I’ve been writing a lot about habits this week. Today, I’d like to talk about a different kind of habit.
I always wince when I hear the phrase, “Jack of all trades, master of none.” It hits a little too close to home. Literally, a little too close to our home.
Creative, I am. Crafty, I am not. I’ve dabbled in so many craft-tacular areas and stumbled away from all of them. Stationery, art, sewing, knitting, crocheting, decorating, you name it. It happens time and time again. I get a fantastic-amazing-life-changing craft idea and dash out to Michael’s/Hobby Lobby/JoAnne’s and get the supplies and get so crazy excited about what I’m going to make. But the problem happens: I don’t finish the craft. And Pinterest, bless its addicting heart, has only made things worse.
I, friends, am a habitual craft starter, and rarely a craft finisher. What gets in the way? So many things. Distraction. The busy-ness of life. Confusion and not actually knowing what I’m doing. Missing a craft supply or two. Boredom. I could go on. But the excuse doesn’t matter. The point is, I have more than a few crafts I’d like to finish.
I want to live in a house not full of failed attempts and half-finished stuff. I want to be surrounded by things well done, not by excuses-excuses-excuses. It’s the little things, really, that can make this life good, yes? And if I start this finish-well trend in small, manageable ways (read: crafting), it just might teach me some good lessons in other areas of life.
I’ll wrap up a few crafts on my own, but most will be completed through community. Between real life and the blogosphere, I have quite a few craft-inclined friends. These talented friends can really rock a craft, and will help me get 100% of the way there, not my habitual 78%. There is beauty, I’m learning, in vulnerability, in trust and in asking for help.
For my first Finish Something Friday, I’m making a little magic happen with some crayons and a glue gun and my hairdryer. Considering some of the crayons are over 25 years old (!), this craft has been waiting on completion the longest. Over the holidays, I sorted through quite the crayon collection at my parents’ house and filled a gallon-sized ziploc bag with the ones I wanted.
I have a few canvases leftover from other projects. And my hot glue gun? Well that, friends, is brand-spanking-new. The first time I ever used a hot glue gun was as a little Brownie Girl Scout. Magical, I tell you. Magical! And not even expensive. Had I known that one could be mine in exchange for just a little Tooth Fairy cash, I would have bought one two decades ago. I dumped out all the crayons on the floor. After I decided on a color scheme — reds, yellows and oranges — I selected the crayons I wanted to use.
I lined them up and glued them down. The next day, I traded the glue gun for the hair dryer. Set on high heat and high power, I melted those crayons and created some art. (Probably shouldn’t use something hot enough to melt wax on my hair every day . . . but that’s a different post.)
Final product: gorgeous!
Maybe hanging vertically, maybe horizontally. Have yet to decide.
What can you finish today? Or this weekend?