Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Friends who craft together. . .



Today was the day for Kathy and I to make our annual Christmas craft. It's a day when one of us picks the craft -- a very simple craft -- and we meet at her house where the Christmas music is playing and the dining room table is spread out with crafty stuff. We begin with a Starbuck's, craft a little, talk a lot, stop for a nice salad lunch, craft some more and talk some more. This candle with the peppermint sticks wrapped with ribbon is what we made last year.


This year I chose a project that I had a feeling might be a challenge, since I saw the picture in a magazine at least two years ago and would have to go from memory. I gathered up the supplies I had on hand, bought two wreath forms from Hobby Lobby and formulated the steps in my head. It all went south when I got up this morning and couldn't find either one of my glue guns. I called Kathy. "You have a glue gun, don't you?" Her response, "Bwah hahahhahahaha," told me no, she does not. Now you know what I'm up against. Crafting with a person who is so uncrafty she doesn't even own a gluegun.

In the midst of dealing with a teenager who was experiencing great angst this morning, I never could locate the glue guns, so I opted for Plan B, which was to do an entirely different craft. A couple of months ago I bought some of those little felt sequin kits that are so beautiful when finished and that Barb has perfected to an artform. My kits have little stockings that hold the silverware on your holiday table. Doesn't that sound nice? I imagine my table set for our traditional Christmas breakfast of cinnamon roles, fresh grapefruit and scrambled egg casserole. These little silverware holders would make it all so very festive.

Kits in hand, I was late rushing down to Kathy's house, but too early to pick up our salad lunches because McD's doesn't serve salad until 10:30. Did you know that? I rushed through Starbuck's drivethrough for a coffee . . . A coffee. And showed up at Kathy's door to be greeted with the sound of someone tearing out tile in a bathroom upstairs, and another preparing to tile the kitchen. The living room was completely empty of furniture as she was waiting for an entire new set to be delivered.

There was no Christmas music.

I was greeted with, "Where's the lunch you were supposed to pick up, and since you only have one coffee, I assume it's mine."

It all went down hill from there. My un-crafty friend not only doesn't own a glue gun, she also doesn't sew. But that's okay. She envies me because I have a glue gun and I envy her because she has a house that has a fireplace in her bedroom. After 37 years of friendship, we understand one another.

Eventually we set ourselves up at the dining room table, snacking on leftover peppermint sticks that were in her "craft bag" from last year's project. We didn't have to worry about the work people eavesdropping on our conversation because they couldn't hear us over tearing out the tile. And inspite of having to stop when the furniture was delivered, and then spending the next hour re-arranging the room a half dozen times -- which, by the way, involved moving her FULLY DECORATED 8-foot Christmas tree back and forth across the room at least six times -- I managed to get one sequined little sock done. Kathy got one cut out, and has 4 sequins sewn on it. But her living room looks great.

When it was time to go, I packed up both batches of our crafts. I apologized again for not bringing lunch. She said it was okay. I told her maybe we can meet monthly and by next year have all of our little sequined socks finished for Christmas 2008. She thought that was a good idea.

I have an idea for my next craft pick. You take candy canes. And brown pipe cleaners for antlers and little beady eyes. . . and a red pom-pom for the nose. . . and some Elmer's glue . . .

14 comments:

violetlady said...

Karen, this is SO funny!! I laughed out loud. I have only owned a glue gun since Easter when I made my egg wreath. My daughter, however, is an art teacher, a knitter and a crafter. At least I think she is my daugher (lol)!

Maddy said...

Sad to say I didn't even know what a glue gun was until a couple of years ago. I buy the cheapo ones and then I can never find refills. You are just too funny.
Best wishes
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Becky said...

Hehehe. That is a GREAT story. It is called ... "Life is what happens when you're making other plans."

What a memory for next year though. And I have myself thought a monthly Christmas project would be fun. I have some small things I'd love to do for people, but will not start them now. Perhaps January :)

Robin said...

What a funny story! But for the life of me I cannot imagine going through life without a glue gun! How ever do you cope???
The little stocking is adorable - what a fun thing to do!

BClark said...

Somehow this sounds like everyday,lol. I have glue guns, even the handy dandy holder so I don't get glue all over everything. I admire your stick to itness, and the stocking is great. Don't think it will happen this year, but going to put that in the idea file. Good for you Karen and how super to have a friend for so long. Barbara

annie said...

I love your decorations! They are so cute.

Xandra said...

I see that you are also the organized, crafty friend! It's really too bad we don't live within driving distance!

Tristi Pinkston said...

Those socks are so adorable!

And yes, those candy cane Rudolph's are cute too. :) I've seen 'em.

Becky said...

I would LOVE to see how Emily's ornament turns out. I am so wanting to do this. I need to find a big bag of buttons somewhere. I'll have to skip the girl. But I can manage.

Cream and sugar it is! I have that!

Jen said...

Very cute....and clever. I love it. I think its great you two get together each year and do this.

Judy said...

Cute story, I do love the stocking silverware holder, it's too cute.

kim said...

This post cracked me up!!!! Glue guns and I don't get along real well, but when I need one and can't find one, it is aggravating! The one you did get done is adorable though. :)

Thanks for your sweet comments in my blog today. Most of the cute fabric snowmen and santas, my mom made and has given to me as gifts throughout the years---my birthday is December 18th so I have always received Christmasy kinds of gifts!

As far as my curtains--LOL! I have lived in my house for 13 years and they were there when we bought the house--frankly I am surprised that they are still hanging in one piece. I am actually afraid to wash them for fear of finding them in shreds in the dryer.

Hooray and Congrats to your son. It would be so awesome to meet in real life--be sure to keep me posted! Happy Friday to you. :)

Kim

Bill said...

Years ago there was a funky little restaurant steps from Virginia Commonwealth University's campus that had a year-round decorated Christmas tree hanging upside down from the ceiling. This would work great in Kathy's house. You guys could rearrange furniture til the cows come home and not have to worry with the tree.
Not being crafty, I had to stay simple with decorating. I had collected a couple of bags of nice pine cones from the churchyard last spring, and I arranged some pretty ones in clusters in various places around the house. I put a bunch in a great big glass bowl and added full-sized candy canes and it looks nice on the dining room table. No glue gun required. I guess that's a guy's limited idea of decorating.
p.s. currently reading Frozen in Time, a fascinating account of the failed Franklin Arctic expedition...brrr.

gail@more than a song said...

Oh too funny! I love the little socks though, cute...and love the candle with peppermints! Y'all are so smart!