John Audubon was a very smart man. He knew a lot about birds, and nature, and life. His quote, that I’ve pictured here, encapsulates the idea behind my theory of crafting. You see, I’ve never been someone who was able to do things perfectly. Not anything! Yet I had a lot of dreams, desire, and playfulness in me. For many years the discouragement of not being able to produce anything really perfect kept me from doing fun things, and kept me from enjoying the things I did do.
One day in my mid 30s I just plain got over it. I realized that I needed to give myself permission to make things and be creative even though I would likely never make anything perfectly. It’s a good thing I did because I was right – I’ve never made one single thing flawlessly. Yet I’ve spent countless blissful hours in the creative process, pouring out my ideas into reality, and loving a lot of the results. Quilting is something I wish I were able to do perfectly, but alas, like everything else I make mistakes no matter how hard I try. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve improved a lot since my early days! Probably without serious progress I would have quit.
I think it is time – no matter where we are to do more singing!