Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Did someone call for a Handy Man???

I got to thinking the other day... which in and of itself might be dangerous - but hear me out...

I've been known to call a Handy Man from time to time... for minor things that we probably COULD have done on our own, but really didn't have the time or the tools for... much easier to just make a phone call and have it done with right? One of them built shelves into my closet because that turned out infinitely cheaper than purchasing and assembling one of those crazy organizer units that never fits right... best $ we ever spent. Could M.O.T.H. have done it? Probably. WOULD M.O.T.H. have ever gotten around to it???? hmmm... maybe, but not in a livable time frame. You see... he has this thing (a job) that keeps him pretty busy and so sometimes it's worth just calling in the big guns and getting the job done.

So I'm thinking... I'm kinda handy - but not really... I'm actually what you would call crafty. Not in that Wile E. Coyote type of way though - more in a Martha Stewart wannabe way. Don't get me wrong - I'm not about to get my own show on HGTV or be arrested for insider trading - I just enjoy my crafts and I have to say I'm at least halfway decent at them.

So since there are HandyMen - why not a female version... you know, like a "CraftyMa'am"???? I could do almost anything...

Can I sew? Yep - nobody will want me to create their wedding dress (I actually designed my own though) but I can whip up a mean Halloween costume or a fun tote bag in a matter of hours!

Do I cook? Well - don't ask my kids, they're liars - I happen to be a decent cook... but the truth is that I can make an amazing cake in just about any design you want. Wedding cakes? yeah - that's not really my gig (too much pressure!) but anything shy of that I got!

Scrapbooker? That's me... and not just your average stuff - I actually enjoy designing my own embellishments for each page.

Decorating? I love to decorate - our upstairs bathroom is on its third major color scheme since moving in here 8 years ago... and I think I have a good plan for the next one already!

Hmmmmm... Now to figure out a way to put an ad in the paper that won't have everyone laughing me out of the county (or calling the cops...)

Is it OBVIOUS that I am about to be out of a job??? Is it OBVIOUS that this is freaking me out just a tad???

Is it OBVIOUS that I'm just too lazy to actually upload all my ironman pictures so that I can tell you about all the fun we had that day???

-T (the crafty ma'am... which is in no way to be confused with a sneaky madam)

13 comments:

Homer and Queen said...

I'm with you...

Barbaloot said...

If you want to make an exception to that wedding cake thing, I'll hire you to do mine. Sue makes the dress, you make the cake...not bad. There you go---a future job already set out.

Megz said...

Can't really imagine a 'craft' emergency that equates to a handyman emergency, but then again my brain doesn't think in patterns and cake designs like yours must. Get working on a cute apron that would be like your tool kit!

T said...

Craft Emergency: Company comes in 3 days and you need the house to look good (I'll come and pick a gorgeous wall color that will tie together existing furnishings, a fancy cake for the party (Ta-dah... I've always wanted to do a leaf cake... anyone?) And of course, afterward you're going to want all those pictures preserved in a scrapbook!

Garden of Egan said...

T you really need to hold a power tool in your hand. Seriously.
There's nothing better than sawing pieces of wood into little tiny pieces of wood....just because you can.
Didn't build anything, but I had visions of a lot of people while I was sawing wood. It was awesome.

T said...

haha - I should mention that I actually love power tools, seriously. M.O.T.H. isn't too sure I should be allowed around power tools (danger prone daphne syndrome) but I've been known to do a few projects in my day :)

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

Oh yea... I'd much rather pay someone to do it then wait for my guy to do it. But if he has time... he loves to do it. So it's bitter sweet.

SWIRL said...

I think that is a great idea!!!
Hmmm how to phrase it??

MIL Emergency... I always panic when my MIL is coming to visit-- for a month!

SWIRL said...

I think that is a great idea!!!
Hmmm how to phrase it??

MIL Emergency... I always panic when my MIL is coming to visit-- for a month!

Nutty Hamster Chick said...

I think there could be a definite market. But how about the school project emergency, when it is 10 pm the night before a major thing is due? The hours with that one are horrible.

Good luck hawking your super skills.

Sue Q said...

Thanks for the plug, Barb. I needed that today!

T, in an alternate universe, where we all could have those sucky-tubes they have in the drive-up windows at banks, I would LOVE to set up a network of those babies and connect them to all my friends all over the world and we could shoot cylinders of crafts and projects and maybe even cakes without the messy packaging and costly shipping. That's my dream. My first million.

In the meantime, let me know when you're ready for your first scrapbooking customer. I've got about five or ten years of photos that are just sitting on my computer in folders, waiting for someone to actually print them out and (at least) put them in protective sheets so my youngest daughter won't feel neglected like I did because all my older siblings had scrapbooks and I didn't.

It's cool. I've been to therapy.

Good luck with the job hunt, otherwise. May the Force be with you!

(So funny -- my word ver. is "OUTMEN". As is, "Get out of the way, men who are looking for a job! My friend T needs is more than you do! Just sayin'....)

LC said...

You're cake decorating can't be beat. What a cool job that would be. "You imagine it, T will create it." Go ahead and advertise!

Sher said...

My Mom actually did decorate cakes for money when I was little -- but I don't know how many. It may have only been 2 for all I know. Maybe you could start the "Homemaking hotline" and either tell people how to solve their own delimmas or run right over -- for a small fee. Running right over to my house will take a while -- you'd better charge by the hour -- except I get the family discount