I almost shoplifted today. Ack!

I had to make a quick trip to Michaels this morning and as usual, I was detoured by all the crazy sales going on. I scooped up six canvases and realized I needed new liner brushes. I spent 20 minutes carefully choosing them and was about to put them in my cart when I remembered what happened last time: They are so skinny, I forgot about them and left the store brushless.

“I’ll just slip them behind my ear for safekeeping,” I thought.

About 20 minutes later, I’m in the check out line and one of the clerks comes over to say hi. “Oh, I like your…your…” she motions to her hair. Awkward moment of silence follows…

“Oh my gosh, I must have grey hair showing and she thinks it is highlights!” I conclude.

I pay for my goods and we chat about all kinds of crafty topics. I wave goodbye, go to my car, load in the bags, sit in the driver’s seat, put the keys in the ignition, look in the rear view mirror and notice my hair is frizzy. I comb my fingers through to tame it and my fingers get caught on something.

The liner brushes behind my ear!

I panicked! That’s what the girl was motioning to! How embarrassing! In half a second, I snatch my wallet from my purse, jump out of my car, lock the door (my beloved iPhone was inside!) and run inside to pay for the brushes. The girls behind the counter laughed when I told them, and rang me up. I paid and jokingly slipped them behind my ear again and left.

All was well! So I thought.

I walk out of the store, chuckling to myself. Silly me, I think. Ah, ha-ha…I get to my car, reach in my pocket for my keys and they are not there. They are in the ignition. The door is locked. Along with my phone. Right before hyperventilation sets in, I see that one of the back doors is unlocked. Thank God! I get in and drive home.

I tell Patrick the story and when I finish he says, “Where are they?”

“What?” I ask.

“The brushes…?”

I feel behind my ear. The brushes are gone. They must have fallen out during all the drama!

How’s that for a Tuesday morning?

Love & light,


5 Responses

  1. Kathy, I love it! I can see your story play out vividly in my mind. Then it hit me, you should be a comic strip…that “other Cathy” has nothing on you, chica!

    All the best,
    ~Anna

  2. Great story, It remins me of a time I was in my local art store and picked up a bottle of turps to wash my brushes, I spent another half hour looking round for something else, could not find it and got mad that I had wasted my time so left the shop about 4 steps out the door I had a panic attack when I saw the turps still in my hand I rushed back in and just left the bottle and walked out again. No one even saw 🙂

  3. that was a funny story. you need cameras to follow you for a reality show. i would watch! i came to your blog for the first time because i saw the crafty chica display at michaels and bought some really neat things. did you make those patterns yourself? they are so unique! i bought one of each!

  4. Lol! I was in Michaels this week to get fimo to make “Rain drop” pendants for swag bags for an upcoming show I’m vending…I’m looking around at a couple other things & start to put my hands in my pockets because they’re cold (while holding the blocks of fimo). I then realize I’m holding the fimo & quickly take my hands back out of my pockets. Paranoid that some clerk will think I’m trying to steal! Walk around some more & try to put my hands back in my pockets again completely absent-minded! Luckily, I leave the store having everything paid for!

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