- Slow and steady will finish the race. We've heard the saying time and time again; and it applies to so many areas in our lives. When it comes to crafting, I like the end result more than I like putting in the work. Often I find myself rushing to finish a project rather than slowing down, and enjoying the moment of creating. When I don't take my time the project is usually messy and ends up in the trash, wasting money and time. How often do we rush to the finish line before starting the race? Causing us irreversible problems that could have been avoided if we just slowed down.
- Enjoy the moment. This kind of goes along with number one. You know the saying, "Stop and smell the roses." Well in crafting its more like, "spill a little glitter and color outside the lines from time to time, and laugh about it." Mistakes will be made, your project may not always turn out like the tutorial, but the fact that you created it makes it special. You may not be a crafter, but everyone should choose to live in the moment from time to time. For goodness sake, seize the day and the opportunity to free yourself. I promise you will feel a lot better.
- Adapt. It is inevitable that a few mistakes will be made when doing a DIY project or craft. You won't always get it right, but when, "Life gives you lemons, make lemonade," or in this case cover it up with a little glitter, smile, and look at the beauty in what you have created. In life there will be roadblocks, but there is always a detour that may just get you to your destination a little bit faster.
- Enjoy your creation. After God created the heaven's and the earth, on the seventh day, " God looked at what he had done. All of it was very good" Genesis 1:31. If we strive to be like Christ shouldn't we enjoy the spoils of our hands. No, we should not be prideful or arrogant about our hard work, but we should see the beauty in it.
- Keep it simple. My mind moves a mile a minute, and when I get inspired I dive right in. Sometimes my ideas are so elaborate it is hard for me to hone in on what I am trying to accomplish. Watching Craft Wars, I noticed that some of the best crafters make a mistake of bedazzling after they finish an item, rather than letting the beauty of what they have created stand for itself. The term "simple elegance" in my opinion should be embraced at all times. Sometimes that extra piece of something takes your project from fab to drab, and it is hard to recover from it. If we K.I.S.S.(Keep It Simple Silly) in life everyday we will surely be able to slow down, enjoy the moment, adapt, and enjoy what we have created.
Najeema, I AM Curly Locks