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Originally uploaded by rubbernun
We didn't get much in the way of fall colors this year. The summer stayed too hot too long, so the leaves just turned yellow and then brown.

So I had an idea to make some shrinky-dink jewelry in the reds and oranges we missed out on. I traced one of the millions of gold-brown leaves that fell in my neighborhood and embellished the colors, envisioning a bright little pendant I could wear to cheer myself up through the winter.

The end result looked pretty much like I thought it would, but I felt kind of meh about it once it was finished. It just didn't grab me enough to want to wear it. But one aspect of crafting that I've been working on is not seeing the projects that don't work as failures or wastes of time. This is a problem I've had since childhood, and it gets frustrating to the point of sapping my motivation. (If it's not going to be perfect, why bother, right?)

So my goal has been to let go and experiment more and not get so hung up on the outcome. I felt surprisingly calm about my little leaf project here -- I was able to focus on all the bits I had fun doing, like finding the perfect leaf and coloring it in. It's all good.

If anyone wants the plastic leaf, let me know and I'll send it to ya!

Replies: 4 Confessions

This is what people do when they don't have two or three kids running around the house.

Mom C @ 11/28/2007 05:07 PM CST

Yeah, but you didn't have cats. Angry, angry cats.

Amy C @ 11/28/2007 08:39 PM CST

Reason #42 to not have kids. :)

I wouldn't write off your leaves just yet, they could be used for lots of things. Thread them on some ribbon and tie that around a candle or maybe tied onto a present for someone special or maybe attach one with a jump ring to a zipper pull. They could come in mighty handy. :)

the other amy @ 11/29/2007 03:27 PM CST

I like the other amy's ideas, I'll take a dozen leaves in three diferent colors, with ribbons attached. How about a green ribbon on the red leaf, a yellow ribbon on the green leaf and a red ribbon on the yellow leaf, or something close. Whatever you think is best. I trust your judgement on this.

Mom C @ 11/29/2007 07:04 PM CST

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