Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Cricut Review

If you have been daydreaming about owning the Cricut like I did for months, I suggest to stop. Move on with your life.

I give it a disappointing thumbs down.

Since it came out I have wanted one and waited until there was a very awesome sale. I had seen a demo and was impressed. Every day I would daydream about it. Imagining how much better my crafting life would be with a Cricut in it. I had even put it on par with a microwave's status in the kitchen.

Well in the seven weeks that I have owned it, I have felt totally ripped-off and more and more unimpressed. I'm thinking about selling it on e-bay. Once again proving that cool toys always look better on the T.V. commercials.

I think the crowning moment of disappointment was when I tried to impress/show my mother in law, a non-crafter, how cool the machine is and was left feeling embarrassed because it totally failed me. We were trying to make a simple Christmas card and needless to say it was a total disaster. The blade jumped around. The snowman and stocking did not cut properly. I ended up doing most of the cutting by hand with scissors. I fiddled with the Cricut for a while to make it work. I was determined to make this card. But then I looked at my mother-in-law growing bored and felt like a chump.

The machine's blade is either too sharp or not sharp enough. There is only a small window when it is just right. The same goes for the mat. It is either too sticky and ripping the paper or not sticky enough and the paper shifts leaving the project looking a bit like a four year olds art project.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Note Cards and Pricing

Here are a four samples of my handmade note cards. I'm going to be in the St. Matthews Catholic Church Craft Show in Charlotte on December 2 and I'm trying to figure out what is a fair price to charge.

Each card is a little piece of art. But I also realize that charging too high of a price will not get as many sales.

What would you pay for a package of six of my notecards? Each package of six will be a theme like palm trees or flowers. My cards are like snowflakes, no two exactly alike.

In advance thanks for your input.

Each card is mounted onto beautiful card stock and measures 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 and comes with an envelope.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

The Finished Porch

Finally getting around to posting the pictures of the completed porch.


If you've stopped here because you're thinking about building a porch, build it already! I guarantee you will not be sorry.

I think ours might give you some inspiration, enjoy the pictures.

Monday, November 13, 2006

My Mom's Surprise Visitor

Woo- Woo!!
Who Is Taking My Picture?

Dottie and Lynn arrive for lunch.

Surprise Mom! It's me!

Dottie (Lynn's sister/best friend) had a heck of a time getting Lynn to slow down and stop for lunch on her birthday. My mom is a very busy and active lady. Let's see that morning she went to mass, walked 2 miles, got her hair done and then had a manicure. All before lunch!

Wearing sunglasses and my Ace Hardware baseball cap with a Girls Rule sticker on top, I shout Surprise! and snap her picture. She still hasn't realized it was me. She's just reacting to her picture being taken. Woo-woo Lynnie!

After a great lunch, with lots of laughter, tears, wine, pasta and love we light another candle for Lynn.

Happy 80th Mom! Love You!

Friday, November 03, 2006

Shh. It's a Surprise!!

Can you keep a secret? I'm in Chicago on a secret mission. Today my mom turns 80! And she has no idea I'm in town. Tonight the family is all gathering to celebrate.

But first my aunt is taking her out to lunch after their hair appointments and I'm going to be waiting at the restaurant. Surprise! I can hardly wait. I feel like the little girl I use to be, so excited about giving her mommy a real cool present. I can't wait to hug her and tell her I love her.

Happy Birthday Mom!!!
Your baby girl has come home to help you celebrate!!!