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Made it home from CHA.  Yipee.  I am almost embarrassed to tell you all about my journey through Airport Security.  Shall we say it was less than pleasant.  I knew I would get checked.  I always do.  I must have a gold star next to my name when I travel.  As the gal looked up from behind the monitor to see who the bag belonged to I was standing there with a pleasant smile.    I kept that smile the entire time.  I really wanted to scream at their stupidity but I did not.   They had no problem with my 3 sets of scissors, 2 bottles of glue, 12 jars of metallic paint 16 bottles of SMOOCH, 16 spray bottles of SMOOCH SPRITZ,  2 jars of Glass Etchant.  But what they did have a problem with was the one jar that was 3 POINT 5 ounces.  Because that extra smidge of an ounce makes a difference.  I offered to scoop out some and he did not think that was funny.  (The TSA rule is that 3.4 is the maximum size allowed.)    I was not happy to get rid of this container as it was the most beautiful color of green.  I am not quite sure what the product was.  But  I do know that I was really looking forward to trying it out.  It was from a company called Viva Decor. They are out of Germany.  Now the next thing they gave me a hard time about was the replacement blades on my Tonic Paper Trimmer.  Let me say the packaged blades were sealed in the original from the manufacturer plastic packaging.  The two TSA agents were having a difficult time getting the packaging open.   When they finally did get one of the blades out of the first part of the packaging they stood there studying it.  Sent it through the Xray machine 3 times.  Let me tell you this teen weeny tiny blade sticking out will only cut 4 sheest of paper. ( Nothing thicker – Yes, I have tried)  So no the blade is not very big  yet they were having a raging debate about it.    Then the next comment out of my mouth was not the most brilliant one.  I looked at moron number one and said  ” I could not draw blood with that piece and you are having a debated about it?  Yet any one of the 3 inch scissors in my bag could puncture a jugular.”  Moron nuber two then screened all my bags again.  So I guess that makes me MORON 3 for opening my big mouth.  After much discussion I was finally able to repack the bags.  Now please do not ask me why I did not pack this stuff in my checked bag.  That would be a whole other post for discussion.


Now the layout I posted was on Display in the Hampton Art booth.  They have some really great stamps and they were fun to work with.  I used only cardstock, stamps and Smooch Products on it.

About nikimeiners

Friend, Wife, Mom and an all around crafty old soul. Artist, Writer, Creative Director and Style Maker. Lover of old, fond of the new. Craver of excitement, establisher of the calm. My website http://365daysofcrafts.com Bio- Growing up in a small mid-western town, Niki Meiners was surrounded by a modest, resourceful and very entrepreneurial family. Her simple upbringing spurred her "Can do" attitude and gave her the confidence to try any challenge placed before her. She knew there was more out there than just her small town and set off after high school to explore the world. It was through these travels that she discovered her love of art and her desire to make the world a prettier place. It was not until she suffered a paralyzing illness that she realized she wanted to reconsider her corporate career as a Chief Paper Pusher, and her thoughts immediately turned to her first passion, art. In 2003 she began an odyssey that would take her from product design to publication and everywhere in between. She is known for her distinctive, high quality creations that feature a diverse mix of styles and highly creative approach to even the smallest detail. Niki is an Idea Architect, easily outlining every project from concept to completion. Her creations are simultaneously beautiful and functional and her in depth knowledge of the industry allows her to produce projects with a specific understanding of both the consumers and the manufacturers. This knowledge has allowed her work to be featured in the industries leading craft and lifestyle publications and manufacturers’ websites. nikimeiners at gmail.com
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