Wednesday, 25 July 2012

WOYWW - 25 July

Blimey, do you realise that five months today is CHRISTMAS DAY?  Scary or what?  And up to date, we've had about 5 minutes of summer! Now, you might think I will shortly be up to my bustle in holly and tinsel, but Far From It.  Apart from some close relatives, my greetings for the past couple of years have been digital - I get going with the jolly old Photoshop or Digital Craft Artist (definitely recommended if you don't fancy PS's steep learning curve - and you can get a basic version of DCA for FREE from Daisytrail.com). 

But you're not here to listen to me rabbit on about Yuletide, are you?  No, it's Wednesday, so that means we all hop over to Julia's blog and have a nosey at everyone's workdesk.  This week my desk is featuring....my Vagabond.  My third.  (A triumph of hope over experience, if there ever was one.)

I bought one when they first came into the UK, and one day it just groaned and died.  It was within the guarantee period so I got a replacement, which worked fine until last Friday - when it just didn't.  At all.  Not a peep.  Hoping that it was resting, or possibly pining for the fjords, I changed the fuse, then the power cable - no joy.   It had rung down the curtain and joined the choir invisibule.  It was a dead Vagabond.  To be fair to the Love of My Life, he insisted I replace it at once (probably doesn't want to live with me pouting about having no Vagabond...)

So why did I buy another one?  Well, I considered replacing it with a different machine.  I'd hung onto my Big Shot that will cut my Sizzix dies, so I considered a Grand Calibur for the wafer-thin dies, but the only advantage of the machine would be to cut the Grand Nestabilities -and I don't have any of them, nor been tempted to buy.  On the odd occasion I've needed a BIG shape the Cameo has done the job for me.  And, having watched the demonstrator on Create & Craft try and fail to cut Grungepaper with the Calibur,  which the Vagabond laughs at...well, let's give the Vagabond one more chance.

But I've made sure I've kept the receipt where I can get at it in a hurry...just in case.

5 comments:

kay said...

fingers crossed for 3rd time lucky :)
happy woyww
kay #35

butterfly said...

Hello! My first WOYWW today, and since I'm in at 128 (bit late, I know), I thought I'd visit all the 8s first of all and then see how much further I get! I've made it through the ones ending in 8, so now it's all the 80s! I've read this about the Vagabond - and decided to go with the hand-cranked BigShot, figuring that if that stops working, it'll be because I've got too lazy to turn the handle!! Good luck with the third one - like Kay, I hope it's third time lucky!
Alison x

Trish Latimer said...

Good luck with the vagabond mark three Keren!!! Personally wouldn't go near one with a 10 foot pole after all the horror stories, plus my Big Shot cuts everything I've ever put through it, including all my wafer thin dies! its all about the shims!!! Trish #55

Julia Dunnit said...

Well, this isnt the first of the third Vagabond posts today, and all I can say is that I hope iit works out this time and I really admire your staying power and loyalty to the brand!!

Helen said...

Hi Keren What a shame you have had so much trouble with your Vagabond. I have a cuttlebug that a kind crafting friend gave me. You obviously haven't been running these machines past Mysti! Happy WOYWW to you from Helen 39