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A Crafty Hello

January 10, 2011

You may have figured this out, but I like to make stuff. Including the header up there (which I’m sure I’ll finish eventually). In the mean time, let’s talk about crafting, shall we?

Crafting means a lot of things to a lot of people. For some, it’s a surefire way to please your grandparents come holidays or birthdays. For others, it keeps them off the streets. After all, idle hands are a devil’s play thing. Do you know how many less meth labs we’d have in the world if more people mixed polyvinyl acetate (tacky glue) with dihydrogen monoxide (water) instead of pseudoephedrine (cold medicine) with hydrochloric acid (hydrochloric acid)? Maybe billions.

Is crafting for you? Yes. Don’t question it, just go with it.

What makes up a craft? Sure, you could glue googly eyes onto a seashell and let it collect dust so your shelves don’t have to, but crafts are happier if they have a purpose.

For example, if you have yellow and orange poster board, a black permanent marker, scissors and tape, you can make a pin-the-tail on the cowardly lion for the next Wizard of Oz themed birthday party you throw:

Perhaps you’re in the mood to prank your kid sister (or anyone mouse-anxious). Simply knit a mouse out of whatever yarn you have sitting closest to you, pop it into a tin and the next morning say, “I caught a mouse last night. Want to see?” And dump it out onto her lap. Classic.

Later, you can stuff an air freshener into its gut to make it even more functional.

Or maybe you want to dress up your everyday knickknacks so they are presentable for the holidays:

OR—speaking of the holidays, maybe you want to harness all that artful cunning into some ornaments to hang on your favorite evergreen:

94% of the ornaments in the above picture are handmade by me or some other crafty soul.

Crafty additions to this year’s tree (from left to right): hollow yarn ornament, appliquéd felt rocking horse and appliquéd felt teddy bear stocking.

That about covers it for now. I’d go on, but it’s time to make dinner. Just remember, whatever the intention or design, crafting is for everyone!

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Laurie permalink
    January 10, 2011 10:11 pm

    I love this. I’m looking forward to the next blog. Can’t wait.

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