|other than the rip in the paper, this turned out pretty good|
I remember as a kid being fascinated by some of the stuff my sister had. She is very much into arts and crafts and had lots of stuff like that. She had a glass making kit and a candle making kit. She had a wood burning set and even a jewellery making kit. The best part was that she was actually able to use most of it and she produced some pretty good pieces.
One day she showed me her Spiro-graph kit. That was pretty cool. She was older and had greater dexterity, so she was able to actually make the stuff they displayed on the box. I probably didn’t hurt that she also had a lot of patience and was a bit of a perfectionist.
I was never able to create the kinds of things that she did. I certainly didn’t have the patience or the manual dexterity. That, however, did not stop me from trying. In the end, if I messed up bad enough, she probably took pity on me and made a good version herself.
For reasons unknown to me, the thought of her Spiro-graph kit came back to me a couple of weeks ago. Even more peculiar, the idea took hold in my brain and I had a hard time shaking it (kind of like a song you hear on the radio and can’t get out of your head). I went so far as to look up Spiro-graph kits on Amazon and see how much they cost. I even had one on my wish list for a couple of days.
Rather than go that route, though it is often my go to route, I decided to poke around an art store. The clerk, who took pity on me, or was just really helpful, told me that they didn’t sell it, but that she had seen the same kind of thing at the dollar store.
|two dollars is a good price for a box of fun.|
Short contemplation reasoned that maybe this was the better way to go. I doubt the thing could hold my interest for very long–it’s not as if years and maturity have really solved the patience and dexterity gap–who’s kidding who? Maybe one or two dollars was better than twenty.
Surprise, surprise, they did indeed have a Spiro-graph knockoff at the dollar store. So, to get that monkey off my back, I plunked down two dollars, plus tax, and brought home my very own not actually Spiro-graph, Spiro-graph.
It was kind of fun, and the designs are cool, but it was harder than it looked to make a perfect design. the gears keep slipping out of cogs….or the cogs slip out of the gears, or….you know what I mean.
One week later, I think I have put it behind me. It is no longer an obsessive need, but a curiosity in the jack of all hobbies scrapbook. I am left wondering though, is there an app that can do this for you already?