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.
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.
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.
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!
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