My Love Of Crafting Started At An Early Age - Briana Blair - BrianaDragon Creations

My Love Of Crafting Started At An Early Age

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Posted by / June 6, 2014 / 0 Comments

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I was thinking the other day about how long I’ve been crafting. It’s really no surprise that I want to do it for a living, I’ve been at it for so long. It’s something that I was introduced to at a very young age, and I’ve been crafting in some form or another ever since.

My first memories of crafting are at about four or five years old. I think I was four, because I know that it was before kindergarten. I think the very first thing that I ever made was little turtles made out of paper and walnut shells. I also made walnut shells into Christmas ornaments. I can remember too that even then I was into miniaturizing things. Whatever I could do with walnut shells I also did with my grandpa’s empty pistachio shells. I loved making really small things.

I also remember my grandma teaching me to crochet with my fingers. She gave me this fat yarn and taught me how to do chains and such with my fingers. I don’t think I could do anything more complex than single crochet like that, but it was a good introduction. I still crochet today. I tried learning to knit too a few years ago, unfortunately I wasn’t very good at that.

I’m so glad that I got into crafting so young. I think every child should learn arts and crafts. Every family should encourage kids to do creative things. There isn’t enough of that these days. There are a lot of people in their teens now that really don’t know how to do anything creative. They have art class in some schools, but even that is being cut in a lot of places, so kids really have no creative input. Arts and crafts really open up a child’s mind and give them so many skills that they can use throughout their lives.

I got exposed to a fair variety of art and crafts as a child. I had a really crappy childhood, but grandma was a crafter, and that was something that she shared with me. I learned to draw, paint, crochet and make all sorts of things. I had one of those loom kits to make pot holders with. I got to use Play-Doh and eventually moved on to better kinds of clay. Over the years I have tried more kinds of crafts and used more mediums than I can even count.

I still love crafting so much. I really do want to make a  living out of this. I know that some people say you should focus on one craft and one product line, but I don’t think I can do that. I love doing so many things, I want to do a lot of them and put all of it in my shop. I’m eclectic and I like it that way. And hey, you never know what people are going to want. The more I have to offer, the better my chances are.

I can’t even imagine growing up without arts and crafts. I wish that all families would encourage creativity in their kids. It’s so much fun, it’s a great outlet, and it can give them useful skills. It’s so good in so many ways.

Briana Blair

Briana Blair

Briana Blair is an author and artisan. She has published more then 30 books and thousands of articles across multiple sites. After practicing Paganism and witchcraft for 25 years, she's now on a journey as an atheist and skeptic. She's eclectic, unpredictable, and always evolving. Facebook - Twitter

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