Hi again, folks.

Just wanted to share a few things I’ve been working on, and let you know what’s going to happen here with the Craft Book Project.

Last semester, I was editor of Barnstorm (go lit journals, go), taught a class of English Comp, and took two awesome courses in nonfiction writing. I loved my classes last semester and I learned a lot about narrative writing and research. I also took an unexpected break from CBP.

Now, I’d like to move it forward. I’m going to be updating once a week, sharing interesting craft-related posts and things that I’m working on, because you know, I like to make stuff, too! And I’m also working on a final product for all this crafty research I’ve done.

The final project, though I’m still a bit fuzzy on the details, is going to be a short book/long magazine about crafty folks. I’ve contacted a couple of you for interviews, and I’ll be putting together articles/chapters over the next few months. And since this is DIY research, I’ll be taking the DIY publishing route in some form…

Thanks for all your help, crafty people!

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Day 33: Où est le café?

I’ve been running this survey for just over a month now, and it’s been a lot of emailing, posting, and blog-reading. I am not complaining, I’m just drinking a lot of the black stuff!

A few things I’ve noticed…

  • There are a lot of blogs out there. I’d heard guesstimates of 4,000 craft blogs; I believe it.
  • I find bloggers mainly through tutorials (on One Pretty Thing, on Craftgawker, on linky parties) and guest posts on other blogs.
  • Blog directories still exist! And they’re awesome for researchers!
  • The internet is a magical place where you can make friends with lots of people you might never otherwise run into in person.
  • Where do you all get the cute Facebook and RSS buttons?

Back to the blog hunt. Thanks again for filling out the survey, all you wonderful crafty folks.

And only 4 more days to enter the giveaway!

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Xmas in July

I’ve been reading a lot of blogs lately…I mean, a LOT of blogs lately. And it seems there’s a trend in posts this week: Christmas in July. Seeing everyone kick off their holiday crafting inspired me.

It’s really nice to have a focus for crafting; it gives me something to search for on the ol’ blogs. There’s this list from last year (scroll to the bottom)–I can literally spend hours surfing the links there alone. There’s this amazing Xmas e-zine. One Pretty Thing has a jillion round-ups with Xmas gifts, crafts, and decor. I really want to make giant Jenga for someone from here. I’m almost overwhelmed.

I kicked into the ornament making into high gear this weekend. Well, relatively speaking. It was the weekend, after all. I made 2.5 ornaments, for yet-to-be-determined recipients:

two pink knitted balls decorated with white yarn cross-stitched snowflakes, and one deflated green yarn ball

And I’m not burnt out, a rarity after a weekend of crafting. I think the key was small bites and variety; it took me 2+ hours to knit up the balls, and another 1/2 hour-45 minutes to stuff and decorate them. Those are three very different tasks–knitting, stuffing, embellishing. They have varying levels of difficulty: knitting = doable without looking, sewing = tricky for me. It made for a very satisfying activity.

So, I’m going to seek out similar small-ish interesting projects to make for people this Xmas. What kinds of crafts do you like to make?

Oh, and only 6 more days left to win a Michaels gift card! Thanks to the 200 awesome folks who have already taken the survey!

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