Friday, May 21, 2010

Craft Time!

First of all, I didn't forget that this morning was supposed to be our craft time. I'm actually rather embarrassed! I first submitted the post of my review of A Summer Secret to BookSneeze as a combination post with crafts and my bonus review. But then I decided to post the review separately. And would you believe it! On BookSneeze right now, it's still showing a blurb from my first post with my words about crafting as an excerpt from my review! Oh, well. I was just rather eager to sign up for a new book they have available! (However, please do look at my review in the first post for today. It was a cute book!)

But you joined me today to talk about crafts, huh? To be honest, I don't think I'm very creative when it comes to making crafts. I like doing activities that come from kits and that show you step-by-step instructions!

I guess my creativity is more in the writing department! But one "craft" I do enjoy is cross-stitching. (I'm not sure if this counts, but we'll pretend it does!) My grandma taught me how to cross-stitch, and I really appreciate her patience in teaching me. I love spending time with her!

My first cross-stitch piece was from a kit--a blue fish with sunglasses that is now hanging proudly in my sister's and my bathroom. Both of my other completed pieces were from kits, too, but I think I've improved some! It's been quite a while since I last cross-stitched, but I'm so glad I learned and I hope I can remember how to cross-stitch for the time when I decide to pick up the needle and fabric again!

How about you? Do you have any "crafts" you really enjoy? Is there a particular person who taught you this craft or that you enjoy doing this craft with? Maybe we can make some friendship bracelets while we're discussing this. (Anybody want to teach us?)

(Don't forget that I'll be announcing the winners of the giveaways tonight at the campfire!)


Ariel Wilson said...

I crochet. I actually have a mini-business as well! (If anyone is interested, the FB page is Craft Crochet and the webpage is!) My grandma taught me a few years ago. I don't do it very often, but I used to enter pieces in fair. One even made it to state! Now I don't do it as often, but I still enjoy it.

Angie said...

I knit. :) I taught myself using books and videos. I knit more in the Fall/Winter and hope to knit my first sweater soon. Last year I knitted a pair of socks for the first time. I was very happy with myself. :D

Renee (BlacknGoldGirlsBookSpot) said...

Cross stitching is DEFINITELY a craft! I like to embroider's been a while since I've done it but it's fun!

XOXO~ Renee

Bluerose said...

My first craft was cross stiching. I'm just starting to quilt. My grandmother made all kinds of quilts, and to my knowledge none of her kids or grandkids took up the craft, so hopefully I can.

Bluerose said...

"stitching" I spelled that wrong! :)

lindsayw said...

I cross stitch as well, my mom taught me. It takes so much patience that I never got past finishing the smaller projects. :)
I also crochet and love it! I've made scarves and even fingerless mitts. I have a pair in progress by request of my brother.
I LOVE scrapbooking as well! That's crafty, I believe. I love taking pictures, and then arranging them in pages I can keep forever and enjoy. Along with that my mom and I also make cards. It's nice to give homemade cards instead of buying them, sometimes.
Oh, one obscure craft I do is tatting--hand-made lace. My grandma taught me a few years ago. I've never actually made anything out of it, but it's fun to made strands of lace. :)

Amber Holcomb said...

It's so great to all of you here for craft time!

Ariel: I once had a friend try to teach me how to crochet, but my attempts at a scarf ended up being a small heart-looking thing (which I still gave to my mom!). ;) That's so great that you were even able to compete and start a mini-business with your crocheted pieces!

Angie: That's so cool that you were able to teach yourself to knit! :) The colder months do seem to make doing crafts indoors more inviting!

Renee: I'm glad you agree! ;) Embroidery must be fun, and it looks so beautiful!

Bluerose: Yay, another cross-stitcher! ;) And that would be so great to be able to quilt! How fun! And how great to be able to carry on your grandma's legacy. :)

Lindsay: So great to see you here!!! (I miss you! Hope you are doing well.) Your crocheted pieces that I've seen have been great, as well as your scrapbooks! You are very talented. :)

See you all tonight at the campfire! ;)

Renee (BlacknGoldGirlsBookSpot) said...

Lindsay! My gram used to tat lace too! I still have a ton of her handmade doilies and such displayed around the house. I wish I knew how to do it.

Ashley (Ibreath2read) said...

I am sooo late, I know, and so sorry!
I guess you could say my fave craft would be working with paper. I LOVe making bookmarks, flowers, book covers, really anything from paper. But, my sister Jennifer, is a pro at crocheting and making lace. I don't how she does it but, she does.
See Y'all at the campfire (oh I hope my friendship bracelet doesn't catch on fire....again)

Love Ya,

Amber Holcomb said...


You're not late! ;) Your crafting talents are so neat! I hope next FFF on your blog I can actually get the question right so I can win one of your bookmarks! ;)

See you at the campfire! (And try not to catch your smore on fire--if you stick your hand that far into the fire you'll risk burning that lovely friendship bracelet you made...again!) ;)


Project Journal said...

I LOOOOOOOVVVVVEEEEEE cross-stitching, Amber!! Girl, the more we talk, the more similarities I'm finding!! LOL! My first piece of cross-stitch was an Elmo bib that I was going to give to someone, but never got around to it. Now, a teacher that I worked with for my project is having a baby, so I'm finally going to get to give it away!! LOL!

Right now I am working on a huge piece. I don't know what I was thinking when I started it/picked it out *wink* It'll be a big wall hanging. It has a little girl pouring milk into a saucer for a cute little grey kitten. I'll have to post pictures of it, so you can see!

I also knit. I've knit for many years, even longer than cross-stitching. I'm making a baby blanket right now. It's got purple, pink, purple-y colors, and pinkish colors. It'll be pretty when it's done.

I also like to do latch-hooking. I don't think as many people know about this, though. I am currently working on a "Queen Anne's Rug" for my mom, Anne *wink* It'll be beautiful if and when I finally finish it! LOL!

Okay, so I started this comment about an hour ago at least, so now I'm finally finishing it! Sorry, I've been working on an intense new post for my blog!! It's awesome (and finally up!)!! Can't wait to talk to you later,

Amber Holcomb said...


Yay!!! Yet another cross-stitcher! :) How fun! As I said in my post, all of my projects so far have come from kits, but I enjoy cross-stitching so much. So glad to hear that you do, too! (And I'm sure your teacher will love your gift!)

I have a couple of projects that I've started that I'll have to find and get back to sometime... I'd love to see pictures of your current project!

That's so great that you knit and do latch-hooking, as well! (I know your mom will love that project!)

I'll have to check out your new post on your blog! Can't wait to talk to you soon, as well! :D


Project Journal said...

Hey Amber!

Ah yes, crafts. Well, as good as they are, they're so darned time consuming!! That's the reason I have so many things going at once *wink*

I haven't forgotten to post the pics!

Amber Holcomb said...


I totally know what you mean! That might be why I haven't really worked on a cross-stitch project in a long time. ;) I'll look forward to seeing your pictures! (But no rush--just whenever you get a chance!)