Friday, July 25, 2014

Launch of Reality Check Feature

Here it is ladies...the very first Reality Check feature!  Reality Check is an idea that came to me as I was attempting to upcycle an area rug to use on my deck.

DIYers have a drive or a hope that a project has potential.  It's what motivates us to keep at something, through the ugly stages, the frustration stages, and the "what was I thinking" stages.  That hope is what pushes us through and we see the results in a great finished product.  

However, what happens when that hope is driving you and it's really just not happening?  I think many DIYers can relate to the fact that sometimes the ideas in our head don't always translate in reality.  Of course, you may never see those projects displayed on blogs or in magazines.  Why should they?  They ended up (if they were even finished) bad. 



In trying to keep it real that not everything I attempt is post worthy, I want to encourage when you have a project that doesn't go as planned, you're not alone.  We all do.  Sometimes there are projects we just need to scrap and move on.  The rug upcycle was one of those projects.  


This rug was old, had been in the garage for a while, used as a scratching post for the cats, and who knows what else.  So, why did I want to try to even  upcycle that for my deck??  Because our two cats and I are at battle over the territory of the deck.  It's not a great deck and it's usually too hot to sit out there most of the summer.  It's small, uncovered, and poorly constructed.  BUT, it's my deck and, by golly, I would like for it to look nice.  I figured if the cats were going to live on the deck, I wasn't about to put one more nice thing out there for them to ruin.  









So, I tried painting the rug thinking it would give a nice appearance.  Good in theory...bad in reality.  No amount of painting or stenciling was going to hide the fact that the rug was beyond saving.  So I decided to stop the insanity and save my paint.  Scrap it...take it to the recycle center...it's done!  And I'm okay with that.  Actually, I was relieved.





What is important is that we keep trying.  Think about some of the famous people who have their claim to fame from some great invention or accomplishment.  What isn't always shared about that person is all the failed attempts they went through to get to that final victory.  

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So, don't give up!  I encourage you to know, it's okay to scrap a project and move on.  Not everything is meant to have turn into a fabulous creation.  


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