THAT CAN-DO ATTITUDE — REALLY?

Why do I have the “I can do that” attitude whenever I’m in a craft store? This attitude has cost me much money and storage space. Instead of buying a certain crafty item that I like, I think, “I can do that” and then proceed to buy all the supplies for the item. Did I mention buying the crafty item would’ve been much, much cheaper? Yes, I’m occasionally pretty dumb. For months, I made cute little beaded bracelets. But then I lost interest and donated all the supplies and materials to a friend. On the bright side, I no longer have any interest in returning to that craft.

My attempt at a crocheted quilt. Go ahead and oooh and aaaah over the picture, but I hid all the flaws before taking the pic.

And why do I think I can quilt? Sewing patches of fabric isn’t hard, but the process is time consuming and the end result isn’t always pretty — no matter how hard I try and no matter how careful I am. Last year, I was pretty confident I could complete three patchwork quilts. I completed one quilt, and in all honesty, I didn’t really like the end result. Because I wasn’t impressed with my quilting skills, I couldn’t give it to my friend.

The other two quilts are still in-progress projects, and I have no idea if I’ll complete them. I have a ton of pretty fabric that I haven’t used. The last time my quilting mode ended, I didn’t think I would have any desire or interest to return to the craft and got rid of the fabrics (square patches). And I kind of regret that decision, especially when my desire to quilt returned.

These ceramic snowmen are pretty popular ornament to paint during the Christmas season. For the record, I did not paint the ornaments in the picture.

One day, I will return to quilting. I want to make a beautiful and simple patchwork quilt. Stupid “can-do” attitude. If I didn’t have the want to succeed at something, I could easily accept defeat and move on. Not to mention, I have no desire to be the world’s greatest quilter or complete beautiful and intricate quilts — all I want to do is complete a beautiful and simple patchwork quilt (too much to ask for?). I want to make a quilt that will make me smile and excited to give to a friend.

A long, long time ago, I painted ceramic ornaments for friends and family. I have no idea what motivated me to buy a ton of paint, brushes, and white ceramic ornaments. I imagine I was walking through ornament aisle and said to myself, “I can do that.” For the next couple of years, I pained a ton of ornaments and gave them as Christmas presents. I wasn’t the best painter in the world, but I wasn’t too shabby.

I remember throwing some of my favorite movies in the DVD player for a little background noise before I started a marathon of painting ornaments. Other than my legs getting a little cramped from sitting on the floor for hours on end, I felt at peace and happy just painting. I really enjoyed the craft, and I could not get enough ornaments to paint. At one point, I had so many ornaments that I donated some to a local nursing home for Christmas. Now as I’m typing, I miss painting but I don’t think I will return to the craft anytime soon.

A very warm crocheted scarf that I donated as part of the 2008 Resolution: 25 Scarves.

One, I could never have too many paint bottles. Sure, I could just go with the basic colors, but what fun would that be? I could easily spend $50 on paint alone. Two, the mess. I would sit my butt down in front of the TV and start painting with all of my supplies surrounding me. I don’t think Charlie would like the mess of stepping over everything every time he walks in the living room. And I would probably have to constantly push the cats away from the ornaments. Three, the time-consuming process. At the time, my attention span is very limited — I would probably start the project and then return three months later. Returning to ornaments now is not a good idea.

Holy cow! This post is loooooong! Well, I shouldn’t be surprised due to the many, many craft projects I work on throughout the years. I still have to talk about my love for crocheting and scrapbooking too! Did I mention I’m dabbling in recycling used greeting cards? Yes, another project I decided I could do. So much to write about, but yet so little time. Anyway, I don’t want to keep all my readers from reading a book at this time. The next post: THAT CAN-DO ATTITUDE — REALLY?: PART II. And if someone could really explain my mentality of the “can do” attitude, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks!

Categories: Jennifer Elliott

4 replies »

  1. I’m with you. I do that all the freaking time. It starts off so innocently, “Oh, this would be easy to make!” and it goes downhill from there.

    And Kristi is totally right about strip quilting; I’ve practically forgotten how to quilt any other way.

  2. At the Harvest Festival one year (the Harvest Festival is a local craft fair that comes around this area in the fall), I saw a sign in one of the booths. “Sure, you could make this, but will you?”

    But it’s good to craft, at least when you find the craft that you look forward to doing.

  3. Try using the “strip-quilting” method that is promoted by Eleanor Burns. She is a genius! I’d never done any quilting, but she helped me make a quilt from start to finish. The entire process (if I’d worked uninterrupted) would definitely have been done in a day. The directions are so very user-friendly (read: pictures, pictures, pictures), so I LOVE her.

  4. I have now learnt not to take up anything new – but I have all the supplies and stash for the ones I indulged in the past and I cannot say goodbye to them – one day – one day I will create beauty – when? approaching 70 well 66 actually think time will run out first and then all my stash will be taken to craft groups to be given away and to bulk someone else’s stash hoard!!!!!!

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