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After I told my blogging story one of my readers Erin proposed a great question that I thought would turn into a post.  She asked, “As a crafter and DIY girl what mediums have you not tried that you would like to in the future?”  Great question!

Since craft time was interrupted by a barfing baby girl today 🙁 I thought today would be a great day to answer that.  So Erin here you go…

1.  PMC (Precious Metal Clay) — I have never worked with this magical silver clay yet.  I have heard great things about it and think I would really enjoy it but haven’t found the time. I know it can also be pricey so I have yet to dive into it.  When baked it turns into 99% silver, isn’t that awesome?

 

2.  Reupholstery — Ok I know I have done this before but this is a skill I want to improve on.  Therefore, I would like to tackle some more projects this year and make sure this is something I work to perfect over the years.  I have never tried slipcovering either, so if I found the right piece I would love to try that.

Click here to read about my wingback chair reupholsteryIMG_4325

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3.  Building a piece of furniture from scratch — I have tweaked, added, ripped apart, demolished, revamped and refurbished a lot of pieces.  But I have never straight up built something.  So I would like to accomplish this sometime in the future.

Click here to read about a furniture hutch revampIMG_1298IMG_1538

4.  Paint — Like for real paint.  This is not a now goal or a soon goal.  This is a lofty, someday goal.  But I always wanted to be an artist, the type that can paint on a canvas and actually have it hang in my house.

Look at these awesome paintings by my friend Colleen from Mural Maker & More. (jealous of her skills!)

5.  Photography — this is definitely an art form and I totally suck at it.  I know learning this skill will require a little more time than I am willing to spend at this moment.  But someday I would love to take better pictures.

Check out this amazing site for all your photography eye candy.  Serious talent!

So what are your crafting dreams?  What mediums haven’t you tried that you would like to?  What scares you to try?  I would love to hear about YOU and your crafting goals.

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26 Comments

  1. I'd love to try a slip cover too, my love seat needs one desperately but my sewing machine and I don't get along very well…maybe someday 🙂

  2. I don't knit — took lessons once, and imagined all the amazing things I would make, but just didn't get into it the way I thought I would. Like you, I would like to paint — I'm pretty good with markers and water colors, but that's technically drawing. I want to try oils. Someday.

  3. What a fab question!! 😛
    I wish I knew how to knit or crochet. I also wished I was a little braver with DIY projects/power tools. And I could always learn more about my sewing machine. Straight lines are about all I can handle… and the thought of using a pattern scares me.
    (and I need to read more about that silver clay. It sounds pretty cool!)

  4. I have tried very little crafting mediums, but I think I would love to sew. I never wanted to learn until recently. Now I see lots of cute things that involve sewing and I think "Man, I wish I could do that."

  5. ooooh, totally with you about reupholstering (though, I'll be honest, it seems like you sort of have that one under control). I LOVE the idea of changing up the fabric on furniture. 🙂

  6. ooooh, totally with you about reupholstering (though, I'll be honest, it seems like you sort of have that one under control). I LOVE the idea of changing up the fabric on furniture. 🙂

  7. ooooh, totally with you about reupholstering (though, I'll be honest, it seems like you sort of have that one under control). I LOVE the idea of changing up the fabric on furniture. 🙂

  8. A friend is taking classes for precious metal clay and lampwork beads right now..

    As for me, it would be photography and sewing. Seriously, my photography needs some work.

  9. I dream of being a real painter. Not just a painter of walls and furniture! I really envy people who can whip out a brush and put to canvas what's in their head.

  10. Hi! I am a new reader/blog stoker of yours :p. I actually have something helpful to comment. I always feel weird leaving a comment like it says, hey look at me I'm almost as awesome as you! Any-who if you are serious about trying to build furniture you should check out Knock0off wood http://ana-white.com/ she is awesome and posts plans for pottery-barn, restoration hardware, land of nod and many other companies that she has created on her own. The instructions are easy to follow and it feels great to make something all your own (not to mention way cheaper too). My husband and I built the pottery barn knock off entry way bench as a Christmas present for me and we saved over 400 by doing it ourselves and not buying it!

    Thank you for posting all of your wonderful ideas, I hope to have time to try some out soon!

  11. I've never been able to learn how to crochet. I knit pretty well, and use a crochet hook to pick up dropped stitches, but can't seem to get a handle on crocheting.

