A friend blessed me with a gift card to Hobby Lobby today. I did something for a group project she worked on (I don’t want to give details here ) and I was surprised by the gc. I don’t do things for people expecting anything out of it so I am literally SHOCKED when stuff like this happens. I almost don’t know what to do. I get embarrassed. I used to try to refuse the gifts but a wise person told me that was insulting and to just “shut it and take the gift.” LOL
So a gift card to Hobby Lobby is like winning the lottery to me. It’s probably the absolute best thing you could get me. When Than and I walk in the doors at HL (G refuses to go in there with me) I stop, put my hand to my ear and say, “Can you hear that? I believe that’s the Heavenly Choir singing, “Welcome Home, Jen!” “ Than’s at the point where he just does that polite laugh thing you do when your Uncle Fred pulls a quarter from your ear. You know, “Oh that’s so clever! I’ve never seen/heard that before!” At least Than doesn’t burst my bubble. He just lets me ramble on.
Someone remind me to give that kid an allowance raise.
We went in and I, for once, didn’t need pencils, pens or sketch pads. Christmas had been very, very good to me. So I thought, “Hmmm…what do I want? Besides the entire store, that is…”
I won’t drag you through my thought processes as it gets quite convoluted and sometimes scary. Suffice it to say I walked out of HL with a veritable cornucopia of acrylic paints and new paintbrushes. Than walked out with one of those wood slotted lizards:
This is like what we bought but not exactly. Plus I didn’t buy it from Oriental Trading and no way would I spend $10.00 on unfinished wood lizard/alligators. They’d have to paint that bad boy for me and I still wouldn’t pay that much. Cheapy McCheapskate, thy true name is Jen.
Like my professional link above? I could win a Web Award for how awesome this website is put together. Why it doesn’t look like crap, does it? It looks like I have a clue as to what I’m doing…um…yeah…
Anyway, besides painting the lizard this really cool turquoise color (will show in another post – it’s drying now and I don’t want to disturb it), I started painting a jewelry box I bought at Goodwill. It is hideous. It’s actually too girlie for me. And that’s saying something.
I found it on the shelves at Goodwill hidden underneath something. I think Goodwill was even too embarrassed to have this on the shelf. It’s like Hello Kitty and Strawberry Shortcake decided to go into the jewelry box making business and came up with this. Then it was so awful that they got in a fight, dissolved the business and threw this in the trash. On Trash Day, the garbage man refused to put something this hideous inside of his garbage truck so he kicked it really hard and it flew across the street, into the open door of Goodwill and landed on a shelf. The Store Mgr didn’t know where this hideous box came from but just in case his boss put it out there he slapped a $2.00 sticker on it and then buried it under some fake flowers. He hoped against hope some far-sighted schlub would come along and buy this thinking it was actually pretty.
Hi, I’m Schlub and I’d like you to see the pretty box I bought.
Than was embarrassed that I was buying this.
So I made him carry it around the entire store for me.
Right now the box is on my table with 2 coats of black paint on it. I’m probably going to regret not putting some sort of primer on it, but I’m impatient and this is badlycrafted.com.
I can’t wait to figure out what to paint on there.
I’m hoping it has nothing to do with pink and purple hearts.
UPDATE: I couldn’t leave those ugly pictures in here without showing a progress picture. That much ugly might scar younger readers of this blog.
Here’s where we are as of 11:41pm on 1/12/12:
It will need another coat or 2 of black on the lid before I can go any further, but at least it’s not pink, purple and white.