"Everyone is winging it,
some just do it more confidently."
Sometimes no matter how in control of a situation you believe you are, or how many plans and calculations you make to ensure (insure? assure?) success...what it comes down to is the realization you have no freakin' idea WHAT you are doing. And just do it anyway. Sometimes when you wing it, you land in a happy accident. This is the story of my latest project. My home office.
"My Happy Accident"
For about a year now, I've been toying with the idea of covering a wall with my photography, done in canvas. Problem is, I suffer from "Pinterest Perfection Paralysis". I peruse Pinterest. I see amazing photos of perfect designs. I think YES...I'm gonna do that! Then the reality of achieving that perfection paralyzes me. HOW am I EVER gonna figure out how to do THAT?!? And nada gets done. Because honestly, to figure out a wall of different sized canvasses that need to fit together in a way that doesn't seem haphazard and messy has GOT to require some math and calculations, right? NOT my strong suit! Let alone culling thru thousands of my "favorite" photographs to achieve the perfect balance of what I want to display? I'd say "shoot me now", but I don't want to get into a NRA debate.
So I took the plunge. I threw aside math, calculations, diagrams, my turkey wishbone drying out on the counter, or any semblance of a plan. Total 100% winging my way to Pinterest perfection. Yep, I was doomed to fail. And I was afraid it was going to be an expensive fail. But I plunged anyway, without confidence. In retrospect, picking out the photos proved to be the hardest part. Still am not sure I got the right mix. But heck, I can always change out photos, right?
I will tell you now that picking out the photos was the most difficult step for one simple reason..it was the only step I put any forethought into. Once I got that accomplished, all thought flew out the window and I was 100% winging it. The various canvas sizes? A little of this, a little of that. I chose without regard to how I was going to hang them. After the canvasses arrived, I cleared out a room and pretended I was on "Survivor" and had to piece together a puzzle to win immunity! The result? I was safe at tribal council that night.
An important aspect of "winging it"? Having a Better Half who doesn't suffer from angina when I say...
"See this photo honey? Can you hang these JUST LIKE THIS...by this weekend???!!??"
...and he actually does. He nailed it! (yes, pun intended). I haven't looked BEHIND these canvasses yet to see how many nail holes are actually there. But I can confidently say there are waaaaaay less nail holes than if I had decided to wing THIS step myself!
"He Nailed It"
Kinda looks like I actually had a plan. Winging it. Having no freakin' clue and doing it anyway. Sometimes it just all works out, like some kind of Pinterest perfection. But then there are those other times...yeah, I don't blog about those.
P.S. For those interested, I used "Easy Canvas Prints" and was very happy with the turn around time AND the quality. They have some amazing sales, I ordered all these canvasses when they were running an 80% off sale. Disclaimer: I receive NO compensation or benefit from singing their praise...altho that would be kinda cool.
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