Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy to be home at last...

After being away for a week it is good to finally get back home.  It was great to see our son's performance and to have a nice visit with my Dad.  The drive home was long but uneventful and I arrived to find a few packages that were delivered while I was away.  Unfortunately, the new power supply for my laptop isn't here yet but I am able to use my desktop to start getting some photos edited and posts organized.  "Hello Thursday" did not make it out on Thursday.  I suppose it will be "Hello Friday" this month due to some changes that are taking place at ProvoCraft.  With the Easter weekend arriving, I am sure many people are busy with other things. I have a lot of pent-up crafting energy and some new toys to try out...  I still want to decorate some more eggs - tomorrow is almost the last chance for that!

I had to post these photos for my Massachusetts friends.  When you travel through Worcester on 290 you usually see this bear on the roof of the Polar Soda plant.

This is a newer model of the bear and some of my friends think he looks a bit too "buff" with his nipped in waist!  It was terribly windy today and I am surprised that he didn't blow away.
Here are a few of the things I'll be working with over the next few days...

In one of the boxes (from Oh My Crafts) there was a lot of sparkly vinyl.  Just a little bit goes a long way to make a project special.  I have used this for ornaments and for cards.  The current code for saving 10% at Oh My Crafts is "SPRING10" - you can sign up for email to get notice of discount codes.

I also found some interesting trims and lace in one of the charity shops that I check when I go to Pennsylvania.  My Mom used to love finding "treasures" here (and also donated a lot of "treasures" when it was time to move them along and make space in the house).  I have a few vintage projects in mind that will put these to good use.

I have a lot to do to get organized.  I'll be participating in a couple of blog hops at the end of next week and will add more details about these tomorrow.  I also know that many of you are patiently waiting to see the "new and improved" craft room.  I hope to get it past the "old and untidy" stage and finish moving things into the new bookcases over the next few days.

9 Free Fonts

The Lettering Delights Dollar Days sale is in the final week.  This sale only comes twice a year so if you were thinking about ordering, don't miss the chance.  You can use the code "easterbasket" and take $10 off a $25 order.  With most items only $1 (SVG sets are $2) this will give you a great savings off the usual prices.  You can click the affiliate link above or in the left side column to go to the site.

The new online design tool - the "Cricut Craft Room" is gradually becoming available.  You can find out more about it at this LINK.  I am not sure when it will be open to everyone - so far access has been by invitation only.  You can request an invitation if you haven't received one already.  I will have a lot more information about the Craft Room over the next few weeks.  It does not completely replace Design Studio or the Gypsy but gives you an additional design option that addresses some of the issues with Design Studio and the Gypsy.  I wish that the best features of all three could be combined in one program that could be installed on your computer and used anywhere.  The need to have an internet connection to design could be a problem for many people in certain situations.

I want to wish you all a lovely holiday weekend.  After sunrise services on Sunday, we will be with family for an Easter egg hunt and I hope to get some good photos of the excitement.

There are nearly 100 replies to the first Discussion Day topic - thanks for joining in! There is a lot of interesting reading if you have time to go through all of the responses.  The posts are linked in the "Discussion Days" tab at the top of the blog so, if you are interested, you can read and reply whenever it is convenient

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  1. I grew up and lived in Worcester almost all my life - until I got a full time job and moved away a bit and know the Polar Bear symbol oh too well! Thanks for posting - yes - it's not the same... I'll have to show this to my sister who still lives in Worcester.

    I love your trim - so jealous!!!!

  2. I just had to write even tho' you didn't really mention the little smiley face guy pictured in this post. I have that EXACT same little figure on my workspace in my craft room.

  3. Its nice to get away, but even nicer to come home. My sister and I will be leaving soon for New England ( my grand daughter graduates from college in Conn. :)) we will visit upstate New York, Conn, Maine and Mass.Where we grew up. Looking forward to all the antiques shops and thrift shops we will encounter. I usually find at least one treasure I can't live with out :>). Taking my gypsy with me so I won't miss an opportunity to create.
    Love your little smiley man.

  4. I know you are glad to be home. The best part of getting away is the relief you feel when you get back home:) I hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter and that the weather will be good for egg hunting. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I'm happy you made it back safe and sound and that you had a good time! That bear is definitely BUFF lol! I can't wait to see what you create with the items you received.

  6. Welcome home!!! I am so amazed at all the things you are able to find!!! I so want to make a trip to your area!! Your photo's are always so beautiful!!

  7. Welcome home! I love seeing the familar landmarks as you travel. I enjoy seeing several along Route 66. Your papers and lace are beautiful. Can't wait to see what you creat using them. BTW, love your Smiley take the greatest pics!! Have a blessed Easter.

  8. Welcome back home! I always say that, no matter how much fun I might have when I'm away, I'm always glad to get back home!

    Wendy T.

  9. Glad you made it home safe and I hope you had a plesant trip.


  10. Thanks for the link to the Cricut Crat Room. Have a wonderful Easter.

  11. Are you kidding me? I live about 20 min away from the Polar Bear, lol. One question: how did you get the picture from 290 without getting killed!?!? Good to have you back and look forward to the hops. Mary m

  12. Love your little "happy guy". So cute!

  13. Welcome home and have a Happy Easter!

  14. Glad you are back home safe and sound. I am moving and this is my first chance to check out all my emails from you. Love the ribbon but I like the spools the ribbon comes on.

  15. Glad your back! Have a wonderful holiday with your family tomorrow! Thanks for the Craft Room Link. Can't wait to see your vintage workup!

  16. Those trims look lovely...great finds! TFS!

    ~Sharon C.


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