Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Fob is Dead

Over the holidays, "someone" (who shall remain nameless) borrowed my fabric scissors to wrap a Christmas gift.  
Now, everyone in a quilter's family knows that quilting scissors are for one thing, and one thing only - quilting.
The answer to the question "Mom, can I borrow your scissors?"  is unequivocally NO.



From: Right Sides Together


So in the course of using my favorite quilting scissors for cutting paper (*shriek*) this unnamed child CUT through the beautiful beaded fob that was attached to my scissors.  Did I mention that this fob was a special birthday gift to me from my friend Barb, and was specially made by our friend Jackie?!?! UGH! 
And here are the remains of my beaded scissor fob.
So, my quilting friends, what would you do?!?!

35 comments:

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Trial by fire.....even the grandsons at the tender age of 3 knew do not touch grandma's tiny scissors. I am sorry that your fob was part of the disaster. Hopefully you can mend it.

The Cozy Quilter said...

People at my house know that they would be "dead meat" if they use my sewing scissors! Has the "someone" shown any remorse? Buy them their own scissors, give them a hug, warn them once again not to use your scissors and move on. Put your energy into sewing! I hope you can fix the fob.

Quiltdivajulie said...

Perhaps that someone should be tasked with the repair of your fob - with or without the assistance of your friends .... Or at the very least, finding you a suitable replacement ....

beaquilter said...

Aww so sad. hubby was sitting on my chair in my craft room and my daughter wanted crackers and my fabric scissors were near by, he asked if he could open the bag with them and smiled- he knew the answer, instead of grabbing another pair he used a seam ripper... clver

The Calico Cat said...

Ask Jackie if she could fix it?

MAST? (What do the letters spell?)

Deanna W said...

Hopefully the unnamed child is well aware of their mistake!!and will never ever do that again! Yes I am sure Jackie will fix it. Hope your scissors are none the worse for wear!!!

Nancy Coburn said...

Wow....I would be upset to be sure, though I'm not sure exactly how I would handle it. I do hope you are able to repair the Fob...so sad.

SandraC said...

For the sake of your blood pressure, in the immortal words of Miss Swift, "shake it off". Hopefully someone has seen the error of their ways and won't do this again, though!

Cher said...

I know you will find a solution to this breakage! I checked out your ufo page and was impressed at how many of yours are tops waiting to be backed/quilted. good luck in making your monthly goals!

Needled Mom said...

Oh no! I hope it can be fixed. Kids!!!!

RoseMary Baty-Willcox said...

I know the pain, I have nicks in my Fabric scissors
that my sister gave me that are from guitar strings being cut, that will never come out.
My husband got me another pair.
Shake it off - Do you mean their head, LOL
I would restring the fob and use it. And if you can't restring it for some reason, use the beads and things in a art quilt to hang on your wall, like a resting place for them. :)

Judy D in WA said...

Unnamed child must be punished......windows need washed, bathrooms needs scrubbed, floors need cleaned with their own toothbrush......the punishments are endless, severe and could last for a very long time. ;)

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Love that chart! I feel your pain - think it is why I have several containers of various type scissors all over the house - and I'm the only one here now.

Jackie J said...

Well, what a disaster. We must do something about it, maybe at Retreat. I hope you have all the letters, and as for this child, you are owed a sharpening job.

Phyllis in Minnesota said...

For the next year any time "this child" needs a scissors, tell her to use to what you gave her to cut ---- her teeth!!

Rebecca said...

Like they used to do with horse thives...
Hang them High!

Janet O. said...

Ouch!
Get it fixed and let unnamed child pay the cost. Then bury the hatchet. : )

Cathy said...

I caught my Dh using my scissors to trim his finger nails the other evening. As for your fob.... Michael's craft stores sell lots of beading supplies. The beads could be re-strung onto what is called Tiger wire. Look up beading sites, and there will be how to's and supplies needed. The other option, since I have said tools, is to bring it with you the next time you come to see me.

Julierose said...

What a disaster--I used to post stickies ON my scissors saying "Fabric Only" and" Paper"--when that didn't work--I took to hiding them...heheheh...hugs, Julierose--p.s. maybe a little safe with a combination would be worth the $$$ lol

Debbie said...

Definitely...the child who will not be named...will be reminded for the rest of their lives about this failure in good judgement. I hope he/she does not want to run for public office someday because this might be brought up in a scandalous news report someday!

karen said...

Make the kid a small quilt & put the beads on there as embellishments.

Mary said...

Buy a new one, make child work for it. You choose the task! A slave for life... thankful for No Kid Zone in my Quilt Area.

audrey said...

How very sad for you! Why does stuff like this happen?

Carol said...

