As you may have noticed, I didn't get the bear finished on Friday. Or yesterday either, if I'm honest.
The setback of the wrong joints completely put me off the whole idea. I hate making mistakes. It irritates me beyond measure. I don't mind mistakes that happen while I'm learning something new - those are a natural part of the learning process. But mistakes that happen because I wasn't concentrating, was trying to rush or simply wasn't in the right frame of mind infuriate me.
I knew it would be a little while before I could face working on the bear again.
So I spent Saturday procrastinating instead.
In a creative way of course!
I made bread: a loaf and some rolls. Our bread machine is broken so I made it by hand - more labour intensive but just as tasty. I made some oat and raisin cupcakes. I made some paneer (indian cheese) and a spinach curry to put it in. I omitted to take photos of any of these creations before eating the loaf; filling and freezing the rolls; freezing the cakes; and eating the curry!
And I made a gingerbread man. I have plenty of time to photograph him, since he is inedible.
I have plans for this little fellow, but more of that in another post.
Today I determined to overcome the annoyance and frustration and forced myself back to complete the bear. Grudgingly, I restuffed the limbs and closed the turning/stuffing holes. Feeling slightly less grumpy, I attached the limbs to the body and tightened the joints. I stuffed the body with only a few muttered comments and closed the final seam.
At this point I confess to breathing a sigh of relief and started to put the whole sorry experience behind me.
Ears, eyes and nose followed quickly after that change in attitude and, after a good brush, the little chap was ready for his photo shoot.
And here he is...
... I say "he" because they usually are, but I can't quite make up my mind.
I am sooooo glad this bear is finished and none the worse for the traumatic joint experience.
I will have to make sure I take my time and concentrate properly on the next one.
What do you do when a project goes wrong? Do you find it easy to just unpick and carry on?