children Christmas clay holiday


My neighbor asked me to make an ornament for her youngest daughter. She wanted it to be her initial, and other than that I could do whatever I wanted with it. This is what I came up with. It’s made out of polymer clay and sits about 4-5 inches high. I stewed over this project for a year and built up so much anxiety over it, I had a hard time getting started. But once the ball was rolling things came together pretty easily.
Sometimes I spend so much time worrying about how it will look, I keep myself from getting anything done! I can’t really afford to waste supplies, so I try to have a fairly certain idea of what the outcome will be before I get going. But, I think that sometimes I miss out on a lot of creative opportunities because I am so afraid to fail. Not that my ideas always work out, by any means! It’s just that I rarely let myself just head into the creative unknown with reckless abandon and just see what happens, come hell or high water! I think it would be really fun to find some time to just play around with things- much like my children do. They aren’t worrying about how much they spent on that paper, or this glue, or the glitter. They just cut and spread and sprinkle to their hearts’ content- and they simply delight in the process and don’t worry about the outcome. I really need to learn how to let go. Tomorrow.

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  • Jana
    December 7, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    We love the ornament! It looks great on our tree! THANKS AGAIN!!!

  • Gwen @ Gwenny Penny
    December 10, 2010 at 5:08 am

    I completely hear you on the fear of failure. If I start something and it starts to go downhill, I either toss it or put it away and never go back to it. I won't attempt anything that I'm not sure I'm skilled enough to do. I watch my daughter use up an entire sheet of stickers in about five minutes and inside I'm screaming "NO! Save some for later!", but secretly I wish I felt that free about my crafting.

    Oh, and love the ornament, by the way:)