Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Book Wreath - or - She's No Crafty Clara

Here's my truth: I am not a crafty girl.

Please, hear me out. Don't leave me, just yet.

I have big ideas about being crafty... I paint with my kids! I collect fabric! Don't leave me.

It's just that I can't thread my sewing machine and I'm deathly afraid of the bobbin. I've never used spray adhesive. I hate painting furniture.
Don't. Go.

Can you tell that I have deep seated abandonment issues?

What makes it all the more mysterious is that I've never been abandoned.

I take that back - A crappy high school boyfriend once momentarily left me at Wal Mart.

Uh-oh - my pre-midlife-crisis Typographical ADD is kicking in again. For all of you who have teenagers who do well in high school and don't cause you much grief - you might as well know now that all of that concentrated effort will eventually give way to the inability to remain focused for longer than 1.35 minutes at the keyboard.

Honest to goodness, I have a point.

And it is this:

I did a craft. This craft. I bought the tawdry romance novel and dug out my glue gun. I have the blisters to prove it.

I watched the heart-wrenching update on Amanda Knox while I glued. I have followed it closely since the beginning and I believe that she is innocent. And I have an undisputed knack for these things. I think I missed my calling in life. I shoulda been a judge. (That doesn't require a long attention span, does it?)

I'm quite pleased with this first effort. It speaks to my heart.

Maybe it will even re-inspire my waning love for fiction.

28 comments:

  1. That wreath is beautiful...and it is the first I've seen like it! That should make you feel even more special. You did good. I am an artist and I've always said that everyone is creative/artistic. You God created you, and He created you in His image. He is the most creative one of all...and He has made us quite colorful, hasn't He. So...you are creative, you just have to discover in what way.

    I just tuned in to the Amanda Knox stuff last week. Can you believe I knew nothing. I appreciate hearing your discernment about it.

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  2. Ok, that is super cute! I'm going to dollar tree this weekend to get my supplies! I need to make one of those!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. That is so cool! Very Pottery Barn-esque. My 5 year old and I made snowflakes with book pages a few days ago and it was so fun. I'm really loving rippin' up books to craft with them!!

    P.S. I'm having a giveaway at my little blog if ya'd like to stop over.

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  4. Move over pottery barn here comes flower patch farm girl!
    Nicely done!!

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  5. I am so there with you on the machine freaking you out. I can't tell you how many times, I have tried to whip up a little something (keep in mind, only straight line sewing) and the machine jams. I get really. really ticked. Have a little grown up fit and shove the machine back in its cave. With the sewing project still attached to the machine. Just step away from the machine. Step away.
    Ok.. your wreath is so cute.

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  6. Definitely SUPER cute! I Love it!!!!

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  7. This is so cute! I need to find an old book and get started on mine!

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  8. Very cute! I may copy it! Did you glue it to a cradboard circle or a foam wreath? I would say this poject deems you able to call yourself "crafty"!

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  9. For someone who isn't crafty, your wreath is awesome! I have seen this project and have wanted to make my own. Just love it!!!

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  10. I still pick up those slutty novels from time to time. Nice craft. And I don't have to guess who that crappy ex was, unfortunately! ps. did you ever make a Christmas tree by folding the pages in a TV Guide magazine growing up? We'd do that all the time.

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  11. Um, I was going to make this wreath for you. I even have the supplies sitting here for me to make it for you. LOL. That's the stinky thing about reading a lot of the same blogs. haha. At least I bought you something yesterday (before I read this) that I thought you might really like. :)

    How funny is that! At least I know you well enough to know you would enjoy this book-paged wreath. It looks awesome! Great job.

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  12. I love it miss Crafty Clara! I like how full yours is... Mr. Hughes said he wasn't going to make one (he has a paper fetish) until he saw one done right.... I am going to show him yours!

    Smiles~ Michelle

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  13. That wreath is the coolest thing since sliced bread. LOVE IT! I don't even own a glue gun but I'm thinking I want one so I can do a wreath like that. (I'm not crafty either....
    and my fear is glue guns because I've burned my skin several times - since I don't have a sewing machine.)

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  14. I was just thinking yesterday that I love those wreaths...like really love it & your is perfect. And then I thought, ohhh I have extra books too. and then I thought...well i thought about it, and all the thinking was just too much and nothing happened. Nope. I am not crafty either. I wanna be, I love crafty things...but I never love what I create....maybe I need to commission you to make me one...just a thought. oh boy, all this thinking is just a wee bit too much, must go eat, I feel faint!

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  15. Gosh, Clara, that's CUTE! So NOW you ARE Crafty Clara!
    XOXO
    Joni

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  16. just another step towards turning your house into an anthropologie!

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  17. You can not say that you are not crafty! Beautiful.

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  18. As Tigger would say, "it's loverly!" Good job!

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  19. Congrats!!! VERY cute. I've made several of these (I think I got a little obsessed) and it's so much easier than it looks! I love the way you tied yours up.

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  20. I.couldn't.be.more.proud. I knew you had it in you. First decoupage and now this. You can say whatever you want but you have headed down that slipper slope. I'll help you thread that machine and even show you how to use it. Just say when!

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  21. Dear Flower Patch Craftgirl,
    Welcome to the crafty club. You are officially a member now - no going back.

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  22. So that is the wreath! So neat!! You are one (or two) up on me in the craftiness area:)

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  23. I am lovin' your paper decor for Christmas...very earthy and unique. I think you are far more crafty than you give yourself credit for!!

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  24. Love your wreath! I also made a paper wreath this year...and then I saw it on Etsy for $38...I think I would have saved my time and just ordered it:-)

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