Tuesday, November 30, 2010

You have the winning bid! Cricut Once Upon a Princess ($14.29) and Cricut Serenade ($16.34)

So I did it. I got on eBay to seek out the best deals possible for these expensive Cricut cartridges and within minutes, I won 2.

Crazy for a gal who still have to receive her Expression from Joann.com. To my defense, I got them at a steal with a combined savings of $90 from their retail prices.

'Serenade' is for me because I love the nature, trees and birdcage images. I see myself putting this on Spring clothing as appliques on skirts... and maybe shirts too.

and 'Once Upon a Princess' is for my 3 year old daughter who can't stop talking about her being a Princess and dancing with Daddy in her castle. With OUP, I can print out a 3D Castle and Princess with different outfits, almost like paper dolls.

The adrenaline is winding down now and I must sleep before the kids wake.  So much for cleaning house, ha!

(Images above were retrieved from Hallmark Scrapbook's site, another great place to get all your Cricut needs fulfilled.)

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Cricut Swarm San Diego

Due to my recent craziness over the Cricut machines and everything tied to it, I've decided to start a Cricut San Diego Swarm Page.  I just found out the other day that my friend has an Expression that has been in the box for 2 years.  With mine coming, we'd like to start a Swarm together.  Don't know what that is?  Check this out:


1) Get some Cricut friends interested in meeting up
2) Register your swarm
3) Enter to win a Cricut prize pack for the group

Friday, November 26, 2010

Cricut Expressions in Green Red Black Canary Plum Green Aqua Champagne ... and for less!

As of my checking Joann's website at 630 PST, the Cricut Expressions is SOLD OUT. But don't worry, there is still hope.  I just found other sites that have it for a real close price or even lower.  Yup, I did! The catch?  They are not in white but in color.  Did you know that these ExpMachines come in so many colors and for less than the Original white ones?  I did not know about all these colors until the last hours or so...Other than the color, I do not know the difference as far as specs and functions between the colorful ones and the white ones we all are accustomed to seeing.  If anyone happens to know, please let me know.

Here is what I've found:

Hallmark Scrapbook had the ExpMachine in red and in green at $149 and just within the last minutes, they too have sold out.  These were WITHOUT 2 cartridges they normally come with.  If you want the 2 cartridges, you can still get it in the green for $179.99.  If you prefer a black one, that is available too for $194.99.  If you want the white, that is $219.99. Where is this you ask? http://www.hallmarkscrapbook.com/cricut-expression-machine-c-158.html. 

Want an ExpMachine is Champagne? Die Cut Central has it and for only $169.99.  Only 1 cartridge but oh so cute! http://www.diecutcentral.com/product_info.php?products_id=527  They also have the original white $204.95-$2.09.99 depending on your preferred cartridges. I also found that this place is the best in price when it comes to the Cricut Cake and Cricut Imagine.  But isn't the ExpMachine in champagne tempting?!

So is that champagne color just too drab for you and want something that just screams or a little more funky? Guess from where?!  WAL-MART!  It too is less in price than the original white Cricut ExpMachines at $185.99.  It comes in green, aqua, canary, and plum.  Walmart also have it in black and white for prices from $235-$249 up to $180 more if you want it with the Gypsy. (Update 11/28 I just saw that walmart had another ad that had it for $188 and the colors were red, blue, green, and black.  Yesterday, I found out that the company at some point released a pink one.)

Back to the funky cool colored ones, the description only says:

  • 6 modes and 4 functions

  • Select image and cut

  • Portable machine 

  • You can take a look and order them here: http://www.walmart.com/search/search-ng.do?ic=48_48&depts=F_H_Gi_Gr_T_Bk_V_E_Mu_Po_Mo&search_constraint=0&search_query=expressions

    or simply enjoy the pictures below  



    Provo Craft Cricut Gypsy at Michael's for $99

    So i saw on the message boards that the Gypsy went on sale the lowest ever at Michael's in the recent months for $149.  So I figured, let me look up their flier online.

    And sure enough:

     page 2!!!!


    I had called my BIL - store manager of a Michael's, in one of their largest stores.  He said they still had some.  I thought they would be out by now and I would need a store locator.  So I called my nearest one to me and they have 6 left.  The hubby went running!

    The Expressions for $199 and a Gypsy for $99 is definitely a good day =)

    Hubby got me the Doorbuster Cricut Expressions from Joann.com for $199

    I saw this in the mailer that came to my house last week.  I have been oogling a Cricut for over half a year but it really is a heavy chunk of cash for this household.

    $199 sure is tempting.  But still... that's muchos dinero.

    Despite that, I went to Joann's website at 10ish PST November 25 and it was on sale for $299.  So there you go, they are not going to do this online.  It's already Black Friday on the eastcoast and it is $299.

