I really shouldn't be blogging right now.
Because I should be busy figuring out what plan B should be for my kids' Christmas presents.
It was all going well two nights ago. While watching an uplifting Christmas message from the Prophet of my church on television, I carefully cut superhero symbols out of felt for later application to a cape for my kids. I was rather pleased with my freehand drawing of the giant S for Superman. Just looking at my precise cuts and lines made me feel like I was back in my "crafting" groove.
Then tonight, I got out the sewing machine. I've already admitted that sewing is not my strong suit. I am much better with hot glue. Yet, I insist on trying over and over to improve my skills. But someone needs to tell me to STOP trying and just let my husband take care of the sewing because it all went wrong. So wrong.
First mistake was buying sparkly, flowing, polyestery, stretchy fabric. You know, the kind superheros would look stellar in?! How on earth can anyone sew with that stuff? It was stretching and pulling and bunching all over the place. Pins...what's the point? The fabric is so slippery, it could care less about the pin holding it "in place".
Second mistake was using spray glue to secure my felt pieces together. When I tried to sew them in place, the needle got all gummy and gunked up with felt balls. Every 5 inches of sewing the thread would break. And I would swear. (not really, cause remember I don't swear? but there were plenty of groans and grunts.)
Third mistake was wearing fleece pants while getting increasingly frustrated and disturbed (which equals very hot and fired up). When I got up from my chair there were literally two butt cheek imprints of sweat droplets. (not pictured, but take my word for it.) I'm such a lady.
Why oh why do I do this to myself? I could have just bought myself a couple of cute capes off of Etsy, but no...i wanted to make something meaningful and from the heart. Something, however, tells me that my 3 year-old just wants a blasted superman cape that resembles superman and more importantly a CAPE!
There's always next year....