The "Crafty" Gene: Do You Have It?


Do you ever wish some things were nature rather than nurture and vice versa? Kena and I have reminisced about how we grew up with mothers that were seriously talented when it came to DIY and making crafts. Every Halloween, for example, our mothers would concoct costumes for ourselves and for our sisters. The sewing machines would come out, and they would create magic from felt and fabric scraps. [caption id="attachment_320" align="aligncenter" width="300"] My sister + I dressed as Raggedy Ann and a Harlequin Clown
Kena + her sister dressed as Tweety Bird and a Mouse[/caption] My mother is probably THE most creative person I know. She made clothes for my sister and I as babies, sewed every single concert dress I ever wore on stage, and most meaningfully, designed and made my wedding dress when I walked down the aisle — not only did she hand-bead the entire dress, but she also incorporated the lace of HER handmade wedding dress into the back of my train! [caption id="attachment_322" align="aligncenter" width="103"] That's me walking down the aisle![/caption] And her DIY/craftiness doesn’t end there. Ever since my children were born, she’s been on a handmade rampage. I recalled having special curtains in my room growing up that my mother made that had the sun on one side and the moon on the other. I asked her if she would make something similar for my son, Aksel, when he was born, and she went to town. These curtains are serious works of art and incorporate so much meaning. [caption id="attachment_323" align="aligncenter" width="300"] On the left, the curtains I remembered as a child. On the right, the masterpiece re-created for my son by his grandmother.[/caption] On her most recent recent trip to visit us, I asked her to make his Halloween costume, and she sewed an amazing Thomas the Tank Engine bib (not sure if any of you saw my birthday cake disaster in a recent post). [caption id="attachment_324" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Aksel's costume in process[/caption] However, not-so-scientific evidence suggests (i.e., a sample size of two…me + Kena), that DIY/ craftiness seems to only get passed down to part of the family over time. In Kena’s case, she has clearly got it. In my family’s case, my sister has completely adopted the DIY gene from my mother. She owns a sewing machine (me, not so much), her favorite mantra when we go shopping together is, “I can totally make that,” and her idea of a perfect gift for herself is balls of specialty yarn. However, I remain optimistic that despite the fact that I did not inherit my mother’s particular DIY/craftiness talent, I can continue to nurture it one baby step at a time. I'm curious to know, did you inherit a “crafty” gene?  

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