When projects go awry

When projects go awry

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It’s confession time. The past fortnight has been crazy hectic, especially last week. It was so bad that at one point I wasn’t convinced I’d make to the end of the week with my sanity intact. No joke.

What does that mean? It meant everything that wasn’t related to my day job suffered in some way. My friends didn’t hear from me, my husband had to deal with my tears and my DIYs stopped turning out the way they were supposed to.

Despite my brain-addled state, I still pushed to create fun and interesting projects for the blog. It’s my favourite part of the week after all, and usually the way I unwind after long days at work. But then I decorated this plant pot and knew afterwards that I had to stop and give myself a rest.

What’s wrong with the pot you ask? Nothing! It turned out as planned, goes great with the plant I chose and livened up my living space brilliantly. I thought it was fab and couldn’t wait to share it with you. I had all my blog post all ready to go. That is, until I hopped on Pinterest and started scrolling through old pins.

Which is where I found THIS. Looks familiar huh? Yep, in my stress-induced haze, I had managed to almost identically imitate a beautiful pattern I had seen elsewhere and was all set to hit ‘publish’ (essentially calling it my own). And even as I’m writing this, I’m not sure if I’m making a big fuss out of nothing, but I felt really guilty about having unintentionally copied someone else’s work. I know I definitely wouldn’t like it if I had designed those lovely patterns and someone else had ripped them off.

I didn’t hit publish of course. The blog post hadn’t gone live yet and I had caught my own stupidity in time to trash it and start over. So I guess the next question is ‘why am I writing this at all’? It’s a good question and one I’m not sure I have the whole answer to, but I guess I’m posting about this because I was quite shocked at how easy it was for me to do that unintentionally. And this blog is about honesty. Okay you’re right, it’s usually about fun DIY projects. But I do try to be as open on here as I can – this space is an outlet for me to share my world with you, both the good and the bad, the successes and the lessons learned.

Consider this my lesson learned. I’ve made a mental note not to push blindly through insane workloads without thinking about where my inspiration comes from. And I apologise for my crazy lady confession session – let’s just say I’m really glad to be wrapping up this past couple of weeks and emerging from the chaos a little wiser. Onward and upward!

xx Steph

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