Crafting together

I went to a Crafternoon, and made this little skull. But it’s not the important bit… I loved it, the chance to talk with some great women.  About adult things.

I didn’t know anyone else there, except the hostess.  So it could have been really akward. Instead, it was affirming, to find out how much we had in common. To explore where our perspectives met, and where they divered. We talked like adults, I’ve missed that! We didn’t talk in the coded way parents must, when they know children are nearby, listening. And yes, we did discuss our children, amongst other things.

Best of all, we were able to move from the personal to the political. So often, with mothers I know well, who I see everyday, we just swap anecdotes and personal stories. Without drawing the political conclusion, making the link to what’s going on in society. I’m sure we all see it, but we don’t say. This Crafternoon, it was refreshing to say it.

I spent quite a while deciding whether my skull badge should have googly eyes. It looked cute with… but scarier, more real without.

Yes, I’ve changed the blog again. New background, new name.

4 thoughts on “Crafting together

  1. I love the idea of a Crafternoon , your skull looks very cute indeed.
    There is a reason why I choose to hang out with knit / spin groups, cause mostly the topic doesn’t revolve about kids but rather other things. I love my family but there is more to life than chatting about little people. So sharing a creative outlet with others is a wonderful way of expressing yourself and who you are outside of the family 🙂

  2. What a nifty little skull badge! I like the idea of crafternoons.

    And, I hear you on being able to have adult conversations that you can tie to political realities. It’s so important to see the forest along with the trees, and I’m sometimes stunned by the way that parent-to-parent conversations can completely gloss over the larger implications of the patterns we discuss. My new not-favorite is “oh, boys will be boys” – it’s frustrating beyond belief!

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