Monday, April 27, 2009

Sharing some layouts

I really prefer scrapping to trying to take decent photos of the layouts to share. Here are a couple I did with my Mark's paper kit - still have a few kits left in the store...

This one is my grandfather at 19 back in 1931. I thought about photoshopping out the caption on the photo, but decided it added character. My grandpa was killed in a mining accident in Pennsylvania many years ago before I left home.

This is a photo of my husband and I before we were married - we were at a New Year's eve party at the enlisted club on the Nato base in Naples Italy December 31st 1981. BTW, I had made the outfit I'm wearing in that photo - I was quite the little seamstress back in the day.

This is a fun mini book I made this past Saturday with a kit from Basic Grey - I only have a handful to sell ($20 each). Now to figure out which 13 friends or stories to share in there... decisions, decisions. BTW, this one comes with a pdf with full color directions for assembly including measurements. I found that using the Creative Memories circle cutter for the 2 main circle sizes worked well - I used the medium circle with the green blade outside edge for the backgrounds and the large circle inside red for the matts.

Need to get ready for the day job - chat later!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Spring around us

You can tell it's spring by the fickle weather - warm and sunny one day, cold and rainy the next. The trees are all going green and the cars yellow with pollen. Everyone I know is sniffy and sneezing from all the airborne pollen. Flowers, flowering trees and shrubbery are making Hampton Roads beautiful (when it's not storming out).

Had a great weekend with the women at the Newport News Women's Club - we did an American Cancer Society crop for 2 days. Not only did I get some product sold, but I also made 3 layouts with the next kit (that are rather fabulous, but I can't share until we launch May 1) and had some brief outings and fun with friends. Also, the weather cooperated and it was gloriously warm and sunny most of the weekend.

Today is my youngest daughter's birthday. She's now 14. Baby starts high school this fall. Four more years until I've met my baseline mothering criteria. It's fun how the role changes with time. This weekend I'll be at a crop (as an attendee) this Saturday and then having Maggie's ice skating party on Sunday (her choice). I don't skate, but I'll be sure to clear off my memory card so I can take plenty of pics of the kids all having a great time doing it. Now to come up with some "cool" skating party layout ideas. If you've seen any great ones, please send me the link. I need all the inspiration I can get.

Gotta get ready for work. I have a stack of orders to take to USPS on my lunch break for customers and tons of stuff that needs completion. Talk to you later.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Burger King - fun or offensive?

When I saw that square butt commercial, I was scratching my head and thinking what in the world were they thinking? Tell me how that sells burgers? Do we really need that kind of inappropriate behavior to lure in children? Do you really want your little sponge bob fans shaking their bootie and singing that obnoxious song? I'm really glad they pulled that one - it's probably gotten more exposure than it needed - and the children sure don't need the repetition...

Enough of that rant - off to the day job...

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Lessons Learned

At long last, the pressure is off for 2008 - I've gotten all my documentation in place and am taking my files to my accountant today for tax prep. I have learned so much about record keeping and how to keep it accurate and current. Thankfully, Virginia has an online tax option and I've been able to take care of the business stuff there. Doing everything on paper is awesome tedious for me. Quickbooks drove me nuts. Now I have some clean spreadsheets and everything is meticulously sorted by category and date so it can all be reconciled. It's the biggest weight off my shoulders. Don't know why I put it off so long. Looking forward to Saturday when I'll get all of 2009 current. Life is good!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Can time go any faster?

Sorry I haven't had time to update lately. As a reward for being a bad record keeper in 2008, I'm having to do tons of work to get things organized to file my taxes - bad Theresa! I'm definitely going to do better this year - if I could just find a moment to breathe and get caught up.

Got to set up the store at Smitty's crop in Richmond this past weekend and had a nice time meeting their crowd (and seeing lots of familiar faces from other events). Took a little time alone to head up to Ikea for a browse. It's one of my favorite places. Even when I don't buy anything I usually walk away satisfied. They just have so many ideas that my brain loves it. Brought the laptop and was able to get some of the tax work and reporting done. Somehow, I just need more hours in my day - changed my alarm clock to get up 30 minutes earlier so maybe I can get my life back on track. We'll see how that goes. Now that I've seen all the Angel shows full circle, I have more free time in my evenings. Not too many shows for me to watch. If I could just focus and stay on target with my work, I'd be set.

Finished up that Descriptive Statistics class I took - managed to get an "A". It was very hard work for me and I'm so happy it's over. Just ordered my text book for Money & Banking - I think it starts next week. I'm doing that one online asynchronous again. Turns out that style works better for me than live for 4 hours a night once a week. Somehow, through life's changes, I'm becoming more of a morning person. I never would have thought it... used to be a night owl. Found that no longer works well for me. The joys of getting old.

Just wanted to touch base with my friends. Been ordering in all kinds of cool treasures for the next kit - I think you'll really be impressed. It's going to be the most fabulous kit yet! We've got some custom made embellishments from Etsy, tons of Prima, LOTS of paper, coordinates and even 7 different ribbons/trims! This kit is going to rock your socks off. Don't expect them to last long.

Gotta get ready for the day job. I'll check in with you all again in the not too distant future.