Remember this piece I made for our Heard Museum exhibit? It took me 4-5 hours and about 1,000+ beads. The end result is beyond stunning. The picture does not do it justice. We hung it in the museum and it gets so many raves, oohhs, and ahhhs from everyone. I KNEW I was onto something. I made a plan to launch a new branch: “Crafty Chica Chandeliers”. I planned to make a gazillion of them for Spanish Market in all kinds of pop themes, because I had so many requests from exhibit patrons. Plus, I knew it was winner, because the IKEA marketing department invited me to demo it at the 4-year anniversary party of the Tempe store. I envisioned becoming a millionaire, a high-end artist with different variations from this one single RIMFROST lampshade. Donny Deutsch, here I come! All I needed to turn my fantasy into fruition was to scoot on back to IKEA and buy their entire stock of RIMFROST shades.
Well, mis amigas, I finally made it to IKEA this weekend, all excited, cracking my knuckles in anticipation. Proud to take on this new and exciting venture. With dollar signs dancing in my eyeballs and the ca-ching sound playing in my brain, I practically skip-sprinted to the lighting section.
But…my beloved RIMFROSTS weren’t there.
WTH??? Maybe they were sold out?Before I went into panic overdrive, I saw a clerk walk by and asked her for the deal.
“Oh, those have been discontinued,” she replied.
*Falls to knees and pounds the ground*
Wahhh?? Noooo….!!! Even after she told me there were NO MORE, I still searched high and low around the lighting department looking for at least one RIMFROST shade. In my crazy mind, I believed I could manifest them. I left emptyhanded. Well, except for a bag of Swedish meatballs.
I talked to the marketing department today, and next week I’m returning to choose a new chandelier/shade for my demo. I always try see the bright side (no pun intended) of these kind of situations, and have faith I’ll find another model that I can work with. Maybe not for a new career, but just for the demo. I am crushed. I could have been a millionaire chandelier artist (JK, I’m dramatic, I know!).
Thank goodness I still have my glitter!!! I L-O-V-E my glitter!!
Have you ever had a what you thought was a million-dollar idea and it made your brain all crazy? What happened with it?