Yup, I swear it is really a way of looking at things - in fact, I guarantee that once you perfect the art of smooshie vision - you will employ it time and time again! I've long been a crafter and long believed that as the person who created something I am the harshest critic (do you see where I am going with this?) I once made a wreath on request from a woman I worked with - when dried flower wreaths were the "must have" home accessory - anyway, she wanted it this way and wanted it that way and didn't like this colour and didn't like the way I had done this, etc. I learned two valuable lessons out of that horrid experience (I ended up keeping the wreath myself!) (1) never allow someone to tell you "how" you should be creative - creativity is the spontaneous knowing or feeling of something you made or are doing is just right and (2) always look at your own work with (wait for it) "smooshie vision"....that's where you blur your vision ever so slightly and it will always look fabulous! Now that might sound self-patronizing but truly it's liberating. Have you ever walked into someone's house and thought OMG - if my house could be this beautiful!! and you comment and they say, yeah but...I don't like the colour of granite on my counters or my window treatments aren't quite right - and when you take a closer look you see - she's right - it isn't perfect but it worked because you used your natural "smooshie vision" that we ALWAYS use when looking at anything that was not designed or made by us.....now imagine turning that lens on to yourself and your stuff.....phew, do you feel better now? Remember where you heard it!
Using smooshie eyes, however, does not mean you can be sloppy with your work - it simply means you can relax and be less critical of self and enjoy the creative journey. Hopefully I've passed on a valuable crafter lesson today (oh what a sage I am...)
The only crafty thing I did today was use my $5 coupon at the local thrift store - I was looking for a basket to fit in the slot of the little free desk I got the other day - didn't find a basket but got a couple of cool tin wall boxes, a little tray, a frame, a rose plate and a little crocheted doily (I love that the store gives you a free piece of vintage linen with every purchase!) Oh, and I did paint three candlesticks for my bedroom - it's going to get finished this week, it's going to get finished this week, it's going to get finished this week...oops, repeating myself - I just want to be sure I heard the words "this week"....
So Ciao Bellas, be crafty and be good!