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Hot Glue Gun

I freakin’ love my hot glue gun! I know this may sound somewhat shocking coming from a woman under 30 who isn’t wearing a sweatshirt with an iron-on kitten applique, but it’s just so useful. My personal hot glue gun is on the smaller side and uses mini glue sticks. I have had the same package of glue sticks for about 2 years! I run through rubber cement in about 9 days, but a hot glue gun is super economical.

It's like an artsy pistol.

I know not every projects calls for a hot glue gun, but I usually try to stretch the limitations of mine. From fabric to ceramic, my hot glue gun handles it all. Even the negative aspects of it can be turned into a positive. I glued together a lawn ornament that my daughter dropped. In the 90-degree weather the glue melted and fell apart. But now, if I want to do something that may be only a temporary hold (like gluing rhinestones to a wooden closet door) I know I can hot glue it and hit it with a blow dryer for 5 minutes to melt it off later.

It’s a pretty self-explanatory tool, so I won’t bore you with a makeshift how-to manual. I just want you to know that if you don’t have one, you should get one. And if you do have one, you should use it more– no ugly holiday sweaters or orthopedic footwear required.


About Kristen Van Loon

My name is Kristen Van Loon and this is the chronicle of my search for *Oomf!* Not only have I deemed myself qualified to revamp, repair, refurnish and refine my house, but I also jump into any DIY project that my friends, co-workers, family and practical strangers stumble upon. I would love to tell you that this is my full-time job and my complete life mission, but I make my bread and butter elsewhere and raise a daughter (Olivia). I have some experience but no time, no formal training and no money. My only saving grace is that I love figuring things out, I’m great at improvising and I’m always inspired. For the record, some things that I do (play with electricity, for one) may seem risky, and some of them are. I will always tell you what I’ve done, but I won’t ever suggest things for you that aren’t safe. Even though I push the envelope, I am only marginally incompetent. If sources (father, my brain, Google) tell me not to do something then I usually won’t. But if I do try and it blows up in my face (figuratively or literally) you will hear all about it, and you hopefully won’t attempt it. At the end of the day, I hope to inspire you. Space-Lift isn’t just a blog, it’s a verb. It’s an action that brightens your surroundings by assaulting everything that needs improvement. Nothing is off limits, and all possibilities will be considered.

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