Sunday, August 15, 2010

Chime time!

Guys, yours truly is an idiot. And I mean the headless chicken- under- stress kind.
I lost my company £300 yesterday, because I processed a card payment that had been declined.
Imagine the situation: the shop is packed with customers, pretty much all of whom demand my immediate attention for this, that or the other. I am on my own, trying to take bets, pay out, manage the gaming machines and promote a tournament all at the same time. A lad gives me his card to process £300, loaded directly onto a gaming machine. I do it, give him his receipt, all is good.
10 minutes later, he comes up with a ticket for £900, lucky bugger. I put £800 back onto his card and £100 cash into his pocket.
Only later did it dawn on me that his debit card had been declined and he had played money that wasn't there.
After my shift, I left without even telling my manager, knowing that her superior would be in the shop later and I might as well confess directly to the big gun.
Which I did.
It wasn't nice, but bless her, she didn't rip my head straight off, either.

After a pretty restless night, I woke up to a text message from my dearest colleague Barbara, a wonderful lady of 60 who has been with the company for 30 years- imagine that! Anyway, I thought she'd let me know there would be a disciplinary next week or worse, so I didn't quite feel too good opening it.

Shouldn't have worried. It read "I got your 300 quid back!"

This angel in disguise persuaded the customer (who was daft enough to come back to the shop to ask how long the refund onto his card would take!) to pay back the dough!! She tricked him into believing the refund would only go through if he made the payment, bless her cotton socks.

I always loved Barbara to bits, but right now, I would think nothing of having her name tattooed across a big, fat red love heart on my forearm. So to express my gratitude, I made her a wind chime.

I felt so light- hearted after receiving the good news this morning that I spent our last bucks on a Dremel- like rotary tool. Hey, the Man has irish ancestors, so he will be fine with eating potatoes for a while! :D And to make the little gift for Barbara, I put it to good use straight away.

I used some more of that fancy potpourri I built into the bat- and- owl- frames, a bracelet for £1 (!) from the charity shop and copper tone headpins. Have a look.

I drilled holes through the disc- thingy, the bamboo and the shell- type thingies

Then I took bits and pieces from the bracelet and drilled holes in the appropriate places:

Assembly with long headpins

Build a hedgehog. com- the next step was to give each headpin a loop

The three middle pins got twisted around each other to form a loop for hanging the whole thing from

After all pieces were assembled, I put a dab of hot glue onto every headpin's... err, head to stop it from moving about and put a bead into the dab.

The whole wind chime:

I loved making it, especially since I had Barbara and her rescue mission on my mind. It was easy and I made everything up as I went along, so this is not a tutorial, but rather a show- and- tell. Hope you like it!

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  1. That's wonderful - I bet she'll love it!

  2. thats really pretty and you found another use for more of that potpourri.

  3. What a great story! I loved how it all came good in the end and of course your wind-chime is fabulous!

    Judy x

  4. Hooray for Barbara! What a wild roller coaster of a day. This project is so cool and bamboo wind chimes are my favorite kind - I bet it sounds amazing.

    That rotten punk! He probably knew he didn't have the money. Thank god he won. Thank god he came back!

  5. Gorgeous windchime, and I want your new tool!

    Glad it worked out well in the end, and hope the Man isn't too fed up with spuds, lol!

  6. What a great windchime! Thanks for showing us how to make it and for joining us at Anything Related!
    p.s. glad it all worked out ;)

  7. Now aren't you just so clever!!! That is adorable...she will love it! P. S. Love the way you write!! Great blog.

  8. Saw the wonderful comment you left on my blog and just had to peep on over to see what you are up to --WOW! What cool stuff!!! I wish photos could come with sound effects so we could hear this fabulous wind chime. Guess I'll just have to make my own and listen first hand :)

    And this Barbara sounds like a lovely friend...I have a few like her too. Aren't we the lucky ones?

  9. Great tutorial. Love it, thanks....