The Impatient Crafter. Though I came into crafting as a career a little later in life, I have always been crafty. You probably have too, which is why you're here, yes? I have been collecting vintage things since I was knee high to a grasshopper...and that amounts to 40 some years of collecting. Thankfully I am able to let go of things, as I move, often. Currently my obsessions are mostly focused on things that are easier to transport, like old paper, buttons, game parts and other smaller bits and pieces of yore.
I acquired a stash of vintage craft magazines a few years back and it has been growing since and I can't tell you how much good stuff is living in those dusty old pages! What I've realized in perusing these treasure troves of awesome ideas is that we are losing a lot of great stuff in this age of disposability and in this youth obsessed society. This whole idea that people who are young have all of the juicy good stuff to share is silly and misguided. Age is just a number and creative people never get old. Young people may have energy and enthusiasm, but our grandmothers and their grandmothers...well they have a whole lotta moxie. They know things. Out of necessity, they learned how to live handmade. We can too and there is no better time than right now, as our consumer culture begins to split at the seams, for us to look to our grandmothers and learn how to resurrect the indomitable spirit of DIY.
We can learn so much from them and we can, if we so choose, help to keep these soulful, wonderful, whimsical, amazing ideas, techniques and skills from fading into obscurity. We can have a creative dialogue with the past and from that, we keep that passion for all things handmade burning for generations to come.
These ARE your grandmother's crafts.
You gotta problem with that?
I didn't think so.