Are you bored? Do you know someone who is suffering from boredom? That's really easy, and cheap, to fix !!!
Even boredom has its crises.
If you just don't know what to do with yourself, take a stroll through the nearest craft store. It might sound a bit cliche, but the possibilities really are endless !!! You can build a scrapbook of the past year, or frame those vacation pics that never were put away properly. You can make a "World's Greatest Daughter" plaque for that special girl in your life, or paint a sailboat for Father's Day. You could build a toybox, or you can design the next pillow that scores a multi-million dollar market. You can do anything you set your mind to do.
A few weeks ago, I caught myself getting a little bored. Restless. Agitated. There are about 15 channels on my television, and I flip those stations faster than Kurt Busch at the Budweiser Shootout. Commercials irritate me. The lineup aggravates me. The same movies played back to back to back don't interest me. And, let's face it....as amazing as the weather and news can be, one can only take so much of the same old crap day after day after day.
So.... I diagnosed the problem as mild boredom, realizing that I was in serious danger of allowing the problem to escalate. My cure? Hobby Lobby. If you have never been to Hobby Lobby, I really recommend it. If you don't have a Hobby Lobby handy, Michaels' is pretty cool. Both are the top craft chains in the United States, and both are FULL of STUFF. They have tools, supplies, ideas, plans, designs, colors, textures, fabrics, machines....just great places to really feed your imagination.
One of the most stimulating activities a woman can experience is a -sale-. Have you ever noticed that? She can find all sorts of things that she never even noticed she needed, until she found it on -sale-. Well, when I went to Hobby Lobby, I found something on -sale-. In fact, there were lots and lots of things on -sale-, but I didn't blow my budget. What I found for myself was something I had wanted. It was something that I had needed. It has a specific purpose, and finally, I had found the supplies I needed in order to create it.
A box. I found a box. Not just any box. I found ~the~ box. You know what I mean? The one that is the perfect size. Perfect depth. Perfect design. All just right for what I needed it for. And it was on -sale- !!!! $2.99.... For $2.99, I bought something that will serve a specific purpose for me through the rest of my natural born life, and if my heirs take care of it, it will serve the same for them for the rest of their lives, as well. Yep... This little box is heirloom quality business.
After picking out the box, I had to figure out it's future. What color did it need to be? What kind of liner would be best for the inside? Did I want clear matte finish, or a bright, glossy shine? All of that is where my creativity kicks in, and I wander the aisles aimlessly, musing the possibilities. I considered a metallic black, high-gloss finish with a pink-and-black cougar print felt liner... I thought about an eggshell, chalked with pastel pink, with a matte finish, and a floral print liner. And then I figured out just what I wanted to do with it. (See pics)
1 bottle antiquing solution----$2.99
3 squares felt-----------------$1.50
1 square sandpaper----------$0.25
1 can high gloss clear coat---$3.99
1 sponge brush---------------$0.25
The value of knowing exactly where my birth certificate is, no matter what, every single day..... PRICELESS !!!!!
Boredom is the root of all evil - the despairing refusal to be oneself.