Imagine This

Imagine you enter a Provocraft giveaway on Twitter.

Then Imagine you win.

Today, I went from imagining to creating and enjoying, courtesy of the lovely folks at ProvoCraft. I don’t think I really believed I won their Cricut Imagine giveaway until the box showed up at my door this afternoon. The kids were off from school today, so I had plenty of helping unpacking it and setting it up.  And help was needed — this sucker is HUGE. Like, “it’s going to need it’s own table” huge. For now, though, the dining room table seems to be working. At least until Honey starts grousing.

It took a little while to unwrap everything and then get the update installed, then the machine calibrated, but once it was? We couldn’t wait to play.

My prize came with three Cricut Imagine cartridges, including the Imagine More cartridge, which was the first one I popped in. Oh my, it was so easy to use! I still have so much to learn but I can definitely tell the learning process is going to be quite fun. Honey admired my handiwork and then ooohed and aaaahhed appropriately as I showed the Imagine at work.

Thanks, ProvoCraft! I can see that the Cricut Imagine is going to be right at home here.

Disclosure: I won the Cricut Imagine from ProvoCraft as part of a contest on Twitter. I was not asked to promote or review my prize. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and freely given.

Do Yudu? I Do … Sort Of

Before I bought my Yudu, I did a Google search to see if I could find any real-person reviews. The one I read said she’d had the Yudu for about two months (had received it to review) before she opened the box. “That’s crazy!” I said. “How could you leave it sitting in the box for two months?”

Let me tell you how: By not being able to commit to a design to try when you finally do open the box.

Yes, I bought a Yudu. In fact, I bought a Yudu shortly after I posted about wanting one. And it sat. In the box. For about two months. I might have commitment issues.

Can you blame me, though? It can get expensive to mess up screens and emulsions and shirts. To whit: The Wall of Shame:

In my defense, I went straight from the box to the Quick-Start Guide as I was experimenting. Maybe not the best way to go about it, but I’m a hands-on kinda learner. As you can see, I was doing a lot of learning. Or trying to. *sigh*

I think most people will probably get much better results, particularly if they watch the demos or do a little reading before getting started. Why I thought it would be a great idea to try a design with such small details on it is beyond me.

Of course, it wasn’t all bad. By the next afternoon, I had a better idea of how to resolve some of the issues I was having. And I ended up with a pretty cute shirt to show for it. It’s not perfect … but neither am I.

Can I Yudu?

I know that I babble on and on about sewing, but there’s a reason why this blog is called “Confessions of a Craft Addict” and not “Confessions of a Fabric Addict.”

To whit: YUDU.

I have been salivating over this product since I heard about, so when I saw it on a little Yudu island at Joann‘s on Friday, I did a little happy dance in the aisle, then ran over and hugged the box. Fortunately, my sons’ coworkers all know me and can t least feign amusement at my often kooky antics.

“Can’t you hear it? It wants to go home with me,” I asked some frightened looking passerby.

Aforementioned son pointed out that I already own the basics for screenprinting, so I really don’t need to drop $300+ on a fancy-schmancy home screenprinting unit. I, of course, disowned him on the spot. OK, not really. But I did remind him about all the pointless electronic crap he owns and that he does not have to pay rent or utilities plus gets to eat all of my food and take 40-minute showers on a daily basis.

Anyway.

I need this totally awesome toy cool crafty necessity so I can explore a brand-new area of crafting aka screenprinting. Think of all the cool things I could do with it: posters, gifts, special event tees. The possibilities are limitless.

Sadly, I’ve spent two months justifying to Honey buying all kinds of furniture for my sewing studio, so the odds of him giving a thumbs up to buying a Yudu are roughly equal to The Beatles playing at my next birthday party.

Hmmmm. Birthday. I think I know what just shot to the top of my wish list.