Monday, September 15, 2014

What Are You Going to Do?

When I'm tired of the daily grind, I get crafty.  Chuckling to myself, I whipped up a batch of custom guitar picks the other day, just to see if it could be done. I'm weird that way; I realize it.

I'm a twisted daydreamer who lives with the mantra:  "This will make a funny story someday."

In my mind, I have this vision of my son sitting around with his grandchildren, telling them how his Mama used to whip up a batch of homemade guitar picks "back in the day." 

All my sons are musical; two of them play stringed instruments. My middle guy was the drummer and magician of the family (still is!), but he is also artistic. One way or another, creativity is in our blood. 

Creativity is great on one hand, and bothersome on the other hand. I don't know when to quit.

My laundry room is one third laundry and two-thirds artsy studio, and thus it has been dubbed the laundrio. Tucked in the corner of my laundrio, my table-of-unknown-origin sits waiting for inspiration. Though it's pretty big, there's never enough room on my table - fortunately, I had my cabinet maker put in a counter top, desk and cabinets from the last remodel. Fill up the table, move to the desk.

Obsessively, I go to the laundrio to immerse myself in a craft until I've made a zillion of them and have become absolutely sick of making them. No use stopping till I hit that point. Literally, I must admit, I could not be forced to make even one more once I'm over it. 

How about some examples?

For fun, I made a few Duck Tape wallets. Pondering all the options for designs, I wondered how many I could make without ever repeating a design. I made 400 more. After all, how many can you make before you are absolutely sick of making Duck Tape wallets? Turns out, it's about 450.  Past that point, you'd have to hold a gun to my head to get me to make one (for now, anyway).

So, of course, I had to start carting things off to craft sales.

And after I sold every last one of them, I desperately needed a new craft to obsess over, and I became fascinated with tiny charms that looked like food. Of course, I did not invent this, I just went crazy with the idea.  

I made super tiny cakes...

I did any custom request that came a banana...

...or candy apples...

or sushi...

Once I was tired of tiny food charms, I moved on to tiny animals, like owls on a key chain:

Next it was birds' nests with a little egg for each child in the family:

In between, I'm sketching and painting, messing around with polymers, doing genealogy, volunteering, teaching home school classes in the community, creating side businesses, blogging about nothing five days a week, and oh, yeah...I'm someone's wife and mother [my husband emailed me after this was posted and said grammatically it sounds like a genetic nightmare]...I even take care of a house and a dog. 

The question I have is this: When will everyone quit asking me what I'm going to do after my youngest son gets out of school (he's a Junior) or what will you do when you retire?

The answer has always been: "Whatever I want to do."

Flipster years are for me and my Hubzam, that saint of a man who has put up with it all, never questioning my latest round of crazy. 

I promise I'll stay busy.


  1. Good morning and happy Monday to you, dear Cherdo!

    You'll be happy to know that Shecky Shady is back in his box and I won't touch that banana with a ten foot pole. :)

    This post raises the obvious question. What do you do in your spare time? :) My oh my, you are an artist and a craftsman, dear friend. Your homemades are very pretty. Seems to me that if you routinely produce hundreds of items in each category in a variety of designs, you could make a fortune and retire young by selling them online. Send me $1,000 and I will mail you my exclusive DVD tutorial giving you step by step instructions on how to get started selling your wares on eBay, Etsy and other e-commerce websites. This is an investment in your future, Cherdo, so don't delay. Send me your modest payment today and start reaping huge profits tomorrow! Act now and receive, absolutely free, a collapsible grabber - the perfect solution for all those hard to reach spots around the house!

    Have a wonderful Monday, dear friend Cherdo!

  2. Lol...I guess I could have shown the picture of an eggplant charm instead of a banana! I don't want to be the notorious bloggess who tamed Shecky Shady (the legend). That's Mrs. Shady's job...

    Crafting isn't an easy way to make money, you have to love it to thrive. With my luck, the craft everyone wanted would be that ONE thing I had already done so many times that I was fully spent. I do like to participate in the craft shows from time to time, however, if only to deplete my wares and socialize with others in my same taxonomical group (I may have made up a word there...Call Oxford! Call Webster!).

    It's kind of overcast and grey in my neck of the woods - I hope you're southern nirvana is warm and delightful. Get out and frolic, my good pal!

    1. Willy Dunne Wooters bought me a collapsible grabber. It's great. I use it to get Mrs. Roomba out from under the bed. She likes to run out of power and try to hide there. She's quite the slacker.

  3. I am truly blessed--my husband built me a studio for my artwork, which I never sold!!

    1. I don't sell art, just crafts, and just when I'm in the mood. Believe it or not, 75% of my sketched or painted art has gone to kids that beg for it. I always say yes.

    2. fishducky doesn't sell her artwork because she gives it away. It's beautiful!

  4. The little nest is so lovely! And I think I like the paint-splatter wallet the best. (Not to mention both guitar picks. You could make earrings out of them!)

  5. You need this: We haven't tried it yet but we're thinking of testing it on a couple people as a Christmas present.

    My daughter's way into sewing at the moment. She made a Christmas ornament today. I see a laundrio in her future.

  6. WHERE THE HECK IS MY COMMENT? (other than the little additions I made to what other people said) I KNOW I WROTE A COMMENT ABOUT HOW MUCH I LOVE YOUR CHARMS AND THE NEST WITH THE EGGS. I think I also said it's a good thing I'm not crafty because I don't have room for it. Darn you, blogger. I'll get you yet.


    1. Thank you, Janie - I don't know how I missed this one the first time around.

      I like to make stuff. It's an obsession, but I cycle through different things.


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Love, Cherdo