New Poll: What’s Your Craft?

Hi there blog friends!   Let me give you a little set up to the poll question for this week (I know many of you must wonder where in the world they come from, lol!)  Just in surfing and chatting back in forth with people in blogland, it’s a common theme that so many of us are crafty.  For some, we’re not just papercrafters, but this is a long journey that many of us started when we were younger.  For others, we had no idea we were crafty until we were in a situation where we tried it and loved it!!  We have papercrafting (scrapbooking, cardmaking, paper cutting, paper engineering, paper embossing, paper piercing and so on) covered, so the question for this week is – what is that other craft?  Well surely if you’re a crafter you’ve tried many of these but we all have crafts that we come back to – they have staying power.  I’m assuming  papercrafting is your favorite or just about your favorite . . . what’s the other that takes a good bit of your time or that you find exceptionally pleasant?

Keep in mind my list of crafts is not exhaustive, please forgive me if I didn’t list yours.  I did a mental walk though of my Hobby Lobby store to come up with the selection.   Pick something similar if you can or if I’m so far off base, feel free to pick the “you didn’t list mine” category.  If I didn’t get yours, be sure to comment – I’m always curious if I left out something obvious.   Remember you can see a summary of all the polls I’ve done on my Polls Archive Page.

As always, thanks for weighing in :-)

  • MarisaMay 23, 2011 - 12:46 am

    I am a bit ashamed to say I don’t have another craft….I am not actually crafty by nature and it still behooves (sp?!) me how I got into this wonderful hobby LOL! I am actually not very gifted in the creative gene department and have to work HARD to get a card made, but love the feeling of the finished product, no matter how long it took me to get there. Add to that, the joy of being able to give someone and encouraging word in a card you have made and I”m a happy camper :)

    I have grown SO much in my card making journey, thanks to the likes of you and many others who have so many wonderful creations to inspire me. My “one creative gene” and I are especially thankful to all those wonderful blogs with sketches and I am totally non-creative when it comes to layouts and would be lost without them! Give me a sketch to start with and I’m on my way :)

    So, if I’m not making cards, I love to read, work out and spend time with my family. I’ll never be a “Becca” but I sure enjoy the journey of learning and growing in this wonderful card making craft and I must say, crafters are some of the most giving and friendly people I know and I can’t ever see myself giving this fabulous hobby up :)ReplyCancel

  • Marie SellersMay 23, 2011 - 12:54 am

    My mom encouraged me to explore whatever I was interested in when I was growing up. Consequently I am a very well-rounded crafter. I have done sewing, knitting /crocheting, flower arranging, ceramics, jewelry making, cake decorating, stained glass…You name it and I’m willing to try it. I am thankful to my mom for helping me to develop my creativity.ReplyCancel

  • MaryannMay 23, 2011 - 1:18 am

    WOUW this was tuff, cause I´m the kind of person, whojust have to try it, when I see something new, I haven´t tryed LOL. I choose sewing, as I have been sewing all our clothes for the most of my life, so guess, that´s the one that fits best in this, but I just love to do all kinds of altering arts too, and love to try and make something nice out of most things, rather than throw them out. What Ihave made of old jars and boxes here can´t be counted anymore he he he. Almost all I have here in my craftroom is made from different cannisters, that others probably would have thrown out, and I´m always on the look for new great ideas. But my mainlove is still all kinds of papercrafting and making items from paper and cardstock, but name it and I´ve probably tryed it he he he. Only one thing, I´ll never do is anything with yarn. I just hate that for some reason. Don´t know why, but I can´t stamd to knit or crochet, thoug I have tryed it more times, but it always takes me years to finish a project then LOL. Yarn is only to use for hair on my dolls or Danish “Nisser” here he he he.
    Have a wonderful day everyone ad it´ll be exiting to see, what everyne else will share here too?ReplyCancel

  • Barb TraceyMay 23, 2011 - 1:28 am

    I so enjoy the poll questions you come up with, but I had to answer “nothing that remotely fits” because you didn’t offer the option of “all of the above”! (lol!) I enjoy creating in every area you itemized, and I continue to cycle thru all them pretty regularly. It just depends on what inspiration strikes me. Crafting has been a lifelong pastime of mine, and something that is really necessary for me to feel mentally and emotionally balanced. I have jealously guarded my crafting time for decades and will only relinquish it when my time is demanded by something critically important.

    You did not list a craft/hobby that is near the top of my favorites list, and that is making scale miniatures (aka “dollhouses”). I enjoy miniatures in part because it encompass the entire range of everything you did list, just on a smaller scale.

    I could easily spend all day everyday getting lost and playing in my work room. If only I didn’t have this thing called a job!ReplyCancel

  • Susan GMay 23, 2011 - 1:48 am

    There were several buttons I could have clicked but I chose the painting one as I am now dabbling in it again, which was my first real love grow up and in my 20s…painting and drawing, but this time around it is more whimsical and/or dark, and also mixed with other medias.

    I am really a craft and arts addict in general. I have done:
    woodworking, wood-burning, and wood-painting along with other folksy art with hubby

    embroidery(still really like it)

    did some crewel also (embroidery with yarn)

    liquid embroidery (anyone remember Tri-Chem?? I used to be a consultant /demo…I kind of miss that)

    needlepoint, mostly on plastic canvas

    X-stitch, still like that also

    crochet, I’d like to get better

    sewing, WAAAY back in the day I made some of my own clothes and clothes for my first child. I’d probably still be doing some sewing, if my machine didn’t die. By then I was too wrapped up in all the different things my kids were into and working.

