I Predict a Problem.

You’re killing me, crafters. 

Clockwise from top left:

Country Living Valentine’s Day Crafts
Oh! Crafts Paper Punch Heart Garland
Design*Sponge July 4th Wrap Up
HandMakeMyDay Change of Address Cards
Modern Parents Messy Kids Easter Garland
Things Organized Neatly

Using paint chips to make crafts and decorations may seem like a genius move–they’re free, right? Well, they aren’t free to somebody: the paint company or the paint store. I understand grabbing a ton, actually USING them to pick out a paint color, then perhaps doing some kind of small-scale craft with the leftovers. But when I see stuff like this on the craft blog circuit, I picture people getting inspired, going over to Sherwin Williams or Home Depot, and plain clearing them out. I say this because I’ve seen pictures of stacks like an inch or more thick. As far as picking out a room color, I’m sorry, but that’s overkill, and  a really rude move in my book. I dread the day when we get charged for paint chips, or have a limit placed on the amount we can grab,  just because a bunch of crafters are abusing this “free” resource.

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Staci blogs about travel at TheVoyageer.com and about interiors, life, and thoughts at MyFriendStaci.com.

5 thoughts on “I Predict a Problem.”

  1. It is like the extreme couponers – now ruining it for the rest of us normal people who just want to save like $10 here and there.

  2. i could get you a big fat stack of swatches for free. and i know nobody would miss them. they’re in the back of a cupboard, ducked away in a box.
    just sayin.
    i like to stick it to the man.

  3. Here in Belgium you can’t just go in and get swatches. My boyfriend and I had to put a 50 euro deposit down to get a booklet of swatches. When we take it back we’ll get our 50 euros back, but it was a big surprise.

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