I’m not a particularly crafty person. Sure, I like to do some arts and crafts projects. The key word there is ‘some’. And sure, some I’m even okay-ish at. But at no time would I consider myself to be artistic or talented in any craft like activities. In fact, during my time as a Brown Owl, I relied heavily on Tawny Owl to arrange and execute the craft portion of the evening with 20 seven and eight year old girls.
Because of this general arts and crafts deficit, I tend to avoid major projects in my own home. Instead I encourage my daughter (who really is the only crafty one among us) to use her creativity and create something on her own that I will then ooh and ahh over. BUT…sometimes I have a lapse in judgement.
Last Tuesday night in our house was one of those occasions. Syd had come home from Guides the following week very excited about a fashion project in which she had to decorate, adorn and create new fashions out of old clothes. It had to be done for the next meeting. Okay. No problem. She actually had a few art kits just for this purpose AND (this is where the lapse of judgement comes in) years ago I had seen this super cool idea for turning jeans into a skirt. So together, we decided to create some fashion.
I know, you’re probably shaking your head. And you should be. Let me point out that I’m not talented with the sewing machine. I mean…not even a little bit. The only reason I have one is that it was a gift from my mother years ago, no doubt as a subtle hint that she was tired of hemming my jeans for me.Anyway, the plan was simple. I was in charge of sewing the first skirt while Syd took charge of tye-dying her t-shirt at which point, she would take over and sew the next skirt. No problem, right?
Here is what happened for the next four hours…Yes. Four.
Start to finish…four hours. That was a week ago. I’m still recovering. A no sooner had the dye dried on the t-shirts when Syd tells me, “Ya, we didn’t actually have to do the projects before the next Guide meeting. We’re going to do them together as a group.”
Are. You. Kidding. Me?!
How about you? Any major lapses in judgement that involve crafting?
Also…if anyone is interested in seeing it done right, there’s a great tutorial over at this site. And really, she makes it look easy. And maybe it is… if you’re not me.