The Story of the Nightgown and the Paintbrush

The nightgown sighed heavily on the sales rack. Will she ever make up her mind? Calculating, calculating – I am a nightgown for heavens sake! How difficult can it be? I look like the other two she bought more than three years ago. I am white. I am cotton. I have no itchy lace. I am the right size. I am ON SALE. I am perfect! Still she feels and rubs me raw between her painterly fingers and hesitates. Ah finally. She is lifting me up and taking me carefully to the counter – still frowning mind you. But the decision has been made. There, $40.32, that wasn’t so painful, was it? If only I could get her to smile now instead of muttering that she really doesn’t need me.

The large bristle paintbrush laughed and shouted to all the other brushes on the art store shelf. Stand back boys. She is coming for me! I can see that glint in her eyes. I will put money on it. She will have me in her hand before the store door closes itself behind her. Yep! Here she comes. The paintbrush puffs himself extra bristly and tall.

The little brushes rolled their eyes and want to slap him silly. They have seen this before. An artist walks in and doesn’t even check the price tag on this boastful beast. They just pick up the big bushy brute and head for the counter.

They can hear the clerk heard saying “that will be $41.45 please.” The artist laughs lightly, hands over the cash. No, no a bag won’t be necessary. She puts the new brush in with her nightgown and is already thinking about the first painting she is going to paint with this sashaying dandy.

SPROUT: What buying habits are influenced by your creativity?

P.S. If you haven’t already, do dropped by and mused over or shared the link for the Spring Studio Sale  as this artist has her eye on another dandy brush or two 😉

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12 thoughts on “The Story of the Nightgown and the Paintbrush

  1. Oh, that poor nightgown. I hope you have grown to appreciate her.
    Thank you for sharing your story, Terrill. I really enjoyed it.
    Yarn and books grow awfully chummy in my shopping bag.
    This Christmas, my husband gave me a gift certificate for Dragonfly Gallery and Miners Bay Bookstore. He knows me well. : )

    • I have Leanne. I haven’t even allowed the dandy brute to add a swipe of paint to her yet 🙂 Yarn and books – yes this makes perfect sense to me when I think of you. I still remember fondly the day we went to the city to buy wool for the sweater you knit for me. Love that red sweater!

  2. love, Love, LOVE the fun story!

    SPROUT: What buying habits are influenced by your creativity?

    Pencils, click-and-retract pens, and lined writing journals of all sizes, shapes, and colors!

  3. Very creative. Enjoyed the read.
    Good paint brushes are not cheap.

    I think the buying habit that is influenced by my creativity is research.

    Before I buy anything but basics I like to do research and comparison shop.

    In a similar way I do a certain amount of research before doing a watercolour.

    • I wish I was more like you Sherwin. I do one of the cursory type researches but nothing particularly strategic. This is true in all aspects of my life. I sometimes remember people like you in my network who I will ask if I happen to think about it but mostly I wander through life following my intuition using whatever knowledge has managed to stick to me.

  4. This is such a FUN post, Terrill, I love it! The poor nightgown…the happy paintbrushes! The artist would prefer to paint than sleep. Really enjoyed the creativity in this story.

  5. When a book sounds just right, I indulge right away. I no longer go to book stores, rather I study spots on the internet and lots of folks make suggestions. Then the very next step is the Library to see if I can download onto my computer or Kindle the book for free for 21 days. If not, it goes on my list and I prioritize once a month with book group selections coming first.

    I can not make myself purchase clothing, what I have is good enough and fine – I never go shopping for entertainment only for what is on my list. I hate trying to find slacks or jeans that fit – the nightmare experience.

    I think the nightgown looks lovely and am wondering about all the magic we will see from that brush!

  6. Absolutely LOVE the story of the nightgown and the paintbrush Terrill!

    Well for me it’s an insatiable hankering to obtain DVDs, CDs and books. What else? Not an easy proposition to resist to say the least. Ha!

    • I laughed with a knowing what you say to be so true for you Sam. I sometimes image your personal space being floor to ceiling and several layers deep of DVDs, CDs and books – and there you are in the middle grinning.

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