Thursday, December 10, 2009

Comfort Crafts

We all have our comfort foods. I have my comfort crafts. It used to be crocheting or knitting; however, it really bothers my hands to do that so I've had to give it up. When I had a bad day at the office, I'd come home make myself dinner, fire up the day's episode of As The World Turns (ATWT) on the VCR and pull our my crocheting. In 40 minutes, my mood could be completely turned around.

I've been a bit down the last couple of days. Tuesday, Mother and I had a pleasant day shopping in Charlotte for her Christmas present from me. We had lunch at our favorite restaurant and browsed a few of our favorite stores plus some new discoveries. Even the constant rain on our way home wasn't a big deal.

Then that evening I found out CBS announced they were not renewing ATWT. While not unexpected, it was still numbing. ATWT has been my main television entertainment since high school. And it has often been my comfort food. They might as well pull all the chocolate ice cream off the shelves while they are at it. I'll miss it that much.

Soaps have long gotten a lot of flack - a little is warranted, but mostly it was overblown. Especially when you compare any soap to the trash that fills 24/7 on 200+channels today - a lot of which is called "news." If you have ever watched a soap and it is still on, watch it again. Don't let daytime drama die. After Guiding Light was cancelled, ATWT was left as Proctor and Gamble's last soap. In May, I also started watching General Hospital and am enjoying it. There was absolutely nothing worth watching on in the evenings during the summer and as I said, I was expecting ATWT to get cancelled at some point. I love an on-going drama where I can get into the characters as opposed to a movie where 90 minutes and you left with more questions than answers.

One plus today is that some shows - all the CBS soaps and General Hospital - are available through the Internet making it easy to tune in during the evenings.

To help get out of my funk, I needed another of my comforts - crafts. I have some scrapbook pages started but I wanted something simplier. Creative, yet easy on the mind. So out came on of my favorite stamp sets and I made a few of these Valentine cards.

I could rant and rave about the advantages of daytime drama over (un)reality TV, talk shows, and most of primetime all afternoon, but I'd better go. Pizzas in the oven.

Ingredients for card, not pizza :-) Stamps: Loads of Love by Stampin' Up!
Ink: Real Red, Brilliant Blue by SU!; Staz-on Black, various SU markers and watercolor crayons
DSP: Creative Memories

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