A couple of weeks ago we posted the first video from our Washington-Oregon PcT Roadtrip. Today you get to see a follow up clip from Karonkay’s home in Spokane. And this time you’ll also get to see her husband Dave along with the beautiful wood cabinets he built. Plus, there’s even a talking cat.
Wasn’t that fun? These roadtrip videos are so delightful to watch, even for me who was actually there at the time. It is so neat to meet the people who have become such a big part of our lives.
Having Karon and Dave share their creative energy with us was invigorating! All that work Karon has done with the tutorials made me feel so proud of her. She is the perfect example of someone who not only absorbs as much information and inspiration she can, but she actually applies what she learns. Looking over her racks and drawers of canes, beads, jewelry projects… and of course the incredible flowers… I could see with my own eyes her passion and skills that grow stronger every day.
Throughout my lengthy career as a craft instructor, I have seen many students get so entrenched in the ‘information gathering’ stage that they seem to get frozen in their tracks. Just stuck… watching videos, collecting tutorials, spending hours in Pinterest and buying supplies… only to have never cracked open that package of clay and actually start creating.
Karon is not that person. She is not afraid to just go for it. She is not the type to fret whether it turns out or not. Like she said when we were chatting before filming, “What I like about polymer clay is that if it doesn’t work out, you can always ball it up and start all over again.”
She is right you know. In order to get good at any medium, including polymer clay, you need to make stuff. You don’t necessarily have to make hundreds (or possibly thousands) of beads and flowers like Karon has, but you certainly need to open up those packages of clay, and not be afraid to start making something.
No matter how good or bad the first pieces turn out, you are going to eventually get better. And who knows, one day you too may be asked to create something wonderful for a special project, just like what happened to Karon.
So tell me… are you guys making a valiant effort to actually do the tutorials that I’ve been sharing over at the members library? Or are you finding yourself stuck… letting the fear of making a mistake hold you back from the joy of “Making What You Love… and Loving What You Make”?
Please let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.