Saturday, June 5, 2021

It's Okay to Give Up on a Project

If you've been a crafter for any length of time, you've probably been faced with the reality that not all projects you start will be finished. For some of us (myself included) the first time this happens it's a hard pill to swallow. Heck, maybe it's a hard pillow to swallow every time. But, I think, it's important to know that it's okay!

A few months ago, I ordered a custom from EverMoment on AliExpress. When I ordered the painting, I wasn't very well informed about copyright, so I ordered a very large diamond painting (80x80cm) from a picture I swiped from the internet. When it came, the image was in perfect condition. I couldn't wait to get it started. But, after jumping in, I ran into a lot of small problems that amounted to heap of stress for something that should be anxiety-reducing. I struggled to work on it and, in the end, did about 1/3 of the canvas before I decided it was destroying my love for the craft.

I wasn't going to let that happen, no diamond painting is worth losing my love for this awesome hobby. So rather than letting this project suck the soul out of me, I made the choice to put it aside. This was the first time this has ever happened to me, but I've only been diamond painting for a year, so it probably won't be the last. It's something I'll (most likely) go back to at some point when I'm feeling braver or more invigorated.

What I've noticed, as I struggled with starting a project that I didn't finish, is that a lot of people seem to struggle with this even though it's pretty common place in both the the diamond painting and stitching communities to start a project, then put it aside. For my part, when I started diamond painting I told myself I wouldn't ever do this. I wouldn't have a WIP pile of unfinished work. I would finish every single start! Well, y'all know what they say about the road to hell being paved with good intentions, right? I'm okay admitting that I was wrong.

Life is too short to dedicate yourself to projects you're not loving. If you start something that you just can't find the joy in, it's completely okay to put it aside without feeling bad about doing so. There's no craft police coming to cite you for failure to complete that complicated or troublesome project. Whew, thank goodness! At the end of the day, crafts should be fun, not work, and that's something I'm having to remind myself as I move on to new projects and feel the joy of the hobby coming back. It's okay not to feel guilty about the one I gave up on. 

Has this happened to you and, if so, do you feel a little guilty about that poor unfinished diamond painting calling your name? I'm working hard not to feel bad, but look at this face... I mean, come on!

The beautiful face of the incomplete diamond painting I just gave up on. Sorry, Dean! 

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