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I understand exactly how I became the way I am, but that doesn’t mean that I’m a huge fan of it. What I am is a 27-year-old consumer. I’m active and social; I love going out with my friends on hikes or to the movies or to cool shops and restaurants, but all of those activites involve taking things in as opposed to putting things out into the universe. Of course I became this way because that’s how most unmarried 20-something Americans are today, with home economics being a thing of the past in schools, and the internet providing hours of passive entertainment while advertisements are constantly telling us to buy, buy buy, and I’ve never really though about it.
Two incidents made me notice and want to change the fact that I don’t add nearly as many tangible things to the world as I take from it. First, as usual, my mother pointed it out to me. My fantastic boyfriend altered a dress for me to wear to a wedding (have I mentioned that he’s fantastic?!) and I was making cookies for him as a thank you, when my mom made a joke about how that is literally my only “domestic” skill. I was indignant and tried to think of a comeback but I honestly didn’t have one. She was right. I don’t know how to make anything else. Then, a couple weeks later, my mom invited me to take a knitting class with her, I successfully completed the project, and I had an unexpected sense of accomplishment. I had always thought of knitting as making boring scarves and potholders, but I had made something that I actually liked and that I would use! Suddenly I wanted to make more things, other things, bigger and better things! I wanted to take more classes! I wanted to give these things to my friends! I would be THAT friend! I would be a better and more sparkly version of myself!
A few hours later, once the excitement had worn off, I came back down to earth and remembered that I am a busy girl in a modern world who — let’s be honest — tends to lack followthrough despite having the best of intentions. So that’s where this blog comes in. I’ve decided to try to make one crafty thing per week and see where it takes me. These will not be earth-shattering creations, but they will be things that I like and that are also fun and useful in real life. I hope I can do it, and I hope that other people out in the internet-world might enjoy reading about my projects and maybe even try to make them too.
All I can do is try, right?