She should have said, "Step away from the Super Glue!"
But then again, I would have ignored her, as I always do. And she would have gotten to say, "I told you so."
So, it's probably better that she was nowhere to be found while I was working on my latest project: the VHS Cassette Clutch.
I'm sometimes accused of rushing into projects without careful planning. However, in my defense, I have been blessed with an over-abundance of "Nerdling Enthusiasm," which has led to unfortunate results on
But I was bound and determined to succeed this time. I wanted my own VHS Cassette Clutch! To that end, I approached the project methodically, requiring the attendance and participation of every anal gene in my body.
Check. Check. Check.
The first step was disassembling the VHS tape. I have 2 words for Step 1: Stinkin' Fun. Step 2 was clipping off the peg-like protrusions inside the VHS tape. Even more fun.
I was getting confident. Bring on Step 3.
Apply the hinges with Super Glue.
Uh oh. My hinges were a wee bit large for my VHS cassette tape.
Back to Lowes for smaller hinges. Perfect fit.
I applied the Super Glue, but it didn't stick. The hinge kept sliding around, so I held it in place with my fingers.
The hinges stopped sliding around. They stuck. To my fingers.
I used a pen to hold the hinges in place. Then the pens stuck to my fingers. I decided to skip Step 3 and move on to the next step, which involved using packing tape to make a window into my purse.
Shut the front door! Do I really want potential thieves to be able to see all the valuables inside my VHS Cassette Clutch? No way. Why not just carry a "Rob Me" sign?!!
So I departed slightly from the design and placed fabric window shades over my purse windows.
I also departed from the design when it came to crocheting a purse strap using the VHS tape. I promise, this has nothing to do with the fact that I have no earthly idea how to crochet using yarn, let alone using a VHS tape. I decided that braiding the VHS tape and my window shade fabric together would results in much more attractive look.
But ultimately, I had to face the elephant in the room: Step 3. A half a glass of wine helped my confidence. I applied more Super Glue to the tape and the hinges. And my fingers.
So I switched to Plan B. The packing tape. I taped the hinges to the VHS tape.
I'm an engineering genius.
Finally, I was ready to test drive my purse. It looked amazing. But what, oh what, should I put inside it???
My Blackberry. Wouldn't fit.
My calculator. Too big.
My diamond broach. Forget it.
The only thing that I could get to fit into this stinkin' (yet very attractive) VHS Cassette Clutch was a kleenex:
But you know what? I can always carry my VHS Cassette Clutch when I go to the doctor! Or to a sad movie!
Or to parent teacher conferences.