I don't know why this was such a hard question for me, but it sure was. My Dad is a graphic artist, my Mom is an avid cross-stitcher, my eldest brother does some artistic welding, my sister is exquisitely talented with paper cutting, and my little brother plays the guitar by ear.
So basically I always grew up thinking they were all so talented and I couldn't do any of those things, so I just assumed I wasn't artistic. Lots of different craft interests kept me busy over the years...macramé, scrapbooking, eraser carving, stamping, calligraphy, and then one day making clay Christmas ornaments. I was always a 'starter' of projects, but would rarely finish something. . . just move on to the next thing.(but only after buying every possible thing that went with that craft, of course.) About 15 years ago (or more, maybe) I got to know Jan better, and she encouraged my daughter, Amber, and I to make some clay beads. Then we made a yard art hanging wind chime-type-art piece out of clay and beads. It was so fun!
After that we started our Stitchin' B group, and it has been so encouraging. In 2000, Jan had made a bulls-eye quilt, and told us all how easy it was, and that maybe we could try it as a little challenge. Well, I'd had only one HORRIBLE experience sewing in high school home ec, so I was quite apprehensive (as you can imagine.) Well, after much encouragement from 'my girls', guess what I called my bulls-eye quilt.....FINISHED! Yep, that's right! I have FINISHED on my wall proudly displayed in my hallway. It was the first project that I EVER had actually finished.
We have made all kinds of things, and my fellow S&B'ers ALWAYS say the kindest things to each other. Even if we don't care for the other's art (I mean maybe the subject matter, or the style, or colors) we can honestly say how much we appreciate the time, effort and artistic expenditures that have gone into it. I absolutely LOVE Tuesdays, and look forward to them every week. Can you believe that? It's wonderful! I don't just feel like a person who crafts anymore....I feel like I'm an artist! And that's because of my fellow Stitchin' B'ers. They are so encouraging. I love them!