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…

:P

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… :

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