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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

MAKE A WISH

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The prompt for today is what talent would you like to have, go ahead and make a wish.

I have always been rather creative and enjoyed making things. I love starting with ingredients of some sort and ending up with something cool. So I imagine it stands to reason that I would love hairdressing and writing and crafty things. I love interior decorating and designing. I enjoy flower arranging with live or silks and pretty much anything where my mind can see the desired object and then create it. It's not work for me to know what I am making or creating, but it can be work to reach perfection or near that. I have successes and I have okay results and now and then I have epic failures. I will try again if that happens, but on a different day.

The same creativity allows me to love cooking. Creating a great meal from whatever is in the cupboard or fridge or freezer and measuring nothing. If I create something really good, I write it down as nearly as I can, since I don't measure. If it's just okay, not writing and if it stinks, I order pizza.

Now, what I cannot do and would love to be able to do is wood working. I would love to build, but each time I have tried, I have been very disappointed in my project. I admire people are capable of taking a pile of wood and cut, hammer, screw, sand, finish and create a lovely piece of art or furniture. If I actually learned how to do it, and I may, I would probably never leave the garage.

So my wish is....to be a great carpenter.

Jo

28 comments:

  1. Oh Jo-- I think we are opposites!! I'm not very creative with cooking or decorating--but you reminded me of a talent that I have that I don't use often enough--and that is working with wood!! I love to work with wood. I'm good at it. I don't know how--I was never formally taught but I seem to just get it. I don't have a shop though and we are really limited on space and equipment. I have a friend with a shop and I'm able to go there on occasion, when I have time, and help make something when asked or make something for the house. I guess if I could I'd trade you some of my wood working talent for some of your cooking talent!! We could even it out and make both of our wishes come true :D

    Okay-- just a thought! Great post!! Cheers, Jenn.

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    1. I like the trading talent idea...if we could do that, how cool.

      I am sure one of these days I'll just get myself a pattern and some wood and seriously give it a shot. How hard can it be? I can read and follow directions and we have some tools, I may need more. Like a good sander and a ban saw. And...

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  2. Great cooks of the world unite. I too love cooking and (Dare I say it) I think I was a better cook than my ex-wife. But then each to our skills and talents. I was quite a good woodworker when I was younger, but having moved countries 3 times, I seem to have lost all my tools along the way. So now I stick to blogging, writing and online stuff. Love it all....but would still love to be able to fly :-)

    Stu!

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    1. The tools are part of my hold up, but I could make simple things, I think.

      Cooking is cheaper. Nice to know you're a cook, too!

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  3. That's an interesting wish, Jo, and I'm sure with your creative skills, you'd be really good. I'm pretty hopeless with anything 'crafty'

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  4. Oh, I wish that too! I have a power drill and that's it but it makes me feel powerful when occasionally I drill holes in the walls! At least my boys have their own little tool kits. Now why is that, they get one and I don't:(

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    1. I love my drill! I have my own and my own tools, but I only have a small saw. I would need a bunch of tools to make the things I wanna make.

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  5. Great post, I love getting to know this group of bloggers better. Wood working, yes, good wish. That takes prescision, something I lack. in fact I frustrated my high school shop teacher so much he passes me with a b even though I left the class with a box of wood scraps, while everyone else had functiong lamps, boxes and other real projects!

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    1. That could happen to me! The pile of wood scraps, I mean. But I really would like to get a pattern and try.

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  6. I love the creativity of cooking too, Jo. Give me recipe book and I'm lost! Woodworking would be so cool - my brother used to do a bit and I loved the smell of wood and varnish.

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    1. I have been known to spend hours browsing cook books, though I rarely actually follow a recipe except for baking. I kept inspiration from looking through them and then I cook from my guts, so to speak.

      Wood working could be similar, using a pattern for inspiration and then improving on it? Maybe?

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  7. I am not crafty AT ALL! I so want something beautiful to come out of my hands but it just ends up looking like a 3 year old did it! Thank goodness I can cook!

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    1. I make 3 year old things from time to time, but that's all part of the process.

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  8. You do so many things, a true artist and you want more?? Lovely post.

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  9. Ahh, carpentry is also a form of art. The love for design and shapes made out of wood. I hope your spirit takes you forward in this endeavor of learning carpentry.
    Nice post Jo, keep posting :)

    Regards

    Jay
    http://road-to-sanitarium.blogspot.in/

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    1. That's my thinking. I have even imagined making new vanities for the baths and cupboards for towels.

      But I think I should start with a birdhouse.

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  10. You are multi-talented Jo! I can't even cook a decent meal :-) let alone flower arranging and now carpenter :-)
    And for that -"May your wish come true!" :-)

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  11. Oh God, Jo! I'm envisioning myself trying woodworking and the story ends with me in an ambulance on the way to the emergency room and some limb on ice needing reattachment! LOL! Perhaps you could craft something small? Obviously you're patient, 'cause you like cooking and you are attentive to detail as in flower arranging, so odds are if you keep at it, you can master woodworking, too. Start small, though. After all, Rome wasn't built in a day. Who knows maybe you'll be able to redesign Rome at some point. ;-) Cheers!

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    1. Okay, YOU stay away from power tools! lol

      Birdhouse. someday

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  12. I bet you could do it if you really wanted to bad enough. My mom always told me I could do anything I set my heart on. So could you!! I have faith in you.

    Kathy
    http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com

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    1. That means a lot! Thank you.

      I might give it a try, but I would have to invest in some tools, more than I have and this isn't the right time for that.

      But one day, maybe.

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  13. My husband is the woodworker. As for me, I think I'll stay inside and be creative! Wishing you every opportunity to be creative in that department!

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    1. It could happen...need tools, need patterns, need wood! one day

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  14. I can see it, Jo.... You with a tool belt, ready to work.... :)

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    1. tool belt? Will it make me look fat? Maybe I could just use a workbench and hang my tools neatly on a pegboard above my bench?

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