I do love a good gadget, as many of my friends can testify. Of course I absolutely NEED all of them. I particularly love machines for crafting, especially ones for using with textiles. So, when my college tutor demonstrated the embellisher machine I had to have one. Immediately. This required a thorough investigation of machines and prices. I looked at reviews and saw that the Creative SP1000 had good reviews, and was reasonably priced. Next stop eBay to see how cheaply I could acquire one, and there was a brand new one listed as an auction. Needless to say bidding commenced. I knew what the cheapest price for one was to buy online, so my maximum bid had to be less than that. And I won! It arrived on Wednesday when I was out, and by the time I got home I was too tired to try it out. Thursday was college day, where I had a go on the embellisher in class so I would know what to do with mine. I finally tried it out this afternoon, and it is magic. I’ve created a textured piece using a Markel/Shiva stick rubbed “bark” print, with wool laid across it to mimic the wood. There are so many exciting possibilities, and things I can do with it. There will be pictures at some point, I promise.