All of my children are artistic and they love crafts. It’s sad for them, really. Because I do not. At all. But sometimes I push myself out of my comfort zone for their sakes. I remind myself that even though I am like my mother in my dislike of all things messy, I went to public school where I was allowed (forced) to do messy crafts at least once a month if not more often.
Last week was the National Cherry Blossom Festival. I may not have noticed except that my best friend lives in a place which celebrates the Cherry Blossom Festival big time. I got to visit her once during cherry blossom time and it was incredibly beautiful. So beautiful that now I’m always sad not to be able to visit her this time of year!
This year I ran across a cherry blossom craft by chance about a week before the festival at a design blog I’ve been frequenting lately called Small Notebook for a Simple Home. I fell in love with it and knew Novella would love to do it.
I actually purchased all the supplies I would need at Michaels and then I let them sit around for a while and procrastinated. Then I thought about the Eat That Frog book that I read recently and decided to just get it done. Last Saturday morning while the big boys were all gone to a martial arts class, the girls and John Elijah (who loves crafts and artsy stuff more than I can say plus also loves flowers) got it done. I pretty much let everyone do it themselves. I showed them the website with the directions and they knocked it out in about half an hour. I squeezed out the paint and helped Sophia a little with the blossom placement. For the most part it was fairly painless on my part. The only slightly annoying things were the fact that Jesse was running around desperately trying to smack his chubby little hands in some paint and Novella decided to paint flowers all over a lampshade before I could clean up. We finally contained Jesse in his highchair with a snack and I told myself to relax about the lampshade. It turned out really cute!
The boys arrived home before we finished which was a little crazy as Novella was worried they were going to bump into her. But they didn’t. Everything was fine and crafting day was a success.
Now I wonder how long it will take me to get these on the wall? Better read that frog book again…