Industrial Candlestick Holder // diy

by Ashley Weeks Cart

This was the post/project I created for the final round of interviews for a DIY column on an incredible modern design blog. It came down to me and one other person, and alas, I did not make the cut. While I spent yesterday bummin’, I had a ready stockpile of chocolate candies on hand thanks to the holiday and my cheery, sweet girls to help keep things in perspective. As much as I am disappointed, I’m learning to process and manage rejection far better than I ever did just three or four years ago. Something about age, experience, becoming a parent, blah blah blah onslaught of time blah blah, has helped me keep a more level-head when I hear the word, NO. While it still sucks, royally, I’m not nearly as devastated and debilitated by denial. (And I still love me some good alliteration. Apparently.)

As my father always reminds us, all it takes is one YES. So I’ll keep trying for those Yeses, and learning from those Nos. And since I spent all weekend creating, styling, photographing and composing this project, I had to share it here. No matter what, it was a learning experience and I made some great connections in the process. And when that reasoning fails me, I’ve got a bag of Hershey’s Kisses at the ready.