If at first you don’t succeed, try again. And again. And again.
Eventually, you might just get something good. Maybe.
Striving to make something better than average sucks sometimes. The devil is truly in the details, which is a fact I find both exhausting and frustrating. But the result is generally worth the struggle. For this book, I knew I’d need to create a prototype for each craft, then likely make another version or two to get it right. What I didn’t anticipate? Making trip after trip after 25th trip to the craft/hardware/grocery store, and spending over $400 in supplies (more than twice what I’d budgeted for).
I began with a list of potential ideas, most of which I scratched off after giving them more thought. What if I made a journal out of paper grocery bags? Ehh, been done before. Plus, great, cheap journals already exist. How about a cool fanny pack-like thing for festivals? Too much work to make from scratch, and the pre-made cheap ones are ugggly. Tic Tac containers as bobby pin holders? Cute, but far from a new idea.
Eventually, I carved out nearly a dozen projects that I think complement one another and are truly fresh. In the process of creating them, I screwed up over and over. Too much paint, not the right glue, what-the-hell-was-I-thinking design (see above). I almost gave up, more times that I'll admit. But with my husband’s encouragement, I kept gluing, cutting, and painting. Because what do I really have to lose? And I’m sure I’ll screw up a bunch more before putting this thing out. It just takes this kind of editing process to make something worth sharing with the world.
As Oscar Wilde puts it, “experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.” So come on, make them with me. I can't wait to see what happens as a result.