So about a month ago, I signed up to be a participant of a gift exchange on one of the blogs that I follow http://www.craftaholicsanonymous.net/handmade-gift-exchange-june-2012. It is where you are paired up with someone anonymously, find out what they like, make a gift, and send it to them in the mail. You also receive a gift from another person. There is the opportunity to meet other crafters as well. It is almost like a pen pal, but instead a craft pal! I think it is the coolest thing ever. For this exchange, all gifts are mailed by the end of June.
Here is what I made for the person I was paired with. It is a monogrammed paper bag scrapbook that she can use for her quilting and also a monogrammed coaster. I hope she will enjoy it!
I have not received my anonymous gift yet. I am on pins and needles waiting everyday for the mail to be delivered. I will keep you posted on what I receive. If you are interested in participating in the next gift exchange, you can follow the link above. These exchanges are done twice a year and the next one will be in November I believe.
And as always, Happy Crafting.
One day not too very long ago, I was with my daughter at a doctor’s appointment. As we entered the waiting room, I noticed this interesting looking coffee machine. To my surprise, I realized that it was a Keurig brewing system. I had not ever used one personally, but heard of many people raving at how great these little machines can be. So, I decided to try my hand at making a cup of Celestial Seasonings Lemon herbal tea as I needed some much-needed relaxation that day. I pulled out this fascinating little k-cup, opened the brewer, put it, and added my cup. To my amazement, it brewed so fast that I stood there staring in awe of this wonderful new piece of machinery that I now needed in my life!
Well for months after, I began my journey of trying to find a Keurig brewer. I even had visions of dancing little Keurigs in my dreams. (lol) However, to my surprise I didn’t realize how pricey they were. I looked high and low and had decided I just did not want to pay that price for a new coffee maker.
A few weeks ago, I was making my weekly Targe’ (Target) run and stopped to look at some of the clearance items on the end caps. (Don’t you just love those lovely little red clearance stickers?) To my amazement, I saw what I thought was a Keurig brewer with a clearance sticker on it. OMG, “Is that what I think it is?”, I said to myself. Myself answered back, “Run before some other Crazed Red Tag Clearance Spotting Can’t Leave the Store without it Woman sees it also!!” So I did, to find out it was not a Keurig, but a Mr. Coffee single cup brewer that uses the Keuring technology and K-cups. It was clearanced at $67. I immediately called for some assistance from one of my “friends” (a red shirt wearing employee). (Isn’t it funny how we think anyone wearing a red shirt and khaki pants in Target works there?) When he scanned it to find out if there were any more in the store, the price came up even lower at $34 because it was the last one. I thought I scared him as I shrieked in delight. I grabbed it so fast, ran to the register to pay for it and am now in my coffee heaven enjoying my cups of java every morning.
My lesson today is to remind my friends out there to never bypass the end caps, clearance aisles, red tags, bargain bins, mark downs, or whatever they are called in the store you frequent! Never say to yourself, “Oh, it is probably just junk in there!” You never know what you just might find!
Now, can anybody tell me where to find this k-cups for cheaper…