I read once – maybe it was in Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain – that we tend to draw at the same age level at which we stopped drawing regularly. Which probably explains why I still draw like I’m ten. If that is true, then do we still craft at the same age level at which we stopped crafting (if we did stop at one point?). Well, I still craft like I’m about fifteen, so maybe that’s saying something. Last night after Keaton went to bed, Joshua and I watched Adventureland, which I really enjoyed – it gave me that wonderful feeling of sparkly promise that I really remember from my late teens/early 20s (amongst all the angst, of course). I found myself inspired to do some late-night crafting after the movie, and stayed up until about 3am having myself a little Teenage Craft Night filled with safety pins, glue and cut-up pictures (it was also a chance to use up some supplies and do some projects I’ve been meaning to do for a long, long time). I also ate quite a few Twizzelators in the process. As you’ll see in these photos, here’s what I did:
– glued a cut-out patch from my “Reading is Sexy” t-shirt onto a pillowcase (the dyes bled all over each other when I washed it – I’ve been meaning to do something with this for about seven years). I’m going to ad some decorative cross-stitching around the border of the patch.
– framed a cut-out picture from an old “Fabulous Fifties” calendar in an Ikea frame I’ve had kicking around for a while (not really a craft, but I’ve been meaning to do it forever)
– sewed the Heidi Headband project from Bend-the-Rules Sewing, using some linen scraps, black elastic and some cute French poodle ribbon that I got at Dressew a long time ago. I actually made two (I’m going to give the other one to my sister Chay), since they’re good practice in terms of trying different seams, stitches, etc. Also, I got the almost-instant gratification of finishing not one, but two things in a night, since they’re so small and quite easy to make! They’re a little crooked, and the seams aren’t exactly straight, but I was still pretty pleased with myself.
– And for the piece de resistance, and the Ultimate in Teenage Crafting, I put another old t-shirt patch – this one cut from a waaaayyyy-too-tight t-shirt that I got in Camden Market, London about nine years ago… it has Darth Vader spinning and says “May the Funk Be With You” on the bottom (I know, effin’ awesome, right?) – onto my jean jacket with the artful use of safety pins. I even used a black Sharpie to colour over the shiny metal of the safety pins showing through on the patch. Classic move.
Gad, what fun. Totally took me back in time. Maybe next Teenage Craft Night (because I really should make this a regular thing) I’ll listen to the Cure and the Smiths while bedazzling a pair of jeans or deconstructing a t-shirt and really make a night of it. Come to think of it, I did just pick up a copy of Generation T from the library….
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