Tuesday, February 21, 2012

I Have No Professional Training...

I have been pondering crafts this week and various crafty topics.

Then today, I went to the bank to deposit a check from Dell - a result of an accounting mistake on a computer I bought years ago. I'm glad they caught it, because surprise money is never a bad thing, even if it's small.

Anyway, the teller at the the bank started reading my shirt. I had to look down, because I don't really think carefully about the t-shirt I choose before I run out the door at lunch to go to the bank. I usually am pleased if I get it on right side out.

It says: "I have no professional training. I already gave my best. I have no regrets at all."

Do you remember that? Or who said it?

Well, it was this guy.

Yep. William Hung. That's a pic of when he came here to Austin. Yes, I took a half day. :)

 And here he is saying it during his audition on American Idol.

Now that, my friends, is true love. 

He just loved that song, and loved singing, and he clearly didn't define his love for it by what anyone else did or thought - he defined it by singing it to the best of his ability.

After I left the bank, I thought about the things I love versus the things I have professional training for and I tried to find a match. 

I really couldn't. I'm professionally trained in all sorts of things that would bore you right to death if I listed them. 

I would not list "love" next to any of those. 

But I do love the things that I'm a complete bona fide rank amateur at. 

Needle felting.
Organizing colored pencils.
Patting furry creatures.
Speaking Pig Latin. 


Specifically papercrafting. 

Yeah, I've taken a class or two. But those classes are taught by people like me. People who just love DOING it, and have found some awesome tricks. We didn't go to school for it, or get a license, or have papercrafting insurance or titles.

We just love it. We give our best. We have no regrets at all. :)

I made this card with no training whatsoever. And I have no regrets at all. I already gave my best. 
Stamps: Elementary Elegance (Sale-A-Bration - Free with $50 order), 
Bright Blossoms (Sneak Peek set I got at Leadership)
Ink: Basic Black Paper: Whisper White
Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Watercolor Wonder Crayons

I've been crafting since I was a child, thanks to my mother, and my school, and Brownies and 4H. I'm so excited whenever I see a little girl crafting, and I try to involve myself in things that help girls craft. Especially since I know what a lifelong love and comfort it becomes.

Today, my sister sent me a picture of a purse her sweet little neighbor girl - Chloe - made her out of duct tape. I doubt I ever made anything this spectacular at her age. Or most ages since!

Way to go Chloe! Thanks for keeping the crafty torch burning. I can't wait until you have your own crafty blog. :) I'll read it every day, I promise.



  1. It's a big deal to be able to say you have no regrets. Thanks for this post.


  2. This is so good, and so true. You need to have a passion for something, and love it, and we love our paper and pretty --- oh, shiny!

    And I love that you love organizing colored pencils. :D

    And I don't think I'll be using these verification words in a sentence any time soon. :(

  3. I love that you saw William Hung. No regrets, indeed!

    hee, organizing colored pencils is a good thing. and papercrafters insurance - y'know, that's not a bad idea. death by paper cutter...

  4. Great, great post today, Missy. I loved it and Chloe, girl, you rock!

  5. Love your card! After injuring myself a number of times while papercrafting, I think insurance would be a great idea.

    My mom got me hooked on crafting also. Thanks for pointing out what a great gift that was ... I keep trying with my daughter, but so far no luck. She just doesn't love it... bummer.

  6. This, right here, is a fine post. Profound words.

  7. Just love this! Thank you! What a great read.

  8. Love the peacefulness of the white tone on tone. And that splash of color? Perfect. *smile*


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