As a child I did not have all of the latest and greatest toys and gadgets. Instead, I “created” things to play with. I made flower dolls, Easter sugar eggs, and mini Christmas trees made from garland and clothes hangers, with my grandmas. My brother and I would go to the local appliance store and drag large cardboard boxes back to our house to create castles. The neighbors overgrown back yard become our jungle. My sister, cousins and I molded and baked clay figurines in our Aunt’s oven. There was a video that I played over and over called “Know it all Owl” and it was full of fantastic crafts to make out of things you’d find around the house. I wish they’d make it in a dvd version!
I believe that all of this imaginative play and hands-on creation led me to pursue a career in the design field and attracted me to a like-minded product designer husband.
After high school I put a lot of focus on education and friends and my “craftiness” fell to the wayside. There was a small spike during our wedding planning as we had a very hands-on approach to our wedding design and decor. Slowly I became in-touch with my crafty side again when we bought a fixer upper home on a budget. Our mentality became - “why buy it when we can make it.” When you create something with your own two hands there is a personal attachment and gratification that you don’t get from buying it.
Within the past year and a half I’ve learned how to sew and knit and that crafty kid in me has sprung loose!
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