Need you ask? really???

Deb A said...

Oh boy :(. Can the fob be fixed or restrung, I hope? Hopefully unnamed child has learned their lesson. Maybe they should start getting a pair of scissors for every present type holiday for a year or two! birthday, christmas, graduation...... :)

Terri said...

String him (obviously was a guy) up by his thumbs!
I had scissors all over my house - before we started packing to move. Now where are they? Who knows. Once my husband touches something it is lost. Men! No thought to putting anything back. So I'm going to the dollar store to buy a whole new batch of paper/tape scissors. Fabric scissors has a string of fabric tied to the thumb hole... and yes, the answer to the question is an emphatic "NO"!
Hugs

Pam said...

Give the guilt party a hug! I'm sure they feel badly about the entire event. If not, they should. Hopefully your friend will be able to restring the fob.

Chantal said...

I've read a few of the comments and I am sorry to admit that I don't feel that way. For me things are things. Sorry if I sound harsh. Blame it on being raised in a family with 15 kids. Things get broken, lost, stolen and then exchanged with non-relative people, etc. People stay! Things go. Things can be fixed, fingers ... not so much. So what I really want to know, is the child okay? Did he/she cut himself? No? well good, get on to something more important like fixing the fob the best way you can. I make quilts to use them up and scissors are for using too. (Again sorry if I'm harsh.) I am not saying I don't like or appreciate my things, I do and I know that on the spur of the moment it is VERY frustrating but I am sure that this child has learned the lesson. And grown-up also have to learn that if you really don't want anyone touching your things, put them away or locked them up. Everyone has grown up a little through this little adventure. Cherish the moments you have together. Only God knows what tomorrow holds. Give him a hug and forgiveness as I am sure the child would like to remember his/her Nanny happy with him/ her than remembering her being crossed at him/her.

Scrappy quilter said...

Jail time for sure, lol. Here too I always say no when they want to use my scissors.

Nell's Quilts said...

We have a pair of inexpensive paper scissors stored in the bin with wrapping paper and tape. Never a need to go looking when a gift needs to be wrapped. Paper scissors are in the desk drawer. Sewing scissors are in the sewing room. Kitchen snips for herbs are in the kitchen drawer. Unless they go for a walk somewhere. You know how those scissors are - two legs so off they go. Hopefully Jackie will be able to make a repair as long as you have all the beads. I'm sure child feels bad and is looking for a way to make it up to you.

Teresa in Music City said...

Oh no!!!! Disaster!!!! I actually gave one that had been made specially for me with my initials on it in a box to Goodwill by accident once. Along with the fixin's for several Dear Jane blocks that were almost done! I've never forgotten it or gotten over it. I think you can remake your fob - it may not be quite the same, but you can try. Could your friends possibly make you a new one? And are the scissors ruined? Dear me .... my heart goes out to you! (And to the poor child who will probably spend the rest of the year in time out LOL!!!)

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

My guys all know that there are two pairs of scissors in the kitchen drawer that they can use. They all know that they can NOT use ANY other pair of scissors in the house without asking. Same thing goes for my rotary cutters and mats. I picked hubby up his own mat at a garage sale. I even have my own tools, that they can't touch, either.

Ellen in Oregon said...

The beads could easily be restrung with some tiger wire or maybe someone with a soldering iron could weld the broken wire back together again. The important thing is that you have all the pieces. I would teporarily string them together with strong thread or floss in the order they go so you don't lose any pieces. The supplies to restring them would only be a couple of dollars at Michael's or Joanne's. If the child was over 10 years old, I would have him pay for the cost of the repair out of their allowance or pay it off by doing a little housework for you. Once the moral of the lesson is learned, it needs to be forgiven & issue dropped. Stuff happens. The scissors are likely fine or need a minor sharpening if you notice any difference cutting fabric. Costco sells a huge package of everyday scissors for less than $10. I would buy a pack & put them in handy places around the house. I bet no one in your house will use your sewing scissors again. You have to have a sense of humor about these kind of accidents. A kid is a kid & we have to set a good example of how to react to these things, as upsetting as they may be.

Kate said...

Depends on how repentant she is. I've learned to hide my sewing scissors when it's Christmas. My Guy says scissors are scissors and refuses to believe that I have problems with them after they've been used to cut paper. Drama Teen just won't think about it period. So I hide all my sewing scissors and make sure the paper cutting scissors are the only ones they can see. I keep three pair of paper scissors in the sewing room during the holidays as my cutting table doubles as gift wrapping central. So far that has worked.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Sorry to see the damage ...hope you can get it fixed.

As for saving your scissors from undesirable use...a pad lock works great through the finger-holes in the handles..without the key the scissors are useless!