Thursday, August 27, 2009

Introductions and a brief history of how craftiness almost made me a felon

It has come to my attention recently that I am a creature of great mystery and weirdness. I have a problem: I am a junk addict. Seriously. If I see something that could potentially become something else, I cannot throw it away. Thus, the basis of this blog.

There had to be a way for me to use all the stuff that was cluttering up my parents' house. They were getting cantankerous after tripping over huge quantities of metal parts that I was planning on doing something with "some day". I always enjoyed being crafty and making things and on occasion I would build something but not on a regular basis and not in enough volume to make a difference in the massive amounts of junk. That is until Crafty Thursday began.

Crafty Thursday is the brainchild of my dear friend Jess Wal who, aside from being made of awesome, was previously an art major at Valdosta State University. We met nearly every Thursday of the summer and made weird and odd artsy type things out of everyday junk. My plan with this blog is to continue in the spirit of Crafty Thursday (which was sadly canceled until next summer due to school. sadness.) and update weekly a different project made from up-cycled materials. This will range from simple projects to more complicated endeavors. I hope, dear readers, that y'all will feel inspired to make something new out of something old. I'll probably mix in some easy home improvement ideas like upcycling an old chandelier and things such as that because my fiance Jared (also made of awesome) and I have recently purchased a house and there are a ton of ugly fixtures there!

Beware, though. If you do feel inclined to try these projects, please don't blame me when you start acting a little weird. For example --not that this has ever happened to me or anything, but hypothetically, of course-- you might see a mailbox on the side of the interstate and think, "I've been needing something to keep my garden tools in!" and then force your fiance to make an illegal u-turn and drive back to find it. And then, maybe, a couple of weeks later, there's a reward in the Blueridge paper for a mailbox that was taken... Don't judge me! It was just laying there! it was probably already stolen and someone threw it out!

Anyway, the moral of my blog post is this: Being crafty can make you do strange things, but it is a ton of fun. and don't call me to bail you out when you get in trouble for your craftiness.