Have you ever considered yourself to being so close to Amazing?
I sure have not…
But then I read KariAnne Wood’s book, So Close to Amazing. All of her hilarious DIY stories had me thinking about the day I was introduced to Pinterest.
I was at my Friend Bre’s house for coffee and she said, ” have you signed up for Pinterest yet? I told her I had heard of it, and looked at it, but didn’t know how it worked. She signed me up, and I was hooked. I got an email from the couple who started Pinterest welcoming me…Yea, it was that long ago!
I compare Pinterest to the game of golf
My husband is a golfer and loves when I join him. I always tell him that I will get into golf when I am older and retired…
…but I can see why it is addicting. There is always that one golf stroke you take that is amazing and you think to yourself, “wow, I’ve got this, I think I am finally a golfer” and you strut in to the golf cart and ride to the next hole ( golf carts are a must when I go golfing!!) You get to the next hole, you line up the ball just like the last hole, swing exactly the same and look for the ball. Only to notice it never left the golf T ,and it is still at your feet!! ughhh….Have I told you about my love/hate feelings about golfing?
Well, that is the DIY world! sometimes your swing is a perfect slam on the green and other times you can’t even hit the ball off the T! But Pinterest is addicting, just like golf, because if you have ever actually completed a Pinterest project, recipe or set your table exactly like your favorite blogger…you are addicted and you keep trying again.
Pinterest was my first glimpse of how social media could be addicting. It was the first community I was a part of. Before I even had an Instagram account or a blog. I loved it. Every single pin I pinned I thought to myself, ” I can do that!”…
very quickly I learned that my intentions did not match my skill set!!!
I’ll never forget the day I tried to make my first farmhouse sign. I got an old piece of wood from our barn…it had some varnish on it so I thought no big deal, I’ll sand it off!
Good grief, they must have slapped that stuff on every year for a 100 years…I should have just found a new piece, but it was the perfect size and I had already invested 20 minutes in my 1 hour project! The pin I saved the blogger said it would take 45 min. Who doesn’t have 45 minutes? And I knew the sign I was about to make would have cost me at least $75 on Etsy so I was going to finish it.
I was going for a “Beachy” look…so I sanded painted and did a distressed procedure with vaseline…yep, don’t ask…It didn’t work out so well, but instead of buying wax, I used vaseline because another pin said it worked effortlessly….hummm….here is where I began to think something was really wrong with me! I followed all the 5 steps to a “T” and my sign was a mess…
Again,why on earth I did not just start all over after I realized my board was not easy to sand, I’ll never know.
Ok…fast forward 5 hours.. I was finally finished and the sign was drying on my kitchen island while I was cooking dinner (well, because of my” Pinterest Fail” day, I was actually just heating up a frozen pizza & dumping a bag salad in a bowl)…the kids came home from all their fall sports practices and my husband came home from work…
“Wow, Sweetie,’…my husband said with a raised eyebrow…”I’ve never seen you so determined to finish anything”…would it be easier to just buy a sign?”…I don’t need to tell you the look I darted at him, do I gals?
When I was finished with my sign, it was a total of 7 hours of work…
No wonder hand painted signs are so much money on Etsy!!!
In the end it came out fine, and to this day, I soak up every compliment I get on that sign!
When people ask, is that hard to do? Now, I just direct them to my favorite sign makers!!! Or this post here.
I wish I could tell stories like KariAnne Wood…She has that gift.
This book is not just about projects or recipes, it is about life in stories.
KariAnne will have you laughing and feeling like no other storyteller you have read.
And when you are almost to the end of the book you will have laughed, related, contemplated, and in the end felt encouraged.
I loved the glimpses into her home life she shares with us.
Especially if you are a mom an auntie, grammy, or spiritual mom to many! You know what it is like to be the protector of your children….
As a grown adult, did you ever think you would want to go on to the playground during second grade recess and pick up a child by the front of his shirt and hold him in the air and warn “if you ever mess with my child again, you will have me to deal with, got it?” If you have loved a child you know that feeling well! When our kids come home with a story about how a classmate bullied them! Oh, dear Lord watch out!!!!
But we summon up our inner adult and we just encourage our children and help them through and teach them that there are not so nice people in the world….
Karianne shares a story in her book where she is tempted to “call the national guard, or write to Dear Abby” about said bullies in her children’s classes. Seriously, you will be crying with laughter!
Karianne also eloquently shares her journey to unfolding God’s plan in her life…
Why is it so hard to see as we are in the day-to-day, God’s plan? Did we hear him right?, or at all? does he see us? in the end we are treated to an epilogue of insight that you will relate to, love, and learn from! You will see that your life too, is a gift, and that we are all part of:
You can find KariAnne’s book on her beautiful blog. She even has a link to read the first chapter for free!
All through reading this book, I was encouraged to not give up! My efforts are what make me close amazing, not when things work out perfectly.
Life can be hard, but we have a God that is amazing and patient and kind and He is always there to pick us up when we feel like we have failed, and when we need encouragement. He is showing us His plan for our lives and he is always the God of second chances.
So we need to not be so hard on ourselves, and enjoy the days, the small accomplishments…
because we will always look back at the journey with thankfulness, no matter how hard. That is God’s grace.