Saturday, December 27, 2008

Holiday Recovery!

I've been so busy with all the things that go into making Christmas memorable that I've totally dropped sync on the rest of my life including my online friends, blog, tweets and even the business. I'm so sorry.

Christmas was fabulous. Now that my daughters are getting older and they're starting to get on with their lives, I'm trying to savor this time we have together - I know that can all change at any time now. The gifts I got were incidental (although quite thoughtful and nice to have). The gifts I bought for everyone else and the happiness they got from them is what makes it shine.

Our Christmas started on the 24th - we met at Capt George's for seafood feast - all 7 of us. The food was excellent and Melody's skinny little hubby won the King Crab Leg crown at our table - he ate an astonishing quantity of crab legs and didn't even get ill. I think if I hadn't had to say last call, he'd still be there chowing down... but since church began at 7 pm, we needed to leave.

By the time we got there at nearly 7 - the lots were full and we were directed to the overflow in the fields parking. If I had guessed that, we would have driven Mark's truck instead of my Corolla. No harm, no foul, though. The building was packed - we ended up about 7 rows from the top (I think the new building seats 3000 - see if you want the visual and real statistics). I gather there were still many people who got there after us and the large foyer was also SRO. The service was great - the singing, my favorite part, was excellent as usual. We made it back out through the mobs and met back up at our house.

Mark had the camcorder ready on the tripod (last year's Christmas gift) so around 9 pm, we began the present sorting and opening. We took about an hour to open everything in a very civilized way with lots of fun discussion and such. Mark had to leave for work around 1030 ish. Melody and Kyle stayed a bit longer and we just had some visit time. I think I got to bed around 11 pm.

As usual, I was up early, around 6:30 when Mark got in. About 30 minutes later, the phone rings... naturally, it's not in the cradle and I am on a search mission - about the time I find it, it quits ringing. Amanda was crashed out on one of the recliners - her phone starts vibrating and wakes her up - it's Melody - she and Kyle are eager for us to get right over there to open our gifts from them that are under their tree... we girls get some clothes on (Maggie went in her pajamas) and head over. We brought the cinnamon rolls that went into the oven and then had the gift opening and some visit with them.

Once we got back home, I got the turkey in the oven and found some time to get a few songs and applications to my new ipod. Very fun. The kids came over for dinner at 3 and we had a wonderful meal and more good social time.

Ah, I'm going to miss this all once they're off and doing their own lives. Family is precious - need to savor it while you can!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

It's the most busy time of the year!

This layout is a favorite of mine in it's simplicity. The paper is from Urban Lily - with such a great design, I didn't want to add too much. What I did add was a matted photo, the title cut on my Cricut Expression, and some tiny Heidi Swapp bling flowers among the design of the paper... voila. Sometimes simplicity says it all. The photographer who took the event photos even helped by adding the title and date.

I can't believe how much there is to do and how swiftly the year is flying by. I have one gift yet to pick up - that's my lunch break chore for today. I have one gift to finish creating (but it's very simple and I now have all the parts). I'm off tomorrow. I finished my college class (took the final Sunday, got an A). I still have to make final selection of new design team members (there were a large number of exceptional applicants and I can't have them all - narrowing it down is challenging). I'm off tomorrow (yippee - in case you didn't get that this matters to me!) Our plans are in place for Christmas and the money for our big dinner out is set aside. Melody came over yesterday and uploaded a lot of new papers and accessories to the store so that's a load off my mind. I can sleep in tomorrow since I'm off! Life is good, it's just hectic.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Today's Share

More of my using up bits and pieces - not sure about the paper, maybe Foofoola, Hambly transparency stamped with Stazon Black and Ali Edward's Beautiful stamp, some Primas, buttons, ribbon and trim - voila!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Today's Share

I've been trying to actually use up some of my stash of papers and such... this layout uses some Jenni Bowlin paper I had on hand - it looked rather antique-ish, so I paired it up with an old photo my aunt sent - she's the older girl, I'm the baby on her back... guessing by my size, this was taken in the early 60's at my granny's cottage on the Delaware river.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Today's Layout - American Crafts

Okay, sorry, I don't have the patience to straighten the pic and crop it down to the right size, but you get the idea. The large flowers in this American Craft paper were just too cool not to cut apart. The papers were in the October kit. I made a number of layouts using the supplies and still have tons more to go. Even made a fun card keeper tin that I sent to my mom as part of her Christmas present - used up leftover paper bits from my cut outs to decorate the cards. Too easy.

