Saturday, October 5, 2013

Still Trying To Get My Crafting Mojo Back

Since last year,  I've been meaning to make a Christmas ornament wreath for our front door. I had a spool of Christmas ribbon and one package of ornaments tucked away up in my crafting room. I even picked up more ornaments and some hot glue sticks tonight at Wal-Mart, since they've got both Halloween and Christmas stuff out together. The horror!

I came home tonight an started on that wreath finally. It took me three tries, and it just wasn't happening. I'm throwing in the towel.

It was attempted, the first two times, on a wire clothes hanger. When that just wasn't working, I switched over to a cardboard circle.

For some reason, I wasn't getting anything to come out even remotely ROUND. Plus, I was starting to realize that these wreaths use an enormous amount of ornaments. When I switched over to the cardboard circle, I was making it smaller than original and that helped, just not enough.

I mean, my mojo is just waaaaaaaaaaaay off. I bought an LED pumpkin at Wal-Mart a few days ago. It's one of those craft foam ones that's covered in glitter. I thought, this time, I'm going to seal the glitter. So I used the same clear coat spray paint on that foam pumpkin, because like I just said, it was COATED in glitter.

I know spray paint will melt foam, but this thing was coated in glitter. As I carried it from the store to my car, I looked like a fairy had sneezed orange glitter snot all over my arms and shirt. There had to be enough glitter on it to protect the foam, right?

Wrong.

I sprayed it and left it on my front step to dry. I went back 15 minutes later to check on it. It was melty and bumpy, with white patches showing through. It was a good idea though.

I need my head examined. It's like I have crafting ADD right now or something. I'm staining and painting our interior doors, because I never did anything with them after Shane hung them. All of a sudden, I can't take them anymore. Most of them are being stained but I am painting a few. I do like the sudden burst of color through. It's making our bedroom darker, so of course, I'm thinking I need to repaint the bedroom.

Thank God For My Friends

I believe I have the greatest friends in the world, no matter where they are. I think it's because of them that I can get through Mom being sick. I am not, and will not be, alone.

Mom had a good day yesterday, and it was good to hear that in her voice. I think this whole process would be harder to deal with, if we weren't open about the future and the inevitable. I don't talk about my own feelings about her cancer, because I don't want to hurt her and make her wonder if we'll each be okay. Instead, she tells me what she wants and what she expects of each of us. Most of her expectations, I think I can achieve. I discuss my own personal feelings and thoughts with my friends and on here, at least I'm still getting it off my chest and out into the universe.

Mom still remains strong and brave, taking the time to teach my father how to run the dishwasher and do laundry. He's getting a crash course in grocery shopping while he takes care of her. I think that after 40 years of marriage, they are forming a little cocoon against the world, just the two of them, finally having the kind of marriage I wished they always could have.