The Crafting

About Me

I am a native of Baltimore born in 1981, a life long lover of breathable air, and bored stiff. I’m looking to connect with others who’d like to figure out how disturbingly normal we can get others to believe we aren’t.

Ironically, I’m socially an introvert.

While I have no formal training, I’ve loved Art for as long as I’ve been exposed to it in school and via PBS. It’s my endeavor to hopefully better express myself through the various media available to me and, as a good friend said, delve into my creative talents.

This blog serves multiple purposes. It is, first and foremost, my agony aunt. It’s also a place to display my creations. It’s my hope to keep a record of the things I’ve worked on as the years pass in the hopes of being able to look back on them with fond…or not so fond memories.

Another purpose of this blog is as a means of showcasing my works to anyone who has an interest in aiding in my education regarding the skills I’m acquiring.

It originally had its own site but I consolidated it. The old blog was meant to be a place where I could showcase my ‘sale’ items but my Inner Cosmopolitan Egalitarian Internationalist etc came out and shunned that idea as too greedy and capitalistic. Go figure.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me by either posting in the comments section of this blog or throwing me an e-mail via The Contact Form tab on this blog.

History and Skills

Most of what I know regarding Art is gleaned from Baltimore City Public Schools. I was lucky in that, despite budgetary constraints, I always managed to get competent Art and Music teachers. This is especially true of my Middle and High School years. If I hadn’t the exposure I did then to Art and Music, I might have completely lost interest in both.

Thankfully, I lucked out and had cool teachers. Thank you Mr. Levenson, Mr. Sample, Mr. Johnson, Ms. Sheedy, Mrs. Thomspon-Conway, Mr. Ellis, Mr. Geiger, Mr. Carter, and Mrs. Ball for doing the best you could with the least BCPS would give you.

Beyond that, as any child of PBS, I had a good deal of exposure to Bob Ross and the various other Arts programs found on Public Television. From Music to Writing to Storytelling, the good people of various PBS stations around the country as shown via MPT aided in ensuring a well rounded multifaceted educational exposure to a wide array of Artistic influences.

To this day, I am grateful that PBS came into existence because, without it, I might be a completely different person and most probably not someone the person I am now would like very much.

As of the present, I have some knowledge of:

Knitting, Crocheting and Writing. With the exception of Knitting and Crocheting, these are pretty much the basics everyone picks up in Pre-K through 12 schools.

With regards to Knitting, I learned how to do it at Baltimore County Public Library – Catonsville in June of 2006. As of the present, I can do basic patterns with a few embellishments and I am working towards learning new skills on a daily basis. As the Library is such a great free resource of learning, I often go to the various branches closest to me to learn more via reading and classes.

I learned to Crochet mainly by watching the television show Knit and Crochet Now on PBS. Thanks to both that program, the Internet, and Knitting Daily TV series circa 100 – 1100, I can also read patterns.

In addition to Knitting, Crocheting and the basics I learned in school, I also have some experience with Horticulture. It was my Shop Major in High School and I still have a great fondness for it.

 

To me, everyday is a new day to learn more new things. I do my level best to live up to this mantra.

Vision and Goals

My ultimate goal is to graduate college with honors. In addition to that, I’d like to become proficient in one or more areas regarding the Arts, Science, and Mathematics.

My short term goals are to become more proficient in:

  • Knitting
  • Crocheting
  • Horticulture
  • Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Health and Wellness

My long term goals are to:

  • Graduate from University with Honors
  • Enter into a stable career
  • Start my own side business
  • Help out more in my personal communities

Hopefully, with time and effort, all of this will be achieved.

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