Thursday, April 7, 2011

Day 8 and 9-Playing with my new baby!

Yesterday wasn't very productive in the art area for me.  After a mere 3-4 hours of sleep I was wide awake and on call for the ED til 7 am, a quick shower and out the door I shot to make it to Bay Park Mall to do BP checks for the St. Mary's Pacers walking club. By the time I got done doing BPs I realized Hobby Lobby was open AND I was only a block away-it was calling me to claim my rain check for a Gypsy. For those not familiar with the Gypsy it's a handheld device that you can load all your Cricut cartridges on and make wonderful die cuts without all the hassle of inserting multiple cartridges-you can also use more than one cartridge at a time. I raced over there, claimed my newest gadget and was home in no time.  In my mind I'd open it up, hook it to my Cricut and the art projects would flow. I WAS SO WRONG!

My new "baby" Gypsy with now cooperative and interactive sibling Cricut!
I got home, ripped open the package and discovered my beautiful new "baby" needed to be updated-no problem, this shouldn't take too long-wrong again! I finally got all updated and ready to go and discovered it was time to go to work. nothing going to go my way today? I went off to a crazy evening shift at work (Shocking I know! Crazy should be synonymous with evening shift at the hospital). When I finally got home I realized my Cricut also needed to be updated before they would play together nicely (typical siblings!!!). I gave up on creating art for the day, kicked back on the couch with a glass of Zinfandel and hoped tomorrow would be better for art.

I woke up today anxious to play with the new "baby" and online I went to print the instruction manual (all 40+ pages)-I really miss the days when new toys came complete with instruction manuals! I figured out how to update my Cricut (much easier and quicker than updating the Gypsy)-things are looking up!!!! A few false starts and I actually had the beginnings of a new project..."Start slow Love, it's a learning curve" I thought as I start flinging paper around the studio.  About 30 minutes later I actually had my first completed project using the Gypsy-not the best project I've ever done but I've turned out much worse! I think I can count it as a successful first project-another tile ready to be shipped to Prima for the Orphan Charity Auction.

4x4 "Live, Laugh, Love" Tile for Orphan charity auction

Now the challenge for the rest of the night is to figure out how I'm going to continue this challenge and take it on the road (for my weekend trip with Steve and Miguel to Chicago)...I'm thinking I'll work on the altered book I started at Assemblage a while ago-still a long way to go with it and lots to do but fairly easy to pack, take with me and work on while one the road.  Stay tuned to see how it goes!


  1. I enjoy reading your blog Dawn and BTW thanks for lending an ear last night after your crazy shift. :)

  2. Anytime Chrys, that's what friends are for! Have a great weekend-I'll see you next week. Two fun classes as Assemblage coming up if you're interested. A Piano Hinge Handmade book class on April 16th and another Altered Book class on April 21st-I'm taking both and Skye's taking the Altered book class too-we'd love for you to join us!