People sometimes think I am a crafty queen. I don’t really know where this idea comes from. I do know a few things about knitting and crocheting and sewing, but I don’t practice these things with enough regularity these days to really count them at the moment.
I’ve been feeling a little guilty this last year because my girls love crafting. With a fiery passion they love it, and I just cannot bring myself to make the mess necessary to get any really ambitious projects going at our house. I got Ava a special mail order craft box from Green Kids’ Crafts a while back. I thought it would be a good way for her to create something on the days when she is off school. I was hoping that she would get a kit of 4 crafts that she could do all by herself and would create something pleasing, and allow her to work independently on something that I didn’t have to plan.
My dreams did not come true. I ordered her the Geography set, since they were working on countries at preschool. One of the projects was a flag project. Boring. It came with four colors of that foam sticky stuff, and she had to cut it herself, figure out the shapes to cut out of it, and look at tiny pictures to compare how it was going. She wasn’t that great at figuring out the size and shape to make the flags, so she spent a total of 10 minutes doing it. I was thoroughly unimpressed with the lack of planning from the company.
The second craft was a board game. She had to sew her own game pieces by hand…This was a lot more successful, and it drew her in more. She had a good time making the pieces and playing the game. I thought that the game was not very fun, and the materials were meh….but she was good with it.
The third one was a recipe book. It included 4-5 recipes from around the world. It annoyed me that one of the four crafts was a compilation of recipes that I was going to have to buy supplies for. And the recipe book itself was not a craft (if there had been supplies to make this into a craft itself I would have been fine with it.)….So I was already annoyed, but then, the one recipe that we had the ingredients for was all wrong…and it was difficult. We ended up making the German pretzel recipe, and it was not at all hands off for me. I spent 3-4 hours working on it with Ava. It was grueling work…mixing and rolling and dipping the dough in hot baking soda water… and I ended up having to alter the recipe and use my stand mixer. This is NOT a child’s craft. I sort of wanted to demand my money back….but then the pretzels tasted pretty good, so I was appeased.
We can’t even remember what the fourth craft was…been racking my brain, asked the girls…oh well.
With all that said, Ava has been a very satisfied customer…She was pleased as punch with the entire process. I’m glad. I think she liked it so much because she didn’t have to pay 25 bucks for the whole thing. The company had great reviews online, so maybe I just got a dud box…Anyway, back to talking about crafting in general.
So, I don’t have as much time or will power as I used to. Will power to do projects with the girls I mean. But you know what, it’s fine. They’re fine. Gracie gets to scratch that itch at her Brownie meetings (which are run by extremely creative and gifted women). Ava’s school has tons of crafting opportunities. For special occasions they have a gaggle of wonderful relatives that make crafts with them, or take them to fun parties (with crafts), or take them out to places where they can make things.
To top it off, they have a very very crafty grandmother here in town who does a project with them almost every week.
Mama, thank you for that. Last weekend, they were making Valentine cards for their classes, and I jumped in and helped too. I love these little joyful moments…and having two sets of adult hands, plus dad to help keep baby boys occupied, makes them joyful for me.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
How do you fit crafts into your busy life?