Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Squirrely Girly Crafts

On Friday, Jessica and I took the day off to shop for Christmas decor at all the little gift shops in town. We visited approximately 11 shops and left each store with disappointment as we told each other that our next stop would be The One. When we did see something that was slightly appealing, one of us would say, "We can make that! All we need are a few pipecleaners, Styrofoam and glitter."
After visiting all the locally owned shops, we went to Pier 1. "Maybe this will be it," I told Jess. "We should have just come here first. All those foo-foo stores just aren't our taste." Again, we left empty handed. How could you disappoint us, Pier 1?

Our final stop was Hobby Lobby. Keep in mind, it was now a little after 4 p.m. and we began our outing at 10 a.m. We looked around at all the Christmas madness that is Hobby Lobby and ended up in the "decorate yourself" isle that was filled with pipecleaners, Styrofoam, glitter, paper mache reindeer, etc. Suddenly, our minds went CRAZY! Jess grabbed a package Styrofoam snowflakes and clear ornaments. I grabbed the paper mache reindeer. From there, we got a bottle of mod podge and headed to the scrapbooking isle. After getting caught up in the dark hole of scrapbooking, we finally found retro Christmas stickers and retro Christmas paper.

I don't think I could fully describe in words how crazy we got at this point. We were coming up with all kinds of ideas and even came up with a name for our new craft business - Squirrely Girly Crafts. We knew we couldn't quit our "day jobs" but we could at least sell our goods on esty.com. We decided not get too out of hand and stick to one project a piece. We finally left Hobby Lobby after about a hour and a half and decided we would spend Saturday afternoon on our crafts.

On Saturday afternoon, Jess came over to my house and we began. Our excitement slowly came to a calm when we realized maybe our ideas weren't so great after all. Nick came into the kitchen every 10 minutes or so and would say a few words of encouragement. After we finished our projects, we sat them out to display and went on to something we are a little better at - knitting.

As the night went on, our creations grew on us. We decided that we would bring them to work with us on Monday to see what our fellow crafty co-workers thought. "Maybe we are being too hard on ourselves and when the girls see them, they will really like them. Carla will tell us that we did a good job! Maybe we can even lead a craft night," I told Jessica.

Monday came and my optimistic thinking didn't pan out so well. Carla laughed, Marti thought we were a little "special" and it went on from there.

Here are a few pictures....constructive criticism is appreciated!


Jessica said...

Honestly, the more I look at our artistic masterpieces the more I know why we are friends! Really, who wouldn't want to buy the little creature and his two ornament friends. I don't know what's wrong with Carla and Marti! I don't think they have a true appreciation for REAL talent. And, by the way, for all those who have asked, NO, we were not drinking wine! We were just drunk on laughs...and mod podge!
Love you!

Angela Heather Hill said...

LOL - Honestly, that was my first question to Josh after reading the blog. But I'm not one to judge. My crafts consist of buying a kit at Walmart and letting Zoe make it.

gmacarolyn said...

Aaahhh, (cough cough) the "true" meaning of Christmas finally shows up in your unique creations!!! I LUV your lttle deer and the ornaments. After all, isn't this what Christmas is all about - making things for people who will love them because you made them, but throw them in the Cristmas Decoration Box and leave them there forever? You guys are awesome! Keep up the good work!!!

Mimi said...

Let's see, is that a cow with a bell around her neck or is it honestly a lonely little reindeer? Did you look in the decoration isle (already made and ready to display)? I saw lots of pretty ornaments at half price. But I bet you two had a ball picking out all the stuff and making them. The laughs and friendship time together is worth more than anything. You could give them to your friends and then they will have to deal with them. Love you both!!

Rachael said...

you won't bring these ornaments with you for the gift exchange...will you? I think Mimi said something about half priced ones...you two are are so squirrely :)

Michelle said...

OMG! I love it! Great job!!