Nobody’s Perfect

Posted by on Mar 12, 2012 | 3 comments

Have you ever noticed how easy it is to feel deflated after surfing around the blogosphere?  Or even the internet in general?  Don’t get me wrong- I love a good Pinterest session as much as the next person, especially when I’m looking for ideas and inspiration.  But there are moments where I have to catch myself and say, “Whoa, there, Nelly.  Simmer down.”

It is so easy to look at all of the beauty that people create, organize and put out there, and then walk away thinking, “I’m not enough.  I’m not doing enough, I’m not making enough, I’m not DIY-ing enough, I’m not _______ enough.”  And you know what I think?

Enough is enough.

So I’ve decided to start a new series here on Crafting Crazy.  It’s called “Nobody’s Perfect.”  In this series, I’m going to share with you my imperfections.  Things in my house that look horrible/crazy/disorganized/imperfect.  Projects that fail.  Anything that isn’t perfect is fair game.  My goal?  To help dispel the perfection myth that seems to be so easy to buy into.

I want to make things because I like making them.  I like the process.  I like the journey.  And if, in the end, I come out with a beautiful project to share, rad.  If I don’t, it’s okay.

So for our first installment of Nobody’s Perfect, I give you… our front yard.  If you’re new to CC you may not know that we live on about 2 acres of land.  A lot of it is  undeveloped and we have grand plans for it once we win the lottery can afford to make it into something useful like a raised garden extraordinaire, or add more citrus trees, or something- anything, really.  This part of our yard is what you see as you pull up to the house or drive on the lane that runs the length of the property.  Needless to say, we’ve been a bit busy with a big project in another area, and our yard… well… just have a look-see:

 

Some of the weeds are taller than my son.  For reals.  He’s almost 3.   When he and my daughter go out and play right now, I have to remind them, “Watch out for the gopher holes!”

I think I’ve seen our neighbors actually shake their heads in dismay as they drive by.  Really.  They love us.

Here’s a wider shot of our lemon tree, which I wrote about recently.  We also have six pine trees on our property- all of them are Torrey Pines, and they all started as Christmas trees when my husband was growing up in the very same house we’re in.  Cool, huh?

Here’s something else that’s not perfect, but I’m totally in love with it.  This wagon.  My husband got it from a neighbor’s garage sale last week. It’s OLD.  Rusty.  It’s probably been so lonely, and now it has a new life.  Right now it’s primary job…

Pinecone holder.

And one last bit of imperfection.  I thought this was a really strong weed.  Nope.  It’s a baby tree.  Poor thing.  We’ll have to cut it down because it’s too close to our entry sidewalk.

 

 

*I should mention that I was most inspired by this post from Heidi of Crafterminds.  I read this post when it came out and it’s stuck with me ever since!  Thanks, gals!

 

3 Comments

  1. Several things:

    1.) Your yard is awesome.
    2.) I love the idea of a “Nobody’s Perfect” posts! I’ve been thinking about doing something like this for so long, too. We all have a habit of putting our best feet forward on our blogs, and there’s nothing wrong with that! But behind the GORGEOUS photo is usually this morning’s breakfast dishes.
    3.) I have failed in communicating with you – and I want to do so more. Let’s talk more. Please forgive me!

    • Oh, KY! You have NOT failed me in the least. You are a working woman, for crying out loud! I’m emailing you now, silly goose.

  2. okay i have to admit that until i read your first sentence/question i this post it did not cross my mind to feel deflated when surfing the blogosphere/internet (well except for sometimes when i read the news headlines but that’s a different story). maybe blame it on my parents who unknowingly made me one of those very-content-and-not-too-hard-on-myself-generally-happy-go-lucky-on-the-inside people since about fifth grade because i had to, at an early age, not rely on their validation or acceptance (which was very skewed). i had to be independent and self-confident in knowing if i was doing fine or not, if i was doing good enough or not… my parents would point out many of my shortcomings to me and it’s a bit of a sad story because what i ended up doing, whether right or wrong at the time, was to just keep any achievements to myself because, if they didn’t accept me for my shortcomings, then i wasn’t going to share my successes with them either (an example of one of my “shortcomings” in their eyes would be getting a 95 on a test instead of a 100). maybe i’m a little unambitious, or i’m just a realist in knowing what i can handle, or the bloggers i follow are just so amazing and craft things that are so amazing (hello, look at your halloween costume you made for anna… and have you checked out luxirare’s blog ever? – amazing is actually an understatement!) that i don’t even worry about my not being able to follow suit, i just enjoy what each person is able to bring to the world to make it more beautiful in their own way… i don’t know what it is but it didn’t even occur to me to feel deflated and i seriously hope you are not feeling it often because honestly i think a “perfect” life really encompasses all the little things that don’t go perfectly otherwise how boring and predictable life would be then. you know, i don’t currently use pinterest (i take it, from your post, that everything is picture-perfect there in pinterest world?) so maybe i WOULD have a tendency to feel more deflated if i used it? and among all the blogs i follow with beautiful pictures and products, i still DO frequent a lot of blogs where people just showcase the mundane and no-makeup-on self portraits too. okay so i know everyone is different, so if your feeling deflated helps inspire you to do posts like your “nobody’s perfect” series which promises to be rad, then more power to you and carry on. but if you REALLY are finding yourself feeling sincerely deflated often, or even inadequate, then i say GET OFF THE INTERNET and go play with your beautiful kids in your beautiful yard which is really still “perfect” in my eyes BECAUSE it is realistic. sorry about the rant… it’s my love/hate thing with the internet again… love that it can inspire. do not love that it can create a potentially skewed an unnecessary sense of inadequacy in someone who does not deserve to feel that way. not everyone is as “i-don’t-care-what-people-think-about-me-or-what-i-have-or-have-not-accomplished” as i have been since age 10. and i know that is a GOOD thing. but the first part of your post just brought me back to that one moment as a kid where i decided that i could keep comparing myself to my parents’ friends’ superchildren they would keep telling me about. or just ignore them and judge for myself what is realistically good enough and good for myself. in FACT, now that i think about it my parents could have used some more “nobody’s perfect posts” in their life instead of always trying to make me be like their friends’ kids who were ivy-league-college bound from the minute they stepped foot in jr. high (you could call those my parents’ “pinterest” inspirations). haha. okay that’s it. did you miss my wordy comments? i know it’s been awhile. i’ve been busy. =)

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