    I have NOT the coordination to knit, have tried several times over, it has something to do with using 2 needles I think.

    I have no idea what felting is, or roving

    My Great-Grandmother used to Tat, she taught my mom, who still has the shuttle her Gma gave here, but she doesn’t remember how to do it. I think I’d like to learn, if for no other reason then the fact that it was a art of my ancestors.

    jewelry making/beading, just learning (and hope to get good at it)

    I used to “paint” ceramics and loved it, I did take actual ceramics (including the spinning clay thing) in college, and sucked at the spinning clay thing, but did well at block and molding work, in fact they kept a large bowl i made for display)

    I did cake making decorating ON MY OWN, nothing with Wilton or anything like that, the same with flower arranging, everyone loved my work, but I had no formal training.

    My mom took a floral arranging class when she was my age, she did nice work also.

    I have REAL admiration for people who make lampwork beads (glass melting etc) It is one of the items on my Bucket list. (to learn how)

    you did not include interior design or exterior design(yard-scraping, gardening), but also enjoy that and have had a hand in helping family members and friends in the past, since becoming disabled not so much. I actually designed my kitchen, I made the blueprint for the builder, he was very impressed with my set up, and how things flowed. I laughed him off, and told him, “ANYONE who cooks, or enjoys cooking or baking, or canning(I did all 3) can design a good working kitchen.

    Hmmm, that brings up another hobby or craft…canning, or even cooking and baking. LOL

    Good Poll, now would you PLEASE email me the answer to the question I keep asking you?
    Thanks, SusanReplyCancel

  • Terri SMay 23, 2011 - 2:25 am

    I have dabbled in sooo many different crafts thru the years. Started young with drawing and painting, dabbled in needle crafts, loved doing beadwork for a very long time, but right now my medium of choice is paper for the most part. I occasionally start a scarf (knitted or crocheted) but rarely get them finished because I ultimately turn back to cards, scrapbooking, etc.ReplyCancel

  • JanineMay 23, 2011 - 2:45 am

    My first crafting love was cross stitch. My mom taught me the craft a little over 30 years ago when I was about 10 years old. I never really ventured outside of the craft until about 6 years ago, when my mom needed some Halloween scrapbook paper for something she wanted to make for her neighborhood kids. She was never into paper crafting but had seen something on the Martha Stewart show that she wanted to make. I found a local scrapbook store for her and when we stepped inside the door, I fell in love with paper crafting and now it is my second first love =) As much as I do enjoy paper crafting, still I wish that I had the talent my mom has. She can do it all—sewing, knitting, jewelry making, ceramics, doll making, painting, home decor crafts, you name it.ReplyCancel

  • BernieMay 23, 2011 - 3:15 am

    Oh My Becca it seems you’ve really stirred things up with this question. LOL
    I picked crocheting because when I was five I learned to crochet and made my first card. Over the years I have dabbled in more crafts then I can remember. I do crochet on rare occasion but card making is my one true love. These days if I’m not in the craft closet creating a card you can find me in the garden or in the kitchen.
    Blessings BernieReplyCancel

  • Paola LeviMay 23, 2011 - 3:33 am

    I have always drawn, sketched and painted, so i geuss the progression/ obsession came with the territory of always choosing the correct paper for the medium of painting or sketching that i was gonna do. I have tried my hand at sewing, however could never work out how to put a pattern together so made my own patterns to suit what i wanted to make and they were always wearable, by my standards, not my mothers! She would always be horrified that i would wear my latest designs as a teenager/ early twenties.
    My passion for papercraft started while journalling my journey through cancer recovery for my children, so if G”d forbid i didnt make it i would have something to leave my children to get to know ME!
    Twelve years later i am still here and my passion has progressed into an obsession and i now seem to only make cards, however have been inspired by my sons wedding to start scrapping again and make them a beautiful album for their coffee table as a talking piece.
    Thanks for all the inspiring ideas that you share with us humble crafters
    G”d bless

  • gloria lMay 23, 2011 - 3:34 am

    My first love was sewing, then home dec, machine embroidery, and quilting, which is one of my passions. I knit and crochet druring the winter, and now have found paper arts. I love mini albums. I always have several projects going at once. It seems like my brain is always jumping from one idea to another nonstop. I just wish I could complete all the projects I come up with!!! Just not enough time, and if there was maybe jewelry,cooking, gardening, painting,….ReplyCancel

  • Barbara JayMay 23, 2011 - 4:21 am

    Becca there is no way you could have included my other craft. It is making Temari.

    Temari is a Japanese form of embroidery on balls. The patterns are formed using guidelines of thread on the ball . In Ancient Japan after a kimono was no longer wearable the women took it apart and used the silk threads to embroidery on balls for children toys. Some of the patterns are quite elaborate. When I started all of the patterns were in Japanese and I didn’t read a word of Japanese. We had to make them by just looking at the diagrams and pictures . I know a few words in Japanese now. Temari are collectors items and no longer toys.ReplyCancel

