I'm so excited--first daffodil blooming!!
Feb 29, 2012
Feb 28, 2012
Psss.....could be I'm just a dog lover. :)
If a dog was the teacher you would learn stuff like:
When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
When it's in your best interest, practice obedience.
Let others know when they've invaded your territory.
Stretch before rising.
Run, romp, and play daily.
Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
No matter how often you're scolded, don't buy into the guilt thing and pout...run right back and make friends.
Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
Eat with gusto and enthusiasm. Stop when you have had enough.
Be loyal. Never pretend to be something you're not.
If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.
I have recorded two brand new videos for the photography class. This rounds out the 20 necessary for set one to earn an icon, so watch for new icons soon as the students finish the last of set one!
First, there is a new lesson for catch lights (I didn't do a graphic here for that) in the subscriber area.
Second, there is a new lesson for creating shiny bright eyes! It is for paid subscribers here.
Next up -- we will be exploring shutter speeds in the photography class.
Sheila created this vibrant fun add-on to her birthday kit! The primary colors are perfect for those young boy layouts.
Sheila is our newest designer here at Hummie's World and she has her first kit in the store.
If you use this freebie in a layout, please do give back by utilizing our gallery and posting in the thread. Little gestures as this go greatly to encouraging a designer's mojo!
You can find the freebie in the forum here.
When your thoughts are geared in a positive direction, your feelings are peaceful. Richard Carlson
Is Thijme Termaat a painter, a stop-motion photographer or a wizard capable of shooting art from his fingertips? Maybe all three?
Labels: Fun Stuff
Feb 27, 2012
Here are the classes open for enrollment.
Here is the page regarding the classes and hope it answers all your questions about classes at Hummie's World. Subscription are $5.50 per month and you will have access to all classes whether you join one or not.
Registration for the below is open through March 7th.
OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR CLASSES THAT BEGIN MARCH 1
Course 1 is a great place to start, as it has something for both the newbie and seasoned scrapper. You may think that you know all there is to know about PSE, but you'll be surprised when you learn a new thing or two!
Take a tour through the filter drop down box in Photoshop Elements. Do you ever wonder what each filter does and how you can utilize it in digital scrapbooking? Each lesson will challenge you to utilize a filter or a group of filters. Push yourself to think outside the box. These lessons might change your scrapbooking style from traditional-layout-realism to artistic.
Hummie's Templates help you get unstuck! Stuck on a layout? Not sure what to do? Let Hummie's templates help you! (hey- that rhymed!) There are currently over 80 templates available and they are free to subscribers. What a great way to be inspired to just get some layouts done.
In this class, you will learn more about the settings on your camera, composition, fun techniques, and fixing photos. Some of the lessons will require use of a camera and some will require use of Photoshop Elements. Many of the tools in Photoshop Elements for fixing photos will actually enlighten you to the similar settings in the camera. The comparison between PSE/Photoshop and the camera will bring a whole new understanding to both in a way you cannot get otherwise.
The above five classes will always be visible for viewing to subscribers. Once enrolled, you can continue earning credit for lessons as long as you reach the monthly goal set for you. There is no need to enroll again each month.
The below three classes will only be open for viewing during the month of February and will not be available again until August. Scrap as many layouts as you can in a month and then join us again in six months to pick up where you left off.
Book of Me/About Me
Angie Pederson is the author of many Book of Me publications which you can purchase. I recommend them to anyone serious about scrapping your own life history. The inspiration is boundless! For more information, please read bout Angie on the introduction page to the class guide.
There are over 40 challenges available in the forum to get you started in the all-important scrapping-about-you!
Our normal scrapbooking flow usually begins with the photos and story. However, occasionally challenges begin with a bit of inspiration and we find ourselves digging for applicable photos.
It is during these times in which we stretch ourselves to think outside the box that the results often are moving and emotional. Some of my favorite layouts are those in which I struggled the most with an idea.
There are over 40 quote challenges (each set of 20 earns an icon by your name in the forum). Let that creativity flow!!
Do you know your lineage? Get to know your ancestors as you learn more about your family. You don't necessarily have to have photos to make a layout. Maybe you can find a census online or have some heirloom memories to preserve. This class contains 16 challenges which take you through each generation in order to organize your book for you. Make a book that will be treasured for generations to enjoy!
