Welcome to Crafts of Note – One

Clearly there are not enough craft/sewing/DIY blogs on the internet yet. Because this is one more!

What goes on here? Who is behind Crafts of Note? What’s this about?

Glad you asked. I’m your host – Margot. Crafts of Note was the brainchild of me and my sister. She’s a nurse and I was a professional fundraiser, until I quit my job. But that’s a story for another day.

While we were working – and my sister still works – we needed a creative outlet, to take our minds away from the day-to-day world. We come from an extremely crafty family. We both learned to embroider from our grandmother, Maw Maw. (You might guess from our grandmother’s moniker that we are from the South. And that’s another story for a different day.) We learned to crochet from our aunt. Our mother made our clothes until we were out of elementary school. Being crafty came naturally to us.

Stained glass was the first craft we both tried that hadn’t been part of our family heritage. And we fell in love! Each piece of┬ácolored glass tells its own story and wishes to be made into a specific artwork. You can try to bend the will of the glass to use it in a project you want, but if the glass doesn’t feel like it fits, it will never conform.

We don’t do as much stained glass as we once did but are planning to plunge back in for Christmas. Stained glass and Christmas seem to be made for each other!

While I haven’t been working, I’ve taken back up with sewing, which I love passionately. I don’t make too many clothes because I don’t have the hourglass figure the pattern companies think are ubiquitous. I do start quilts but I rarely finish them. When I first started to make quilts, I read so many instructions about how they had to be done exactly like this or entirely like that that I kind of freaked out. I’m determined to remember some very sage advice I read recently: A finished quilt, even if it’s not perfect, is better than an unfinished quilt.┬áThis needs to be my mantra.

When my sister and I aren’t working or crafting, we are kept busy with the five dogs we share. (We also share a house – I guess I should have made that clearer earlier?) We never intended to collect dogs but when they enter your heart, you are theirs forever. Our house sits on ten acres so the dogs have plenty of room to run. We even have a dog door so they can let themselves in and out. When I tell people we have a dog door big enough for our Newfoundland to use, they look at me like I’ve lost my mind. “Aren’t you afraid someone will use the dog door to break into your house?” Well, no – we have five dogs. And if you were going to rob a house, would you choose the one with a dog door big enough for a person to crawl through? Nope, I didn’t think so.

At any rate, that’s what this is about. I’m going to post every Monday and every Thursday, at the very least. There will no doubt be sporadic posts in between. This blog will primarily be about sharing cool ideas I’ve found/ tried/ want to share, and the creations that I make from those ideas.

Hope to see you around! Have a great week.