Dina had a give away on her blog: Five Cats From Crazy. Unfortunately, she asked a really tough question and did not get many comments. Her question was: Who or what triggered your love of crafting? It is a great question. But maybe to hard to answer in a simple comment.
Initially, I thought the who was easy. My mom. She sewed, knit, made jam, made Halloween costumes, Christmas ornaments and even some baskets. But, my Dad makes stuff too. He is a very good wood worker and when I was kid, built a cider press. He made the end tables in my living room. He paints. Now he is carving. Both my grandmothers sewed. My grandfather painted, not well, but he did it. My Aunt sews too and for a while was weaving. She and my mom would make matching dresses for my cousin and me on holidays. So, lots of people in my family make stuff.
I think the what part is an appreciation for the time and quality of handcrafted items. Handmade items are unique. Typically, they are built to last. They reflect their maker and intended recipient. Sometimes they are cheaper, but not always. I really like houses and style from the Arts and Crafts movement.
I could go on and on, but you get it.
Anyway, Dina only got a few entries. She decided to make bracelets for each of us. Mine arrived on Saturday. I love the green stones. It is perfect. I would show you a picture of it on my wrist, but I shake too badly holding the camera with one hand to get a good shot. With the bracelet came a skein of Artful Yarns Lustro. It is a beautiful metallic green mohair. I *think* I know what it is destined to become. I'll show you when it is finished. Thank you Dina!