29/10/2010 by Sarah Ritchie
Recently we had a major clean-out at work. It was then that I discovered an Aladdin’s Cave of delight in the form of an unusual product catalogue.
The catalogue was from a Chinese manufacturer of glitter. The shiniest, brightest, tiniest bits of light-reflecting plastic…not just a few colours, but 340 different colours and types…and, not just a sprinkling of colour, but a tiny plastic bag of each! Who knew they made so many varieties?!
I immediately experienced a flashback to my childhood crafting days, knowing that – had I made the discovery then – I would have locked the catalogue away as a closely-guarded treasure…never to be used, only gazed upon in awe.
Glitter is the smallest member of the “Shiny” family, behind confetti and sequins (we all love a stunning ballroom dancing gown, now don’t we?!). In fact, I remember a primary school friend who was a competitive iceskater. Her mother would spend countless hours hand-sewing all the sequins and rhinestones onto her daughter’s myriad of costumes. What an effective way to catch the judges’ eyes!
As glitter is not at all eco-friendly, I won’t encourage you to buy some. But I do promote putting a bit of sparkle in your life…some bling a day to keep the dreariness away.