Hubby got me the Doorbuster Cricut Expressions from 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:

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In the meantime, our customers can still:

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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 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; this is another online adventure in itself!