We’re Going to Florida!

Posted by Kathy Torrence on Dec 31, 2008 in Family Stuff

Just one more quick post – I just bought tickets for the kids and I go to Florida in February to visit my friend Linda and her family – we’re so excited!  The kids each received some money for Christmas and decided to save it so that we can also go to Disney while we’re there – but I’ll just be glad to see my dear friend and her family – and experience some warmer weather too.

The great part is – the tickets to Orlando were only $8 each way!  Yes, that’s right – $16 round trip!  Spirit Airlines offers these special airfares quite often – you just have to join their mailing list and you’ll receive emails with their special deals. 

In order to get the super-low airfares, you also have to join their ‘$9 Club’ at a cost of $39.95 for the year.  Without the club, the airfares would have been $17 each way (still a good deal) – but taking into account that I bought 4 tickets, joining the club was the way to go.  I saved $18 on each ticket ($18 X 4 = $72) – way more than the $39.95 it cost to join. 

Plus I can get more tickets this year for that low price – I may be visiting Linda more often!


Happy New Year’s Eve (and a craft project too)

Posted by Kathy Torrence on Dec 31, 2008 in Crafts, Other items, Today's Photo

Even though I had to work today, I managed to get a little crafting time in while I was there.  That’s right – there was some crafting going on at the Tech Center today!

My co-worker Sybil saw a gift item online that she had tried to order, but was receiving no response from the store owner.  She showed it to me and I said, “Sybil, we could make that!”.  A crafting challenge!!!!

The item was a personalized frame containing a poem and a high heel shoe silhouette on a fabric (at least I think it was fabric) background – selling for $59.95.  Sybil thought it would be perfect for a friend who was turning 40.

I’d like to show you the link to the original item, but the link no longer seems to be working.  Maybe Sybil didn’t receive a response because they went out of business…

Anyway, our project was similar to the original, but instead of fabric, we used patterned paper.  And I just happened to have a shoe stencil from November’s Paula’s Kit Club kit – how convenient!  I trimmed the shoe image from the paper with a craft knife then placed ivory cardstock behind the opening. 

We used an original poem written by Sybil for her friend and put all of the items into a frame she picked up at Michaels:


This is SO close to the original (and was MUCH less expensive) – Sybil was very happy:

PC300001I am using this photo with her permission, but she did want me to emphasize that she was feeling quite under the weather at the time…I think she looks just fine.

And by the way, I think I have her hooked on crafting – I caught her surfing the Internet looking for more projects for us to try…

Happy New Year to everyone!  Here’s hoping for a happy and healthy 2009…

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