[think kit. day eight.]
INDIANAPOLIS — I love making things. It can be as simple as assembling IKEA furniture or as creative as sewing a stuffed animal from scratch — the act of creating something with my own hands gives me intense satisfaction. I can’t wait to own a home and make it ours. If I could make a living from crafting, I would do it. Alas, my creations aren’t anything I imagine others buying, but I have fun with my little projects.
In the last 12 months, I knitted, crocheted, scrapbooked, sewed, produced videos, repurposed junk lying around my house, took photos, designed things, altered clothing, baked, gardened, decorated and did all sorts of random things that don’t fit those categories. Crafts are my favorite.
Using fabric remnants and a plastic container that one my Christmas gifts came in, I made a vase. I don’t have flowers often, but I made it anyway.
Pesto made from ingredients in our garden. I was really excited about this. Unfortunately, it was really, terribly bland.
Before this, I had never sewn a dress before. For the 2013 Muddy Buddy Chicago, Erin and I dressed up in the uniforms featured in “A League of Their Own.” We won the costume contest.
Marvin loves fluff. Sometimes, I make him fluffy things to destroy out of fabric remnants and spare squeakers.
This year was my first attempt at an urban garden, and it went OK. The only things that lived were the tomatoes and basil, which was perfect for this yellow-tomato pasta sauce. Delish.
When a friend or family member has a baby, I make a stuffed animal for them. The idea is for them to take a picture of the baby and the stuffed animal each month to show how much the baby has grown. This is Lola — dino friend of my friend Kim’s daughter Lianna.
Lola, profile view.
When I moved to Florida, my family gave me bobbleheads of themselves. They are Pep Boys bobbleheads with their faces shaved off and baby pictures of my family velcroed on. Last year, they gave me three more bobbleheads (sans faces) and was instructed to make ones for myself, Matt and my niece, Charlie.
My friend Tyler James (center) wrote a book this year, and he didn’t shave until he turned it in to his publisher. Because we’re so proud of him, I Photoshopped his beard onto the faces of our group of friends and made it into a “congratulations” card.
It’s banana bread. It’s a really great way to procrastinate.
Lianna needed a hat to keep her teeny head warm. So I knitted one.
This next project deserves a gallery of its own:
My siblings and I recreated childhood pictures and put them together in a book for my parents. It was a collaborative effort, and it was fantastic.
I get my love of projects from my dad. His triumph of the year was the backyard, in which he put a pool, refinished the deck, erected a tiki bar and built tree-stump barstools to match (kudos to his use of the tree he had to cut down). I think mine was the Muddy Buddy costume. Lola the Dino comes in second.
[Think Kit Dec. 8 prompt: What did you make this year? Whether something personal, like a song or some art, or a work project, share your process and the end result of your creation.]