    Photography's a big one for me. I'd love to take better pics.(I'd love to stop apologizing for fuzzy pics) The big embarassment is that both my parents retired from Kodak, and most of the camera prototypes would come home to be tested. The very first amateur underwater camera pics were of my friends in my pool. All this and I still take cruddy pics.

  12. Oooh definitely crocheting and photography. I see so many cute crocheted things and I think, man I wish I could do that. It's hard since most other things I see I think, I can do that.

  13. Great upholstery work! I just recently learned upholstery when I had a crash course while working at an upholstery shop for a couple months over the summer. I loved it and wish I had the tools necessary at home. I'm always dreaming about the next medium. Which is why I'm so unproductive. I jump around too much!

  14. The PMC is hovering at the top of my list too. It is pricey to get into, which is why I haven't crossed it off yet. We'll get there!

  15. Your re-vamps are fab. TRULY FAB. I hear you on trying new crafty adventures, even at a pricey cost it could be fun to explore.

    I also wanted to THANK YOU for thinking of me for the Elmer's Craft & Tell. I am so interested and I emailed Meghann back. Thanks a bunch. Have a super day. winks-jen

  16. Thanks for answering my question!

    I would love to try that Precious Metal Clay. That sounds super cool!

    I would also like to try building a frame, that I would actually hang a painting or photo in.

    erinscreative.blogspot.com

  17. Girl, you brought tears to my eyes with this! I'm packing to move this weekend -2nd time in 6 months – not a happy camper.

    I'd much rather be blogging or painting, or blogging about painting! Then I sit down for an internet break and see this. Literally brought tears to my eyes.

    Thank you so much (as always!). For me, I'm going to tackle refinishing furniture for a while. Marian (Mustard Seed) has tons of tips, as well as you and Kate @ CG. That's my immediate goal.

    There's a huge list, but I'll stick with furniture for now.

    And just so you know, as soon as this move is over and we're settled, I'll have tons of Spring & Easter paint tutes 😉

  18. Girl, you brought tears to my eyes with this! I'm packing to move this weekend -2nd time in 6 months – not a happy camper.

    I'd much rather be blogging or painting, or blogging about painting! Then I sit down for an internet break and see this. Literally brought tears to my eyes.

    Thank you so much (as always!). For me, I'm going to tackle refinishing furniture for a while. Marian (Mustard Seed) has tons of tips, as well as you and Kate @ CG. That's my immediate goal.

    There's a huge list, but I'll stick with furniture for now.

    And just so you know, as soon as this move is over and we're settled, I'll have tons of Spring & Easter paint tutes 😉

  19. Girl, you brought tears to my eyes with this! I'm packing to move this weekend -2nd time in 6 months – not a happy camper.

    I'd much rather be blogging or painting, or blogging about painting! Then I sit down for an internet break and see this. Literally brought tears to my eyes.

    Thank you so much (as always!). For me, I'm going to tackle refinishing furniture for a while. Marian (Mustard Seed) has tons of tips, as well as you and Kate @ CG. That's my immediate goal.

    There's a huge list, but I'll stick with furniture for now.

    And just so you know, as soon as this move is over and we're settled, I'll have tons of Spring & Easter paint tutes 😉

  20. LOL…Beckie, pretty much anytime your projects involve some type of tool, saw, or drill, I wish with all my heart I could do that kind of stuff (I could? Maybe?), but unfortunately I am not the woodscrafting or handy type of girl (my husband cringes when I even pick up the hammer to hang up pictures;).
    So…to answer your question, I would LOVE to go outside my "crafting box" and really "make" something. Maybe one day….:)
    C:)

  21. I crocheted a little in high school, so I'd love to do more. It's so easy to do as "mindless" work. My current challenge is sewing. I'm just getting started, so I'm excited to learn more and more! Oh, and the Silhouette that I got on Cyber Monday but JUST OPENED this week. Yes, I'm the one with willpower.

  22. Try a Freeware program Fotoskecher (Google for it) to make your photos look like sketches. You can check out my blog for examples; my header photo was done like that. Nice blog 🙂

  23. I'm having a hard time just being less awesome, so I'm focusing on that.
    KIDDING!!

    Hahaha. I want to learn to crochet – the medium would be yarn I guess, but I've been a knitter for most of my life, so it's really the crochet hook I need to master. I need a crochet sensei to sit down with me and mindmeld the skills into my forehead. I've even taken classes; nothing sinks in!

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