Sunday, November 25, 2007

Fun Monday - Not Yet

For this week's Fun Monday challenge Blue Momma said, "I want you to show me your......projects. More to the point, I want to see your unfinished projects. I have so many that I really need some reassurance that I'm not the only one. Home improvement projects are what I have in mind, but it you don't have any of those show me any kind of project - needlework, cooking, scrapbooking, etc."

It is probably some kind of personality flaw on my part, but I do not seem to be able to complete projects. Throughout my lifetime, I have started many projects. However, only some of those projects have reached 100% completion. I may begin a project, but often there seems to be an obstacle that prevents me from completing some of my many projects. This obstacle may come early or late in the developmental process. The result is is the same, another not yet...

Since I was a young lad, I have enjoyed building models of all kinds, model cars, ships, planes, tanks, and so on. When I was young and poor, we could not afford many models so I would rebuild the same model over and over. Today, I am fortunate to be able to buy many models. One of the problems in completing models today is that I have too many to choose which one.

Here are a few of the models in my current collection.

I set a deadline to finish this fine vintage Indianapolis race car by Memorial Day 2007. You know the Indianapolis 500 race day is on Memorial Day weekend. While working on this project, I kept adding new dimensions to my model design such as authentic-looking frame rails. Hence, Memorial has come and gone, and the Number 9 is unfinished.

Early in the 1970's, I began building ships-in-bottles, and I actually did complete and sell about 25 of these pieces. The process is tedious and time consuming. I do have some partially completed tiny ships and some bottles with artificial water, but these ships have yet to set sail. My reason for slowing down the ship-in-a-bottle production may be due economics. Each piece takes time and effort to construct, and buyers are unwilling to pay a reasonable price for the labor.

Pictured here are bottles with artificial ocean and a stand to build a small ship.
You see there are many reasons that my projects go unfinished. All that being said, I occasionally do finish projects. I posted about my crafts for a Fun Monday post in June.