Thursday, January 28, 2010

A DIY addict is born

It all started about five years ago. My husband and I were newly married, poor, in our pre-children years, and starting a new life in a new state. I had tried working to pass the time, but we only owned one car and doing a double commute everyday quickly lost its appeal. I had always wanted to learn to sew before I had children, so one day I borrowed my mother-in-law's antique green, solid metal, attached-to-its-own-table, workhorse sewing machine, bought some patterns and fabric, and set about teaching myself to sew. I have to say, my first five or ten projects have since been cut up and turned into rags, baby wipes, or just plain thrown out. Who knew that a two-year-old sized baby doesn't require buntings? Not me, apparently, but it was good practice. At the same time, I was beginning to make friends in our area and was invited to learn to crochet and knit. Admittedly, I didn't take well to either one at first since I could get such a quick result with sewing and I didn't like spending months on a knitting project. But at least, I had the basics down.

A few years passed, and thankfully I don't have to cut up or trash projects anymore... at least not very often. I have also learned to enjoy knitting after all. Not crocheting quite yet, but never say never! One thing that hasn't changed since those newly wed days in Ohio: we're still poor! My husband decided to go to grad school and recently finished, so we have lived quite happily on a tiny budget for some time now. In our experience, it's been a good life! We have food on the table, a roof over our heads, close family, good friends, and lots of imagination! And one thing is for certain: imagination + tight budget = a DIY addict in the making.

So welcome to my blog about all things crafty and homemade. I dabble in many areas so I'll be talking about sewing, doll-making, knitting, soap-making, baking, cooking, and maybe even crocheting eventually!

Most of my projects are for use around my house or for gifts, but I have an Etsy shop too, where I mainly sell handmade Waldorf-inspired dolls. Check it out! My Etsy Shop

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