I have noticed that nobody seems to make the stuff that exists in my head.
When I have a project in mind, my first inclination is to make every last bit of it from the most raw ingredients and supplies I can find.
Unfortunately, I have a life.
I have a busy life.
I have to cut corners and eventually concede that I will have to buy some of the parts that I need from a store.
This is always the sticky part for me. Stores don't have what my mind wants them to have. For instance, today I discovered that nobody makes red, glittered chipboard numbers. They just don't. Oh, there are aqua ones and black ones, but you have to buy a whole expensive package with letters in it too. I'd probably have to buy five packages to get all the numbers I'd need.
Also, nobody makes tiny envelopes with button and string closures. Do you know how much Googling it took to even find out that that's what they're called? It seemed to me that I should be able to just walk into Staples and buy those.
But by this point in the process, I am already so far gone into the project that I'm unwilling to compromise my vision and must, alas, return to square one and make everything myself.
I'm sure that I'm not alone in this clarity-of-vision-induced, caught-in-the-abyss-of-retail-land, not-enough-time-to-do-it-all crafting.