Of Christmas Cards and Technology

I’ve been trying to buy carefully this holiday season for lots of reasons.  Mostly, I think that buying presents should be a nice experience, not one that blows your budget.  I also think that friends and family will agree with that choice.  No one wants a friend to go broke buying presents, right?

With that in mind, I was trying to get Christmas cards on Monday night because there were Cyber Monday sales.  I thought I would start the holiday buying on the right track.  I even compared sales, which is kind of a big step for me.  Winner.

Then I realized that our computer isn’t really compatible with that website.  I realized that after setting up the card and writing a note for the back for about an hour (granted, while watching TV).  Everything except for the checkout page was working just fine.  Watch out for that last step, it’s a doozy.  I kept going back and forth from the final proof page to the checkout page, hoping it was just that the site was busy or something, but no luck.

Fast forward about 22 hours, and I ended up recreating the card on my phone and getting through the checkout process without any problems.  There’s a really good chance that I spelled my name “Hammah” or something, since it’s kind of hard to read a teeny tiny proof on the phone screen.  It’ll be more fun that way.

And to really add insult to injury, the sale was extended from 12/2 to 12/4 after my cell phone panic last night.  Ah, good.  (That was sarcastic.)  But you know what’s actually good?  If you want a good sale, I know where you can find one.  Just don’t try checking out in a browser that hasn’t been updated since 2008.

Oh, and I really really like their designs.  I’m not anti-TinyPrints at all.  Just anti-stressful browser incompatibility.

photo from tintorints.com

photo from tintorints.com

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Crafty McCrafterson (a.k.a. Craft Sale tomorrow!)

I don’t think of myself as a crafty person.  Sure, I can staple some fabric around a canvas to make new art for my house, but that’s about it.  I’m no good at gluing things together, and the clumsiness proceeds from there.

Anyway, it turns out I’m craftier than I thought.  I’m officially a part of the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MOCA) Holiday Craft Sale tomorrow.  Woohoo!  You can see a video of participants’ wares here.

And you can see a pretty picture while learning the details here:

Holiday Craft Sale

In my excitement, I even finished a new painting that hasn’t been posted to Etsy yet.  Woohoo!  All that’s left is ironing a tablecloth, getting myself in a car, and going to MOCA.  I hope I’ll see you there.