Friday, November 5, 2010

Crafting is for the Fearless

Today is my niece's 11th birthday. I wanted to switch up the normal Friday school routine, so when she came for school I let her pick a craft from one of our dust-covered crafty books.

"Stained Glass Leaves."

Hm... wax paper, fall leaves, iron... it looked innocuous enough.

Thinking ahead, I put newspaper down on the table so the wax paper wouldn't melt onto the table. Everything was so under control.

"Why don't we craft every Friday, again?" I asked myself.

I cut out the wax paper with an X-Acto knife, the girls found and arranged the leaves, I ironed the leaves between wax paper over newspaper, and had a fairly good looking project to show for it (not "wow!" but not "eeew").

Then I surveyed the damage.

The newspaper ink had heat-sealed itself onto my table and the X-Acto knife had left gouges in it.

Ah!!! Help!!

So I remembered rubbing alcohol removes ink, and quickly gave it a wipe-over. It worked!

But apparently rubbing alcohol also removes tarnish.

Aah!! Help!!

Mayonnaise removes watermarks... maybe it would undo my bleaching.

Well... it'll take a few hours before I know if that worked or not.

In the meantime, I unthinkingly set down a letter to my sister on the table, and now it's covered in grease stains.

Maybe this is why we don't craft every Friday.

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