Karen vs. Crafting: Valentine’s Day Door

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.

Karen 1: Crafts 0

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.


Etsy.com The September Tree

$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

8 thoughts on “Karen vs. Crafting: Valentine’s Day Door

  1. You might just be setting a trend with your red ribbon down the center of your door. Either that, or your neighbors may think you’re supporting the latest cause, and they are out of the loop!

  2. I’ll trade you doors. Ours is a horrible white, with tons of boy scuff marks at the bottom. As for the craft, it sounds like my Easter wreath. Which is sitting in my closet waiting for help.

  3. You could get a headstart on Memorial Day & July 4th…get a $3 roll each of blue & white ribbon & tape to door. Go to dollar store & get silver star garland & weave through the red, white, & blue ribbon. Throw a couple yellow ribbons in, if desired, & voila Karen:2 crafting:1. :-)

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