1. Fabric stretches and moves more than metal, wood, plastic and any other building material I have used. This fact both solves and creates problems when constructing a project.
2. Jokes about masculinity are outweighed by the compliments and encouragement from others.
3. My Stewie pants are killer.
4. People who make and sell quilts for a living have a low rate of pay. Seriously, it takes forever to make one of these things.
5. Stepping outside of your comfort zone to try something new is good. The comfort zone is a serious no-grow zone.
6. Spending a few hours here and there working on a project is better than a few hours here and there of the low quality crap they put on TV. Creating something rather than watching a train wreck of a reality TV show probably saves your sanity as well.
7. Knit one Pearl two...wait, that's something else.
8. Find a good teacher or mentor. Having a lifeline to call will help give you the confidence to follow through.
9. Set up a situation that helps motivate you to completion. I chose to make a gift for someone, and let them know it was coming. I also chose to blog about it and put it out there for friends and family to motivate me. Having these responsibilities, and a support network, kept me going from one stage of the process the next. Find out what keeps you on track.
10. Big projects are a bunch of little projects strung together. "How am I going to get this done?", can be an overwhelming and daunting question. But, breaking down a project into the steps can help. As someone once said "The longest journey begins with a single step".
*Bonus Item. It was Lao-tzu, the founder of Taoism, who said that. It sounds like something his mom might have said to him on trash day, but he gets credit for it.