11/4/08

Getting Back to the Crafter In Me

I used to be such a crafter. One year I made all my own Christmas cards - about 60 or 70 of them - with Classic Pooh Christmas stamps. I even embossed them.

I crossstitch, too. I crossstitched the most beautiful wedding picture for my friend who was getting married. It was huge - like 18 inches by 2 1/2 feet - and it took me 18 months. I sat in front of the TV night after night (no boyfriend at the time, obviously!) and just zoned out as I did it. I crossstiched her a Beauty and the Beast picture, too. So beautiful and elegant - her favorite movie. (She stopped talking to me about a year ago for reasons I have no idea. I've stopped trying to call her - but that is a whole different story. It makes me sad.)

Both of those things were before I had a digital camera - so I have to dig into my old tub of photos to find and scan them.

My favorite craft project was for my bridesmaids when I got married, all ... ahem ... eleven of them. And the three junior bridesmaids - and the three flower girls. I KNOW. But I was second to last of all my friends to get married - and there was no way I couldn't ask them all. And we had a fabulous time. My mom joked that if you wanted to be in the wedding, throw on a blue dress and get in line.

But I digress. I wanted to show you what I made for them ...

The younger girls all got these ... they are jewelry boxes. I went to Michael's picked up a bunch of unfinished wood ones, and went to town. I made a bunch of different designs - this one was my favorite.





For my bridesmaids, I found a bunch of cutting boards at the Dollar Store - and again, went to town ...




Did you count 11? I sure did when I was painting them. Andy was living in his apartment when we were engaged, I set up shop right on his living room floor. Right in front of the TV. I sat there night after night watching my shows and painting away. I loved it and looked forward to it so much.

Why did I stop? I loved it a few weeks ago when
I made the girls' vests. I remember painting and doing crafts in the townhouse - crossstitching and painting and making doo-dads. I know that when the girls were first born I stopped for a bit - but once they were sleeping through the night and Andy's and my sleep patterns got better I started again. I sat at the dining room table and flipped on the TV ... wait. I sense a pattern.

When we moved to our new house - the TV was put in the playroom - not in the main living area. I need background noise! I get lonely in silence.
Andy is setting up a TV up here for me. When his busy season starts (he's an accountant) he doesn't come home until after 10pm at night, and works Saturdays until 3pm. I'll have lots of time on my hands. I have mostly sewing projects in my head right now. I am so excited!

6 comments:

Beverlee said...

You did all the painting and lettering on those cutting boards by hand? I am beyond impressed!

Audrey Lois said...

You are Craft Woman for sure! I am sure you will have a blast when you find the time to express yourself in this art!!! GO RO GO!!!!

Kerry Marie McG said...

I love my cutting board! It was such an honor to be one of your bridesmaids! Long aisle at St. Joe's!

Darla said...

Those cutting boards are really good. I love to do crafts too, only when I can't be in the garden.

Rosemarie said...

Thanks, everyone!

2sweetnsaxy said...

I'm a crafty, artistic person too and I haven't done anything crafty in a while. This touched a cord in my that made me miss that. :-(