It seems like one of our most frequently used words lately is “no”. Granted, with a bunch of kids running around, crimpin’ our Meatbagz style (aaah, the good old days of a quiet…well, aside from the tunes…workshop), it’s hard to keep from uttering the word less than every 30 seconds or so, but the real problem is when it seeps into our work.
For example (you know we had one, right?), we had these bags. They really intrigued us, we got a good deal on them, and then…we sort of ordered them in bulk.
So we got a lot.
Except we didn’t know what to do with them.
Ordinarily, we sit around with our bags, discuss them, and the proper design/solution comes to us pretty quickly, but not, sadly, with these. They had a couple of unique issues-a strap, right across the prime printing area, and the fact that they’re rubberized canvas instead of regular canvas (which means our regular old ink wouldn’t set).
We tried a few things, to varying degrees of unsuccess, and it got frustrating.
So the bags, as cute as they were, ended up in our “no” pile, both physically and mentally. If we had a slow day at the workshop, one of us would invariably as kthe other “should we look at those rubber bags?”
And the answer was always “No.”
But we did, dear reader, learn a lesson here. Because one day we ordered some special ink setter and sparkly metallic ink. And we printed those “no” bags.
And they were adorable.
But do you see that strap hanging down there on the left? Yeah, that needs to snap across the bag, because, after all, that was one of the things we thought was cool about it in the first place. But a plain canvas strap, cutting right across the crown? Weird.
And so it went back into the “no” pile for awhile longer, until Kate, sick of seeing it sitting on her desk, grabbed it and had an idea.
Suddenly that pile of bags wasn’t so frustrating anymore.
The sad thing is, we had told ourselves “no” so much that we fell into a rut. Was finding the ink set hard (especially since we knew it was out there and just weren’t sure how it’d really work)? No. And once the bags were printed, the rest of it fell into place.
So we’ve made a decree (#129): When it comes to making Meatbagz, the “no” pile shall be renamed the “not yet” pile.
And as far as decrees go, it seems like a pretty important one.