Inauguration Day Craftster Style
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Through the long U.S. campaign and election season Craftsters of all political persuasions have made their voices heard through their creativity, passion, and talent.
Kids helped out and even our pets got involved!
Now the election is over, but there’s still plenty of reasons for political crafts!
The ceremony takes place in the morning for most of the US, and being a Tuesday, this presents some challenges for people with day jobs. Don’t despair! You can still have a fabulous Inauguration Day!
Many workplaces are bringing in televisions for employees to view the ceremony. Why not treat your co-workers to some Presidential cupcakes?
If you are lucky enough to be able to watch at home, consider hosting your own inaugural brunch. Grab some friends, turn on the TV, pour some coffee (or mimosas) and watch history happen together (or even on your own).
Here are just a few delicious brunch ideas we found on Craftster: homemade cinnamon buns, strawberry crepes (add blueberries for “Inaugural Crepes”!), vegan banana bread, potato-crust Quiche, and french toast casserole.
Decorate your table with Obama themed goodies like these projects:
Felt balls with Obama’s campaign logo would look adorable on the table. Likewise, paper decorations can be hung on the walls or the backs of chairs. The design of this Obama tea towel would make fabulous napkins as well. Don’t drink your neighbor’s mimosa! These fun and patriotic drink charms will keep everyone’s drinks easy to recognize.
If you crochet, it’s not too late to have Obama himself at your brunch, in the form of one of these adorable amigurumi dolls. You’ll have your own tiny guest of honor!
If you are looking for just the right thing to wear, our wonderful members have you covered. From tshirts to amazing accessories, these projects show you are politically aware as well as craft-fabulous. (Join in with others and work on your own Obama scarf! Find out more at the Obama
scarf Knit-along thread.)
If you are one of the lucky few who actually snagged tickets to a ball (or if you have decided to go all out and throw your own!), you will need a ball gown. We may be short on time, but with so many amazingly talented members, we are never short on inspiration.
No matter what your political leanings are, the ceremony and ritual of the inauguration provide continuity, tradition, and a connection between the past and the future. This year, with the inauguration of Barack Obama, the sense of history, of past, present and future, is even more palpable for so many reasons. In a similar way, crafting helps us to be aware of our history, and yet very much a part of today. Crafts and techniques have been passed along through generations, because of necessity, pleasure, and the need for creative outlets. When we craft we are creating something entirely new and ours, but we also touch the community of Craftsters who came before, and who will follow us. Like the need to organize our societies and create governance, the need to express ourselves creatively and find ways to create our own shelter, food, clothing, and add beauty to our lives is a fundamental part of who we are as humans. That is really something to celebrate.
How are you marking the inauguration? If you are outside the US, how do you celebrate these transitions in your country? Let us know your thoughts!