  • CherylMay 23, 2011 - 4:31 am

    I also wear many many hats! Not enough time in the day. Started with sewing my clothes,quilting, making tote bags, baby clothes. Then yarn crewel and cross stitch. I also did liquidtex paint cross stitch. Did many hand dipped plastic flowers (early 70s). Ceramics on to porcelain and doll making. Painting then tole painting. Handmade flowers then on to crochet and knit. Loved to knit the big sweaters with cows and horses on them to wear to the fairs. Then on to woodworking making cabinets and shelving units. Made a beautiful window seat with shelves below it. Then to beading and jewelry. I adore lampwork beads. Back to painting with Donna Dewberry. Woodcutting and painting. Made geese and cow signs for the yard. Cake decorating. Made my daughter’s wedding cake. Gardens with yard ornaments. Canning things from the garden. Baking and cooking. Decorating the house with paint and papering. Onward to cardmaking and scrapbooking. Photography all the time. Colors and patterns fascinate me. If I had gone to college, it would have been a major in Graphic Art or Photography. Becca, as usual, this is a wonderful poll. So many people are like me. Wandering through the craft world!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy SMay 23, 2011 - 4:34 am

    I picked knitting etc but I also fall back on sewing – I do all the other crafts at various times of the year -the only things I haven’t tried and would so love to learn is tatting and lace makingReplyCancel

  • Ann Marie GovernaleMay 23, 2011 - 4:50 am

    My “other” crafts are quilting and crocheting. I started quilting when my mother asked me to go to a quilt shop with her to buy a new machine. OH my! I was hooked on the art quilts and ended up buying my own machine! I took classes for many years loving every minute of it. Also, I am a “constant crocheter”- I always have a project going and a bag of yarn and needles can be found beside the couch, next to my bed… I love to work on several projects at once. I do also dabble in folk art painting- I prefer to work on glass mostly. I love, love, love it all. Cardmaking, however, has become my passion!ReplyCancel

  • shortscrapperMay 23, 2011 - 5:39 am

    I like woodworking and sewing. I don’t do as much woodworking as I used to (my husband really likes that part of me) but I’ve gotten into sewing on my scrapbook pages. As a matter of fact, I was the first one in my scrapbooking circle to sew on my pages (and cards) because I couldn’t afford all the adhesive. lolReplyCancel

  • Anna/OmaMay 23, 2011 - 5:41 am

    I voted for jewellery making – beading but I am also a knitter and also do counted cross stitch embroidery.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie BMay 23, 2011 - 5:50 am

    I love the polls. Keep em coming. It is great to know what other crafters enjoy besides card making and scrapbooking.ReplyCancel

  • TinaMay 23, 2011 - 5:52 am

    My other passion is Lapidary, cutting, sanding, polishing and faceting rocks and gemstones. The saying ‘diamond in the rough’ fits this craft. You take something rough and dull and cut and polish it till it sparkles and glems. My favourite thing with this is when you start you never know what a rock will reveal till you cut it…ReplyCancel

  • Marilyn ClarkMay 23, 2011 - 5:59 am

    Sewing is the craft that I voted for, and I have tried several on your list.ReplyCancel

  • Monica LoreMay 23, 2011 - 6:05 am

    As you can see, a number of crafters have SEVERAL other crafts other than paper crafting. While I selected Beading and Jewellery from you list, I am also a polymer clay artist as well as a chainer. (Creating chain mail jewellery and objects). I’ve also, as of late, dabbled in decorative painting.ReplyCancel

  • Faithfule CreationsMay 23, 2011 - 6:18 am

    When not paper crafting I’m digitally designing.ReplyCancel

  • lois skiathitisMay 23, 2011 - 6:18 am

    I picked embroidery and Cross Stitch, although I could have picked Polymer Clay Artist and Jewelry making. These are the ones that I enjoy along with paper crafting. Great Poll. As always Becca, TFS!!! :-DReplyCancel

  • CyndieMay 23, 2011 - 6:27 am

    I had to laugh, since I could have clicked every one of those boxes (I clicked jewelry/beads), and I’m sure this is the case for lots of folks! One thing I didn’t see on the list is Pysanky eggs–I’ve got a shelf full of those!ReplyCancel

  • designsbywendysueMay 23, 2011 - 6:27 am

    Ok I fully admit I have at least 6-10 projects going on ALWAYS!!! My mind get really board with the same thing over and over again. but my new found love this year is quilting and I am amazed at this becuse it ties so closly in with papercrafting! I am sooooo gratful for paticent friends that have taught me through the years. I think God gives us wonderful friends to help teach us where your Mother left off in the teaching world. My hat goes off to all of you and thanks for bieng so willing to share your talents. designsbywendysueReplyCancel

  • Anita KehnMay 23, 2011 - 6:44 am

    I picked “none of the above” since I do lots of soap crafting using a melt & pour base and craft it into delightful soaps. I sell them at craft fairs so I have an outlet for them. After all you can use only so much soap yourself! Is there any other paper crafter that also makes personal care products?ReplyCancel

  • Anne ( Midlands UK)May 23, 2011 - 6:51 am

    It was difficult to choose one category. As I am spending a lot of time on knitting at the moment so chose that. I do crochet,sew,cross stitch and I also go to sugarcraft classes – so many things to keep me occupied. Anne xReplyCancel

  • Judy CoveyMay 23, 2011 - 6:55 am

    The closest craft listed to any of my favorite things to do is cake/dessert decorating. I LOVE to bake, but I’m not a cake decorator. I love gardening and I’ve done some beading, knitting, crocheting, sewing, glass painting, etc. I’ll try most any craft, and actually there was a time when two friends and I would get together on a monthly basis to work on a specific craft, like decoupage or making dried flower angels, painting designs on mason jars, to wreath making.ReplyCancel

