I’ve been working on my 12 Gifts of Christmas Video Series. Part of the restrictions I have with producing videos is product availability that can be found at local stores.
I desperately needed a ring to go around my door handle for a project I am working on. I cannot just go on camera and say, go find one without offering a suggestion. It will flood our help desk with people complaining they cannot find a ring for their project. So for me, I needed to get my sample done but needed a ring myself.
I went to Canadian Tire, like a Home Depot for our American Friends, to locate a ring that I could use. I only wanted the ring, nothing else. I found many ornaments but one of the lines has a designer’s name associated to it. I found the perfect ornament where I could remove the ornament from the ring. The ornament was $15 and I just wanted the ring. It was too pricey for me to ruin an ornament for my project. I asked for help but to no avail, there was nothing in the store that could resemble a ring to go over a door knob. I was determined that my project would not be just a chain that is over top of the door knob.
Off to Walmart I went. I was really hoping their crafting section and/or Christmas selections would have a single ring that I could use to my make my project. I stumbled across an ornament that looked similar to the one above for $1.97. I thought, OKAY, I would be willing to spend $2 for a ring, can the ornaments come off the ring so I can do my project? Surely enough the ornaments are wrapped onto the ring using floral wire. Cool… I was all set!
At my local Walmart, there is the Crafting Manager that I usually speak with. I told her my plan. She says maybe the ornament that is part of the ring would be really nice as part of my homemade project. I was really stuck on the notion that I would have to remove everything off the ring that I never considered that maybe an existing ornament would be appropriate for my project.
Around midnight last night, I finished my project and I was so delighted! The Walmart Crafting Manager was really smart to make her recommendation. So for only 2 bucks, I was able to accomplish my mission and make my project even better than I anticipated.
So my point is this… looking for hardware or crafting items needed for holiday decor may not be in the raw form of the materials we are looking for. We may need to buy a finished item to upcycle it into something amazing. Just some food for thought this Christmas season.