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message 1: by Elizabeth (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:06PM) (new)

Elizabeth (candlestick) | 3 comments I was just wondering what craft everyone is currently working on in their spare time. I just made a card organizer that can hang on my wall out of fabric. And you?

message 2: by Tulara (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:06PM) (new)

Tulara (iberostar) | 20 comments I am working on some necklaces - beading has always been a favorite craft of mine. Kelly's Facebook sounds like a lot of fun. I am interested in drawing some mystical mermaids too. Gotta dig the pencils out and practice sketching!

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I made some holiday themed wall art for my living room, and I made some ATCs, deco pages, and inchies last week.

message 4: by Penniphurr (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:07PM) (new)

Penniphurr | 2 comments Well, I finished making two hats and am in the middle of a scarf. I'm using my sister-in-law's "knifty knitter round loom" This is fun piece of equipment.
I just realized with the talk of face books. I haven't done any altered book project for ages. Thanks for reminding me!

message 5: by Dyah (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:09PM) (new)

Dyah | 3 comments I'm knitting a "kebaya", a traditional clothing of Indonesia. It's been my obsession to make a knitted kebaya...

message 6: by Isabel (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:10PM) (new)

Isabel | 5 comments I am currently working on my Black and White Photography porfolio, and I'm also working on three magazine cover designs (this one is for my Digital Imaging class)!

message 7: by Jen (new)

Jen (istoleahalo) I have been making explosion box photo albums. They take a lot of time, but are really fun to make.

message 8: by Tulara (new)

Tulara (iberostar) | 20 comments What is an explosion box photo album - that sounds interesting!!

message 9: by Jen (last edited Dec 24, 2007 09:16AM) (new)

Jen (istoleahalo) The best way to explain is to show you:

message 10: by Denise (new)

Denise | 3 comments I'm knitting socks and finishing up a tank top (knit in the round up to the neckline) I started this summer.

Scrapbook-wise, I have all Friday to crop (10a-midnight!)and I'll be finishing up projects here and there, as well as our annual family photo album.

message 11: by Cheryl S. (new)

Cheryl S. | 5 comments I just finished a Ragtime Quilt for my 9 yr old grandson's birthday. In the past year our family lost 2 grandpas. I used their flannel shirts to make this quilt. It was a labor of love and as I worked with the fabric I could picture different events where these former shirts that I cut up into many pieces had been worn. My grandson is the kind of kid who will appreciate the quilt which made it even more special for me to make.
I have another quilt top about half constructed and then my intention is to make some Christmas table runners to give as presents next year. All that gorgeous Christmas fabric is on sale right now!!

message 12: by Megan (new)

Megan | 2 comments I'm about ready to finish up a vacation scrapbook that I literally started eight years ago! I am one of those people who dabbles in a million things and has trouble finishing projects, but this is a priority once again! That quilt sounds very special cheryl, and the explosion box is cool too.

message 13: by Lynn (new)

Lynn (camillalynnauthor) | 6 comments Whenever I have a spare minute, I try to do some 3D renders and when that gets boring I like making Egyptian broad collar necklaces & sewing clothes. Trying to find time to do anything during the summer is useless though since I spend most of the summer keeping my 7 year old occupied. :)

message 14: by Dawn (new)

Dawn | 1 comments just got back from two weeks' holiday at the lake in new hampshire, so i'm presently about to dive into the process of scrapbooking the best of the several thousand photos i took while there.

other current projects:

collage-covering my bedroom door with all different sorts of text. it's about half-done but i havent' yet gotten up the mojo to finish it off.

redecorating my bathroom. always a crafty process.

re-covering an old footstool using pretty dishtowels from anthropologie.

message 15: by Kimber (new)

Kimber | 1 comments I am organizing photos for a beach book from our trip we just got home from and am working on a quilt that hopefully will be raffled off to help a friend who is battling cancer.

message 16: by Sandy (new)

Sandy (sandila) I've been working on art journaling this summer. I just started and have learned quite a bit. It's a lot of fun.

message 17: by Donna (new)

Donna | 2 comments Sandy,

What is art journaling?

message 18: by Ilze (last edited Aug 27, 2008 12:07AM) (new)

Ilze Keeping a journal, like a diary, or such. You can do it Julia Cameron style (let the pen run with your thoughts) or Pennebaker style (he has several!)

message 19: by Ctk (new)

Ctk | 1 comments Knitting my first scarf (how typical!) and building a desk from scrap materials.
Plan to do
- draw/paint a map to mark places have been/to go.
-make some magnets

message 20: by Lucianna (new)

Lucianna (lucianna77) | 1 comments making trees and fall colored leaves out of used paper bags and paint. Great to use after reading The Giving Tree to children :)

message 21: by Kate (new)

Kate (cafegrrl) Currently I'm doing acrylic paintings, getting ready for a show in October, that's the main thing I should be focused on. But I am really feeling the urge to do some art journalling and make an altered book, and I also have some knitting projects on the go. Not to mention a couple of unfinished quilts...

