I’ve been a crafter my whole life. I love to buy new craft toys, play at Michael’s, Hobby Lobby or Joann Fabric… The Internet changed my crafting life by exposing me to new ways of seeing and doing things.
This is it – the key to doing home repair. I just have to look at it the same way I look at crafting. Here’s what I found:
1. doing home repairs give me an excuse to buy new tools and play with new materials.
2. If you think of Home Depot as just another craft store, it’s way less threatening. It even has a cutting station, just like Joann.
3. Google anything, anything at all – you’ll find somebody on the Internet showing you how to do it.
4. Crafters have that “it’s more fun to do it myself” mentality. Just like home handypeople!
5. Doing my own home repairs takes advantage of my artistic ability, too. My heart just sang when I read that good grouting is more about artisitic ability than home repair skill. YES!
See ya later – I’m off to Home Depot (again!).
Previously: Melody’s Mosaics, The Butterfly
While I was in the stages of creativity at the Craft Store. I spied a bag of dirt, that you would use to build villages around trains. And I got this wild idea. I saw a little box, with a screen on top to look in. I painted the box black. Inside I wrote words that represented the issues that we could never resolve. I covered them with dirt, put in a toy horse, a little more dirt. Then I glued/sealed it shut. On the top I wrote: INSIDE THIS BOX IS BURIED A DEAD HORSE. On the front I finished it with, I QUIT BEATING IT. Here Lies, Same Old Issues – May they rest in Peace.
Melody: the Divorce Horse
I never, ever have to have the same conversation again. If I feel the need to “remember” and find my self getting upset, I just pull out the box and remember – I buried them – old habits can be broken.
I don’t have to bury the box. The “activity” of making it was enough and I need to see it now and then. For now its in a bag in the back of my closet with the Memory Box. I hope that one day, when you are ready for total acceptance and you are tired of beating a dead horse, that you find a way to bury them and let them rest in Peace.
Editor’s note – Melody, thank you so much for sharing your work – it’s incredibly inspirational and I hope you allow me to post more! ~ Debbie
Melody’s mosaics, part one
I “met” Melody through First Wives World. Like me, Melody is divorced after a long marriage. Crafting has helped her heal, and she graciously has agreed to share her story here.
I used to be very creative and then a few years ago I felt so uninspired that I couldn’t get motivated to do anything. I would walk through arts and crafts store and not see a single would inspire me and I did not know why.
I was at my weekly woman’s support group recently. These women have been there while I have processed wanting to leave, to leaving and divorcing. At a recent meeting, I had replayed a situation I had with my ex that week. When I was done, I said, I wondered who I would be when I didn’t have the drama of him in my life anymore. One of the ladies, piped up with, My heart will probably open again. I see myself as a positive, optimistic person and did not see my heart as close/walled off or whatever. But I once it was pointed out, I looked for the truth in what she said. I mulled that over for a couple of weeks. Because of the New Year I made an intention for 2009 – To be willing to open my heart up again.
Melody: Joy in Mosaics
You know what happened? My creativity came back!! And right now, I’m into mosaics. My first project last week was a tray with swirls of little seashells and glass gems. This week I bought a wood box and I am going to do a mosaic with beads and buttons. It feels so good to be creative again. I am finding joy in mosaics.
My life is like a Mosaic. It doesn’t have to be perfect. I am putting my life together piece by piece. Sticking what is good to a strong foundation and then concreting my beliefs in place. I am as unique as each piece will be. I love the seashore and right now, my themes are beachy!
Tomorrow: the butterfly