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.