Married to the Empire

Monday, April 30, 2007

I'm a tad disappointed

I'm a Martha Stewart fan. While I admittedly rarely watch her show these days, I used to faithfully watch her old show in her pre-criminal days. Good stuff! Her website was a fun place to be with so much to learn. And her Martha By Mail products were top notch!

So, imagine my excitement when I learned that Michaels craft stores would be rolling out a new line of Martha Stewart paper craft products on April 29th! I went to Michaels today to check it out. I make notecards, so I'm big into stamping, pretty papers, ribbons, etc.

I was a little disappointed. There were a lot of craft kits that were really nothing more than assembly. Paper bag puppets for kids, but the kids don't even get to cut out the parts. Just pull the pieces out of the box and stick them on the enclosed bag. Boring! All the craft kits were like that. I don't think my little nieces, who adore craft projects, would enjoy that very much.

The scrapbooking papers were a little boring, and the selection was somewhat sparse. I just wasn't impressed. The wrapping papers were WAY overpriced at $5 for a roll that was only 2'x3'. The adhesives were really expensive. Three dollars for glue! Five dollars for sticky tape! Admittedly, I succumbed to the $3 glue because she sells an all-purpose gel adhesive with a fine tip. I've been unable to find a fine-tipped applicator anywhere, and I've desperately needed one on some of my projects.

There were some very nice labels that were decently priced at $2 a set. However, none were the type I need. They were all "from the garden of" or "from the kitchen of." I could use something that says, "From the library of..."

There were some lovely shades of ink for rubber stamping. I was eyeing a beautiful teal ink that I'll definitely buy when it's either on sale or I have a coupon. At $6/ink pad, I thought it was overpriced. The rubber stamps were decently priced. I bought a set of 2 fairly large bird stamps for $9.99. But the mounting blocks aren't even wood. They're some sort of pressboard, so I'll have to be very careful with my stamp cleaner. Wouldn't want to warp the mounting block by getting it wet with cleaner!

While there were a few worthwhile products, in general, I was disappointed.


Jennelle said...

It looks like you did good with controlling yourself today. Good girl! :-)



Ewokgirl said...

Ha ha! Not too hard to do when the selection isn't what I'm interested in! ;-)

Vanessa said...

were there any good scrapbook type books in the Martha line?

Ewokgirl said...

Vanessa, I don't remember! I recall seeing some very small books that looked fairly nice, and some HUGE books that looked about 2' tall. Other than that, I remember nothing about scrapbooks. Sorry. I was only looking in terms of my own craft.