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I can’t believe that it’s Friday already. There are two reason why I can’t belive it–the first is that having been sick on Tuesday it feels like the rest of the week has flown by at lightening speed. The second is that I really wish today was Saturday.

Anyhow, about a week ago I made a commitment to a fellow blogger, and I vowed that I would keep that commitment before the end of this work week. So here goes.

Last week I read this post by Zoe in Australia http://agiraffeinascarf.wordpress.com/2011/01/08/pay-it-forward-2011/ where she offered to make gifts for the first 5 people to leave comments, and as you can see I was the fifth commenter. Yeah! This means Zoe is making me a lovely cross stiched broach. Having checked out Zoe’s online store I was really excited by that thought as she is a beautiful crafter: http://www.etsy.com/shop/agiraffeinascarf.

But folks there are no free lunches in this world, and certainly no free broaches, so now it’s my turn to craft for you. I will make a nice gift for the first 5 people to leave a comment here. And I’m really putting myself out there, because I don’t usually get 5 comments on a post. The second catch is that I have to wrap up everything by the end of this year.

As I mentioned in Zoe’s post I think making something for someone else is a great way to get to know people, and the truth is that I consider us all to be friends, kind of like pen pals, and I would love to get to know you better by making something special for you. The only catch is that you, in turn, have to make something special for 5 other people.

I’m not nearly as talented as Zoe, but I do craft a little. I mostly do rug hooking, and some very simple sewing, think table clothes, pillows, napkins. I’m happy to ship internationally, but if you don’t have a blog or twitter account we may need to exchange a few emails so that I can get to know you, and make you something that you need/love.

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I don’t know what happened to me this weekend, but I came home from work on Friday night ready to create. I had no idea what I was going to create, but I knew that my hands needed to be busy doing something, so I looked around and found something to create.

I can’t tell you what I was working on; I think I need another week or so to get them ready and distributed (wink, wink). So I don’t want to spoil the surprise, instead I’m going to focus on the drive that drove me to reach for my needle and thread.

I’ve always been a bit crafty, in a good way. When I was in university I found that I needed a change. I wanted something to do with my hands to take my mind off my school work. I needed it to be easy, so that it could also be a bit of a mental break. I tried cross stitch–too complicated. It requires a lot of counting, especially in the beginning, and without someone to show me what I was doing, I quickly became discouraged.

I thought about knitting, but…knitting can be expensive, and without anyone to show me how to do it, I was worried that I wouldn’t understand the instructions, and would waste a lot of money…so I never even tried.

Then, one day, while I was trolling Lewiscraft…yes, I was probably the one frosh in the province who trolled Lewiscraft and Mary Maxim instead of the bars; the only explanation I can offer is that my super geekiness knows no bounds. As I was saying, one day I came across something that seemed to fit the bill perfectly–rug hooking, and I have been hooked ever since (I’m so funny! :D)

This last fall I made myself some napkins and a table-cloth, so, as you can see, I have a number of irons in the fire. I am currently working on a couple of stuffed animals, and some more napkins. I worked on a number of things this weekend, alternating between sewing and writing and singing…I have yet to do any cleaning.

Oh well, I like crafts. I guess in some ways I ‘m hotwired to do crafts, to keep my hands busy, and my mind from wandering. I also like that in keeping my hands busy, my legs are too busy to be walking to the kitchen all evening, and my arms and hands are working toward a goal, so they aren’t interested in anything that might be found in the kitchen. Crafting is a good way to keep me on track, especially when I can’t get to the gym, and it’s kind of fun. Though I may need to sew under my desk and while I’m sleeping if I’m going to have everything ready by the weekend.

How do you avoid temptation and stay on track?

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