In an effort to save some money (two weddings and a baby on the way: “somewhere between ouch and boing!”), my family opted to keep Christmas gifts simple this year. You better believe there are Schmunks crafting across the country as we speak.
But I’m here to tell you something that most craft blogs don’t: making stuff is hard.
Family, here is what you WON’T be getting for Christmas this year:
- Jenn and Daniel, you won’t be getting these beautiful glass mugs etched with your monogram that turned out so sloppy I had to cover them up with chalk board paint that turned out as a big black nasty mess. Sorry.
- Emily, you won’t be getting what should be classy ornament balls that actually look like mini pumpkins made of cheap sparkly white felt.
- Mom, you’ll be getting version 3.0 of your gift because it took a few tries and color changes to get it right.
- Kyle, you’re getting the best 4 out of 6, what that 4 is must remain a secret.
So kids, what have we learned today?
Well, I’d say a few things. Let me narrow them down into some crafting don’ts:
- Don’t take your frustration out on your new innocent husband.
It’s not his fault that the paint gets blobby under the tape. Just say thank you when he drives you to Joann AGAIN in the stick-shift car you can’t drive yet.
- Don’t work on uncovered surfaces.
Especially when working with acidic glass etching cream and drinking hot chocolate.
- Don’t buy cheap sparkly white felt no matter how loudly its calling your name.