Texts from my husband: “Where are U”

I have been putting off a trip to my local big box craft/hobby stores for several months.  My supply of foam mounting squares is getting really low.  So low that a project I’m working on will require more than what I have on hand.

The temptations that await me at a craft/hobby store are more than I have the power to resist.  Even if I take Joe with me as the sane adult.  I have come to flippantly calling my journeys to these stores….seeing my drug dealer.

Just as soon as I walk in the doors I get a rush.  Some endorphin, or whatever the chemical rush is, kicks in and I become hyper focused on the goods displayed.  A joy wells up within me.  An excitement that is akin to a child let loose in a toy store.  The mantra in my head is “I WANT IT!”   The major problem with that is, I can’t seem to muster the restraint required to end up leaving the store with what I had gone in to get in the first place.  Invariably, I wind up leaving the store with a whole lot of stuff and NONE of what I went in for.

I don’t watch the plethora of “HAUL” videos on YouTube because of the same thing.  I see what people have and I feel the great need to say “I WANT IT!”.  This is the main reason why all of the things I create are from my burgeoning stash of old items.  I have way too much stuff from my many previous visits to my “drug dealer”.

So, with Joe in tow, I went to my local Hobby Lobby.  I told him before we got out of the car that I needed to get “Foam Dots”.  My husband is totally awesome in so many ways.  He is, however, an “Enabler”.  He can make the process worse for me.  He’ll see something on display and say “You don’t have this do you?” or “Do you want that?”.  He was going in to find balsa wood strips to prepare for the day he creates a model train landscape with all the bridges and towns.  He has been acquiring bits and pieces since 1993 and has yet to build more than one trestle bridge.

My recent trip to Hobby Lobby

My recent trip to Hobby Lobby

I felt that the best way to handle this was to not stroll next to him.  If I go off on my own, maybe, I can be less tempted and actually get the foam dots.

The foam dots used to be in the back of the store where the Clearance items are located.  Of course, I immediately headed to the clearance area.  First thing that caught my eye was a border punch.

A border punch

A border punch

Who cares that we are nearing winter and the Holiday season.  It is shiny and “I Want It”.

No foam dots in the cart, yet.

The project I am working on needs to have some winter embellishments.  Snowflakes or something winter like.  The butterfly punch, although lovely, is not what I need.  The foam dots were no longer displayed near the Clearance wall.  A small, very small, selection of dies was on display near there.  I saw this die for making snowflakes.  Yes, it is shiny and it went into my cart.

Snowflake die

Snowflake die

I got a text message from Joe.  “Where r u?”

Where r u?

Where r u?

When I left the aisle with the dies I went in search of Joe.  Only to find a couple more things I could not resist.  Clear Christmas balls just waiting to be altered.  Then fake snow to go inside the clear balls.

Clear Christmas balls

Clear Christmas balls

Fake snow

Fake snow

I did, finally, find the foam dots and get them in my shopping cart.

Foam dots

Foam dots

Ultimately, this was the extent of my shopping trip.

Results of my shopping trip

Results of my shopping trip

Well, as  you might imagine…the project I had been diligently working on was put on the back burner.  The whole reason for the trip to the craft/hobby store.  Here is a little teaser for what will be coming to my YouTube channel this coming Tuesday.  It is only a little over one minute long and packed with music, excitement, and a bit like a professional movie trailer 😀

Leslie

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10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Paige (stmpgrl on YT)
    Oct 26, 2015 @ 10:17:23

    I so enjoy reading your blog posts. You are such a creative storyteller.

    Reply

  2. Brenda Estes
    Oct 26, 2015 @ 14:11:47

    Good to know I’m not the only one with this kind of problems!

    Reply

  3. Carrie
    Oct 26, 2015 @ 20:10:09

    Love, love, love the movie trailer! Very creative. And I can certainly relate to the trip to Hobby Lobby story.

    Reply

  4. pearl Hudson
    Oct 27, 2015 @ 04:37:34

    well Leslie i think you did very well this trip. everything you bought was really useful and you will love that butterfly punch when winter is over. time for everything but you have to get them when they are at a good price. i have been saving myself for the craft show and shop i will be going to in a couple of weeks so then i will have my fix. ha ha. hugs to you.

    Reply

    • Message In A Fold
      Oct 27, 2015 @ 07:11:06

      Thank you, Pearl 😀 Oooooh, you are going to a giant craft show?! How exciting for you. Are you planning on borrowing a pickup truck to haul all of your booty home? 😀 I can’t even imagine being let loose in a place like that with all of the craft supplies and examples of how to use them. I’m looking forward to learning what you find and take home.
      Hugs to you my friend – Leslie

      Reply

  5. labrigana
    Nov 02, 2015 @ 01:09:48

    Ha, ha, you sound like me. I thought I was the only one feeling the rush of endorphins when entering a crafts store.

    Reply

    • Message In A Fold
      Nov 02, 2015 @ 04:29:22

      Thank you for stopping by to read my blog. I don’t know about you but, I am thankful I don’t experience the same rush of endorphins at the grocery store. I already have a weight problem 😀 LOL
      Leslie

      Reply

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