I can’t believe I did it.

I have confessed it here before – I’m not a crafty person.

Here’s my excuse – I’m slightly dyslexic. If I didn’t have my rings on I would be completely confused about left and right. When I look at instructions I’m never sure what way to hold things or how to cut them.

But I seem to remain forever hopeful that someday I’ll be able to do crafts.

I’m still working on a scarf that I started 2 years ago. It has yet to warm my neck but it keeps me from snacking in the evenings which in itself is a worthy cause πŸ™‚

I’m always being tempted to buy the yarn for pretty mitts or the material for a quilt. I am so attracted by the beauty of the colors and the craftsmanship.

But I resist.

I would need one of you to be here with me.

To say

“Look, this is the way you do it.”


“No, not that way!”


“What are you doing????”

to finally

“Oh give it here – I’ll do it for you”.


So most of the time I just admire all the beautiful handiwork that my bloggy friends produce.

But every now and then I am tempted beyond my ability to resist.

Especially if I am not investing any $ in what would probably surely be a lost cause.

These captured my imagination. And they only required:

  • paper – I have that.
  • scissors –  ditto
  • tape –  yup
  • a stapler – bingo!

I’m set.

No pictures of the process. It was enough to make it and stay sane calm, let alone take pictures along the way.

But I did it – it’s a tiny lopsided. I’m not sure I put it together exactly right.

But I like it.

I should have waited for a sunny blue sky background – or a lovely glowing candle lit evening to take the picture. But here it is – on a cloudy gray December morning – and I still think it’s pretty πŸ™‚

 I think I’ll get some gold spray paint – or maybe glitter paint. And spray them.

Here’s how to do it.

Guaranteed easy.

I’m proof.

Thanks Ann with a V.

You made my day!

with love,

14 thoughts on “of Christmas crafts and confessions

  1. carolyn says:

    Great job! It is pretty. Didn’t it turn cold fast???Take care,Carolyn


  2. Jill says:

    Lovely, Kathie. I saw these too. And wanted to try them. Maybe this weekend.Thanks for the tip about the rings–I get confused with left and right too. ;)XO


  3. Josie Ray says:

    Well, though I love that star, I’m really off on my own topic here! :-)Follow-up on Nannie’s Boiled Raisin Cake (http://kathie.squarespace.com/a-sparrows-home/2009/10/27/Nannies-boiled-raisin-cake.html), a recipe posted here in October, but WONDERFUL in December. Everyone here loves it. It’s a keeper. It’s fantastic warm out of the oven, but is even better, IMHO, the second day, because the raisins make it more moist upon sitting.Thanks for this cozy December treat! This will be breakfast with tea for several days.


  4. angela says:

    I found this pattern in a magazine in October and have been teaching people to make these for a few weeks now- they look stunning and children at the various schools I work in [and staff] have loved them .Yours look BRILLIANTand EVERYONE has some sort of craft skill in them somewhere – they just need to find the right patterns!blessings xx


  5. Sara says:

    I watched the entire video, stunned to see how simple it is to create that beautiful and intricate star/snowflake! Amazing.


  6. Home Again says:

    Oh, I here you….I cannot do crafts…that was a great confession… I used to say that making me do crafts was disciplining me….I always wanted to be out hiking or walking or recreating some new sporting events….I’ve been thinking that I am dyslexic for years.. and you just confirmed that…I will be posting shortly, my true confessions about knitting!!


  7. Linda says:

    You did a wonderful job!! I looked at them at Ann’s and felt just as you did. I haven’t attempted them yet, but you’ve given me courage!


  8. Josie Ray says:

    I did it! I did it! Or, rather, I’m doing it. I’m making Nannie’s Boiled Raisin Cake! I tucked away the recipe, waiting for a gap in everyone else’s cooking (a chore since we all cook here), and now the spice mixture is cooling. The house smells SOOO wonderful! Thank you again for this recipe. I’ll come back and tell you how we love it (because I know we will).Have you had a chance to take a peek at Cold Weather Cooking?Your star is bee-YOO-tiful! πŸ™‚ I really mean it. I meant to make some of those this year…I forgot…you’ve reminded me…I’m happy. πŸ™‚


  9. Lorna says:

    I’m impressed, Kathie :>). Beautiful!!!


  10. Lynn says:

    Just wonderful! I bet you are more crafty than you think – all mothers have an inner craftiness, it may just take a long time to find it. I’m left/right challenged too. I wonder if there is a support group.


  11. Deb says:

    Absolutely stunning snowflakes hanging there in the breeze! You did it! Yay!!!! (I am actually almost like you described….if I didn’t have these two girls to keep me straight!!! Well, let’s just say once they have their own homes, I’m not sure what I’ll do when it’s time to read directions!!)


  12. ellen b says:

    Well done Kathie! They look great :0)I can relate to this post soooo much ….


  13. Linda says:

    You did a wonderful job!! I looked at them at Ann’s and felt just as you did. I haven’t attempted them yet, but you’ve given me courage!


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