Saturday, February 21, 2015

Craftsy Offers Free eGuides

Happy Saturday!  This week has been very busy as we try to keep ahead of the snow that has overwhelmed our area.  Everyone I know is getting very "snow-weary."  This is now the second snowiest winter on record (98.7 inches) and we have a good chance of claiming the record for most snowfall (107.6 inches in the winter of 1995-96).  While this may not be an honor we want, after this much snow it would seem unfair not to make the record!

We haven't had an ice storm (yet) but in a few places the melting snow from the roof has dripped down on the bushes and then frozen again, coating sections with ice.  While I have really had my fill of snow, the way the ice formed around the needles to make little flowers is rather pretty (I'm just trying to find the bright side again!).

I have a couple of updates to share today. 

Free E-Guides from Craftsy

I have taken a few classes through Craftsy and also have enjoyed some of the free resources available there.  I am also a Craftsy affiliate.  If you have never visited the site, it is well worth your time to take a few minutes to see what they have to offer.  You can register and try out some of the free offerings which cover all sorts of crafts including knitting, quilting, art, photography, cake decorating and more.

Craftsy recently added some free eGuides on lots of topics, including paper crafting.  I downloaded the Paper Crafts eGuide (linked below) and found some great ideas for organizing and using up your paper stash and scraps.

You can find the guides for each of these topics by clicking the links below.  This are PDFs that you can save on your computer or print out.  Most of them include a discount offer for future classes.

Paper Crafts
eGuide: 6+ Stash-Busting Paper Craft Projects
eGuide: Understanding Exposure for Better Photos Now: Beginner Photography Tutorials
Cake Decorating
eGuide: Not-So-Basic Buttercream Decorating Ideas
Food & Cooking
eGuide: Delicious Doughnut Recipes You Can Make at Home
eGuide: Drawing the Human Face: A Primer
eGuide: Beginner's Guide to the World of Watercolor
eGuide: Success With Container Gardening
eGuide: Woodturning Basics for Beginners

Extended Customer Service Hours at Cricut

The new Cricut Explore Air machine was launched on Wednesday.  The Design Space program that controls the Explore was upgraded to Design Space 2 and the iPad App that allows you to design on the go was also released this week.  Lots of new things happening all at once.  There are many features of the upgraded programs that are big improvements but there are always some glitches and hiccups as so many people start using the new programs.

The Cricut Customer Care staff will have extended hours for the next week to help with questions and problems.  They will be available today, Saturday, February 21st and next Saturday, February 28th, from 8AM-4PM (Mountain Time) and next week from Monday, February 23rd to Friday, February 27th, from 6AM to 7PM (Mountain Time).

If you have questions about the iPad App, you can find a manual on the Cricut site HERE.  
There is also a series of videos about Design Space 2 on the Official Cricut YouTube channel HERE.

Several of you have written to ask about the snow on the deck, worried about the weight and possible collapse.  Here is how the deck looked after some intense shoveling.

This is what it looked like before shoveling!  Unfortunately, we had another three or four inches a day after we tackled the deck.

Snow can be fun - if you dress for it.  Here is one of my little friends carrying around a snowball the size of her head!

Climbing snow banks is also fun.  If you look on the left side of this photo you can see the very tip of one of our "snow sticks" that marks the driveway.  These are supposed to be tall enough that you can see them as you plow or use the snow blower but ours have nearly all been submerged in the snow.

The cold weather has spread to many states - I hope you are all safe and warm.

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