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Monday, April 13, 2015

Consumer Testimony - Imaginative Creatures


Hello All, you probably noticed that my heading picture changed. Sorry Jasmine and McKenzie! LOL! 

I've been searching for a graphic artist for some time now. I've emailed companies and didn't get any responses. I guess business must be booming and they don't have time for little ole me. Anyway, a friend of mine recommended Imaginative Creatures. They are a graphic solutions company created and based out of Washington, DC. I received fast and great service.

Check them out!

I really love the finished product. It looks just like me. See for yourself!


Sample Photo
Digital Realistic Illustration

Friday, April 10, 2015

Consumer Gripes - Megabus (Transport Operator)

I decided to write this post because every time I look at the pictures of the bus I realize how blessed I am. Easter Sunday 2015, I took the Megabus to New York City. Anyway, the bus left Union Station on time. My only complaints were that I wouldn't pay extra for reserved seating next time and that I probably wouldn't sit on the top of the bus because it was a bumpy ride. The ride to New York wasn't the best, but it wasn't horrific.

On the other hand, the trip back to Washington, DC was horrific. The WiFi or electrical outlets didn't work. I didn't have reserved seats and the space was extremely limited. Worst than that, Our bus driver was driving our bus with out a rim, not a flat tire, but driving with a missing rim! Also, I was extremely disappointed how the breakdown was handled by Megabus.

My HORROR story below:

Less than 30 minutes into the trip we experienced an unbearably bumpy ride on our overloaded bus.  The driver continued to drive and eventually pulled over to a Sunoco Gas Station. He turned the bus on and off, but never noticed him leaving the bus to inspect the outside of the bus. He then started the trip again. He never alerted us of what was happening or what he thought might be happening.

Maybe an hour or two into the trip we heard a pop on a bridge in Havre de Grace. The driver continued to drive the bus at a high speed (I will assume to get off of the bridge as soon as possible). I cannot believe that he never stopped and continued speeding across the bridge! We swerved all the way off of the bridge! He could have lost control. How do explain to my family, the news, the government, etc. that your company killed a bus load of people because your bus driver flipped them into the river?

Immediately after we got off of the bridge the driver pulled over. He got off the bus and opened the door.  Again, he has yet to let us know what was going on. We heard from the passengers downstairs that we had a blowout.  The driver let us get off the bus on the side of the highway until a customer mentioned that it wasn't safe. He then asked us to get back on the bus and he was going to drive to the nearest service station. He drove us to an Park and Ride on route 155 off of exit 89. We then heard through the grapevine that the replacement bus would take 2 hours.

Several minutes later we received this generic email:

Only Email Update
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This is to notify you that we are aware of the breakdown that occurred on your bus. At the present time, we have dispatched mechanics and a replacement bus to your location with an ETA of 60-90 minutes. As more information is received we will send you an alert to update you on the recovery process. Please accept our apology for this unexpected failure.

We apologize for this inconvenience.   
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Response Email two days after I complained and included the local News Stations and BBB


Dear Felicia,

Megabus.com strives to provide you with the best possible service, and when
you feel that it fails to meet your expectations, it is important for us to
know. We apologize that you received service that prompted you to contact
us with a complaint, and we regret any inconvenience or frustration that
your experience has caused you. I have refunded your bus fare. Please allow
3-5 business days for this to post to your account.

Thank you for using 
megabus.com we appreciate your business.

Sincerely,
Natasha
Megabus Customer Service Specialist
________________________
Megabus Customer Support
inquiries@megabus.com

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It is very unprofessional to leave the customers in the dark. The driver had more than enough time to alert us of what was happening through the loud speaker. Instead we had to ask him questions. He acted as if we were bothering him. I’m so displeased! I did not reach Washington, DC until 12:30 am! I had to change my previous mode of transportation, which cost me extra money. 

I never received an update. The driver endangered everyone on the bus! You cannot continue to drive a double-decker bus on a flat tire, which turned out to be that the entire rim was missing. Megabus is not going to be happy until someone else dies.

