Thursday, September 16, 2010

Channeling Martha

Ask anyone who knows me well, and you will know that I hate knick-knacks for the sake of knick-knacks. Probably 15 years ago I saw a Barbara Walters interview with Eddie Murphy and he was showing her his home with very minimalist decorating. It was basically furniture, white, black, and wood. No knick-knacks. I remember thinking, "I like that. Less to dust."

So while I enjoy browsing at arts and crafts fairs, I also enjoy walking away from them and not buying anything. Because A)I don't have enough $ and B)why do I need that taking up space/dust in my house? Unless something has personal meaning, brings back memories, or was made by my kids, I really don't jive with crafts.

But I believe that my upbringing on hand-me-downs and yard sale road trips with my mom and sisters is stronger than my Eddie Murphy-esque tendencies, because if I can make something for CHEAP OR FREE to fulfill some PURPOSE, then I'm all over it! The latest purpose? The Belmont Fair! Follow the yellow brick road to kids' fair entry time!!

This is the first year that the Belmont Fair (my hometown's blockbuster of the year) has opened all entries to anyone in the tri-county area. So even though we don't live there anymore, the kids can enter the history & collections department with their doll collections and such. So here is Shae sewing up a pillow for her 18 inch dolls.

And here she is with her 2 dolls, a borrowed one from Paige (because the rules state "you must have 3 to make a collection"), and her homemade easy chair. A visit to the recycling bin and Mom's fabric stash, along with a few rounds with the blessed hot glue gun, and wa-la!

The only thing that cost money so far were the photographs for Paige's "collection of family photos". Here she is chronicling our family's summer vacation. (Hold your mouth right, Paigey!)

We're not finished channeling Martha just yet. Shae still has to finish the book she's making for her doll to "read", Cy and Ally have to put together their collections (when we're not to busy going to volleyball games or doing math and social studies assignments), and everyone has to write their descriptive note cards for the fair entries. Not including my own projects. Bizzy bizzy bizzy!

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men--Colossians 3:23


Blogger Astrid @ The Lopsided House said...

What creative spirits you have in your house!

I've never known anyone to enter items/projects at a fair. I think it's awesome that your family does!

September 16, 2010 at 11:57 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

The kids entered a few years ago (in county fair) when in 4-H. This is cheaper and a lot more personal for our family.

September 17, 2010 at 6:13 AM  

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