Hello and welcome to The Capricious Crafter blog! Who or what is the capricious crafter? Well, that would be me, Becky, a sixty something child of God, wife, daughter, aunt, great aunt, friend and lover of crafting, cooking, reading, travel, and more. My husband and I have been married almost thirty years and are looking forward to his retirement at the end of 2014. Our plans are to buy a new camper and hit the road as much as possible. Oh, the possibilities are endless for our future!

I am a child of the 1950's and that is definitely my favorite 'era'. I collect Fire King items from the 1940's and 50's, clear glass or crystal glassware, especially pitchers, cream and sugar sets, etc., as well as old dishware and serving pieces, vintage fabrics and so much more!

I have been crafting for as long as I can remember, and definitely from my early childhood. I remember my mother teaching me how to make paper dolls from the Sears catalog and 'shirt cardboard' from the cleaners. And now I still love playing with paper! My primary crafty passion is paper crafting items such as mini albums, cards, tags, etc., however I also enjoy crocheting, some sewing, embroidery, mixed media art and art journaling, felt crafts and so much more.

My purpose for this blog is to share the crafts I make, foods I cook, decorating and caring for my home, new products I try, treasures I find at estate and yard sales, my collections, and anything else I come up with. I hope you will join me on this journey ... it's going to be a very 'capricious' ride!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Revelations in Advanced Age .....

Hi there!  Welcome to my new blog, Crafting Capriciously!  I have been crafting for as far back as I can remember, and that is a long way!  Let me tell you a few things about myself ...

  • I am a sixty something Christian woman, wife, daughter, sister, aunt and great-aunt (aka honorary grandmother) and 'Mama' to our two fur-babies, Bailey Sue and Bessie Mae, our two Dachshunds.
  • I live in the southeast US ... specifically the hills and mountains of beautiful northern Georgia, and have always lived within 50 miles of this spot.
  • I retired from the corporate world in 2012 after 30 years at one large corporation.  Since that retirement I have worked several part time jobs, but in most recent years my 'job' has been that of caregiver to my parents.
  • My husband and best friend in the world and I have been married for more than 28 years.  We love traveling, especially camping, because that allows us to take our dogs with us wherever we go.  We have an older (10 years) large pop-up camper, but hope to buy a travel trailer within a couple of years.  My husband has only one more year to work and then he will retire, and we will hit the road and see as much of our country as we can!
  • I love to craft, and that means anything from embroidery to crocheting, felt crafts, sewing, paper crafting (mini albums, greeting cards, etc.) to art journaling and mixed media art.  I am most definitely NOT a one trick pony!  I also love blogging about my crafts, and while recent years I have concentrated on paper crafting, I have decided to open my world back up to other beloved hobbies, and hence my new blog.
  • I also love to collect things ... things from vintage linens, to vintage glassware and Fire King pieces, to vintage greeting card images to use in crafts.  I love going to yard sales, estate sales and flea markets to look for treasures, so look for posts about favorite collectibles, and the search for them, on here too!
  • And cooking is a hobby that I enjoy, so I hope to share some of my favorite recipes with you from time to time as well.
  • I am my Daddy's child.  Daddy never stuck with one hobby for very long, and I am just like him ... I like to change things up (craftily speaking) and do it frequently.  But most recently I have had a revelation of sorts ... while I just thought I was 'just like daddy', I learned there is a word for that ... capricious ... and I love that word! (You can see a definition in the right hand column of this blog.)
So there you go ... a little bit about me!  Welcome to Crafting Capriciously, and welcome to my world!  I will be sharing a new project very soon, but in the meantime, I have inserted photos of some of my favorite projects in recent years.  Come back soon!

"just because" greeting card

Broken Pieces art journal page made using Gelli Prints

Double Page Layout of 6 x 6" mini album using October Afternoon's 9 to 5 line

Sheet Music Christmas Tree Ornaments

Framed picture using burlap, patternpieces, vintage brooch.