What I Learned from 40 Days of Making


In June I gave myself the goal of making something each day for a year. Each day I post a photo on the Maker Mama Facebook page sharing what I worked on for the day. I'm just over forty days in and I thought I'd share some things I've learned about making during the process.

Day 19: More bow tie boys #sewing #handmade #bowtie #sockanimal #cat #iphoneonly

1. It's OK not to finish something in one day.
Most of my projects have taken several days of working on. Like these sock kitties. I actually began them before I started on my goal, but sharing each little step motivated me to keep going.

2. Stop before you're exhausted. 
I'm a self-professed night owl, so that's when I get most of my making done. Unfortunately that means I often find it hard to put things down and end up staying up way too late. When you start to feel yourself getting tired, remember #1.

3. Break up big projects with smaller ones. 
There were definitely times when I got bored working on the same project for several days in a row. But I was able to break up the monotony by picking out a simple, just-for-fun project that could be finished in a day.

4. You don't have to make something every day.
Okay, so I know I said my goal was to make something every day for a year, but some days it's just not doable. Sometimes it's more important to play with the kids, go on a date night with my husband, or just go to bed early (yes I do that occasionally). So, although I may not make something every day in one calendar year, I'm still shooting for 365 days of making.

And last, but not least...

Day 39

5. It's okay if it's crappy. 
Not everything you make (or attempt to) is going to work out. And that's perfectly fine (and normal). Take this photo for example. I fell in love with this easy way to make pompoms on a fork, and thought I'd try using ribbon instead of yarn. I pictured a silky little poofy pompom, but it really just looks like I tied some spaghetti noodles together (thanks to Instagram follower @freshieandzero for that one!).

Crafting is all about trial and error, and learning to have a good sense of humor! You can follow the rest of my daily makings on the Maker Mama Facebook page, or see them all in one place on Flickr.

What valuable lessons have you learned from your experience with crafting?
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