Thursday, May 14, 2009

A Card & A Nugget Tin for a Spa ....

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Good trade, huh?!?

Ahhhhhhh, a hot tub! I've always wanted one and since we have THE perfect spot for one in our pool enclosure, this luxury item has been on my "wish list" for a very long time. And prolly would have remained on it forever if it weren't for Freecycle!

I'm a member of my local Freecycle group and last weekend another member posted that they had a "like-new Leisure Bay Spa" to give away. I responded, and surprise! we were the lucky recipients ... pretty kewl birthday present, huh?!?

And it turned out to be just like-new ... complete with all the chemicals, hook-ups, manuals, an underwater light-show feature, AND aromatherapy samples! And it perfectly matches the color of my walls! {No, my walls aren't black, they're "redwood," but this is the best photo I could find.}

If you don't know what Freecycle is, go to and check it out. I joined Freecycle years and years ago and have received some much needed items and have freecycled some unwanted items to others. Freecycle's mission is to reuse and to keep things out of landfills by swapping items among members. Membership is totally free and there's sure to be a group in your area.

Today more than ever, why buy if you can get what you want or need for free ... or throw something away when you can be giving your unwanted items to families who do want 'em?!? For more info on Freecycle, or to join your local group, clicky HERE.

While Freecycle is completely free, a thank you card and a l'il gift is always appropriate. And whens the last time you created a Nugget Tin? Can't even remember, right? Three years ago, they were the. hottest. paper-crafting. gift. Now, not so much. But since I had all the necessary supplies on hand, this seemed to be the easiest, and fastest, little "thank you" gift.

TIP: I purchase my hinged Nugget tins HERE ... and pay just $1.05 for each. If you want to purchase larger quantities, they're even less. I think that's the lowest price you will find for these tins, but if you know of a lower price, please feel free to share your secret!

For the rest of the exciting product info, check out the Supply List, below.

So, here's someone you want working for you:

Last night, Sheila and I toddled over to the Mall at Wellington Green so she could buy some Clinique face stuff. As she was signing the receipt for her credit card purchase, the clerk noticed that she hadn't signed the back of the credit card. The clerk informed her that she could not complete the transaction unless the card was signed.

"Why?" Sheila asked.

"Because," she replied, "I need to compare the signature on the credit card with the signature you just signed on the receipt."

So Sheila grabbed her pen, signed the credit card in front of her, and slid the credit card back to her.

The clerk carefully compared that signature to the one Sheila had previously signed on the receipt.

"Okay," she finally said, "You're all set; they match."



  • Card Stock: "Stamper's Select" White by Papertrey Ink; "Kiwi Kiss" by Stampin' Up!
  • Designer Paper: "Bali Breeze" Collection (Retired) by Stampin' Up
  • Other Paper: Avery White Mailing Labels
  • Candy: Hershey's Nuggets
  • Stamps: "Holiday Treats" and "Limitless Labels" Sets by Papertrey Ink; "Trendy Trees" Set by Stampin' Up
  • Ink: "Cote d'Azure" Hybrid Ink by Stewart Superior; "Kiwi Kiss" Dye Ink by Stampin' Up; Versamark Watermark Ink by Tsukineko
  • Accessories: Fine Detail White Embossing Powder by Stampendous; Jump Rings; 5/8" Satin Ribbon; "Nuggets" Tin by Speciality Bottle
  • Tools: Die-Cut Machine; Nestabilities Dies by Spellbinders Paper Arts; 1 1/4" Circle Punch by EK Success; 1/16" Circle Punch by Fiskars; Stamp-a-ma-Jig by EK Success; Scotch ATG 714 Adhesive; Foam Tape


Tina said...

Whoa, what a great find. Why does this never happen to me?!!! Anyway, great tin too, love the colors.
Enjoy that spa!

Remy said...

Dito on the "Whoa", I have not seen anything like this on my local group. There are many generous people out there and now you can see them with ToolDo and reconnect to build even stronger communities.

LeAnne said...

WOW! What a great score on Freecycle!! My sister got me a Sleepnumber Bed--just needed to get a (ahem) new mattress pad, but it has been a God-send to two old people with bad backs! Way to go! Your sweet little tin is quite a nice way to say thanks!

Elena said...

Congratulations on the great gift!!! We had hot tub when we lived in VA! I still miss it...
Very cute tin, Deb!

Theresa said...

Wow! How fabulous! Good for you, Deb. Now you'll always be relaxed and happy! Love your tin and card!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

How neat is that!! Awesome swap!! Your card and nugget box are beautiful!! Hope you enjoy your hot tub!!

Sharli said...

Now THAT's quite a trade!!!!! Love your card and the nugget tin, but you gotta admit . . .

You are so much fun to visit every day! I look forward to seeing what you'll have next - it's always a surprise! Thank you so much! In honor of your outstanding blog and all the endorphins that are released while I giggle at it, I hereby award you the Lemonade Stand award! You'll be able to pick it up from my blog.

Brenda said...

Great tin. Lucky you! our local freecycle never has anything good like that. Enjoy!!!

Risa said...

Your card and tin are both very pretty..I love the color combo!
What a super great prize...lucky you!
p.s. Thanks for sharing the link, I'm going to see what Freecycle is all about.

Chris said...

enjoy your tub!! and the card and tin are super cute!! >"<