Monday, April 30, 2007

Gettin' Crafty

So, in early April I hosted my own little mini-book giveaway. It was picked up by the Giveaway Project. While I scooted over to the Giveaway Project to learn more about it, I saw that they had posted a giveaway on another blog called Hostess with the Mostess. I immediately became addicted to all the great ideas and giveaways on the Hostess blog. One day, Hostess posted a giveaway at the Partea Planner. That is how I was introduced to Risa's blog. Risa's blog lead to me the Sweet Goodness Swap page. And that is how I started feeling the itch to get crafty again.

I love working on artsy crafty projects. But I tend to let myself get easily defeated. I don't think of myself as a particularly creative person. I used to scrapbook quite a lot. And I did some handmade cards and beaded jewelry. But then my friend Sara started making this fantastic jewelry that made mine look like child's play. And my friend Gary does super-creative cards and mini-scrapbooks. I started knitting but I'm not that good at it and my friend Vieve is a lot better. My friend Greg has the market cornered on punny cartoons and derivative paintings. And don't even get my started on my old friend Ellen. Creative is her middle name. I guess I tend to compare myself too much to other and their talents. And I fall into a defeatist attitude.

But this amazing blog path that I have taken recently has lead me to really crave a good art project. I need to get out in the garage and start scrapbooking again. Or some other creative outlet. I'm feeling inspired! Could a trip to Michael's be far behind? (I hear they have a new Martha Stewart Crafts line)


Genevieve said...

oh, it's so hard not to compare your work to others! But I try not to do that - someone's ALWAYS going to be better than me. As long as I'm happy with the result, that's good enough for me. I think you have made some amazing things!

I heard about that Martha Stewart craft line as well - you'll have to let me know how it is.

True confession: I love Martha Stewart Living.

Gary said...

Whoa, whoa, WHOA! This is SO not true. I am 100% with Genevieve - you are wonderfully creative and put together the most thoughtful gifts. The scarf you made for me is one of the most beautiful pieces of clothing I own. I love it so much that I almost wore it today. And it's 75 degrees and I'm wearing a T-shirt!

I'm glad to hear you're getting the bug again. I steal most of my ideas - it's called "scrapLIFTing".