I am Anita, a certified ‘craft supplies hoarder’.
My crafting journey
I come from a family of ladies who love crafts so something was being sewn or glued or painted on at any point of time in my house.
If mom and I saw someone wearing an unique dress, we would set out on this adventurous journey to create an exact replica of a dress that we barely saw for 5 seconds from a distance. That evening, we would upsell our sewing capabilities to dad and and go fabric hunting. We wanted nothing but the most expensive fabric to make that “must have” unique dress.
This was before camera phones and DVRs so we had to rely solely on our treacherous memory to recreate a pattern. As expected, the end result often turned out to be much different that what we wanted. But I was her model and I proudly wore her creations. Haha!
Of course we were not very fond of the “measure twice, cut once” rule that was passed down to us by our wise ancestors. So quite a few afternoons were spent ruining the fabric followed by panicking then ROFLing and scrambling to choose the most believable excuse that dad ‘might’ believe.
Here is a list of people who directly or indirectly got me started on my crafting journey.
Great grandma – I have heard that my great grandma was an expert in lace making. I guess I inherited some of her creativity.
Grandma – My grandma was well versed in all sorts of embroidery, sewing, knitting etc. My grandpa was in the military and grandma who was a school teacher would unravel his big woolen items and make sweaters for poor children in her school. Even though I picked some skills from her, much of their knowledge died with them.
Mom – I was introduced to crochet, embroidery and sewing by my mom. As soon as summer holidays are announced, mom would decide the craft that I should learn that year. She would find craft classes and enroll me. So I went for machine embroidery, knitting classes etc. Those were weekly classes and lasted a little over a month so not much was learnt during those 4 or 5 classes but that was enough to get me started. After I left for college hostel, mom used to collect tutorials that get published in women’s magazines and keep them in a file for me.
School – basket weaving was part of our school’s SUPW (Some Useful Productive Work) curriculum. Those who studied in CBSE schools would know about this.
Cousins – When we visited dad’s hometown during holidays, I learnt beading and leaf weaving from cousins and aunts there. It was a small town so whether they are related or not, everyone was your aunt or cousin.
So a lot of people have helped me in my crafting journey.
My blogging journey
When my daughter Abigail was younger, I got an idea that maybe I should maintain an online diary sort of thing for my kiddo to read after she grows up.
I started writing in a couple of other websites for a few years and pretty soon I realized that it is more fun than I had thought. What started out as a time pass activity slowly morphed into something more serious and I have thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful blogging journey every step of the way.
Though I have received comments from folks telling me that my tutorials helped them remember a craft that they had done many years ago, I too have gained a lot personally. I have met talented people, gained knowledge about writing blog posts and taking pictures etc. So it has been a very enriching journey for me as well.
This page will be incomplete if I don’t mention the folks who made this blog possible.
The following people deserve special thanks. Without them, I would have had to struggle a lot to get materials for creating these tutorials.
Mr. P & family
They helped me more than once to get plastic wire for the basket weaving series. This wire is not very common these days so they have to drive to a remote part of their city to buy for me.
Mrs D & family
She has also helped me purchase craft supplies. I ship craft supplies to her house and she has been kind enough to keep them till I can pick them up.
Edwin & Abigail
Without their support and sacrifice, this blog would not have happened. Be it tiptoeing around the house when I am making a video/ visiting local craft shops with me during travel/ pretending to listen to my excited blabber about some craft series that I plan to add to my blog, they both have been very supportive.
When I used to post recipes in another website, I have made my two food lovers wait while I attempt to take Pinterest worthy pictures from all different angles. They are extremely happy and relieved that I have my own craft blog now and don’t post recipes anymore.
I hope you’ll be inspired by my little space and visit regularly.
Grab a cup of coffee, take a tour around the blog and check out my tutorials and don’t forget to leave your comments. Share my tutorials with your friends on social media.
You can also request for tutorials in the comment box below. I will try my best to post a tutorial for the craft that you request.
Your turn! Why don’t you share a little about your favorite crafts and what you think about this blog in the comments section below? How did you find out about this blog? Who introduced you to the fun world of crafts? Was it a neighbor/ friend/ parent?