Thursday, December 30, 2010

Things you don't discuss on a first date....

Now I haven't been on a first date in a while, but I have not forgotten the rules of dating. And I know, that there are certain things, you just do not share on a first date. First, there are the things you don't discuss because it will surely send your date for the evening, running for the hills:
  • How many kids you would like to have
  • Names for the aforementioned children
  • Any bad habits or fears you might have (excessive flatulence, nail biting)
But then there are the more subtle things that you do not discuss on a first date. They are not so much things that would send the other person running, but perhaps things that would make your date believe you had fallen a bit off the crazy train. I will use my husband and I as an example of this...
  • Jeremy should not share that he has OCD relating to the folding of clothes. Particularly white undershirts. I may have looked at him a bit differently if he had shared his folding technique and explained the direction which they must face in the drawer. 
  • I did not tell Jeremy on our first date that I have a completely irrational fear of birds. So bad in fact that the mere discussion of the animal sends chills down my spine.
  • And finally....the point of this blog post...I did not share with Jeremy, on our first date, that I have a slight obsession with crafts. Yes, like arts and crafts. I love a great craft project. Sewing, painting, cutting and pasting, making new things out of random objects. I'm fairly certain that if I had brought up my great love of HGTV, or shared that nothing makes me happier than a can of spray paint and a light fixture - we might not have made it to date #2. At age 21 (when we met) that was just not the 'cool thing to do'. 
And so...my latest craft project. I decided I needed a cork board for our office, but just any old cork board was not going to do. I need a  fun one. And so....I went searching. I found this really cool mirror at TJ Maxx in the clearance area because it had some scratches and dents on it....It was a bit of an ugly duckling just as it was, but I had visions of it's cork board beauty.
On the back of the frame, I noted that the mirror and backer were held on with brackets that could be removed. So, I removed the mirror, and backer....and with a little help from...

Red spray paint
And a little sandpaper...


The ugly, sad little scratched mirror in the corner of TJ Maxx became my fabulous new cork board!




Oh yes...now you are all jealous of my sweet crafting skills. I'm just a regular Martha Stewart. (Also something I did not mention on the first date....I adore Martha. Literally at age 8 I would sit at home sick from school and watch Martha Stewart all day long)



And now, this crafting hour has come to a close. Just watch out, you never know, at this rate, I may be the next big thing on HGTV.

4 comments:

Scorpicon said...

Awesome! Nice job with the corkboard. I'm also a big fan of crafting, but it's usually with less useful results. I have no need for a "home sweet home" cross stitch, but it'd probably be real fun to make one.

Natalie Lembeck said...

I love this! A) I, too, love crafting. and B) I love a bargain! This project has both in full force - love it!

Hollie said...

I think you and I need to sit down and discuss crafting, because since we bought our house, I have come up with all these crafting plans that I cannot wait to put into action (although I have issues with execution). Have you seen this website? http://www.centsationalgirl.com/

Kara Frank said...

I think we need to discuss them too! I have not seen that site before, but I have it bookmarked now! This is another fun one... http://curbly.com/