I hate grocery shopping. With a passion. This is something that started recently, but it’s bad enough that I’ll find just about any excuse to avoid going to a grocery store. But, a couple of weeks ago, Austin was under a weather advisory for ice, snow, sleet & multiple days of below freezing temperatures. Which, besides the obvious travel hazards, meant that I might have a frozen pump on my well and not have water until it warmed up. So, I mustered all the fortitude I could, and went grocery shopping. Because maybe having some food in the house would be a good thing too.
As I was in the frozen foods section to get peaches for smoothies, I came across something that stopped me in my tracks. Frozen premade peanut butter sandwiches. Seriously?? Someone can’t buy bread, peanut butter and their favorite spread and make their own? Is this how lazy we are now?
I finished my shopping and went home thinking about why there is a market for frozen peanut butter sandwiches.
While I was homebound for the ice day, I worked on the Lots of Happy Kit from the Occasions Catalog. It’s a beautiful kit, and the bonus is you get a Lemon Lime Twist and Flirty Flamingo Watercolor Pencil – which you can’t just buy separately. And, while I was coloring in the floral designs, I had an “ah-ha” moment. I’ve been a paper crafter since 2003. I have more stamps, ink, paper, tools, embellishments, etc. than most people would find healthy. I have an entire room in my house devoted to this art form. And, rather than making something from scratch, I was using premade items to make my cards. It was kind of like eating a premade PB&J sandwich.
And don’t we all sometimes need a little extra help? Sometimes, I want to make something, but I can’t find the spark of creativity to start. Or, maybe I don't have the time to start from square 1. And, at least for me, kits can help get you started. It gives you samples, directions and ideas. When I'm working on a kit - whether it is one from the catalog, or that month's Paper Pumpkin, I usually find ways to tweak the design, or add something that makes it my own. And, once I start working, I typically find the creativity that I could not find earlier. Kits are not just for beginning crafters, they are for everyone!
So, now I see the need for frozen peanut butter sandwiches, because someone just needs a little help until they get more creative with their food. And, I can appreciate that!
I live in Austin, TX. By day, I advise on transfer tax issues for estates. But, this site is for the things I do and enjoy during my free time -mostly stamping, scrapbooking, paper crafting, but occasionally I may post about photography, gardening, cooking and all sorts of creative endeavors.