You are sure to be inspired, so head on over and view them all!
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Labels: Digital Scrapbooking
Shapecatcher.com is a great site (fun too!) for quickly putting these shapes into your layouts, facebook, or twitter.
⟶ See, it even works in blog posts!
⤏ Here's a different arrow.
⟿ Look at this fun arrow!
⍨ Oh, a quirky smile face!
Yes, even you can be a little fun with a little help!
Are you missing Hummie's World on Facebook?
http://www.facebook.com/digitalscrapbooking Oh no! Don't miss it. I love chatting with everyone online.
Here's what you can do to help Facebook show you want you want to see.
Then I have 5 lists for "pages."
I have one for "local" which also include anything in my state or in St. Louis. I used to have this separate, but I put them together to make things less cluttered.
I have one for "celebrity" which includes television stations, news, famous people, and television shows, as well as non-Christian music artists.
I have one for "techy" which includes websites like "Mashable," photoshop, photography, and digital scrapbooking pages. I used to have them separated, but decided to lump them together.
I have one for "Christian" which is my "go to" click for inspiration, whether musicians, pages that share God's word, churches, or those of my denomination.
I have a one for "misc" which includes anything that does not fit in the above categories, such as restaurants and stores.
Once I reorganized my lists, I immediately began seeing things show up in my stream I had never seen before. In addition, I can few the lists from my phone or my iPad. Something that may have gone down far on a stream may be more easily visible on a divided list than the entire stream.
I say if you are going to utilize the benefits of Facebook, make it work to your benefit.
Oh, and don't miss me!
I do smile each time you talk to me!
1 You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in someone's hand.
2 You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, but you'll need it to become a better pencil.
3 You will be able to correct mistakes you will make.
4 The most important part of you will always be what's inside.
5 On every surface you are used on, you must leave your mark. No matter what the condition, you must continue to write.
The pencil understood and promised to remember, and went into the box with purpose in its heart.
Now replacing the place of the pencil with you, always remember them and never forget, and you will become the best person you can be.
1 You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in God's hand. And allow other human beings to access you for the many gifts you possess.
2 You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, by going through various problems, but you'll need it to become a stronger person.
3 You will be able to correct mistakes you might make or grow through them.
4 The most important part of you will always be what's on the inside.
5 On every surface you walk, you must leave your mark. No matter what the situation, you must continue to serve God in everything.
By understanding and remembering, let us proceed with our life on this earth having a meaningful purpose in our heart and a relationship with God daily.
Feb 26, 2012
"My God, I have never thanked You for my thorns. I have thanked You a thousand times for my roses, but never once for my thorns. Teach me the glory of the cross I bear; teach me the value of my thorns. Show me that I have climbed closer to You along the path of pain. Show me that, through my tears, the colors of Your rainbow look much more brilliant."
Praise Him for your roses; thank him for your thorns!
Hubby hid this card in the lunch he made me--and it isn't even a holiday!
In the account settings, there is an option for "allow others to share your stuff," which can be set to "yes" or "no" globally for all your photos. I wish it were an individual choice.
I thought this would be helpful information to pass on for those who are concerned about safety on Flickr.
Feb 25, 2012
Come and ask her questions and get to know her in this thread.
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to design and could do it all day. I love anything shabby and cutesy, especially for children, and I am also venturing into CU products.
I live way down here in Alabama and I also love to read, design, watch documentaries (I know...."boring"), design, volunteer teaching children's church, design, and, oh yeah, eat.
May God bless you all and I can't wait to get to know everyone
DigiTee Blog | Email | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest | Store
Sheila's design name is DigiTee Designs. Her first kit is Birthday Boy and is available in the store here. If you make anything with this kit, please share your layouts in this thread.
Here are a few great layouts using her kit.
The Little Birdie Secrets blog has this great tutorial for using magnets to make bookmarks. Click the image source link above to see how she puts a decorative element at the top. I can see these being made with digital scrapbooking papers too.
Hmmmm... maybe the Easter bunny could make some and sneak them into baskets?
Feb 24, 2012
If it isn't a "bag of chips" for you, but rather chocolate or some other type of goodness, substitute it in your mind!
