I have another sneak peek for you, so if you don't want to see new products, don't scroll down too far! In the meantime, I found out some interesting facts about the new CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps) we'll be required to use in light fixtures. Our kitchen lamp (the correct term for "light bulb," I was told by my former GE employee husband) burned out, and I could only find one of the "environmentally friendly" lamps to replace it with. Environmentally friendly? HA!
I did a little research (in case I broke it, because I had heard there were guidelines) and found out if you do break one, first you have to seal off the room. No one is supposed to walk through the glass. (Really? Becuase I love walking through broken glass.) You have to keep pets out of the area. (Again – really? My pet is larger than I am, and I can't keep him from doing anything if he really wants to do it. Wesley can, though!)
Then, you have to air out the room for 15 minutes. Open a window (well, we're in trouble there, because my little postage stamp-sized kitchen doesn't have a window) and turn off the heat or air conditioning. (That may cause a mutiny.)
THEN – you have to scoop up pieces of broken glass and mercury (mercury??? THIS is environmentally friendly?) with cardboard. You can't use a broom or vacuum, because if you do, you have to throw them away after. I'm not kidding. I'm not clever enough to make up this stuff.
After you scoop the pieces, you have to dispose of them in a glass jar with a tight lid (like a canning jar. I don't have any of those, so I guess in that 15 minutes of "airing out time," I'll be heading to the store to buy a jar. And hope that someone keeps the dog out of the kitchen. You can also use a plastic bag with a seal (not a live seal, a bag that seals. I may be able to find one of those without going to the store. My Costco junkie husband bought a huge container of them several months ago, and I think we still have some.)
Finally – you have to pick up any leftover pieces that you didn't get up with the cardboard, using either damp paper towels or duct tape. The last time I saw the duct tape was when I taped the boys together because they were fighting – but that was years ago. It's here somewhere, though. And then you take them out to a holding area for trash pickup. We don't have trash pickup, so I'm not sure what we're supposed to do, but we'll figure it out, I guess. At least we don't live in an area where you can't dispose of the broken "lamp." In those areas, you have to take the bottled or bagged pieces to a recycling center. Seriously.
Honestly, I don't think people do any of this. I think they scoop up the broken glass, throw it into the trash can which is lined with a plastic bag that will never decompose, and take it to the dump where it will probably leach mercury into the earth for years to come. And this is environmentally friendly, because the lamps last 3 years (read the small print….with a maximum use of 5 minutes a day for 1 day a week. Ok, I'm exaggerating a little, but our lamps last about 3 months, not 3 years, and we definitely don't burn them 24/7). So since they supposedly last longer, theoretically they use less electricity. But they cost 10 times as much. *sigh* I'm all for being good caretakers of our planet, but mercury filled light bulbs? This doesn't sound that smart to me, but what do I know? In the meantime, I'll keep recycling, turn off lights when I'm not using them, and keep the air conditioning at 78 (when the guys will let me).
So…that should have given you enough time to prepare for the sneak peek….. It's a new set called "Touch of Kindness." I almost didn't order it, but I'm so glad I did! It's really cute and fun to watercolor.
This uses the same sketch as yesterday, and I used the Sunny Garden designer series paper. It's so bright and warm and happy! Poppy Parade was one of those, "hmmmmm" colors when it first came out, but I'm really loving it!
Don't those little birds look like they're having a blast? I added a little Moonlight Smooch paint to the fountain and Dazzling Diamonds glitter to the water. Here are the supplies. Tomorrow I'll show you a card I made using the new embossing powders! Thanks for stopping in!
Stamps: Touch of Kindness
Ink: Jet Black StazOn; Poppy Parade classic; Stampin' Write Markers (Pacific Point, Bashful Blue, Daffodil Delight, Peach Parfait, Garden Green, Wild Wasabi, Basic Gray)
Paper: Sunny Garden designer series paper; Poppy Parade, Peach Parfait, Daffodil Delight card stock
Other: Stampin' Dimensionals, 2-way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, blender pen, Moonlight Smooch paint