Yesterday we talked about the problem with perfection. Overcoming the pressure to be perfect can be downright scary – but since we’re all human, mistakes will happen. Learning how to get past the knot in your stomach is tricky stuff. But guess what? We all make mistakes – it’s how you look at them that’s the important part.
Six months ago I bought two chairs, with full intentions of coming home and starting slip covers right away. Three months later I finally bought some fabric (well, my sweet friend Roeshel did and mailed it to me.) Three months after that I finally decided to tackle this big, daunting task of actually making them. And guess what? It wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be.
I put it off forever, blaming it on a plethora of reasons. The real reason was that I was scared. Worried they wouldn’t be good enough. Terrified of making a big mistake. Scared beyond belief that I’d screw it all up.
A few days ago I finally started working on them. It’s not a 30 minute makeover – but they are actually getting made. Before I’d even really got into a good flow, I made a mistake.
Shockingly, no one called the slip cover police on me.
I pieced it back together and kept on sewing. It’s not perfect – and I survived. In the end it’s only a slip cover. It’s a little flaw on one piece of furniture, in one room, and my family probably won’t even notice (well, unless they actually decide to read my blog today.)
Even though I had to piece together fabric to make the slipcover work – it wasn’t my biggest mistake. The big mistake here is that I waited 6 months to make them. I’ve been hating the fabric on chairs that I loved the shape of for six whole months, out of fear. I’d built it up to be this scary project that isn’t so scary after all.