My mom and her two sisters are crafty.
By "crafty," I don't mean rubbing their hands together and cackling while plotting someone's demise (actually, I can totally see them doing that). What I really mean is they enjoy making crafts. They quilt, knit, crochet, sew, cross-stitch, and have no remaining fingerprints from years and years of wielding a hot glue gun (which is a plus when it comes to the other kind of craftiness).
They recently started a blog together, Confessions of Three Former 4-Hers. They write about the various projects they're undertaking. Between the three of them, I don't think they'll ever run out of material.
My two aunts live near Joplin, Missouri, which you may remember was hit by a devastating EF-5 tornado last spring. A whole lot of people lost everything, including, of course, their homes... which is where the show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition comes into the picture.
This television show (you know, the one who's host is Ty Pennington, who could be a posterchild for ADHD?) recently came into Joplin and completed 7 Homes in 7 Days for an episode that will air sometime in January. I've watched the show before, and seen all the volunteers hammering and sawing and moving furniture... but I never really gave much thought to all the sewing that would need to be done for a brand-new home with brand-new furnishings. I guess I just assumed they bought all their pillows, curtains, etc, ready-made.
Apparently, I was wrong.
These two aunts of mine have recently donated a considerable amount of time and labor to this show and the homes they were creating. They were part of a team of sewers who made everything from quilts and curtains to pillows and duvets.
Oh, and they've been blogging about it the whole time.
It's been really interesting to read about the other side of the show, more of a behind-the-scenes look at all that goes into the creation of these houses.
You can check it out, too, either by clicking on the link I provided above, or by going down to the bottom left corner of this page and clicking on Confessions of Three Former 4-Hers under Blogs We Read. If you scroll down on their blog, you can read the posts in order, starting with the post "Kay and Sherry's Incredible Adventure."