I used to be a crafty be-otch. I made scrapbooks, garlands, bags, mini albums, hats, you name it. If it could be handmade, I would try to make it. I was on a design team for a scrapbooking company. I had an entire room dedicated to all my crafting goodness and I would disappear for hours, absorbed in creating the perfect craft item. Whoa…back up….there it is, that word. PERFECT. That word was my downfall. The need for perfection took its mighty toll on my crafting endeavors. The idea that all my items had to be better than ones I saw on Pinterest or on other blogs drove me right into crafting purgatory. I lost my ideas. I was uninspired. I was overwhelmed with all the choices I had for things to make. I wanted to do it all but ended up not being able to do any of it.
I packed up my craft room, donated some items, and threw most of it away. (GASP!) I told myself I didn’t have time anymore. I told myself I wasn’t good enough. I told myself I would never be a great artist. I told myself it was just too messy. And do you know why? I had stopped crafting what I loved and was crafting for what I thought OTHER people would love. What the hell was I thinking????
Crafting is all about YOU. It’s about bringing your ideas to life, putting your own personal spin on what everybody else is doing anyway. Does it matter that everyone is making painted ball jar candle holders? Hell no! Pick different colors, add a new twist with embellishments. Do you love it? Who cares what anyone else has to say about it. If you believe in your product and love it, that will shine through and naturally attract interest from others.
I can’t tell you how many times people would say to me…..”Wow! You made that?” I found myself posting on a friend’s Facebook page several weeks ago. She was making Christmas decor from old barn wood. I posted, “I’m so jealous!! Why are you living my dream?” It was like a lightbulb went off. That could be me. That was my dream. She was simply doing what she enjoyed and people were interested. And those that weren’t, well that’s alright too.
I may be a jack of all/master of none when it comes to crafting and I am fine that. As long as I am enjoying what I am doing, that will be perfect for me. Being artistic is a huge part of my life and I want to celebrate it, for myself and with everyone else!