The other, more prominent "crafty note" in the Shopaholic series is the whole picture frame making thing. Becky buys a picture frame making kit from a cheesy, pyramid-like company called Fine Frames hoping to make some extra money to help her get out of debt. She's supposed to wrap a bunch of cheap frames with fabric, but the whole thing is a complete disaster. Yet her roommate (er, flatmate), Suze, turns out to be a natural and goes on to design her own frames. A wealthy socialite, she has a connection at British Vogue and snags a feature, then puts her frames in a few London gift shops. True to her good-hearted and shopaholic ways, Becky ends up buying every frame that Suze has made (expect for the ones in some odd store out of the way). A department store takes note of the phenomenon of Suze's top-selling frames and offers her her own line of home accessories. Then Suze finds out that Becky's really responsible for her success and is a little miffed. And who wouldn't be? Because in a way, this turn of events is kind of depressing. I mean, if a stay-at-home heiress with connections at Vogue can't make a go at selling handmade goods without her friend intervening, then what hope is there for the rest of us? But even so, I couldn't help but find this whole segment kind of intriguing. Improbable or not, it's the kind of Cinderella story we crafters dream of.
See, isn't rereading fun? :)