I love this post from RA about how, in a world where dozens of crafty and domestic accomplishments are posted on Pinterest, blogs, and beyond, it’s good to be comfortable doing your own thing. Even if that means skipping over that tutorial on how to make a pink ombre layer cake with rosette icing.
It’s been good to try new things over the past few years and figure out which of those things I actually like doing, versus which of those just don’t seem worth the effort. Here are things that I probably won’t do, paired with things that I probably will do.
Won’t: Make a homemade birthday card.
Will: Buy a handmade (by someone else) card from Etsy.
Won’t: Bake a cake from scratch (except once a year when I get the itch).
Will: Bake Ghiradelli brownies from a box from Costco.
Won’t: Read a novel, even if everyone loves it.
Will: Read The New Yorker every week, or a really good non-fiction book.
Won’t: Watch a movie in a theatre (unless my husband really wants to).
Will: Become obsessed with old seasons of a TV show (currently: The Good Wife).
Won’t: Host a fancy dinner party.
Will: Make dinner from six random ingredients from my fridge and no recipe at all. And it will most likely be in the form of a quesadilla.
Won’t: Knit. (Been there, sucked at that.)
Will: Sew. In fact, I should really do more fun sewing projects.
Won’t: Beautifully wrap a gift (because gift wrap is essentially “pre-trash” in my mind).
Will: Spend time thinking about the right gift to give someone.
Won’t: Listen to my voicemail messages for days on end.
Will: Call you to chat even if I only have 5 minutes to talk and I’m walking from one place to another, as long as you’re okay with me hanging up as soon as I get where I’m going.
Won’t: Go to the mall. My one exception is Nordstrom a few times a year.
Will: Shop online (with a coupon code).
Won’t: Paint or refinish a wooden dresser.
Will: Drive across town to buy an old dresser from craigslist that someone else already restored.
What are your Wills and Won’ts?