Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Catablogue: Craftastrophe

Craftastrophe: Because Handmade Isn't Always Pretty

Sometimes you just need a laugh, and this blog provides chuckles on a consistent basis. Craftastrophe mostly features craft catastrophes (no, not craft apostrophes)--those items that make one think, "You know, just because you can make it doesn't mean you should." But Craftastrophe also features crafts that are simply bizarre and that, perhaps, absolutely ought to be made just because they can be! The bloggers write about "crafts that are funny, weird, strange, and make us laugh" (citation), so having one's handicrafts featured on their blog doesn't necessarily mean that they're highlighting them as hideous . . . although that is, in fact, highly likely.

The wacky crafts alone would make a visit to the blog worthwhile, but the bloggers' witty remarks about said crafts only add to the humor and often make me laugh aloud. For example, read their comments about Jesus' cross of thorns remade with taxidermied birds' legs covered in 24-karat gold, or their comments about a cat toy made of fabric sewn to look like a feces-filled diaper.

Sometimes they feature crafts that crafters have made to be craftastrophic on purpose, such as the kitchen spoon rests made of pet hair or toenails suspended in hard resin. My favorite is a thin pillow made of red velvet in a shape meant to look like a puddle of blood so that, when one lays one's head upon it (preferably face-down), one looks like a victim of a major head injury with cranial blood pooling underneath one's head. That particular craft is called . . . (wait for it) . . . The Great Slumber ("inspired by those suspenseful moments when a sleeping loved one is a little too still for a little too long") [citation].

Each blog post includes a photo or two of the featured craftastrophe with brief comments from the bloggers. Be sure, though, to check out other readers' comments, too, beneath each post. Clearly Craftastophe's readers are a witty bunch themselves, and their remarks are often as funny as the bloggers'.

(What is a catablogue?)

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