Thursday, May 14, 2009

So Unproductive!

I had big plans this week, people...BIG plans! My husband and two oldest children went to Cape Canaveral Florida to see the space shuttle Atlantis launch. They are gone the whole week. I had all these grand plans of everything I would accomplish while they were gone...HA! I've done nothing. I wanted to paint my kitchen and laundry room cabinets black. And I had every intention of doing it. That is, until I went to Lowe's Monday afternoon with 2 whiny toddlers and got totally overwhelmed by paint choices and the incessant crying coming from my darling children. Ok, scatch that...let 's go see what the laminate counter tops with the "fake granite look" are like. Maybe I can get my contractor friend to do that for me this week. We get to the back of the store and the whole aisle is jammed with trash and pallets of boxes and several employees who don't seem willing or eager to move the crap out of my way. So I wiggle my way in around the crap and start looking for the right color. Still no one moves to help me. Just then my 3 year old scales the buggy to climb out and proceeds to sprinkle/dump an entire bag of goldfish crackers all over the floor. Ok, that's it...we're done! I wanted to leave the heap of crackers on the floor for those lazy employees to clean up, but I didn't. I got myself down on the floor and picked up every last one of them. As I was looking around for somewhere to throw them away, one of the workers yelled over..."just throw em in that big bin over there with the rest of the trash". Yeah thanks! I thought you didn't see me, but obviously you did and were just waiting for the right moment to approach me. People like that really get under my skin. Anyway, we left. I think that whole episode must have started off my week on the wrong foot, because since then I have been so UNmotivated to do anything.
Wah..wah...wah!

Well, I guess I did get 2 things accomplished this week. I had some custom orders that were so much fun to create. I forgot to take a picture of this first one before I packaged it up. So this was my lazy attempt at trying not to unwrap it. Yeah, that didn't work so well. I think I can spend an extra 45 seconds to rewrap. I wanted y'all to be able to see how utterly precious it turned out. I mean, come on...who doesn't love toile? Especially soft pink girly toile with nursery rhyme scenes on it!

ADORABLE!
(you can click on the picture to see it better)

I love the simplicity of this one. I got an e-mail from a girl who wanted me to match her daughter's crib bedding. She told me the name and brand. I googled it and printed out a picture of her exact bedding, went to Hobby Lobby, found a coordinating paper and...VOILA! This one was a lot of fun to create... I LOVE custom orders. I really enjoy putting my own spin on my pieces, but it's neat to work with someone in creating that one of a kind customized piece just for them. So, if anyone's interested...my etsy store is right up there in the top corner, or you can e-mail me anytime. I'm obviously NOT going to get anything else accomplished around the house this week. And I'd much rather craft than paint anyway!



28 comments:

Denise @ A Room With A View said...

Not sure who's blog I stumbled upon your from, but arent these little works of art adorable!! Very nice. Will definitely keep you in mind for future projects.

Vivienne said...

I would have made such a stink at Lowe's about the lazy workers! aaagggh! Customer service is dead and gone in America!

That being said, the little toile plaque is so cute! I was soothed just by looking at it. ahh. Much better.

Jennie said...

I am the QUEEN of making to do lists and then inevitably things go wrong... I have a TON of projuects started and NOT finished.... but what you got done was too cute.... love the pink toile...

Kristina P. said...

I LOVE the SHHHH one. So adorable!

Faye said...

My sweet amanda.Sorry you have had a hard week.I love the shhhh one.It is so sweet.It will get better.Have a great evening! Blessings, Faye

Kara said...

Sorry about your horrific trip to Lowe's. We have a little hardware store nearby. Their prices are sometimes a little higher than the big chains, but their customer service is soooo amazing that most of the time it is worth it to me!

I love your baby plaques but the way, especially the flower with the stroller. Adorable!

Splendid Things said...

The signs are so cute! Lowe's and Home Depot are my 2 least fav store on the planet! We always get bad customer service at Home Depot! :)

kimmcl said...

I feel your pain Amanda. So many plans, so much time, so little motivation. At least that's MY problem in a nutshell. I think it's the weather here - yep, it's raining - AGAIN!

Lee Laurie said...

Sorry! I know how it is in Lowe's. That is one of my favorite stores...but the customer service is not always that good. I just about know where everything is in there anyway. My sister and brother-in-law have a hardware store in Kentwood, La. and I like it a lot better than a big chain store.