  • chaunMay 23, 2011 - 6:58 am

    I can only vote for one?! I checked painting (watercolor) and drawing and calligraphy. I spend a lot of time pursuing those. But then, I also do fused and slumped glass, beading and jewelry making, ceramic clay sculpture, polymer clay, and sometime knitting and crochet. My husband thinks I should give up some of these, and concentrate on a couple, but I can’t. I love them all! I do a lot of papercrafts though, mostly handmade cards. Every Wed. I meet with a group of about 10 ladies, and we take turns teaching 2 or 3 cards to the group. It’s been going on for many years.ReplyCancel

  • Ruth SongMay 23, 2011 - 7:06 am

    My first love is pressed flower.ReplyCancel

  • Pat in the Great White NorthMay 23, 2011 - 7:08 am

    I have done many crafts over the years–sewing, embroidery, watercolour, knitting–all of these before doing papercrafting. I still knit–it is something that I do daily, often to ‘wind down’. I like making socks especially and giving them away at Christmas. I call them Funky Footwear as they are colourful and have different stitches–there are never two pairs the same.ReplyCancel

  • ColleenB.May 23, 2011 - 7:15 am

    I clicked on Floral arrangment but I do more involved in making wreaths more so then floral arrangements.
    Also do some woodworking, actually both my husband and myself work together in woodworking, building storage sheds, cabinets, etc.
    One other craft that I really do enjoy is turning trash into treasures.

  • Pat in the Great White NorthMay 23, 2011 - 7:17 am

    Good Morning,
    I have enjoyed a variety of different crafts over the years. I have been a sewer, an embroiderer, a watercolourist, and a knitter–all of these before doing papercrafting. Now I am into stamping, card making, scrapbooking, etc. However, I still knit and really love making socks to give away and sell. I call them Funky Footwear and I just make them up as I go but they are always colourful.ReplyCancel

  • DonnaMay 23, 2011 - 7:20 am

    My very first craft was crocheting which is what I listed for the poll. My sister taught me how to do that when I was a kid. But one that you didn’t list that I love to do is plastic canvas. You can make some very useful items with it. I also cross stitch and have done some beautiful pictures with that. Is there a poll option that says click all that apply? LOL! Have a wonderful week!ReplyCancel

  • deb vandersteegMay 23, 2011 - 7:20 am

    Hi Becca,

    Well, I have done many things through the years from drawing, basket weaving and now besides card making I also enjoy knitting and felting.
    I love to create and try new things.

    Have a wonderful day.


  • franzMay 23, 2011 - 7:29 am

    It is hard to choose just one. I am a knitter,crosstitcher,miniaturist,sewer,quilter,paper crafter, I love to try new things all the time.ReplyCancel

  • Chris MMay 23, 2011 - 7:35 am

    I love quilting and cross stitch….have to do some creative gardening on the side too. Still would love to learn tatting someday. There’s always more to learn and I love that…never an idle moment!ReplyCancel

  • lacyquilterMay 23, 2011 - 7:40 am

    I could quite easily picked 3, however I chose quilting, because that really is my first love – even above stamping, although I often spend more time on stamping. I also crochet and make bobbin lace. I realize that the poll has limitations, so even some of the groupings have rather different items grouped together, so I wanted to be more specific here.ReplyCancel

  • Judy BeckerMay 23, 2011 - 7:43 am

    I don’t know if you call this a craft, but other than papercrafting I love to collect cookbooks. I read them just like a book. I have several hundred, and when I go to garage sales they are like a magnet. Even my husband looks for them for me. I use to be able to crochet and knit, however now since I have pretty bad arthritis in my hands it near impossible. I also love to bake and do so for my scraqpbooking group every week.ReplyCancel

  • RochelleMay 23, 2011 - 7:49 am

    I’ve never met a craft I didn’t like! (kidding).
    It would be easier to tell you what I don’t do.
    I don’t sew, but I wish I did.
    I don’t crochet. I don’t knit (often).
    I don’t do needlecrafts (although I did take up cross stitch when I quit smoking 25 years ago)
    I love everything paper!
    I love jewelry, just bought a precious metal clay kit.
    Love my cricut. Love to teach. Love to learn.ReplyCancel

  • janeybMay 23, 2011 - 7:52 am

    That was difficult to narrow the selection for my next ‘go to’ craft….. I first had my sewing room, which made room for my stamping activities, and I have my cross stitch and knitting supplies there, too. I take my knitting or cross stitch with me when I might need to wait somewhere (Dr’s office) or traveling. I’m a member of a stamp club which meets once a month, so I need to have 2 or 3 card samples and supplies ready for others to make the cards.. Working with my fabric – or just sitting and looking at my fabric – lowers my blood pressure….so all of my crafts have added to my well being – socially, mentally, and physically.ReplyCancel

  • Judy BeckerMay 23, 2011 - 7:53 am

    I don’t know if this is considered a craft but my hobby other than papercrafting is collect cookbooks. I love them and read them just like a book. I have several hundred, and when I go to garage sales they are like a magnet. Even my husband looks for them for me. I use to be able to crochet and knit, however now since I have pretty bad arthritis in my hands it near impossible. I also love to bake and do so for my scraqpbooking group every week.ReplyCancel

  • Ginny K.May 23, 2011 - 8:04 am

    Becky, I love paper crafts and love paper in general, but I also love sewing or rather embroidery and cross-stitch. I guess that is the love I always come back to because the first person to teach me to sew was my grams. I can remember her giving me her button tin, which I am so honored to own, complete with the buttons she had. she taught me to use my thumb and finger to make a knot when sewing by hand and she made me some wonderful clothes when I was a child, I so wish my mo would have kept those both for my daughter and my grand daughters…..I want to pursue making some cute dresses for the girls myself sometime soon. I’m no where near the seamstress that my grandma was, I wish I were. I think if she would have survived longer than past my 12 birthday I would have learned more things from her, but sadly she didn’t. But some of my best memories are of being at her house and watching her sew and having fun in her garden and fruit orchard, those sights and smells will be forever in my memory!! Her love of making things for people is definitely in my soul and being!! that is why I craft and garden!!ReplyCancel

