Tree Skirts & Nonconformity

by jennifer

treeskirt.jpgOkay, so I’m not really surprised that my crocheted Yarn Bombing submission didn’t make the final cut, but it sure would have been cool. On the bright side, I can finally post this picture of the wacky design I created with serious artistic influence from Abby, CraftSanity’s 4-year-old V.P. of Fun.

My plan was to simply design a series of “tree skirts” to tie around trees.

Abby took a look at my sketchbook and asked: “Where’s the face?”

Oh, I hadn’t really thought about that, I replied, drawing a face, complete with round cheeks Abby loves to draw.

This prompted her to ask: “How come that tree doesn’t have a shirt?”

Good question. I added a tube top to the design. My intention was to make a bikini top, but I ran out of time before the submission deadline.

I spent the better part of a Friday crocheting this thing and then photographed it quickly as the sun started to fade. I was the crazy lady who dressed a tree in a skirt and then sprawled out on the lawn to photograph it from a million different angles. It’s no wonder my neighbors would like to boot my crafty rear right out of Yuppieville. I refuse to mow the lawn every five minutes and I’m more interested in tying fiber art to the front tree than pruning it. No need to save me a seat on the local gossip train, folks, but count on me to do something quirky to give ya’ll something to talk about. Hey, it’s the least I can do. : )

If you feel like a freak in the place you live, I feel you (Really, you have no idea.) and I salute you. As uncomfortable as it sometimes is to be different than most the people around me, I usually feel quite blessed to be an individual because I know who I am and I’m comfortable in my own skin. At the end of the day, knowing who you are at your core is so much more important than mowing the lawn every time your neighbor does, or buying a new Lexus every three years to keep up with the Gotrocks. (Speaking of lawn mowing, I’m in the market for a human-powered push mower. Any recommendations?)

Anyway, I can’t wait to see the “Yarn Bombing” book. It sounds like it’s going to be great. And a special thanks to authors, Leanne and Mandy, for the inspiration to create a skirt for my tree. My neighborhood association thanks you. : )

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