If you’re hesitating over my post title, I want you to know that “finger work” does indeed apply to crafty-type things, not just to musical instrument type things – I was a little hesitant myself, but I needed an “f” word and, to my delight, some lady on Pinterest named an arts & crafts board “finger work” so thanks to random lady with not a shred of actual vocabulary authority, that was the end of that. Bless the internet and our willing ability to find confirmation of anything we want confirmed.
This fall I’ve been having trouble with increased amounts of wooziness, fatigue and fogginess. So any hopes I harbored for becoming a Chess Master or getting a PhD in Macroeconomics have dampened. Which is fine, because those hopes were pretty much nonexistent, but what I would like would be to get out of the frickin’ house, substitute teach 2 days a week, and make some extra money. In the mean time, I’ve turned to…crafts. My 18 year old self in an ill-fitting power suit who looked down on women I thought were trapped in a domestic lifestyle would cringe. Whatev. I’ll take you on a tour of the nifty things I’ve been making.
It started with this Pinterest pin of how to make a wreath with your seasonally colored scraps of cloth:
I had a bunch of hand-me-down Christmas cloth and certainly had one of those annoying wire hangers, so this happened:
Then I used some small embroidery hoops to make little wreaths:
So then I moved on to this pin of a related craft,
So now I’m making a bathmat, which is time consuming idiot-work but is going to be SO soft and squishy on my bare feet. I’m using 5 different flannels, this rubbery mesh stuff sold by the yard in the fabric department, and this hook I had left over from a hair highlighting kit. (If you’re not in the mood for blond highlights, I imagine a small crochet hook would work too.)
Now I know some very supportive people out there will say, “You could sell these! You could make money!” and to this I reply, “No.” That’s the whole point of it – I’m doing this because I’m very tired and a little muddled. Deadlines and expectations aren’t working very well for me right now. Plus the product is far from perfect. If I was energized and clear-headed enough to be creating a flawless art, I’D BE AT WORK, where I want to be, making money and
disciplining educating the young people of the great state of New Hampshire. But I can’t, so I’m not, so I hope you enjoyed hearing about my bath mat.