It’s time to get crafty!
I think one of the reasons I have been a little slow to craft this week is because all of my initial ideas from last week were put on hold. Plus, my boyfriend’s apartment is too small for all my ideas all at once.
This past week I have spent a large amount of my time researching different items I need to complete my crafting “whims”. I suppose hours of research on supplies might seem to take some of the whimsy out of it, but that work actually appeals very much to my left-brain paths and programming. Being organized before I get messy makes me feel more comfortable with the idea of getting things done. It helps me approach my failures—because there have already been some, hence the need for research and more supplies—with a feeling of exploration instead of mistaken or misused time.
Part of my research has led me to realize that what I want, and what I can get are probably going to be very different things. As an example: I’m looking for a closing agent—something that acts like the peel and stick strips that come on mailing envelopes. I researched double-stick tape, but none of those seemed to have a backing that you could stick one side down and then preserve the other side for later use (the peel later part). I came across bonding tapes, transfer tapes, mounting tapes (no jokes, please); fabric, rubber, or acrylic tapes; tapes with permanent hold, or ones that were repositionable; tapes for low surface energy or high surface energy (LSE/HSE) materials, ultra or very high bond (UHB/VHB) double-coated tapes; and, yet, I am no closer to finding something that works for my needs. Well, I did find one thing by 3M, but the only place I can find to buy it sells it in 1000 yard rolls in case packs of 12. Ummmm, I don’t need to cover my house in it.
Amazon did me a few things good, and those are all on the way. Christmas gift cards from friends and Birthday gift cards from family make shopping there a lot more fun. Delivery estimates say, Wednesday, March 28. Until then it’s simply self-healing cutting mat wishes and pink X-acto knife dreams.