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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

This Smells Like a Scam

Yesterday I received this box of 3 books (2 are on backorder), a tote bag and a cloth picture frame with a welcome-to-the-club letter.

I never joined this craft book club. I immediately called the customer service number.

The CSR that I spoke with did not blink an eye when I told her I did not order these. With no questions whatsoever, she said she would remove the charges from my name. She said I could just keep or donate the books. I ask how this could happen. She said that someone had gotten my information and subscribed me. Hmmmmm....I asked if was on the internet...she said, "No, it was through the mail." She said it was on July 20.

So supposedly someone subscribed me and ordered quilting books and a bird book....not knitting books, or crocheting books.........how did this person know my interests?

A few years ago I was with this company just long enough to fulfill my commitment. I ordered some quilting books and a paper-pieced bird block quilting book. Coincidence? I doubt it. I think this is an inside job and this club is doing this on purpose in hopes that people will just accept it and pay the bill.

Has this happened to anyone else out there?



Speaking of books, I just stopped by the library to pick up the latest Jennifer Chiaverini book. I am looking forward to a good read, so I hope it does not disappoint.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Not Happy with the Finished Jean Bag


I had such high expectations for my first attempt at a zipper-closed jean bag.

I finished it last week, but I am not happy with it.

I had planned to give it to mom, but it's not up to my standards -- i.e. the scrutiny of all of her friends! LOL.

I have no pattern for these bags--I just wing it. Somehow I sewed a double gusset, which is not all bad. The bag is very roomy. But the zippered top is very sloppy.

I do like the strap and it happens to be extremely comfy to carry. It's the perfect length for my shoulder! I have one almost just like it, but this one is bigger and has the zipper--sloppy as it may be.

The back side of this has a yellow tulip.

Sorry, mom, but I will have to make another one for you. I can't have you carrying an inferior handbag!

Earlier today I was skimming through this magazine.
I came across an ad for these aprons:
They are made of terry cloth. How practical is that? I also love the big ric rac and the fabric used for the ruffle. If you enlarge the pic, you can see the web site where they are sold. I have not visited that site yet, but will as soon as I finish this post.
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