I’m a creative person, which is not to say that I’m imaginative. I’m not good with formulating creative ideas but I do well when it comes to executing crafts and other creative projects.
Last spring while perusing the aisles of Lee’s Art Shop I came across a Martha Stewart kit for making crepe paper flowers. I’ve always loved the fluffiness of a peony so I went ahead and shelled out a few bucks for the kit. This past September I finally made some time to work on my flowers. I hadn’t realized how much tedious work it would be. There was a lot of cutting, some gluing, pulling, wrapping. There were sticky finger pads and one aching back from all the hovering I did. There were bruised knuckles from having to cut 14 flower petals with scissors that were a tad too small. The entire time I kept thinking, “come on, 14 petals?”
Shortly after making my flower* I had a conversation about it with my supervisor at work. We were talking about my love for crafts in general and then with great pride I began to recap my Martha Stewart project. I went on for a while about the peony and how I now have this delightful flower. My supervisor nodded several times as we spoke and then just as I finished talking she said, “why would you ever want a paper flower?” I was rather taken aback by such a question but then I thought about it and I was at a loss for words. Why the hell do I want a paper flower? What had I been thinking! And I’ll admit it. I still don’t know why I want or need paper flowers. It baffles me and in some small way I wonder if paper flowers are a no-no in the way that plastic flowers are tacky. BUT for now I do enjoy looking over at my living room window seal and seeing my peony. There is something about the blush colored crepe paper flower with its sun-burst-yellow center that I find beautiful.
* Footnote: I only ever made ONE flower. All that cutting was exhausting! Someday I have three more flowers I need to tackle. Well, maybe.