Craft ADD

So, I think I have ADD.  Well, craft ADD.  I am simply terrible for starting things, and then never, ever finishing them.  It’s getting embarrassing.  So let me share my shame.  And then you share yours, so I feel less hopeless?

  • Large oil painting.  I’m working from a copy of a Nicolas Bott painting, because I love his style, and “copying” a painting is a good exercise.  But I’m having a crazy hard time getting the colours right where the sunset light is hitting the mountain peaks.  Such a hard time I put it down like 4 months ago and haven’t looked at it again because I’m so annoyed with it.
  • 5×7 little oil painting for Jess’s room.  Supposed to be easy – green grass, blue sky, white clouds, some trees and red balloons.  Got stuck with the trees, unable to figure out how I wanted them to work.  Happened a few weeks after the big painting.  Put away the paints.
  • I started to make a quiet book for Jess.  I bought the felt, did like 4 of the pages (including freehand embroidery on the clothing for the dress up doll) and then stopped.  The next several steps involve the sewing machine, and I hate the sewing machine.
  • I did 5 of the 6 tie backs for the basement curtains, with the hated sewing machine.  It took a few months for me to find the d rings I needed for the 6th one.  Now I have it, but I haven’t set up the sewing machine to finish it.
  • The photobook site I’ve been using just closed, and so I now have to find a new one to make both the 52 weeks of baby pictures book, and some giant 1 year album.
  • I’m not much of a scrapbooker, but I do put together albums of our vacations.  I’m really lazy about it – I basically print out pictures, and glue them to the pages along with whatever random crap I collected on the trip.  The last few pages are always a jumbled collage of food stuff –  labels, chip bags, beer coasters… The rest of the book is finished – I just need to drink a bottle of pop and make David eat the apple gum so I can have the package and glue everything down.  We got home in November.
  • I have been keeping a blog since 2000.  The diaryland one has long been deleted, though the blogspot one still exists.  They are far too ephemeral for my tastes, as a life long diarist.  So I have compiled them in to a series of bound books to be printed at lulu.com, all 550,000 words of it.  I just need to finish the final editing pass and hit the order button.  I have not.  I think I started this project during down time at work in like, 2006 maybe?
  • Every year after Christmas, I knock together a booklet of gift lists.  What we got, what we gave.  It’s really handy a year or two down the line, when you’re like, “we bought your mom a cd, what was it again?” and thus eliminate gift duplicates.  Some years the books are pre-made, some years there’s put together with leftover wrapping paper.  Some years I hand write the lists, other years I print it.  This year, I got far too ambitious, and I’ve spent the last two days fighting with it.
  • Also for the little photo wall in Jess’s room, I want to cross stitch something for one of the frames.  I finally picked the picture, made up the pattern, and have to go to the store to buy the floss.  I like cross stitch, as unlike practically everything else on this list, I can do it while watching tv in the evenings with David.

I’m sure there are probably other things I have started and abandoned.  I know that I once started a pornographically obsene cross stitch in my mis-spent youth (HA) that I gave up on.  I chose too small an Aida cloth, so it was taking forever, and then I didn’t have a place to hang it, and I grew up and the joke became less funny.  I do have practically every single pinky flesh toned thread, should I ever need it, so I guess that’s something?

Maybe my new year’s resolution should include finishing at least 5 out of the 10 of these, eh?

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6 responses to “Craft ADD

  1. I have a quilt that I started in 2008 when we bought our house, that is still not finished. I did managed to get together a photo album for Frances’ first year, but I need to get photos up on walls too – and I never did an album for 2011. I want to do a book a blog posts from Frances’ first year, but I’ve done nothing on that. Does my list make you feel better? 🙂

  2. I’m in a similar boat with my projects. One of my goals this year is to get a few of my crafty projects actually finished – I’m working on three different quilts at various stages of completion at the moment (one of them I’ve admitted will probably never get finished because I just don’t really like it), I’ve got a half finished cross stitch, pillows that need to be stuffed and a final seam put into it, and half a dozen cross stitches to be framed. I’ve also got a load of wedding pictures to get printed and framed which would be nice … and I haven’t even done the easy project of deciding which picture my amazing artist friend is going to turn into a portrait.

    I think most crafty people have some crafty ADD. It’s so easy to get to crafter’s block and get inticed by the next pretty thing where you haven’t reached the unfun part.

  3. You know what’s fun? Buying supplies for crafts. You know what’s less fun? The last third of a craft. By then you’re sick of it and it’s becoming apparent that it’s not going to turn out like you’d hoped, and all the big great steps are finished and it’s just the fiddly little stuff to make it look polished and i hate that shit.

    In other news, I finished Eleanor’s doll (which was her birthday gift) and I feel ACCOMPLISHED that it’s only a month late.

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