I like to think that God has a sense of humor.
One reason that I have for this theory is that he gave me a child that is such a free spirit. A girl who is wholly artistic and loves to draw, color, craft, and make all of the things. Once she took all of the packing out of a box that I received in the mail, asked for a little tape, took it to her room and Voilà:
She wants to color in coloring books, build amazing lego creations, make cornbread, and make her own Christmas wreath. She happened to see me watching a video of someone making a wreath out of ornaments and while I was just considering making one because it looked cool, she was ready to do it.
I reluctantly sought out the materials that I needed which included a foam circle, ornaments (obviously Pea chose the colors), a hot glue gun, and glue sticks. The husband informed me that I could probably buy a wreath for what I was spending on the materials, to which I responded that THIS PROJECT WAS GOING TO ALLOW ME TO SPEND QUALITY TIME WITH MY DAUGHTER AND THERE WAS NO PRICE ON THAT, thank you very much.
Frankly, I thought that this was going to be easy. I’d watched 3 or 4 YouTube videos and they made it look very easy.
About 5 minutes into the craft making process and I’d already burned myself with hot glue countless times and dropped an equal number of F bombs under my breath. This was going really well…
Pea took the tops off of the ornaments and lined up all of the ornaments in the order that she wanted them placed on the wreath. I handled the glue gun and the ornament placement (she tried, but her hands were too shaky and they kept falling off). She also kept my phone by her side, watching the video for tips and relaying them to me.
By this point I’m thinking that I’m in way over my head. That I have no idea what I signed up for. That this is harder than what I thought. But? I’m not a quitter. The Hugs are not quitters (things I say to my kid) and so we pressed on.
You wanna know a secret non-crafties? You should watch the videos in their entirety before you begin. That was where I messed up. I watched the first few minutes, then hit fast forward, then watched some more. Well, when our ornaments were done, it was clear that the wreath was not.
There were gaping holes that you could not see from far away, but you could see up close and my anxiety-filled, OCD brain would not allow me to let that stand. You know what happens when you watch the whole video? You learn that these craft queens use mini-ornaments to fill in the holes and you know what that means non-crafties?
Back to the store you go for mini-ornaments… and a wreath hanger because how the heck were you gonna hang that bad boy on the door? Duh.
I was able to fill in the gaps to ease my anxiety from looking at the white foam and hang it as a surprise for Pea to wake up to before school the next day. Winning!
Total Non-Crafty Person Craft Time: 2+ hours over the span of 2 days
Price: ~ $22
The look on my child’s face when she saw the wreath on the door when she woke up the next morning: Priceless
I love my child because she pushes me outside of my comfort zone. She encourages me to try things that I would never, ever try (like making my own Christmas wreath). I love her because she has absolute faith in me that I can do things like this. I love that we get to have these moments together that she will (hopefully) always remember. Even if they result in hot-glue burnt fingertips, glitter all over my living room floor, and trips to Michael’s. Now if you’ll excuse me, she now wants to make sugar cookies from scratch. I need to make sure we have beer in the house as I prepare myself to do yet another thing that I’ve never done.
Well played, God. Well played.