In the past few months, I've bought these books to remind me how to do the things I once enjoyed, but have long forgotten: decoupage, collage and embroidery. Probably it was my nomadic existence that discouraged creating crafts - if you're always moving, you don't tend to focus on art supplies (unless you make your living as an artist). Also, as a working single mom, there wasn't much time to focus on crafts - any energy left after work and taking care of my daughter was poured into writing.
My husband gave me a set of oil paints and brushes that I've never used. My daughter, the versatile artist, gave me charcoal pencils, sketchpads and blank canvases on which to experiment. But something - probably my own insecurities and perfectionist worries about not being "good enough" - good enough for what? - has kept me from attempting to paint. For nearly a year now I've been reading the blogs of many clever, creative, crafty women and you've rekindled the desire to create something with my hands. I live in Paris, where vintage papers and ephemera are plentiful. So once a month I'm going to make some sort of art or craft and post it here.
In response to my posts about Monsieur Andre Molco's vintage buttons, Frida made a comment about fond childhood memories of playing with her grandmother's buttons, "They are in quite a different league to my grandmother's jars of buttons, but I think the same aesthetic interests lie behind both collections. My Grandma was just a little limited by her location (rural NZ) and budget!"
My late grandmother's buttons also were limited by her location and budget, but they are more precious to me than any expensive designer buttons. I've previously written about my grandmother's extraordinary skills as a seamstress. And I keep her buttons in a red glass apothecary jar, occasionally using some for a sewing project. My daughter, a student at the Savannah College of Art & Design also uses some of her great-grandmother's buttons for sewing projects. Yet another example that in life it's the sentiment that counts, not the expense.