Tuesday, May 27

Halfway Done!!! Woot!!!

I had to race against the sunset and it was a relief to be able to finish 50% of my current cross stitch project.  I've been doing this one (Bend in the Road by Cezanne) since we were in Japan, and I can't wait to finish it. 

The reason for this "race" is because I'm tired of moving my OTT Lite True Color Lamp from my craft room to our living room, and vice versa.  And I just can't cross stitch with just any regular lighting.  I have to have the "daylight" when I do this craft because I don't want to have any eye problems in the future (especially now that I'm not as young as I used to be).  Good thing the sun sets at past 9 pm here in our area.  I love my OTT Lamp and I've been using it for years.  It increases clarity, reduces eyestrain and minimizes glare.  I don't mind hours of cross-stitching with this lamp because it really doesn't tire my eyes.  But since I'm tired of moving my OTT Craft Lamp here and there, I decided that it's time to buy another OTT Lamp.  I'm targetting on getting the OTT-LITE® TrueColorTM Folding Craft Lamp, which is now on sale for $29.99 plus free shipping at Joann.com.  I like its portability and size, so it will be easy for me to hide it away when I don't need it.  And hopefully with this lamp, I have no excuse not to work on my very "aged" cross stitch project. 

Speaking of Joann.com, it's not too late to be a member of its Free Shipping Club.  After three separate purchases of $35 each, you become a member and you have free shipping for the rest of the year.  Just remember to log in (creating an account is free) everytime you purchase.  I've done this for several years now, and I just love it!  Especially now that gas prices are soaring, and the nearest Joann's Craft Store is about 1 hour away from us.  Once you're a Free Shipping Club Member, you can still use those discount coupons with your free shipping.  Ain't that cool???

Today's a really good day, actually.  I woke up this morning with a big box on our dining table.  It has all the stuff I bought from Philippines and Japan.  I was excited to open this box, even though I already know what's in it.  All my craft buys were in this box.  My favorite place for crafty stuff is in Tabora Street in Divisoria market.  I wanted to buy so many things there, but I can only bring so much back to the US.  The price is sooo cheap and you can still haggle.  One of my favorites buys are the flowers made of very thin wood shavings.  They only cost $0.71 for ten pieces.  There were also cloth flowers for about $0.50 per pack.  The flower sequins were really a steal for about $0.25 per pack and I bought quite a bunch of them.  I love the butterfiles made of wire and stocking-like fabric.  Most of all, I can't wait to create something with the mask mold which I bought for only about $3.25.  Check out more of my craft finds in Manila by clicking here.

And because my day started out right, I was able to make a traditional layout for the month of May for my 2008 Calendar.  I know it's less than a week till June, but hey, better late than never.  I decided to make a layout about my sister, my brother and me in our family trip in Potipot Island in Zambales, Philippines.  My family hasn't been complete for over 5 years, and we finally get to be together for a month.  The three of us were like kids exploring the small island, and I just had to make a layout to keep that precious memory.  Check out the rest of the pages of my 2008 Calendar by clicking here.

OK, time to watch "So Do You Think You Can Dance?"....

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