WHO WE ARE AND WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO

Hi guys! I just wanted to do a quick refresher post for everyone, brand new or longtime friends, about our motto, about who we are, and why we do what we do.

Here at FakingItMostly, we strive to be as low cost, low maintenance, and as friendly to the environment as possible. This means that we don’t use a lot of expensive tools or supplies, and most things we can find in our recycling bin. ❤️

We love simple crafts that anyone can do at home. Sure, expensive tools can sometimes give better, more professional results, but who are we kidding? We are not professionals. We are flying by the seat of our pants most of the time. Lol!

While some of our crafts do require parental supervision, we don’t use a lot of things that you would have to go to a specialized craft store to buy. I mean, let’s be honest. I’m not organized enough for that. 😝 When an idea hits me, it’s usually late at night when all the stores are closed.

So a simple craft closet is generally all you need to get crafty with us, or maybe on occasion a simple trip to the dollar store. We’re trying to stick to things that most people can find in their own homes, because it’s one thing to show how to craft something, but if the supplies are not readily available, then most people won’t even try.

I’ve seen so many crafty tutorials that require a lot of searching hardware stores for tools, or other items. I doubt we will ever make those crafts. The thing is, if it requires a lot of planning, we probably won’t get around to it.

Honestly, we like crafts that we can get started on right away, the moment the inspiration hits, or the second after we see it on YouTube. I don’t want to have to go out, and get a ton of stuff. I mean, let’s be real, if I do make it to the store, I’m just going to get sidetracked, buy a bunch of other stuff I don’t need, and then forget all about the craft I was in the store for in the first place. 🤦🏻‍♀️😅

I think it’s sad if people, especially children, just read about our crafts, or see them on Instagram, but then they can’t take part, because realistically they don’t have the skills, or the tools to make it themselves.

So many people tell me all the time, I can’t believe that you made that out of such simple parts! Then they say, I’m going to make it too!

And that really is the best feeling, because it is about the crafting, and inspiring other people to try, not just to scroll mindlessly on YouTube and Instagram, never feeling like they can make anything.

Part of the reason that we have stuck so close to this motto is that I used to have almost 10 little girls in my house every day playing dolls. So I have always written this blog for the children and the grandchildren, so that they can get excited to be involved in the crafting process too. This develops a lifelong love for crafting.

It is so important to give children the chance to create things. It is so motivational for them as it shows them what they are actually truly capable of.

When my daughter struggled to create, or duplicate the crafts that she would see on YouTube, she would be so disappointed. She would give up, and eventually end up throwing everything in the garbage. Which of course is a huge waste of resources, but it is also very disillusioning for young kids. They lose faith in their abilities, and soon, to avoid disappointment, they become unwilling to try.

When I was a young girl, the only supplies we had were stacks of paper, scissors and colouring pencils/crayons, but from those meager materials, we built worlds. No one told us what could, or could not be created from simple paper. There were no electronic distractions, and no restrictions. All we had to do was try.

We drew pictures sure, but we also made pop-up cards, and paper dolls with extravagant wardrobes. We made puppets, and gave them stories, and designed puppet show backdrop scenery. We made up our own boardgames with question cards, and silly trivia. We did origami, and made picture books, and even created paper furniture for our dolls.

I can still recall that big dining table, the rustling and crinkling of the paper, the snip snip snip of the scissors as my sister and I kept busy busy busy for hours, inventing paper dreams. ❤️

Some projects worked, some didn’t. Some worked beyond our wildest imaginations. It was all just paper, but it was unlimited to us. It exploded our minds to just try.

And then, as an adult, I discovered a hot glue gun, and that was that. It was like discovering a whole New World! Lol! 😂 (My daughter is also in absolute awe of the ability to make things stick fast, almost like magic, in a matter of seconds).

So let them try, let them create. You will be amazed at what you can come up with, and of course we will be here to cheer you on! ❤️

Not Fussy, not Fancy, just FakingItMostly. 😉

Thanks for stopping by!

Leave a comment below! We love to hear from you!

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5 thoughts on “WHO WE ARE AND WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO

  1. YES! I love this! I am not crafty and so I probably won’t make your easy ones either, but I love seeing how it can be done. I come from that same simple background. I have a lot of Barbie plates that were gathered by prying out the inside of 2 liter soda bottle caps. I also made a sink for my dollhouse from a jello pudding box covered in white paper. And when I got bored in school I would stand my books up to make a room and my pencils became the dolls. Imagination is a wonderful thing when it gets the right spark. Keep up the good work! ❤

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  2. I loved this message and laughed out loud when I came to your description of shopping and becoming sidetracked and forgetting your original intention. That’s how I live my entire life! Your comments about how good creating things is and how it builds self confidence for children were so very good. I’m really glad that I found your blog last year and am thoroughly enjoying your talents and your thoughts. Thank you for sharing them with us all.

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    1. I’m so glad you found us too! The thing is, I started this blog as a hobby, and as a way to show people what my daughter and I get up to. That’s all it has ever been for us. It’s a lot of fun, and I didn’t want to be ruled by views or likes. I didn’t ever feel that we needed to be overly professional, not just with crafting but for the doll photography too. We were always just having fun with it without strict deadlines or any kind of rules really. I didn’t want it to become like a job. I already have one of those. 😊❤️

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  3. I love your mantra. In such a crazy digital age, we’ve lost touch with the simple things. As someone very recently blessed with baby girl to raise, I hope to raise her with those simple things, like the joy of paper, glue and a box of crayons. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog for years. Now it has new meaning, especially with the simple ideas you have for crafting.

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    1. Congratulations to you on your baby girl!! ❤️❤️❤️ And thank you for your kind words. Some people might think what we do is low budget or rough around the edges, but most people are looking for easy crafts to do with the kids or grandkids. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve done some bigger more complicated crafting too, and that can be fun, but when the kids can join in, it’s double the fun! 😊

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