I really should have researched this company before I purchased my tickets. Shame on me! If you plan to ride the Megabus you might want to do your research. I will get you started. See Below:

Missing Rim from Bus - Driver continued to drive

Pulled over to Park and Ride

Stranded Megabus

Stranded Megabus #2

Missing Rim from Bus - Driver continued to drive #2

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Need to Know - Etsy Page Re-Opening

Hello All,

Some of you have asked when I was going to re-open my Etsy Shop. It's Now Open!

Sorry for the delay, but my feeling are still hurt. I'm just recovering from a major catastrophe. My flash drive with everything party related that I've ever done is broken. I took it to Best Buy to try to recover the data. They couldn't do it onsite. They said that they had to send it out and the price ranged from $300 to $3,000. They couldn't guarantee the price until after they saw the damage.

I decided this was the time for me to create some new stuff. Even though some of my digital items are very popular I decided to retire some of them. Unfortunately, I'm not doing any personalized items until I can get my new files in a safe and secure place where I won't have this issue again. In the meanwhile, I've listed some new items.

Hopefully, you will find something that you like. My shop sells affordable & fun solutions for all your event planning needs.

Scrapbook Pages
All you need to do is add your photos. Each pre-assembled scrapbook page is handmade (unless stated otherwise), so each one is unique and it’s impossible for all details to be exactly alike. In addition, each page adorns High Quality embellishments, accessories, and papers.

Party Essentials
If you are thinking of a way to thank or wow your guests, Party Favors, Card Boxes, Diaper Cakes, and Gift Baskets are essential items. The party is not complete without them. All items are designed to fit your theme.

Custom Crafts
All custom centerpieces and accessories are handmade or embellished, so each one is unique. Additional custom items can be requested.   Email me with your ideas

Paper Creations
Each banner, invitation, or booklet is handmade and designed to compliment your event.

Resale Items
Why not make your party great with items that I have left over or never got to use? Items have never been used (unless stated otherwise).



Please visit my Etsy Store on www.etsy.com/shop/FeliciasEventDesign 

Stay tuned and check back later for more options.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Interior Decorating - 3 Way Mirror

I recently visited Ikea. I saw a 3 way mirror that I had to have. Since I'm Super Woman I figured that I could make it myself. I saw door mirrors in another store that were very expensive, but I didn't want to mess the mirrors up. I decided to practice with 3 inexpensive mirrors that I purchased from Walmart. While at Walmart I picked up a couple of packs of hinges and a saw-tooth picture hook for the project. Everything cost less than $20.00.

I'm a visual person and I prefer not to read the instructions. LOL! I normally see stuff and just make it, but this time I screwed the hinges on backwards TWICE. I finally gave up and found a tutorial on Detective Houndstooth.

I read the tutorial, it took me about 2 hours to put it all together and install it on the wall. LOL. I think that it cute and useful!

Enjoy!

Walmart Door Mirror


Hinges on 3 Way Mirror

3 mirrors together

hinges and saw-tooth picture hook 

hinges and saw-tooth picture hook installed


3 Way Mirror #1


3 Way Mirror #2


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Baby Shower - Winter Wonderland Theme


Let me tell you, I'm so happy that the day has come and gone. I had glitter everywhere, in my car, in my hair, on my clothes, etc.

I only had one hour to decorate. Man O Man, we were rolling! Since I knew that my time was limited, I made a floor plan. My helpers were great with executing my plan.






The Finished Party

The Baby Shower was a blast!

By the way, the silver plates were purchased from Hobby Lobby. I forgot to take pictures of some the other crafts that I made, like the baby booties. I spray painted them and applied rhinestone ribbon to them to match the party.

I made several cupcake holders for the dessert table. They were made from a square Styrofoam block, a square mirror, rhinestone ribbon and glue. In addition, I used the same type of jar for the candy, but embellished them with blue solid ribbon and sheer metallic ribbon and snowflake stickers. I'm sure that I'm missing some of the other stuff that I embellished. Feel free to email me if you have any questions.

I love the way that the party turned out. I wish that I could have used more snow, but there were so many restrictions at the venue. :-(

Toy Stokes assisted and help set up the dessert table.  She made the cake, cupcakes, cookies, and cake pops. It was quite fabulous! Everything looked and tasted good.

Enjoy!


