Friday, June 1, 2012

Step Away From The Glue Gun!

Once upon a time I signed up for a tole painting class being taught by a friend of mine (who was really good at it) and the ENTIRE time I huffed and puffed about messing up, redoing, and vocalizing my dislike of this craft. My friend asked a simple question of me: "If you hate it, why are you doing it?"

Hmmmm....good point!
I quit tole painting that day (except when I'm helping my grandsons.)

I have the same kind of feeling towards a glue gun as I do towards tole painting--I hate it! I always burn my fingers or slop it into an area that shouldn't be glued. But, I drug that gluey tool out today to attempt something out of my comfort zone, mainly because SOMEONE called me and encouraged me to use the stuff I'd bought to make it (it was a really fun phone call by-the-way.) I found the Michael's bag with the goodies and....

Madame Samm's pincushion, sort of, but not even close.
Fortunately, I know my limitations and can laugh at myself for my blunders. Please follow her example found HERE and disregard my fiasco. 

MAJOR differences (or my mistakes) between hers and mine:
  1. Madame Samm made cute little French knots on hers. I didn't know how to make French knots so I sewed on a button. The button wasn't centered when I finished, so I had to pluck it off (I didn't like it anyway.) I had this little jewel-looking thing, so the glue gun helped me out.
  2. Madame Samm put a cute little bow on hers. I didn't have cute ribbon, so no bow.
  3. Madame Samm could take a picture of the whole pincushion. I cropped mine so you wouldn't see the gluey stuff in places it shouldn't have been.
  4. Madame Samm made pleats in the ruffle. I gathered it--I should have pleated it.
  5. Madame Samm used a styrofoam ball. I received contrary advise and was told I really "must" use some crushed up walnut shells instead--use a styrofoam ball, trust me. Those little shells get into and all over everything.
Anyway, it was a good try and I patted myself on the back for at least being willing to give the glue gun another chance. I also made a couple of stickpins from some beads (another out-of-my-comfort-zone kind of thing.)

BUT, I'd let one of my daughters be in charge of the glue gun.
AND, I'd follow the directions (if possible) a little better.
Thanks, Madame Samm, for creating such a fun little pincushion!


Katherine said...

Carol, you are a riot! Thanks so much for the giggle. hee hee

Madame Samm said...

Ok, sweet Carol. I had to excuse myself to head to my powder make me chuckle, crying here in tears....wish I could have been there, but really truly, madly , deeply, this is the next best thing...ok, it is not sewwwww looks like a

Madame Samm said...

p.s LOVE the pin

Sheila said...

Funny! Reminds me the the time I tried to take a foreign language. COULD NOT get it. I was half way through the semester, studying like crazy, flash cards, tapes, etc. The teacher saw that a few of us were really struggling. He told the class that some people cannot learn a foreign language, no matter how hard they study and try. THAT was my last class.

Tracey said...

I think it's a beautiful..

Crickets Corner said...

Thanks for making me smile. I think it's a cute pin cushion and from the picture no one would know that there are glue globs where they shouldn't be. I say as long as you like it then it's perfect!

Cyndi loves to stitch said...

I reather like your gathered sunflower, and also share your affliction with the glue gun........never fails always end up with glue somewhere it doesn't belong, the strings drive me batty and usually burn a finger at least once......i try to use craft/paper scissors or pliers to hold glued items in place rather than fingers anymore, lol!!