Hubby Dear, Webster and I have returned from another trip in the canned ham. The local "wilderness" was awash with color and sunshine this weekend! The quiet was disturbed only by the occasional bay of a hunting dog, on the trail of some poor unsuspecting pheasant or quail. Of course, OUR little tracker was doing his own version of hunting.
In the words of Sophia on Golden Girls, "Picture it: The sun shining brightly through now bare trees, the sky a vivid blue, and Paula Clare in her camping chair before a card table crafting her little brains out." Surrounded by paper containers, and my ever handy "Paper Craft Essentials Tote", I had 16 tags to make for Elizabeth's tag swap, and I brought them along to work on. The weather, the lighting, the atmosphere couldn't have been more conducive to creativity!
Because I have some sort of "mental block" when it comes to "mass production", I could not make them all the same, even though they will all be going to 15 different places, 15 different friends. I think it has something to do with the mindset that ONE is a work of art, 2 or more equals mass production.( Not that there's anything wrong with that...it's just a personal "block" of some kind.) AND, because I'm such an over achiever, they are all two sided...so in actuality, I made 32 tags! Oh the glorious madness! Paper snippings everywhere! Craft glue glistening in the sun! Oh bliss!
My husband sat boggled at my persistence and continual work...when I'm on a "roll", I don't even take a bathroom break! Here's how our conversation went:
HD (Hubby Dear) What are you making?
PC (Paula Clare) Tags.
HD: What kind of tags?
PC: Paper Tags, what else?
HD: For what?
PC: To swap.
HD: With who?
PC: "Whom." Some of my friends in blogdom.
HD: THEN what do you do with them?
PC: Admire them. Decorate with them. They are for inspiration.
HD: How many do you have to make?
PC: 16...actually 32. I'm making them two sided.
HD: Are they all the same? You know you COULD make them all the same. It'd be alot easier.
PC: No. You know I couldn't do it that way!
HD: But....aren't they all going to different places?
PC: Yes. But...I just...I'm doing it THIS way, okay?
HD: Okay, okay.
HD: Are you having fun?
PC: Yes. This is heaven.
HD: Are you going to take a break?
PC: Probably not.
HD: When's supper?
And so it goes. He's SO MUCH closer to "getting me" than he ever used to be. But I think the fact that my medium is generally paper, he doesn't see the fascination. I guess seeing the innate quality of a piece of paper or a slab of cardboard is a "gift" of some sort. I just love "making a silk purse out of a sow's ear" as my grandmother used to say. Quaint, yes? It's so much fun coming up with color combos and unexpected embellishments. I hope the ladies enjoy them half as much as I enjoyed making them!
Hugs and a kiss,