Mo's comment reminded me that I've also been wanting to make jewellery, the scrabble tile pendants are great!

So many ideas, so little time....... ;-)

Bloomin’Chick (Jo) aka The Eclectic Spoonie (bloominchick) Since Hubby got me a Dremmel power tool set earlier this year (belated Christmas present!), I'm looking forward to getting into Gourds this Autumn!!!

message 23: by kristen (new)

kristen (kaccardo) | 2 comments I did a little acrylic painting a month or so ago... fun to get the paints out & just play.

Now that it's not so hot outside I need to pick up my knitting again. I just taught myself how last year. I only made scarves, but this year I'd like to learn to do mittens or maybe a simple sweater. If anyone has any good books to recommend for a beginner, I'd love some!

message 24: by Janeth (new)

Janeth (rustybones) | 2 comments I am currently working on 3 quilts. When I get tired of one, I'll switch to another.
I am collecting pieces of glass which I will tumble and eventually use in mosaic projects (picture "sea glass).
I'm also collecting pine needles, cones, pods and such, to use in Christmas doll projects.

message 25: by Cindy (new)

Cindy (cjlantier) | 3 comments I'm working on a mixed-media piece that will be a Christmas prezzie for my MIL. I'm not completely satisfied with the background, so I can't decide if I should keep working it or start over.

I bought the stuff for handmade Christmas cards -- scrapbook paper and some new rubberstamps -- but it doesn't look as though I'm going to get around to that.

Cindy --

message 26: by Jenn (new)

Jenn | 3 comments I am contemplating continuing a series of paintings for an Italian themed art exhitbit. One painting was accepted and they want to know if I plan on doing a series...well if I can get motivated..yes!

message 27: by Mona (new)

Mona | 1 comments I'm working with beads. gemstones and crystals...making meditation and prayer beads,, home made accessories, bookmarks ,i like to do them with love :)

message 28: by Leslie (new)

Leslie Wow--everyone is doing so many exciting things!! I do collage and mixed-media, but that's been on the back burner while I write my book. It's a memoir, and I'm almost done with the first draft!! I'm excited and also looking forward to getting back to some other kinds of creating.

message 29: by Leslie (new)

Leslie Thank you!

message 30: by Micaela (new)

Micaela I'm working on a story and some poetry. Care to take a look at this poem?

message 31: by Leslie (new)

Leslie Hi,
I just read your poem, I enjoyed it, I really like the ending--it fits with all the departures.

message 32: by Leslie (new)

Leslie cool!

message 33: by Jenn (new)

Jenn | 3 comments I just created an illo friday post!

message 34: by Cathie (new)

Cathie (countrygarden) | 6 comments I like needlework (cross stitch, embroidery and knitting) so I have a project going almost all the time. I just finished a small cross stitch project.

message 35: by Lorna (new)

Lorna | 3 comments I am teaching myself to draw and paint with watercolors. I have a children's story I want to illustrate someday.

message 36: by Tulara (last edited Oct 21, 2009 12:26PM) (new)

Tulara (iberostar) | 20 comments Still beading - you can see my latest: I am looking at doing a collage of my late sister-in-law for an 8x10 frame - still in the planning stages though.

message 37: by Cathie (new)

Cathie (countrygarden) | 6 comments Needlework. I've been working on Christmas things. They can be seen at

message 38: by Tulara (new)

Tulara (iberostar) | 20 comments Your work is really great - I love the trees on the pillows- and the color selection is so "Christmas!"

message 39: by Cathie (new)

Cathie (countrygarden) | 6 comments thank you! i really like those clay face beads you used.

