Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Happy National Crafting Month!
A lot of people write to me asking about my motivation in writing this blog every day. As you know, I don't have a business and the only money I solicit are for donations to my youth group (and I only started doing that when we ran out of grant and community funds). So why would I spend hours every week experimenting and writing this blog?
I remember when I saw my first lotion recipe. I can make that at home? And I can make shampoo? What else can I make? (This is the way addiction begins, kids!) I dropped of chemistry 11 when I was 15 because I worried I wouldn't get an A: Now I wear T-shirts with molecules and have pink vinyl atoms on my MacBook and my car! I can't start to count the ways this craft has made my life more interesting!
Even information on my suppliers came from the generosity of others. I was supposed to meet Mary from Well Naturally to pick up my order and she didn't show up (which isn't a surprise considering all the things that happened to other customers after that). I went to my local scrapbooking shop and was obviously very annoyed about not having supplies for that week's class. The clerk told me about Voyageur Soap & Candle, which was just down the street. Yay! Finally, a reliable supplier. Then I heard about Aquarius and Soapcraft and Otion/Brambleberry and more!
I have no doubt that every single person who reads this blog learned about the possibility of making your own products through a friend, someone's blog, a forum post, a Yahoo group, a newsgroup, a supplier's newsletter, a book from the library, or some other free method. Even if your first recipes came from a class, you learned how to find good, free recipes from the Intertron. I'm asking you to share those recipes, those links, those suppliers, and your experiences on your own blog, on this blog, in forums, and on web sites.
I'm asking you to share what you've learned, even if you think you're a newbie with nothing to contribute. Believe me, everyone has something they've learned along the way that they can share with someone else! If you can, hold a class, invite a friend into your workshop, share a product you love and that recipe with someone you like.
So make a commitment this month to create a new thread on a forum, write a blog post, comment on something on this blog, or share the joys of your favourite craft with someone who will enjoy it. Put together a kit of starter materials so someone else can dive right in and get started. Donate to a local group - money or supplies - or volunteer with a local kids', youth, adult, or seniors' group or school and teach them something new! In short, use this month to increase your knowledge by sharing it with others!
Just think about what we could learn if we all shared one thought this month! It would be amazing! So please, speak up on this blog. The more information you contribute, the more information we can share with others!