As I’ve been getting to know my new heroine, I have realized I want her to be crafty…not sly and foxy, you understand, but good with her hands. 🙂 I want her to make things…charming, artistic things that she can sell, or give to friends. I want her to express her emotions through her creations.
Unfortunately, I’m working without a net here, because I’ve never been good at crafts. Sure, I could almost fool the first-graders in my Brownie troop when I brought out the glue and the popsicle sticks and the pipe cleaners and the googly eyes–and told them we were going to make reindeer.
But there was a reason I didn’t volunteer to be the Girl Scout leader the next year. No way my skill set was going to fool a second-grader.
Funny thing is, I love crafts. I’m enchanted by Michael’s and JoAnn’s and can wander their aisles endlessly, marveling at this cool thing, or that gizmo…but somehow, no matter how many hours I spend, no matter how many dollars I shell out, I rarely end up with a finished product.
Example: Once, when I took up macrame, I spent about an hour studying the diagram showing me how to tie a particular knot. At the end of the hour, I finally had my ah-ha! moment. The knot I’d been so painstakingly trying to “learn” was that little over-under thing you do when you start to tie your shoelaces. ( I did make my daughter’s first Easter basket, but that nearly killed me and was the end of my love affair with macrame.)
Many of my undertakings don’t even get that far. I have a box of beautiful fabrics in my closet, from when I was sure I could learn to sew. I have some adorable little flowers and mosses and thimbles from when I decided to make a fairy house. I can’t bring myself to throw away the expensive decoupage supplies, the cross stitch patterns or the gorgeous skeins of rainbow-colored yarn–though it’s quite clear I’m no alchemist, and I’m never going to spin any of them into gold.
So I’m here, begging for help. Are any of you crafty? Or is there any cool, unusual craft you’ve always wished you could master? I’d love any and all suggestions! My heroine, who is hanging in limbo, half formed and waiting to walk on stage, will be very grateful. 🙂
One randomly chosen poster will win a $10 Amazon gift certificate, so please play along!