Friday, April 20, 2012

For Helen

So, by Wed. afternoon my jeep was heading South and I had plans of being in Binghamton, NY before it was dark. I managed to work just about the entire way. The best part of the trip was dropping the phone between the seat and the door giving me a whole half hour of peace. Hands free, no worries there!

Well, mostly. Had to use my finger to push the photo button on the 'droid.

Got there at 4:45 and by 5:00 had the laptop booted and was answering my first skype!

Those are days on the road. Thankfully few and far between. Lots of work, a smidge of play, less sleep, lots of talking....

It's always good to get there and see the people you talk to daily eye to eye.

Sorry for the blurry shot of the road, but Helen asked how our roads are here.

Due to our tax payer dollars, of which we give quite a few, we have nice highways that are pretty easy to navigate, provided it's not snowing!

SORRY for all the bugs! Spring is here and it seemed like every few minutes I had a splat on the windshield!

Can you see the hills? Those rolling hills are pretty much the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania into the Southern Tier of New York.

So, in times past, when travelling, I look forward to a nice meal someplace different.

This time, with the shopping opportunities here being SLIM and NONE (LOL), I decided to hit a craft store.

I had two to choose from.

Choose AC Moore since I had been in Michael's recently.

Helen asked for some photos of our craft stores. They are pretty amazing. I mean, when I was there I didn't feel like WOW, I have a huge selection....but when I look at the photos, I realize how awesome they are.

Here is a shot from the front door. Yes, I am sure they thought I was a freak taking photos. When you have been up since 5:30am, drove 5 hours while working, you really don't care!!!! :-) And did I mentioned I hadn't really grabbed supper yet?

The Jolees WALL of stickers. Would like to trade wall of Jolees for wall of Prima, which was LACKING!!!

And where would we be without some good Martha punches?

And a huge ole wall of adhesives. I always get too confused. Many to choose from. 

And some Tim. Never enough Tim. 

And what did I buy, you ask with all my many choices?



I am VERY excited about my wood molding. And those cool flowers are that are new to me. Made by Mark Richards....oh!!! Little fluffy balls of flowers. 

And I got a new Tim Holtz Rosette die, the smallish one. I cannot wait to play with that!

So, anyhow, here is your informal tour of a typical US Craft Store, but I'd much rather show you in person, Helen!!! When are you visiting?


  1. I LOVE Craft stores in the have no idea how lucky you are, having all that choice...I was literally drooling at your post!
    Alison xx

  2. Well, I don't know about Helen but I am absolutely & completely gobsmacked. They say you do things 'big' in the USA & here's proof!!! Need water? Helen & I could come & visit & you'll have FLOODS of drool:):):)
    I LOVED your road photos,too. I soooo wanna see PA, NY, all up that side of you country. Sigh:):):)

  3. Not Helen, Alison...but I bet Helen would join us:):):)!!! Sorry ALison....

  4. We don't have AC Moore's here... Michaels, Hobby Lobby and JoAnn's yes... but no AC's.... what I don't like though is that none of the big box stores have the manufacturers we all love (yes, Martha and Tim... but you know what I mean)....and Michaels seems to knock off all our fave companies and recreate their own brand... anyhoo... I guess that's why I do a lot of online shopping! lol!! I loveeeeeeee the pics!!

  5. There's that molding!!!! Mwhahaha....
    Work your magic girl. :)

  6. Thanks for the tour! We don't have AC Moore's here (Is it an East Coast thing?), so now I get to see it. Minnesota is major Archivers territory, plus we have the obligatory Michaels and JoAnns. I guess Mankato and Rochester have Hobby Lobby, but I have not visited them yet.

  7. Oh my goodness that shop looks amazing!!!!!! I would have come out of there with bagfulls!!haha!

  8. I really loved the photos of the AC Moore. We don't have any of those here where I live! Thanks for sharing Mitra.

  9. Oh Mitra when can you have me?!? I have never seen anything like it in my LIFE! When I do come I'll drive you crazy like a kid out for the first time...I would be broke in a day...I can't believe all that...totally mindboggling...and I can't even buy a roll of double-sided tape here without having to order it online!!! I am also totally excited about your moulding...first thing that caught my eye in your photo - ooohhhh!! And I forgot you drive on the "wrong" side of the road LOL - now that would take some getting used to! Our roads in Zimbabwe are full of potholes due to the taxpayers money going on lavish birthday celebrations but here we have toll roads & everyone pays to use them. As a result (amazingly enough for Africa) it doesn't appear that the money is misappropriated and it looks like it is actually used for it's intended purpose - to maintain the roads - so they are just like the ones in your photograph - nice & smart :)

  10. Thank you so much for doing this for me! Mwah mwah xx Really appreciated!


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