Despite being seen as a generally ‘crafty person’, there are two things I can’t do well at all: bake, and wrap presents.
Baking, I suspect is because it’s a very precise practice more akin to science than art, and I tend to be a little slapdash in everything I do which doesn’t fare well with baking. I’ll substitute baking powder with bicarb of soda, or leave it in the oven until I think it looks ready, or run out of flour and think ‘oh, 100g less will do, I’ll just put in a bit less of everything else too’… predictably, the results are usually fairly disastrous. Viz my failed entry into the recent Poke studio bake-off:
I had visions for a charming little gingerbread house decorated with iced gems and silver balls, but my dough was too crumbly to even stand up and no amount of squeezy icing or melted chocolate (and icing sugar to hide the damage) would convince it otherwise. In the end I got too angry to continue and forfeited the competition. You can see some of the more successful bake-off entries on my Flickr.
The other sticking point, wrapping presents – I think again because it requires the kind of precision and attention span I don’t possess. I can never get corners tidy, the tape curls up and sticks to itself, ribbons and bows are liberally applied to hide the damage.. the whole thing generally looks like I let the cat wrap it for me.
So this year I went for a purposefully ‘rustic’ look with handmade wrapping paper and tags. Even the rubber stamps are handmade (at the Make Lounge class I did last month), and just stamped onto brown parcel paper and manila tags for a rather pleasing lo-fi look.