The late Dorothy Parker once said, “I hate writing, I love having written.”
I, on the other hand, love crafting and love having crafted!
I am a papercrafter, through and through. I love making cards, tags, mini-albums and scrapbooks.
I love my designer paper, card stock, Copic markers, Prismacolor pencils, sparkles, pretty images and ribbon. I love my stamps, ink pads, embossing powders, glitter glue, pop dots, snail tape, embossing folders, die cutting machine, glue gun, paper-cutters, chip board, baker’s twine, buttons, bows, gel pens, scissors, brads, heat gun…well, I think you probably get the idea.
Every card, mini-album or scrapbook I make really is a work of love. Every letter, every flower, every bit of trim has to be just right. I work feverishly on every project–housework and cooking just have to wait! And then, when the last embellishment is glued on and my “Hand-crafted by Gloria Sauve” seal is put on the back, I get to experience a that wonderful sense of elation that only comes with creating a “work of art.” So this is how Michaelangelo, Debussy and Shakespeare must have felt! (Okay, maybe I’m not quite a s famous as these guys, but I am a legend in my own little mind).
But, all kidding aside, the real joy comes from seeing the look of pleasure on the recipient’s face or getting an e-mail of thanks. If I can do something that makes someone smile and have a great time doing, then I am blessed!
There’s an old adage that says, “A busy person is a happy person.” It is definitely true!
If you haven’t crafted something lately, give it a try. Knit, crochet, sew, build something out of wood, make some play dough, or just slap a coat of Mod Podge on a flower pot and shake some sparkles on it. It’s fun! It’s satisfying! It will make you feel like a kid, again! And, I promise, you WILL forget all about work!