Asked on May 5, 2017

How did you all learn and perfect your craft?

Ronda JaramilloElizabeth DionValerie Mitchell Heron


10 answers
  • Peggy Burnette
    on May 5, 2017

    By getting ideas on line and from friends. Have fun with your craft and explore the net, pintrest and others with like interests. Be sure to share your knowledge with others. Have fun with what ever you love doing.

  • Margaret
    on May 5, 2017

    I learned to do alot by checking out different online sites such as Pinterest, hometalk, etc. But practice is how I've perfected alot of the things I've done. The more you do, the better you'll be.
  • Donna
    on May 5, 2017

    Do not shy away from trying anything. Craft stores offer classes on many crafts. Major hardware stores offer basic classes on many things. But, I agree with Margaret, practice is the key and don't give up!'
  • Judy Ferrell
    on May 5, 2017

    my real craft is crochet although I do many others. I learned to crochet at 9 while in the hospital.
  • C. D. Scallan
    on May 5, 2017

    I love to read and I'm old school . The library has books on how to do just about anything and the librarian will be tickled to help you find it. I learned how to make candles (years ago before there was an Internet lol) , how to make soap, bath salts and oils and all kinds of things .
  • 861650
    on May 5, 2017

    Valerie, nothing is perfect. I got my first ideas from HGTV decorating shows that are no longer being aired. However, I have repainted multiples items many times. Decoupaged pieces and made a mess...let it dry and start over. Pitched many snarky hissy fits and %^&**(&)()^%)%(*& a lot. And let's not talk about cutting a piece of wood (boy did I screw up) so many times. You're supposed to measure twice and cut once. Me? Measure 3 or 4 times and still did not get it right. Best advice I can now give you is when you are at a point of frustration, stop what you're doing and walk away for awhile. Now, you have the internet and can Google anything and watch videos on
  • Caseyem11
    on May 5, 2017

    Trial and error mixed with a bit of common sense. Utube videos, this old house, norm abrams , Pinterest and web sites like these. Talk to local people. Do not be afraid of looking uniformed. Ask questions.
    • Valerie Mitchell Heron
      on May 6, 2017

      Will do and I love This Old House. I use to watch it on PBS 13 pre HDTV. Bob Vila was the host. I watched other shows like Home Time Wow that was way back
  • Valerie Mitchell Heron
    on May 6, 2017

    That's grate, you found something you like at 9. Some people never do. I'm a late bloomer In my 50s. I'm just learning some thing about my self. I like to organize and I want to learn to up cycle furniture but I have to find space to cut and paint.
  • Elizabeth Dion
    on May 6, 2017

    i find ideas online and then practice, practice, practice until I get it right. There has never been anyone crafty in my family so I learned everything on my own and ask lots of questions from some of my crafty friends or Internet Forums.
  • Ronda Jaramillo
    on May 13, 2017

    I think the best advice is to just go for it. There are unlimited resources on line. I recently tackled redoing my kitchen counter grout. Zero experience. I did not want to spend a lot of money on tools that I would only use once so I found a site that gave me some short cuts. I just went for it. It's not perfect but a definate improvement. The scariest part is doing something you've never done before.
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