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This morning as I was talking to my husband, I reached over to pick up a small craft I had been working on for the past few days. I wanted to know the truth—whether I should feature it on the blog or not—so I picked it up to show him and ask. The second I picked it up, I started laughing because part of it fell apart in my hands. I showed it to him and asked if it was weird to have mossy sticks form the base of a small basket meant for Easter candy, and his face gave me the answer I knew was coming. I knew he was right but was kind of bummed. That silly craft had taken me days to put together. Days. (I know, for those who make crafts that take months, you’re rolling your eyes.)
My husband and I went on to have a conversation about how you never see (or at least I haven’t) the many failed attempts at making craft projects. You only see the beautiful and carefully lit finished piece. Now, I am not against wonderful craft projects, and I most likely would not be interested in a blog that only showed messes all the time and didn’t show me how to make fun stuff. But the truth about craft blogging is this: it isn’t always pretty.
I’ll get a great idea on a mini-retreat, come home, and start working on it just to realize it’s a really bad idea. Or I’ll run across some craft supplies in our office and think, “I’ve got to make something with this!” and an hour later, I’m frustrated and the only thing I have to show for my effort is a mess.
These little beauties are all projects I’ve recently tried . . . and I thought I’d share them with you before they go to craft heaven so you can see the truth in full color. This first one was an attempt to use up some of the craft wood we own. (My husband went to art/graphic design school so we have a lot of random art supplies.) I thought I could make tiny boxes and fill them with Easter candy. They were going to be soooo cute! But yeah, not so much. I learned that hot glue actually kind of warps the wood and that it was surprisingly difficult for me to get the silly measurements correct for a simple box. (And yes, I was measuring!) Nice, huh?
Next was a mini Easter basket. I decided to collect twigs while we were out on walks and glue them together (this was clearly the week I went through a lot of hot glue.) I imagined how easy it would be. Make a square and 4 rectangles (for the sides), glue them all together and tada! I would have a cute basket. I have some leftover miniature silk roses from my wedding that I was going to stick in around the edges and of course, then I would fill that little basket up with Easter candy. (I’m obviously desperate to make some Easter projects for you all!) So I gathered twigs and nearly broke my hand trying to cut them. (Lesson learned: don’t use scissors to cut twigs . . . ow.) I made what looked like a raft and then ran out of twigs. I looked at my twig raft and was not really feeling it, so it was abandoned.
Then I saw this adorable wreath made entirely of cardboard and was so inspired, I used an entire nap time painting and cutting cardboard. I made the wreath and had enough cardboard eggs left over to make sides for my twig raft, I mean, basket. So I pulled out the hot glue gun again and well, it just didn’t work. This is the sad craft that fell apart in my hands as I asked my husband whether I should use it for the blog.
On a completely different crafting note, I was making a tutorial on book page art and after coloring, painting, and cutting out a flower, I realized that the page I had cut it from was talking about a crime and so the words, “murder” and “revenge” are front and center on the flower. Not exactly the words I want for an art piece for my kid’s room. Ah, me. I use discarded books from the library for book art projects and so had never bothered to read it. Next time, I’ll at least read the page I’m using for my craft!
These kinds of things just make me laugh because we all know that no one gets everything perfect all the time, but blog world can sometimes make it seem so. And if you’re rolling your eyes because these crafts don’t look THAT bad, believe me, there have been many that have been pitched right into the trash and never had a chance to be photographed.
So for all of you who read blogs like these and think, “All of my crafts turn out terribly—it’s not fair!” or whatever you might think, please know that half (or more than half) of our crafts don’t look so great either. The key is to keep at it and have fun. I love making things so I just keep moving along. If one craft and I don’t get along, I move on to the next one. No hard feelings. :)
Whatever you do, do it with joy! That’s the true key to success whether you’re a blogger or not. Keep trying new things and experimenting, and one of these days you’ll hit the mark. Enjoy this life that you’ve been given . . . and have a wonderful and creative day!