A couple of months ago, our group of ladies at our church had what's called a "Super Saturday" - a day full of crafts and fun, usually once a year. I was so excited to attend! It had been YEARS since we'd had one. I was also asked to teach a class how to etch glass, something I love to do. So because I was teaching, I only got one of my 4 projects started, well 3/4 of the way done until I got picky. If you read this post and learned a little about me, you'll know that I can be a bit of a perfectionist and then I procrastinate - the reasons I don't finish my projects at times. There sat my really cute "Give Thanks", my husband growling more each day at why there was such a mess on the table (my craft room is also the exercise room, play room, and more.) So this week I decided to tackle the project and just get it finished. Thus the evolution of a craft and what I learned along the way.
So as I said, I started this at the church. Got all the pieces painted and picked out my paper which was being mod podged on top. As I looked at all the cute paper to choose from, I realized I had the same pack of paper at home. No wonder I was having such a hard time deciding, there were so many I liked. :) I finally settled on a few and got to work gluing them on. First tip I learned - when mod podging, brush the glue on the wood AND on the paper. It eliminated a lot of the bubbling up that I usually got when I just put it on the wood. As that was drying, I went to work on my pumpkin, to which I stressed and fretted over for a long time. It just wasn't coming out like I wanted. I finally gave up on that and decided we'd see how it looked later; I could always paint over it and start over. So as I was cleaning up my stuff and getting ready to go home, I looked at my now, paper covered letters. Two of them were looking really pink. I don't know if it was changes in lighting, me just looking more closely, or the mod podge changing the color a little, but my 2 red letters were now pinkish. You can't have pink letters in a Thanksgiving craft. I decided to hurry (since the glue wasn't completely dry yet) and rip the paper off those letters. Yup, I did it, as some of my friends watched as this crazy woman frantically undid what I had so carefully done in the first place. I went home a little frustrated with the mess I'd made (still not liking my pumpkin at all) and wondering if I'd be able to fix it all.
|Not positive this was the red (turned pink) paper. See, there it looks okay so maybe it was the mod podge. But that is the blue paper.|
My mess of a craft sat and sat waiting for me to take pity on it and just finish the darn thing. Procrastination set in and my mind said, "You have a whole 1 1/2 months until November, no worries." September finished, October flew by, and now November is here. Bill's grumbling over my "mess" was getting louder so I finally took some action. As I pondered over it, I realized the blue stripe was not so great either (it had the pink color in it, too, and just wasn't giving me a Thanksgiving vibe.) Now this one was good and dry, thus I discovered tip number two - when you want to remove something mod podged spray it with water and let it soak in. I sprayed the whole letter and let it sit about five or ten minutes and the paper came off fairly easily - well, at least the top layer.
|Not a great picture of the scraper, but those things are amazing - for dishes and crafts! :)|
So that's it, my "Give Thanks" is now proudly displayed in my home; my craft table is almost cleaned off (today's project is to finish :) ); and I learned some valuable lessons and patience in my crafting. Have you ever had a craft project teach you a thing or two?
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