Thursday, May 29, 2008

Fun Monday - I Made It Myself

Sorry to be so late posting, I've been battling much of the day to get these photos to upload.  

Karisma came up with this fabulous idea for Fun Monday.  Her instructions:


I think the title pretty much says it all, but for those of you who may still be wondering, I would like to see or hear about things you have made with your own two hands (or feet, Im not fussy!) We all have different talents and abilities, maybe you like to sew or knit, chisel or sculpt, draw or paint? Whatever your talent is, please share it with us this week.

Da Rules.....

Well there are not any really! But you know, we all know that you made your kids so lets NOT choose them this time. (After all you did not make them with your hands or feet did you?)

I didn't realize how difficult this would be for me.  You see, I have a house full of half-completed projects.  My first challenge was finding something completed.  My second challenge - I'm not really the creative type.  I still recall my elementary school art teacher telling me "you just can't draw" in second grade.  So I am very sensitive about showing my creations to anyone.  My third challenge - I'm a perfectionist.  So I can find something wrong with everything I've ever created.  Again, this makes me a bit shy about sharing my creations.  

As I walked around the house looking for something exciting I created, I pulled out the cross-stitch I started making for Kilowatt the year we met.  It isn't even half-completed, so that went back in the bag.  

Next I found this:

I was in an art class where we were given the vase, and told to carve a picture on it, and paint it.  I had never done anything with ceramics, and have never done anything since then.  The art instructor kept telling me I was taking too long - it didn't have to be perfect.  I eventually completed it and I'm pretty happy with the result.

I do scrapbook, but I couldn't find too many pages that I really felt comfortable sharing.  Mainly because they had people on them who might not like seeing their picture online. I finally settled on this one as a sample.  

Finally, I have to cheat a little bit.  Kilowatt is the talented one in this family, and happily Diva shows signs of having inherited his artist talent.  Here is one of his masterpieces - an advent calendar he made for me after I complained that I couldn't find anything American made in any store, and didn't really like the ones I found anyway.  Isn't is lovely?  He used different kinds of woods to make the doors, that's why they aren't all the same color.  


Heather said...

Your vase is lovely!

And the Advent calendar - truly beautiful!

Pamela said...

I'm impressed by all of it.

Molly said...

Your vase, the scrapbook, and the advent calendar are fabulous.

Alison said...

I can't believe your second grade teacher said that to you!!!

Your vase is beautiful and so is the advent calendar!!

karisma said...

Well first let me say, pacifist that I am, I would still like to strangle that teacher that told you you could not draw! How rude! (You would not believe how hard I have to bite my tongue when even parents talk to their children like that, or tell them they are doing something wrong when it comes to art! Art is expression, so let them express!)

Everything you showed here is lovely, and you must certainly be very pleased with your custom advent calender, its amazing! Your scrapbooking is far better than mine! Thanks for joining in this week.

hulagirlatheart said...

I LOVE the vase. Did you know I still see that art teacher around town once in a while. She looks exactly the same, and she must be what? 70 now? You're scrapbooking is wonderful, too, and I love the Advent calendar.

Reva said...

I am visiting your site for the first time but I like your fun Monday idea. Your art work is great and I'm sure you still have lots of ideas in your head. I like to paint and do photography. I have also done some ceramics and loved that too. I am trying to paint each of my family members a special picture for when I'm gone. Anything you make with your own two hands is bound to be special for someone you care about. Hopefully you will be able to enjoy many more hours of creating and expressing yourself in your arts and crafts. Good luck and enjoy!