It's weird that it took me this long to organize some adult crafting. I love making stuff with my kids, but that requires valuing process over product, flexibility, tolerating messes, and navigating the limits of their patience. Making things with an adult crowd is so different. I can indulge my perfectionist tendencies! And laugh at them with friends--while still refusing to slow down the perfectionist train!
I was probably inspired in some way by Crafternoon, a book and terrific concept (which is, as far as I understand it, getting together to make stuff with your friends) promoted by the best pal of one of our best pals. Of course, with little ones around, crafternoons are not always possible. But post-bedtime crafting? Some encrafted evening? A craftastic night? Lordy, somebody stop me. But you get my meaning: it was super fun. I'll do it again.
I say this even though we recently watched the first season of Portlandia (now streamable on Netflix). I laughed so hard I cried, especially during certain sketches that hit way close to home. I don't live in Portland. I don't freak out over whether my fresh pasta is locally and organically made. But during one episode a dumpster diving couple cries when no one will come to their dinner party (again!), at which they're serving lentil cabbage stew with cumin. This after a (cross-dressed, absurd) woman can't get in the mood because she's confronted with a large cardboard box on the floor beside the bed. All that packaging! What a waste! So she leaps up to make a hat and halter top from the bubble wrap. The self-recognition made it all doubly hilarious. Painfully so. Let's face it, the sad truth is I can't stand to let a cardboard box head out in the recycling without making something out of it.
The end was happy, despite what this pensive gesture suggests.
I was watching Frances, lost in her story and surfing that simple board, surrounded by so many pointless toys, and it hit me: less is more.
Friends, I propose less stuff and more stories in 2012. And more lentil stews and more recycled craft projects too! Just let me know when you're ready to come over.
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