I’ll be honest. The Craft Wars are largely driven by three things:
1. We currently live in a rental. It needs all the help it can get.
2. I am too cheap to actually buy many of the things that constitute ‘help’.
3. My rebellious side continues to think: if you can do it, so can I.
Yeah. So. Here we are.
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and my front door is ugly like you read about. I do a little etsy.com search for Valentine’s wreaths, with the idea of supporting a budding artist rather than torturing myself. I find this. Which is perfect! And $78.00.
$78.00! I can totally do this myself. It’s a ribbon, for Pete’s sake, with sticks and burlap. I have burlap leftover from the previous Craft War. What could be easier?
I go and buy a $3.00 roll of ribbon. To prevent procrastination, I tape it to the front door. (How smart am I?)
A week goes by. No worries, though, there’s still time. I tell myself that the neighbors (and my brother-in-law, who walked in and asked me why the front door was gift-wrapped in February) will be so impressed at the big reveal.
– February 7: Molly and I go out in search of sticks. We bring some home and place them by the front door.
– February 8: The Wonder Hub throws them in the trash. I dig them back out.
– February 9: The Princess of Crafting comes over, arms full of intricately designed, personalized, glittery valentines. She can’t stay, but I recruit her for my project. If anyone can get me to craft, it’s my niece.
– February 11: She comes back over. We bake cookies. We build snow forts. We go swimming. She asks repeatedly about our project, but there’s just not time. We’re having fun!
– February 14: It’s perfect! What better day for the big reveal? I dig out the burlap and scissors, only to find Mimi coloring. She invites me to join her.
– February 15: I admit defeat.
Until next time. Karen 1: Crafting 1