I stealthily crossed the street, dressed in all black and wearing face paint. I army crawl up the small hill and crouch by a tree. I peek around the tree and look at the front porch in question. Nothing. I tip toe closer and crouch by the bush framing the front porch. From there I survey the entire front porch and patio area of the townhouse. Nothing but a half-empty bag of mulch. Dang it! I stand up, dust myself off and walk back home. Mission aborted.
Okay, maybe I exaggerated the scene a little bit but checking out a townhouse’s front porch up the hill from us has become a regular thing. Anytime we have ordered something to be delivered and it doesn’t arrive on the appointed day or at the appointed time, we make sure it isn’t sitting on the townhouse’s front porch. Why? Well we have townhouses across the street from us and one of them has the exact same number on their residence as ours. Their actual street address comes from the street behind their home but not all delivery drivers know this. We’ve tried to meet the tenants of the townhouse multiple times to discuss our ongoing package issues, but despite the attempts, we’ve never seen hide or hair of them.
Ryan’s new shoes arrived there, a pizza delivery, and I swear that the Bath & Body order I never received was delivered to the townhouse. Bath and Body’s tracking information stated it was definitely delivered to our address but it never showed up at our house. They were nice and sent a duplicate order out to us with a note to the delivery driver that it should be delivered to a house, not a townhouse, and I received it. The most recent delivery in question was a bunch of plastic buckles for a Pinterest project I was working on. I was so excited to make a buckle toy for Evan because he LOVES buckles.
This particular project required a sewing machine so my mom had graciously agreed to bring hers to our house on her next trip out here. Since my mom and her sewing machine would be in town for two short weeks, I had been proactive and ordered the supplies early enough so that we’d have everything we needed to get the project done. Besides myself and my mom, a good friend had also agreed to jump into the buckle project. We set up a time to get together: a week after the buckles were to have arrived. Plenty of time to make sure we had everything we needed.
At two days late, I checked the tracking on Amazon. Nothing new. I checked into what they advised me doing if my package hadn’t arrived. They first recommended that I wait a few more days and said that most items come within one or two days of the estimated date. I told myself to be patient and waited a few more days, did more reconnaissance on the townhouse, and still nothing. Now I decided to get someone at Amazon on the phone. When I reached someone, he was not very helpful and told me to call the local post office. Nice. The post office told me to call Amazon back. The second Amazon rep was really nice and offered to refund my last buckle order, placed a new order for buckles for me, and guaranteed arrival by the next day just in time for our scheduled project night. This sounded AWESOME! Well, those didn’t arrive either. Luckily, we had a back-up plan (fool me once, shame on Amazon, fool me twice, shame on me!), but it was still disappointing. Amazon did do a great job addressing the second failed delivery by offering us a decent credit for our Amazon next purchase (which significantly offset the cost of the buckle toy supplies in my eyes) and the replacement buckles arrived two days after promised.
Could my original buckles be sitting somewhere in a mail warehouse, lost? Sure, but I prefer to picture some mysterious townhouse resident living it up while wearing both my Bath-n-Body scents and a myriad of 1.5 inch buckles added to his or her outfit in creative ways…maybe someday we’ll actually meet him or her! We can only hope.
Back to the buckle project. So, I’ve been super excited about Pinterest. I’ve cooked multiple Pinterest recipes, have created a few Pinterest kids activities, and used some of their creative tips (and inspirational sayings) to make some artwork to go on our walls (something that Ryan pestered me most of our marriage to do!). I’ve been having fun, feeling productive, and was ready to tackle another project.
This buckle toy didn’t seem too difficult…loop a few ribbons around some buckles, sew the ends of the ribbons to some fabric, what, an hour or two tops? Ah, no. What in the world was I thinking?!?! I am no Martha Stewart! My mom, who sews more often than me, knew from the moment I sent her the link that this project would take some time, but I was definitely naïve.
In order to make it more cost-effective, we ended up making seven buckle toys. I’d recommend others do the same (make multiple buckle toys) unless you already have some of these materials at home. Here’s the supplies we needed:
• Buckles—best deal was on Amazon (we did smaller ones and bigger ones—I believe 5/8 inches and 1.5 inches)
• Velcro—Walmart purchase
• Ribbon—great clearance purchase
• Snaps—wow, way more expensive than I thought
• Fabric (thicker than normal but not quite“canvas”)—I vow to never buy fabric full-price, the prices are INSANE! Luckily we had a tech-savvy cashier at the craft store that scored us multiple 40% off coupons…she was 65+ and knew how to work my smart phone better than me—amazing!
• Sewing machine—Mom brought hers out from Wisconsin
And here’s the link to the website that shares the directions for making these in case you’re interested and have better sewing skills than me: http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/clip-toy-for-toddlers/
We did make some alterations to their plans…we added both velcro and a snap and had two different sized buckles…
The three of us worked on this project for three hours one night and then my mom and I finished the rest over the course of two more days…my mom doing more of the actual sewing. It was definitely more time consuming than initially thought. Was the buckle fiasco and hours of work worth it? Definitely! Will I take on a Pinterest project that involves sewing again soon? Not likely!