At best, I’m a sporadic crafter and I’m not loyal to any one crafting discipline. I’ll see a random pretty, sparkly thing and attempt to make it myself. I might make a couple pretty, sparkly things, then I usually get distracted or bored, and move on to something else or stop crafting altogether for a while. I’m a creative type person, so it doesn’t take long until I get inspired and start another project.
The only real qualifications I have for a craft project is that it can easily be created at my coffee table in front of the television and that it doesn’t involve fire. It also helps if the quality of said craft isn’t adversely affected by a glass or five of wine. I also prefer a craft that can produce a finished piece in one evening, two evenings max. I’m not very patient and, as I mentioned, I get bored, so knitting or crocheting or anything of the sort is out of the question. I made a baby quilt once. Once. It nearly killed me.
My crafting tendencies lean toward things I can wear, like jewelery or hair accessories. Every once in a while I’ll start to think I’m the shiz and I’ll try to make real art, but Van Gogh I’m not. I’m more of a doodler than an artist. Letterforms and typefaces have always fascinated me as well. That’s probably why I’ve had some success with creating ambigrams. I can sketch them out to keep me awake during work meetings.
One thing I keep coming back to, whenever I get the crafting bug, is paper. I love paper. I’ll make my own stickers, fold little origami animals or just cut out shapes from patterned paper to stick in my day planner. I’m pretty good with a pair of scissors, especially for a lefty using righty tools.
I really put my scissor skills to the test the other day. I found an awesome cool website (cubeecraft.com) where you can download and print free templates to make papercraft toys. And I’m not talking about some lame-ass teddy bear or dolly. Take a gander at these guys:
Be still my geeky heart! I’ve got paper Dexter, Ray Stantz and Stay Puft Marshmallow Man all printed up and ready to cut out and piece together next. It’s going to be hard to decide which ones I keep at home and which ones I’ll take to decorate my desk at work. Maybe a different one for each day of the week! I gotta get cuttin’!