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when things turn out to be a mess


These supplies were meant to turn into a bookmark. Aren't they nice? Pretty fabrics, lovely trim, and perle cotton for stitches. It was a wonderful idea until it was all pieced, and then I realized that it was bulky and looking rather gross.


This happens sometimes, doesn't it? Things end up messier than we think they will. Pretty sure that doesn't just apply to crafts. The elements have potential, but we don't quite pull it together in the best way possible.

It's at this point that I really, really need to resist looking at others and comparing my work (or life!) to theirs. It's not helpful in any way. Okay, so maybe if what I've made just needs some polishing, seeing how someone else did it can be a benefit. But when I'm feeling like I've failed, it's so much better to move forward and try something new.

Because a mess doesn't mean that we're done.

Hold onto that. I'm not sure why, but I felt like I needed to remind us all of this.

(and here's hoping that the next thing goes better!)


  1. A perfect post. Nothing more needs to be said. :)

  2. this is so enlightening! very true words have never been said xxxx


  3. Anonymous11:20 AM

    Michelle Patterns has the cutest (and flattest) bookmark pattern that turns out great, due to a very clever technique! Try it! She is a genius.

  4. We've all been there where things just didn't work out.

  5. "Because a mess doesn't mean that we're done." I see a design potential here Mollie!!! :D

  6. Horrible "mom" day today... just what I needed to hear!

  7. Thank you for sharing your disaster. We usually see everyone's successes and it is so encouraging to know hat I am not the only one who sometimes takes a fabulous design, wonderful materials, and my very best work and ends up with...kind of expensive trash in the bin!

  8. Thank you for this. I make a lot of ideas up in my head that don't turn out. And then there are the times I don't think ahead even ONE STEP and realize I don't even have enough of the precious cute fabric I had left (this happened today) and I had to change plans or scrap them. I appreciate that I'm not alone.

  9. Anonymous3:06 PM

    A perfect post to read as I sit down to unpick a t shirt dress that I just made, and which turned out to be a disaster! It happens to all of us ;-) Cassandra

  10. Thanks for the reminder. So encouraging!


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