Over the past couple of months my DIY crafting bug has arisen after a long hiatus. Thanks to a few good friends I am back in action! Though I have to give credit where credit is due... I owe my desire to craft to my Mother. My mother is quite possibly the sweetest human being I've ever met. From an early age I was encouraged to create. This became a problem once I reached my early teens and saw my older brothers getting "cool" gifts. I specifically remember my mother asking me what I wanted for Christmas when I was around the age of 16, I'm not proud of my response. I looked at her and told her I didn't care what I got as long as it wasn't another craft set. Sheesh! I'd been getting bead sets, friendship bracelet sets, make your own lipbalm sets etc. forever! I think I even told her I hated crafts... yes it's true, I was a royal brat!
But the seed had been planted. I love being creative and thinking outside the box. I think that's why I love photography so much. There's something about looking through a camera and capturing a moment, that is indescribably fulfilling. I'm grateful for a mother who let me discover who I was, but encouraged me to be creative whenever possible. Obviously I wouldn't be the woman I am today without her loving pushes!
So, on to this dream catcher. A few girlfriends and I have a craft night from time to time (which has affectionately been labeled "bitch n' stitch night" by one of our not invited men - what?! we're crafting and talking about our lives! Anyway, my girlfriend Cat had said she was making a dream catcher, so I copied her. Real original I know. Although it's true that I have Native American in my blood, I made this dream catcher to encourage me in the pursuit of my dreams. I didn't create this to catch my bad dreams but more to remind me to acknowledge that I have good dreams. Dreams for the future of our business, for our relationship, for myself personally. I think sometimes we all get afraid of the goals we want to set, or where we want to get to. This is my cute reminder to be aware of the decisions I'm making and whether or not they will take me to those dreams. If I stay within my comfort zone I'll never get anywhere - this is just a visual reminder to go catch my dream!
As far as assembly of this dream catcher, it was quite simple though a little time consuming. Started with a bunch of feathers that I littered with a little gold paint. Then I used a leatherette string to connect those feathers to an embroidery ring. Wrapping the string around the ring took the longest! Then I had to hunt through the neighborhood with Sailor (lab puppy if you didn't know) for an appropriate stick. All in all, easy. And a great reminder to go after those dreams! Thanks Mom for getting me into crafting and continuing to buy me craft sets even after I said I didn't want any more. I love you.
Happy Friday and Stay Golden!