- 85/15 commission
- no paypal fees
- control over product with x-cart
- payments via PayPal monthly
- $5 server fee for sales below $30
- create really great designs!
- create at your own pace - I know how stress and deadlines can zap your mojo!
- participate in activities as you have time - we all have a busy life and I’m confident you will do your best.
I have a life too and do not have time
to be keep track of your requirements
send the following to firstname.lastname@example.org
- designer name and a little bit about yourself
- links to current store(s), blog, Facebook, Twitter or other social networking sites.
- downloadable sample of your work
Ellie Lash has this nice tutorial on giving layered images a doodle look. Click on the image source link to read the tutorial.
This tutorial shows you have to create a photo that is made of text. I can see taking this even further in digital scrapbooking with blending into papers.
Feb 23, 2012
Click on the image source link to read a tutorial on how to make these felt flowers.
I feel a need to make them and extract them for digital scrapbooking elements.
Do you think it would go any better than my rolled paper flower adventure?
It looks so "easter" ready.
Here is a photoshop tutorial sharing how to make text with a photo of roses. You could use any text for your layout or even just a monogram. Be inspired!
Feb 22, 2012
Click on the image source link to see how Cathy turned a crafty wooden box into a hot cocoa container using WM Squared's kit. What a great hybrid project! Cathy's got talent!
Here is a video sharing how to take a normal photo and make it look like a miniature scene.
he rent his clothes
and tossed ashes upon himself.
So the Bible tells of holy agony.
Sleeplessness to insomnia;
she ripped her pajamas
and tossed all night.
So the counselor tells of clients.
What causes such extreme actions?
Why do you not get
a good night's sleep?
Why such an ashen look
upon your face?
What troubles you to the degree
that ashes and insomnia visit you?
There are little things
and there are big things.
There are little white lies
and there are transgressions.
Whatever we call them,
God calls them sin.
And it hurts;
Ashes to ashes,
Ash Wednesday to Ash Wednesday,
All year through
you are called to holiness.
All year long you discover unholiness.
And it hurts;
Ash Wednesday ignites Lent.
Lent burns to Easter.
Easter explodes into life.
Ashes don't evolve to ashes,
but give birth to life.
And it heals hurts;
Hurts to God
Hurts to you.
Come, start the healing
by honest worship
At Ash Wednesday church.
Ash Wednesday to Lent
Lent to Easter
Easter to eternal life.
--Rev. Paul Kabo, Jr.
This is actually a local Pastor's writing here in Cape Girardeau. He may not remember it, but many years ago he gave me permission to share this on my site. It has moved two times since then, now on this site.
Feb 20, 2012
This layout was made using the From Our Hearts collab available for purchase in the store.
The video begins with some other tips in digital scrapbooking. Go ahead.... click to watch ...
.... the video is in this thread.
"Help me! Help me, please!"
The priest stopped and strained his neck to see into the ditch. Then he called across the road, "What happened to you?"
"I was traveling to town when I was attacked, beaten, and robbed. Please help me, I can't move," the voice responded.
The priest paused for a moment. Then he yelled back to the voice in the ditch. "Listen, there's this guy called the Good Samaritan who always helps people in need. He should be coming down the road any time now. He'll help you. I don't know anything about first aid and I wouldn't want to make things worse."
"Wait, you don't understand, I'm..."
But the priest had already gone on his way.
Soon, another man came walking along the road. This man was a Levite.
"Help me! Help me, please!"
The Levite stopped in the road and looked from side to side. "Who was that? Who said that?"
"I did, over here!" called the voice from the ditch on the other side of the road.
"You talkin' to me?" asked the Levite.
"Yes, you! I was traveling to town when I was attacked,beaten, and robbed. I need your help!"
"Oh," said the Levite, gazing into the ditch. "You do sound like someone who could use some help. Wait a minute! Attacked? Beaten? Robbed? What a coincidence. That reminds me of a story a fellow named Jesus told! Ever heard of him?"
"Yeah, I know the story. Now, can you help me?"
"Actually, I'm in quite a rush. But I'm sure that someone else will be along shortly to help you. Someone called...um...the Good
Samaritan! That's it! He'll be along soon. This is a busy road, you know."
