“Each day provides its own gifts.” -Marcus Aurelius
I just whipped up a lovely necklace to give as a Christmas gift to a special friend. My inspiration came from the amazing designs of Molly Bernier from Whimsy House. Looking at her jewelry reminds me of being a kid in a candy store! These antique buttons are hard to come by, so I was lucky to get one in a grab bag of buttons from the thrift store. Score! This was so easy! 1. Break off the wire attachments on the back. 2. Use E6000 to glue on a jewelry bail (easy to find on Etsy or Ebay.) 3. Cut a ribbon or cord to length and add clasp hardware. 4. Enjoy all of the compliments you receive! I hope you’re finding time for handmade this holiday season!
“We make to provide. We make to give. We make to share. We make because we love. Making is marketable, it’s “green,” it’s local. And when the fad passes, we will still be making. Because making things by hand has never stopped, and it will never disappear.” –Craft Activism (Foreward.)
The increased popularity of handmade is touching all age and economic groups. Young and old… at home and abroad… People are turning to craft to create beautiful and meaningful items. For some, it’s a way to express themselves creatively, as well as connect with others. However, for some, crafting is used to make statements and promote change within their communities.
Craft Activism pays a joyous tribute to this growing movement. In this fantastic new book, many talented artists reflect on their passions, provide insight in what motivates them, and encourage others to find their creative voice. Their message seems to be, “Take something you love to make, and let it touch others in a more meaningful way.”
This book will give you ideas, it will provide you with inspiration, and it will challenge you to try something new. Why not use your talent to think a little more “green”, beautify your community, join a group of like-minded folks, pay tribute to your past or make a statement about what matters to you?
Get a copy of this book to find out a little more about:
- Knit Bombing (or crochet!) … See an amazing bench-warmer pattern by the Jafagirls!
- How to connect with the women of our past… After all, aprons and Granny Squares are back and here to stay!
- Organize a craft night… Make a Bella Brooklyn house-dress (so cute with skinny jeans and boots!)
- Get excited about helping a cause… and support the The Red Scarf Project.
- Protect the earth… and make vibrant art from plastic bags.
- Ravelry!… This is one great online hub of crafty-connectedness!
This is a book that I will be turning to again and again. It perfectly honors the grassroots movement that has become a crafting revolution. It provides a generous amount of practical ideas along with a dose of sentimental tribute to those who have paved the “crafty- highway” for us.
Check out the Craft Activism website at: http://www.craftactivism.com/