My husband has a calendar that the kiddos picked up for him. It’s full of leadership quotes… some of them make me scratch my head and some of them, like this one, hit me in the gut!
I attribute my success to this; I never gave or took any excuse.
I want to change the word success to creativity. And, then, apply it to this project… and if I am honest, to a lot of the projects in my life!
My oldest fell in love with a fabric we found at a local big box store. (And I know there are some of you out there who get this attraction to fabric…LOL). And, of course, being the good enabler, I mean mom, that I am, I grabbed several yards of it and made the promise to make her a quilt. Well, I am ashamed to admit this… but that quilt took almost two years to come to fruition – not because my desire wasn’t there, or because my promise was empty…. but I was giving and taking excuses. You see, the fabric had a large pattern to it and I needed/wanted a quilt pattern that would show off the whole of the design. And, I couldn’t find one that I thought would work, so I kept letting those excuses run me, dictate me, be my success (or lack there of), fuel (or not) my creativity. BUT, this summer, before she moved into her first apartment, I was determined to make her new quilt for her. So, after hours (literally) of scouring Pinterest (that place is a maze of rabbit holes) I was frustrated, uninspired and still lacking a quilt pattern that fit the fabric. So, I grabbed a pencil and some graph paper and just started sketching what I was seeing this fabric/quilt look like! Without knowing it, I was embracing Florence Nightingale’s philosophy! And, this was months before I was first introduced to this quote!
So, what about you? Are you letting excuses fuel your lack of creativity? I can’t find the right color paint, the quilt pattern isn’t quite right, that planner doesn’t meet all my needs… or are you taking these can’t’s/don’t’s and turning them around and allowing them to be the spark that fuels your creative fire?
In case you need a bit more inspiration, I’m going to leave y’all with the very basic pattern I used/created for her quilt. And, I’m going to be honest here… it’s not the way I imagined the pattern looking, the way I imagined the download looking… I wanted it to be a two page brochure… but, that could be an excuse, or I could embrace my imperfections and just post what I have here!