"Couldn't you help me? I'm feeling very weak, I can't..."
"I'm sorry, but I'm not the Good Samaritan. I'm the Levite. If I helped you, it would ruin the story. You wouldn't want me to do
that, now, would you?"
"No, I wouldn't want you to do that, but I think it's already...Wait! Come back!"
"Patience there, chap! I'm sure the Good Samaritan will be along shortly," the Levite said as he went on his way.
"Ohhhh...I can't last much longer," the wounded man said softly.
Soon another man came walking along the same road. He ran over to the ditch when he heard the man crying.
"Oh my goodness! What happened?"
"I was traveling to town when I was attacked, beaten, and robbed. Two other men have walked by and haven't helped me. Please help me. I can't move."
The traveler peered in at the wounded figure lying on the ground in front of him. Finally he said, "Wait a minute...you look familiar. Where are you from?"
"Do you by any chance have a nickname?" he asked, suddenly excited.
"Me? Oh, some people call me the Good Samaritan because I helped an injured man on this road a while back."
"Yes! Yes! Well, sir, I was the man you helped! All this time I have been looking for you because I wanted to pay you back! Wow,this is great! I can't wait until I find my friends and tell them that I actually met up with you again! And now I can finally pay you back!
Look, here are two silver coins--exactly what you gave that innkeeper. I feel so much better having finally repaid you. This is wonderful!"
The grateful man, who had himself once been attacked, beaten, and
robbed, laid the two silver coins in the dust next to the wounded man and then cheerfully went on his way, whistling a happy tune.
"Wait, wait! I don't want your money..." whispered the man from Samaria. But it was too late. The other man was already gone.
And so, the Good Samaritan died quietly in a ditch by the side of the road.
Jesus told the original story of the Good Samaritan to teach us how to love. But like the grateful man in this take on the parable, we sometimes miss the point. Love is more than words; it's more than a feeling; more than doing what's easy and convenient. Love means getting down in the ditch with someone to give them what they really need. It means getting dirty and being inconvenienced. Sometimes it means laying down your life for a friend (John 15:13). Jesus did that for us.
by Wayne Rice
Feb 19, 2012
"When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn't bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That's love." Rebecca- age 8
When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth." Billy - age 4
"Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other." Karl - age 5
"Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs." Chrissy -age 6
"Love is what makes you smile when you're tired." Terri - age 4
"Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK." Danny - age 7
"Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more. My Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss" Emily - age 8
"Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen." Bobby - age 7 (Wow!)
"If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate,"
Nikka - age 6 (we need a few million more Nikka's on this planet) "Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday." Noelle - age 7
"Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well." Tommy - age 6
"During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn't scared anymore." Cindy - age 8
"My mommy loves me more than anybody . You don't see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night." Clare - age 6
"Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken." Elaine-age 5
"Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford." Chris - age 7
"Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day."
Mary Ann - age 4
"I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones." Lauren - age 4
"When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up! and down and little stars come out of you." (what an imagination) Karen - age 7
"Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn't think it's gross."
Mark - age 6
"You really shouldn't say 'I love you' unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget." Jessica - age 8
Feb 18, 2012
How to "color in" your doodles and digital stamps using digital scrapbook papers by suzyqscraps.com.Tutorial works for both PSE and PS.
Love the video images. I've seen the text before, but this was well put together.
I just did this 19 minute video without the impact (no jumping) and I'm sweating up a storm! Wow! ... I need to exercise every day to feel better. I need to make it a part of my daily routine badly. I'm SO out of shape.
Feb 17, 2012
Some of them I need to work on:
Stop putting your own needs on the back burner
Stop trying to hold onto your past
Stop looking to others for happiness
Stop doing the same things over and over without taking a break
Stop trying to make things perfect
Stop trying to be everything to everyone.
Which ones do you need to work on? Leave me a comment because I'd love to hear.
Feb 16, 2012
I was SO not with it on February 12 that the month slipped by me. So today I did a surrogate 12th day and here are my photos. What an interesting day it was!
This morning when I stepped in the door at work, a wonderful smell of baked cinnamon filled the air. I thought it was someone's breakfast tantalizing me, but was surprised to find a treat for everyone in the office.
