My husband Dane, the excellent listener that he is, remembered me mentioning a couple of times that I’d always wanted to take up painting. I’ve sketched for fun in the past, but I’ve never painted. So this past Christmas, he got me paints, an easel, brushes and some very intimidating blank canvases. I rolled up my sleeves and dove in head first — finishing these paintings (and a few more) in about a week. Haha. Sadly, when other pursuits took hold of me, I put the paints aside. I do plan on picking the brushes up again as I’ve been commissioned by a somewhat twisted friend of mine to do a portrait of Gruss vom Krampus.
Couple with Floating Head and Pedestal (acrylic)
Woman by Moroccan Window (acrylic)
Woman on Dark Red (acrylic)
Monks in Snow (acrylic and newspaper)
I adored arts and crafts as a kid, but somewhere along the line I got this notion that I was no good at it. So I put aside the water colors, construction paper and sewing needles and threw myself, heart and soul, into music. So I suppose my recent obsession with making stuff might just be the start of a midlife crisis (I turn 35 this year—egads!) which manifests itself in anxiety over the fact that I hadn’t learned enough domestic skills. Mainly, though, I’m a recent convert to the Handmade Revolution. Oh, and, yes, I love pretty things—and if I can make them myself, well that’s even better!
So I suppose I’ll start out this blog by backtracking to relay my craft successes and failures—but there’s not much history to cover as I’ve only started a few months ago. For all you experienced craftsters out there, any advice (and I do need it) is welcome and solicited!
If you invite me out to any type of social gathering, I’ll most likely decline. It will (probably) have no bearing on how I feel about you, I’ve just always preferred staying at home and, ideally, being productive while I’m at it.
That said, I’ve very recently become obsessed with making things and talking about making things. So, instead of boring my coworkers to tears with talk of knitting needles and sewing notions, I’ll let loose here.
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