I grew up during a time when we did not have all of the modern day conveniences and technology that the kids of today are privileged to have. I guess I am about to date myself when I tell you that about all we had was T.V. (without cable), record players (remember those?) and I can even remember when 8-track players came out! (Ouch!) So anyway, you get the picture, there wasn't much that we can entertain ourselves with other than our imaginations and the television. And guess what, my Nana wasn't having none of that sitting in front of what she called "the idiot box" for hours on end! Nana really knew how to coin a phrase! LOL!
So armed with nothing more than my imagination and creativity, I kept myself occupied and out of trouble by taking on at least one new arts and crafts project each month. I probably drove my mother crazy with all of the different projects that I decided to create but she never complained and always made sure that I had what I needed to accomplish those goals. I believe that it was her encouragement that helped me to become a creative thinker and not afraid to try or take on new challenges. It probably also helped that I was naturally creative. Nevertheless, my mom always supported me and made me feel that I could accomplish anything if I put my mind to it.
Imagine the joy that I felt when I first noticed that my daughter had a knack for making arts and crafts! I would even venture to say that because of the access that she has to technology, that she is 10x better than I was as a child. I say that because it has been mainly through the conveniences of technology that she has been able to teach herself most of what she has learned to make. She has learned and mastered arts and craft projects using duct tape (she thinks it is the answer to everything), rainbow looms, lanyard strings, parachords and of course her latest interest is crocheting.
Just recently, I had the fortunate opportunity to learn about a company named "Craftsy" whose main focus is "in providing education and tools to help you bring your creativity to life." Not only do they offer hundreds of online classes in areas such as quilting, sewing, knitting, cake decorating, art, photography, and cooking just to name a few, but you can also purchase supplies and buy or sell patterns too! How's that for a one-stop-shop?
My daughter was ecstatic when I shared this wonderful resource with her and immediately selected an online Amigurumi Woodland Animals crocheting course. For those of you who don't know what that is, Amigurumi is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals and anthropomorphic creatures. That just lets you know about the extent of courses that are offered through Craftsy. The courses are so user friendly and easy to understand. But what I really love is the fact that they never expire and you can upload them to any mobile device. Here you see my daughter watching it on her iPod as she relaxes on the couch. You can watch them at your leisure and repeat and pause them as needed. So far she is halfway through her first woodland creature. Stay tuned for updates and for the finished product! I can't wait to see it myself!