I remember feeling distinctly stupid during craft moments in Young Women's. While everyone was happily creating beautiful hand-painted birdhouses and tole painted needle holders I was busily creating images for the anti-inspirational poster about mistakes. The poster that reads, "Mistakes -It could be that the purpose of your life is only to serve as a warning to others." I yearned to be a craftress, but my skills fell more in the range of hmmm... what were my skills? Oh yes, test taking.
My first liberating craft moment came when I was painting a birdhouse at yw camp. I thought, "Well, screw it. What the heck am I going to do with a cute painted birdhouse that doesn't house birds?" So I painted it yellow and gave it purple and green dots. It was garish. I felt liberated. I kept that birdhouse for years and even took it to college with me to decorate my room.
Anyway, now that they have pretty much ugly-proofed crafting what with vinyl lettering, pre-matched scrapbook paper kits, pre-cut wood, and internet tutorials, I sometimes feel inspired to craft something.
Here is my latest attempt:
Before: The ugly brown bulletin board that decorated my college room next to my yellow and purple birdhouse.
After: Ohhh, it even has a bow tied around a button to hide the screw hanging it on the wall. If this doesn't secure my place in heaven next to Martha, I don't know what will.