There were made crafts in April!! I promise! I just didn’t post about them.
Here’s what’s up: the recipient for April is a great guy named Alan who lives somewhere in California. We met on New Year’s retreat a few years back because it’s where you meet awesome people. Alan is fun and generous…and an awesome dancer. He teaches dance in California, helps the homeless, and godparents some pretty cool kids. (I just included some links. Ladies…be prepared to swoon).
Thing is: CRAFTING FOR DUDES IS HARD. Like, what are you even supposed to make them? So instead I just pulled out TONS of crating stuff, as shown above.
I had that glass jar and I was thinking about wrapping it with wire and beads and making a tea-light lantern, but Christine was like, “But, he’s a guy.”
So instead I settle for a fairy mobile.
I’m not sure how this is more masculine, BUT IT MADE SENSE AT THE TIME.
And they’re not actually fairies, more like mythical beings. Plus, they’re suspended in dance mode, and I thought that Alan, being a dancer, would appreciate that.
I took the inner-ring of an embroidery hoop and attached beads and bells and shells (shells!) around the edge. Then I covered a piece of line in beads and made a little loop at the top so it could hang well. Here’s the problem, though: it wasn’t weighted properly! Look at how tipsy! So, I added another bead to the other side–and then it was off-balanced to that side. Arg!
It took me a dozen tries with various beads and combinations-of-beads. Finally, I was close. Not perfect…but close. And then I glued a RIBBON ROSE to the top and it threw off the balance again! So I glued on to the other side. Soooo close!
The wee folk are suspended with fishing line. I also glued a piece of felted wool around the top, as a finish of sorts.