Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Don't buy into the crap

'Tis the season for crap, crap and more crap. Blankets sold as robes, 1001 decorations to glop all over your house and nic nacs you know you don't need but for some reason you get sucked into.

Stop.

Don't do it. And don't buy into the spending tons of money on the holidays. Let go of the stress and the unreal expectations and enjoy some classic time together, make a new tradition of volunteering, or revel in the experience of trying something new. Like making a pie.

Pie is simple, right? Right. And you certainly don't need this:
Just say no to pre-fab pie crust tops
This is Portland Pie Commissioner Gretchen, and she and I both agree, this is crap you don't need nor should you when making your pie.

Don't buy into the crap people!

16 comments:

viggiesveggies said...

Timely post :) I'm lucky my family gave up christmas presents years ago. Dinner together and Church is plenty celebration.

Jennifer Cloer said...

Lelo! I got sucked in! Never seen these before and bought one a few weeks ago thinking it would work. Am I a lazy loser? Or, are they a rip off/don't work?

jc

LeLo said...

Oh Jennifer. I understand getting sucked in: who doesn't love pie? And who doesn't love beautiful pie? Look at those photos! I don't blame you. M. Stewart is a powerful brand pull.

With that said....You can really only use this in the fall, with the leaf cutouts. You have to store this thing all year long, and in the end, cutouts made by hand are pretty simple and when you do them yourself, they're easy and original. I look at this thing and just see a big FAIL in pulling it off well. You're going to have better luck cutting them out by hand or with cookie cutters. This just screamed a big marketing bandwagon on pie, and that seems a shame for something as simple as pie.

NW Nature Nut said...

Amen. Or if you must...maybe make some handmade stuff for people. I hate walking into dept stores and seeing tables piled with those perfume and make-up kits. Those really get me!

Eleanor said...

I agree. I'm getting pretty sick and tired of all of the excessive marketing.
BTW, how DO you make a pumpin pie? Got a good recipe? I've never made one, but my DD would love to try it this year.

Best Wishes, Marie said...

thank you. and much of the crap starts next week with thanksgiving the family get-together.

where there is more food than 3x as many people could eat.

i am going to set a goal to be very cognitive and not get manipulated into doing a bunch of stuff that i do not want to do (or buy).

Allison said...

We use cookie cutters to make our pies pretty. The kids always love to choose which one. :)

chook said...

i love the picture.

cat said...

i agree 100%. homemade gifts and spending time together is the best way to spend the holidays!

xoxox

purpletwinkie said...

Does it come in green?

LSL said...

Love the wagging finger :)

Wacky Mommy said...

but i rilly rilly wanted the cupcake tree... right up until i realized what a bitch it would be to scrub the frosting off. frosting turns into cement after awhile.

Lisa said...

Gotta agree with you on that one! Where do people put all of that kind of junk anyway?

Anonymous said...

What a great reminder to focus on the important things, not the trappings. Thanks Lelo!

(I too have given up holiday gift giving except for the nieces and nephews. It's so liberating!)

Best Wishes, Marie said...

i love the fact that this picture is taken in ... a right aid .... or something similar. a drug store, with literally a hundred times more floor space dedicated to candy, knick knacks, greeting cards, hair dryers, wrapping paper, toasters, lipstick....... (as you an see, i am somewhat of an expert on the inventory).

Tina-cious.com said...

OMG I totally almost bought that at Walmart.

leaving now... LOLOL