West Marine said it would take two weeks to get 72 grommets to me, and the Bumfuzzles and I agreed that this was just too long to wait.
In the end, two weeks was nothing compared to what we ended up going through!
The online company we dealt with assured us they had plenty of grommets in stock and would send them immediately.
A week later I received 6 grommets. Total. I needed 72.
Oops! Online company apologized for their mistake and said replacements were on their way. Right now.
A week later I called them and they promised to get back to me.
I called again and the service rep said the warehouse wasn't getting back to her with an answer.
Well guess what! I've literally worked with this 'warehouse mentality' in the past and they can kiss my a**! In a very polite tone (after all, it's not this chick's fault that the warehouse people are idiots!), I told her that this was unacceptable, and that the grommets had better be shipped to me, OVERNIGHT, at no additional charge. I also made some other vague threats about the rotten exposure they would get via the Internet if they didn't oblige.
The grommets arrived the next day!
A butt load of grommets!
Here is the long side of the crib with the privacy/warmth flap in the down position.
And let me mention right now that the 'cutting tool' that comes with these grommets is a joke! I doubt it could cut a hole in a piece of wet toilet paper. Luckily I had an 'awl like' tool that I got a long time ago for the purses that I make, and it did indeed punch through the canvas, but each and every hole had to be enlarged, by hand, with slightly dull scissors!!
My hands still hurt!
This is where one long side abuts the foot of the crib.
Here the flap is rolled up and held in place by straps that button at the top.
The middle is a mesh insert for ventilation
(once again, the X is my ironing board support, so just ignore it!).
I desperately hope this crib works for them and if it does, I'll let you know! If it doesn't, I may disappear from the blogosphere!
While I was waiting for the grommet shipment, I stumbled upon this pirate fabric and it called out to me.
So I made Ouest (the Bumfuzzle Baby) a little dress. Since I'm pretty sure her parents' don't read my blog I feel safe in posting this picture.
Oh how I miss sewing for my girls!! They are now 22 and 23 and somehow I don't think this would appeal to them at this time in their life.
I just don't understand why!