Meh, I got bored with Skyrim when its game ending bugs stopped me from continuing the main quest when I first speak with the Greybeards. Bethesda needs to learn how to code and polish their products before releasing them and pumping out DLC after DLC.
Crafting made my character a bad ass about 40 hours into the game. In hindsight, I really wish I avoided crafting altogether and played the game with more self-imposed limitations. Running around in enchanted Daedric gear took the fun out of dungeon crawling. I stopped playing altogether after how anti-climatic the Thieves Guild ending was, but it felt like a chore to play through it with the item rewards being meaningless. Hoping someone releases a really good loot overhaul mod someday to get me back into it again.