    Then I went back at 11 PST and the site was down.  ERROR, broken, a bunch of codes DOWN.  Other times, it would have this page:


    Joann.com is currently experiencing
    technical difficulties. Our team is working
    around the clock to correct the issue, and
    we hope to have our shopping site
    restored soon.
    Please note that online promotional codes valid at the time of the temporary site outage will be extended to enable you, our valued customers, an opportunity to take advantage of the special offers.
    We appreciate your continued patience and look forward to serving your creative needs.
    Thank you!

    In the meantime, our customers can still:

    View the Store Sales Fliers and Class Catalogs >

    I went to bed before 2ish, the site was still down and I called it a night.  I had a dream that I got one for $199 and my dream was broken by a baby who needed a feeding at 3ish.  I told myself, "What a funny and absurd dream... maybe next year."

    Hubby calls me from work just minutes after the baby woke me in the morning at 650am.  Right before the cell rang, I was thinking "Oh Cricut, oh well, I would not put my kids through the cold even if I had the money for it... but I wonder who went..." What ever rationalizing to help stomp the desire for it, right? Right...

    So why then was I breathless when I picked up the phone and hubby tells me "I got you the Cricut from Joann for $199."  Everything was a blur after that... I could not believe it!  I asked a bunch of questions to help me know if it was all true and if it was the Expression - not Personal and not Create.  I then told him all the above, the website, and my dream. Plus, he was at work so how could he get the doorbuster deal? Did he run out to Joann?  He said he just went online around 2am and bought it.  What?! I felt like as if the Joann's site parted like the sea for Moses for him to buy a Cricut.  Whatever it was, I am now a proud owner of a Cricut Expressions machine, yay!

    What will I do first with Cricut?  Sew it a cover!!!! Yup, a cover =) I will always be a sewer first and then all other crafts after.

    Oh - and the main reason for wanting this is to cut fabric appliques to put on dresses and skirts.

    The deal is good all day until supplies last as per the flyer so get it while you can!  The site is down this second with the above message.  I was able to go to Joann.com earlier to see that it was indeed $199.

    The Personal is $59 according to my friend Holly who braved the store and got one.  The website says 'Sold Out.'  Their flier says $69 starting  November 27, Saturday but if the stores are sold out today then what good is that? The Create is sold out too and I did not catch the price for that one.

    And the Cake Machine is on sale too.  My cousin has that one and makes the most beautiful Hello Kitty Cakes.  I just can't go that way because I have a high chance of developing diabetes as family history and the shakies after eating lots of cake =/

    Well, enough rambling.... I must clean up my kitchen from yesterday's eating. Lots of dishes are piled up!  Plus, I gotta figure out the next step... where to land a Gypsy for as close to $100 as possible because then I would have beaten the best price anywhere found at HSN.com; this is another online adventure in itself!

    Tuesday, November 9, 2010

    How to thread your Singer 201


    my singer 201 has been sitting there in the corner of my master bedroom for over a year bc i cannot figure out how to thread it, attached to a table, and nothing online helped. but today i find this. i hope to try it when i get home from my trip.

    i was tempted to sell it but this thing was a great find at $38 from Craigslist.  There was this construction guy that found it abandoned in some building.  Knew nothing about it but i got him to read me the numbers on the machine over the phone.  he had no pictures up and i did not want to waste a drive.  After he read me the numbers, a quick internet database search, i said i was leaving my place that second!

    Another $50 was to get it cleaned and looked over for safety at the Singer store off of Friars Rd.  I asked the Singer guy if it needed anything for it to be in its best shape.  He replied no and that everything was perfect.   Purrr it did - until my toddler unravelled everything at home before i studied and programed its threading in my head...

    so yeah, i will try threading the machine in a couple of days...

    happy sewing everyone!

    Oliver + S Tote Bag Tutorial and Give Away ( free pattern included )

    for those of you that have little pieces of cute fabrics, and yay, no zippers!

    original post November 5, 2010 at Martha Stewart's Craft Department:

    pattern here: http://thecraftsdept.marthastewart.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/Oliver+SMotherDaughterToteBag.pdf

    Free Ruffled Coin Pouch Tutorial {w/ Zipper}

    a am out of town and just trying to catch up on my reading of Everything Etsy on my Google Reader.  I came across this and thought 'Oh my, how cute!'  I have yet to learn how to put in a zipper on anything.  I forgot how since my sewing classes - oh of all the things to forget!  Anyway, for those who does not have this as a hurdle, sew away!

    Guest Tutorial by Janet Metzger of The Empty Nest


    Thursday, November 4, 2010

    Free Wallet Pattern Made-to-Order from Sew News

    Organized and Cute - perfect combination!

    This is really fun and sweet looking item to make for yourself or as a gift. 

    It is easy to customize with pockets, flowers, or even a mouse....

    i was just thinking, "Twas the night before Christmas...."

    Maybe add embellishments too?  Possibilities are limitless.

    Go to http://www.sewnews.com/articles/Made_to_Order_Organizer to get the instructions and free pattern.