Since viewing the DIY (Do-it-yourself) segment on the Today show yesterday on how to make a tablet clutch, images of tablet clutches have been racing in my head. The brightly colored creation showcased in the segment would surely stand out among the sea of monotone tablet covers currently flooding the market and thus would be worth the time to create. The inherent issue with this undertaking, however, is that I would be the one in charge of stitching this project together. As anyone who attended the same elementary school as I did could verify, my horrific art class creations were the stuff of nightmares. So horrific were my initial art projects that my elementary school art teacher exempted me from having to complete any further art assignments and instead enlisted my help in organizing the classroom for the other students.
Above the surface, the idea of me, an adult woman, being intimidated by kitchen draw liner, duck tape, and velcro seems absurd. Buried underneath this seemingly absurd surface is a trail of disastrous art projects, failed DIY projects, and an ever growing belief that I should avoid all things “crafty” as one would avoid the plague. Yet, as I continued to examine my apprehension to engage in this DIY project, I realized that the true culprit was not an apparent missing crafty gene, but rather, a litany of skewed beliefs and fears that have been holding me back from approaching projects I’ve convinced myself I have no business tackling. I am not the next Leonardo Da Vinci, nor will my adventures in tablet cover territory pose any threat to Martha Stewart’s DIY empire. But maybe, just maybe what I end up creating will be worth an honorable mention. Ultimately, whether my tablet clutch turns out to be a DIY “masterpiece” or candidate for the city dump, the important thing is to meet the challenge of creating this tablet clutch head on. It’s time for me to begin erasing the skewed and destructive tapes that have been playing repeatedly in my mind for years.
What skewed beliefs have been playing in your head repeatedly? What have these skewed beliefs held you back from tackling? Are you ready to meet them head on? I’m excited to see what my finished project will look but first I have to find out where I can purchase kitchen draw liner and velcro.