Over the years I've tried many crafts... crochet, stained glass, garment making, painting and fiber arts. What I found is that fabric makes my heart sing. It did when I made clothing and now as a quilt maker. I always tell people that I 'paint' with fabric.
But one does not live by fabric alone... it's WAY more fun to share the joy and hang out with like minded people! Almost all of my friends create and we love to talk and share. When we get together it's all about showing what we have made, asking for help on a project, or planning a new one. And of course we keep in touch by emailing all of that too!
I'm a geek at heart (and by training!) so when the internet started up I was first in line to find my crafty soul mates. My quilt guild was very progressive and we had an email list, then I found some forums and from there my passion for online communities has soared. I've hosted many types of groups and the common factor is friendship and sharing about our crafting.. and about life. Because that is what friends are for. Then my internet communities expanded to included business friends.
Make and creating feeds my soul in many ways. I will know if I have not spent enough time making something as I will feel crabby or unsettled. Getting out a project and making for the pure joy of it will set me back on track!
Thank you for the opportunity to share how much crafting has made my life richer!
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