Some of you may know that I coordinate/teach the Saturday Adult Craft-o-Rama group here at the library. I love to craft and have always done it, even as a child. I remember going door-to-door in my neighborhood while in grade school, selling the potholders I had made on my little metal potholder loom. I sold a few and happily jingled the coins in my reused Band-Aid tin as I walked back home.
However, I soon realized that while the crafting part was great, the selling part was not so fun. Fast forward to my twenties and I experienced the same thing with weaving, jewelry making, and multitudes of other crafting endeavors that I laid out for sale at the local craft bazaars. Again, crafting fun, selling not so much. I just don't enjoy trying to promote myself or the things I create. It's just awkward! Sometime in my late thirties I just decided that I would make things to please myself, or to give as gifts, but never again to sell. I finally realized that I could make one or two of something and call it good. The cost of materials was justified in the fact that I had something I wanted, or that I simply enjoyed the process of creating. In fact, for me the idea gelled that I might just enjoy the process more than the actual finished product! So now my friends get lovely handmade gifts, and I get the enjoyment of making them!
Proof of this is this lovely pseudo-cake that I made for our own Miss Debbie's 60th birthday. Now I will admit that this wasn't an original idea, but I found inspiration and then made it my own. It began with a little round wooden box painted and decorated to look like a birthday cake, and then topped with the cutest little picture of Debbie, age 3 or 4, which I dressed up for a party.
The library has a huge number of craft books from which to gain inspiration. You can use them to learn a new skill, or just get fresh ideas for something that you have already mastered. The great majority of the craft books can be found in the 745 area of nonfiction (the jewelry books are in the 739's!), but you may wish to look up specific subject areas in the library's online catalog. You may also use the online magazine database, Zinio, to glean inspiration from periodical resources.
Whatever it is that you want to do or make, you should be able to find something at the Camas Public Library. I, myself, love to stroll down the craft aisles once in a while just to see what's new or look at some thing I haven't seen before. I hope you will get inspired this year to make something or try something new. I know right now I would like to make more of these little "cakes." Somebody needs to have a birthday! That's all I have for now but we'll visit next week.