Craft Revolution

I have fallen in love with the DIY movement. I haunt the Craftster boards, search the internet for hand-made goods, and frequent my favorite local store, Parts & Labour, which sells only hand-made items from local crafters. I just bought a great shirt there, that fits just so, and has yarn stitched into it up and down one side from All Dressed Up and Shy. And yesterday, I received a package of goodies that my friend Leti and I had ordered from Fishcakes Designs, with magnets, stickers, and these adorable patches.

I have no idea what I’m going to do with them yet. Stitch them into a purse? Patch them into some jeans? Make tiny pillows? Who knows. But aren’t they fabulous? I’m all over it. I’ve been hand-making all my greeting cards, which is a lot of fun (although my favorite part is hand-making the envelopes), and decoupaging my journal pages. I’ve been sewing curtains and duvets, and embroidering cute designs from Sublime Stitching.

I love this new craft movement…one crafter’s opinion was that women had moved away from all these projects long ago, preferring to show their abilities as businesswomen and educators. Now people are realizing that these handiworks are also something to be proud of, something that requires skill and creativity, and something that can be beautiful. It seems that a lot of these crafty divas are from the younger crowd, creating hip designs and retro-cool crafts that I have been drooling over.

Anyway, I wanted to share these adorable patches with you, and let you in on one of my non-food fetishes. I make stuff!

6 responses to “Craft Revolution”

  1. Those are so cute! I went through a crafty phase last year. Craftster is full of some really creative girls that can be really inspiring. Unfortunately I found myself buying tons of supplies and never using them. I’m sure you will be able to follow through more than I did. Knitting is still very important to me, though. 🙂

  2. I too have fallen in love with this stuff — I bought a beautiful skirt from Amet and Sasha and it is so original and wonderful and fits so well…
    and you are right about the pride in these garments, homemade used to be something to shy away from, and now I am seeking it out.

  3. These look awesome! I don’t do well in the craft department but you are sure making me want to try!

  4. I EAT CAKE — that one’s me! I’m not very crafty these days, but I have been eating alot of cake.

  5. making stuff is where it’s at! i seem to be going through a real domestic revival. when i was a kid i used to make stuff and cook all the time. i’ve kept up the cooking & baking, but now i’m adding knitting and making stuffed things and silkscreening to my repertoire! making stuff just isn’t for xmas presents anymore!

  6. They’re great! Have fun with them. I love crafty stuff, I can’t even think of the last time I made something.

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