  • DeniceMay 23, 2011 - 8:04 am

    My first and best love in the hobby world is miniature dollhouses. I love to build miniture furniture and accessories in 1 inch scale. These are not kid’s toys but miniatures for displaying. I love to craft though and dabble in most all the other crafts you mentioned. There is a lot of cross over from one hobby to the next in a lot of cases. The only hobby I absolutly hate is sewing. I believe I would rather go to the dentist than pull out the ol’ sewing machine. : ) God bless…….deniceReplyCancel

  • Lillian ChildMay 23, 2011 - 8:45 am

    I think I’ve enjoyed crafting of ALL types since I was a kid. I’ve done plastic canvas, rug weaving, macrame, paint by number, pottery, a bit of sewing and tons of crochet, which I would have to say is my SECOND go to craft. I made everyone in my family crochet dishcloths for christmas last year.ReplyCancel

  • Brenda OsmanMay 23, 2011 - 9:20 am

    I have to admit, at some time in my life, I have tried everything on your list. I started knitting when I was eight, through the patience of a wonderful neighbor. I was blessed to have a kind, wonderful Home Ec. teacher throughout high school who taught me to sew along with many other things. It wasn’t until I was married that I found my Grandfather had been excellent with his hands. He used to do embroidery when he worked in the mines to keep his hands nimble. In WW1, he embroidered an American flag pillow for my Grandmother with a beautiful personal saying. (I have the pillow.) When he was in the Veterans hospital, he did latch hook rugs and made beautiful shawls for all the women in his life. My Grandmother gave me their treadle sewing machine after I lost him. She told me he made my Father’s diapers on the machine. So, I guess I come by the needle arts through him. It wasn’t until I started quilting in my 30’s that my Mother gave me a quilt top my Grandfather has pieced. To say I was excited was putting it mildly. Needle crafts and now paper crafts are my passion. I love your Blog. As I’ve said here before, your site is always open on my computer. I feel that you are part of my family. Thank you for everything you share with us.ReplyCancel

  • Evette K. CiampoMay 23, 2011 - 9:25 am

    Becca I worked on plastic canvas before I got heavy into doing cards and then scrapbooking. Nothing really involved with the canvas just small things like hearts, book marks, clovers, baby fly swatters, etc. Loved working with yarn and still have tons of it. One of these days I will go back a little bit to the plastic canvas as it is still in my bones to do it. But my first love is card making. I try to get to as many blog as I can to get inspiration but usually yours is in the top five. lol Thank you for all the time you spend helping us pions (sp) to try to achieve half of what you can do. You are great and God has blessed you so much with talent and people skills. God bless and always tons of hugs. evetteReplyCancel

  • Tina CovingtonMay 23, 2011 - 9:26 am

    Becca -I guess this is the first poll I am not participating in. You see, I don’t do any of those other crafts. When I was a kid, I think I did try cross-stitch but I wasn’t that good at it. My family was always doing all kinds of crafts growing up, but I was never good at any of them. I decided I just wasn’t artistic or crafty … until …the early 90’s when a friend finally talked me into going to a rubber stamp store. I went home, tried it, and was hooked! Finally, something I could do and be good at! A few years later, I opened a rubber stamp store myself and had it for 14 years. Now, 2 years after I closed it, I now have a stamping blog and am still creating with rubber stamps and I love every minute of it! And, I do not want to do anything else, maybe ever! I am good at this! It is my gift to others. Thanks for the polls. You would not have ever known that I didn’t participate this month but I wanted to tell you anyway! Thanks for all your inspiration! Love ya!ReplyCancel

  • JulieMay 23, 2011 - 9:28 am

    Wow–just one! I love sewing, quilting, crochet, knitting, and for paper: cardmaking, scrapbooking and have dabbled in quilling and scherenschnitte. My current passion and total drain on my spare time now is digital scrapbooking.
    I don’t have books printed, but print individual 12 x 12 layouts and place them in page protectors inside traditional albums (as well as hybrid projects so I can get messy, sticky, glittery). So fun! And since I love learning new things, it is perfect for me as I am always a student of the craft!
    Love your art and your spirit–I was going to say God bless you–but he beat me too it, you already are!ReplyCancel

  • Naomi A. of ColoradoMay 23, 2011 - 9:33 am

    I would have to say I truly love gardening, reading books and collecting dolphin figurines and bird cages (something new). I enjoy trying anything new and fun! So I am always open to learning!
    Thanks for your great blog!ReplyCancel

  • ScrapCherylMay 23, 2011 - 9:35 am

    My “other” crafts are actually a combination of crafts, different from the combinations you have in the poll. I love to crochet and embroider, but cannot knit. I love sewing clothes/coats but hate quilting! And I enjoy floral arranging. So my “Other” craft category would be crochet, embroider, sewing and floral arranging!ReplyCancel

  • DeborahMay 23, 2011 - 9:46 am

    Well I don’t know if you consider creating flyers, announcements and invitations a craft, but it’s what I do. I love creating flyers for people looking to advertise events, etc. It is a craft I love more than card-crafting, which is my 2nd craft. I started back in the 90s and it has been the craft I’ve become known for. When I get information for an event, I look at a blank sheet and see the potential of creating a flyer that matches the event and its theme. I hope this qualifies as one.ReplyCancel

