Sometimes my upcycling projects are difficult and don't want to come together. Sometimes I am only mildly satisfied with the end result. Sometimes I think I have outdone myself and I am overwhelmed with my great skill and talent. Sometimes I don't finish what I have started and sometimes I do really silly things and the project still comes together in the end.
And then there are the times when my projects have a little lesson in them. Maybe they always have a message and I am just not tuned in but this time I was listening.
I made these in about 15 minutes which has to be some kind of a crafting miracle for me. Most of my projects take hours to complete or just suffer through if they are the kind that don't come together at all. I suppose this project came together quickly and easily because they are not meant to be show pieces, after all their main purpose is to literally go up in flames.
Maybe you think it is weired to derive some philosophical message from my crafting projects but I sometimes I do. And the message of the fire starters is about proportions. Somehow I was able to give just enough time to this project to get it finished in a satisfactory manner. I even controlled the impulse to remake the labels with a ruler, which was not easy.
Anyway the speedy nature of this project left me some time to think I guess and what I thought about was how I allot my time to things either consciously or unconsciously and more importantly how to allot it better.
One example is the 80/20 rule. You have probably heard of it. I know that sometimes I can get all OCD about a project and expend to much time and energy for very minimal results but the lesson is more than that I think.
It is a reminder for me to check what I am thinking about and why I am thinking about it and if I should be thinking about it at all. Without giving you any specifics I do have a tendency to relive past hurtful situations. Do you ever do that? I sometimes stew on the negative stuff from the past. Which is a huge waist of the present and does nothing to gain me anything in the future but my feelings were hurt gosh darn it and so I simmer.
I know I should let go, move on, forget about it, but I am not very good at that. But the point is that my proportions are all off. What ever the negative thing was that I am brooding over in reality it is completely overshadowed by positive things and yet I am choosing to blow the one negative thing completely out of proportion.
Now I am not saying that you shouldn't feel your feelings and let them play out I am just saying that you might not want to brood over them any longer than it takes to make these fire starters. At least I am going to try to impose a 15 minute limit on myself.
I like the idea of writing down what ever that "bad" thing is and stuffing it into the fire starter. Maybe I will do that next time.
Step 1 - Grate candle wax.
Step 2 - Layer dryer lint and grated wax onto a used dryer sheet and roll it up burrito style.
Step 3 - Stuff the dryer sheet burrito into a TP Tube and wrap in decorative paper. I had this paper from an origami calender from 2010 it was the perfect size so I didn't even have to cut any paper. :-)
Step 4 - Tuck in the ends to hold paper in place. Add labels.
Step 5 - Light.
Built this fire pit last weekend. Can't wait to use it.