After adamantly declaring that I would not go shopping on Black Friday, I had two 50% off coupons from JoAnn's that I wanted to use. My lovely daughters took me out, even though they had gone shopping at Eastview Mall earlier in the day. Fortunately, my hunch that the crowds would be significantly reduced by waiting until after dinner to shop was correct. In fact, JoAnn's was exceptionally quiet, as was Michael's. A. C. Moore had more shoppers, but enough checkouts were open and we didn't have to wait to pay for our few purchases. The Christmas Tree Shoppes was crowded, but they didn't have what Sarah was looking for, so we weren't there for long.
So what did I get with my 50% off coupons? After discussing it at length with Sarah and Grace, I purchased a Cuttlebug! I've had my eye on it for a long time, and knew that I could only afford it if I had a half price coupon. Grace plans to use it to make die cuts for her scrapbooking, while I want to use the embossing feature. The fact that it will accept dies from Sizzix is a plus. We picked up two embossing and two cutting dies since they were 40% off. I hope to try my new toy later today, but I have a great room filled with boxes of Christmas decorations that need to be cared for first.
I also used a 50% off coupon on a Kreinik silk thread pack. I have never worked with silk thread and am looking forward to using it, probably for an ornament from the JCS 2007 Ornament magazine, which I mentioned here. It may well be 2008 before I get to it, but I'll just consider it a head start for Christmas '08!!