I'm Sorry I'm So Talented


Country MoonSome people just have a knack, a talent if you will, for crafts and making things. Not that this talent can’t be learned if it doesn’t come naturally, but those who are born with this ability seem to crave it and never get enough.

I have always considered myself in the crafty category; I like to make things and work with my hands. I worked in a wood shop for 13 years where we made store fixtures. This involved reading blueprints, cutting the lumber, machining it, assembling and then finishing the product. We were always working on “government projects” where we could use all the machinery and any scrap materials to make projects of our own. I have made stands, cabinets and toys as gifts.

I have always liked doing photography, liked to put my thoughts into writing and even started painting. So, I have done professional photos, written professionally, and sold paintings at craft shows. There is a point for me telling you all of this. Before you think, “Wow, it must be nice to be talented,” let me tell you that it can also be a curse. You see, the more that you do, the more you want to do…and there is just so much out there to experience!

I was reminded of this just recently when my friend Judy and I got together to do just a simple (so I thought) project. Judy is like the master craftsman. I guarantee that there is hardly anything she won’t try. She is accomplished in gardening, sewing, needlepoint and so much more.

For our project, we needed just a couple yards of material so she could set some quilt blocks together for me. So, we set out on our excursion to Joann Fabrics. Now, it had been a while since I had been in the store and I sure got an eye-opener!

Being a seamstress is definitely not one of my talents; fabric just does not excite me like it does Judy. She had told me how many choices they have from which to choose and that it would be hard to even pick a shade of a certain color. Come on, certainly not!

12/1/2017 4:20:33 PM

Lois, I'm not to crafty although I did a needle point of a chicken on bare canvas from a pattern once. I still have that piece. I never tried that again. It just wasn't for me. I'm more of builder project kind of guy. I love to engineer and build things to improve easier ways to do things. I'm in to developing gravity feed automatic garden plant watering systems. Each year it gets tweaked a little bit more. Some day I hope to be fully automated. I've found over the years of gardening, that I like garden development and garden projects as much as the gardening. **** Have a great crafty day. ***** Nebraska Dave

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