did someone say ‘crafts’?

[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.

This next project deserves a gallery of its own:

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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.]


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