Is there a way to arrange that my Michaels coupons come with some sort of “parental control?”
(Of course, my mom is 97, lives in Ohio and, at this point, is about 4 feet tall so I’m not sure how much “control” she could exert but it’s worth a shot. Perhaps she could just deploy the “withering look” that she mastered in my childhood. That could stop anyone dead in their tracks)
Here’s the deal. I went into Michaels with a coupon to buy one, very specific, necessary, practical, thing.
I’m still not sure what happened. It’s kind of a blur.
All I know is that I had a “30% off your entire purchase” coupon and I saw the houses.
And then, suddenly, I had ALL of them.
ALL. OF. THEM.
And a quest.
Because ALL. OF. THEM. was not ENOUGH. OF. THEM.
I had to have every metal house lantern I saw. Target (check!), Home Goods (check!), Marshals (check!), Joanns (check) and back to Michaels…..
There were just so many!
And they were so affordable!!
I was sure they’d look super cool on the mantel.
Anyway, after collecting a moderate 12 or so (no, there aren’t more than that – don’t believe anyone who tells you differently) I set them up, turned on the lights and was….underwhelmed.Most of them came with either no lights or a spot for a electric tealight.
But the light from the tealight didn’t really do any anything much illumination-wise and I didn’t like that you could see the lights and wires through the windows.
However, I had, for reasons I cannot explain (seems to be a theme), a pack of vellum. And I thought it might diffuse the light and give it something to bounce off of.
Light up houses that really light up!
Some of my houses don’t have an opening on the back and I had to get creative about rolling the vellum up, inserting it through a door and letting it unfurl into place – which took some patience.
Unfortunately, some of my houses don’t even have doors (which seems impractical).
I did actually put them on the mantel – just sitting on some cotton batting.
However, when I tried to take pictures for this post it looked like either:
A) Heaven had an exclusively galvanized metal-based architectural requirement or
B) a really alarming, Stephen King-worthy, fog had rolled in.
I swear it looks great in real life!
Next year I’ll work out a more photogenic version.
And don’t worry about me.
I’ve made a vow not to go to after-Christmas sales.
I did, on a totally unrelated mission, go to Target today….
They had so many left!!!!
But I exercised self-control.
I only bought two.