It was my birthday. My DD and I went to Wal-Mart before heading out to spending the Christmas Holiday with my BFF Andrea and her 3 girls. My DD and I went back to the craft section so I could admire the Cricut. During the black Friday sale it had been $119 but when my friends pitched in to get it, well the lady back in crafts told her "It is $189 now". So instead they put the money on a gift card. I told my DD "I should scan this just for the heck of it". Well when we scanned it.......the price was $119!! My DD being the wonderful DD that she can be said "MOM! GET IT YOU KNOW YOU HAVE BEEN WANTING IT FOREVER!" So with her encouragement I got it!!
I didn't open it immediately as I was a bit intimidated. I waited until returning home from Andrea's before opening the box. I sat there looking at it, knowing it could do amazing things but kept wondering if I could make it do those amazing things. Once I got it out of the box I found the registration card and quickly registered the Cricut. That is when I found the messageboard and joined immediately. I drooled over the projects I saw that people posted. I noticed people posting to each other like they were old friends and thought "oh I will never be able to talk to all those people like I know them...it would just be impossible". I can't even tell you how fast that changed! LOL
Papercrafting impacted my life tremedously. I had been in a bit of a depression for over a year and suddenly my world seemed to open up again. I was cutting and designing with Design Studio on a daily basis *and okie still does on most days*.
But I have to say the best part of owning a Cricut has been making the wonderful friendships during the last year that I have been blessed with. I have been lucky enough to meet a few of those friends in person, only to strengthen the friendship that started on the messageboard.
So to all of you, here on my birthday and my Cricut's birthday I want to say...
THANK YOU! THANK YOU FOR THE WONDERFUL CONVERSATIONS, PROJECTS AND MOSTLY OFFERING YOURSELF TO BE MY FRIEND!! THANK YOU FOR THE MOST WONDERFUL BIRTHDAY PRESENT THAT COULD LAST THE WHOLE YEAR LONG!