Small-Town Elitist

February 7, 2009

Why I choose to DIY!

Filed under: Crafting/DIY — by smalltownelitist @ 6:26 am

I promised myself that this first DIY post on my motivations for craftiness would’ve come a lot sooner, but, I’ve been busy with my hand-crafted jewelry and accessories business, so go figure! šŸ™‚

There are tons of good reasons and motivations for hand-crafting. Some are quite personal, others are political. I come from a crafty family, so it’s not surprising that I am obsessed with crafting. My Mom did copious amounts of embroidery while she was pregnant with me, my Grandma dabbled in crochet when she could, that same grandmother and my great-grandmother both quilted out of family necessity, and I am proud to tell anyone that one of my great-great-great grandmothers on my Dad’s side was a single mother who supported herself and her little boy by having her own weaving business. I am so proud to be carrying on these traditions. My Mom taught me to sew when I was seven years old, right around the time I had a wonderful knit-wit (knitting) babysitter who encouraged me to be creative. The rest is history.

Another great reason is that it is a great creative outlet for me. I needed an outlet that didn’t focus on my negative emotions. I do write poetry, but it got to where words were not a fun medium, more like a form of exorcism for me.

DIY has been empowering for me. The last year or so of improving my skills and adding to them in preparation to start my business has been a great experience. I imagine that I must be able to relate my ancestress the weaver now, with both the pitfalls and the joys of seeing the fruits of our labors and talents.

And one last area I’ll mention, is that DIY is a way for me to act on my political convictions. Portions of the sales I make are tithed to worthy charities and non-profits and I donate my crafts to charity events for them to use for fundraising purposes. I pride myself on improving my awareness of how to lessen my carbon footprint a bit by using vintage and recycled materials (including literal trash the blows into my yard!) in my jewelry projects, for instance.

This past Christmas all of my gifts were either handmade by me, or I gave the gift of supplies to my crafty pals. I’d like to think that if more people made the presents they give, or if they bought handmade from small crafty businesses, we could avoid feeding the commercialized beast that caused the death of that poor Wal-Mart employee this past Black Friday.

So that’s why I choose to DIY.

For those of you who craft, what sorts of crafts are you into? And why do you choose to DIY? šŸ™‚



  1. […] This past Christmas all of my gifts were either handmade by me, or I gave the gift of supplies to my crafty pals. Iā€™d like to think that if more people made the presents they give, or if they bought handmade from small …Continue […]

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  2. First blog I read after wakeup from sleep today!

    #1 Top Search Engine – Google

    Comment by Linus — March 3, 2009 @ 1:26 pm |Reply

  3. The extent of my DIY is modifying my jackets, sewing patches onto stuff, pressing studs and rivets into things. Occasionally (and a few sewing machine needles later) I like to make a skirt or a bag here or there.

    Hi, I just started reading your blog šŸ˜‰

    Comment by Aileen Wuornos — March 12, 2009 @ 2:03 pm |Reply

  4. Why thank you Linus! šŸ™‚

    Comment by smalltownelitist — March 18, 2009 @ 9:38 pm |Reply

  5. Hi Aileen, that sounds cool! And welcome too! šŸ™‚

    Comment by smalltownelitist — March 18, 2009 @ 9:39 pm |Reply

  6. I didn’t know you had a blog. Well. I know now. Good for you. Since I’m not a crafty person, I’m kinda at a loss on the subject.

    Comment by pissed off patricia — March 27, 2009 @ 10:10 pm |Reply

  7. Yay Patricia, I’m glad you found the blog! šŸ˜€ And not to worry about not being a crafty person, I’m probably only limiting the subject to once a week! šŸ˜‰

    Comment by smalltownelitist — April 9, 2009 @ 12:04 am |Reply

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