Monday, September 04, 2006

Do it Yourself

I discovered two previously unknown facts about myself this week. First, apparently I have some serious baby hunger buried deep in my single girl soul. And right next to the maternal instincts, there appears to also be some stereotypical Mormon girl arts and craftiness floating around. How did I come to make such a shocking discovery? Blame it on my friend Brooke.

We hosted a baby shower for said friend this weekend and for her gift, I wanted to do something a little more meaningful than little pink clothes from Baby Gap(which truth be told, i also really, really love to buy.) So I solicited some suggestions from friends and made a CD of songs about parenthood. I downloaded songs by everyone from Talking Heads to the Dixie Chicks to this Mark Cohn gem I got from Lori years ago and proceeded to cry like a two year old everytime I worked on the playlist. I don't really know what a girl is supposed to feel when faced with lyrics like these from Paul Simon

"I'm gonna watch you shine
Gonna watch you grow
Gonna paint a sign
So you'll always know
As long as one and one is two
There could never be a father
Who loved his daughter more than I love you"

or this particular tear inducing verse by Nil Lara

"I have a son
Growing inside
I've seen the response of God in me
Coming to life
Kicking me strong
Draining my blood
You're my first child
I'll show you no harm
I'll teach you my love"

So yeah, I have been a quivering mess of emotions all week. And I think it's the mommy stirrings that awakened the sleeping crafty genes I didn't think I got from my pioneer ancestors. But a CD with such fantastic lyrics really needed a booklet to go along with it so I found myself one day at lunch spending way too much time and money at Michael's buying the supplies to make this

I will sheepishly admit that I now own scissors that cut wavy line borders. And lots of ribbon. And so much cardstock. I'm actually thinking of making my own Christmas cards this year but please don't quote me on that.

In all seriousness though, it was really fun to put together the CD and to think about all the wonderful changes that are about to happen in Brooke and Eric's life. And I really enjoyed the creative process of working on the booklet and was quite pleased with how this first try turned out.

And then tonight when Corey and I went to pick up baseball tickets at our friend's house and ended up getting talked into an impromptu game of swimming pool football with a bunch of cute boys, well, I guess there are worse things than being the carefree single girl right?


tuesday said...

Katie, it turned out AMAZING!!! Damn you for posting those lyrics. I thought I was DONE crying over those songs the night we traded tracks. Anyway, yes, your crafty genes are emerging from hibernation, it would seem. Normally, I would take this opportunity to mock, but the truth is I love what you did here.

gretel said...

awesome! i really like it.

k8 said...

aw thanks ladies!
and joy, if i have to cry about them, YOU have to cry about them. i'll have to bring a copy to AZ with me : )

Ems said...

look at that! I knew you had it in you.

I have found, that I am creatively useless when sitting at home, but once I pop into a crafty store of some sort and have a bunch of pretty/colorful/useful/fun crafty crap in my hands, the possibilites seem endless...


k8 said...

i learned it all by watching you.