Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Michaels and My D'Oh! Moment

I'm hoping I haven't bitten off more than I can chew. I mean, I'm crafty, right? I always used to ace school projects, just give me poster board, some markers and some glue, and I could whip out a project like nothing. But that was in elementary school....

And I've been sewing since about 6th grade, when my mom got me a pattern to make a snappy vest (and who knew vests would be back in style now!). Over the years I've made skirts, halloween costumes, and more recently a slipcover for my couch.

But that's about it. I haven't really been crafty for years. And I'm wondering, is it like riding a bike, or did I lose some of my skills over the years?

I started wondering this when I went to Michael's Crafts this past weekend. {Source}

"Hi! I'm a bride and I'm ready to DIY anything I can get my hands on!" I thought to myself as I walked in the door. I had a long list of items to get, supplies for my STDs, card box, a glue gun for my napkin rings, etc. But then, I walked in the door, and it hit me. So. Much. Stuff....So. Many. Options.


So I grabbed a cart, shopping list in hand, and started going up and down each and every aisle, trying to get a lay of the land, figure out where stuff was, and TRY to not get distracted by every little....embellishments.....glitter paints.....things I did not need and had no business looking at. About two hours in, I had found most of the items on my list, and was only feeling slightly overwhelmed by the fact that I may very well be out of my element, trying to DIY things when I haven't done so in years. But then it came time to find a corner rounder.

That damn, elusive corner rounder! I had big plans for it for my STD cards, and I must find it today. On about my 10th trip around the store, I went down the aisle with all the punches again, and I swear, I looked at every one there! Corner punches with flowers, punches with paisleys, corner punches with every imaginable shape, but not a simple rounder. So I moved on, up and down the aisles and aisles of scrap booking supplies, and around the whole store again. Finally I came back to the punches aisle, determined to see if there was an empty hook, with promise of a restocking soon.

And then I found it. I literally slapped myself on the forehead and said a big Homer Simpson "D'oh!" out loud (luckily I was in the aisle by myself). Ladies, for any of you who haven't used one before, or have been out of your "crafty element" for years, this is what a plain and simple corner rounder looks like:

OMG, I felt so dumb. But hey, I'd never seen or used one before. And after the hours of shopping in just one store, I could have been going a little cross-eyed.

So I left, $278.16 poorer, and feeling a little depressed. If I couldn't even find a stupid corner rounder in a craft store for hours, how was I going to be able to pull off all of these crafts I was planning? Well, I've got the supplies, and now it's time to find out!

Did you feel overwhelmed after your first visit to the craft store for wedding DIY supplies?

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