say “why didn’t I think of that?!”
- Your travel plans have taken on a life of their own.
- Your daughter wears pillow case dresses.
- You dream of giant craft closets.
- You don’t buy, you DIY.
- Your grocery list is created from recipes you have pinned on Pinterest.
- If you make a fabulous desert your husband asks if you saw it on Pinterest.
- You may be addicted to Pinterest if you mention Pinterest at least once a week.
- You’ll repin this post.
- Pinterest has cost your craft budget way more than it should.
- You spend hours you could have been sleeping scrolling through Pinterest.
- You have more than 200 pins on your account right now. (It’s ok, stop reading and go check. BUT come back.)
- You’d love to spend hours on Pinterest but you’re to busy creating boards.
- You’ve ordered fast food so that you didn’t have to stop pinning.
- Your craft stash has a stash. (Just in case you have time to make all the Pinterest crafts you’ve seen.)
- Pinterest is your search engine.
- You pin instead of bookmarking.
- Your doctor has diagnosed you with Pinning Finger and Pinteresty. (Look it up).
- Your first inclination in research is Pinterest.
The other comedian on the tour was Bill Engval. His famous quote was “here’s your sign.” So, if more than 5 things above point to you, here’s your sign:
PS check out my previous Pinterest post for more information.
“I love you” means that I accept you for the person that you are, and that I do not wish to change you into someone else. It means that I will love you and stand by you even through the worst of times. It means loving you even when you’re in a bad mood, or too tired to do the things I want to do. It means loving you when you’re down, not just when you’re fun to be with. “I love you” means that I know your deepest secrets and do not judge you for them, asking in return that you do not judge me for mine. It means that I care enough to fight for what we have and that I love you enough not to let go. It means thinking of you, dreaming of you, wanting and needing you constantly, and hoping you feel the same way for me.” ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
Dear Fellow Crafter,
For the past several months I’ve been crafting my heart out in preparation for the upcoming craft fair. This fair, which I participated in last year, is wildly popular and I made my table fee in just one hour last year. As I said last week, I started out with deciding what my inventory was and what categories needed to be “beefed up”. After some minutes, I determined that I needed more birthday, baby, thank you, anniversary, get well and Christmas cards.
Over the last year, I have acquired some new dies, stamps and papers and I definitely wanted to use them. I grabbed my magazines and started researching Pinterest for ideas. Once I decided on the sketches, I got out my papers, dies, stamps and embellishments. After I made my newest cards from my previous “mistakes” I was ready to really begin.
Once I made the cards, I determined which ones needed sentiments. I don’t always make cards for sale without sentiments but sometimes you need to, for instance: special baby cards or sympathy cards. I use sentiments I have collected over the years. After printing them out, I have to cut them out and glue them onto background paper and then attach them to the cards. Some of the cards were stamped instead. I then stamped my hallmark on the backs of all the cards and priced them.
After cataloging the cards, I started paper crafting – boxes, bags, tags etc. With only a few days to go, I got out my check list to check off items I would need to bring with me – change, table cover, calculator etc. What I really like about preparing ahead of time is that I can now (almost) relax and enjoy my life.
Are any of you a craft vendor this year? Write and tell us about your experiences.
Dear Fellow Crafters,
Ok, I admit it. I have an addiction to Pinterest. As I stated in June – see link, I love surfing all the pins and boards to discover ideas for cards. I learn a lot about techniques, discover u-tube videos I didn’t know existed, found pictures of Wysocki paintings and more. I like the fact that everything is organized and I can shape and re-shape my boards.
Like all addictions, Pinterest can rob you of time. You can get lost pretty quickly in the maze of pictures and ideas. You need a timer or bread crumbs to find your way out of the many alluring topics. Pinterest can lead you on to websites too, which is a good thing. You can then discover more goodies to research.
More and more people are using Pinterest to sell their products too, so you can literally research and shop at the same time. I wonder though sometimes if all this surfing and buying on-line, is robbing us of the ability to communicate.
If all we do is chat, surf, buy on-line – isn’t that a little like living as a hermit? Never mind about sunshine, what about people? You can’t see a person’s reaction to your creation or get a real hug from a friend or family member. Virtual reality is great but I sometime wonder if we’re not be sucked down the rabbit hole too quickly. Beware the dangers lurking in your computer….
Haunting isn’t it??
Dear Fellow Crafters,
Back in the day, when I was rubber stamping, I couldn’t understand the “pull” of die-cutting. In my mind, die-cutting was just rubber stamping in different colors. You stamp, you emboss, you color, you cut out. And then, I watched a HSN (Home Shopping Network) show that featured the Cricuit. I really wasn’t sure about it because for one thing, the cost was a little off-putting.
I was teaching a rubber stamp workshop at a local Joanne’s one night and the Program Manager had a Cricuit on the bookcase. At the break, she gladly demonstrated her (the store’s!) new toy. I was hooked on die-cutting. The problem was, as I saw it, the many accessories you had to buy to make the products. I’m one of those crafters who wants to design and craft. Well long story short, I bought a Sizzix Big Shot and have never looked back.
I really like die-cutting now there are so many web sites, retail outlets, and u-tube videos that fuel my imagination daily! So now, I incorporate die-cutting in my classes. Most crafters have die-cutting machines. What they really want now is ideas and tips on how to enhance their paper crafts. The students are very passionate and vocal about their machines and dies. I try to pick a holiday or event to help my students focus on what they want to accomplish. I enjoy watching their faces when I crank out an image, border or phrase and use it in a unconvential way. Crafters like to be challenged and when I suggest that they can decorate a journal cover, cover a candle or glass ornament with die cuts they now say “Why not!”
Here are a few of my Mason Jar Creations, and yes they are made with rubber stamps and die-cuts..
. Snowmen love teddy bears too!
Getting ready for the big ride!