We had some great responses to our first monthly craft question for December, What was the First Craft You Made as an Adult? Here are the responses:
Jen of Naughty Secretary Club
My first revisit to crafting as an adult was with beaded jewelry. I had played around with jewelry making as a kid. I won an elementary school science fair with a pair of earrings that were travel sized tooth paste and tooth brush. There was a brief fascination with fishing lures as earrings in my early teen years and then crafting stopped for me. I remember seeing a very intricate beaded necklace in a magazine and thinking I wanted to try my hand at beading. I gathered up the supplies and made a very crude version of the necklace, a few Christmas resents for my mom and the rest was history.
Christy of Sweet Tidings
The first craft I’ve made was an applique angel pillow!
Kathy Cano-Murillo of Crafty Chica
The first craft I ever made as an adult was collage paper earrings. I used acrylics on watercolor paper, cut and tore them into various shapes and then glued them together in different arrangements. I wore them around, and happened to walk into an art boutique and the owner came up to me and asked me about my earrings. We made a deal for his store to carry them and the second batch I made was the order for his store! I knew then I was on to something!
Alicia Kachmar of AliciaKachmar.com
I took up knitting for the first time right around age 17, I suppose, but I ended up only making a wide rectangle consisting only of knit stitches (not even purl!). Then when I left for college, I unfortunately didn’t keep up with it until about three years later when I moved to New York and met a fellow knitter. I still have my wide rectangle, my first craft as an adult, and I occasionally use it as an end table tablecloth.
Jennifer Juniper of Hope Studios
Shortly after my second child was born, I was feeling the need for something to fulfill me in a way that didn’t involve changing diapers or feeding bottles. I wanted something to express myself in a non-mommy way, to be creative.
I began to paint floor cloths for the fun of it, and soon after began selling them in a local craft mall.
Looking back at those initial attempts, the patterns were crazy and the colors random. But, I felt productive and full of creativity and inspiration. I knew that I needed to find ways to express myself creatively to be a happy and well rounded woman AND mother.
I don’t think I sold a single one of those canvas rugs, but I gained much in the way of self confidence and was able to gain back a little piece of myself I’d neglected on the journey to motherhood. Once I’d tapped the creative fountain inside, it became an unstoppable flow.
Since that time, my art has been incorporated into my everyday life. I’m happy and fulfilled and a better mother for it… Thanks for asking.
Thank you everyone who participated!
Next month’s question: What was your worst crafting disaster? Send us your answer with full name (or pen name if you prefer), blog name and url. We will publish the answers in a round-up blog post at the end of January.