I don't always connect with craft books. Some are too complicated and have far too much written word. Others have crafts that are too alternative for the eco chic in me, are too fancy or are just too plain ugly. This book on the other hand fits into my middle-of-the-road craft needs perfectly. When I arrived home from the Farm Chicks Show, I found this book Felicia from Collins sent to me sitting in my mail box. Since I came home sick and with little energy I started reading it right away. I didn't need much more of an excuse to cozy up in my duvets with a cup of Gypsy Cold tea and a little Craftivity.
I had stumbled upon Tsia Carson's site Supernatural.com a month ago and loved her site. I felt a connection to her book immediately as she continuously mentioned thrift stores and recycling within the first few pages. There's nothing like throwing out the word "thrift" to get my attention quicker. As an avid thrifter, I prefer using existing craft supplies rather than buying new ones. Tsia's attitude throughout the book is so laid back and easy going. I didn't feel an air of superiority of "I'm craftier than thou" in any part of this book. In fact I felt that the contributors to Craftivity were real people doing something they love and are passionate about. This includes our favorite Jenny Hart from Sublime Stitching who many bloggers know and love.
The sentence that stood out to me was "Don't wear your craft on your sleeve". Tsia goes on to say that we don't have to make everything around us. "Thoughtfully choose the things you are going to make" she says. And she makes me proud to read that she suggest first going to a Thrift Store and says so eloquently " Before you make anything stop, drop and thrift; maybe you can get it second hand." If only we heard those words more often. When I need something I write it down in my notebook that I keep in my handbag and I comb through the thrift stores until I find it. It may take me a couple months or even a year in some cases but inevitably I find it. Tsia suggest making only things that "come out in sudden spasms of inspiration. Leave the rest alone." By this time on page 2, I had fallen in love with this book and the principles behind it. It is complete with 40 projects with many of them offering different ways to get supplies, especially 2nd hand or using what you already have.
My favorite craft came from page 46 and is a Flower Brooch. I never used to be a flower-brooch-wearing-girl until I popped into Jackie's etsy store and found this for sale. I wear it on my Autumn coat (I only have a few Coats despite living in the pacific northwest so I'm not taking part in the coat fashion show until I have a few more) and I love it. I now want more. Or should I say, I need more. I need to be covered in flowers to sling shot me through our bleak winter over to spring. The unique things about the flower brooch are its mix of crocheting and felting. You crochet a flower, and throw it in your washer to felt it. Most of my wool yarn is thrifted which fits in with most of Tsia's suggestions on the 2nd hand front.
Other crafts include a pom-pom rug, crocheted skull (which a certain 4 year old of mine would love me to make), undies from t-shirts (Now I can take my favorite David Boreanaz shirt from the tv show Angel and make a pair of knicks from it) and even Jenny Hart's embroidered screen door. Now I just need to get a screen door. I'll add it to my thrift list
Who wouldn't want to lie on this in front of a warm fire this winter. Anyone for a pom-pom making party?
Not all of the crafts had me running for the basement in search of supplies. Some of them are still outside of my comfort zone. I love the idea of making a ceramic mold but I doubt I would ever venture down that crafty avenue. But I'll say I would try enough of these crafts to make the book worth while. The tips on felting, recycling yarn from an old sweater and making a bag from used plastic grocery store bags has certainly inspired me to get into the craft room, cold or no cold. Now where did I leave my crochet hook?