I look at lots of shopping sites. While browsing Zulily one day, I ran across one of their crafting dump sales. I was just completely taken with a picture of some plants made with a set of dies. Gateway drug peddlers.
I'm pretty sure it was these. Which make the cutest damn hanging plants ever, so I was totally justified.
I had never even considered how these things were made. I mean, I knew crazy people with Cricuts, I didn't need a $400 machine for anything, did I? I'm not obsessed vinyl in all of it's forms, and I'm not afraid to get on Etsy and buy whatever someone else made. I do love a good monogram though. I mean, I have five children, two dogs, a cat, a turtle and two fish***** to take care of, not to mention I am a partner in a CPA firm, which isn't stressful at all, and leaves tons of time for hobbies year round... I read about 150 books a year. I watch the occasional TV show, have to drive to Memphis to touch everything in IKEA, and sometimes I have to feed my children. I have a raised garden that is proliferating tomatoes, which I don't eat raw, but I planted enough to yield about 30 a week that I have to do something with. So while I'm not trying to be one of those busy braggers, I do have some crap to do besides make twee little paper crafts. So of course I bought the dies and the paper cutter.
I got divorced a few years ago, and now there is no one to tell me what to do with my money, I let my ex have facebook as his waste of time domain once we split, and I thought, "To hell with it. I'll buy some paper, get some dies, get on ebay and get a die cutter and see what happens." I'm pretty sure I can have a drink while rolling stuff though the ol' big shot. I can totally impress my kids' teachers with my supremo valentine's day, first day of school, Halloween, fundraiser donation crafting prowess. Never-mind the fact that I have told my poor mother for years that, "I'm just not a card person." Approximately $4,000,000*** later, I have a serious problem. I have a big shot, a side kick, and a Gemini on the way. I found a sale at Joanns and got a Minc, I have EVERY freaking color of spectrum Noir triblend and the fill in colors, all the nuvo alcohol markers (because this lady is still not ready to get on the Copic train, I'm sure it's only a matter of time), the Alte & New, distress ink, AND Nuvo hybrid ink diamonds. A Heat gun, a stamping platform, two paper trimmers and a guillotine. Glue, tape rollers, foam stickers, stencils and hemp twine all have their own little home on the peg board There is such a thing as a Crop-o-dile - why do you need one? Do you know you can buy a lot of nothing but various ribbons cut to the same length on ebay? You can. There are stamps to go with the dies, some need to be colored, some of them cut out the design in one pass, and some have forty bazillion pieces (I'm looking at YOU Tim Holtz Colorize ornaments>>>) There are monthly subscription boxes, seasonal new releases from approximately 87 companies, and CHRISTMAS IN JULY sales. Y'all, this is a problem. Once I get one or two of something - GD glitter markers - I need ALL the things. There should seriously be a disclaimer like at the bottom of casino ads on craft websites. "Have a crafting problem? Call 1-888-Quit ItU" except who are we kidding, it's all too freaking cute to not be hoarded. I might have to reinforce the floor where I sit because the weight of the dies, paper and die storage magnets is probably creating a structural integrity problem. In 2 years, I'll come crashing through onto the dog kennel while the kids are eating spaghetti ohs and watching YouTube. **
Before the first of June I had not touched a marker or embellishment, didn't know that there is a difference between WHITE card stock, assumed the stamp aisle in Hobby Lobby was for kids, didn't know WTF a sentiment was, and thought embossing powder was like an engraved invitation deal. I got my big shot, watched a few scrapbook.com videos, and off I went. Now I've turned what was my work from home space into a full on Crafting Corner of Awesome. I'm running out of room, but the only space I can move to is the dining room, and then I can't stay hidden upstairs glittering and crystal dropping to my heart's content largely uninterrupted. Forget a golf widow, my children are crafting orphans. I compose video tutorials in my head as I'm working on a new project *** I liked some ink pad storage trays, but didn't want to pay a kagillion dollars for them so I made my own. There are some things I've found that I think are worth the money and some things that I think are just so so. I mess stuff up all the time. Last night I worked on a project and decided to use glossy accents over a stamped sentiment and it dried over night and looked like crap. I've finally figured out that conditioning stamps is a real thing that helps. I've got the list of spectrum noirs that you need to fill in the blanks between the triblend markers. I've got color charts and some tips on how to organize so you can see what you've got and how it will look and work with what you've done without messing up your actual project. I'm sure there's not a whole lot new under the sun in the crafting world. And maybe there's not room for one more white lady talking about her obsession with just the right sheen of mirrored card stock, but hopefully I can help, give a little inspiration along the way,and give some legitimacy to the fact that my kids are going to have to go to community college because I need the new release of Concord and 9th's turnabouts along with a 99 cube set of new stamp pads that are slightly different from the ones I bought last year.
I hope you will enjoy it.
*I'm not really going to do this...unless there's like a super huge sale
** I don't really let my kids watch YouTube OR eat spaghetti ohs except for weekends.
***Slight Exageration. Slight.
****I'm not sure I'm going to do these. #1 - I have a super super southern voice and #2 I used to blog and my mother found it over some squirrel recipe I made fun of out of my hometown newspaper, read the whole thing,and called the entire family to tell them all the things I said about them. There is also a picture of me somewhere with a pack of cigarettes tucked under the strap of my sleeveless JC Penny swirl pattered dress (complete with grosgrain ribbon bow), drinking out of a bottle of wine while wearing a McDonald's bag on my head at Blogher. Very professional. I can't go back down that road. #3 the last YouTube video I posted is of my now 14 year old kid as a baby in a johnny jump up. those things are probably illegal now.
*****This reminded me to go and feed the stupid fish. See, blogging SAVED THEIR LIVES.