I have a dress that has been sitting in my sewing bag for over 3 years, because I planned on using the fabric to make a smaller dress for Lisel. First an infant dress, then a baby dress and now I'm keeping it because I'm going to make an infant dress for Willow and a toddler dress for Lisel. Or maybe a skirt. But I will make something dammit!
At least that's what I tell myself everytime I see that dress. That dress that has been sitting in the same bag for three years.
The problem is I have few of the requisite skills for craftiness. I am not particularly artistic in a visual sense. I'm not detailed oriented, nor am I really great at project follow through.
I'm kind of a lazy mess.
But I love the idea of spending ones time creating. Of seeing something beautiful and thinking "I could totally make that" and the making it! I mean, what better way to say yes! to life.
I long to be a crafter!
So when my friend Andee aka Betty Crafter (you should totally check out her blog!) invited me to accompany her to a playdate where crafting would be at the center, I said yes! to the playdate. I heard they were having an activity swap, where each person makes activity bags for everyone, and so everyone goes home with like 8 new activities for their kids.
I wasn't going to participate, but then, inspiration struck! Or maybe it was caffeine. Anywho, I decided to make an activity bag.
I didn't have much time, but I did have the Internet and a lot of felt left over from the last time I crafted (a year ago when I made squares for my sister's son's alphabet quilt). My idea? A little memory game. I cut out 9 sets of 2x2 squares, 8 squares to a set. Then within each set I glued on 2 purple squares, 2 blue triangles, 2 white circles and 2 red diamonds. Voila! 9 little mini games of memory!
Now, as you can see, I'm no liar. I'm not a detail girl. These little felty squares have no straight lines. The shapes on them look similar, but not the same. I like to think of them as lo-fi.
I heard we were supposed to put them in ziploc bags, but we were out o those and besides, paper is so much more environmental friendly, so I put them on little sandwich bags. I even decorated them! Observe!
I'm not ashamed to say, I was damn proud of myself. I had a vision and I executed that vision. I had crafted!
Besides, I thought, how much better could the other activities be?
You know where this is going right?
Behold, the other activity bags.
I was blown away by the skill, the attention to detail, the beauty, the straight lines, the instructions and the general badassness of each and every one of these.
I got very, very sheepish. I actually had to stop myself from apologizing too much for my own feeble crafting attempts.
I was like showing up a song swap with and finding yourself on stage with Duke Ellington, Lennon *and* McCartney and Carol King.
It was actually really great. Lisel got a ton of new cool activities and I got to hang with some rad women and kids while peeking into the world of real deal crafting. And it gave me some crafty confidence.
Now I have to go. I have a very short game of memory to play.
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