Pin It

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Rubbed the Wrong Way!

This just cracks me up. I bought these salt and pepper shakers a few weeks back with the intent to use the rub-ons using one of the flower type pieces and then rubbing an "S" on one and a "P" on the other. Well, let me tell you how humorous this is. I wiped the glass off with rubbing alcohol and instead of waiting for it to dry or even getting up to get a paper towel I used the side and palm of my hand to wipe it off. Nothing really wrong with that. Except I had just put on some really greasy hand lotion. SO I take more rubbing alcohol and wipe the glass off again. I actually got up and got a paper towel this time. It really wasn't that hard to do either!!! LOL

Then I rubbed on the white flowery circle. I didn't get it on exactly centered but it was ok, it wasn't that bad. Then I cut out a black "P" and rubbed it on top of the flowery circle. The typical black for pepper and white for salt. It didn't like the way it turned out. You could hardly see the "P". SO I took my kraft knife and scrapped off the rub on and removed the rest of it with more rubbing alcohol. Drying it off with the paper towel that was still sitting on my worktable (not a surprise since I rarely clean it off when I'm working - I allow myself a placemat size area to work!!!) Then I cut out a cute flower and started to rub it on and I wasn't holding it firm enough and it slipped and ripped and I couldn't match it up. So once again out came the rubbing alcohol!!! See where I'm going with this??? LOL Well at this point I decided to go with the original flowery circle so I cut out another one of those and rubbed it on. I decided I was not going to put the "S" and "P" on because it has just (yes just at that very moment, not the day I bought the shakers but about 20 minutes ago) dawned on me that the glass is clear and if you put salt in one of them you will be able to see it's salt in the container and if you put pepper in the other one you can clearly (literally) see it's pepper!!! Doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that one!!! So I left them with the simple yet elegant flowery circles. So much for trying to be too creative. Sometimes it's best to keep things simple!!!

So here's your tip. Make sure you clean the surface from any finger oils which also include greasy hand lotion. Rubbing alcohol works best to do this and it's cheap. And if you can't wait for it to evaporate (it takes a whole 30 seconds) you can wipe it off with a paper towel!!! Not your hands, even without greasy lotion on there are skin oils that could cause the rub on not to stay put.

I have these sitting in front of me and I still chuckle at the thought of labeling the obvious!!! LOL

This is a very simple project and you can make it as simple or as complex as you wish. I think I would save the complex for something larger.

Thank you SO much for stopping by,


Anonymous said...

ROFL!!! I think we all have moments like this where we just simply try TOO hard! Thanks for the tip! Your posts are so enjoyable:)

Anonymous said...

I love it. Thanks for sharing your 'blunders' along the way. make me feel a little better about my attempts. I love your creativity, those shakers are beautiful!

Jeannie said...

It's 4 a.m. here -- usually not too much happening except for the random person calling -- I had to LOL at your observation about the obvious regarding the labeling. My fellow nurses thought it was quite humorous too -- I guess we can find anything funny at this time of night though! TFS! Jeanne

Unknown said...

Very nice, thanks for the great laugh!

Lorri said...

You are WAY to funny and the best part - you can have fun with yourself! I am sure we all have these moments but don't share them as readily as you just did. Thanks!

Diane said...

That is too funny!!Something i would do!!! Great idea though to put rub ons on shakers!
Do you have any rubbing alcohol left after all that,lol?

Pat S. said... least you didn't get asphyxiated on all that rubbing alcohol :)

I really do like the shakers!

Shannon McGann said...

That is hilarious!! I was reading your post thinking how clever you were to put the P and S on the shakers, not realizing myself that they're clear until you mentioned it!!
Thanks for the rub-ons tips.