About Crafty Volunteer

I have always been a crafty person. I think it’s in the genes. Ever since I can remember, I have been needle-pointing, scrapbooking, knitting, sewing, DIY-ing, etc., etc. As a college student, I probably spent more money on art supplies than food. I make birthday presents for people I don’t even really like, just for the fun of it. (If you are someone who has received a birthday gift from me and are now thinking “Does this mean she doesn’t really like me?” you should now by now; I’m not one to hide my feelings. If I didn’t like you, you would know.) It’s an expensive hobby, but I was okay with that. I mean, you can’t put a price on happiness, right?

Then, I joined the Peace Corps. It was a lifelong dream coming true! I was going to live in a developing country for two whole years! I was going to change the world! I received my assignment to Guatemala, stuffed two years worth of belongings into 50 pounds of luggage, and off I went with high hopes and lots of moxie.

It was perfect. Guatemala had volcanoes, green hills for miles, friendly people, and a relaxed way about it that made my past year of hectic, jam-packed grad school studies melt away immediately. I spent my first week in Spanish class and technical trainings, getting to know my host family, and making new friends. Then, it was the weekend. No more class. No more fellow trainees. And, being a Peace Corps volunteer, no money to buy craft supplies. What was a girl to do?

Thus began my infinite search for art projects I could do both on a Peace Corps budget and with materials accessible in my tiny little Guatemalan Pueblo (read: basic). And, you know what I found? Through the wonders of the internet, there are lots of craft ideas that fit such requirements, right at the tip of one’s fingers. I found myself thinking, ‘Gee, I wish I had known about all these ideas when I was back in the states. I could have saved so much money’.

And, so, a blog was born. A collection of simple, cheap, creative crafts. Hey, if I can do them with no income and, half the time, no electricity, you can certainly do them in the good old USA.

Confession: Occasionally, some of the items I use in my projects have been sent to me from the states by my mommy (thanks mama!). But, since most of you who are reading this are probably from the states (or at least not living in a developing country) I figure this won’t be a problem. If it is… well, then I suggest you call your mommy and ask her to send you a package. After all, that’s what moms are for, right?


Peace(Corps), Love & Art,

The Crafty Volunteer


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