Do you consider yourself to be a "crafter"? I don't really, and I'll tell you why. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this.
To me, a crafter is someone who looks at chaos and sees order. She loves to get her hands dirty - whether it's with glue, paint, or clay. She's all about the finished product, but she enjoys the process. "Technique" is a technicality - if she can make it fit/work/match, then she will. She doesn't necessarily worry about the "correct" way to do things, or go looking for tutorials on ways to finish her projects. She's always looking for the next new thing to learn, is quick to buy/make new tools for her new craft, and has almost anything you will ever need for anything you could ever think of.
I don't like to get messy. I hate finishes for my stitching that involve glue, and I'm dreading the day when I'll have to Google instructions for paper mache volcanoes. I like to learn more about my chosen fiber arts - more techniques, more finishes, color theory, etc. I like to follow instructions. I like the process of watching something emerge from nothing, whether it's in yarn or on blank fabric. But I don't have an insatiable need to learn how to do everything possible with my hands. Does that make sense? I was talking to a dear friend about this and she said, "I'm the opposite of you - I don't have the patience for what you do." She's the "fun mom" with all the great ideas - who's actually willing to get her hands dirty to realize said great idea.
The other part of my "I'm not a crafter" argument is simple: Painters don't consider themselves crafters. I've never met a quilter who called herself a crafter. Clothing-sewing-people don't consider themselves crafters. Even scrapbookers are "scrapbookers". So why do cross-stitchers/embroiderers get lumped into the craft category? What do you think?
The other thing on my mind today - it's my birthday. :) I'm 32 - birthdays always make me introspective. I'm not looking for a ton of "happy birthdays" - I've had my fill on Facebook today. :) Just sharing!