Many times people have remarked about my perfectionism. It isn't so much that I want things to be perfect as it is I have an idea in my mind's eye how I would like something to look when it is crafted. After all, I think anyone who undertakes any project does. When I design, I really do have an idea what the finished piece will look like. Herein lies the what might have been my undoing!
When I was going to design school in Europe, things were easy! All I had to do was create. Lots of drawings, sketches; marker and paper, all so easy. Until! Until I had to look for a button I had drawn or a detail I had dreamed up. Most of my designs were never really created. But when as design was to be made, the search was on! When I couldn't find the exact detail, I would have to "settle" for something "close to the original"...or scrap the sketch and re-draw the whole thing with the new found item. It doesn't seem like a big deal now, but back then it was BIG drama. I had seen the overall finished work and that is how it had to be for real life. I didn't like to "settle".
As I have gotten older, things have changed, and I have tried to heed the words of my mentors and create keeping an open mind--or "mind's eye wide open", as I heard so many times. These past holidays reminded me of that very lesson: I had an idea for an ornament to give my friends--snowmen made from a simple silver glass ball, dressed with a knit stocking cap and button mouths; how cute they would be. Being busy right up to the very days before our festivities, I would gather the supplies from my list and glue, glue, glue. Piece of cake! NOT SO FAST! Having to wait until so late in the season proved disasterous; the shops were out of orange foam for the noses, the buttons I found were too big, and plain silver balls were nowhere to be found! I looked everywhere for a large striped knit that would be perfect for the snowmen (as I saw them)! And now what would I do?! The snowmen wouldn't LOOK the same! I felt as though I was "settling".
After a bit of searching, I found a white and silver ornament package, in the right size nonetheless, at the grocery store! Mom dropped by with some old striped t-shirt fabric she had found during her move...and the little snowmen began to take shape; not the shape I thought at the begining, but shape anyhow. At the craft store I found wiggle eyes, larger than I planned and with no orange foam, I bought bright orange pompons! A simple jingle bell would replace the pompon on the end of the cap...since I was going to use one as the nose. The button smiles got scrapped.
And how cute they turned out! All by chance, looking nothing like the sketch at the start! They had such a cheerful look that I had not anticipated. And my friends adored them! I think it is what makes them special. They were an organic creation made up as I went along. I think this may be my New Year's resolution: let ideas blossom somewhat on their own and not worry so much about the details involved. I may have learned the lesson years ago, but this year I will try to use the ol' lesson more often!
My little 'unexpected' snowmen, ready to be gifted! Nothing like the original idea--I don't see how they could have turned out better! Have a great new year everyone!