Art Room Blog, it was because I had something to say. I knew there was a contest, but honestly, I think I would have left the comment anyhow, because, well, that's just me. But last week the blogger contacted me and told me I had won a prize. You can see in the photo above exactly what I won!!! This blog hosts a contest EVERY MONTH. That means if you leave a comment on the contest, the odds of winning sooner or later are pretty good. This month she's giving away a set of awesome-looking pan pastels. But you have to actually SAY something in your comment. Each month she asks a question. - This month's question asks "What is your focus when writing lesson plans?" (Follow the link; she goes into more detail than that in her question.)
Meanwhile, maybe you are wondering what I'm going to do with my $50 gift card to Jerry's Artarama? Well, it's already been spent, and I'm beyond excited waiting for the day my package shows up. Because I decided to make an investment in something that will be useful to me for a LONG time.
I added a little of my own money to the gift card, and have ordered this 18" paper cutter!! Hallelujah!
I have always liked big paper - but sometimes I do need to cut it (for example, cutting 18"x24" paper into an 18" squares, or cutting strips for a project, or whatever). Since I retired two years ago, having access to the paper cutter is the thing I have missed most (besides the kids). Sometimes, when I need to cut a lot of paper for a workshop I'm teaching, or my private students, I have driven the 30 miles to my old classroom to 'borrow' the cutter for an hour. But obviously, this is a distraction to the teacher in the classroom, and it makes a simple project into a whole day effort. Putting the stuff I want to cut into the car, driving the 30 miles, lugging the giant paper through a crowded parking lot, down hallways and up stairs, trying to find a place to work in a busy crowded classroom, and then repeating the whole process in reverse. UGH. Sometimes, I have tried cutting the paper using a sewing tool, my rotary cutter (the singularly most dangerous piece of equipment that I own). But the paper always slips, and I end up wasting more than I cut, plus I am waiting for the day that this evil tool decides to slice off the top of one of my fingers and I have to rush to the ER cradling the missing part of my finger. It terrifies me.
So the package has shipped, and in a few days, on my doorstep, I will have my VERY OWN 18" paper cutter! I want to give a huge THANK YOU to Mrs. Darter at Art Room Blog. And while I don't want to appear greedy, I'm sure you will see me writing more comments in the future!
I'm sure that some of you readers have stuck with me to the end of this post hoping that I am offering a prize drawing too, but... not this time. But stick with me, readers, because I've done it before and it will certainly happen again! Until then, happy commenting!