Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Guess I'll go eat worms.

It's not any one thing. It's a lot of little ones. Actually, it's 1+1+1+1+1. . . and so forth.

See, I'm just feeling totally discouraged.

It started out with a few projects that didn't turn out the way I had it pictured in my noggin. And it's snowballed into questioning every darn project I've worked on in 6 months or more.

Take a few more craptacular projects, throw in multiple rude comment givers (did you NOT pick up on my warning to rude comment givers?), and bam. Severely discouraged.

I went from days of total excitement, total impatience to be up, awake, and dressed for the day so I can do the 10 things floating in my brain; from ideas keeping me up at night 'cause I was planning them out in my head. . .

To all these ideas feeling worthless and like ash in my mouth.
And I mind. I mind big time! (name that movie)

Have you felt this way? What did you do?

Do you get mean comments? Do you delete them? Leave them? Tell the comment givers off?

Can I have a sidebar on the ole blog saying "What Losers With a 3rd Nipple Had To Say" (see comments) and leave them for all to see?

Do some people go around blog hopping leaving snarky comments?
Nothing better to do? Enjoying the level of anonymity the internet gives you to spread nastiness?

Well, out of the blue the Daddy-o sent me this video to watch. If you've got 1 minute 40 seconds, and you're feeling like me, it's definitely worth your while.

I love that it's not about paintbrushes. It's not about crafting. It's not about sewing, cooking, music. . . Neccessarily. It's about what you love and what you are good at.

And then I asked the Daddy-o if he ever felt this way about his stuff. And he said:

"Yep. ALL the time. My foyer? I felt like it was mediocre. At best."

He's talking about this room. You know this one?

So I guess what I'm saying is, I don't care if it's craptacular anymore. You'll still find me downstairs in the crapt room, on a step ladder, nailgun in hand. Oh, and earplugs in my ears 'cause I think I might have done some damage to thee ole eardrum this morning.

What if I cover every square inch of this house in molding? Well, I guess the only person I need to answer to is Jeffrey.

So what if there's a 1/16th gap between my molding and the door frame? Nail holes that weren't properly filled? Spots on the wall that could have used just one more coat of paint? Yeah, my middle name is still "Sloppy". But it's how I'm learning, man.

And thanks for listening, by the way.


Janelle Bartlome said...

I LOVE that video. It made me tear up.

I'm sorry you have mean comment givers. I really do think that people like to spread discouragement- just cause they can. RUDE. AS IF your blog would be the one to criticize. Your blog is my favorite.

Keep Crapting!

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

I'll never understand people who leave mean/rude comments. If you don't like it, GO AWAY! It's crazy! And for the record, I would trade everything for any of your "craptacular" projects anyday! You are awesome and your kids are stinkin adorable!

Pressed Petals said...

Girl, I don't get enough comments to get bad ones! heehee! Maybe that's a blessing in disguise. BUT I have gotten them in real life. The bummed out feeling usually passes and helps put things into perspective. I usually look at the sorce of the comment. Okay, enough going on. You are doing more than most of us even try to do. You are putting youself out there. (Thanks, as you have inspired me more than a few times.) G'nore (as our daughter used to say) the nay sayers! And give your man and your kiddos a few extra kisses!

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures said...

I haven't felt blog worhty lately either. In the beginning of May I had so many ideas swimming in my head and now...nothing. I have not rec'd a mean comment yet. I can't believe you got one. I told you you are one of my favs and I look forward to your new posts every day. I have another video to send you that will make you smile. I would really like to know what post someone could possible find something to say that was negative...I am too curious for my own good.

The Henriksons said...

I have never left a comment on a blog of some one I did not personally know but I want you to know I think the things you are doing in your house are amazing and look great. I personally don't know how you do it all but keep it up. And as for those mean comments, delete them and "letitgo".

Emily said...

That is just crazy that people leave mean comments. If you don't like it just move along, I say. I love everything you have done! You have made me start doing projects in my own house. I think you ROCK!!

I love the video!

Amanda said...

You're spectacular! Seriously. When I happened upon your blog a while back, I thought you were cool enough to let you know. I usually don't tell complete strangers (online or in real life) that I think they're super cool and talented and I think we should be BFF's... because that's wierd, right?

Anyway, sorry you ran into a stupid person. They are always out there. Mostly, I think they're jealous and they aren't happy enough with themselves, so they're critical of others.

You can come over to my house and make craptacular messes any time you want to! If my house looked half as "crappy" as yours, I'd be one happy girl!

Carisa Knox said...

I know how you feel. I felt that way the other day and it made me wonder if I was doing the wrong things to my house.
If molding makes you happy- slap some more up on the walls. Nail the boards on your ceiling and feel some pride in your very handy and creative work.
One of my favorite sayings that I picked up from being married to a Marine.... "pound sand" as in "go pound sand up your ...."
Not really swearing but letting the other person know what you think of them and still sound ladylike because they likely don't know what the heck you are saying in the first place.
I'm sorry that someone stole your thunder. Don't let them steal your dreams too.
Big hugs,

WhettenWild said...

Want me to beat em up for ya? huh? huh? =)

Lori @ In Pursuit of Martha Points said...

Who the HELL is leaving you nasty comments and you just send them right over to me.

If there is one thing I ALWAYS win it is a war with words. You guys haven't seen my nasty side, but I swear to heavens, my command of the invective when I am pissed off makes people question whether it was worth getting up in the morning.

And yes, I know you could get 'em with your nailgun, and you is pretty damned handy with words yourself, but sometimes it's hard when you feel vulnerable because some cretin has decided that not having the same taste as you do in decorating (which I love btw, and I am a friggin' snob despite my humor bloggy ways) gives them liberty to criticize in nasty or unkind ways.

