I am not ashamed to admit I am lacking in the arts and crafts department. It is a little embarrassing when visitors mistake my creative expression for something my 3-year-old made in preschool...
I long to create mini masterpieces at the whim of my imagination. I subscribe to many blogs and newsletters hoping to be inspired enough to take the plunge and bond with my kids over craft time at our kitchen table.
Even creating Play Doh creatures is difficult for me as both of my children usually end up asking, “When is daddy getting home?” after my desperate attempt to make a bird sitting on a nest has gone terribly awry.
With sites like Pinterest and Etsy, I can pretend to be creative as I pin and favorite beautiful images, but as I turn from my computer screen and gaze at my craftless home, I wonder why I am lacking this slice of the mom gene.
One of my favorite Domestic Inspiration and Elegance bloggers, New Zealand’s Hana Colmar, is always inspiring me to face my fear of domestic creativity and take on projects. From home decor and embroidery to using produce from local farms, Hana is the epitome of creative and adventurous domesticity!
“I could totally make that felt Christmas tree,” I thought earlier this week.
Armed with my team of short creative assistants, I hit the craft store to gather our supplies.
I know what you are thinking,
“Those are just felt circles sewn together. How hard can that be?”
If you are homemade craft intolerant like me, you know how seemingly “easy” projects turn into horrifying gifts suitable for no one but the trash can.
Standing at the crowded craft store frowning at the selection of super thin felt (because as you can see from Julia’s tree, she used much, much thicker felt), I made a simple modification to my plan and decided to make mini trees.
Because of the thin felt, my first attempt resulted in, not a lovely Christmas tree like Julia’s, but a festive multicolored nipple cover I can now sport on one breast for the holidays.
Peter and I had a good laugh about my lack of craftiness and I started over again.
Determined to make these damn ornaments and prove to my children (and myself) that I could be a creative mom, I re-cut all my circles and FINALLY made a mini tree.
Oh my! I couldn’t be more excited!
Yes, it took me 6 hours to complete and I stabbed myself 50 times with my sewing needle, but I did it!
Yes, the children became bored with the project after 10 minutes and retreated to the family room for the next several hours, but I did it!
I will probably be making these easy felt trees until the end of time, because without a doubt I know I cannot mess them up! I will most likely have to retire from being a room parent after my kids finish Kindergarten as the art projects will become way too advanced for my skill level, but at least I will always have my mini felt Christmas trees...
Are you craft connoisseur or lacking in the homemade department?