its Me...Vicki

its Me...Vicki
Uhhmmm --- I didn't mean for this picture to be so big ..and I don't know how to shrink it ... so, until I can get another picture for the blog --- squint when you look at this! LOL

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

How I Got Started (2 to 3 short months ago) Blogging & Vlogging?

Okay....so, here is the sad, sorted ...but true story...of my addiction to
You Tube and the Scrapbook/Papercraft Blogs...

We are also accepting donations of love --- yes, our palms are wide open...because I
AM GOING TO HAVE TO BE PUT AWAY

Perhaps, I need to go to paper rehab?
(Is there someplace like this?)
I bet if there is, the sick joke is that there is a
Michaels, Hobby Lobby & Archivers around the corner!

Anywho - more on the pitiful side of this story in a moment.

So ... I was sitting home, minding my own business during the 2010 Christmas Season.
My son said he was going to buy me a Blu Ray Player for my Christmas present.
I said "Listen...I don't care what color it is - just get me something so I can play some movies!"

Well - he does it - gets me a
Sony Blu Ray Player with built in Wifi (look at the very bottom of this post and I will share some information
if you are looking to buy one of these)
I was reading the box and it said "Wifi Ready" ---
I would have never said this to my son, but I was thinking ..
"GEEZEL PETE...why didn't he just get me a simple disc player?!?!"

So after installing the player - I got on to check out what WIFI meant...
I mean I know...what "Wifi" means...but "What did it mean...to me?"
I figured oh good...I may use Netflix every now and then ...
but then...I stumbled upon the YOU TUBE logo...now I had been on You Tube a few times
via my computer. I thought it was cute and from time to time if I wanted to show my grandson
something "I" felt important (like classic kids songs like The Ants Go Marching or Shirley Temple movies)
I would get on and do a search. Heck, I even ventured out once to see if there was
any Anna Griffin stuff on there...and the only thing I found was her spots on HSN....

I was not a big You Tube fan - back then.

This is when my life changed forever (sighs dreamily) ...
One evening, nothing was on TV so I got on my Wifi Sony Blu Ray Player...
clicked on the You Tube - and typed in scrapbooking ...
OH MY GOSHHHHHHhhhhhhhhh....
thousandddddd upon thousandsssssssssss of links popped up!

I could NOT believe it! And there, in those little thumbnail thingys...were frozen images...
images of people
embossing
cutting
using the Cricut!!!
stamping ....


Now listen - remember...these You Tube videos...are
streaming on my TV SET!!!!(don't you love how I know all these technical terms ... like
"streaming" ?!?!)

The very first set of videos I tuned into was Kristal Andrew's over on
http://www.gettingcricky.com/

Then....I got really snazzy with things and found my way to
http://www.primpedinpaper.com/ which belongs to Nicole or
a.k.a. TikiBoo78 (Gosh I LOVE to say that name!) Tiki Boo Tiki Boo....

Now up until about 6 weeks ago...I didn't even mess with the blogs!
I was just getting my jollies from watching all the You Tube vids! LOL
I mean why read when someone is going to say it out loud for you, right? ;)

Welllllllllllllllllllllllll my curiousity got the best of me - and I just had to check out
their blogs....and now...here I am!
A blog writing fool
...a contest joining freak of nature...
a blog hop'n maniac!

And I Love Love Love it!

Thanks so much Nicole and Kristal...IF you didn't do such wonderful
projects and interesting videos...I would have turned the Blu Ray You Tube off...
that is...until the next time I wanted to show my Natey Bug (my grandsons nick name...
well ONE of his nicknames! LOL) -- a sonic boom, Maw Maws favorite cartoons
(The Bug A Loo's & H.R. Puf n Stuff) ... or how to do a cartwheel...
;)


Okay ladies...here is my 2 cents and suggestions on getting the Sony Blu Ray Player with Wifi built in --
first of all, I could easier live without my stove now than I could this electronic
(knocks on wood because I don't really want to live without a stove)
It looked like it was relatively easy to hook up ... my grown son hooked it into
my TV for me ... now make sure you get any wires or cords that you will need.
I think he said he had to use his HDMI cable on it because there was not one in
the box...I don't know what the heck that means but you might - and I know for a minute
when we were hooking it up, I thought we were going to have to wait until we got this "cord"...
don't you hate that? When you are all ready to do something and then you find out -
1. you have to spend MORE money and 2. whatever you are trying to do .. is going to have to wait.

