So Not a Crafty Girl…

I love people who can do crafts. They can needlepoint, make anything out of an empty paper towel roll, draw, do ceramics, make little crocheted things. I love to go to those bazaars that people make things and sell them. I can sit for hours watching those DIY shows on television. And don’t even get me started on ETSY…it is my new obsession; I don’t buy a lot of things, but I love going on the website.

I watch in awe as these crafty people grab a bunch of materials and all of a sudden, it’s something cute and useful…total MacGyver style. If you gave me a paper clip and a rubber band and told me to make something or something bad will happen to me, let’s just say, something bad will definitely happen to me…I am no MacGyver.

I’ve tried to do things through the years. Remember the latch hook craze back in the 80s? It took forever for me to even remotely get the hang of it. I couldn’t grasp it because I am left-handed. My stepfather taught himself how to do it backwards so he could teach me, and he tried so hard. Halfway through it looked like a twisted version of whatever the picture was supposed to be, so I stopped. I tried cross-stitch, but I have no patience for small things and the counting to get everything in the right place? Forget about it. I have bought stamping kits and stencils kits thinking I could make adorable things to give as presents. Not one gift was given, I guess I just can’t do adorable.

I can color and stay inside the lines and shade from light to dark with the best of them. Give me the big box of crayons, the one with the sharpener on the back, and a big stack of coloring books and I can show you some good stuff. I know, I know…that only works with kids under the age of six. But please don’t let me near a paint by numbers picture. It will end up looking like a demented version of a Jackson Pollack painting, and not in a good way.

So, after numerous attempts at being an arts and crafts girl, I officially threw in the towel. I am far better suited to be a buyer. I am better off seeking out the goods of people far more talented than I am. They are good at it and deserve to have their items bought and appreciated. If you ever get a handmade gift from me, please do not ask if I made it because you already know what the answer is, unless I give you a handwritten poem in a frame or a little story put together in a cute little booklet. Then the answer is yes, I wrote it, but know this…I paid someone else for the frame and booklet.

***Question for the comments…Are you an arts and crafts person? What do you make? And do you sell your items and where? I might need that info someday.

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Hi, I'm Tracie. I am a writer, reader, life coach, lover of the city and the beach. I am a big fan of all things caffeinated. I dig things from many different decades, but am a definite child of the 80's. My blog is about everything and anything my mind conjures up. Enjoy the ride.

15 thoughts on “So Not a Crafty Girl…

  1. Once again, two sides of the same coin! I can cross stitch, latch hook, and my ceramics were legendary. Do you remember the candlemaking? I went to classes in Norwood. As for coloring, staying in the lines…yeah sure, but that shading thing? Nope. Can’t do it. Paint by numbers? Maybe, but only if the pictures are really big, like the coloring book pictures. Too many details (unless it’s abstract) and I’m lost. Remember the decorative brooms and hand painted Tshirts back in the 80’s? One year that’s what people got for Christmas. And with the size of our family… Crap! Now I wanna make something! But with at least 6″ of snow with no sign of it stopping, I’m not going to Michael’s. Ooo, maybe I’ll look at the Herrschnerr’s site…

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  2. Oh well, I used to do crafts such as, decorate t-shirts, sweatshirts; I still love scrapbooking with wonderful crafts; ceramics, but my ceramic house maker where we learned and baked our designs in a kill is no longer available. I should say, I’m a lot like you, Tracie; I just purchase any and all homemade crafts now😘❤️

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  3. I’m not as crafty as I once was, but I am still pretty creative. I can do a lot of things, just, for the love of all that is good, don’t ask me to sew! These days though, because I live in a tiny space, I choose, like you, to support those that are crafty by buying handmade items. I know that a lot of people, myself included, buy online and often from the popular sites. Just remember though, that buying from ETSY, while more pricey, means you’re supporting a small business person.

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    1. I support small local businesses first if I can find what I want here, then I go to small places online. Definitely small biz before anything else. I remember when we were neighbors you doing some crafty things.

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  4. I can do artsy if I have to. Like if I want to create a gift basket or something. But I don’t hand make what I put in the basket, I just want to make it look pretty.
    Is latch hook that carpet thing? I tried that and it’s probably still in my mother’s basement. Did you make those macramé hanging plant holders? I did those back in school and loved it.

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  5. I’ll MacGyver something if I need something fixed…but I don’t call myself a craftdman…I don’t make things to sell…not really into that…but if I watch someone make something and it could work for me I’ll do it

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