Why Do I Love Crafts? – Sunday Morning Coffee

I had a free day yesterday. So what did I do? I spent the day making crafts and it was the best day ever. So why do I love crafts so much?

The Best Ever DIY Mirror
My Favorite DIY Mirror

I love crafts because I love making things and gifting them from my heart. I have quite a history of making crafts which I am going to share with you today. Thanks for joining me for Sunday morning coffee where I am sharing my weekly thoughts about entertaining, decor, recipes, and one of my absolute favorite things to do … making crafts.

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A Little Bit About Me

Leaf Chargers DIY
DIY Fall Leaf Chargers

I love to make crafts. Why? Well, another reason is that I have been crafting for a really long time.

At the age of six, I was making paper crafts and gluing felt pieces together to make comb cases for my brothers for Christmas. My mom taught me how to sew when I was eight. Soon, I was making a daisy yarn afghan quilt and sewing summer shifts (which is a straight dress with no zippers or sleeves) that 9-year-olds normally didn’t make.

At about the age of 13, I started a yearly tradition of hand-making Christmas gifts for everyone in my family. Each gift was personalized and I think the fact they were handmade made up for the fact that many didn’t turn out all that great.

When I was in high school I was making complete outfits such as coats and dresses and I started trying other craft projects. I ventured into making jewelry, beading, embroidery, paper crafts, needlework, macrame, and more. When I turned sixteen I got my first job at a fabric store and I made new outfits every single week.

In college, I made all of my sorority formal dresses and costumes, took a stained-glass class, and still made Christmas gifts every year.

How to Make Christmas Wrapping Paper

After college, I made bridesmaids’ dresses, suits for work, pillows and drapes for my apartment, and Christmas gifts for my family and boyfriend.

When Dave and I got married I made my wedding dress and made everything for our first home. I made baby clothes for the boys, all of their Halloween costumes, soccer banners, and most of the costumes for their school plays.

Today I still make blankets, wreaths, paintings, and lots of pillows. I love furniture refinishing, and making all kinds of decor items for entertaining. I am crafting more now than I ever have and I absolutely love it!

How to Make a Pine Cone Wreath
How to Make a Pine Cone Wreath

As I await the day our first grandchild arrives (and it may be years!), I am so happy to have this outlet to share my crafts. I would never make this many crafts if I didn’t have someone to share them with. (And that someone is all of you!) I love that I am always looking for another craft idea and often my best ideas happen when I spend time in my craft storage room. I know if I start looking through my craft supplies something fun will pop in my head.

Home Decor Ideas with Custom Fabric
Design Your Own Fabric and Homemade Pillows

So thank you. I love that so many of you have experienced the joy of crafting and were inspired to try one of my ideas. I also love that those of you who don’t craft share your enthusiasm too!

Hopefully, I am not crafting too much. I promise I will try to contain myself. But now that you know my “crafting history” my obsession might make more sense.

Where Can You Find All of My Crafts?

Did you know my blog is divided by categories so you can find all the posts that pertain to my home, entertaining, recipes, and home decor? You can also find all of my craft blog posts here.

Which Craft Project is My Favorite?

That is an impossible question to answer. But here are some ones that I really enjoyed making. I didn’t include any of my holiday DIY’s because I will be sharing them soon.

My Favorite Craft Supplies

I finally put all of my favorite craft supplies in one place! You should be able to find just about all of the craft items you need for all of my craft projects. Just click on the photo collage below.

Shop My Craft Store

My Favorite Outdoor Decor Look of the Week

How to Decorate Your Porch with Outdoor Fall Decor
How to Decorate Your Home with Outdoor Fall Decor

My Favorite Fall Color Look of the Week

White Painted Furniture Ideas
White Painted Furniture Ideas and DIY

My Favorite Fall Recipe of the Week

Pumpkin ravioli with Sage Brown Butter Sauce.
Pumpkin Ravioli with Sage Brown Butter Sauce

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My Favorite Thanksgiving Idea of the Week

Find out how Ben Affleck (who sat here for Thanksgiving … it’s true!) motivated me to set a Thanksgiving table outdoors.

thanksgiving dinner tips
Thanksgiving Dinner Outdoors

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Reflections on the Week

Last week was so much fun! I will admit I was a bit heavy on the crafting side but I love that five days of my blog posts were with other bloggers. I hope you will go to the posts and click on their links to see the amazing things they shared.

Good Things From Martha

Martha Stewart Crafts

My friend Martha Stewart shared 15 Fall Crafts to Make You Feel Warm and Cozy.

(By the way, if anyone knows Martha I would really like to meet her!)

What’s Ahead for the Week

It is going to be another wild week. I can’t wait to share an update on our beach house remodel, a healthy snack cooked in the air fryer, a really great party to host during the fall holidays, an easy fall craft, fall table ideas, and my favorite thanksgiving plates.

Catch up on Sunday Morning Coffee

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Why I Love Crafts

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  1. I’m sitting here with a cup of coffee and I’m laughing so hard! I felt like I was reading a story about myself. Lol My parents Christmas tree was filled with my homemade ornaments when I was a child. I worked in a fabric store too and even today sewing has become my business. Thank you for taking me down memory lane!!!! Happy Sunday!

  2. This was an enjoyable story. It brought back many memories. When I was eight and nine I was always cleaning house and learning to cook. I still love things to be clean and love organizing. I was a serious cook for many years. Now that we are older we eat more simply. When I was in 7th grade my friend sewed shifts with a back zipper. It seemed like she had a new one every day…I was so envious! I learned to sew but was not great. I love crafted things and am a fan of etsy. A friend has made a business of her high quality crafts. I am not much of a crafter, but have always loved interior design. LOL..an excellent shopper though. 🙂

  3. As Shannon and Jillian said, this brought back memories! I love crafting too but don’t have a lot of time for it anymore. I’m always so impressed with yours – especially that white pinecone wreath, which is probably my favorite of all time. I’m still planning to make one in memory of my mom, but because of covid, we haven’t been able to have a celebration for her yet. But today’s her birthday, so that’s just as good! Thanks for all your daily inspiration – you’re amazing!

  4. I look forward to all your posts–here on your blog and daily on Instagram. You’re my favorite crafter of all times. Your projects and ideas are so beautiful and inspiring. Love them all. Thank you so much for all the time and effort you spend sharing all this inspiration with us. Love, love, love it all! xo

  5. I once took a stained glass class. That’s when I decided buying stained glass products is worth every penny they charge.

  6. My mom was my recipient of all my gifts I crafted for years and she loved every single one of them.
    She would encourage me to sew my clothes, buy me fabric to keep on creating and how I felt was indescribable that she was my best cheerleader. She’s gone now and it’s not quite the same not having her to see all my hobbies. Good memories and it’s made my heart swell thinking you still find pleasure in creating too.

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