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MRS. MURFREESBORO: HSN provides much temptation despite being in middle of purging process

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While scrolling through cable shows and the UT women’s basketball game this week I chanced upon the Home Shopping Network (HSN).

Because I am so impulsive, I make it a point not to watch HSN. And because I'm in the process of trying to purge half the objects in my house, I surely don't need to buy anything, especially in the craft area.

But Anna Griffin, a doyenne of crafting and all things paper, just happened to be selling her wares and I was hooked on watching her. ... I mean, as in hook, line and sinker.

My sisters and I have always been obsessed with all things paper, and I was fortunate to be married to someone who made his living as a printer at one time. And I must say ‑‑ unlike the cobbler who never made shoes for his family -- whenever I asked my husband Tommy for paper leftover from his business it was in my hands the same night.

One of my hopes this year is to make a scrapbook of a trip Tommy and I took in the fall.

I rarely print photos anymore (who does?), but want to record the beautiful memories we made and uploaded the more meaningful photos of our trip on Walgreen’s website and had them printed out.

They’ve been in their original sleeve for the past three months, but it’s right at the top of the list of things to do (well, that and make Easter dresses).

I read that March has been designated National Craft Month, and I’ve managed to get through it without crafting one thing. And there is that darling Anna Griffin (who just happens to be one of my favorites) marketing “Spring in a Box” among other wares.

And was I ever tempted to buy that $22.95 embossing folder (there were only 1,000 remaining!), the Cuddlebug (a tool that cut various shapes perfectly ($79.95-$159.95), and even a tote to carry said Cuddlebug ($49.55 or two payments of $24.98)?

When I told myself how ridiculous it was to even be watching this there was that cute Anna, again, showing off the beautiful cards and creations for which she’s so famous, making them even more tempting.

And was I ever surprised to learn that you can hit the OK/Select button to make a purchase.
Talk about interactive TV!

CBS Sunday Morning had a segment showing how shopping centers may one day be a thing of the past because so many people are buying online.

And although I have never bought the first thing from HSN, apparently thousands have because “there were only 1,000 left”  and they were selling fast.”

If I had not been in the process of getting rid of so much stuff in my house, I might have been tempted to make one of those phone calls. Fortunately I came to the realization that I had just spent the past three days getting rid of extraneous things in my sewing room and why in the heck would I do with one thing more?

Practicality met reality and I "JUST SAID NO."

I think by next week when I am still in the middle of further purging (our neighborhood is having a garage sale April 12) I will feel a whole lot better for not sending off for  an envelope full of more stuff than I would use.

And I surely don’t want to get on the network’s email or frequent shopper list.

That’s what I’m telling myself right now. Stay strong!

’Til next week.

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