Monday, 11 February 2008

I give up and that’s ok!


I Love Wood by SanFran67

Dutch geese by Molly Jey

I just discovered papercutting (scherenschnitte) and I’m completely amazed. I didn’t know that you could make something so pretty and delicate with nothing more than a piece of paper, a sharp blade, a lot of patience and dexterity. I almost fell off my computer chair when I saw this free pattern that includes a sweet squirrel holding an acorn. I love squirrels! With some advice from Jackie at smoothpebble I decided to give it a try. I enjoy reading blog posts that show exemples of courage and determination (ex: it was a challenge but I finally finished my beautiful quilt after 10 months of sweat and tears) but this will not be the case. I gave up after 15 minutes and I really don’t mind! I admit that I have limitations and using a blade that could slice off one of my fingers during a short moment of inattention (ex: my dog is eating cat littler) is just not my thing. Sometimes, it’s simply better to admire the beauty in the work done by other people.

11 comments:

Snippety Gibbet said...

Oooooooh, thanks for the beautiful photos and the links. I'm a paper cutter and love to discover new things that folks are doing. jan

Lisa @ Little Acorn said...

Oooooh...spooky! I've been inspired by paper cutting lately too and I just put up a free pattern for a papercut Valentine with a squirrel on my blog! This was my first attempt - it went well and it was pretty fast and most importantly I still have all my fingers!

chickpeastudio said...

hee hee
you're so funny, I avoid projects with knives too, especially stamp carving... unless it's a rotary cutter of course,
Juliette

smoothpebble said...

so glad you gave it a try. isn't that part of the fun - to be inspired and challenged to try something new. even if it doesn't work out, you can cross something off the list, and sometimes that's a good feeling.

Crystal said...

Yea...I get a little scared I'll slice off a piece of finger too. I try to go with small blades for my own protection. :)

chikaustin said...

Oh dear! I have a pile of scraps from my failed projects. I would love to complete a quilt, even if it took me a year. I have a pile of elephant pieces, nightgowns, photos, etc.

Stephanie said...

Absolutely beautiful work Claudia, I especially love the deer in front of the trees.

ponderingponteuf said...

Yes,it is best to have all your fingers intact and at least say that you gave it a go:0)
I have to say,I am so clumsy with sharp objects that I will not be giving this a go anytime soon.
Stick to making those yummy cupcakes,anymore pics soon????
I still haven't found the time to make some,I have NO idea why.......
take care and keep warm:0)

Señorita Puri said...

This is so beautiful. Shame on me that i'm such a clumsy oaf!

Cindy said...

I'll have to make some easier templates. Good job for trying!

M. said...

It seems that this kind of art is well known in Switzerland. I like all those little and fragile details.