message 40: by sliknl (last edited Mar 11, 2010 08:02AM) (new)

sliknl (silkworm) | 4 comments I am into journaling, and each year I have a "theme thread" as a kind of year long project. In previous years this has covered: Gardening, Haiku writing, photoanalysis, etc. This year 2010 the theme is "Seeking Center" (for whatever that means as I go along) and trying to encourage more visual exploration. I've been working with watercolor pencils, oil pastels, drawing, and cut paper. Since January, some entries include (in addition to my endless book lists!) shadow drawing, a mandala, angel paper dolls, stenciling, cut paper clowns, transfer hearts with pastels, burr oak-and-leaf design, an abstract floral. There's not much cohesiveness with all this, but you just never know where ideas grow.

message 41: by Cathie (new)

Cathie (countrygarden) | 6 comments I used to craft so much I feel I am in a lazy faze right now and primarily just draw and keep a journal, which I am really enjoying.

message 42: by sliknl (new)

sliknl (silkworm) | 4 comments I think a lazy time is good - it lets the creative side of the brain free to flow and store up energy. And spring is coming - a time of renewal and growth. Maybe you can share what directions you find you find unfolding.

message 43: by Mary Ellen (new)

Mary Ellen McWhirter | 6 comments Today I worked on a new watercolor of irises. I also did some knitting on a scarf that I am trying to invent (emphasis on trying). I also worked on some cards that I have an order for. Too many ideas, not enough time.
MAry Ellen

message 44: by Mary Ellen (new)

Mary Ellen McWhirter | 6 comments Sliknl wrote: "I am into journaling, and each year I have a "theme thread" as a kind of year long project. In previous years this has covered: Gardening, Haiku writing, photoanalysis, etc. This year 2010 the th..."
This is such a great idea. I do an idea journal but I haven't thought of doing a themed journal. I might try this as well although most of my journaling starts with great intent but then just..... disappears.
Mary Ellen

message 45: by sliknl (new)

sliknl (silkworm) | 4 comments Mary Ellen wrote: "Sliknl wrote: "I am into journaling, and each year I have a "theme thread" as a kind of year long project. In previous years this has covered: Gardening, Haiku writing, photoanalysis, etc. This y..."

The thing I find really interesting is that once I've started a theme, sometimes when the year ends, the theme has become so interesting that it "sticks" over into later years (at least for a while). Some I've carried over for um.. oh about 10 years now, and have over the years developed somewhat generic designations, like: Cycle of the Seasons, Strenghthen Finances, Diet-Health-Grooming, Relationships, Creative Work & Play. I knew that "Resolutions" (i.e., the theme) tend to peter out, so to deal with that at the end of each month, and before the start of the next month, I make myself do a simple grocery list of which themes were active that month, so it shows me in a very simple way, where my energy was flowing, and how they ebb and flow over the course of time. Not to control, but more to reveal what's been going on. I also invented a system to index my journals as I go along, because later when I want to go back and find something, it's easier. One day I was concerned about "missing" journals - it turned out that my husband was looking up some dates for when we were traveling. So from time to time, it's been useful for family information, too.

message 46: by sliknl (new)

sliknl (silkworm) | 4 comments Mary Ellen wrote: "Sliknl wrote: "I am into journaling, and each year I have a "theme thread" as a kind of year long project. In previous years this has covered: Gardening, Haiku writing, photoanalysis, etc. This y..."

I need to be doing that! I have a huge iris garden of heritage plants which I "inherited" when I bought my home. They are so beautiful. Gotta hone my iris painting skills (but first, I ned to weed that garden!)

message 47: by Karen (new)

Karen (karenscraps) I am currently working on some cards, an ABC challenge on one of the scrapbook sites I belong to, and a cross-stitch piece that I'm working on for Christmas (yes I know it's only September)

message 48: by Tiffany (new)

Tiffany Lowder | 2 comments Still scrapbooking, but I'm also beginning to work on a cross stitch family coat of arms as a gift for Christmas. I'm obviously a slow stitcher if I need to start now! Lol!

message 49: by Sandysconnected (new)

Sandysconnected | 10 comments Soon I'll be working with mosaic tiles that are magnetic...this should be interesting!

message 50: by Tulara (new)

Tulara (iberostar) | 20 comments I learned needle felting at a craft meeting for our State Botanical Gardens Gift shop. We make items to sell and support the Garden.
I bought some tree-shaped florists foam, some wool roving and some felting needles. I pulled apart the wool roving and started needle-felting it to the tree. I picked out certain colors from the wool and "painted" with them, making layers on the trees. I wound them with silk sari strands and placed a turquoise nugget at the top. They are serving as my Xmas tree this year.

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