Friday, April 25, 2008
Well, I finally made my first ATCs!!--I've created many cards and a few art pieces over the years as gifts for family and friends, but I've never done an ATC before. I decided that I'd give it a try; I don't think these are very good, but they're a step in the right direction for me, I think. I love creating things with paper and embellishments, but it takes me a long time to do it. Having OCD all my life has been both a blessing and a curse. For example, being a perfectionist, as I like to call myself, has helped me succeed in academics and other areas (I was obsessively driven to get perfect grades when I went to college in my 40s), but checking the stove, the locks on the doors, the closets, etc., about 50 times a night before I go to bed has not been productive! Actually, I USED to do that when I was younger--I'm much better now--I only do it about 3 times a night! If I notice a spot on the floor or counter I've just cleaned, then I have to do it again, no matter how small the spot. What a goofball I am! My husband laughed at me at first, but now he just takes my little "defects in character" in stride. I'm not hard on other people, just myself! What I'm trying to say with all this nonsense, is that it takes me a long time to make a card because if it isn't "just perfect' then I will throw it away and do it over again. These first 2 ATC's however, are just what they are--I didn't try to redo them, although I see things I'd like to change and think they can be a lot better. Oh well, if at first you don't succeed . . . go to Starbuck's and have a cup of coffee and a muffin, and then come back and try, try again!