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Well, It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time….

By Twistie

First off, I’d like to apologize for the lack of posts the last couple days. I was sick and my eyes wouldn’t focus through the fever, alas. It’s difficult to spell properly under those circumstances, and my prose becomes somewhat… less than exquisite. Oh hell, in point of fact I become more garbled than Ozzy Osborne on helium. Not pretty.


In honor of the fever dreams that plagued my last couple days, I bring you some thoughts on crafts gone horribly wrong.

 (Photo via Wonyk)

We all have crafting ideas. Some, admittedly, are better than others. What possessed the artist to create a teddy bear our of belly button lint and then enclose it in a glass jar, I cannot say. I occurs to me that I might have looked for a led-lined enclosure, but maybe that’s just me.

The poor thing, while articulated, which is something of a feat in that scale, appears to have been put together like Frankenstein’s monster out of mismatched bits of other teddy  bears who had passed on. Even the eyes appear to be two different sizes.

And yet, somehow, there is a bizarre poetry – possibly strongly influenced by Richard Brautigan – to the concept of making an adorable little toy out of something as pointless, unpleasant, and just plain nasty as belly button lint. Just think how long one would have to harvest the materials to come up with enough lint to make this small, bedraggled creature! Even if you had friends lining up to donate their own fluff, it would take a ridiculously long time. This tenacity and originality of vision seems to me to be worthy of a certain admiration, even if the results are less than stellar.

Yes, I doff my entire hat collection to the few, the proud, the ones who come up with utterly deranged crafts projects while in the throes of too much pizza and beer, an excess of video games, or just plain deeply confused mental states. Whether or not you add very much to the sum total of greatness in the world, you certainly add to its whimsicality and unpredictable nature.

So, belly button lint teddy bear maker, I salute you.

2 Responses to “Well, It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time….”

  1. dinazad Says:

    Just think of what could be done with toe jam!

    But who am I to pull faces? After all, I did have a drawerfull of old, torn (clean) undies with the vague idea of making a quilt/throw of appliqué undie flowers on dark gray velvet…. (Un)fortunately, I moved an decided not to take the underwear tatters with me. I still think it would have been a cool quilt, if only I didn’t have mostly black underwear. But those violet panties would really have popped on gray!

  2. Twistie Says:

    Well, dinazad, you could always get new undies with an eye to what can be done with them once they’re worn out. Violet would indeed pop beautifully on gray!

    “Just think of what could be done with toe jam!”

    I fear you.

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