Productivity and the Challenges of being a Super Hero

March 15, 2011

I have to confess something to you, kind reader.  I don't know how to tell you this, so I am just going to come out and say it.  I like to read craft blogs.  And that is the truth.  I read several craft blogs.  And, no, not the lame ones, like Doiles for Dummies, or Ric Rac for the Rest of Us, or Glitter & Glue Dots for the Craftinomically Impaired or anything like that.  I read the good ones: Make it and Love it, Blue Cricket Design, Not so Idle Hands, and Welcome to the Good Life.  Ok, and, Doilies for Dummies actually is pretty awesome.


But, I don't really know why I read them.  I guess I like the idea that if the notion of craftiness should happen to take me, then I will have everything I need to find out how to make Bookends out of old Diapers, but the truth is that I will probably never get around to it.  Frankly, I am just far too lazy.  Not too lazy for my own good, just for crafting of that caliber.  And also for walking around.  

For instance, some girl on some blog said she was looking through the Pottery Barn catalog, saw this thing, and said to herself "I can make that" and then went and got the stuff, made the thing, and hung it on her wall.  All within a 5 minute period or something like that.  

Really?  You wanted to do it, so you just did it?  Just like that?   If that was me--and it wouldn't be, because turning the pages in a magazine is too much trouble--I would see the picture, think "I bet I could make one of those." and then fold over the corner of the page.  And then forget about it.  Or, if I was feeling super ambitious, I might even rip the page out of the magazine and stick it in a special file full of stuff I want to make someday.  I call it "The Good Idea Folder".  And that would be the end of it.  Then 10 years from now when we move I might find that file again, look through it, and shake my head that I could ever think any of that crap was cute.

The mentality of wanting to do something and then actually doing it is just completely beyond me.  Which probably explains why I haven't showered in over 3 years.  The only reason I am able to type this is that my fingers move so fast that if I am sitting in front of a keyboard and I start to think, it is like my thoughts literally just pour through my fingers onto the screen of their own volition, with absolutely no conxcoius effort on my part. (Yeah, I"m pretty sure that is how you spell that word.)  It is actually one of my super powers.  I call them Mind Fingers.  And I think I've gotten off topic.  But it is ok.  I've clearly made my point.  Thank you for your time.  

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12 comments

  1. I purposefully skipped clicking on any of the craft blog links. Too many reasons to list.

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  2. Wow! I would love to watch those craft fingers in action someday!

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  3. I am entirely addicted to Be Different...Act Normal. She posts a couple times a day and I devour each one. But if I were to count, I think I've only made three of the items featured.

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  4. I personally clicked on each and every link. I thought it was rather mean of you to say someone else's blog was lame, until I went there and realized they were fake. Should have known.

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  5. I could write this post, but about you! Because all the time there will be something that needs to be done, and it will get looked up, figured out, and done. Doesn't even get looked up over here.

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  6. For once I actually looked something up, if clicking on the links counts, and now I feel all productive. From Make it and Love it, I learned how to do a long tail cast on, and how do the continental or picking style of knitting (no fair mentioning that I already know how) I got some chore pics from Not so Idle Hands and discovered that they are the same as the ones I already made, even if my charts are little laminated one, and not nifty magnetic ones.
    Productivity without even leaving my chair!

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  7. I take a different approach...I love crafts, but I am not even interested in something until I decide I need to make it. I suppose I can't handle the "filing" method; I figure I'll go looking for the craft ideas when I'm ready to get crafting (because I know there's a plethora of ideas out there).

    The Doilies for Dummies blog is fantastic! ;)

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  8. You haven't showered in 3 years?????

    That explains the smell at family parties...

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  9. I have a "Good Idea" folder. Ask me how many of those ideas I've followed through with. Many years ago I worked at a craft store and bought the supplies and made some things and half made others. Ask me how many of those things I still do. I've decided I just don't get bored enough with the things I enjoy to do crafty things. But it feels good to be inspired to be crafty once in a while.

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  10. (didn't know how else to reply to you)

    Thanks for your comment on my blog! I'm pleasantly surprised that you found my 30-Day thing different! I bet if you decided to do it, yours would be quite fun to read. :D

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  11. I subscribed to Doilies for Dummies. I have only one ambition in life: to make one doile before I die. Hope I don't die soon, cause I don't really feel like making a doile any time soon. And how the heck do you spell doile?

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