For the last three weeks, I volunteered to be a part of a Craft-along challenge where every day I was challenged to make a craft following a certain theme.
And I did it! I completed it successfully! I followed along with all of the tutorials, and when there was a day that I didn’t have the materials, I’d choose a different craft.
Some days, this took a LOT of work… some days, I made it harder on myself.
For example, one of the daily craft ideas was to make a heart envelope. This is actually pretty easy. You basically just fold the heart so that it makes an envelope.
Had I completed the challenge ask, this would have taken five minutes. But after I saw how easy it was, I decided to make 3 dozen hearts and mail them out to friends and family.
Cutting hearts – easy.
Folding hearts into envelopes – a little trickier but still relatively easy.
Writing heartfelt messages inside the heart and then addressing 36 envelopes, well, it took two days.
Fast forward a week though, and I got a ton of email responses and text messages telling me that the hearts brightened many people’s days!
Totally worth it.
Busyness and Mental Wellness
This challenge was really good for my mental health. It kept me busy in the evenings, and gave me a bunch of things to do with all the paper I have.
My next project will be to do something with all the fabric I have.
I will probably learn how to make masks, but I’m a little afraid to do this. I don’t even know where my sewing kit is, never mind remembering how to use it.
On the plus side, what I learned from making three weeks of crafts is, it doesn’t really matter what the outcome looks like, or if you make mistakes along the way.
Somehow, in the last three weeks I learned that it’s ok to fail. It’s ok to make mistakes.
I also learned that it’s ok to try new things, but I don’t think I’m fully convinced of this.
I challenged one person to make a craft that scared her. She, like me, was scared because this particular craft seemed complicated (an explosion box, which is just a fancy name for something similar to a nesting doll).
This complete stranger, took up my challenge, and in return, I did it too. We tag-teamed. Sometimes things don’t seem as scary when someone is doing it with you.
We picked a day to complete the box, and when the day came, I had an extremely difficult day at work, so by evening, I was exhausted.
Instead of making excuses, I started making the craft. About halfway though, I was too tired and quit. I even messaged the person to say “hey, I started, but I’m not going to finish tonight.”
I realized that it didn’t matter. It was ok to quit or fail. I knew I’d pick it up again the next day.
The next day, I did complete my exploding box, and it’s pretty awesome. However, it’s not perfect.
I made some small mistakes, but nothing noticeable to anyone else. I posted my results. There was no judgement for being a day late.
I finished, and that’s all that matters.
So yeah. That’s what I’ve learned. Mentally, this is a long game. So don’t judge. Don’t be too hard on yourself.
Your only job is to survive the day.