Paralyzed From the Brain Down - April 3, 2020

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To say the past weeks have been weird is an understatement. I have been trying to work from home, but it's difficult. What's worse is that I'm home more, but am completely unable to paint! I'm paralyzed and I can't figure out what's wrong. My husband says all psychological problems are inherently fixable if you can articulate what the problem is. So when I can't articulate it, I feel worse, like it's only ME standing in the way of feeling better. If only I were smarter.
One fun thing is that my siblings and I are all talking more online. Yesterday we had the best conversation because one never-available-when-we-group-call sibling actually took part! Unfortunately, they also got mad when I took a (lot) screenshots. I touched up one of the screenshots to show how they should really feel about me. 

I'm thinking of downloading some filters for my next meeting at work and looking like the potato lady I can't stop laughing at this picture. 

And laugh…

Pretty vs. Practical: The Overload of Kitch in Crafts

I love craft blogs, but I am starting to wonder about them. Have you ever noticed how stupid most of the stuff people make is? (please note the TERRIFIC grammar there folks!) I mean, who honestly needs most of this stuff?

I'm trying to simplify my life and while cute stuff is ... uh, cute, do I really want to have eight bazillion little things in my home?

Obviously, the answer is no. Does it hurt my head/spirit to look at kitch, too?

Just wondering.

I'm adding this later:

And also stuff that is badly made (pattern-wise, construction-wise, inappropriate material-wise) and yet people spend a long time EMBELLISHING it.

I hate the word 'embellish'. 

Comments

Holly said…
What I don't get: bunting. And flags in your cupcakes. Jam a kit kat in my cupcake if you have to have something sticking out of it, why spend hours printing and stapling things to toothpicks?

so, yeah. Harumph.
Caroline Armijo said…
This deserves a like button. I totally agree. Blogs that only show you new beautiful things to buy also exhaust me.
Heather Eddy said…
Another thing I should have added is stuff that takes a million hours to make... that doesn't matter. Yeah, like the cupcake picks!

I just looked at someone's tutorial for felt slippers. It was just three pieces - regular felt (no non-slip stuff on the bottom), traced around her foot and sewn together. Then she spent a LOT of work embellishing them - free form sewing on flower petals and hand-sewing beads on the flower centers.

WHATTTTTTT??? They won't stay on her feet. The felt is slippery. They will fall apart in a few days. She spent HOW much time on these things?
Nancy said…
100% in agreement. That is why I am patiently waiting for you to finally figure out how to show us how you do the beautiful work you do (I am most interested in how you do the alpahbet). I love all things paper, but you take it to the next level.
April Hajek said…
I wonder if they embellish to cover up the mistakes? Great points.
Melanie said…
em·bel·lish/emĖˆbeliSH/Verb
1. Make (something) more attractive by the addition of decorative details or features: "blue silk embellished with golden embroidery".
See, that is why they do it . . . to make it prettier. :) I like to think that what I do stands by itself. Only things that need embellishing are Christmas trees and birthday cakes.
Wow, couldn't have said it better myself! (Well, aside from the first sentence anyway ;)). I sometimes have to stop myself mid-craft and ask, is this just the grown-up, very expensive equivalent of my kids' "artwork" (that they churn out like a factory)?
Wait... you're not talking about me are you??????? (Frantically looking around for embellished felt slippers)

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