I used to get really excited about crafting. I’d try to learn new skills or just sit down at a desk for an hour with some paper and glue to see what came from it. For a while now I’ve managed to drive myself further and further away from that kind of innocent, happy-go-lucky crafting. You see, I think it is an internet thing. Pinterest and those kinds of sites are wonderful but everything must be so painfully perfect, that whilst the finished items look amazing it seems to spur some kind of competitive element inside me. That competitive element (which comes with a weird excitement quelling double personality) doesn’t want to bother trying if I too can’t achieve one hundred per cent perfection. I suppose I’m the kind of person who lets that sort of (non-existent outside of my own mind and that one Pinterest tutorial) pressure put me off doing things. Is anyone else the same? I’m usually happy with the things I make but when I see someone doing something similar but a glossy and perfectly lit version I beat myself up and lose interest in innocent and care-free craft and creativity. To hear that many Pinterest and blog tutorials are ‘faked’ (held together with tape, assembled by professionals etc.) for traffic has helped me a lot, it isn’t all perfect.
Well damn it, I’m not letting the internet versions of perfection permeate into my offline life. I resolve to just bloody go for it, to try stuff, to have fun – pah remember fun? I’m excited about craft again. In a five-year-old-with-poster-paint-and-a-blank-wall kind of way. I’m excited about just sitting down and trying something for the sake of trying it. This isn’t to say tutorials are bad, I find them endlessly usefully and I’m thoroughly addicted to great craft tutorials and occasionally produce the odd tutorial over here or on my YouTube channel (and that isn’t going to change). But sometimes for the sake of creativity it is great to turn the computer off, to set down your phone and get out some craft bits and bobs to see what happens. It doesn’t have to be perfect, that seam can be a bit wonky – this is about having fun and just giving it a go. I’m seriously lusting after these spring craft bargains to get me going on my bit to soothe my soul with craft. Have you seen any cut price crafting bargains which can inspire and excite? Do share, do share!