Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Haunted by the forgotten impulse buy

You know when you buy something totally random at the craft store that you've got no plan for and hardly ever craft with- but somehow it makes it into your cart anyway. For me those little oddities often end up forgotten in some corner of the craft studio.

I can't remember the last time I painted on one of these unfinished wood items in every chain craft store but last October I bought half a dozen or so of both Halloween and Christmas ones. I've got snowflakes, pumpkins, gingerbread men and a haunted house, maybe a snowman or two. It was that weird time in the store when both holidays run into each other. You know- when you can find skeletons, cauldrons and witches in aisle five or go one aisle over and get snowmen, Santa and a box of tree ornaments. Maybe it was the disorientation of mixing holidays, perhaps a sale on wooden craft supplies but I was suddenly taken with unfinished wood and into the cart they went!

A few days later I put a partial coat on the house, realized how much work it was going to be to paint it inside and out, I also realized how close Halloween was and promptly lost interest.

Last week while poking around the depths of the craft studio I found it.

Remembering how excited I was about the purchase and what grand plans I had for it made me feel a little guilty so I decided to start painting it again.

It was a lot of work- I even had to put a coat on the inside since you can see it through the windows. Multiple coats, lots and lots of drying in between, and a ton of touch-ups later it's done!

Halloween is coming up quick and I still have a lot of decorating to do but I hope to have the project I planned around this finished soon- stay tuned!

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