Wednesday, December 7, 2011

victory over ornament crafting

Do you ever have one of those crafting days when everything that could go wrong, feels like it is, in fact, going wrong?

Yeah, me too!

Yes, you could make this item too, but will you? Because let's face it, you need to be a little bit crazy to try this at home.Double Happiness: an exercise in patience  

My latest Etsy order (Double Happiness Crane Ornament) has been a real tongue stuck out, mind baffling challenge because it’s not like I don’t know how to make this item. In fact, I’m much better at it now than I was last year, or even 2 years ago.

And yet…

The little buggers had me cursing under my breath several times over the past few days. In fact, since the work requires a fair amount of patience and delicacy, I actually had to stop and let the item be for fear of breaking it, because I was getting impatient and too rough.

[Mental image you don’t need: Marya making these ornaments involves, always, a lot of tongue sticking out, cursing, and contorted body angles as I struggle to open the wings inside the ornament without breaking the glass or tearing the crane. It also involves a some sore fingers as I wrap metal in a very tight space, while tentatively holding the glass, balanced in a makeshift frame].

Anyways, I am happy to report, after much ado, that in the end, Marya has triumphed over the ornament once again with nary a broken ball or torn crane in sight. I fought the ornament, and the ornament didn’t win! Yeah, I feel a little bit like an ornament hero…


In other, less painful crafting news… look what I created last night with paper and washi tape (and ribbon and metal and a bead and buttons and… :


Thursday, December 1, 2011

#decdaily + #reverb11

Always a bit of a glutton for punishment, read: I like to take on WAY too many projects, I decided to partake in the big DecemberDaily project. But I can ever just do things the standard way. Oh no, I have to make it either more complicated or add an eclectic twist to it.

6x6 DecDaily album

So what did I add, you ask? Well I fused Reverb11 into the action. Which in my sick little mind, is supposed to mean less work because I'll have journaling prompts.

Reverb11 journal prompt: Did you try something new this year?

But oh no... what was the theory quickly evolved into me doing 2 things instead of 1.

See? Do you? Now I've journaled twice! 
 But that's ok because I give myself permission to add or remove things as I go! So that's fine. And if you look at some people's books, you'd be overwhelmed by the amount of work that has gone into the artistic creation of them. Not that this isn't great. I mean seriously, some of the albums out there are just amazing. But me, I'm keeping things simpler artistically speaking!

See? Easy Peasy DecDaily!
I'm looking forward to playing around with a holiday themed look but with year end reflections. Should be fun!


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