The 10 Commandments of Crafting
- It will take approximately 2 hours longer than the tutorial says it will.
- You WILL burn something with the hot glue gun… have ice handy.
- You’ve heard it before, but I’ll say it again, GLITTER IS THE HERPES OF CRAFTING SUPPLIES.
- There will always be someone in the room who thinks they can do it better.
- It will rarely come out looking like the picture.
- If something turns out wrong; don’t worry, instead confidently say, “It’s supposed to look that way”.
- Finding paint on elbows or under nails days later is a sign you’re doing it right.
- Having a glass of wine handy is certain to improve your efforts.
- You will run out, or discover you are missing, one key supply seconds after you need it.
- Clean-up is always better left for another day (or person).
The Not So Fantastic Reality:
The above story was inspired by the following tidbits I encountered today:
ONE: Well, I tried my hand at a Christmas craft today with mixed results. The idea was to take these cute little star fish acquired from my local Hobby Lobby and make them into a festive garland to hang above my kitchen sink.
What probably should have taken two hours tops, probably ended up taking me almost four (I’m a perfectionist and a procrastinator which makes for a very interesting combination). After spray painting my stars metallic silver, I then painted the backs white thinking I might alternate the colors. I didn’t like the white. So then, I decided to paint some of them with glow in the dark paint and sprinkle a bit ‘o glitter all over them.
Liking the results, I then scoured my craft room for some twine or ribbon I could use to hang them. Then came the tricky part- securing the suckers to the twine. I eventually decided to hot glue them on, and after three burnt fingers, arms and torso wrapped in hot glue wispies aka the spider webs of craftiness, I had them all just as I wanted on the twine. Now to hang my beautiful garland… crap, I forgot about gravity. Seems that Newton’s homeboy didn’t figure into my plans and some of my starfish were glued too low so they are top-heavy and flip upside-down to show their unflattering behinds… how embarrassing. Oh well, I am too pooped to figure out how to solve that problem tonight, I’m sure I’ll come up with something by tomorrow, but the experience definitely taught me a few things about being all crafty and stuff. Like don’t touch the hot glue with your bare fingers and if you don’t have a plan before you start, don’t expect the results to be perfect.
Love & Squirrels.