Friday, January 4, 2013

The Fun Starts Here!

So.....it started as something fairly routine, the packaging of an item for shipping. In this case it was a tad on the fragile side and needed a bit of "cushion" in order to err on the side of caution. Seems, however, my stash of supplies was raided during some one or another holiday wrapping endeavour. There was no bubble wrap, no peanuts, and no tissue paper!
 
A trip to Walmart was required but the thought of leaving our cozy little house and heading out into the single digits was not in the least appealing. Thinking there must be some cushy scrap somewhere I began to dig through the Christmas wrapping supplies (yes we still have this stuff hanging around along with a good assortment of VERY dusty holiday decorations.) Lots of ribbon but no bubble wrap. Lots of bags but no tissue paper. Lots of deconstructed magazines from this but no peanu....wait....stop right there! Magazines....hmmm....I felt inspiration glimmer, spark and then burst into flame. All I needed was my paper shredder.
 
Now I've had my fair share of shredder activity throughout the years and considered it nothing more than one of those mundane must do activities. But let me tell you.....there is a world of difference between shredding boring financial records and shredding magazine pages. I had not anticipated the explosion of color awaiting me inside the bin. I quickly realized I could control the the results by selecting choice pages rather than randomly ripping and spent the next 30 minutes or so doing just that. Control in this case was good.
 
Hours later, after the package had been shipped and the shredder stashed, I realized I'd had my first really "Fun" adventure of 2013. It wasn't the fun I had planned to orchestrate and post on. It was unexpected, exciting, and nothing more than a silly bit of nonsense but it sure made me happy. So now I'm thinking, while control can be helpful in some instances, control in all aspects of your life leaves very little room for surprises and that dear friends would not be fun, in fact, I imagine it could become downright funky!
  
 
 

11 comments:

  1. So clever! Never thought of choosing the magazine pages to control the colour. You are a bright spark.

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  2. Hi Natalie Jo, I'm so glad you stopped by my blog and left a comment. Thanks for recommending, "Take Your Time". I found it on amazon and I can get it here in Canada at chapters.ca. I hope to order it soon. I'm relieved to know I'm not the only one who needs to slow down and hopefully, we both can learn how to do it. :o)

    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Sandra
    tea and simplicity

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    1. Sandra,
      I was so inspired by reading your post that I have since relocated my tatered copy of the book and have begun rereading it after so many, many years. Hopefully this time the wisdom will sink a little further in!
      Good luck to us!
      natalie jo

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  3. Too funny! But I love it. I have a kind of time consuming way of wrapping my Etsy stuff and I found an alternative on a blog somewhere (was it yours?)...fabric ribbons. I have SOOOOOO much fabric and it is so colorful. I don't even need to cut it, I can rip strips! So easy, so fast, so colorful. I think I am going to try it.

    Erin :)

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    1. It wasn't my idea but I'm sure going to try it out! Ditto over here on the "SOOOOOO much fabric," this would be such a great way to put it to use. Plus ripping fabric strips = FUN!!!

      Thanks for the tidbit Erin (and thanks as well to the mystery blogger out there somewhere!)

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  4. Thanks Natalie Jo...now I wish i had a shredder :)

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  5. When life hands you magazines...make confetti!! You saved yourself a trip, saved some money, kept the magazines out of the landfill, and had fun too. A perfect post :-)

    Beth

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  6. I love your perspective on this! Thanks so much Beth!
    natalie jo

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