Perfectionism, antiquing furniture ahead on show


June 9, 2019

Information on perfectionism, and antiquing furniture with homemade chalk paste will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. All times are Mountain.

Jane Bluestein will discuss perfectionism and tell how it can create tremendous stress and anxiety in life. She will reference her newest book Perfection Deception, as she talks about how parents can avoid raising a perfectionist child. Her business is Instructional Support Services, Inc. and she’s from Albuquerque.

“What goes around comes around.” Remember that saying? People are still antiquing furniture but the products are just different. Connie Moyers is retired from the New Mexico Cooperative Extension Service, and she’s going to show how to make your own DIY chalk paint recipe and then show how to use it on a variety of projects and furniture. She lives in Clovis.

Information on preparing furniture to sell online, making cornice boards, and decorating frames with embellishments will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” noon Tuesday and 2 p.m. Saturday.

Bruce Johnson is a furniture refinishing expert and spokesperson for Minwax in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey. He’s going to show how to prepare your furniture when you want to sell it on online, which has become an extremely popular method of disposing of furniture you no longer want or need.

Whether you want to make a cornice to go over longer drapes, or just make one as a topper, Rebecca Peck will show how to build and finish a custom cornice C with sew and no-sew methods. She represents The Upholstery Studio in Dayton, Minnesota. which makes patterns for cornices, and other home décor projects.

Mixed media artist and crafter Lisa Rojas will demonstrate using a cutting machine to make a frame and then show how to use glitter and other design adhesives to embellish it. Her company is Stampin’ Queen Creations, and she lives in Victorville, California.

Perfection Deception

When Jane Bluestein would tell someone that she just finished writing a book on perfectionism, the common reaction was a blank stare followed by the question, “What's wrong with perfectionism?” Indeed, most people mistakenly confuse perfectionism with a healthy striving for excellenceDbut there is a big difference. One can lead to great achievement (or at least great learning) and the other is a psychological wound, the voice of the inner critic that screams, “failure,” “loser” or “fraud,” regardless of the authenticity of our efforts, progress, or success.

Over the years, Bluestein has seen the toxic and corrosive effects of perfectionism on people's thinking, their bodies, their relationships, their work, and their sense of worth: now she exposes the truth: Perfectionism is actually a mask for a fear of making mistakes, a desperate need to avoid negative judgments and rejection.

For those who are bound by the impossible demands of perfectionism and those who feel bound by someone else's perfectionistic standards, Bluestein emphatically shows that perfectionism is not a good thing, and it's not remotely the same as doing your best. Through personal interviews and the latest research, she explores how our culture fuels the dysfunction, how perfectionism develops, and how it can hurt our physical, mental, and social well-being. Further, she provides practical strategies for moving toward authenticity and wholeness to live with confidence, self-fulfillment, and happiness.

“Creative Living” is produced and hosted by Sheryl Borden. The show is carried by more than 118 PBS stations. Contact her at: [email protected]


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