So I got your back, babe. You want me to blister someone you just say so.


FastForwardingThroughLife said...

How rude! You do great. In fact I may have to stop by your house just to inspect. I do know where you live despite your craftiness to keep your address unknown...

gina3 said...

Those of us who love your blog and all you do surely outweigh those who leave bad comments, right? I would just delete them/ignore them. I think if they see it gets to you, they will do it more. I guess they don't have a life or if makes them feel good to put others down. Brush it off because I'm going crazy waiting to see how this ceiling turns out!

Anonymous said...

Aww Mandi this makes me so sad! You are hilarious, creative and have such a beautiful soul - I can tell through your photographs and your writing! I love the way your projects turn out and I think you are so innovative. You always give me lots of ideas to file away for when I have the money to try them out. (Haha.)

As for nasty comments, I get some snarky ones every once in a while. People will tell me I'm a moron. I wrote a post once about pythons invading the Everglades (don't ask!) and someone wrote, "It's a bunch of crap, and so is this entire blog post." Now, I can just laugh at it. Don't forget that the nasty things people write say more about THEM than about YOU. Just delete it! You can also block all comments that say certain words (like I blocked all curse words) so that you won't even be notified of them and they will automatically disappear without bringing down your vibes!

Sorry this was so long but I don't want those "haters" to get you down! ;)

Anonymous said...

P.S. I heart molding. I fully endorse covering every square inch of your house in molding! :)

dena4kids said...

People can be mean. Hey just tell them to kiss your lilly white....cheeks!=)

Krista @ Craving Some Creativity said...

I don't understand the mean comments...why comment on a blog you don't like, its ridiculous and mean spirited! I think you are awesome and hilarious! I always get a laugh hopping over here and your comments always make my day:) Keep on doing what you love, it keeps me and many others inspired! I vote, delete em! and never look at them again:)

Meg said...

I told you yesterday that I read your blog every morning to start my day off with a laugh. I am telling you again today.
Whoever is being rude just write 'em off. Obviously they don't have any taste anyway because they don't know a funny, talented, SPECtacular lady when they see one :)

Meg in Portland (no blog)

Anonymous said...

Don't let the negativity get you down; I've thoroughly enjoyed every post of yours that I've read. I always come away with inspiration, a smile, or a great belly laugh. Your sense of humor is amazing. Thank you for the time that you spend putting your blog out there for the whole world to see.

Nutmegger from Connecticut

Creative Decor by Brooke said...

Well, the video says it all. Don't you just love him. Anyway, I know it is hard and I don't know how I will react when I get my first mean comment but so many people love what you do and enjoy checking out your new projects and your funny personality I hope you won't let one rude comment get you down. I think people like that have issues. Just ignore it and go on. Hopefully, they won't return if they don't like what you do. You can only hope, right. Keep your head up and keep keepin on!

Anny said...

Dude I am *ALWAYS* saying that when I grow up I want my house to look like yours. I don't think your molding is overwhelming at all; you always catch the perfect balance between whimsy and adulthood.

Danielle said...

I've never commented on your blog, but not because I was going to leave a mean comment. I LOVE reading your blog and love seeing what amazing thing you've done. You seriously amaze me. I think you are brave and awesome. I adore you. Always have, always will. :-)

Audra said...

First I want to say "Heck with those people, you inspire me on a daily basis with your crafts, projects, pictures, and loverly comments". I think 29 other people have said it the best. I too want my house to look like yours when it grows up or I get skilled!

I love, love, love your blog. It's my sanity in my abnormal world. You inspire me and I can't wait to see what you will come up with next and what I can try and copy!

You amaze me.

k...before I start sounding like Jerry MacGuire...I will shut up now.

You craft/crapt and keep on inspiring us little people. We love the stuffing out of you!

Carisa Knox said...

Because I can't figure out how to email you without restting Outlook on my computer (which would send my husband to the moon) I am writing you here. I have questions that only you can answer, when you have time of course. When you respond, feel free to send your response to blog.
I hope that you are feeling better after the mean people got you down the other day. I personally think you rock and you know I think you are better than prozac! ;-) So on with it...
Questions for you Mandie:

First did you rip your own boards for the batten board on your walls and if not where did you get the size that you needed? What size were they anyway?

Second where did you come up with the measurements for the batten board detail going down your stairs? I think you said that your husband came up with the equasions to make sure that it was all even, do you know what they were and would he be willing to share with the rest of us (or in my case, my husband because your husband would be speaking greek to me)?

Third, what is the vinyl cutting machine that you have? Where did you get it and how much did it cost?

And lastly, if I were to buy two new tools (I have none of my own and I am seriously thinking about becoming a consultant for Tomboy Tools but they don't have saws, etc.) what two have you found most valuable?

That's all for now since I don't have any caffiene in me and I can't function properly without it.
Like I said before, I hope you feel better!

Teri said...

I am always so unbelievably impressed by your work, Mandi, that it's shocking to me that anyone would have anything critical to say. Furthermore, I think I tend to believe that most people aren't capable of that kind of douchebaggery. That being said, one or two slack-jawed troglodytes can easily spoil 100+ super-positive comments. I know that you've mentioned in more recent posts that you're feeling better (I'm catching up from the top-down), and I am so very glad, but I want you to know, too, that I love every scrap of your blog that I have ever read, your projects and writing style are some of the most inspiring I've ever seen (which is why I follow your blog so closely), and I aspire to be more like you in terms of your vision, your follow-through, and your zest for life. I am so glad you're my bloggy friend! :)

And now onto serious business. The reference is from Wayne's "Oscar moment" in Wayne's World. Ok, fine...Wayne's World references are the other reason I read your blog.