Musings of a creative mind #5: I know, but..

I know I’m good, but do I really need to like everything I make? I don’t like some of what I make, usually for nitpicky reasons.. but the flaws are always glaring to me, because I struggled with them while making and they are not perfect. I am a perfectionist. I struggle to be willing to sell something that I am not happy with.

On the other hand many of the things that I make, that I don’t like, are loved by others.. so sometimes I will sell them, but at reduced prices. Or I donate them to be auctioned to raise money for something.. not for the publicity (although that’s a positive side effect) but because I may be a hermit, and I may not be able to do much, but this I can do.. and I will always do what I can. <3

A flower does not compete with the beauty around it, it just blooms.

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Linda Foust ...

Very well said.

Terrie ...

Nice thoughts, Becca. It’s always a pleasant surprise when someone purchases one of my “less favored” items, and I think to myself, “Hmmm….really? I didn’t think anyone would be interested in that!” As my hubby says, that’s why Baskin Robbins makes 31 flavors!

Madalynne Homme ...

Ha Ha! Yes I think we all do that. Something I do not like very well, will be the first thing that sells. When I used to teach jewelry techniques, I would get students that would get frustrated that their design was not perfect. I would say “ok, put it down and go to Macy’s and buy something that was made by a machine”. Some of the charm in handmade jewelry is it’s imperfectness. I have to learn that lesson myself!!!

BJ Rounds ...

Becca, if I were to have written a similar story, it would have been pretty much the same thing as you said! Maybe it is shared by many of us. I do know that I struggle with the same demons that make me start a piece over because it isn’t ‘perfect’. On the other hand, I too may list it to sell, but at a reduced price. Madalynne, you are right as well. If it is handcrafted, it will most likely have some small (or maybe not too small) imperfection. It makes me shiver, but you are right and I need to accept that it is an inherent characteristic of ‘handmade’ and we probably all need to learn that lesson. However, they have been times when I have looked at a jewelry piece that I may see at a fair and will study it very carefully and sometimes cannot find any imperfection! That is what I strive for ~ am I there yet? I don’t know. Maybe I need to have someone scrutinize my work and tell me if they found any imperfections. On the other hand, maybe I don’t really want to know.