|Please tell me why...|
I thought I'd get right to it and start the up the first weekly discussion topic as I promised at the end of the Blog Celebration. Just add your comment with your thoughts to this post when you can - and check back every so often if you want to see what others have to say. I'll have a link to the discussion post at the end of each daily post for the week to make it easier to follow along by keeping all of the discussion topic comments in one place.
Yesterday we drove to New Jersey so we could attend our son's Senior Project performance which is happening Saturday afternoon. He is a Music major (Computer Science minor) and this performance is one of his graduation requirements. It is the culmination of over a year of work and I can't wait to hear and see what he has prepared. While we were driving, I was thinking about some of the projects I'd like to work on. Some of them will require a lot of time and some will require a lot of materials. I probably could purchase items that would give similar results for far less time and money.
This made me wonder - is crafting a rational activity? Does it make sense to invest in all of the tools and supplies that we think we "need" just to have them available for what often turns out to be a very small amount of use? From a purely economic standpoint, most crafters are not able to justify the cost of our "toys" with the amount and monetary value of the things they produce.
So there have to be other reasons to be a crafter. Some people enjoy working with their hands and manipulating raw materials into objects of beauty. Others find the time they spend crafting to be a much needed break from the stresses of their daily life. Crafting can also be a social event if you participate in crops or meetings with other, like-minded people.
Does the act of creating something from your imagination give you a sense of accomplishment? Do you spend the time and effort required to hand craft an item to show how much you value the person that will receive your finished item? Is crafting your "happy place" where you can focus on colors, shapes and textures that appeal to you? Do you need to produce a lot of finished products to feel that this activity is worthwhile or is the process just as important as the end result? If you didn't craft, what would you do with the time and money that would be available to you?
Just some food for thought - I am curious to see what your thoughts are on this topic...
Here's something you might like to know...
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Thanks for all the nice comments yesterday about my projects for the Core'dinations Design Team call - I'll let you know if I hear anything...
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