As you might imagine, pretty dang awesome!
Just so happens that Marie Forleo’s MarieTV this week was about “Big Dreams vs Small Dreams”. Spoiler alert: Marie thinks small dreams are just as valuable, and so do I.
My dream was to make a beautiful beaded snake. I had never made one, and had never even seen one before a friend shared a picture on Facebook of a beautifully realistic snake made by fabulous bead artist, Veta Tall. But as soon as I saw it, I knew I had to make it. If you know me or have read this blog before, you know I am a craft fiend. I want to make it all! I wish I could try EVERYTHING, but sadly that is not super realistic because there are like millions of crafts. (Have you seen Pinterest?) There are times, however, like with this snake, that I am so smitten I become obsessed.
I really wanted to make my own snake, and more than that, I wanted to enter it into the San Diego County Fair. Sure, why not? I’d never done bead weaving on this scale before, but I am not the type of person who considers lack of prior experience or knowledge a sufficient reason to not try something. Like my mother taught me, “There’s a first time for everything”, so I set the goal and I figured out what I would need to do to achieve it:
- Find a suitable pattern.
- Buy the right beads and lots of them.
- Learn the bead stitch.
- Work it until it was complete.
- Enter it into the Fair by the deadline.
There, not so complicated once you break it down. I was excited and proud that I had taken on a new challenge, and had finished what I started. I had put in the effort to make this dream a reality. Sure, it’s not Earth shattering, but it made me feel good, and that’s what dreams should be about anyway.
This Sunday was Father’s Day and my very talented niece was performing at the Fair with her school’s show choir, so we made plans to go and watch her perform. (She even got the honor of singing a solo! We were all SO proud of her.) And, of course, while we were there we would visit the Home and Hobby Show to see my beaded snake on display.
As we were getting ready, a thought popped into my head, “Wouldn’t it be awesome to get an ‘Honorable Mention’ ribbon?” I mentally brushed that aside. “No, Richelle. Don’t set yourself up for disappointment. Just seeing your work on display is accomplishment enough”. I wasn’t just saying that to myself, that is how I truly felt. So we get to the Fair and meet up with my Mom, sister and niece. Greg and I were starving, and dang if the Fair isn’t the perfect place to satisfy your appetite. I had a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich with bacon and tomato and Greg had one with pulled pork and mac n cheese. I know that might sound disgusting to some, but it was actually good and the lady at the grilled cheese stand said it was their most popular sandwich. Of course, dessert was the maple donut with bacon sprinkles I have been talking about for a year.
After our brunch, we all headed over to see my entry on display. You could have knocked me over with a feather when we found the display and I realized that my little snake had won a 2nd prize ribbon!! I was beside myself with joy. I honestly never imagined winning! I actually teared up a little, I was that happy. I think winning second place was even better than first because first is a blue ribbon and second is a red ribbon.
Then, check this out, my Mom tells me that they had gone up to see it before Greg and I got there. They sat through our entire meal, never letting on that they already knew I had won a ribbon. Sneaky little devils.
So there you have it. Dream big, dream small, just keep dreaming and when you dream a dream that feels right, work to make it come true. Because it is awesome.