Saturday, September 29, 2012

Dear Crafty Mama...



I admire you. I truly do. Doing crafty projects together with your kids every day. Taking beautiful photos of your crafting experiences and creations. Posting it on your crafty blog for all of us to pin and wonder when are we ever going to become craftier. 

I have a few of those pins, sure maybe 2 of the 37 are crafts from my blog. But will I ever sit down and do all those crafts with my toddler? Uhm, highly unlikely. In fact, if I find the time to possibly, maybe make one craft on any given week with Baby E - it's going to be pretty lame. Not Pinterest worthy. But you know what matters? She is going to love it anyway! In fact, she would probably be thrilled to sit down with me and just draw smiley faces for an hour. 

So am I not a crafty person? No! I definitely am. If you put me in a crafty room, give me Pinterest, and a few hours, I am going to craft my heart out  - but there's one caveat, I'll do it without kids

There, I said it. I'm crafty when the kids are out of the equation. I'll draw. I'll sew. The last time I was sewing was when Baby E was still in the confines of my womb and I decided to make a nursing cover myself. Even then, I was too lazy to sew without a sewing machine, so I bought fabric tape! 

I like to be at peace when I'm crafting. Not cleaning up paint or glue or glitter or marker or thousands of tiny paper pieces. I'm a crafty girl. Not a very crafty mama. 

So the next time I see another pretty kids crafts pin, I'll admire it and move on. Because let's face, we're just not all the same when it comes to parenting or crafting.


This post is not addressed to any blogger or crafty mom, in fact I love reading crafty blogs. It's a fun post, just for kicks, mocking myself - because it dawned on me how not crafty I am with my kids :)

Photo: This winter when Baby T was just a few months old

14 comments:

  1. My 4 year old always looking for something to do, and we try to make crafts every day, even little once ;) having local library that provides with crafts at least once a week gives a little of a brake.

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  2. I am so far from being artistic or crafty; i always see the blog posts or like you say the pictures on pinterest of wonderful great things moms create and i try for them to inspire me which they do but i simply dont have the gift nor the time now with a newborn baby boy but i'll always admire those women who can do them! :)

    liz.ticona@yahoo.com

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  3. Im not a very crafty mama either. I tried painting my daughter she wasnt interested in putting her hands in the paint or ever coroporatiing in the activity we both just wound up covered in paint lol. When she gets older maybe like way older 4 or 5 hahaha

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  4. I wish I were a craftier mom, but frankly... I don't like doing crafts with my kids! I feel mildly guilty about that, but I went to a professional art school for a couple of years, and I've got major ocd issues. My kids are too young to really focus on doing a project "right," and all they're capable of right now is having fun and making a mess. I get so stressed out watching them that I have to leave the room! I know I need to learn to relax, but that's a whole 'nother project that I just don't have time for. :P

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    1. Hey, me too! I have a bachelor's in Interior Design and have a case of OCD ;) Making scale models to perfection does that to you! I've learned to relax a little with the kids, but still - just like you I have to admit it stops me from doing much with them. We do so much other fun stuff though!

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    2. I used to do crochet now w/computers i stop doing my pretty blankets and w/grand kids not easy to go back to it.someday!!!!

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  5. Lol it IS so hard to craft with my children! Thank God for Nana, she helps with all their school projects! I am not crafty to begin with, but add a few kids, and I am a mess! Lol

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  6. i try to do a craft each weekend with the kids whether simple or intricate... these are the memories the kids will keep and possibly pass on like i did!

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  7. A daily craft might be awesome, but just wouldnt be practical for us. I love the idea of a weekly craft, and I dont think quality matters :) its all about the quality time put into it.

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    1. Definitely, they just love the time you spend with them making something :) Thank you for your comment!

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  8. I do crafts with my toddler when inspiration hits, but most of the time it is something where we are just experimenting with glue, glitter, or paint and it's oftentimes not something I keep. We do have those awesomely inspired crafts that turn out amazing from time to time, but I'm having to learn to let go of the "directions" and not worry if he tries a new way of doing something or turns the whole experience into a mess.

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    1. We do also make crafts that they play with a little and then they fall apart and I throw them out, otherwise we would have a house full of craft parts :) It's rare I plan a craft, it just happens!

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  9. I think crafting with kids will be easier with me when they are out of the toddler stage... maybe starting around age five or so. I still do get craft stuff out and let him play as he enjoys it but most of it is not Pinterest worthy... the process maybe, definitely not the product. The product is not what it's all about at this stage anyway. But I don't consider that to be my crafting time at all. I am product oriented and that has to be done without toddler intervention (i.e., nap or Daddy time!) And most of that product is for him to wear or play with later.

    I think it's good you see this as not the area you wish to emulate when seeing what other people are doing with their kids. We all have different strengths and interests, and we share those with our children. If we all parented the same way or did all the same sorts of activities with our kids what a boring world it would be. When you are not being knee deep in glitter, you are off doing other things with your kids. (And you are also not then spending 3 1/2 hours wiping and vacuuming said glitter up later, and have that time to spend with your kids as well! Funny how few document that part on their blogs ;->)

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    1. I agree, kids are all so different - it's the process that matters to them - not so much the end result! :) Let's just say I don't stock any glitter in our house lol, I stick to less messy crafts for now and she enjoys it regardless. :)

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