 





































Monday, January 12, 2015

Fun Crafts - Winter Wonderland Baby Shower Crafts

Hello All,

I'm still working on the Winter Wonderland Baby Shower. I would like to share some of the things that I've been working on. I will post the rest of the items and the shower shortly after the actual event.

ENJOY!


BABY BLOCKS & GLITTER SNOWMAN

I purchased some small boxes from AC Moore, Silver Roll and Blue Roll of Glitter Wrapping Paper from Walmart, Royal Blue Rhinestone Ribbon from Hobby Lobby, Spray Paint from The Home Depot, and Glitter Snowman from Big Lots. I used Spray Adhesive to cover the boxes with the wrapping paper. Then, I applied the Rhinestone Ribbon to the edge of the boxes. I hand cut the letters and applied them to each side with glue. (Can you believe that I'm still hand-cutting when I own a Cricut Machine - LOL.) The Snowman's accessories were initially light blue.  I removed them and spray painted them. (I will spray paint anything - LOL).

ADVICE BOX

I purchased medium boxes from AC Moore, Silver Roll and Blue Roll of Glitter Wrapping Paper from Walmart, Silver Rhinestone Ribbon from Michaels. I used Spray Adhesive to cover the boxes with the wrapping paper. I applied Rhinestone Ribbon to the top and the slot with my glue gun. Nice and Simple!


GLITTER PACIFIERS

I purchased the two different pacifiers from The Dollar Tree, Spray Paint from The Home Depot, glue for glittering from AC Moore, extra fine glitter from Michaels. This glittering glue is the best thing popping. The brush on the inside of the glue bottle was perfect! It adheres evenly. The glitter isn't all over the place.  This was an easy project. I spray painted the pacifiers, waited for them to dry, applied glue, then sprinkled on glitter.


BABY STROLLER

I purchased the strollers from The Dollar Tree, Spray Paint from The Home Depot, Silver Rhinestone Ribbon from Michaels, and Rhinestones from AC Moore.  Another easy project. I spray painted the Strollers, waited for them to dry, applied the rhinestone ribbon to the trim, and then applied the rhinestones to the wheels with my glue gun.

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Let me tell you that there is a plus and negative about having a Winter Wonderland Baby Shower after Christmas. I got some discounts and some things were full price. After searching, I was able to find everything that I needed at reasonable prices.

Plus
You can find items greatly discounted.
Negative
You can't find the colors you need because everyone has purchased all the good stuff.

STAY TUNED!


UPDATE - January 20, 2015

Check out the other crafts that I made for the Baby Shower. I didn't want to post them all earlier before the Shower. Enjoy!



I purchased the Let It Snow sign as is and, applied snowflake stickers in random spots


The paper mache letters were decorated with Silver Spray paint from Lowes, the rhinestone ribbon came from Michaels, and the snowman ornament came from Walmart ( I cut off the tip).


The napkins from Hobby Lobby were folded (3 fold). I made the napkin ring from left over rhinestone ribbon.


The silver frames came from The Dollar Tree, I applied rhinestone ribbon to the edges. I purchased the photo mat from The Dollar Tree. I created the logos with Microsoft Publisher.


 

The faux gifts were made with wrapping paper from Walmart and deco ribbon from Hobby Lobby


The fabulous snowflake ornaments were purchased from Walmart  


The water bottles were purchased from Costco, I used left over wrapping paper and rhinestone ribbon the decorate the water bottles


I purchased the fake bottles from The Dollar Tree. I spray painted the tops and applied rhinestone ribbon.


I purchased these fabulous sleighs from Shoppers World. They were gold. I spray painted them with Silver Spray paint from Lowes. I used silver glitter spheres from Party City for height, because I ran out of faux metallic gifts.


I purchased this cool snowflake lollipop from CVS Pharmacy


I purchased this white mini Christmas Tree from Five Below. The ornaments came from various locations mostly Walmart.


I purchased the water bottles from The Dollar Tree, Spray Paint from The Home Depot, glue for glittering from AC Moore, extra fine glitter from Michaels.




To create the centerpieces I used silver glitter spheres from Party City,  faux snow from AC Moore, blue and silver sprays from Michaels. I added the glitter pacifiers to add some of the royal blue color.