Top 5 things you just said that make me never want to work with you

Every so often I head over to craigslist with this idea in my head that there might be some uber fantastic project I am missing out on. With out fail the first listing I read would make any “website making person” either laugh their pants off or go cry in the corner for 20 minutes. Actually, probably both.

I thought I would share the lovely listing I fell upon today…

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  1. "Hello Website maker-people"

    Translations I seriously have no clue who you are and what you do. So I’m going to use some cute little nickname so I won’t sound like an utter fool.

  2. “I started to make my own website last night. Guess what? Its awful. Its hosted by go daddy instapage and is 5 pages in size.” … “Once you are done, I can update what you create, I just cant create it.”

    Translation Godaddy tells me that what you do is so easy it can be done in an instant, but clearly I am lacking some sort of magical skill that you must process. Once you finish creating my website I will bug you constantly on how to update it. Since godaddy isn’t working properly with your code and it’s all your fault, not godaddy, you’re not even going to charge me for your time. Oh and any other problem I might have, with my website or email, I will expect you to fix free of charge.

  3. "I would like it done ASAP!"

    Translation I’m going to constantly bug you until it’s done.

  4. It should only take someone who knows what they are doing 2-3 hours at the most, its very simple.

    Translation I have no idea how this work but seriously this is like child’s play to you. So I’m thinking what you do will probably only cost me $20 - $40 dollars at most.

  5. If you can do it tonight, I will pay you tomorrow!

    Translation You have no life, right?

*Hit head on desk and repeat*

I really love wrapping gifts!! Even through the Eco friendly girl inside of me resists. For Christmas, I reused brown paper bags and decorated them myself. Esty.com had some really great tutorials on do it yourself wrapping. I even wrapped one gift in fabric!!!

In this case, I already had some wedding gift wrap from years ago and the fabric ribbon is totally reuseable. ;-)

I wanted to run through how I wrapped this present. It’s pretty easy and I think anyone can do it! My original idea was to heat the paper, roll it, pin it and then once it set I would unpin it and have nice ribbon like curls. (I’ve clearly been watching too many hair curling tutorials) 

But I didn’t have time to play around with setting times and I liked the way it looked rolled up. Which goes to show that ideas are just guidelines to the end product. 

Let’s get on with it…
Measure the paper out like you normally would leaving excess on the top, side or where ever you’re putting the rolls. 
Continue wrapping the present like normal leaving the excess part for last.
Take the excess and gather it all together close to the present.
Use some tape, twist tie or whatever you choice to hold it in place for now.
Now start cutting stripes in varying widths from the top down towards the present. It doesn’t have to be prefect at all!
Now let’s get rolling! You might want to roll each piece down and pin it in place (with paper clips, bobby pins or whatever you got laying around) until you have the look you like. I rolled some all the way in and some I didn’t so they would have varying heights.
When you’re ready replace the pins with tape, glue or any other sticking method. I used tape, because I already had it out, using very small stripes on one side or both.
And that’s about it! Add any final touches you want… a bow, some ribbon, or go crazy and even break out the glitter!


Always remember that these are merely guidelines. If you think something else would work better then go ahead and try it!!! Just KISS… Keep It Simple, Stupid!

I really love wrapping gifts!! Even through the Eco friendly girl inside of me resists. For Christmas, I reused brown paper bags and decorated them myself. Esty.com had some really great tutorials on do it yourself wrapping. I even wrapped one gift in fabric!!! In this case, I already had some wedding gift wrap from years ago and the fabric ribbon is totally reuseable. ;-) I wanted to run through how I wrapped this present. It’s pretty easy and I think anyone can do it! My original idea was to heat the paper, roll it, pin it and then once it set I would unpin it and have nice ribbon like curls. (I’ve clearly been watching too many hair curling tutorials) But I didn’t have time to play around with setting times and I liked the way it looked rolled up. Which goes to show that ideas are just guidelines to the end product. Let’s get on with it…

  1. Measure the paper out like you normally would leaving excess on the top, side or where ever you’re putting the rolls.
  2. Continue wrapping the present like normal leaving the excess part for last.
  3. Take the excess and gather it all together close to the present.
  4. Use some tape, twist tie or whatever you choice to hold it in place for now.
  5. Now start cutting stripes in varying widths from the top down towards the present. It doesn’t have to be prefect at all!
  6. Now let’s get rolling! You might want to roll each piece down and pin it in place (with paper clips, bobby pins or whatever you got laying around) until you have the look you like. I rolled some all the way in and some I didn’t so they would have varying heights.
  7. When you’re ready replace the pins with tape, glue or any other sticking method. I used tape, because I already had it out, using very small stripes on one side or both.
  8. And that’s about it! Add any final touches you want… a bow, some ribbon, or go crazy and even break out the glitter!
Always remember that these are merely guidelines. If you think something else would work better then go ahead and try it!!! Just KISS… Keep It Simple, Stupid!

Another reason why I think that creative projects shouldn’t be billed by the hour.

True Grit: Can Perseverance be Taught? A recent TEDx talk I watched. Great insight on how people succeed.

Touching an object without thinking means that your fingers are interacting with something.

Naoto Fukasawa