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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Something I Did As a Child That I Will Always Remember

OK! Here I go again. I wrote this blog post yesterday and none of it saved. I refreshed the page because it was messed up and I lost it ALL. So frustrating!

So it's time again for EtsyBloggers' blog carnival. One of the topics is "Something You Did When A Child That You Will Always Remember."

I did a lot of things as a child. I remember a lot of them, although there are probably a lot more things that I don't remember or shouldn't remember. For this blog carnival I decided to pick a story that is craft-related. Sounds boring but it's not. It's a story about craft, child labor, stubbornness and once again craft.

Here it goes. Enjoy!

When I was eleven years old I was taking private art classes. My teacher had me doing all sorts of things. In class I would paint, draw, sculpt, sew, make Russian babushka dolls, make cards and more. I really loved it all. I had taken art classes my whole life, starting from pre-school and finger painting, but this class was the best. I got to do a little bit of everything and try things I would have never thought of. One of the things I really took to was making cards. My teacher had me do all kinds of crazy things with them. I was no longer confined to a piece of construction paper folded in half and box of crayons or markers. I moved past red hearts with arrows through them, balloons and flowers. My teacher had me making cards Hallmark deemed too complicated. I was the eleven year card-maker and I loved it! Until... my mother found out.

It was a few months before my twelfth birthday and my mom and I were planning my Bat Mitzvah. There are a lot of things that go into this great big party, one of them - invitations. Bad timing for my mother to find out I knew how to make incredible cards! When she saw the wonderful three-dimensional cards I was making in class, ... LIGHT BULB ... she came up with the most fabulous idea. Fabulous for an adult about to shove out a lot of money! My mother decided that it would be so special if I designed AND made my own Bat Mitzvah invitations. Not such a great idea for an eleven year old girl! A hundred or more people were being invited and I could think of a hundred or more things I would have preferred to do than sit home and hand make each invitation. I loved making cards but at that moment I would have much rather been doing a weeks worth of homework.

My mother and I argued about it. We fought. I cried. We fought some more and then she won. I was to make the invitations. I sat down to the drawing board and with my art teachers help I came up with a great invitation design - great, but complex!

The invitation mock-up was really cool. I airbrushed the cardstock blue and pasted a handmade cut out of a white dove on the front. When you opened the invitation a Star of David popped out from the center with the event date in the middle of it. On the left hand side of the card I pasted a handmade airmail envelope (with the red and blue lines all along the sides). In the envelope was another little white dove carrying a note. The note read "I hope you can attend." The rest of the card was used for the event details which I hand wrote in gold ink. As I said before, the invitation was complex.

I had fun making the first one. The second one not as much and the third hardly at all. By the fourth and fifth, I was totally over it. You could see it in my work. My invitations were beginning to become sloppy. I didn't want to make anymore. I told my mother and of course, what did she say? "Too bad!" Well, not in those words but that was the point. I made one more invitation and then I stopped. I told her I wasn't going to make anymore. She got angry. We argued. We fought. I cried. We fought some more. Finally, she compromised. We agreed that I only had to hand make invitations for my immediate family and close friends. We placed an order for the remainder of the invitations. I thought I would be okay with making approximately ten invitations but after making three more I was sick of it again. I really didn't want to do it. After all, why was I making invitations for my own party? For all I know, she was probably thinking I should make the party favors too. Once again, I refused to make more. Once again, we argued. We fought. I cried. This time I put my foot down. I was not making another card. The silly part was I only had one card left to make, but I refused anyway. My mother was mad, actually - furious. There was nothing she could do though. I wasn't going to make it. We were one invitation short and we decided we were going to send them to everyone but my grandfather. My mother made me promise that once I got over my stubbornness and lack of desire to make invitations, I would make one for my grandfather. Of course that time never came. I never made him one and he came to my Bat Mitzvah anyway - uninvited.

From that point on, I never made a card again. I was so turned off. It became a pleasure to go to the local stationary store and spend an hour looking for a card with the perfect cheesy saying. I loved Hallmark.

A few months ago I started realizing all the cards on Etsy. There are so many incredible ones. I started marking many as favorites and tried finding reasons to buy them. After looking at so many cards, I thought to myself, "I can make cool ones myself." THAT'S WHEN I NEW I GREW UP! I started looking at paper and embellishments, die cuts and other fun stuff. I started buying supplies. Now I am soon to start making cards again. I'm all grown up now.


Dayna said...

You've come full circle to return to something you loved doing. Congratulations. Look forward to seeing your work

storybeader said...

wow - what an experience! so vivid! You need to make your mom a card for Chanukah, and see how she takes it!

Anonymous said...

Ditto Dayna, and I LOVE the suggestion from Story about making the one for your mother.

Looking forward to seeing your new creations.


A Keeper's Jackpot said...


My mom used to make me sew. Now I want to sew, but I don't remember how :)

My mom used to make me make thank you cards (not as nice as yours, we're talking crayons and a paper folded in half), anyway, my thing was saying "you are sweet" but of course I can't spell now, let alone 20-25 years ago, so it said "you are sweat"

Linda said...

I enjoyed reading your story and I can understand why you would refuse. Looking forward to seeing your cards now that you have discovered it again.

Nora said...

That's a lot of invitations to make. Even today, I wouldn't attempt that! Nice post!

Stormy Designs said...

Good read. Thanks for participating!

3 REXES said...

When I was a kid, a friend of mine had a Bat Mitzvah. I'll always remember the Swan Cream puffs!!!! I thought "Wow, your a Princess"!

TNT2008 said...

I look forward to seeing your cards.
My mom used to make me write letters to friends and cousins( I have a LARGE family) for practice. She would read and then tell me to rewrite them! To this day, my penmanship is atrocious!

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