Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Child Inside.........aka Crazy For Craft Kits!!

I think it might have started with the Easy Bake Oven. No, it had to be earlier than that - though the batter and dough never did make it to the oven (I was too impatient and my mouth was watering!). I think my obsession with craft kits began on a sick day from school. My mother would always bring me home craft kits when I was sick so I wouldn't feel too bad and I'd be occupied. So therein instilled the obsession. I've always been creative and loved art periods in school and camp. It was unavoidable - I was destined to somehow be involved in a creative career. But back to the craft kits. I'm a little embarrassed to say that to this day I am in love with them. I still purchase them - who cares if the age bracket is 4-6 yrs old? I still get a rush and a sense of accomplishment. Even though I design my own jewelry for etsy, I make time for the kits. Actually, I think it would be a financial boon to by shares of Play-Doh, Alex Toys and The Orb Factory!
And who can forget Play-Doh? It's an institution!! Before the kits came out, we just played and sniffed that wonderful odor de Play-Doh. Remember, it proceeded, polymer clays like Sculpey and Fimo so it must be respected! I deign to say that every child has experienced Play-Doh during their childhood. I recently purchased a black can of Play-Doh because I don't remember having that color as a child. Is it new? All I know is that when I opened it and inhaled tremendously, I almost died and went to heaven. Demeter even sells a fragrance called "Play-Doh" which of course I have. I don't wear it lest people try to mold me into shapes! Ya never know -- this is New York City!

Lately I've been into "Sticky Mosaics" which are little square adhesives that stick onto jewelry and trinket boxes, boards, paper dolls - depending on the kit. There must be 50 of these kinds of kits and I've completed almost all. And yes, I save every kit creation I make. I plan on showing them all to my grandkids someday!

I don't think the child inside us ever goes away. I think all of us have our childhood creative tendencies. I know a lot of men who still love Legos (who doesn't - I mean, the world should be made of Legos!) and I think that a lot of fathers are having more than enough fun "helping" their children build kits.

For me, yes craft kits are fun and creative, but they also bring back that childhood memory. Not only am I happy and satisfied when I finish making something, but I also feel like I just transported back to a happy time in my life. I think I will forever be doing craft kits - probably way into my 90's!! They provide me with happiness, creativity and bring out my inner child. Everyone should try them. Go on, I won't tell....



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  3. Thank you. I'll check it out now! :0)

  4. Saw you over on Etsy Teams, looking forward to reading your posts. Loving the kids stuff!!