Thursday, September 06, 2007

The Craft Guilt

I know that guilt and regret are a huge waste of energy.
Consequently there are things I would have done differently in my life but I stamp down my regrets into a black little ball in the bottom of my soul... only rearing their ugly heads on pathetic drunken new year's eves or unhappy birthdays. They aren't generally too much of a problem.

Guilt, however, I let have pretty much free reign. Lately, with my back to school "new lease on life", I found that the guilt was keeping me from getting motivated or maybe it was running me in circles.. and Accomplishment is what this rediscovered structure is all about for me. I needed a solution.

So, I started a paper list.



The Craft Guilt list.
THE PROJECTS I NEED TO DO.
The ones that haunt me.

So I am finishing up
the little things that need finishing.
Like sewing up and posting this doll I made from Michelle's contribution to the Handprinted Fabric Swap.
( seriously, How cool is she?... And wait until I dig into the the other pieces!)




Like making the dog for one brother, so that both brothers could have one. the first dog ... from JUNE, was so Lonely. Just Waiting to Be Played With.





and making a dog for my nephew to match the one my niece has.. (and then there are my other two nieces..)

and the people I owe swaps to..

and finishing my sister's birthday present... from JUNE...

and mending her handbag from last years birthday...


Oh, there are so many more. But the list is helping.

3 crafts down...

Next!

16 comments:

Wende said...

Oh, I seem to have a variant of this guilt: the update guilt. I swear, the store update weighs on me... and I'm checking things off my list to do.

Love the results. :D

Sonya said...

Oh I do know that guilt well.

Green Kitchen said...

She turned out cute! Way cuter than I thought she would. I like her jaunty pose. Your photo is lovely.

The dogs are so great. C&H love them dearly. They are such a perfect small hand size.

I don't even want to talk about the guilt.

Junie Moon said...

It must be the season for craft guilt because I have it, too, and there's talk at the Turkey Feather blog of reviving the Finish What You Have effort. I've made similar lists as yours but I keep adding to it without getting much more than get one or two things finished here and there.

Lisa said...

My list is long, too.

I made cookies this morning, added them to the list...then checked them off.

Yes, I'm that pathetic.
:)

TinkerBlue said...

oh I know the feeling. I just made a list this morning of crafts that I need to finish. I have assigned myself Sunday and Monday to finish them - two totes for swaps, hooks to hang some christmas decorations, soft christmas trees that were started last year, etc etc. I have about 10 things on the list and they will be done by Monday!

capello said...

aaaaiiiieee... my crafts haunt me at night. and way worse the christmas future. or whateverthehellhewascalled.

dorie said...

Love the finished crafts.

It is a bad feeling isn't it, when all your fun stuff gives you the guilts? I think it especially tends to happen in the summer.

Rose said...

Ditto.

Angelina said...

That is so smart! I am not particularly subject to guilt, but I admit that it does sometimes get the better of me. Lists are the best medicine for most things in life.

I have list love.

norththreads said...

oh yes i have this problem myself, and the list definiatly helps! Cute stuff!

Nancy said...

you brilliant woman. i know that guilt myself, and will attempt to tackle it as bravely as you have!

Deirdre said...

Oh great idea! I will write a guilt list too, because I have so many projects that are waiting and I just can't get to them!

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

why don't you guys visit www.myguilts.com it's really nice place to confess the guilts.

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