Crafte's Infernocomments (8) July 30th, 2008
Last week I had dinner with a few of my friends here in Seattle. They were all excited about my job on Craftstylish and one of my friends looked at me wistfully and said "Oh, you're so lucky! You must be in heaven making all of this cool stuff." I looked at her sort of dumbstruck with craft shame: I hadn't made anything at all since the site went live. The next day I was sitting here at my desk going over all of these fabulous projects, idea submissions, and plans for the future on Craftstylish when suddenly I realized that if I had to look at one more fabulous project, post another terrific how-to, or hear about the crafty exploits of some talented DIY all-star I was going to stick a fork in my thigh. I was in Craft Hell.
My craft hell realization might have been confusing had I not been across this River Styx before. How many times have I vowed 'never again' over a seemingly simple how-to? How many 'quick-to-make' tutorials have taken me six months to execute? How many times have the words 'How hard can it be?' led to tears and PHD candidate applications that never get filled out? How many? Well, lets just say a lot.
The difference this time was that I wasn't cursing the project at hand, I was upset that there wasn't anything in my hands.
Really, the big surprise was that I was surprised at all. This is, after all, a dream job for me, I love to make things. In fact, my favorite recreation is to either make something myself or cruise the real and virtual worlds and see what other people are making. But now that my recreation had become a full time job I had been neglecting my own creative endeavors. I was now a DIY Tantalus with a glorious feast of fabulous projects just outside of my reach.
I had unwittingly stumbled upon a new circle of Craft Hell: The Work-for-a-Fabulous-Craft-Site-and-Never-Craft-Again Circle
Happily, my Inner-Virgil (IV) came to the rescue and I came up with a how-to-get-out-of-craft-hell tutorial of my own. "Call Jennifer Worick" My IV commanded, and so I did. I actually met Jennifer via Craftstylish and she lives right here in Seattle. Jennifer is the kind of crafty pal who you can call and say "Hi, I am in craft hell." and she instantly knows what you are talking about (that's why she is the author of many best selling craft books--she too has learned the hard way) "Let's have a crafternoon' Jen said and that is what we did.
I picked up Jennifer and her brand new Brother 6000 sewing machine and brought them both over to my house (after a quick stop at the Pacific Fabric Outlet where we drooled over all the Amy Butler prints and recently expanded crafts section). Jennifer is a sewing newbie and she made some awesome pajamas from the CraftStylish Quick Stuff to Sew issue. I dragged out my fabric stash uncertain of where to start and then suddenly went on a tear and whipped up seven pillows!
After Jennifer went home I sat here in my living room hand watching a Law & Order rerun and handstitching up the last of my new home decor creations thinking," I wonder what we can make from the site next week" At last, crafting paradise regained.
Next week, I will write about the second circle of Craft Hell: Heavenly Aspirations meet Hellish Skills.