This Aran Skirt is really taking a long time to finish. Since work just put up the external Xmas lights, I’m starting to feel the season more and more. What does Xmas mean to me? It means getting out all of my Christmas Ornaments, most of which come from my Aunt Jean.
All of the ornaments are hand-made, and her creations probably account for a large portion of my interest in craftiness. This post is the beginning of a series of posts about the coolest crafts from my Aunt Jean, as well as some of her crafts that I have replicated.
Aside: we’re a very see-and-do family like that. My Uncle Dave will see a grill or a pipebender he likes, and he’ll make it, AND put it on wheels so you can tow it. My dad sees a grandfather clock or some other piece of furniture and he’ll make it into a gun rack. Many of Aunt Jean’s crafts may have been thought up by other people, but once she sees it, she makes it, and the idea and the smile is a gift to you.
The first in this series is a craft that I didn’t receive from her, but is probably my favorite thing she has done (besides her jean quilts). It used to sit on the windowsill at my parent’s house, and I’d look at it every night when I did dishes. Now it sits on the ledge above my own sink.
This is a prime example of why crafting isn’t just for librarians or school marms. Crafting is for everybody! I didn’t realize this craft was dirty until I was in my twenties. And then it dawned on me, “Of course a clown with a cactus growing out of its pants and cheering for the Huskers is going to have a sad face!” That is especially true this year.
In the coming weeks, I’ll feature some of her other crafts. By my calculations, I could be working on the Aran skirt for another 2 weeks! That would make this a very boring blog.