Being a Type A person, I struggle with perfection... Though struggle seems too benign of a word... Sometimes it's downright debilitating.
If I feel that I can't tackle a project with an A+ end result, I usually procrastinate until the last possible moment. At least then, when the result is not exemplary, I can blame it on the fact that I was in a rush. Now if that's not backward thinking, I don't know what is!
This was the problem that I had with the Angi Ring. When I first started showing the collection to friends and family I was almost ashamed of the rings. Not one of them was made the same way. Each wire wrap was slightly different from ring to ring. Even different from one side to another!
I found myself apologizing for the rings not being exactly alike. Offering to make another one for people so they had two rings that matched perfectly. But no one else seemed to be bothered. As a matter of fact, they loved the individuality of each piece.
The rings began flying off the shelves and quickly became a best seller! Pictures came in of people loving their rings! Buying them as best friend rings (so cute!)
And so with each day that I wear my (now) two favorite rings, Off Shore White and Clear Skies, I remember that beauty isn't perfection. And perfection isn't beauty.
We need to work on being kinder to others and ourselves! What makes us different makes us beautiful! ... and the same goes for handmade jewelry ;)
I mean, even Mary Poppins was only practically perfect!