Imagine, if you will, that the ribbons on the end are attached to ceiling hooks so that the whole contraption hangs delicately and artfully from the ceiling. I’ll try to get that done tomorrow.
The part that pleases me most about this, um, I think we’re going with “thinger” is how excited Fluffy was to help me make it and then to own it for her very self. The second most pleasing aspect is that the total out-of-pocket cost of this thinger was $0. My sister gave me the ribbon from her wedding supplies, a thoughtful friend of mine gifted me the birdcages from her crafting stock when she saw the wallpaper I was using in the room, and the branch conveniently fell out of one of my trees a week before I needed it. Presents literally falling from the sky over here. The spray paint and flowers I paid for at some point surely, but I’m going to be one of those cost-hider bloggers who doesn’t factor in the price of remainders from other projects. What bugs me most is when they buy a big tool like a nailgun for a project and then don’t count the price of that tool in the total tally either since they intend to “use it on other things” some day or because they are big fat cost-hiding liars. Exactly when and where does the price of the tool count then?! Shouldn’t you at least amortize the cost of the tool over the approximate number of projects you intent to use it on?
Okay, now I’m disgusted with this imprecision and must calculate the actual cost of the project. I used approximately 1/25th of a can of Rustoleum candy pink, and 1/25th of a can of Rustoleum berry pink both at $4 per can, plus 2/25th of white on the branch for this white-washed look. I used 2 cherry blossom sprigs at $5 each, but on 40% sale and one sprig of ranunculus at $7 also 40% off. That’s $8.20 for the flowers, $0.64 for the paint, and $5.41 for a 2 pack of screw-in ceiling hooks. Oh, and a nickel’s worth of hot glue and maybe 35 cents of thread. I spent $14.65 on my free decorative thinger, okay? Are you happy now? Free, my eye! Now the question becomes, if I had seen this in the store for $14.65, would I have thought, “Bet I can make it for cheaper”?
This was a lot more fun before my brain got involved. Let’s look at the thinger again. Okay, that’s nice.