. Well.... The Thrifts are sorely lacking this time of the year, and as any true junky knows - when you need a 'fix', you'll go to any extreme!! Low and behold, there in the back, of the bottom shelf, in a little basket marked .25¢ each were six new bottle of PLAID Gallery Glass (faux stained glass/glass paint) - new and sealed.
~Explanation: The latest hair-brained idea that I have dreamt up includes a combination of clear vessel (vase, dish, etc...) with applied sea glass and adorned with 'faux stained glass' patterning. No idea if it will work. Rachel / Two Dog Pond - if you're reading this, I apologize in advance - I know 'The Real Thing' (no faux) would be much better!! ~
I looked at the back of the bottles to read the instructions. There were none. The bottles simply referred me to some 'PLAID' book. Figures. Hmph. Oh well, figured I could look it up on-line. I continued to scour through the supplies, the patterns, the mattes, and then what did I spot...
'THE' forementioned book! - .50¢!
For $2.00 I had enough paint supplies to give this a try. I knew I could gather plenty of stray vases at home, and there is never a shortage of sea glass in our house!! I've located a bottle of special glue that I picked up last summer - designed for adhering glass to glass, and it dries clear. All that was left was to pick up a bottle of the liquid leading.
Between snowflakes this week, I fit in a 'fix', and again found myself resorting to the craft section... different thrift... same story - NO GOOD STUFF ...except...
MORE bottles of PLAID Gallery Glass (textured) - New/Sealed AND a GIANT bottle of the LIQUID LEADING!! At this thrift they were 3/$1 though. I purchase $3 more of paints (Now my grand total for supplies for this project is up to a whopping $5.!! ).
THANK GOODNESS there are people out there who ship their extra supplies off to The Thrift the minute they lose interest/complete the project! I probably wouldn't try half of the things that I do if I had to pay retail, knowing darn well that they may only be used for a short time.
I must commend all of you 'HAND-MADE' ETSIANS (is that a word?) out there? To find a niche - something you enjoy, and truly do well, and run with it gets my applause!!
There are SO MANY things that interest me, that I want to try and learn how to do (can we say 'scatter-brain'?!), that I can't just settle down to one media. I'm probably the world's worst 'ETSY customer'... I love looking, browsing, oohing and ahhing, but in the end I come away with ideas, inspiration and say "Hey - I could do that!"
Blame or Credit... I think it all comes down to my Dad. Growing up, he never let us kids get away with thinking there was anything that we couldn't do (still doesn't!). He isn't the 'cheerleader' type, he's the quiet, subtle kind. Didn't matter if I was a girl - I could rake the leaves just as well as my brothers! Same applied when I liked hanging out in his shop - he had no objection when I wanted to learn the basics of welding, or how to use a drill or a jigsaw. Of course Mom did her best to counteract this and made me take dance, instrument, sewing and cooking lessons... (all of which I'm grateful - though I have no desire to use...).
And so it has continued over the years... acrylic painting...reupholstering...meat canning...macrame...herb gardening...candle making...felting...refinishing furniture...mosaics...jam/jelly...embroidery...calligraphy...silk scarf painting/design...wilton cake decorating...soldering...plarn crocheting...scrapbooking... All of which I got decent at (except knitting and grape pie making - we won't even go there, let's just say I truly appreciate a beautifully handknit sweater or delicious homemade grape pie and will gladly pay the price!!), and then it is time for the next challenge.
I don't go into my adventures planning on making any money - they are purely for ME. I enjoy the heck out of them - and usually come away with 'lifetime' skills. Unlike others, my supplies get neatly stored in a 'train case' and labelled for future use - NOT quickly dismissed to the thrifts!! Thanks to The Thrifts, and frugal shopping my investments are minimal.
Anyone else out there still trying to figure out what they want to do when you grow-up?? Am I just a 'skill-seeker' , trying to complete some bizarre unknown-to-me Bucket List or was it 'just meant to be' that I haven't found that niche' yet??