Pre-pandemic I used to go to two craft shows a year in the Twin Cities – one on the State Fair grounds and one out at the Shakopee race track. Hard to believe but with 40 vendors or so each, there wasn’t much duplication. Except for Craft Fantastic. They sell the makings for jewelry and they always have an inexpensive “make `n take” at each show. You start by choosing a piece of artwork, then you glue a glass tile on top of it. After the glue dries, you trim off the excess and stick your tile onto a tray. Then if you want a necklace on which to hang your goodie, they’ll give you one and if you want more components for other jewelry, they certainly have those as well. I’m sure at some point I signed up for their emails but I don’t remember seeing them before pandemic.
I have at least 10 of these necklaces from over the years although I don’t wear them often. I like rings and I adore earrings, not as big a fan of necklaces and bracelets.
The emails started to seep into my consciousness a few months into pandemic. Every month or so, they offer a “weekend designer” kit. It is all the items you need to make a variety of things – usually in a theme. I’m having a hard time keeping away from these, especially the earring collections. They must be assuming that folks are making and selling these items because each kit makes WAY more than anyone needs. I have given away quite a few pairs of earrings, necklaces and bracelets but that still leaves me with at least 30 more pairs of earrings than I had at the beginning of pandemic (and believe me when I say, I already had way too many earrings at the beginning of pandemic). All dangly. Chinese New Year earrings, Fourth of July earrings, Valentine earrings, Winter/Christmas earrings, Halloween earrings and then a large assortment of floral patterns. Did I mention that they are all dangly?
I’m trying to cut back – most of the emails get deleted without being opened – but every now and then I spot a kit that is a little different than a kit I’ve had before. I’m hoping that now I’ve made earrings for all the major holidays, I won’t be tempted. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!
What would you want buried with you so you could use it in the afterlife?