Monday, November 23, 2009
I love Power Tools
Seriously, power tools are great. Friday, I snuck off to my favorite destination for craft supplies- Dollar Tree. When I got there, I had nothing in mind. I was looking for inspiration more than anything. I found some cute little wooden (I use that term loosely, I think they are actually fiber board material) signs edged with glitter.
I put it in the cart with no real intentions in mind. As I continued to walk, I found a small 16-count pack of mini ornaments, and some red & gold jingle bells. I tossed them in as well. After I started looking at the sign, I thought about dangling strings from them, and threading the bells & ornaments on the string.
Once I had that project in mind, I was off in search of some fish line, which my DT did not have. Instead, I found clear "stretchy" plastic thread, made for jewelry. I picked it up, having never worked with it before.
I went ahead and got the project out last night, and started working on it. I had seriously forgotten all about the neat rotary tool my dad had gotten for me a few years ago for my birthday. I was contemplating just how to put holes in the sign without asking the neighbor for power tools.
At some point, though, I did recall the tool, and it came to my rescue. It's a small tool, with assorted tips, drill bits, and what have you. I measured out how close I wanted the holes, and how many I wanted, then braced it, and punched 5 holes in it, quick as can be. I love, love, love power tools that are small enough for me to easily handle. It's going to remain in my craft area for the time being, so I have it when I need it.
When I got started, it became very quickly apparent that the stretchy plastic thread was not going to work, so I gave up. When I opened the bells, I realized they were not individual bells, but rather, a bell garland. I played around with it, and attached it to the sign, but I'm not in love with it just yet.
I think before I finish, I'll pick up some fish string, and just go with the original idea. In the mean time, I'll keep playing around with it, and seeing if I find another design I like.