crafting, yarn

Never Giving Up

Hi! My name is Alishia and I am a KraftaholicMommy!

So, today, I was going to do another craft project with you guys and gals. I had everything planned out, I just had to go to the store to get a few things. There starts my problems. I have to laugh at the situation, because I find that there is no point in being upset.

I go to the store to get the supplies needed for my project and I learn that the store is out of three quarters of the things I need. So, I get what I can from there and I go to another store. They have nothing that I needed and I wind up leaving there. While in the moment, I will admit, I was very frustrated. Thinking to myself that I needed something to write about for today, I was coming up empty on what I had planned on doing. That’s when it hit me, a post on defeat.

When you craft all the time like this addict, you tend to run into a snag or two from time to time. It can either be explained by me make a mistake or circumstances just did not work in my favor. Today was such a day, as the latter. Now, I could admit defeat, give up on the project I have in mind, and pretend today never happened. However, I am no quitter and I take things as they come and try my best to turn them into something good. For instance, I could write about how to get yourself back up after a failure.

I know that there are some crafts out there that can be a thorn in your side. Or, you want to try something new and it seems like you just can’t seem to find the supplies you need. While for some, this is taken as a sign that you should just put the craft out of your mind and don’t even bother. Here, we are KraftaholicMommies, we don’t give up. We improvise. Either we go with different colors than anticipated, hold out and go to a different store, or we change the overall design of the project to get what we want.

In my case, this particular project I am being completely stubborn and I am going to get exactly what I want. Therefore, due to time for my son’s school hours, I will be going this afternoon to a completely different town and getting the supplies at another store. I don’t want to sacrifice at all on this project as it is a gift for my church.

The hot glue gun is ready to be plugged in, the main part of the craft is screaming my name, but in order to get what I want, I must be patient. In crafting, I have learned through the years that patience is key. No beautiful, crocheted blanket took just a few minutes to whip up. No wonderful card was made instantly. No photo transfer project was ever done in under an hour.

I try to remind myself of these things when it seems as though nothing is coming together in my craft world. I also try to remind myself of the fact that no good thing comes without a ton of hard work and time. So, how do I remind myself to stay happy in my crafting bubble?

If I can’t immediately go and get the supplies that I need, I will tackle other projects that I have going. You all know what I mean. Those seven thousand projects that I started and wound up getting distracted by something pretty and so I set that one aside for later. I currently have at least three blankets started, two of which I haven’t touched in months. Not because I am bored of them, but due to several other patterns that I came across that I could not help but get started on. If for whatever rare reason, that does not help ease the pain of needing to wait on starting a project I move on to the next level of pacification.

I take a moment and I pray. For some, you may call meditation, call it whatever you would like. I have found that talking to God about my frustrations, really helps me ease my anxiety about things. I have also found that I can work out a ton of issues by simply taking that relaxing moment. After that, I go back to work on getting started on that blasted project.

If it is a matter of needing something in particular, like today, I go home, get online and start searching my stores. As I have mentioned in other posts, I live roughly an hour away from my nearest crafting store, so I want to make sure if I am having to drive that far, at least the store will have what I need for sure. So, I go to (example) Michaels site, search my local store and then I call to verify. I have learned that the simple phone call can help save me from my anxiety. I made the mistake a couple of times, only looking at the site and driving all that way just to find out that they had not updated their store stock online and they were actually out of a certain thing. More often than not, the person answering the phone at your local store is more than happy to check on items for you to ensure that they have them. I have also noticed that they generally offer to set aside what you are needing so you don’t risk the item being gone by the time you get to the store. I always make a point to express immense gratitude for them taking time out of their busy day to assist me not only over the phone, but in person as well. Showing appreciation to those you are in contact with in these stores is always a common courtesy.

If I look online and have called the store and they are out of that item I am needing, I move on to one last option. I deal with the wait and order online. I have had instances that if the store was out of an item they offered to have the item brought from another store to my store for my pick up. This is such a sweet thing that JoAnn’s and Michaels have done in the past. I could not be more grateful to them for having such sweet employees that offer such a sweet thing. If for whatever reasons that isn’t offered, I have no problem ordering online and just waiting for the item to come in the snail mail. Most times, I start thinking about the project and I come up with even more awesome things I could do with the project to make it even better. So, waiting is of no issue to me, usually.

Today, I have looked at my local craft stores and I have called, they both have what I need and I will be going there as soon as the munchkin gets out of school. I am really excited about this project and I certainly think that y’all will enjoy it as well. I just need to have patience and remind myself that my Virus Blanket is not going to crochet itself and I can be soothed by my crochet.

So, that’s all I have for you all today. I hope you enjoyed my post and if you did feel free to give this post a like or just let me know in the comments. Also, let me know what you do when a project just isn’t coming together. How do you cope with stress in crafting? I would certainly love to read your responses.

Don’t forget to head over to Facebook and give KraftaholicMommy a like and a follow so you won’t miss the Facebook Live. It will be held on Sunday, February 25th at 4pm EST. We will be crafting and chatting awhile, so, I hope to see y’all there. If you have not looked at Monday’s post, give it a read to find out what I will be working on. Until next time,

Thank you and God Bless!

Happy Krafting!

KraftaholicMommy

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