Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Learning from failing
The other crafts that I work on during the other 75% of the time usually turn out like crap. I am not excerating here. I spend a lot of time on projects that never pan out to anything good. I call it wasted time. I blame two things for these epic fails; Pinterest and my undiagnosed inablilty to focus which I believe some would call ADD.
Pinterest one. Me zero.
There have been countless crochet patterns that I have tried and have hated the end result. There has been sewing patterns that have gone completely wrong. I have attempted to knit and failed immediately. I have tried to paint and channel my inner Bob Ross and I ended up with sad and pathetic little trees rather than his happy ones.
The other night after attempting to make a shirt my husband asked me what I was working on. I laughed as I told him that the material I had used wasn't the best choice (satin) and was making my cutting totally not straight which then, in turn, made my lines all off. I did tell him that it wasn't coming out well, but that I did notice that I was learning quite a bit. I had learned how to serge using my own machine rather than needing to pay extra for a serger. I also learned how to make a button hole and how to place a button using the sewing machine which was so cool I literally yelped with excitement.
I realized in that moment that if I just shifted my perspective just a tiny bit I could see all the positive things that were going on. So what the shirt is lopsided. I made quite the button hole. I have also been making some clutches that are so cute which I plan to put up in the shop really soon as soon as I take really good pictures of them.
SO the message of this post is, yes, you can have failures, but in those moments we are continuously learning something new. Embrace it.