On Saturday evening, I decided that enough was enough and I was going to take control of my October. So I packed up Ashley in the minivan and took her with me to Hobby Lobby to buy Halloween crafting materials.
Now let me stop here to explain something. I am not a crafty person. But oh, how I wish I was. I constantly have visions of cute little crafty pillows and wreaths and apothecary jars floating around in my non-crafty brain. And let me tell you, they all look excellent in there. But once my crafts emerge from my brain into the tangible world, the excellence comes to a screeching halt.
I am like the William Hung of the crafting world. Heavy on the enthusiasm - light on the talent.
Take, for example, my project on Saturday night. I had decided to make the adorable candy corn wreath I referenced in my last post. Easy peasy, right? It had step-by-step directions! All I needed was a wreath thingy, some candy corn, some paint, something called a circuit or a cricut or whatever to cut a paper flower embellishment, and some hodgepodge. Oh, and a glue gun, but I already owned that so awesome.
So Ashley and I made our way into Hobby Lobby and headed off to the wreath section. And almost immediately, I was befuddled.
Hmm. I don't remember the wreath thingy in the instructions being styrofoam. Are there other kinds of wreath thingies?
So I walked around the store once. Nope. No other wreath thingies.
Hmm. I guess I'll just get one of these styrofoam wreath thingies then. But hmmm. Can you paint styrofoam? I almost called Scott to ask, but I didn't want to embarass myself in front of all the crafty people walking around. Also, Ashley was now wearing the wreath thingy around her neck so I thought it best just to move on.
Next up was the candy corn. No trouble there. I may not know crafts, people, but I do know candy.
Now for paint. No problemo! Except did you know that there are different types of paint? Acrylic, tempura (isn't that for stir fry?), and I can't remember the other types. So I didn't know what the heck to buy. I kept looking for a "Plain Paint" aisle but couldn't find it. They really need to get one of those.
I finally crossed my fingers and went with acrylic. Now off to find the circuit. Or crickert. I cannot remember how it is spelled. Also, I have no idea what it is. After roaming the aisles for a little while, I decided to cut my losses and just buy a fake flower to stick in the wreath instead. Then it was time to find the hodgepodge. Except I realized it was actually called modpodge when I totally found it by accident. So that was a lucky break.
Later that night, I laid out all my crafting materials on the table before me and started crafting away. During the process, I learned a few crafting tips that I thought I would share with you all.
1. You can paint styrofoam with acrylic paint, but it's a pain in the arse.
2. Hot glue is great for sticking candy corn on a styrofoam wreath, except for the fact that hot glue melts styrofoam.
3. Don't burn your fingers with a hot glue gun because it hurts like a MOTHER.
4. You may get the shakes if you eat too much candy carn while crafting. This can also up the likelihood of more glue gun burns. See number 3.
5. When you're ready to hang up your wreath, use something cute like a ribbon. I went with twine for a "rustic" look and it kind of looks like I lynched it instead.
6. Also, get someone to help you hang it up. Otherwise you might lose some candy corns from banging it around too much. And you don't want the little ones to eat hodgepodged candy corns. Unless they skipped their naps.
And if you got all the way through this post, you will now be rewarded with a picture.
Watch out, Martha Stewart. I've got a glue gun and I'm not afraid to use it.