New Arts n Crafts, But Not Photography

My goodness.

I’ve spent WAY too much time today trying to take pictures of my new crafts. What I ended up with was a renewed appreciation for photographers.

Checkered boxes, checkered trunks, checkered benches, checkered reclaimed objects, checkered candlesticks…you name it – checkered is my new thing.

But what I can’t do is take pictures, apparently.

At first I thought it was the space, then the lighting, then the camera, then I realized it was just me, and my lack of talent for “capturing.”

So, let me try to be persuasive with words. These objects are cool. (So cool, in fact, that you can’t even capture their magnificence with a good camera!)

Perhaps my favorite “thing” about them is that I have no idea what made me suddenly “see” checkered patterns on everything around me. The idea seemingly sprang into my head a few months ago and I can’t stop taping, painting, striping and distressing.

Up to date, I’ve only posted my art. This post is about Arts & Crafts.

Well, I love both. And yeah, they’re very different.

For those that don’t know what that difference is, I grabbed a definition right off the internet: “Art is described as an unstructured and open-ended form of work; that expresses emotions, feelings, and vision. Craft denotes a form of work, involving the creation of physical objects, by the use of hands and brain. Art relies on artistic merit whereas craft is based on learned skills and technique.” – shout out to

I think they summed it up pretty well. And that definition reflects the key to enjoying arts & crafts (a.k.a. crafts).

There’s nothing like spending an evening painting squares on wood to clear the cobwebs, keep you busy and leave you with something cool to look at and maybe…sell. Any takers? Anyone?

I’ll be continuing on with art and occasional arts & crafts. And until further notice, my big thing right now is checkered objects.

But definitely not photography. Happy Tuesday.

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