Geez. I always start out trying to follow instructions, but somewhere I veer off into my own world. For example, I was given a challenge to create my idea of a perfect neighborhood using an altered book or chipboard house shapes, like this awesome example by one of my artist friends:
(pssst! I did a tutorial on how to make this here.)
I think my Mother would be proud to know that I've finally given up on following the rules at all costs (I was a very serious child).
This line of thinking got me off onto yet another tangent: A lot of people think some crafters can actually attain creative perfection somehow (yes, people have actually told me they think I don't screw pieces up). Trust me, I've screwed up PLENTY of stuff. Not only do I make gargantuan messessss, but the back of my art quilts (before I put the backing on) look a lot like thread vomit.
So I figured that if I can admit that the ankle tattoo on this quilt was a cover-up (ink from the shoes ran onto the leg during the final pressing), then YOU, my friends, can tell me a secret or two.
So tell me either:
- What colossal errors have you made?? What did you learn from it, how did you recover and if you successfully covered it up, how?
- What "rules" (like "never knot on the back of your embroidery") do you break and why?
- Show off your "backside" - you know, the dark underbelly of your arts and crafts, such as the messy and unfinished "inside" of this pillowcase (my very first sewing project):
- the knowledge that you've empowered and liberated a fellow crafter by admitting what you do "wrong"
- the relief that comes with letting go of dirty little secrets AND
- an opportunity to win a set of six hand embellished note cards!
Oh, and be honest! Let's see what we can learn from each other!