I'm going to share with you what happened to me last Friday. Maybe something similar has happened to you too. At the time, I just wanted to cry. But now I think of it as just a stumble along the way, something to learn from. So let me tell you a little about it.
My sister Cindy had a birthday in March but since she was out of town at the time I procrastinated and didn't get her a birthday present. I thought, "I'll have time later". Well, she is back home now and I will be seeing her on Easter. It was time to get busy and decide what to do for her. I have made her jewelry before but I wanted to do something else. So I decided to make her a picture frame.
After sanding and painting the wooden frame, I got out my tissue blade and several polymer clay canes and the real fun began. I sliced over 150 pieces off the ends of my canes and placed them in a pattern around the frame. It looked like a kaleidoscope! I loved it! Now it was time to put it in the oven for curing.
By now it was about 3:00 and I realized I hadn't had lunch. After putting my cheese toast in the oven, I went to check the temperature on the clay oven. While away from the kitchen, my toast burned. Then while scraping the black off of my toast, the phone rang. It seems someone charged 600.00 at Victoria's Secret on my credit card and it wasn't me! While on the phone with the credit card company getting that mess straightened out, my frame was left unattended. And yes, you probably guessed it, by the time I hung up the phone I smelt it. My frame was in the same shape as my toast! All of my work, 4 hours worth, ruined. I just wanted to cry.
I thought I would try again, but the frame and all of it's darkened polymer decorations still sit on my table. I haven't had the heart to try again. I know in time I will. I won't let this minor setback keep me from creating something beautiful. I am confident that it will be even better than the first one. So Cindy, I'm glad you aren't expecting your birthday present Sunday, because it looks like it will be a little late this year.