Happy Creating!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Layout Du Jour

Thought this week I'd share some of the layouts I've completed. I welcome your feedback.

This one uses a variety of Sassafrass Lass papers - no, it's not an original concept - it's scraplifted from a good friend locally that I scrap with, Katherine Glass. She is quite the inspired scrapper!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Love Weddings!

Melody's wedding was just beautiful. See for yourself!

The justice did a lovely job and while it was on the short side, it was quite well done. Mark used the camcorder and recorded the whole thing so we can share with our families. Then we went to dinner at Melting Pot and had a lovely evening together with Kyle's parents. The food was great and the whole atmosphere was just terrific!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Sale and Design Team Call!

Yes, I know I have been remiss in my daily updates - tomorrow is the wedding and hopefully I'll have time to breathe after that...

Yes, we all know it would be useful to have a new toaster, but scrapbook
supplies are such a more fun choice! To make your holiday giving and
receiving easier, I've marked down tons of items throughout the store on
sale with discounted prices through 12/15. Take a moment and get yourself
something you'll really enjoy! No coupon code necessary.

Also, we're gearing up for a new season of kit club with monthly
subscription options. I'm looking to grow my design team. I'd like to offer
idea sheets in the kit, so while I do need great designers, I'm now looking
for one or two women to add to the staff that have writing skills. For your
application to join my team, I'd like to see 2 layout samples, a 3-D
project, and some examples of your writing - a product review, simple
instructions for a technique, and something that really shows you have the
passion for the written word. If you want to share your talents, I want to
hear from you.

Due to the cost of shipping, at this time, I'm only accepting US applicants
for the design team since part of your reward for participating is montly
kits for free and some shopping discounts. I really need members who are not
already on other teams and looking for an opportunity to shine. If you're
already overly committed or have a hectic life with little time to access
the computer, please do not apply.

Please send all submission to Include your shipping
address and contact information so we can chat if I need more info. The
ladies in my current group are great, but we need a few more to make this
team fully functional. If this sounds like you, give me a shout!

Theresa Merkling

Looking forward to seeing your talents!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Calendar Tutorial

Meg did this most awesome perpetual birthday calendar tutorial on the boards. This is one view - she did tons of step by step photos and instructions. Hope you'll take a look and try one for yourself or for gifting... tis the season! Also, in the challenges forum, she's done a calendar challenge for December/January - be sure to share your project to be included in the secret prize drawing! Just click her calendar pic to go to the board for all the instructions!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Tis the Season

Hard to believe it's almost Christmas already! Last night, my youngest daughter's choir did their Christmas Concert. Margaret even had a micro-solo and did well. The songs were the usual middle school quality, but the spirit was right. It's so interesting to watch your kids grow up... now that she's in 8th grade, she's starting to have the look of her more grown self. Seeing her on the risers with the others her age, I see she's a good height for her age and she looked tall and slender. As a fat mom, I always am happy to see my daughters are not following in my footsteps in that manner.

I'll be doing some photos this weekend of layouts to share here with you. Also, remember, lots of great scrapping goodies on sale in the store to make room for all the hot new inventory I've been ordering.

PS - how are you doing on your Christmas shopping? I'm almost totally done - just 2 guy presents and I'm there!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Staying out of Trouble

Worked Friday so I avoided the temptations of deeper debt although I did manage to finish most of my holiday shopping online. Very satisfying to have it wrapped up. The wedding is approaching rapidly - we now have the time, date and place (12/12 4 pm) and I still have to get the photos for them to send out and set aside party money for after.

Spent most of the weekend marking down many, many items in my store for a year end clearance with discounts up to 40% on a large number of products. Gearing up for the ordering of new releases from CHA January 09. Pretty exciting time in the scrapbook business with all the latest and greatest. Be sure to have a browse and get some goodies to make your Christmas happy too!