Day 7 of 30 days of Thankfulness. Today I am thankful that I have finally accepted myself as an artist. I think because the mediums I use are non-traditional, it has been difficult for me to understand that what I do is art. For some reason it’s always been in my head that one could only be considered a true artist if they used paper and pencil or paints. I’ve known so many incredible artists that use these tools to bring their visions to life, it has been easy to relegate myself to “crafter” status (not that there’s anything wrong with that!) However, the more I share my creations with others, particularly those I don’t know, the more I can see things through their eyes. What I do, not everyone can do. I weave yarn into useful objects. I collect beads and findings and put them together in ways that people see fit to adorn themselves with. I can sew. I can look at something and work out ways to re-create it. It’s taken a long time, but I am really grateful that I’ve learned to see what I do as art- and I am thankful to all of the people who helped me to see what they see.