I like the signs that you made. I will keep you in mind. They are so cute.

Hugs,
Lee Laurie

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Those are SO cute, and you know making something custom for someone else is WAY better than painting cabinets any day! great job.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Well, that is a whole lot more than I got done! :) Yep, Lowe's with two kids is pure torture. I know...I was there on Monday. No. fun. Lots of screaming (not me) involved.

Kathi said...

I don't know how you EVER get anything accomplished! Congratulations on your custom orders! They are so pretty!
I'm not surprised that the big box employees didn't help you with the crackers. They don't seem to want to help with much of anything!
Hope you have a productive weekend?!

Miss(es) Canadian Pie said...

K, when I have a baby...or once I find out if my sis is having a boy or a girl, I'm ordering up one of those shhhh signs. I'm in love with the toile! SO precious.

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick said...

Adorable! We have the fake granite and loooove it!! Go back to Lowes to get it! :)

Girly Stuff said...

In the words of the original Do It Yourselfer...(remember Scarlett O'Hara's green dress)...Tomorrow is another day!

Try again!

Kim @ Everything Etsy said...

Oh how funny...well, in a "not funny" kind of way.

I do love the flower. It's beautiful!

~Kim

Jenny said...

aw thats so cute.

Mandi said...

I love the custom orders! Your experience at Lowe's is like a repeat of my life every single time I try to go. I can never find anyone to help me and my boys always HATE going and let me know it. When we bought this house last summer we went every.single.day for weeks because we needed something or had to pick out this or that. I got a little burned out and have just begun going back. You'll get it all done eventually. Just enjoy your quiet house for a few more days!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

1. Right back at ya, kid! ;)
2. I might need to see a therapist after last night's cliffhanger. Meredith's reaction to "007" was so well-acted. All I can say is that Izzie better hang on!!!!

Sarah@VintageChic said...

Love the sweet baby girl sign... so precious!

Kyleen said...

When my boys were little, I only went to the Do-It Center because all the employees were so friendly and helpful. Definitely worth the extra price (they even gave my kids lollipops).

My trick at HomeDepot/Lowes is to pretend that the closest employee to me is assigned to help me. "Show me how to..., Show me where to find..., I'll follow you..." The best one is, "I'll do it myself using the your equipment." That gets them moving pretty darn quick. And always, I follow up with a smile and a thank you.

The "Shh" sign is so cute. Definitely, adorable!
-Kyleen

southern queen bee said...

Oh don't feel bad, I am just like that. Brett went to the camp for the weekend. Here it is Fri. night and I have been on the computer since I got home from work. Your baby picture is so cute...

Terry said...

Hi Sweetie Amanda
Just dropped by to wish you a happy weekend and it looks like you could use a few extra hugs.
So hugs and well wishes for a happy ,calm ,joy filled weekend.

Tausha said...

I so hate it when you make big plans and then children and life seem to get in the way.
oh well-it will be better when your husband is around anyway-he can entertain kids and get you drinks and chocolate! Always a neccesity when painting.
I would love to get together! Email me the details and I am sure that others would love to come. If not-me and you can go eat and thrift-my two favorite things!!!

Nicole ~ said...

I know what you mean about those employees!! It completely drives me crazy at how unwilling they are to help anyone!! The worst to me is when I ask a question & they are like, “I do not know, I do not work in this department”. I cannot stand it!! I am like can you find someone that does???? ICK!!!

Your creations are so pretty, I love the little toile one with the stroller, how precious is that!! I am so excited for you, custom orders, very nice.

The Phillips Place said...

Ok, when you started talking about your huge plans, and then mentioned so casually that you were planning on doing all that painting with two itty bitties-- girl! Don't feel unaccomplished! I haven't even managed to BLOG in the last two weeks! The whiney bug seems to have hit my two little girls and I can't find two minutes to rub together to get a post written!

The latest creations are great- see, you're getting things done!!

Hang in there! :)

Simply Stacey said...

Sorry to hear about your Lowe's experience. I can so relate with the workers NOT willing to help. I don't like that I have to check my ownself out at the registers as well. There is ZERO customer service.

CUTE orders you made! You are so talented!!

Shannon said...

Those are so cute! Our Lowes employees never act like that. It is our Home Depot ones that do! :)

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