I have used a hot glue gun a hundred times or more...usually at some early quiet hour of the morning I suppose but yesterday I was commanded to the attention of a school art project for number one daughter that involved gluing down this cute 'baubles' which are soft drink lid bottle tops covered in fabric, onto a Christmas tree base that was cut out of green felt. Of course the project was urgent ( even if it is weeks, yes weeks early, it had to be done yesterday afternoon after I had got home from the shop and done the grocery shop and cooked dinner because poor darling husband was VERY unwell with infected sinuses) of course I also had to go out and purchase said glue sticks as I was out of them.
So I fired up the glue gun and will the help of trusty daughter number one who sat under my elbow laying out the pattern of the baubles started to hot glue. Daughter number two comes in chattering away, I loose concentration and apparently the grip on the bauble I was holding and i dropped it and it flipped glue side down onto my fingers. Hot glue is surprisingly HOT and whilst I had burnt myself before I knew the quick rub off trick normally works...not this time, this time the glue was sooo hot it melted off the skin on the tip side of my ring finger and then left a big blister right across the top and oh my goodness it hurt!!
I started writing this post on Monday, it is now Thursday and i can get back to it for only a few minutes. i somehow managed to use up all my download data time thingame wotsit and I decided to upgrade my plan and it was supposed to take 24 hours three days ago, and has only just come back on after I phoned and spoke to someone as in a real live person and there was no request noted from my computer attempts, so now it is fixed..yeah so much to catch up on...be back later... OK on with the story...you are riveted I know..
Anyhoo despite the fact that half of my finger is burnt to a crisp i still had to continue with the school project, so one daughter is holding the ice onto which I am resting my painful finger and with the other hand I am hot gluing and placing bottle tops onto Christmas tree template...great except they all don't fit on...it needs to have 30 and I have 24 on it....they simply didn't fit on the template...daughter is sobbing because they HAVE to have 30 on and I am wondering where I can get a quick pethidine injection for the pain in my finger. An hour later daughter has cut all the bottle tops off the felt and I have cut out a bigger template one handed and then had a brainwave as to why it had to be hot glue....guess what it didn't!!! AAAArrrghhh so out comes my favourite glue of all time Weldbond as this stuff sticks down anything and it dries clear, so one all the bottle tops go and onto the cake cooler it goes overnight and next morning all is right in the land of Christmas Tree's made of fabric, bottle tops and felt and I have a really sore finger that is interfering with my typing, washing up, sewing, you name it...oh well at least my child was happy and that is really all that counts is it not?
This has been a bit of an odd week, despite Laura and I trying to find JOY in everything, things like the computer slowing down to snail pace, having no money to go and play and having a sore finger it has been a little difficult. Then the kicker was reading that the wonderful talented and highly amusing Karin from Creative Chaos has been diagnosed with breast cancer and has to have an operation and chemo...really why is it always the nicest girls on the block that these horrible things happen to???? Trying to find the JOY trying to find the JOY.....
The weather is gorgeous and I am looking at going to Collectorama at Nambour on Saturday, so I am sure to find some joy there!
Happy weekend,my lovelies, kiss noises Linda.