Project Fail: Not the End of the World

I am about to do something I don’t like to do: admit I failed. I don’t know why hesitate doing this because after all I am human, in fact ,one of my biggest, most embarrassing failures was broadcast for millions to see. But I really don’t like to fail (who does?) and  for the most part my projects do turn out the way I hope. This is not one of  those times unfortunately. 

Some of you may be thinking, “those valances don’t look that bad to me.”  But I am a perfectionist at heart, and sometimes my impatiences gets the best of me. I like instant gratification, maybe it’s because I grew up Generation X and we’re all of that mentality somewhat. So when I start a project, I want it done now and perfection is what I expect. This is the same reason I don’t always get good  pictures as I go a long in a project because I get so into what I am doing and want to see how it turns out. Right now!

Back to my project fail…

My intent was to have a very tailored valance. Something crisp and clean to balance out the whimsical nature of the paisley fabric I used. Instead, I got a haphazard somewhere between country valance and a bad attempt at a crisp, clean tailored look. Making it all the more annoying,  that I didn’t figure this out until I had screwed the valances directly into the wall (again from hurrying to see the end result).

So at this point I figure I am stuck with them.  For now. I have other bigger fish to fry, other projects I want and need to get to, and since they aren’t absolutely horrendous, I will live with them until I get so fed up at looking at their imperfections I eventually fix or replace them.

(Do you like the broken mini blinds? =) We inherited those and they will be replaced. One thing at a time…)

So hopefully this helps some other wannabe perfectionistas out there. It is okay that we fail. It really isn’t the end of the world… and we hopefully learn from these failures. I will be able fix these valances eventually and in the meantime they add some much needed color in that corner of my house. After sharing my my minor shame with you, I am not going to beat myself up too badly, after all it’s not too terribly often things (projects) don’t work out as good or better than I hope.  This will make me appreciate those moments better.

So… Here’s to imperfection!

Happy Memorial Weekend!


2 thoughts on “Project Fail: Not the End of the World

  1. Blair says:

    I have homemade valences up too! I need you to come over and look at them. Mine are not perfect either. I threw them together so fast and I cut it really close when it came to purchasing the material.

  2. katrina patterson says:


    Oh, it made me feel so good to see this. I tried to make tailored valances a few years ago, and Girl, they are harder than they look. Needless to say, I ended up with gathered valances after ripping out seams several times. At least it is in your own house! I enjoy looking at your stuff. Keep creating! 🙂

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