Just Muddle Through It

Last week I had a new project idea that I was all excited to work on.  I picked up the supplies I needed when I was in town, and was ready to work on it first thing in the morning.  I thought I was good to go.

Normally when I have a project that requires a photocopy, I use my laser printer, because the ink doesn’t smudge.  But this project required a copy from an inkjet printer, and it wasn’t until I went to work on the project that morning that I realized one of my inkjet cartridges was empty.

I decided not to stress about it.  I’d just move onto another project…one that doesn’t require the use of my inkjet printer.

A project that just required brown paper, a stencil and paint.  I had all those things!  I was good to go again.

I started happily working on my project, and reached for my camera to take photos of it in progress,

and then I dropped my camera.  

I dropped it HARD.

I quickly picked it up and turned it on, and breathed a sigh of relief when I saw the lens wasn’t broken and the camera powered on fine.  I thought I had gotten lucky.  I thought I was good to go.

But then I started snapping in-progress photos of the project, and the photos were completely out of focus.

out of focus photo

I fiddled and fiddled with it, and go it to focus a little bit better, but it was still bad.

blurry photo

I optimistically hoped that it was just the lens that was broken, and not the camera, so I drove into town and bought a new lens.  I started working on the project again, and snapped another in-progress photo.

It was less blurry, but still not normal, which meant the camera was the problem.

stencilling on brown paper

By this time it was getting late in the day, and I had nothing to show for it, except a broken camera and a half-finished project.

Rather than throw a fit, or sit and mope, I decided to just finish it up, and hope I could get at least a few tolerable photos.

brown paper project

Taking the photos took longer than making the project.

stenciling on paper

I muddled my way through it it though.

farmhouse art project

I got the project finished, broken camera, crummy photos and all.

brown paper craft

And the next day, I got myself a new camera! I found a great deal on it, and it included 2 lenses, so I felt like it was meant to be.

I’ve been wanting a new model that could do some things my old one couldn’t, so I’m excited to learn some new camera tricks.  I’ll let you know how it goes as I learn.

I am just happy I could photograph my simple little brown paper project…without crying or yelling. 🙂

craft brown paper art

Obviously, you don’t need a tutorial to make an simple project like this.  Even with my awful photos, you can see how easy it was.

And next week when I work on that new project, I should really be

good to go (keeping my fingers crossed!).

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  1. Oh dear…I’m so very sorry you had to go through all of that frustration, but soooooooo glad it worked out in the end and I’m sure this new camera will serve you well! The pix you took with the old one aren’t so bad…they’re better than the ones I take with a perfectly functional camera. 🙂 This is a sweet little project and one I think I might be able to manage…thank you for sharing it with us!

  2. Love your attitude!

  3. That was refreshing to read. Some days are just like this and we have to muddle through the best we can. I really like the finished project. Glad you got a new camera out of the deal. Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend!

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