Inspired by ... Walmart?!

Monday, September 12, 2011

(Today, I walk out of my comfort zone.)

During our most recent trip to the East Coast, my husband was a groomsman in the wedding of his childhood friend and I had some time to spare while the boys were boys. There wasn't much in the area where we were staying, but there was a Walmart across the street. Now, it's not that I'm a Walmart hater, it's just that I don't have access to one close to home. So it was surprising to me when I walked in and it was like a kid in a candy store ... so much to see!!

Directly to my left was the craft section - scrapbooking, yarn, fabric, wood pieces, oh my! The Cricut cartridges were less expensive than the sale price at other locations. Look at my choices!

One aisle over had yarn in every color, blends of colors and of different textures, for as little as 97 cents each. I couldn't believe such quality yarn was at my fingertips, with visions of scarves in shades I only dream of making.

And fabric! Oh the fabric! There was so much of it and for as little as $1.50 a yard. There was burlap and holiday fabric, and all I can think about is whether buying a second luggage bag and paying the fee is worth buying a whole lotta stuff here!

And after spending some time with The Whole EnCHELLEada, these wooden letters would be perfect and inexpensive for her wedding projects.

Can you imagine a spool of ribbon for less than what some places charge for one yard? Well, Walmart makes it easy to imagine just that! Ribbon with stripes, dots and pattern. I just love the look of a wall with so many different types of ribbons staring back at you. These aren't very heavy, now are they?

And as much as I claim that I need to sew more, I'm obviously incapable of doing it without the generosity of the free online tutorial. Well, Walmart has sewing patterns for less than $1, and with the inexpensive fabric, I can make everyone an apron for their birthday!

The people in the area must have amazingly decorated holiday tables because a bin of plastic fall vegetables for less than $1 each can make the Cotton house festive year-round!

If you are ever within a block of our house, then you know that a Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins and Celtics fan lives within our walls - you can either hear the cheering or cursing coming out of our windows. But when you're a New England fan living in the Bay Area and walk into a Walmart store in Massachusetts, it's pretty amazing to see so many Red Sox shirts in one place! Holy smoke green monster!

After going through my Pinterest boards, I found some projects that I'm confident can be accomplished after just one trip to Walmart. Here are some of my inspirational faves:

1 comment:

  1. I must say, I'm impressed!!! Not only your creative eye and deal finder, but also in Walmart's stock of craft materials. I'll have to take a better look next time. Not in Oakland, of course. I have standards...