Reason #173November 23, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Posted in Me, Transylvania | 12 Comments
Tags: Challenges, Christmas, Crafts, Creativity, Expats, Holidays, Perfection, Pinterest, Romania
Reason #173 I miss the USA: Michaels.
Aisles and aisles of ribbon. (Solids. Polk dots. Stripes. Glitter. Wired or nonwired.) Tubs of buttons. Tubes of finger paint. Bags of beads. Yarn. Pipe cleaners. Felt. Hot glue, Elmer’s glue, fabric glue, wood glue, tacky glue, glue sticks.
I better stop before I make myself cry.
See, I don’t have any of the other crafty goodness I mentioned above. I’m having to improvise. To let go of perfection. To lower my creative standards. And be cheerful about it. (You saw how that turned out with the reindeer.)
Add pages and pages of Pinterest craft ideas tempting me with descriptions like “quick,” “simple,” “adorable,” and “no-sewing required.” I’ve spent the week feeling like a big fat 3/4-inch-circle-scrapbook-punch-less crafting failure.
Like I said: Big. Fat. Feltless. Failure. Until I saw this one.
I turned on Christmas Vacation and watched Clark fumble his way through twinkle lights as I made pompoms from one of the two precious skeins of yarn I had brought with me from the States. I wrapped-and-tied-and-cut-and-strung and wrapped-and-tied-and-cut-and-strung and wrapped-and-tied-and-cut-and-strung all the way through the pass-the-Tylenol speech.
And then I put my garland on the tree. And it was lovely.
But the best part? It’s fabricat în România. By me.
Now, what was I saying about Michaels??
How do you let go of perfection? Are you a crafty person? And what store would you miss most if you moved far away?