Being Crafty


My daughter likes doing crafts. I am not so good at them. However, in my ongoing efforts to be a good mom, I have been trying a few different things lately. My daughter throws ideas out right and left and I grab onto the ones that seem vaguely doable. We have had some abysmal failures and some results that have potential. Since I am proud of my efforts, if not the results, I am going to show you what I have been up to lately.

 I mentioned a little while ago that I bought a typewriter. I decided I wanted to type some of my favorite bookish quotes and display them. I now have this quote on my mantel. I am quite pleased with it and now have a long list of other quotes I want to use though I can't imagine where I think I am going to put them all. Typing on a typewriter has made me realize just how sloppy my typing has gotten. When you can just backspace you don't worry so much about mistakes.


Celia and I spent the afternoon with an old friend of mine and she taught us a bit about how to make jewelry. The earrings and necklace in the photo are my creations. Celia made a necklace but she is at school and I can't ask her permission to post a photo. When she gets home I'll add one if it is okay with her. It was a lot of fun to mix and match beads and see all the different possibilities. I think we might get together again and make something else. Of course, I don't think I have an outfit to go with this. I'll have to do something about that.


I was puttering around on Etsy and I came across listings for tea wallets. It seemed like a brilliant idea since I drink a lot of tea and most restaurants I go to have a horrible selection of teas. I thought I could probably figure out how to make one and this is the result. I am not a seamstress so don't look too closely. It is full of mistakes but I am sure I will do better with the next one. The tea was a gift and not my usual brand.


I had scraps of fabric left so I used it to make a gift bag. It was so easy and so satisfying. Maybe I should learn to sew properly. I also have an apron half made. I need to get back to that.

Celia and I have also made a few knotted bracelets and necklaces. None of them have come out particularly well but I am sure practice will improve them. I am not the most patient person so I tend to want immediate results but I suppose that is not reasonable.

What quote would you type and display in your home?




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  1. They're all really lovely. I also make 'stuff' and usually have several half made things in baskets waiting for me to get back to them, I eventually do. I often have to say to myself - that's the prototype - as things are rarely perfect. My quote would be. "If at first you don't succeed - try, try again." Robert the Bruce.

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    1. I like that way of looking at it. I am going to view things as prototypes instead of disasters. I am not naturally good at these things so it usually takes me a few attempts before anything is halfway decent and I get discouraged. I didn't know that was where the "try, try again" quote came from.

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  2. These look great, Jennifer. There is nothing like a drawstring bag for gratification, as I learned myself earlier this year. I hope your daughter continues to be interested in lots of different crafts!

    I am awful about keeping quotes. I am sure I have a notebook with them somewhere, but I can't find it.

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    1. Drawstring bags are so easy! It was nice to make something that turned out kind of okay on the first attempt. I do wish I knew more about sewing though. I always enjoy seeing your projects.

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  3. How fun! I love the idea of typing up favorite quotes and displaying them. I might do this! One of those frame things that has spaces for many different photos would be a fun way to do that -- maybe pair the quotes with some of my flower photos or bookstagram photos or something!

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    1. Oh, that sounds like a good idea. I was thinking that my house is going to look a bit ridiculous if I keep scattering quotes around it. Maybe making one big frame of them is the way to go.

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