Two kinds of juices to kick start my day: one high in caffeine and one high in vitamins.
It is a constant fight with my filing. I am going to put on a strong-hold attack today, but the filing always wins the fight.
Lunch duty is really not my favorite thing. I am not good at finding all the buttons. Our receptionist has job security!
Spring is near when these onion weeds begin popping up and need mowing.
I see another sign of Spring!!! These tulip plants have bulbs beginning to make their appearance.
I really need to get rid of this 15 year old Maytag dryer. I think I should take time out of my day to "pay it forward" for recent kindnesses to me and freecycle it.
We had snow accumulation that melted by ends day followed by much rain the next day. It's just standing there with no heat to evaporate it.
I should never mess with habits! I moved my acid reflux meds to this bottle attached to my purse thinking it would remind me to take them daily every time I stuck my phone in the pocket. I've now missed taking them for several days and my stomach reminded me.
They are trying to make me fatter today! We celebrate birthdays at the office with a brief break in the lounge with yummies. Two sweets in one day, oh my!
We got a little too friendly today. I think my knotted tummy from a week worth of stress was unknotting.
Doesn't this just top the day off? It describes it well.
Thanks to Janet and Jodiann for their hard work in putting it together.
I have a winner to the challenge . . .
and the winner is!
.................... sorry, you've got to watch the video to find out who!
Or just watch the video to see all the inspiration from the layouts!
I wanted one of these lens cap strap holders from PhotoJoJo for Christmas and I didn't get it. Maybe someone will send it to me for my birthday in July.
Since making my first attempt, I had contemplated the correct answer. So this time I told her, "Mommy, sight is very important to everybody, so it must be our eyes." She looked at me and told me, "You are learning fast, but the answer is not correct because there are many people who are blind." Stumped again, I continued my quest for knowledge and over the years, Mother asked me a couple more times and always her answer was, "No. But you are getting smarter every year, my child."
Then last year, my grandpa died.. Everybody was hurt. Everybody was crying. Even my father cried. I remember that especially because it was only the second time I saw him cry. My Mom looked at me when it was our turn to say our final goodbye to Grandpa. She asked me, "Do you know the most important body part yet, my dear?"
I was shocked when she asked me this now. I always thought this was a game between her and me. She saw the confusion on my face and told me, "This question is very important. It shows that you have really lived in our life. For every body part you gave me in the past, I have told you were wrong and I have given you an example why.
But today is the day you need to learn this important lesson." She looked down at me as only a mother can. I saw her eyes well up with tears. She said, "My dear, the most important body part is your shoulder." I asked, "Is it because it holds up
my head?" She replied, "No, it is because it can hold the head of a friend or a loved one when they cry. Everybody needs a shoulder to cry on sometime in life, my dear. I only hope that you have enough love and friends that you will always have a shoulder to cry on when you need it."
Then and there I knew the most important body part is not a selfish one. It is sympathetic to the pain of others. People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will NEVER forget how you made them feel.
Only the big companies have the abilitiy currently to use them. For instance, check out the top banner on McDonald's twitter. In addition, there is an ability to pin a tweet at the top of each brand’s stream.
How long do we have to wait until we can get ours? Or did I miss something?
We all know how digital scrapbookers talk about "loosing their mojo" and trying to get it back.
I've never thought of it this way, but "mojo" could be replaced with "productivity." We all want to stop feeling overwhelmed and feel productive, even with our scrapbooking.
When I read this article and got to "stop multitasking—it’s just another form of distraction," my thoughts were peaked. I multitask constantly!
Yes, I do read every thread in the forum and find myself hitting a thread, commenting on a layout, then returning to another screen (ie. PSE) to do some more work. In fact, I bounce around like a pinball machine, from one broswer, to my e-mail, to my project, to Facebook, to answering hubby's interruptions, etc.
I need to think about these 7 tips a bit and get back to focusing!
Labels: Digital Scrapbooking
You can read her blog post here -- she's such a fun person!
Follow her on facebook here.
Keep your heart open to dreams. For as long as there's a dream, there is hope, and as long as there is hope, there is joy in living." Unknown
Feb 15, 2012
May the pain you have known and the conflict you have experienced give you the strength to walk through life facing each new situation with optimism and courage.