  • Sherry LowmasterMay 23, 2011 - 9:47 am

    I’ve done a lot of the above mentioned but one thing I didn’t see was I have covered photo albums with fabric and lace and personized them with their photo on the front printed on computer printer fabric.ReplyCancel

  • GerryMay 23, 2011 - 9:58 am

    Likewise, I have dabbled in quite a variety of other crafts, but sewing was my first love. My grandmother first put a needle in my hand before I was preschool age. She kept a pair of my grandfather’s socks that I had sewed buttons on while she was busy darning other socks. I now have them. She got me started on embroidery and as early as possible I started sewing 4-H and from then on made a lot of my own clothes. I wasn’t into “craft sewing”, just clothing, including doll clothes. My paper crafting came with paperdolls. I learned very early to be a “fussy” cutter and still love it. I was also an avid color book “artist” and love the coloring aspect of cardmaking (grown-up color book). Yes, I stay within the lines.ReplyCancel

  • Mary L.May 23, 2011 - 10:09 am

    Oh my. Another decision to make. I have tried & done many of those you have listed & enjoyed them all. I really enjoy Iris Folding. but haven’t done much of it lately.
    I am much like Naomi & many others, I love trying new & different things.
    mary l.ReplyCancel

  • Sandy AustillMay 23, 2011 - 10:28 am

    I was so glad to see from the comments that I am not the only one who needed an “all of the above” option. My favorite thing to do is start a new project. I have a roomful of unfinished projects and every year I make a New Year’s resolution to finish some of my unfinished projects and we all know what happens to those resolutions. The one project that I always finish is cake decorating. Even if the cake is not completely decorated, it always gets eaten (that’s definitely finished!!!). So my vote was for cake decorating as that consumes a great deal of my time.ReplyCancel

  • barb fMay 23, 2011 - 10:39 am

    Papercrafting is number one, but sometimes when I feel the need for hand work sitting watching t.v. I go back to crochet, and I recently added the round looms to my agenda, making baby hats for the childrens hospital, very rewarding. I used to quilt but have let that go along with many other things I did. I love to make boxes and favors for partys etc. that is a true favorite. Like favors for church functions. In other words, busy hands are happy hands and make for a fun life also. Barb FReplyCancel

  • Janet R.May 23, 2011 - 10:47 am

    I am learning to make jewelry. I used to cross stitch & sew a lot. I like making Christmas stockings. I have been scrapbooking almost10 yrs and it led me to making cards, chipboard albums & my next love, digital scrapbooking.
    I like gardening (flowers), reading & bowling.
    I love your website.
    Thank you so much for all the tutorials.ReplyCancel

  • JeanMay 23, 2011 - 10:49 am

    I have areal problem with your list. I needed to pick more than one. I always come back to sewing, quilting etc. I started sewing as a child. My mom and my grandmother taught me to sew. By the time I was in high school I made all my clothes. I love to quilt and design valances, decorative pillows etc for my house. II used to sew a lot for my daughter until she left home. Now I have one granddaugther that I sew for. She has stamped since she was 2 and now at 8 I am teaching her to sew. I also enjoy cross stitching, crocheting, painting, jewelry making, flower arranging,cake decorating. One of the girls I work with says I am an over achiever. I just love to be making something! I guess I’m just a craft junkie!ReplyCancel

  • TammieMay 23, 2011 - 10:54 am

    I enjoy your blog and inspiring designs. Today I took a detour and hopped away to buy a few new sets from ODB. Fun, fun!

    In addition to paper crafting, I enjoy drawing, painting, experimental cooking and baking, net surfing for inspiration, home decor of all kinds, floral arranging, sewing, hugging, crochet, repurposing, and watching others garden!

    Have a great week.ReplyCancel

  • KayMay 23, 2011 - 11:03 am

    Cooking is my all time favorite craft. There’s something about a refrigerator full of fresh ingredients being turned into yummy food for my family and friends that enriches me on many levels. Of course, my family loves my cooking craft the most too!ReplyCancel

  • DeeMay 23, 2011 - 11:17 am

    I’d like to see you set up the polls so you can pick more than one thing. LOL
    I put painting as it was my fist love and something I always go back to.


  • Cindy EatonMay 23, 2011 - 11:24 am

    I actually made wreaths before I started cardmaking.ReplyCancel

  • Joan R. BarnesMay 23, 2011 - 11:33 am

    Believe it or not, my first love is miniatures, I love, love, love building dollhouses, roomboxexes.etc. I started on papercrafting, when I saw how I could use rubberstamps for creating my own wallpaper, floors, tiles. etc.


  • Lauri PittmanMay 23, 2011 - 12:59 pm

    I have done paper-crafting off and on for many years. I recently discovered glass fusing and jewelry soldering. I am so hooked on those right now that I haven’t beed doing any paper-crafting for some time now. I’ve never considered myself and “artsy” person, but I’ve found my passion in jewelry making with glass.

    I do get inspired by your projects, but my craft room is so cluttered from my son moving back from college, and is full of his “stuff”, so I haven’t found the time to clean it up and get back into my paper-crafts yet. One of these days I’ll get motivated.

    Thanks for all you do, and all of the inspiration you provide for so many!

