Wednesday, March 23, 2011

arts and crafts time

Somewhere along the line, all of my friends really stepped it up in the crafts department and left me behind to spray paint pumpkins. For example, A. sews her own clothes and makes statement art for her house.

Imagine how embarrassed I was when I proudly handed her a meticulously decoupaged birthday card for her 27th birthday. She handled it gracefully; I think she's going to be a great mom someday.

One of the first friends I made when we moved here for medical school does the following: metalworking, jewelry-making, painting, children's book illustrating, and cake decorating. Usually on the same day. Oh, and she's an aspiring radiologist. I know, right? It took all the energy I had to decoupage one 4x6 birthday card.

I think I'm most impressed with my friend Diane, though. She's the first person I know who's decided to capitalize on her talent. Although she could have easily started a store selling light fixtures like the one she made for her kitchen... or reupholstered chairs like the many I've seen around her house... or her homemade Christmas stockings... I was pretty excited when she started selling her handmade clutches. And she even gave herself a brand name: Coventry Lane. (Which she claims is the first street she lived on, but I'm preeeetty sure is just the second part of her porn star name.)

Your homework: 1) Check out the rest of Coventry Lane's clutches and 2) impress me with your secret crafty talents. Is anyone else on the kindergarten-decoupaging couch with me?


  1. Dude, if it makes you feel any better, I have not one single crafty talent. I can't even darn a sock. Also, this should make you feel doubly better - what the hell is decoupage? =)

    Please update me on how "Extremely Loud..." is coming. It's on my to-read list and I have heard varying opinions of JSF.

  2. First off, your card was awesome. And I'm really not just saying that. And second, I too feel that all my friends are craftier than I. One friend up here makes some insane bags I'll have to show you when she has a website, but I bought some for people for Christmas. Can't wait to check out Coventry Lane!

  3. I love that clutch!! And the subway art. But alas I, too, have no craft gene. :-/

  4. I draw a mean stick figure. Sometimes they even have clothes. Recently, I drew an Abraham Lincoln stick figure for Dr. D... it was quite impressive.

  5. I am in LOVE with that clutch!! Does she have any more of that one?