Sometimes things work

Sometimes I sit down to write something, and all the words just spill out, I can't contain them. Other times I have to spend minutes, hours even, to come up with a single sentence that doesn't sound like I forgot how to english. 

The same goes with all creative tasks; creating a new recipe, drawing, painting, or taking photos, anything crafty etc. Sometimes things just come together incredibly well, and other times ... you get a needle in your foot, and all the seams rip and you break the sewing machine. Know what I mean?

Sometimes you fail. You have to make a recipe 40 times to figure out where you suck, you spend hours drawing a flower that looks like a potato, your photos are all of your thumb and so on. It happens to the best of us, to all of us. Sometimes it's hard to remember that making mistakes is a normal part of life, even a good thing - especially amongst all the picture perfect lives we see around us everyday.

I think most of us realize that Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest etc. highlight only the snippets of perfection that we sometimes experience and none of the really big parts of our lives that are mostly messy and imperfect. I find myself censoring what I want to say or show sometimes based on how much I messed it up! But I also want to be as authentic as possible here, so today,  I wanted to show you some of my most recent posts that never made it, and why! 

I've made these a couple of times, they are pretty good onion rings and I wanted to specifically blog about this recipe. It is a time consuming one that requires quite a few steps, but at some point I got distracted (I think by an episode of Gilmore Girls actually) and forgot to take photos - including any of the finished product. It was a big chunk of time wasted, I had no post for that day but we ate them anyway so not a total loss. 

Those granola bars look pretty good eh? They weren't. It was a weird combination of fruit and spices and I ended up throwing out most of them (they really go downhill after a day or two). They tasted more like fruit cake than granola bars which was weird and unpleasant. 

Back when I was trying to figure out what to hang from the branch in my office, I thought it might be fun to make it seasonal and make some fall leaves somehow. I saw a hanging piece of decor in Indigo book store that inspired this. They were copper foil leaves on one side, and sheets from old books on the other. The copper was light and crinkly and it gave it all a very pretty effect. I decided to  use red and gold foil tissue paper instead of copper and I tried to recreate the look.

I hated every minute of it. Again, it was time consuming and the finished product, was not at all what I had in mind. I took it down immediately. I wish I had just made one strand to test it out instead of making about 40 leaves first. 

This tenderloin I made was cooked in an Orange/Cranberry sauce, I overcooked it and it was dry. Also Peter didn't like the sauce, he was extremely underwhelmed by this meal. Also I was in such a hurry taking the photos that every single one came out blurry or out of focus. 

These cards aren't a complete write-off yet. But I only have a few more days to "fix" them before I have to go buy a set. 

Initially making cards was meant to save me money, but it very quickly became clear that it is much cheaper to just buy a box from somewhere. Not to mention much less stressful. My friend Donna and I got together to make these and we both agreed that one card took way too long, it wasn't that much fun and it started coming apart a few days later. 

Anyway, these are just a few of the things that I didn't post, not including the things I wrote out but never finished or got pictures of etc. I'm sure there will be many more, and soon,  but I'm okay with that. 

Xo, 

Jany