Now it may have been my TV that required this cord...but just check with the store
where you buy it or if you have a techie type of person in your life ... take them with you! ;)

The first player we bought was Wifi ready...BUT we had to buy something called a wireless adapter.
It is what picks up the Internet Signals in your house...that thingy...was anywhere from $80 and up!
No way was I going to pay another $80 when he had already spent like 200...
so he got online and found the same kind of player but it said Wifi adapter BUILT IN ...
he found it on Amazon.com -- and said it was a good price - which was right around $220.
(this was back during Christmas 2010) so who knows...the way things are these days...it could
now cost 1,220.00 -- right? ;)

Anyway, once you have it hooked up and all that, you can use your old You Tube name and password
or you can get a new one ... and the You Tube screen area will let you have your Playlists...
Subscriptions, Favorites, Recommendations, and you can keep them just like on the online You Tube!

The only difference I have found between the Blu Ray You Tube and online You Tube is....
my favorites file will only hold up to 12 to 32 individual videos for viewing...where online I have
like 140 favorites...I guess there is limited space on the Blu Ray...

My son also said the quality of the videos would probably stink - (he said this while setting it up)
well...let me tell you, I dont' think so at all! If the video is playing on your computer well...it will
play on your TV well too. So many recording cameras are now HD...I think the blurry, grainy days
are falling to the wayside....

I really can not recommend this enough if you love watching the craft videos on You Tube.
Listen...I could sit here and watch great YT videos 10 hours a day, 10 days in a row and
still have thousands I want to see!
*trust me....I have almost those hours are true to fact! LOL
I can see my TV from the kitchen and the TV is only right around the corner
from the laundry room! LOL I can run around the doorway and stick my head
in for the important parts when doing laundry! ;)
Okay listen...if you have a question about the Blu Ray player...and you think I may even possibly
be able to answer it (as I have troubles turning on my electric toothbrush) --- please please
feel free to comment below and I will try to get back to you a.s.a.p.

8 comments:

Natasha said...

YouTube is addicting. That's how I found out about the Cricut. I don't have a Blue Ray player, but I do own an Apple TV. Some thing sortof, I get Netflix and YouTube. I love sitting around on Sat night when the family goes to sleep and watching videos on the big flat screen!!

Natasha
craftingwithnatasha.blogspot.com

Jan said...

I am cracking up! Christmas 2010 at my house~husband got a Magnavox blue ray player (with wifi) and I got a Cricut expression. I hadn't done anything with scrapbooking in over 5 years and last I knew about it everything was still Creative Memories, stickers and done by HAND! (gasp) I had to hit up YouTube to figure out how to work the machine I had begged for for so long. (Can't let the husband know I didn't have a clue) I found Kristal and Getting Cricky, Robyn at My Pink Stamper, and then Janice at Cricutology....and the rest is history. Next thing I know I'm taking my teacher blog and turning it into a scrapbooking blog!!! Love it!

Nicole said...

Hi Vicki! First off I want to give you a HUGE Thank You for your sweet compliment & shout out! I'm so happy that you came across my videos and are enjoying them. That is a very big compliment and it means a lot.
I think we should pop some popcorn, fill the table with some yummy food and have a youtube marathon on your Blu-Ray player! Lol... look at me inviting myself over! Well your post was a fun read and can't wait for the next one! :)

amie said...

craft or any thing to do with crafting is addicting LOL
im a new follower and would love 4 u 2 follow me too
amiecooper.blogspot.com
hope 2 c u there

Crystal said...

I found your blog through the love link up party!! You are histerical, I will be following mainly due to your contagious personality. I wish we lived closer and could scrap together. You are a hoot!!! I love it. thanks for a great blog.

Check out my blog:
www.littlecreationsblog.blogspot.com

Cuttin' and Stampin' Cards said...

If you find the paper and bling rehab resort, let me know. I will take the 12 step program with you. I found blogging in February and can't stop reading.

Krystal said...

Hey there! You left a comment for me regarding my daughter's pictures. (They are the B&W ones). You'll be surprised to know that my 15-year-old daughter took the pictures. She's amazing. I love the way they turned out in B&W!

Thank you for visiting my blog and following me. I love blog hops and link up parties too because you get so many new friends!!! Great to "meet" you!!

Hugs,
Krystal
http://www.krystalskreativity.blogspot.com
kreative.krystal at gmail dot com

sallysbitz said...

Hello'

I am just sending this to inform you that you need to put up your post for the blog hop.

I am on the blog hop team & have become a follower of yours.

hugs sally x
sallysbitz.blogspot.com