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Monday, November 28, 2011

I'm A Factory Defect!



It's that time of year when the rich go shopping and buy anything and everything for the lucky people on their guest list; when the creative come up with clever crafts for their cohorts.  I, unfortunately, don't fall in either category.  My budget is definitely a barrier to my being a showy shopper--and as for as the latter goes, I'm bringing back a post from 2009 on that topic!  (hope it's not familiar to too many of you!)

I have browsed the blogosphere and seen how some talented people make lovely quilts, manufacture  laundry soap, knit, crochet, scrap-book, carve or whittle, paint or sketch, and I feel terribly inadequate. I have come to the conclusion that I am crafting-impaired.

While some look at pine cones, driftwood, and seashells and see all sorts of beautiful possibilities, I look at the same items and I see pine cones, driftwood, and seashells. Campfire fodder comes to mind, and maybe the opportunity to hear the ocean, but that’s where my creative imagination begins and ends.

It’s not for lack of trying. I did sew some in my 30’s, but I think it was of necessity. I lived in a rural area, had few opportunities to go clothes shopping—no mall nearby and the time was pre-internet. As a result, if I wanted a new dress or whatever, it was up to me to stitch one up! Once my children were in school and I went back to the workplace, the desire to sew disappeared for lack of time and energy.

I did learn to crochet. I worked for months and made an afghan that was six feet long and eight inches wide. It was not very effective protecting me from the chill of winter. I guess I could have planted one foot on the end of it and wrapped it ‘round and ‘round me! I could have called it an afwrap! Or maybe a scarfghan!

I've been unable to craft anything gift-worthy.  Obviously, there is a crimp in my chromo-somes; a gap in my genes; a defect in my DNA. Admitting imperfection is, at best, awkward. And now the cyber-world knows! I am doomed to ignominy on the internet.

EVA

18 comments:

Milk in My Martini Glass said...

Hi Eva!!

I never stopped by to thank you for popping in on my blog. I was very humbled by your compliment, thank you so much!!

This post made me giggle, especially your comment about looking at the items and seeing only the items themselves. You have a gift for humorous writing!

The girl with the flour in her hair said...

Missed your blog! It's been awhile. I love the scarfghan....that's how I taught myself to knit. I couldn't figure out how to stop going in one direction, so I kept going. :) I might give it another shot one of these days. :) Hope all is well.

Ruth said...

I am also craft-challenged. I bake very well, but if it has to do with beading or knitting, it's time for me to go home.

Mary at Deep South Dish said...

I'm a little craft impaired myself so I relate to this for sure! My problem is I never allow myself enough time to get anything made for gifting! Time seems to fly by before I know it. We're far from rich, but somehow we manage (so far) to get by through the holiday season and not go into debt.

River said...

You're not alone Eva. I'm as craft impaired as you are. I have lovely ideas, but they don't translate well from my mind to my fingers.
I think you mad agreat effort with the scarfghan. I have a similar scarf, six feet by eight inches, knitted in blocks of colour. The plan was to make a dozen or so of these scarves then stitch them all together as a bedspread. didn't happen. I still have only the one...

Brian Miller said...

ah but you can spin a good yarn...such as the tale you are doing on fridays...that is quilt enough...smiles.

Al Penwasser said...

Factory reject? I'm a heaven reject. In other words, I'm convinced my body was made on a Friday afternoon ("Hey, whaddya say we knock off early? Just throw those little legs on him and that clown nose and we'll call it even!").
Ain't that great about reposts? A lot of times people haven't read them so it's new to them. Or me, in this case.
Nice job!

Bossy Betty said...

I have a sister who is also craft-challenged!

Ah, it's OK, you craft posts that are beauties!!!

Terri Sonoda said...

Hi Eva; I used to crochet and cross stitch and make punch wreaths...not any more. Arthritis in my hands keeps me from needle-work. And I'm completely craft-challenged when it comes to anything else. And so I write. LOL
And I visit my fave blogs (yours!)

Pearl said...

Oh, Eva. :-) I made that same afghan.

Pearl

Nancy Thompson said...

Haha, that's too funny, Eva! You know what's really sad? I'm an artist. I spent 6 years studying fine and applied art, architecture, and interior design, but I've got to be the least crafty person on the face of the earth. Yet my mom, who can't paint or draw or design anything to save her life, makes the most wonderful Christmas decorations. If it wasn't for her, my home would look sterile during the holidays. So chin up. Even some of us artsy types can't craft.

Kristy said...

Even though I am a crafty gal, committing to too many projects for xmas gifts totally stresses me out! I thank goodness for internet shopping! Got most of my shopping done today.

The Frisky Virgin said...

I draw, but...

can't sew, can't crochet, can't knit.

It's limiting, especially when it comes to gifts. :/ But, it's always the thought that counts. :)

Eva Gallant said...

Terri: Nice to know I'm not alone in my defectiveness!

Frisky: It's hard to wrap up that "thought" though!

Eva Gallant said...

Terri: Nice to know I'm not alone in my defectiveness!

Frisky: It's hard to wrap up that "thought" though!

glnroz said...

a defect?? not a chance,,, l;ol

Eva Gallant said...

Glenn: That's kind of you, but I'm definitely a defect! lol

Grams said...

Just because you're not crafty doesn't make you a defect. You are hilarious. I'd take that any day.