While I was working on my chair re-upholstery project, I began thinking about the process I go through during every project that I work on. Big or small, it's always the same. If you are a crafter or love a crafter, my theory may help you understand and work through this crazy routine. Let me explain.
You may be familiar with the Five Stages of Problem Solving.
- Defining the problem
- Producing ideas
- Testing ideas
- Choosing an idea
- Planning for action
And you have probably heard of the Seven Stages of Grief.
- Shock and Denial
- Pain and Guilt
- Anger and Bargaining
- Depression, Reflection and Loneliness
- Upward Turn
- Reconstruction and Working Through
- Acceptance and Hope
My theory is that somewhere between these two philosophies lie the Six Stages of Crafting.
1. Inspiration and Enthusiasm
It occurs when you least expect it. You may see a picture in a magazine, an item in a store or maybe you run across an idea on the internet (like when you are still scrolling through Pinterest at 2 a.m.). All of a sudden, you have the spark that pushes you to create your next masterpiece and you can't wait to get started.
2. Organization and Procurement
You know what you want to make. Now you need to figure out exactly how you are going to do it. You skim through a tutorial, realize you don't have any of the necessary supplies, head to the store and buy everything you think you will need (and then some.)
You have the tools and supplies and are about to begin. You get out the glue and scissors and start crafting...
Then life happens!
The kids need a ride to soccer practice. The dog has an appointment at the groomers. Eight loads of laundry, including soccer uniforms, are piled across the living room floor. Something is burning on the stove. Your husband is running late. By the way, you are out of milk, eggs, bread, peanut butter, cereal and bananas.
4. Frustration and Anxiety
The kids are at their friend's house. The dog has been fed. Your husband is watching the big game. Now, you finally have time to work on your project. You are just getting started when you realize one of the following things:
- You forgot to get one critical material or tool
- You did not buy enough (choose one or more) fabric, yarn, paint, glue, glitter...
- Somehow, you measured once and cut twice instead of the other way around
- The directions said "Easy," but unless you are Martha friggin' Stewart there's no way
At this point you may regress and repeat Stages 2, 3 and 4, or toss the project into a dark corner for days, weeks, months, years, even decades. Either way, these things take time.
5. Reflection and Determination
You are back on Pinterest (at 2 a.m.) where you are reminded of your project, lurking in the shadows, as you peruse the 237 pins on your "Projects to Try" board. You also notice your "My Finished Projects" board. Really, 0 pins?
That settles it. Who does that Martha Stewart think she is anyway?
You retrieve your project from its hiding place with a new sense of purpose and continue where you left off. This time things are going to be different.
After countless hours, trips to the craft store and anxiety attacks, it's done. Did it turn out like the Pinterest photo? Maybe not, but that's okay. You created it with your own two hands, passion and a little bit of luck. You breathe a sigh of relief.
You get distracted while you are pinning a picture onto "My Finished Projects" when you see another exciting creation on "Projects to Try."
And why do we subject ourselves to these 6 Stages of Crafting, over and over again?
Because crafting is relaxing and fun, of course!