So I was strolling through Wal-Mart when I saw these shoes hanging all by their lonesome. I went over to find that they were the last pair left and in my size. Seriously, when does that happen? They weren't a size 5 - they were my size! I instantly knew what was going down with these babies snapped them up and headed on over to the craft department for my other supplies.
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I've mentioned before that my craftiness is cyclical. Right now I'm in a fabric kind of a phase. I want to sew, sew and sew some more.
While I move throughout the house while not sewing on my machine one thing has remained the same. I stick needles and pins wherever. Totally willy nilly. I had a voodoo doll pin cushion that I have managed to lose, which does me absolutely no good.
So when I was standing in line to check out at Michael's and saw these nifty, ornate frames in the $1 bins (by the way, what marketing genius thought of dollar bins?) I snapped up a bright pink one with little thought.
When I got home, I knew what to do with it, but the fact that it was bright pink was a bit off-putting. I love color, a lot, but I'm also incredibly matchy matchy and it just wasn't going to work in my office's color scheme. You may say the color scheme is "random colors dependent on the current piles of crap" but I'm being optimistic that I really will get my shizzy together and my color scheme will actually matter.
My nephews have a thing for art. They enjoy drawing, painting and coloring and being sort of creative myself, I really try hard to encourage their artistic growth. One of the best ways I can do that is by providing them good quality art supplies. Even though they are 6 & 8, I am not going to give them a "kid's art set" with junk paints when I can keep my eye out for a good sale and give them some quality mediums.
These boxes were on a one day special at Michael's, down from $39.99 to $15. Talk about a steal! Unfortunately they looked just alike and when you have a sibling that spells trouble.
In order to make them stand out from one another, I put their first name initial on the top. I figure it fits since they call me by the initial of my first name "A". The boxes came out really well but totally different. Unfortunately, I didn't snap pic's of the other when completed because I got caught up in the frenzy of GOT TO WRAP IT NOW CHRISTMAS IS MERE SECONDS AWAY - WHY DID I DO THIS TO MYSELF?
When I was a kid I wanted gold shoes. When I heard about Cinderella's glass slippers I thought they were stupid. They could cut you, you couldn't see them and glass isn't worth much. Gold slippers by comparison are safer, visibly beautiful and even as I child I understood the value of something that can hocked.
Fortunately for my sister, she will be receiving these shoes quick smart. It's not because they aren't cool because they are. It's also not because they are considerably too wide for my narrow feet because I could deal with it. These shoes will be going to my sister simply because I magically turn into the biggest tool on earth when I put them on.
This is through no fault of the shoes at all. It is because I can't seem to help myself and constantly say "24K, baby" in a creepy voice whenever I look at them. Even when I manage to not allow myself to say it, I think it and that is almost worse. My subconscious is constantly being reminded of what a dork I am and I can't be having that!
I don't know how many times I have walked past the gorgeous little bottles of liquid gilding at the hobby store. Every time I considered buying it. Sometimes it even made its way into my cart. But for some reason it always wound up not being included in my bag as I walked out of the store.
The simple reason is this: I was intimidated by the stuff. I can't really even explain why but those gorgeous little bottles seemed like they would be difficult to use and get good results.
My impression couldn't possibly be further from the truth. I received a gold and silver bottle of liquid gilding from Martha Stewart Paints and decided that I would be using the stuff. A bag of fake gourds and a ruined paintbrush later and I found that I'm going to have to be very, very careful. As it stands now I want to gild every darn thing in this house. Honest to goodness question I asked "What would you think of gilding my night stand?". Oh. No.