Sunday, August 9, 2009

Crafty Schmafty

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.


Kristina P. said...

You and I are craft sister wives. People probably think I'm crafty because I can throw an amazing party, but it's not true. I just have great taste and can buy other people's craftiness.

Rachel Sue said...

I remember those YW crafting days. . . and how the finished version of whatever project I was working on never quite met up to my vision of it. But somehow, everyone else's seemed to.

I like your bulletin board.

Anonymous said...

I guess you can blame me for your craftiness. When RS does a craft you will find me home.
But, that being said, your bulletin board looks pretty crafty!

Matt and Cris P. said...

I have thrown away by far more craft projects than I have kept because I get done and they look like 3 year old did them. I did just finish one I made last week though that will be a keeper. P.S. I am having Stephanie with drawls. We need to hang out.

Alisha said...

Nice work! I think it turned out really cute!

Marcie said...
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Marcie said...

It looks great, and it's useful. Who says your not crafty?

ROBYN -N- KEVIN said...

That is so cute steph!

Dreamer said...

You are the funniest girl ever! Cute bulliten board too, Martha would be proud!