I want to sit around all the day long, learning and making items and playing with art materials and just reveling in the creative blaze that occurs when stuff is strewn all across the table and anything goes.
Um, do you want to join me? Actually, I keep wanting to host crafting nights at my house but I can only think of 2 people I could invite. I might need to work on my social skills, but that’s another blog post.
Anyway, in this age of being able to learn anything online, 2 amazing craft sites have emerged that offer opportunities for you to try your hand at nearly every type of makin’. If you follow me on social media, you’ll notice I’m a little obsessed with sewing projects, so I think I might bite the bullet this year and plunk down the cold, hard cash for a sewing machine, and then let one of the crafty-craftersons on one of these sites teach me how to whip up something fancy!
For now, I have made lists of some particularly tantalizing classes offered on each site. Now’s the time to get crackin’ on those holiday gifts you’re going to make everyone… or! Better yet! Gift everyone classes so they can make their own damn stuff.
Craftsy offers AMAZING sales from time to time on their classes. This calls for a cheerleader leap! They also discount classes that have been around for a little while. They offer a money-back guarantee (awesome), and something I didn’t realize until just now is that they also sell kits and supplies.
Go check out the student projects so you can see how people put their personal twists on the projects.
Quilters have all these smart tricks for fabric-cutting, and I want in. These are the sorts of classes that teach you how to save so much time and frustration when you’re working, and let you focus on the creative aspects of what you’re doing. These classes are priceless.
This class looks like nothing but fun. Like you would start playing around and wouldn’t be able to stop, and next thing you know all of your husband’s jeans have cute little butterflies and creatures all over them. WHOOPS, SORRY HONEY.
I *may* have gasped when I saw this class- Christian is making all sorts of leather things lately, from bags to journals, and you know when you see someone making something and you want to try it, too? How freaking cool is it that you can learn to make your own leather bag? And they’re pretty, too. Unless you are anti-leather, then they’re just hideous and distasteful and horrid. Sorry.
Now this is where online classes shine. You can pay a fraction of the cost to take a class in your skivvies, watch it over and over again until your eyes bleed, and learn from an acclaimed food photographer. Seriously. Somebody just slap me across the face.
Socks! Socks! Socks! I don’t know what else to say about these, really. Either you want to learn to knit a pair of socks or you don’t. If you’re in the former camp, look no further. P.S. Smell my feet.
Here’s where CreativeBug and Craftsy are different: While Craftsy offers classes a la carte, with CreativeBug you choose a subscription-based model or a la carte classes. The subscription rate is only $4.95 a month, which is a pretty awesome deal considering crafty people usually like to dabble in lots of mediums.
CreativeBug also seems more sort of hip and artsy, while Craftsy is more traditional/crafty. Does this even make sense? Take a look at some of the classes I found, and maybe you’ll agree.
Image transfers are some of my favorite things to do! You can use them as jumping-off points for so many freaking projects, and this class shows you a number of techniques. I promise you’ll be hooked after you learn this stuff.
It would, of course, be impossible to wake up in a bad mood with a rainbow on your bed, so I’m all for making this colorful creation.
This project is just plain cool. Can’t you see yourself making these for everyone you know, in all sorts of color combinations? I need to learn this.
Oh, hello perfect first sewing project for kids. How perfect is this beauty? I so want to take Fen fabric shopping and return home with way too many piles of material…
Am I a total dum-dum head because I love the idea of having a painted silhouette of a pet hanging around? I wouldn’t even want to do this with my kids- okay, maybe I would. But really, this is just so neat-o and such a great watercolor project.
Creative Bug also offers some of their classes for free if you sign up for a free trial membership, a good amount of free classes, and kids’ crafts. Also, give a Creative Bug gift subscription here, or a Craftsy gift class when you click on any of their classes. (They have a “buy as a gift” button right under the “add to cart” button.)
Oh my goodness. Have I gotten your creative juices flowing with this post? I hope so. I was just about to go back through the projects to see which of them would be fun to invite friends over to do while you drink wine and gossip mercilessly, but probably they’d all lend themselves to that. Let me know if you take any of these classes, and I MUST see finished products.