happened to catch some of Martha Stewart Living when I was getting my
nails done one day. She was showing the
viewers how to make a long roll pillow
for the bed or couch.
myself would simply go out and buy one if I wanted one, but Martha, being
Martha, was hand stitching one she had
painstakingly made. I could not hear the
commentary since I was too far away from the TV, but I wondered why
anyone would make one when there is a
Walmart within a stone's throw of just
about every corner in the country. I can only guess that some poor deluded
person might think they could make one cheaper and derive much
more personal satisfaction out of it. Weeelllll, I don't THINK so!!!
though this has never personally happened to me, I can attest to hidden
costs that are never mentioned on these so called "self- help"
of all you have the cost of supplies, which always is higher than you
expect because the fabric you can afford
usually looks like something you wouldn't
dress a voodoo doll in, so you splurge for more expensive designer fabric,
thinking that you are already saving money by making the item yourself.
After coming home, washing it and cutting
it out, you begin sewing on your Swiss
sewing machine, which you paid big bucks for so you could take on home
projects like these.
are going along swimmingly until your bobbin knots up and your fabric
gets caught in the machine. Three hours
later you are calling contractors to get
an estimate on drywall hanging after you dig your heavy all-metal-parts
sewing machine out of the hole in the wall,
which, in case anyone asks, was just there
when you got up that morning. Where is "Unsolved Mysteries" when you
need them? That's about $300.00.
you call a massage therapist to massage the muscle you pulled in your back
when you "didn't" throw your
machine at the wall. Another $60.00 down the tube. Now,
you've spent all day on this stupid roll pillow that you would never have even
thought about if you hadn't turned on your
TV that day, so you have to order out
for dinner. Chalk up $35.00 for 5 Chinese dinners from Fu Wah.
on your way to Fu Wah, you stop at Walmart and pick up a roll pillow for
$11.99. A few months later, when your
husband finally notices it on your bed, you
tell him you whipped it up while you were waiting in the carpool line at
school that day.
is why some people think Martha Stewart should mind her own beeswax
(and not just because it is so useful in making your own scented
aromatherapeutic candles). Most of us are
just as happy buying things at The Country
Craft Corner and passing them off as homemade. After all, why mess with
a good thing? Uh oh, I feel a creative urge coming on. The Country Craft
Corner flyer just came in the mail. What
shall I "make" today?