I started painting the new bed this morning and it struck me perfection is not always required or even desired. This is just the undercoat but when it's finished I don't want if to look like it's just been done nor do I want that carefully distressed look. We'll have to wait and see. I haven't a clue how to get what I want, it might take time just until it gets a few knocks.
And I thought this equally applies to quilting and other hand crafts. Many years ago I knitted DH a Guernsey sweater made traditionally with very fine wool. When I'd finished and given it to him, he said "Wow, that's great it looks machine made". I never knitted for him again. So what we want is something which says not too obviously, this is a one off, made by one person with care.