…and become suddenly incredibly crafty.
What. This never happens.
Seriously, Emily is the creative one in our family, when it comes to making things by hand. Not me. I don’t have the patience, and I am, sadly, a perfectionist who is very good at doing things not-quite-right. Which means when I try and be crafty, I usually end up ripping more things out than leaving them in and moving on with life…ha.
However, I think the thought of my (incredibly imminent) return to school has brought out a new side of myself that I’ve definitely never met in such a consolidated way before. Every now and then I’ll get the urge to make something with my hands, and I’ll do it…but this often? Gosh no. I’ve been making things for the past week, working on them every day. Several things. I have…approximately five different creative projects all going on at once right now? It was six, but I finished one a couple days ago. And there’s another one planned that I haven’t started yet but want to do before I leave. Golly.
Sheesh, Anna. Get a job. A different job. LIKE ONE THAT MAKES YOU MONEY.
Nah, that would be way too mainstream…
Anyhow. What are these projects I am working on? Ah. There’s the rub. I’m not telling. *beams* You’re welcome.
No, but seriously, I’m not. Some of them are going to be gifts for certain people, and these certain people may or may not read this blog (honestly I’m not actually sure o_O) and I don’t want them to find out ahead of time, so mum’s the word. =)
I can tell you, however, that there’s been a lot of embroidery happening (I know, I know. I have never in my life embroidered anything before. What). There has also been lots of ripping-out of embroidery happening too…heh. And felting. Much felting. One of these projects I’m working on (it’s for me, so I can tell) is an Adventure Bag.
It’s pretty dang spiffy, if I say so myself.
It’s a lovely bag, big enough to hold several books and maybe even a camera (all the most important things for going adventuring), made of pretty glowing brown Llama/wool felt and lined with a piece of blue and green silk. Sweet. And there’s pockets inside. Yea, I totally outdid myself there. AND. Get this. This is the best part.
It’s got a dragon. =)
His name is Chrysophylax Dives. Yes, after Tolkien’s dragon in Farmer Giles. Because he is, in fact, Tolkien’s dragon. Yes folks, I managed (quite successfully, actually) so embroider this fellow onto my bag:
I’m so proud of myself. You have no idea.
anyhow. the other things I’m working on involve needle felting, and trees, and poetry. And more dragons. And natural dying. And more embroidery, and beads. The beads are the worst. I stink at beading. I’ve ripped them out a few times now and decided to wait on finishing that until I’m in a more patient mood. Ha.
Speaking of natural dying, Mommy and I have been experimenting with ecoprinting. SO MUCH FUN. It’s like Christmas in august. You wrap the silk up with a bunch of dead leaves and flowers and bark and stuff, and you steam it in a giant pot, and you wait for a whole day before you touch it…then you unwrap it and pitch all the vegetable matter and you have a gorgeously dyed piece of material and it’s like OPENING PRESENTS. THAT YOU MADE FOR YOURSELF. Yea.
Only sometimes the stuff you used doesn’t actually dye and you’re just left with a bunch of boiled plants and a kinda gross, very faint greenish color on your fabric. Meh.
But purple hollyhocks make the. best. color. ever.
End of story.
…Like I said. I’m not entirely sure why all the sudden I’ve gotten an unquenchable urge to create with my hands. But it’s been amusing.
However, now it is starting to stress me out because I have so many half-finished things I need to get done and want to get done before I go back to school. In like twelve days.
What the heck happened to summer.