Jeff was a crafty fellow.
Not that you could ever tell that by looking at him. In fact, if you didn’t know him well, you’d probably never even suspect; latch hooking, beading, Christmas Ornaments.
He loved crafts, and was talented, too. I have a Dream Catcher Jeff fashioned from a kit, adding his own touches of shells and beads. It’s hung in every place I’ve called home on my own since 2006.
Among the other treasures I’ve carried with me and moved 4 times, is the wedding one.
Like so many other “it’s so easy,” projects that really seem that way in print, it was a little more complicated and a little more time consuming than we had imagined. We worked on this feat of engineering together.
We started on a Saturday afternoon, which turned into an evening. After 5 hours, I wanted to abandon the idea . “We’re never going to get this,” I pouted showing him another limp, feeble and ugly attempt.
“Look,” he grinned, proudly holding up the one he had just finished. “We’ve almost got it!”
I admit it looked way better than any of the ones I had attempted, and considering he was waving it around a bit, it held together way better than the dozen or so attempts.
I agreed to give it one more try, this time, we split the pieces up. I did my assigned part, and Jeff did his. And just like that, we had one that looked like it was supposed to and didn’t fall apart when it was put down and lifted back up.
We spent hours lazily multitasking. Doing a few here and there, or parked on the couch watching NASCAR or American Idol or Antiques Roadshow or This Old House, working for an hour or so, or until our fingers were sore.
I had the first 3 steps. The 4th step took two of us working together. Jeff was the finisher. Wrapping each stem in green floral tape required the most patience and the most finger-work.
And, yes, I still have one, and, yes, that’s it pictured below.
The kisses are close to petrified, and the cellophane is leaving little trails of disintegration dust behind… but it’s still a treasure to me.
Quote for the Week:
Enjoy This Week’s Discovery Links:
Prob a Better Way: https://www.hersheys.com/celebrate/valentines/craftdetail.aspx?id=6’
Dude Craft: http://www.dudecraft.com/ Jeff would have loved this, and we’d probably own a 3-D printer by now…
Knitting Saves a Man’s Life; https://www.yahoo.com/makers/will-knit-for-food-crafting-literally-saves-123155753715.html