    Blessings to all.ReplyCancel

  • Linda GradyMay 23, 2011 - 1:01 pm

    My other craft – and 2nd to cardmaking, I might add — is dollhouse miniatures. I have a 1:12 scale log cabin “done” but always adding to it. I also have visions of doing a few other roomboxes and am busy making/collecting items for them. But like I said, cardmaking is my main job and will always be.ReplyCancel

  • Clare CurcioMay 23, 2011 - 1:07 pm

    My other craft is beading – making jewelry, art, Huichol beading figures. I just got an idea! Be back later!

    Have a great day!ReplyCancel

  • Sherian DixonMay 23, 2011 - 1:15 pm

    I’ve always loved making things. When I was younger, I sewed and crocheted. Then I took up macrame and ceramics. I just like to make things. Especially cards. I have been paper crafting for about 15 years now and I enjoy it so much!ReplyCancel

  • LynneMay 23, 2011 - 1:56 pm

    Well I voted for jewelery making but it was hard lol. I like to have a go at lots of things, c stitch, painting, cake decorating and more. One reason I love to make cards is that I can incorporate other crafts into my them so do a few different things in one project.


  • JoJoMay 23, 2011 - 2:12 pm

    I did a lot of sewing years ago, but have no interest in it whatsoever now. Papercrafting is the only craft I’m in to. There are so many ways to papercraft, such as, Pergamano, Lace, Ornare, Paste, Embossing, Papuela, Embroidery, Iris folding, Trapeze, etc. There is so much to do with paper, I don’t have time for other crafts. My other creative hobby is cooking.
    Have a blessed day!ReplyCancel

  • EllenMay 23, 2011 - 2:43 pm

    I enjoy so very many of the crafts listed. I voted for embroidery, cross stitch, but also knit, crochet, read, am dabbling a bit in beading (would like to learn more there) and love to cook. Paper crafting is at the top of the list almost all of the time, but that is a “daytime” craft for me where all the rest of the ones (except cooking) are things I do in the evening, usually while watching TV.ReplyCancel

  • maralee gollbergMay 23, 2011 - 3:07 pm

    I am a creative, non-recipe cook, especially using seasonings.
    Since I like to continue learning about new herbs I took up gardening of herbs, vegetables and then flowers. Since I can use a few feet in my husbands greenhouse this is a year round pleasure.ReplyCancel

  • MegMay 23, 2011 - 3:33 pm

    Since I couldn’t figure out where to vote, I’ll just put in comments. As with a lot of other people, my interests in crafting over the years change & evolve. It started w/ 4-H in 4th grade learning to sew. My children had lots of their clothes sewn @ home when they were growing up. Crocheting, knitting, cross stitch, yarn art, woodworking, quilting, photography, scrapbooking, lots of types of papercrafting: iris folding, teabag folding, paper engineering, making books of all sorts, and mainly cards; are some of the things I’ve done over the years. Enjoyment was to be had in all of them.ReplyCancel

  • Mary /Ann LMay 23, 2011 - 4:51 pm

    Truth be told, I do sewing embrodiery, crocheting, drawing painting scullpting, woodworking, metal work, cake decorating, gallery glass, jewerly making and counted cross-stitch. About the only craft I do not do is knitting and needlepoint.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy WingeardMay 23, 2011 - 5:52 pm

    Of course, my first passion is scrapbooking; but, my second passion is gift wrapping. I just love, love, love to gift wrap. I have quite the collection of wrapping paper and my fettish for ribbon . . . wellllll let me say, I keep it hidden from my husband!!! LOL. I use pearls, silk flowers, crystals, glitter, etc to decorate my bows. I love my house at Christmas when all the gifts are wrapped and sitting around before handing them out. I want to thank you, Becca, for your postings every day. I look forward to reading and trying your methods. You explain everything in such detail, it is fun to follow along and see my end result. You are truly an inspiration!! Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Patty ChapmanMay 23, 2011 - 6:10 pm

    My mom started me on my love for all crafts. One of my early memories was making a Christmas tree with styrofoam balls, toothpicks and spray snow. LOL! I have to admit that card making/scrapbooking has held my intrest longer than anything. But, I still like trying something new and different.ReplyCancel

  • ShaornMay 23, 2011 - 6:20 pm

    Yes you did list the crafts that I turn to when not papercrafting, just not in the same group. I choose quilting but have not done any in a year and still have all of my supplies. I have been kniting most recently but had not done any in years before and just started again 6 mo ago.ReplyCancel

  • JoanneMay 23, 2011 - 6:30 pm

    Dollhouse miniatures!! Since I was six years old I have loved all sorts of crafts – my aunt started me on doll dressing, spool knitting, crepe paper flowers – then as I grew into my teens I started sewing clothes, macrame (who didn’t try that way back when), quilting, knitting and crocheting. I “discovered” dollhouse miniatutures in 1985 and was hooked for 17 years. After I lost my beloved sister in 2002 I wanted to change things around in my life and discovered cardmaking, so I set aside the miniatures. Now I am passionate about cardmaking, but am finally starting to dabble a little in the miniatures again.ReplyCancel

  • Deebi27May 23, 2011 - 6:43 pm

    Gosh…let me see, crewelwork, cross stitch (w/ bead work!), needlepoint, tole painting, quilling, scrap booking, cards, macramé, hemp necklaces and bracelets, beading…jeez there is sooo many more crafts to try! Stamping, Copics, colored pencils, etc will always pull at the heart of whatever else I want to try! Hmmm…ReplyCancel

