Regret

My post today is going to be a bit more personal than what A and I normally post, but it should be nonetheless interesting (because, let’s face it, we all enjoy glimpses into personal unrest). I’m not really sure if this is a public apology or just a venting session, but regardless, it is a sentiment of regret.

Regret is an emotion that is probably one of the most common – whether we want to admit it or not. We always wonder what we could have done differently in any situation or whether we could change some outcome. Scientifically, regret is actually linked to the orbitofrontal cortex…making it an actual physical phenomenon.

More often than not, regret will lead to guilt. This guilt can be expressed in sadness, shame, embarrassment, sorrow, and remorse.

Personal actions committed of wrongdoing render an unconditional eating of the soul. Nothing is more painful – I would rather saw off my own arm. The worst of any type of regret is when you are unsure of what you regret; knowing only that there was some wrongdoing. Another is knowing you have wronged someone, you know they know, but you both ignore it. And finally, where you both know and are open to it …probably the easiest but no less painful.

So to the people this is specifically meant for (and there are quite a few of you) know I am so sorry for how I have wronged you. All I can do is wish and pray for your forgiveness. For everyone else, take this as a lesson. Always be the best you can be so that you can live without the burden of regret and guilt.

-C

PS: On a happier note, this week A gave me a brilliant idea for a future post on hat-making! This will take me a few weeks to work on so that I can craft a few examples, but it should be pretty spectacular and I am truly looking forward to getting to share it with you all!

Credits:

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-images-stock-images-black-white-abstract-art-background-image12315234

http://kochis.net/wp/?tag=black-and-white

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Everyday Art

Some of my earliest memories consist of me sitting at the kitchen counter and making tin-foil animals. Mostly swans (is they could even be called swans), which I thought were the cat’s meow. I would put them on display in every room in the house because I loved the way the sun would reflect off of them.

With most people, tin-foil art ends at wrapping up a sandwich. For others, it goes on to incorporate dinosaurs and dresses. In all honesty, I find it quite surprising that tin-foil is not a more popular medium. It is malleable, durable, and a hypnotizing reflective surface. The endless possibilities that it holds are unimaginable.

Since I’m on the topic right now, I’m going to give the directions for one of my all-time favorite crafts. I taught myself how to do this last Christmas, and right now is the best time to start in order to have a forest of tin-foil trees by the holidays (actually, they come together extremely quick…)

You will need:

  • A roll of tin-foil
  • About 6 oz. of clay that hardens when baked
  • A small sheet of felt
  • A wooden skewer
  • Scissors
  • Stickers for decoration
  • glue

Steps:

1. Take your clay and make a mound that is about 2” in diameter at the bottom and is rounded to the top. Poke a hole in it big enough for the skewer to it in, and then bake the clay until hardened.

2. While the clay is baking, cut the tin foil into squares. You will need the 40 each of the following sizes (keep them separated in piles)

4”x4”

3 ½” x 3 ½”

3”x3”

2 ½” x 2 ½”

2”x2”

1 ½” x 1 ½”

1”x 1”

½” x ½”

3. When the clay comes out of the oven, cut the felt to fit the bottom of it. Glue this on.

4. Put the skewer into the clay (pointy side up)

5. Place tin-foil squares onto skewer (biggest ones first, and continue to get smaller)

6. When finished take 2 of the same sticker (I like to use stars) and put them together at the top to cover the point.

7. You can decorate the rest of the tree with various other stickers or leave plain.

(I found a similar craft on Martha Stewart’s website, so I used her picture – just substitute the newspaper for tin-foil)

Have fun tin-foiling!!!

-C

Thanks to:

http://serious-insanity.blogspot.com/2012/02/cool-stuff-tin-foil-art.html

http://www.artcar.blogspot.com/

http://www.marthastewart.com/268174/shimmering-stacked-trees