I love doing crafts. However, I usually don’t have the patience to finish everything that I start. For instance, I’ve been working on one specific cross stitch pattern for 5 years. It’s not that I don’t enjoy the pattern or cross stitching, but I just don’t take the time to sit and do it. There’s always something else I’m in the middle of doing or making.
Cross stitch is one of my favorite activities. I’ve been cross stitching since I was 9. Of course, back then I was only doing little ornament-sized patterns. But as I grew, I got down the technique and started doing bigger patterns. During one summer Olympics, I cross stitched Bert from Sesame Street while listening to the sporting events. (Jess and I have this running joke that I’m Bert and she’s Ernie.) A few years ago I picked up Julie Jackson’s Subversive Cross Stitch, which has given me and my coworkers, to whom I give presents from the book, hours of smiles. The book has even led me to create my own designs, like these:
I realize the picture is a little small so in case you can’t see it, it reads, “Daddy Drinks Cause You Cry” and the four corners have pacifiers. This was given to my friend as a baby shower gift. His wife is still talking to me, thankfully.
This was another gift to a coworker, who has gotten many smiles out of it through the years. The year after she received this one I made her another one that read, “National Sarcasm Society – Like we need your support”.
The shorter the craft is, the more likely I am to follow through with it, but I also like the feeling of accomplishing something big. So I take on those bigger crafts, thinking that this on will be the one I finish in record timing. Alas, I have yet to find that grail.
Recently I was in Michael’s, which is dangerous in and of itself, and I saw a kid’s craft kit to make a media case. Instantly I wanted to make one but I didn’t like the one I saw but there was no other pattern. Slowly, I walked up and down the aisles, trying to think of a way to make my own, and as cheaply as possible. After picking through the felt (only 20 cents per sheet!) I went home and started researching. I wanted my case to look cute but I’m a horrible artist. I scanned through craft books for image inspiration but didn’t come up with anything. I then went online to Must Have Cute and looked at all those adorable pictures. Inspiration did strike, several times, and I quickly jumped on getting the first one made. Here it is (called iCupcake):