Creative Mistakes

One of the things I’m most self-conscious about when working on any artsy endeavor – is screwing up. Sometimes it consumes me with fear so much that I refuse to even try.

Some of our local Borders locations are closing and I was able to pick up a couple of books recently at a HUGE discount. One of those gems was this one:


Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg

Now, I will admit that I originally purchased this book so I could read about artsy things to my Lil’ Sophie, never intending to learn anything for myself. Beautiful Oops has quickly become one of my favorite books. Not only does Barney Saltzberg make it FUN to read to my lil’ girlie but I’m reminded with each turning page to not be afraid of my mistakes.

“When you think you have made a mistake think of it as an opportunity to make something beautiful”.

Who would have known a children’s book would change my thinking about my own artistic journey?


About Jenny Bagwill

You know those milestone moments in your life where the course you were going completely jolts you into reevaluating all you think or believe? Mine came in 2010 along with a precious baby girl. My healthy pregnancy, produced a baby with many internal defects unveiling themselves after birth like a stack of falling dominos. We lost track of her surgery count once we hit double digits. By the grace of God, our little fighter has survived an open heart surgery as well as a liver transplant along with a myriad of tests, blood work, and medical visits. She’s doing quite well, and we share her journey here: I hope you take the time to read about our girlie and possibly leave a word of encouragement. My milestone moment (that has continued over the last 2 years), presented many idle hospital hours where I used my time to make hair clips for our little girl who battled to live. It also crossed my path with numerous families in many heartbreaking situations. This is when I decided to use my creativity to do what I can to help others. I try to use my God-given talents to encourage and inspire others which you’ll see me blog about here. I also make a lot of custom pieces to raise awareness of illnesses, syndromes, and diseases that may hit close to home with you. As you’ll see my pieces often contain encouraging words – things hard to say to others in the midst of their dark place. You can view, shop, or place a custom order at here at my JeWeL 4U Etsy Shop - And because our Lil’Sophie has had a liver transplant I always encourage others to consider registering to give the gift of life: View all posts by Jenny Bagwill

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