HP Loves Crafts

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I’m not sure if this happens to you, but when I travel, I get all sorts of motivation for making things. Travel-induced inspirations have preoccupied me since I was in middle school. As a matter of fact, I’m pretty sure I remember the very first strike of this “create” notion. I was on a road trip with my family, and at a gift shop, I saw the MOST BEAUTIFUL faux fur, patch pillow.

imagesIt was lovely in its simplicity. It was fuzzy in its fur. So simple, I’m certain I could make my own! Never mind how it would look in my strawberry pink bedroom. This would be my first transition piece.

And, I did it. I made the pillow.

 

 

 

Another example was in Denmark. It was delicate paper cut-outs that moved me. I could hardly wait to experiment with intricate cut-out designs.

EXAMPLE of what it should look like

EXAMPLE of what it should look like

I’d made paper snowflakes, and this shouldn’t be much different.

Sadly, I couldn’t even come close to the perfection I’d learn to appreciate abroad. That project was a “fail.”

So, as we travel, I drool over textiles, I get starry eyed at stained glass, I see beauty all around, and I want to make something.

I’m not completely disabled from keeping my hands busy. I play with photography, I sew patches and other goodies on my pack, I do flower

Patch Pack

Patch Pack

arranging when the opportunity exists.

 

Staging

Staging

Heck, I even made a macrame plant hanger from beach treasures and unraveling cord.

Lucky Shamrock

Lucky Shamrock

But these last few weeks I’ve hit the motherlode of craft satisfaction. You see, I come from a long line of crafty devils, and my Mom’s house is a bonanza of doodads, notions, thingamabobs, and whatchamacallits.

With her collection, I was able to repair, actually reconstruct, a couple of broken necklaces. From two necklaces, I now have three. The new elements brought life to my travel-weary jewelry.

my collection

my collection

Once you get going, sometimes it’s hard to stop. I know I’m not alone, because there are people in Portland who knit sweaters for statues.

Yarn Bombing

Yarn Bombing

And in my case, I got carried away and channeled the energy into making some fancy-pants bookmarks.

Ribbon & Bead Bookmarks

Ribbon & Bead Bookmarks

Not too bad… but, for me, the best part was the satisfaction of making things. So glad to get my fix. Thanks Mom!

 

About Hali

Just a travel junkie trying to find my voice in the blogosphere. I enjoy sharing my photography and fast facts I learn in the places I travel through.

8 thoughts on “HP Loves Crafts

  1. Mormor

    Well of course that should have been “you will enjoy great karma for all your kindness”
    Need a correction feature on this site….

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