Sunday, February 28, 2016

You call this a mess?

There are some crafters who operate in a perfectly clean, white, sterile environment. And there are even more crafters who masquerade as if their craft space is pristine. They share pictures on Instagram or on their blogs, inviting us to gawk at their immaculate space. Their crafting paradise. Though, if we could see beyond the frame of the phone screen, we'd likely see that their unadulterated expanse of crafting cleanliness is limited to what they chose to share. Because most creative folks are surrounded by the refuse of the creative process - drips of hot glue, crinkled remnants of washi tape, and wrappers from candy bars.

So, if you think a space is messy, if you think that a surface looks like it has been disrupted by the creative process, you might be right. But it is just as likely that what you're seeing is the cleaned-up version of the space. The temporary tidiness. The calm between the storms. Crafting is a messy business, after all.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

It is all on YouTube

Some people say that they learned everything they ever needed to in Kindergarten. Well, YouTube has made Kindergarten obsolete.

Anything I need to know, anything I'm interested in, I can find it on YouTube. How to slay the Ender Dragon in Minecraft. How to separate an egg. Unclogging a toilet. Tie dye techniques. Really, just about any craft - though some of them are doing it wrong. In fact, you can find lot of things being done wrong on YouTube. Just ask the trolls. There are plenty of them hanging out on YouTube as well.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

When it comes to Drama...

Drama finds me. It sneaks into banal corners of my life and makes them turns them into Mardi Gras Parades of drama that trail through days or weeks, sucking my time and energy.

Which isn't to say that I don't like drama. I'm a fan of Thursday night television. Spending a weekend of bingeing on a Movie of the Week marathon sounds like a perfect way to pass the time. Because drama is best enjoyed behind glass - either bullet proof or touch-screen. Drama is best enjoyed with a side of popcorn and extra heartburn-enducing butter. But the heartburn, and ache, that comes with being ensnared in drama isn't nearly as fun.

Maybe, when I was a teen, I enjoyed suiting up to grab a slug of drama between friends. Because teen girl friendships are woven out of lipgloss and heartbreak. But as an adult, I prefer to hang out in pajama pants and measure myself a dose of wine while reaching for the remote. I've got all the drama I need saved on my DVR.