When I last posted a couple of weeks ago I alluded to a 12 hour craft day that I attended with Little Orphan Skein at our local cancer center. 1st I have to tell you that Little Orphan Skein is not an actual orphan, but she does have a tendency to adopt all sorts of unloved, single, lonely, apparently orphaned skeins of yarn hence the blog name. Anyway, when she asked me to go with her my 1st thought was hell yeah I wanna do that, then I thought what am I thinking – 12 hours??? I can’t do ANYTHING for 12 hours! Since I had already committed and didn’t want to admit that I might be too old to SIT FOR 12 HOURS, I bit the bullet and started packing. You’d think I was actually packing for a trip to the ends of the earth with no crafty stuff available for all the crap I stuffed into a large rolling suitcase. I also took: an iron, ironing board, sewing machine, aspirin, band-aids, pepsi, hard candy, and a large dose of optimism. There were quite a few women already there when we arrived. Since they knew I was a sewer I had a very large area to myself because apparently they knew I’d fill it up within just a few minutes. My crap does tend to expand into any free space available. I’d show you a picture of my sewing studio – but my pride won’t let me, and our insurance rates would probably skyrocket to say nothing of the possibility of “hoarders” film crew showing up at the front door. Anyway, back to the crafty day – I’ve never been in a room with so many women – that were so damn quiet! It was spooky…My fantastic fiber art group (eyeforfiber.wordpress.com) which consists of about 8 or so regulars is about 5000 times noisier than this group of around 20 – 25 very serious scrapbookers. I don’t know if scrapbooking is a very serious occupation or if this was just a fluke, but it was really odd. They spoke in very quiet tones about animals, vacations, and children at various stages of life and what kind of background and stickers they needed, had, used, and/or wanted. Various types of glue and scissors are involved too. There was 1 other sewer and she made the most beautiful quilt top during the day. Of course I have no pictures of any of it, but if Little Orphan Skein wishes to post her picture of our spaces, she is welcome – hint, hint… We had a great time and even won a few prizes. I came in 3rd in the bra decorating contest and Little Orphan Skein won a carriage ride along with wine & cheese tasting just in time for her wedding anniversary! Score!!
Apparently the doll making thing is still running rampant through my mind because I read a little blurb in the home section of a newspaper during my lunch break on Friday that had to do with African Inspired Wrap Dolls and that was all I could think of for the rest of the day. In fact I even contemplated leaving work early to go home and make dolls, but I really couldn’t come up with a believable excuse. I tried: sick, too hot in the office, shoes hurt, bad hair afternoon, whining, sulking, too cold in the office, bored, overworked, too stressed, weather, wrong outfit, didn’t wanna drive home in the holiday traffic, and everything else I could think of…I stayed all day – sigh… When I got home I was itching to make dolls but it had to be put off until late evening because for some reason the world doesn’t just stop because I wanna make dolls dammit! Finally I was able to start ripping and wrapping and these are the new additions to the troupe:
These girls were very easy and I can see where I may end up with quite a few more. They have a wonderful “feel” to them when they’re done. If I know me- and I think I do, they’ll probably end up tarted up somewhere down the line. Which brings me to a question for my 1 or 2 loyal readers. Have you ever had an idea that you thought was so spectacular and fantastic that you couldn’t hardly wait to create it – only to find out that it looks like a big steaming pile of cat crap when it actually is finished? Just this weekend I finished a lampshade that I thought would be the best thing since chocolate cake for breakfast, but turned out to be the aforementioned cat crap. Sorry, no picture yet available….. If you tell me about your cat crap creation I may just be persuaded to post a picture….