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« on: February 05, 2009 04:07:24 AM »

As soon as I saw this challenge, I knew I could come up with a visual motivator to stop me starting projects then abandoning them half way for the next exciting thing!

I purloined some old plastic gravy jars from my mum (who keeps everything!), helped myself to my hubbie's drill and a wooden pole, and got some pretty thread to hold everythig together.... et voila!


The idea is to put a marble in the left hand jar for every project I start, then put one in the right hand jar for everything I finish! I wanted to go and buy marbles, but we've been snowed in so I couldn't get to the shops.

When I told a friend about the project, she immediately laughed and asked if making the scales counted as a project. Of course it should! As I don't have marbles yet, I put in some ink pads to illustrate and keep track until the roads are clear enough to go on a marble buying mission.



If you look closely at the second photo, you can see that the last 'T' is upside down! I only noticed when I was about to take pics, and it was 11.30 on a work night, so I decided that fixing it could wait for another time!

Thanks for looking, this is my first posted creation, although I am a long-time lurker and admirer.
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« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2009 04:48:22 AM »

 Grin  This is awesome!  A great visual to remind you not to get so into new projects that you forget the unfinished ones.  I need something like this.  My art/craft room is filled with unfinished, barely started projects.
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« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2009 07:39:44 AM »

Whoa, good idea!! Wait...Excellent idea!! A bit large but I'm sure it can easily be made on a smaller scale. And I just might do that..!
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« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2009 08:06:01 AM »

Oh this is very pretty...I bet it would look really pretty in a window too...
I love it, and I bet it'll look even better with the marbles in it.  Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2009 08:13:57 AM »

Thanks guys, I will try and remember to re-post with marbles (obviously it will be balanced still!)
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« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2009 09:58:31 AM »

This is a really fun idea and I can see how it would keep someone motivated. I hate for things to be out of balance, so that would be an extra incentive to finish things!
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« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2009 10:07:51 AM »

What a great idea! I totally need something like this!  Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2009 11:57:41 AM »

Now that is a good idea. My husband would be all in favor of me having some kind of visual reminder like this!
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« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2009 04:55:52 PM »

This is a great idea. I hate things that are out of balance. My chore would be to make sure to add the started projects marbles...
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« Reply #9 on: February 05, 2009 06:04:56 PM »

thats wonderful!  i need a visual reminder like that to remind  me to finish what I start... but the marbles would be so heavy in the started side I think it might scare me out of finishing it all.... Daunting eh?
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« Reply #10 on: February 05, 2009 11:22:41 PM »

excellent idea, I think every crafter needs one, haha or at least I know I really do! You should leave the T as it is.  It gives it alot of character. Smiley  Sometimes an imperfection makes a project that much more beautiful and this one rocks!
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« Reply #11 on: February 06, 2009 12:54:53 AM »

I like this idea...and I can soooo relate to the "finishing what I start" challenge.
I chuckled at your upside-down T...I think you should keep it that way to add character!
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« Reply #12 on: February 06, 2009 08:55:47 AM »

great idea! i should totally start doing that. ha

it'd be fun to see how many projects you finish in a month, or year, etc, by counting the marbles.

this could be fun all year
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« Reply #13 on: February 06, 2009 12:46:12 PM »

I love this!  I may steal the idea. 
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« Reply #14 on: February 08, 2009 04:37:21 PM »

This is so neat!!

Hey!  Flip that "T" -- you have to finish what you start, you know... Cheesy
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« Reply #15 on: February 10, 2009 12:34:30 PM »

I love this! It's all too easy to get excited by new idea before we even finish an older one.
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« Reply #16 on: February 11, 2009 03:11:43 AM »

This is right up my alley! I'm a die hard Libra!  Wink
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« Reply #17 on: February 11, 2009 03:32:17 PM »

Oh wow, I'd love one of these. It's a great idea, and I hope it works for you :-)
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« Reply #18 on: February 12, 2009 02:39:32 PM »

great idea !!!!
That could be something for me ... now I only I could find some time to make it Cheesy
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« Reply #19 on: February 15, 2009 12:39:27 PM »

Thank goodness for this post!! I thought I was the ONLY person who jumped from project to project without finishing what I'd started. I was beginning to wonder if I had ADD. This is such a great way to encourage completion! Thanks for sharing
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« Reply #20 on: February 16, 2009 08:17:00 AM »

I really like that! I have a bad tendency of not following through on things, so that would really work for me! Awesome job!  Cheesy
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« Reply #21 on: February 17, 2009 03:54:41 PM »

What a great idea! My boyfriend is always teasing me about the mountain of unfinished projects that I have. I might have to see if I could manage to make, and finish, something like this. I love it! Grin
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