Monday, 26 September 2011

Flogging a good idea...

Yeah - as I said, take a good idea and use it till every one is screaming at you to move on. And then resist because you always look pretty good in shadow!
I was in Hobbycraft about 10 days ago - because Miss Dunnit needed to go to Staples and that is over the road, see - innocent of the charge of manipulating the location, Your Honour.  And there was this piece of paper.  It's one of two pieces that I took home with me from that trip.  I had picked up one of their 'how to' leaflets which described a lovely advent calendar made from little tins with clear lids.  I was very charmed by the idea and walked around looking for the tins.  I couldn't find them.  Eventually, when Miss Dunnit started with the 'can we go now' and getting silly with her chum (OK, she didn't 'can we go now', but they were getting silly and making me feel that I should hurry....and I hate that!),   I sent them to look for the tins.  Kept 'em quiet for a while.  Although I could actually hear them shouting to each other from opposite ends of the same aisle.  Cringe.  Try to remember that she's 18. Eighteen!! They couldn't find them either.  And then I looked properly at the idea sheet and it referred to the tins as 'wedding favours'.  So I beetled to the wedding section and blow me - the tins are there, not loose for the help yourself-ness type shopping, no.  In a pack of 25.  Handy.  Sling it in basket, nonchalantly approach till with 2 pieces of paper and pack of tins.  Oh boy, I'm SO getting ready for the season, I'm SO going to be prepared and knock down organised.  Well, knock down is the appropriate choice of phrase.  The tins did not come home with me on account of the £26.95 price tag. ($41 bucks, give or take) Yikes.  I don't need another advent calendar that badly, and at that price, no-one I give it to will appreciate the enormity of the gift!  So, I came home and made a nice LO of me and him again with a £1 piece of paper. This time under Spanish sun.  It's appropriate really, to feature Mr Dunnit with this story.  I think the moral compass that prevents me spending that sort of money on a bunch of empty tins might very well be the glue that keeps us together!

20 comments:

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Great LO and I love the picture. Think I would have left the tins at that price too, you could buy one cheaper LOL. Tracy x

Helen said...

I would also have left the tins. Love the paper - I was going to congratulate you on your writing... The silhouette picture looks great - the Caped Crusader???!!!

Linby said...

Great layout, the paper so fits with it. Wow, those tins were expensive, and to think some people think we do homemade because we can't afford to buy the stuff!!
Linbyx

voodoo vixen said...

Yikes... I would have left them behind for that too... obviously if its for weddings the price quadruples whilst for scrapping it only doubles?? LOL OK... I am beginning to get a wee bit worried... why does Mr Dunnit have a pea head in all these shadown pics whilst yours looks average to normal size? Does he have trouble getting hats to fit? LOL I'm with the flog it till its dead... which is what I am doing with the dress form... it is almost dead... only almost!!

Claire said...

Love the paper...and I still like the silhouette affect... I have to admit...I took a pic of me and mr...after seeing yours....

misteejay said...

Fab LO Julia and I think the shadow pics are super...what is it they say "if it ain't broke, don't try and fix it"...the shadows work so why stop doing them.

Gosh, how much! I doubt they sell many at that price.

Toni xx

CoventryAnn said...

Love that paper, can see me doodling my own version :)

Fuchsia said...

How Much !!!!!!!!!!!
that was a bit dear ,

Love your shadow pic the page looks fantastic

Crafting Time said...

Wow the tins are a nice idea but a tad expensive, I would have left them too!
Helen x

Di said...

Snorts of laughter - are you sure you weren't in Hampshire - am sure I heard you! Jeepers though, HC are OTT and that price is crazy for some tins! Love the LO - and you saved some pennies for more stash! Di xx

Angie said...

Wow those tins were pricey ...well done you for resisting ....love the paper but I can see craft paper doodled on, for a one off piece ...mmm grey cells buzzing.
I can remember my offspring doing that to me if I was in a shop they didn't want to be in ...DS was the worst ...I used to scurry out in embaracement ... he was so bad.lol

Sheilagh said...

Love the layout, need to do something similar, thanks for the idea:) Hobbycraft is pricey isn't it? Wish we had Michaels over here:)

Sheilagh :)

fairyrocks said...

Love the photo for your LO. I hear you about the price of some things. Try a $$ store, you never know what you might run into there....because we both know creativity will find away. Keep smiling and creating

Kirsty.a said...

Lovely layout. £27 is a bit steep fpr an Advent Calendar. I favour £1.99 chocolate ones! When I first raed your title I though you were expressing an opinion on corporal punishment! (And i didn't entirely disagree!)

KatzElbows said...

Glad my family isn't the only one that can't resist flogging a good idea! Normally when I use that term people look at me as if I'm crazy. Of course, when you've got something that beautiful to flog, it's totally OK.

£27 wouldn't be expensive if you could reuse it and reuse it and reuse it. 14 years would make it cost effective!

Pam said...

Oh my word £27??
Probably make something similar with milk bottle lids!!

Bubbles said...

£26.95!!!! They were trying to rob you! *lol*
I have noticed that Hobbycraft - and most of the bigger hobby stores/crafting outlets are getting VERY expensive. I'm boycotting them all... and buying from local retailers, and small online shops.
(Except for that grafix chipboard I need that only Hobbycraft seems to sell. Ahem. )

Electra said...

Oh my gosh, I LOVE the way your mind works, Julia. I sometimes accidentally end up someplace across from Staples too!
This LO is great. I love the photo and the simplicity of the page.

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