Can I be Crafty?

I’ve been spending my 40th year asking myself once a month Can I be…  So far I can be a Travel blogger if I’m not attempting 19 states in 20 days with a 10 month old, I can be organized if by organized I don’t have to pass a Peter Walsh test and I can be a Fitness Warrior even if I can’t workout because of a sprained toe.  For October, I asked Can I be Crafty?

Why, yes!  I am a crafty little bugger.   I blame my mom.  I come from a long line of crafty women.  We can all sew, paint, knit, crochet, cross stitch and tin punch.  Some have mastered stain glass, ceramics, quilting and felting.  Growing up surrounded by talented crafting women was inspiring.  I remember I was not into Barbie until I realized I could design and sew her outfits to wear.  Another favorite project was building dioramas with shoe boxes and cardboard.  Somehow in my twenties I broke my crafting bone.  I would start a dozen projects but not complete one.  It seems along the way I changed.  What was my problem?

One of my favorite paintings by my grandma.

This month as I was working on my daughter’s Ladybug Birthday party I realized something huge.  I’m afraid of it not being perfect.  I struggled to make the tutu because I feared it might have imperfections.  I stressed over the reusable snack bags as some women do over their outfits.   What if little kids point their fingers at me and laugh?  What if dogs pee on me?  What if all the women gather to gossip about how awful my crafting abilities are?  What would Tori Spelling think?  What happens if I make it and it sucks?

I cautiously knotted together her tutu until I had an adorable ladybug tutu.  There were a few knots which weren’t even.  Guess what happened.  Nothing!  The world didn’t stop.  The craft police didn’t show up to confiscate my glue gun.  Tim Gunn wasn’t knocking down my door to forcibly remove my sewing machine.  The fact of the matter is I’m the only one who cares!  You want me to really blow your mind?  Other people are more impressed I even tried because they are stuck in the afraid of imperfections mode.  I’m their freakin’ hero!   I strapped on my ribbon tulle belt complete with glue gun, fabric scissors, crafting clue and a ruler.  I was going to craft.

A painting I did as a child before the fear of imperfection and before we found out I was partially color-blind.

I felt so good about the successful Ladybug Birthday party I hosted a Pinterest party.  It was a blast and I will have the post up about it next week.  I can safely party and say I can be crafty.  I think I will go make another board on Pinterest to find inspiration for another Pinterest party.

For the month of November, I am asking Can I be Financially Thrifty?  So far, I’ve had my bank card info stolen and a rough budget meeting with hubby.  It might be my first big failure month.  However, I am excited to announce I have a guest blogger with some Money Saving tips.  Her first post will be up Monday and is about Coupons.  I’m not very good at using coupons but I did save $9.00 with two coupons last week.

Are you crafty?  Do you have a closet full of 1/2 finished craft projects?  How do you throw caution to the wind and just craft?