Craft Days

My Messy Desk is the place to go when you want to make something beautiful and leave the mess behind.  Last October, I decided to start inviting my friends over to my crafting space to take advantage of my great bounty of excess materials.  If you have ever made jewelry, you know you just about always end up with more of certain things than you can use of.  Imagine if you just needed one apple for lunch, but the grocery store only sold them by the bushel basket – this is similar to how beads are generally purchased.  So, I could either keep making things with the left-overs or start sharing.

I was considering this idea about the same time that I was taking the Find Your Passion Quiz that I blogged about yesterday (Find Your Passion).  I chose to start sharing and have been greatly blessed by that decision.  I did something similar when we lived in Kansas with a couple of friends who would come over and make cards or work on album pages.  Even before that, in Germany, I had a friend who brought her great bounty to me and showed me how to scrapbook while I was recovering from surgery.  This recent beginning was different; it was a conscious, purposeful decision to start something that I hoped would take root.  Here in Colorado, I started again with only two ladies, but this time is has grown so much already that I am scheduling two sessions each month and I’m thrilled that may need to add a third.  I even started a web site so I could publicize upcoming events and share pictures of our wonderful creations.  Take a look at it –

Each month I prepare a card to be made and at least one other project that varies from jewelry, to tile coasters, to the upcoming altered t-shirts.  Earrings are always an option.  With the arrival of Pinterest to the mainstream, I am never at a loss for new and exciting ideas.  Perhaps I have too many ideas, but that is a story for another day.

An added bonus is that through this endeavor, I am expanding my horizons as a crafter.  I am challenging myself to try new methods and mediums.  I can’t say every attempt is turning out like I hope, but each time I am learning something about myself and my skills (or lack thereof).

Being a bit of a rule follower and a Type A personality, I was surprised by the joy I felt seeing how each lady puts her own spin on the projects I have planned.  The first time was when I had a ribbon cuff bracelet to teach and one of my friends said she wasn’t likely to wear it, and proceeded to make some very cool bookmarks for her daughter following basically the same process.  It is such a rush for me to see the ladies excited by something their own hands have created, or to see them rummage through my excess beads and get an idea in their heads that I can help them to accomplish.

Each lady brings a snack to share so we can nibble while we work and there is always plenty of collaboration and brainstorming of ideas ranging from the craft projects themselves to events in each of our lives.  This fellowship through shared interests is at least as important to me as the pretty papers and blingy baubles they take home.  It has not escaped my understanding that I am learning more from each of them than I could ever hope to teach.

I believe I have found my passion, but I’m still defining my strengths and tapping into what motivates me as I move forward with brainstorming my idea.  You can read the advice on the steps following the Find Your Passion Quiz published as in ‘O’ Magazine.

My dream is that this hobby of mine will grow into a business that is self-sustaining and provides novice and expert crafters alike, the ability to not only create for themselves, but also to use their skills to give back to the local community.  What is the great bounty of excess in your life?  How could you use it to make others in your life shine?  Is there a way to improve the lives of others in your community by sharing it?

Don’t forget to visit my web site and take a look at the Photos page to see at all the fun things we are creating!

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