While I do believe in paying attention to detail in order to make everyday things special for my family (thereby expressing my personality), there are some things I just don’t do. Here are some:
Ironing–It’s tedious, I’m not good at it, and I hate the way shirts smell when you iron the armpits. My grandmother would be appalled at this fact, but I hang up all of Eric’s shirts unironed and he does them himself on an as-needed basis. As for my own clothes, I generally steer away from buying things that need regular ironing, but if it can’t be avoided, I usually make Eric do it for me. I’ve heard that those spray-on wrinkle-releasers are wondrous, but have yet to try them.
Placecards–We didn’t even use them at our wedding! I figure adults are mature enough to figure out where to sit on their own. There are TONS of novel and “home made modern-ish” ideas for creating thoughtful placecards that double as favors, and I suppose these might be good for showers and such, but for a fairly intimate dinner party? C’mon.
Scrapbooking–I totally appreciate this as an artform, but just can’t get into it. I congratulate myself for just ordering our prints from Snapfish and getting them in an album, nevermind adding doo-hickeys, fancy paper embellishments and captions. If someone wanted to make me one, though, I’d certainly appreciate their time and effort, and I must admit, the Martha Stewart aisle at Michael’s does have some enticing supplies. But alas, there are too many other crafts I want to try that I just can’t devote the energy it would take to make one decent scrapbook.
Knitting–It seems the world has gone knitting-crazy! While I like the IDEA of handmade mittens and scarves for my whole family, I have to agree with my friend, Abby, on this one. There are perfectly nice stores that sell such things. I guess this falls into the same category as scrapbooking in that it takes too much darn (no pun intended) time to make one item. Home Made Modern believes in quick and easy crafts! I’m an instant-gratification type of gal, I guess.