But over the years there were three tests I notably did not do well on, and by "did not do well" I mean they ate my lunch.
The first was an eye test when I was in third grade. OK, I know an eye test is not the same thing as a math test, but tell that to an overachieving 9-year-old. They came to my class, made me peer into a dark box with a light on the far side, and asked me how many trees I saw. Trees? What trees? There are trees? Soon after I got my first pair of glasses.
Then there was the driver's test that I flunked. That is a story for another day, but let me just say that there is nothing more embarrassing than coming back to school after flunking the driver's test. If hell is reliving your most embarrassing moment, that may be it. Hills? There are hills? No one ever taught me how to park on a hill and what the heck does it matter when there are no hills to park on anyway??
And then there was that Army test they gave us in high school. I can't remember the name of it, but I remember the lasting hit it did to my ego. I was a senior and feeling overly confident about my test taking ability, until I started reading those questions about gears (If Gear A is turning in a clockwise direction, which direction is Gear D turning?) and questions about flat boxes. You know, questions like this one? For the life of me I couldn't put those boxes together in my head. It bothered me that I could not figure those out. Bothered me so much that I'm still talking about it some 30 years...wait, I mean 15 years later, of course.
Side note: This is why I love Captain America - because he can do gears and flat boxes in his head. And he takes out the trash. And kills bugs. When he is not on the other side of the world.
Anyway, all my life I've said I do not do flat boxes....until I saw this post about Putz houses last year on my favorite blog, All Things Paper. I don't know what it was about all those little white houses that caught my eye, but I knew this Christmas I was going to conquer my fear and make a whole bunch of them.
And last week I finally did it. Look!
Aren't they the cutest things?!?
The patterns are part of the tea light village set from the 3dcuts.com website. They worked perfectly with my fancy-dancy Silhouette machine.
I love the variety of all the buildings.
And the extras included in the kit are grand, too. Check out that fence and all the trees--it's all part of the kit. Such a deal!
So I finally figured out how to get over my fear of putting flat boxes together. The keys are:
A. Buy a kit with great instructions and lots of pictures.
B. Reward yourself with
I just happened to have an empty Graze box sitting on my countertop and it soon became my glitter station. (I have a glitter station!!)
Check out all that sparkly goodness!
This is as close to snow as we'll probably see in Houston this year, so this is my white Christmas.
The whole scene is as pretty as a picture sitting on my shelf.
And look what happens when you turn on the tea lights at night (and turn your Disklavier piano radio to the Holiday station).
I mean seriously, why didn't someone tell me how fun flat boxes could be a long time ago? More importantly, why didn't someone tell me I could have my own glitter station??
Let the holidays begin!