Hi, I’m Suzy (aka: The Crafty Woodwind). I mean “crafty” in the good way…the creative, make-something kind of way. And what about “woodwind”? That’s easy. I’ve been playing clarinet, a woodwind instrument of course, for 30+ years. I chose clarinet because, in my 6th grader mind, it looked like the hardest instrument to play. 🙂 Music has always been in my blood and I cannot imagine life without it. Both playing it and listening to it. (Yea Mozart!)
When I was a kid, my mom taught me the notes on the piano. I’d surprise her sometimes by playing something out of the blue when she didn’t know I was practicing. By the time I joined band, I already knew the notes…I just needed to get the fingerings down. I still play. I’m in my 14th season playing with a local community orchestra.
I probably get most of my “craftiness” from my mother. She taught me how to crochet when I was young. I don’t recall how old I was, but I do remember that I had crocheted my first afghan by the time I was 12 or 13 years old. She also taught me how to cross stitch at a young age. She showed me how to do candlewicking but I’ve long since forgotten how to do that. Oh, and macrame too. When I was in high school, she picked up knitting and showed me how to cast on and do the knit stitch. I knitted a scarf but it was a bit, um, distorted. Knitting was not my cup of tea. She tried to show me how to paint but that wasn’t my thing either. Needless to say, she exposed me to lots of different crafts.
My grandmother is responsible for what I know about sewing, quilting, canning and cooking. Well, sort of cooking. She rarely followed a recipe. I, on the other hand, have no trouble cooking using a recipe, though there are some things I make without one. Her sister taught me how to embroider. I don’t remember how to do that but, if I’m ever inclined to pick it up again, I’m sure I could figure it out.
I guess you could say that I’m a curious sort. I always love to learn new things. I like to know how things work. My dad always told me to never turn down an opportunity for education or for learning something new. Sage advice. He taught me stuff too. Before I ever got a set of car keys, my dad (the mechanic) made sure I knew how to change a tire. I’m so glad he did! I cannot tell you how many times I’ve had to change a tire in my life. I even had to change one once when I was about 6-7 months pregnant. Now that was a sight! He also made sure I knew how to change the oil & oil filter, air filter, check tire pressure, etc. I was having trouble with my car’s starter one time in high school and he showed me how to crank the car from under the hood until he could replace it. Now what other girl my age knew how to do that?? I also knew how to use a set of jumper cables. All thanks to my dad.
I’ve taught myself a lot too. For example, I was always interested in how to make soap. Well, about 14 years ago, I researched it and researched it and finally made my first batch. I was hooked. Before I knew it, Southern Butterflies was born. And it didn’t stop at soap. Now I have a variety of bath/body products that I offer, as well as candles and candle melts. I sell some of my crocheted hats and scarves at my fall craft shows too. At the farmers’ market I bring my jams/jellies, which is under the name Puttin’ Up With Suzy. (My mom thought up the name. Cute, huh?) This year I will be making hard candy to bring to the markets. You can find Southern Butterflies on facebook here, and Puttin’ Up With Suzy here.
Like many of you that are on Pinterest, I find so many cute ideas there. Also like many of you, I can spend a lot of time there without realizing it. Before I know it, the whole afternoon is shot. Come on now, can I get an “Amen!” here?