Friday, March 7, 2014

Some Crafts are Better than Others

I got myself involved in yet another swap, this time from Do what you love. It seemed like a perfect idea at that time and quite a simple thing to do. A stitched postcard with the theme "create." So why not, right?  Well, it happened that I encountered a crafters block. All of a sudden it became the most daunting task, and I quickly became frustrated with the whole thing. 

Don't ask me why, this simple task became a not so simple one. My only thought is that I rarely work with a proposed theme, and my brain went into standoff mode. 

My first attempt seemed very much like what my friend Ute has sent me in the past. The only difference  is that her cards look so much nicer than the one above. I mean really, really nice!  I dropped the idea midway as you can see.

Then I thought about a collage. Cut a few things, paste some others and stitch something because that was what I was supposed to do. Instead this minestrone soup of God knows what turns out and stares at me. Is this what you can come up with? Seriously?? Are you in 5th grade? It looked horrendous, ridiculous, plain ugly, a cliche, predictable. Well, I could tell you what I told my sister, but I won't.

So I took a few breathes, counted to 100, and then proceeded to start again.

See the thing is that we all have different tastes, and that is one of the things that make this world so interesting. There is something for everyone. You might or might not like my final postcard (maybe my postcard partner will be... what??), and that is really fine with me (OK maybe not really fine). The important part is that I needed to like what I had done and be able to look at it and say, "that is definitely ME!!! And yes it is!!

One swap down, 2 more to go, and since we are on the subject I really hope you decide to join me for some swapping fun here on this blog o' mine. The sign-in closes this sunday (march 9), and all the details are here.

Have a wonderful weekend,


  1. They are all beautiful in my eyes but I fully understand your point about taste :-) A wonderful weekend to you Giova 😊

    1. Thank you so much, but yes, at the end of the day it is all a matter of taste, and also whether we are happy with the result!

  2. I actually think these cards are really nice, I've signed up to crafty swaps before and always gets a mind block, so frustrating!


    1. I'm happy to hear I'm not the only one! And yes, I think it is all these swaps that I have been getting myself into, that got me to that point ;)

  3. Tiempo. Empeno. Dedicacion. Inspiracion.... Y todo, todo. Seguramente que unos mas divinos que otros, pero que me gustan todos, me gustan!!!

  4. Hello there. Same stuff going on here, for me. Haven't even done mine yet. And I so get the fact that everybody has their own taste but I want to make my receiver happy with my card too! But you are so right. I should be happy with what I post out first and that will make ME happy and I'm sure it'll show on the card too :)

    So yeah, thank you for this and I'm glad I checked the Do What You Love FB page and found you :)

  5. Oh, and I forgot to tell you that you did good with all of them :)


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