Sunday, June 25, 2017

Laura Drewry: Creative Outlets

At various times over the years I’ve dabbled in weaving, knitting, cross stitching, quilting, scrap booking, looming and card making. The card making I still do, but the rest of it. . .not so much. In fact, last year I finally stopped lying to myself about getting back into scrap booking and gave all of my supplies to my nieces.

I was pretty sure I'd lost my need to do anything else crafty after that, but then one day I was following my sister around Michael's . . .minding my own business I might add. . .when we started down the bead aisle.  Oh. My. Goodness.

I mean, seriously, have you been down these aisles? It's unbelievable! And not only do they have every type of bead, charm, gadget and doo-dah you can possibly imagine, but then they go and put it all on sale AND they offer you coupons through their app! So I ask you, what's a girl to do?

I'll tell you what she does - she stocks up! And while I'd like to say that what you see here has been the limit to my bead-buying, that would be a big fat lie. I've filled four cases like the one above and I have at least half a dozen more containers with various colours and types. One might almost think I've become obsessed. :)

And what am I doing with all of these beads? I started out making wineglass charms to give away at the RWA conference next month and that led me into making earrings and necklaces. It's a learning process, that's for sure, but it's fun and relaxing and the beads are oh-so-pretty! :) 


What sorts of crafts do you do? 

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USA Today bestselling author Laura Drewry writes fun and sexy contemporary romances filled with heartfelt emotion and characters readers can relate to. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, watching Marvel movies with her boys, Pinning recipes she'll never make, and cheering for the Yankees. Laura lives in southwest British Columbia with her husband, three sons, two dogs, a handful of chickens, and about 30,000 bees.


Laney4 said...

I embroidered pillowcases (and my only apron for a school project) in my teens. Still have the hoops and a little bit of floss. Should give them away as I know I'll never do it again - as I don't remember any of the stitches!

I hooked rugs in my twenties; my son has especially enjoyed using them throughout the years (although they get natty and end up being cut down the edges until eventually they get thrown out). Again, I'm never going to hook again but still have the "hooker" - probably because I know I could pick it up today and hook again easily.

In my thirties, I knitted scarves, which my kids used (and lost) all the time. I doubt I ever knit again, although I DO recall how to knit and purl.

In my forties, I went to a free scrapbooking workshop, saying to myself, "*I* will never get sucked in to this! (as I went for "ideas" only)." Yeah, right. I now own well over $1,000 in tools, binders, papers, stickers, and other embellishments. I am still scrapbooking in my late fifties and still hope (naively?) that I will "catch up". My parents were much older than I, so I had pictures dating back to the 1800s, plus I had 144 pictures dating back to the 40s and 50s given to me by my mother-in-law's family for her 80th birthday album I made (which we displayed at her 80th birthday and again at her recent 90th birthday after I updated it). I properly saved pictures, notices, and all sorts of memorabilia in several albums - up until 1994 so far. I do it in fits and spurts, I guess, as life gets in the way. Like you, I use those materials (OFTEN!) for decorating greeting cards (complete with my own poems), envelopes, and presents. It's actually faster (writing the poem included) to do my own than to drive to a store and search for "just the right one". The wrapping of a gift, however, takes much longer....

My mother took up crocheting in her sixties. I still have several of her full-size afghans but only have them for show on guest beds. I have no desire to learn to crochet - nor do I have any desires for other projects - other than getting my scrapbooking albums up-to-date. Now THAT is a full-time project, but oh so appreciated (by others, as well as myself) when each album is done....

Laura Drewry said...

Hi Laney - you're absolutely right about the scrap booking! I would go through phases where I'd be determined to get caught up, so I'd have both leaves in the dining room table and everything spread out for weeks. It's such a great feeling when you finally finish a page, or a season - but then you actually finish an album - you feel like you've conquered the world! LOL

dstoutholcomb said...

I used to scrapbook, make all of my cards, and other papercafting. I tried quilting. Don't do any of it anymore.


Laura Drewry said...

Hi Denise - my attempts at quilting weren't overly successful. LOL Who knew it'd be that hard to sew in a straight line?