Always know that there are those whose love and understanding will always be there, even when you feel most alone.
May you discover enough goodness in others to believe in a world of peace.
May a kind word, a reassuring touch, a warm smile be yours every day of your life, and may you give these gifts as well as receive them.
Remember the sunshine when the storm seems unending.
Teach love to those who know hate, and let that love embrace you as you go into the world.
May the teaching of those you admire become part of you, so that you may call upon them.
Remember, those whose lives you have touched and who have touched yours are always a part of you, even if the encounters were less than you would have wished.
May you not become too concerned with material matters, but instead place immeasurable value on the goodness in your heart.
Find time in each day to see the beauty and love in the world around you.
Realize that each person has limitless abilities, but each of us is different in our own way.
What you may feel you lack in one regard may be more than compensated for in another.
What you feel you lack in the present may become one of your strengths in the future.
May you see your future as one filled with promise and possibility.
Learn to view everything as a worthwhile experience.
May you find enough inner strength to determine your own worth by yourself, and not be dependent on an others judgments of your accomplishments.
May you always feel loved.
This reminded me of the lonely "Recipe Group" at Hummie's World and Janet and Debbie jumped right in to kick off the group! Come join us in sharing your recipes. If you have them in layouts, you can share those too.
You can see the video in the forum here.
I had what I was going to say about the new washer and dryer all in my head, but now that is gone. For those that digital scrapbook, this is a reminder to journal as soon as possible because the memories fade fast!
We had to get a new washer and dryer as our 16 year old washer had died and our 15 year old dryer was just old. Actually, we were going to keep the dryer, but then the combo deal price was too difficult to pass up. The old dryer is still on our carport and I need to decide what to do with it.
When we first got them, we spent about a half hour on a Friday night just watching the washer do its thing! Ah, who needs a movie for entertainment on a Friday night when they have new appliances to watch!
Without the agitator, it sure did function differently. We no longer have a setting for low, medium, or high water levels, but it senses the amount of clothes in the load. I wish I had that years ago when the boys constantly changed my load level and I occasionally washed a full load on low water level! Oh, let the re-washing begin! No more re-washing for us! The washer starts out with a lot of jostling back and forth as it appears to spread the clothes out evenly around the bin and distribute the detergent. I began wondering if it would ever do anything that remotely made me think that the clothes were actually getting clean and then finally it took off. Oh, all the fun lights to watch too! Whooo hoooo!
We've figured it out that our first set last about 10 or 11 years and this set lasted 15/16 years, so we are just beginning our third and I'm hoping last!
We learned somethings while shopping that I will pass on.
We learned that our old washer which was listed as "super capacity" is 3.3 cubic inches which isn't so super anymore!
We also learned that they have something now called "direct drive" which means something about a magnet and an engine instead of belts and all those parts that normally go wrong with a washer. So if you need to shop, that's the new thing to look for that's supposed to make them not break down. That is, if the electronic boards don't go out!
We went to Sears and Lowes and found a Maytag we liked which was 3.6 cubic feet (which was what we had), but then the Lowes guy told us all 4.6 or so had the direct drive now. So we were torn between direct drive or less money. Then we went to Best Buy and found a 3.7 that had direct drive! So it was less money and then we debated on the name band of LG as we did not know much about it. There was so much to think about.
We got them at Best Buy because I had a rewards for $85 and over a $100 on a gift card from I think an old phone that they gave us money for when we upgraded. Then my rewards zone wouldn't print out because of a site error, so they took another $85 off and told us to keep the rewards for another time when we could get it to print! It was a good thing too because it took two weeks before customer support answered my reply with regard to the rewards zone.
We were going to just get a washer, but they were both on sale. In addition, if we bought a pair, we received 15% off, so the sale was $100 off each and the 15% was $100 more off each, so buy buying them together, we actually got a really low price on the dryer. If we sell our working dryer, we might be able to take even some more off the price of that.
Now we've got another monthly payment .... sigh.
Let's hope our really old refrigerator holds on a little longer. We had anticipated replacing it this year before it went out, but now we need it to remain a faithful a little longer.