I love those decorating and craft shows as much as the next guy, but if you are not careful your house will end up a hot mess. (I like using phrases I hear on TV!) They lull you into a false sense of security, making you think that you too can make a chandelier out of old jewelry. I can't tell you the hundreds of dollars I have spent on crap from hardware and craft stores to "beautify" my home. For goodness sake, I bought a hot glue gun so I could make no-sew pillows out of old shirts. I couldn't figure out how to use the thing so it sits useless in my husband's tool box. From time to time I consider throwing it out, but the images of those no-sew pillows haunt me. To tell the truth, they have been haunting me for - gulp - over 5 years.
There is also the terrible matter of my boys' bedroom. Oy! My oldest wanted a rock and roll room, so I got the fine idea of painting little stars all over their bedroom wall and a great big star behind their bunkbeds. It ended up a drippy, smear-y, ugly mess. But the worst is my mural behind the beds...who knew I didn't know how to paint a gigantuan star. There is now a blob of bright blue paint on their wall that is in an inexplicable shape. Some rock and roll room.
I do blame my mess and wasted money on HGTV and other McGyver type shows that float around on cable. Had it not been for me being weak and falling into the DIY trap, I would have remembered that I absolutely hate painting, have no use whatsoever for a glue gun, and can't sew worth a damn! (Did I mention sewing up the armhole on a the vintage coat she bought from me?) Those shows made it all look so EASY, duping me into believing that even I could do it. Whatever!! From now on I am sticking to what I really want to do! Making no-sew shirt pillows is NOT one of them.