  • Carole (FibreJunky)May 23, 2011 - 7:17 pm

    I chose knitting/spinning/weaving, but I really wish I’d been able to make multiple choices. I also sew clothing and quilt, both hand and machine. I hand embroider, needlepoint and do cross stitch. I make bobbin lace and can tat, and though I haven’t done any in a while, I’ve been checking into an online class to get my skills back up. Actually, the only thing on that list that I don’t have any interest in at all is floral arranging and I’ve never tried ceramics. Some day I might give polymer clay a try. I look on it a lot like doing fondant work when doing cake decorating, so I think those skills will likely translate fairly well.ReplyCancel

  • Iris, Saved by GraceMay 23, 2011 - 7:56 pm

    Hi Becca! I can’t imagine
    not making some thing. I love everything
    to do with anything homemade. I would love
    to take a class in pottery making. I’m fascinated
    with anything they used to do in the “good ol days”
    I picked painting, I love oils and watercolors. I
    really love the mixed media projects I see on
    You Tube. You inspire me daily. Thank you
    for giving us a place to spread our wings
    and sing : ) Take care sweet Becca!
    I look forward to your next thought,
    I know it will show up on a
    beautiful project. I
    pray for you.
    Iris, Saved
    by Grace
    : )ReplyCancel

  • lizMay 23, 2011 - 8:34 pm

    I started way back in the 4th grade making stationary for my teachers with ladybugs on them , then as I grew into my teens I started painting and decoration my room which led to other rooms, then when I got married my husbands family was in the Home building business and I loved how the homes were decorated but not having the money to “hire ” someone to decorated my homes I learned how to do their tricks on my own and was first painting murals on my kids walls , we’ve had castle rooms, English gardens , so many to name,repainting anything I could touch even repainted our tub ( my husband soon found out that anything could be “wet paint” or a room had been redone by the time he got home from work ) and this led to us buying homes and redoing them and moving every 2 years and getting top $$ for our homes ( those were the days so sad now) This also turned in to a part time job as I would either teach other ladies to do things in their own homes , do part of a job, or do the whole job for them. a few years ago after an illness I was unable to do the painting as much and moved into rubber stamping ( which I first started when my son was 5 ), now he’s 25 where do the days go , his sister 24 is giving us our first grandson this fall and can you believe it he’s due on our sons 26th birthday who would of thought that would happen?? so now that all 4 of the kids are grown and out of the house my rubber stamping and turned in to more and more or what I call a “a card and beyond ” and turned in to a little business of it’s own . Art has always been an important part my kids growing up and they started making cards for the children’s hospital with me as soon as they could hold a crayon and now each of them are in collage for some form of “art degree” 25 year old is “Fine Arts” 24 and only girl is done next month in with a “fashion degree” and 21 year old is in “culinary school” and last but not least our 20 year old in collage for his “degree as an English major” so I guess my love of “Art” has played an important role in their lives. I couldn’t be more proud of all of them.ReplyCancel

  • Bev J.May 23, 2011 - 8:37 pm

    I was a gardener long before I started cardmaking so I chose floral arrangeing-I love bringing bouquets into my home. In spring I don’t make many cards because I spend most of my time outdoors: weeding, planting, mulching, etc. both flowers and veggies. I have done a variety of crafts through the years including sewing, quilting, painting etc.ReplyCancel

  • RufusMay 23, 2011 - 10:30 pm

    Becca, I had to pick none of the above, since you didn’t have one that said, more of less ALL of the above. Although I have learned over the years that I can’t paint or draw! Really wish I could, but let just say I make a kinder gardener look really really good! I can sew, clothes, drapes etc, but it’s not my fav. I do love to weave, spin and dye, quilt, papercraft, needlework, ceramic jewelry, pine needle baskets, Nantucket baskets, rug hooking (with strips of cut woolen fabric, hand dyed of course!) stained glass, knitting, crochet…I could keep going. Lets just say there are few arts/crafts that I haven’t tried and I’ve enjoyed most!

  • Ginny IngramMay 23, 2011 - 11:08 pm

    It was hard to choose just one other craft since I dabble in so many, but lately I have been doing a lot of cross stitch, so that’s what I chose. But I also sew, do machine embroidery, crochet, make jewelry, make toiletries, voraciously read (especially since I got my Kindle!), and garden. Through the years, I’ve also done smocking, silk ribbon embroidery, stenciling, and soapmaking. Let’s not forget that I am also a musician of sorts, playing piano rather poorly, but my heart is in singing. At this point in my life, I hope I won’t want to take up any new hobbies, but who knows?ReplyCancel

  • Deebi27May 24, 2011 - 8:47 pm

    Wowzer Becca…you continually amaze me with your craftiness! The colors are sooo subtle and packs a delicate punch!ReplyCancel

  • Sue PratherMay 26, 2011 - 12:59 pm

    Becca, as always thanks for all the inspiration and great tutorials. I love your polls and am always curious to see how everyone else answers. My next favorite pastime is not craft, I guess. It’s gardening. I love yardwork! I’d much rather pull weeds than clean house. I feel my love of flowers and plants reflects in all my crafts – whether it’s papercrafting, sewing, embroidery, drawing or jewelry making.ReplyCancel

  • JudyMay 28, 2011 - 9:58 pm

    Becca, I have been crafting since I was a child. I started cutting paper napkins into snowflakes from my food trays when I was sick and also decorated my room for each holiday of the year. I have graduated over the years to cross stitch, embroidery, weaving (as a profession), pottery and also cake decorating (also as a profession) I paid for family facations with the cake decorating and still love to do it. Since I have retired, I am in the garden most of the time with a stamping group once a month as a side interest…..Your blog is the best and I enjoying dreaming everytime I vist. Thanks for your beautiful work.ReplyCancel