I am a crafter and I’m not ashamed to admit it. I am one of those annoying mums who can turn a loo roll tube and an empty washing up liquid bottle into Tracy Island and who shows up to the school Christmas Fair with a hundred homemade cards to sell. But you see I’m not in the least bit sporty and I can’t carry a tune in a bucket or dance with even a modicum of grace; my only talent is making things, so please don’t hate me.
I have been knitting, embroidering, crocheting and papercrafting for as long as I can remember but I also love to learn new crafts. Before I became a mum my free time was always taken up with one creative course or another, jewellery making, metal work and stained glass to name a few, but there are so many amazing crafts out there that I’ve barely scratched the surface. That is where this bucket list comes in. It’s a list of crafty pursuits that I would love to be able to do and I’m setting myself a challenge to tick off as many as possible before the end of the year.
- Sew a quilt – Whenever I read Alicia’s or Carie’s blogs I get serious quilt envy. Their blogs are like food for a crafters soul.
- Sew an item of clothing for Bubs – I’m going to start slowly by refashioning some of her outgrown dresses into skirts.
- Sew an item of clothing for me – I made myself a knee-length skirt years ago that was basically a rectangle joined on one edge with an elastic waistband. I would like to try making something a bit more interesting (and fashionable!) and I have an Amy Butler tunic pattern that’s been sat in my craft stash for far too long.
- Learn how to paint with watercolours – Some of my favourite scrapbookers create stunning backgrounds with watercolours. I want to be able to do that too.
- Make an item of furniture (flat pack doesn’t count!) – Have you ever visited Ana White’s website? She builds fabulous items of furniture using supplies picked up from her local hardware store. I have my eye on this set of storage bins as a starter project.
- Make a teacup candle – I think these are so pretty and probably the easiest craft on this list. It doesn’t hurt that half of our garage is taken up by my vintage china collection.
- Learn how to do sashiko embroidery – I already own a couple of books on sashiko and a stack of oriental pattern transfers, I just need fabric and thread.
I’m not blessed with oodles of free time but I do have two mornings a week as well as a little bit of time after Bubs has gone to bed, although she has ears like a bat and if there’s even a hint that mummy is having fun she will wake up and then the only thing that will be created is a ruckus. I know there are crafters out there with two or more children and/or full-time jobs who make amazing items with alarming regularity – I suspect they have mastered the art of sewing in their sleep though – so I really ought to be able to check at least one thing off the list.
The biggest problem is choosing what to try first…