Not so crafty…

I am quite possibly the least crafty person I know. Part of this might be that I live in Portland where everyone is a DIY-er wielding knitting needles and felting sets and welding tools and so I feel even less crafty than I might somewhere else. But there is a reason why I am not a primary school teacher (well, there are many reasons…first and foremost being that while I love little children, I find trying to do something with a classroom full of 30 of them the equivalent of trying to educate extra-hyper gerbils)…I am simply not crafty enough for that kind of demanding audience. So Halloween is really not my holiday. We have a tiny pumpkin that a student gave us:

We have some pretty cute costumes we’ve inherited, but there’s a strong likelihood that Sophia will not end up in any of them since Halloween falls on a Monday, and I just don’t know how much holiday spirit Josh and I will be able to muster. We did do the obligatory pumpkin patch/hayride outing, which works for me since there is nothing crafty about mucking about in the mud.







But I’m all about surrounding myself with people who make up for my incompetency. Sophia spends two afternoons a week with a lovely woman who used to teach kindergarten, and this is most definitely the piece de resistance of our Halloween celebration…the cutest damn footie ghost I’ve ever seen…

About jessicaepierce

Jessica Pierce has worked a a farm hand, file clerk, bicycle mechanic and teaching poet. After taking up space every where from the San Joaquin Valley to Arkansas to Boston to Guatemala to India to Oakland, she now lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, a sitar player, and their two year old daughter. As the lead teacher and language arts teacher at an alternative school outside of Portland, she works with high school students at risk of dropping out. She also teaches summer creative writing classes at St. Mary's Academy in downtown Portland. Her work has been published in the Painted Bridge Quarterly, the Christian Science Monitor weekly magazine,, The Times of India (Kolkata), and the Northwest Review, which nominated her for Meridian magazine’s 2007 Best New Poets anthology. She’s had the privilege of studying with Rosanna Warren, Dorianne Laux, Pimone Triplett, Sam Witt and Jorie Graham.
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6 Responses to Not so crafty…

  1. nichole says:

    That footie ghost is adorable! I can sympathize with your feeling not-so-crafty. I too, to my utter disappointment, am equipped with no special handy skills. Last fall, I was feeling brave and attended a crafty mama meet-up only to realize that everyone else had whipped up pretty excellent sock puppets whereas I was still working on trying to affix the second button eye. Needless to say, I had to finish the project at home (errrrr, somewhere there is a sad one-eyed wannabe sock puppet languishing in a drawer somewhere).

  2. Linda Cavallero says:

    the footie ghost is truly a keeper! but all the while I was thinking of “crafty” as duplicitous which you are also not, anyhew, keep on subcontracting out for the extras–So G will enjoy doing crafts with others but she knows who’s the best for snuggle time and where home base is. she looks the total picture of healthy development and satisfaction in her photos; can’t wait to check that out in person! love to the 3 of you, Linda

  3. Kristen says:

    Who needs to be crafty when you have Target!! I too am crafty challenged- after many years of half ass completed projects, Jenna has now taken over as the Crafter!! Just give it a couple of years and So-G will knitting up a strom!

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