“My name is Erika, and I’m an October Afternoon addict.”

“Hi Erika!”

The first step is admitting you have a problem. There are 12 steps all together. For this addiction, I am currently on Step 1. I’m attempting to admit that I am powerless over this addiction and my life has become unmanageable. ATTEMPTING, people!

Okay, I guess what I’m really saying is that I’m on Step ZERO: Not willing to acknowledge that I have an October Afternoon problem because then I would have to quit buying up the new lines every time they come out.

{P.S. Do NOT leave me some silly comment about how dare I make fun of the 12-Step Program when there are people out there suffering with serious problems and I shouldn’t be making fun of them, blobbity blobbity blah. It’s a JOKE. Unclench already. Sheesh}.

Okay, so back to my addiction issues and the Step Program. For cawfee, I am currently on Step Zero. For Diet Coke, I have scratched and clawed my way to Step 12. I won’t be so bold as to say that I’m cured because that would be tempting fate and that is one bee-yotch I don’t want to tangle with. So I’m just taking ‘er one day at a time, my friends. One day at a time. (Nah, nah, nah, nah … One Day at a Time!) (If you’re old enough to get that TV show reference, you are damn old like me).

{Note: My one-year anniversary of Diet Coke Sobriety is coming up on 02/15/11 and I am damn proud of myself. I had a 4-can-a-day habit for YEARS and I just decided one day to quit cold turkey. However, I’ve recently begun drinking Sugar Free Rockstar to stay awake at work and, my fellow Diet Crack addicts, I fear ’tis a slippery slope. I call on you – and my HP of course – for strength at this difficult time. “Let go and Let God”, “Attitude of Gratitude”, “Semper Fi”, and all that. Thank you.}.

I’m on, like, Step 18.5 with my former acrylic stamp addiction. Totally cured. Recovered stampaholic. One day about a year ago, I said “no more!” and haven’t bought another set since. I know, I know … you wish you had my strength, don’t you? Yeah, I get that often.


See the collection on October Afternoon’s site HERE.

Here is a teaser … the 8×8 Paper Pad:

Okay, is it just me or at first glance, did this one make you think of Jack Daniels?

NO? It IS just me? Crappity crap! Maybe I have another 12 steps issue to start on …

Okay, here is the second new OA collection:

See the whole thing HERE.

Just a taste … the paper pad …

Of course, I love both of them … although not equally. {Shhh … don’t tell Rocket Age but I love 5&Dime just a wee bit more}.

It seems they’ve added some new components to their lines, like the Chip n Stick, Miscellany, Tin Pins, and Rubber Charms. Yes, there’s another new type of item that I left out but only because I can’t type that word. I have a ______ phobia. They skirr me. I have nightmares. No, I’m not kidding. Hey, for some people it’s clowns, for others it’s spiders, for me it’s _________. Oh, just seeing them and thinking about them, I’m all “Ick!”

Are there 12-Step programs to deal with phobias? Never mind. If hating ________ is wrong, I don’t wanna’ be right.

So, back to my point … and I did have a point … OA has two new lines!! What do you think ~ love or hate? Hot or cold? Addicted or couldn’t care less?

For my fellow OA Addicts … see you at the meetings! I’ll be the one with the jitters, standing by the coffee urn :)

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  1. avatar
    Aeryn Kelly says:

    Yeah, doesn’t do it for me. But I’m counting that as a good thing. A REALLY good thing as I’ve already bought everything (nearly) that My Little Shoebox put out this CHA. Call them MY little guilty pleasure as I LOVE their stuff, but haven’t figured out how to use it on a scrapbook page yet. Cards yeah, no problem, but for actual pages with pictures? Nope, can’t do it. ((hangs head in shame))

  2. avatar

    beautiful aren’t they?? I can’t wait to play with all the new collections that are coming!

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    I can’t wait to get them both!

  4. avatar

    I feel your pain! I will never forget the first time I walked into my LSS and saw October Afternoon-it me hard. I love all their stuff…I could have a worse addiction!

    And congrats on diet coke free lifestyle – I am currently ending my 3rd soda free week. Man it’s hard.

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    sharla says:

    I like the 5&Dime 8×8 pad, and yes, at first glance that other paper did look like Jack Daniels! I haven’t given up my diet coke addiction yet, so kudos and congrats to you!!!

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    Oh, I love October Afternoon! Can’t wait to get my eager hands on Rocket Age! :)

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    Some of those papers are cute.
    Step away from the stacks and no one will get hurt, teehee

  8. avatar

    Adorable lines! Love them both!! And congrats on kicking the Diet Coke habit!! My bff is still on a DC IV *coughcoughSHARLAcoughcough* Great job!! :)

  9. avatar
    Jing-Jing says:

    Love doesn’t BEGIN to tell how I feel about these new lines. I need a new word to describe it.

  10. avatar

    We love this!! Simply beautiful!

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