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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Lazy Days of Summer

True confessions - while others spend lots of time outdoors basking in the warmth, swimming, having fun, I spend most of my free time in my studio. It's kind of a mess - but overall calming - soft blue walls, white trim, white curtain with battenburg lace accents, a narrow stained glass floral window above that my mother in law made, all my scrapbook supplies around me, and boxes and boxes of merchandise for the store.

Overall, it's my place of connection. Oddly enough, though, I've been a bit off with my virtual life. I finished watching all the seasons of Buffy (so sad it's over) and lately have been playing lots of hidden object games on the computer.

Thankfully, my local friends are still scrap happy and draw me out of my self imposed isolation on a regular basis. As a matter of fact, I'll be joining them to crop Saturday. I have yet to come up with a plan for what to do - guess I'll start thinking of that now and see about organizing my stuff tomorrow. I have a few projects in the works - it would be good to complete them. Maybe I can get some photos developed to finish my circle of friends mini book. Not sure what to put in the Betcha Didn't know one... I'm not that mysterious. Pretty much what you see is what you get, from my blunt speech to my actions. I'm not into pretending or speaking things out loud that I wouldn't say in person.

Anyway, guess I've rambled enough to bore you all. Store will be on the road for a crop August 22 in Hampton. Looking forward to hanging with my scrapper buddies and showing them the latest and greatest.

Speaking of latest and greatest, have you been catching those CHA sneak peeks? I'm sure ready for some power shopping for the store. If you're seeing anything awesome out there, please bring it to my attention for consideration. Has anyone figured out what that Cricut Gypsy is all about? That caught my eye...


Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Crop Hop today

http://scrapbookingcraftingfriends.ning.com
Scrapbooking & Crafting Friends announces their 1st 24-Hour CROP HOP
Everyone is welcome to participate - newbies to the site and crafting encouraged as well! It will take place online at the site from 12:01am to 11:59 EST, Wednesday, July 22nd.

There are well over 25 challenges - which mean there are over 25 chances to win!

If you have time, pop on by. My store will be one of the sponsors.

If you are wanting a shopping discount, use CROPHOP for 25% off all in store merchandise!

Have a great day!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Love my Fur-Babies!

Somehow, through the years, we've become pet lovers... it starts with a little kitten here, a small pup there and somehow, years later, we have a mini zoo.

My middle daughter, Amanda, has a guinea pig that shares her room.

We've got this massively fat female cat (she was normal size until we got her fixed) black cat Izzie. She was smuggled in one rainy day by my oldest daughter and we ended up keeping her. Speaking of my oldest daughter, she has a nack for picking pets with great personalities. Every pet she's chosen through the years has been wonderful.

Nine years ago, we got this sweet black lab puppy that has grown up to be a crabby old guy with some arthritis.

Earlier this year, Melody got 2 new dogs after her last one was tragically killed. She got a Doberman puppy and this awesome black and white Pomeranian puppy. Melody's last dog was a pom and somehow, seeing the pom and dobie together was just more than she could manage - we inherited the new Pom, Cierra. Cierra is so much fun - happy, friendly personality, tons of energy, loves to play... unfortunately, neither my cat nor dog is much into young dog antics. If our budget was better, I'd go buy her a playmate, but things are tight like for most of us... if anyone knows someone with a Pom that has a good personality and a lot of energy (and is preferably spayed) that needs a good home, we'd love to hear about it. I think Cierra would be oh so much happier with a similar age playmate who would enjoy romping in our fenced back yard or cuddling up on one of the doggie pillows...

Aren't furbabies wonderful?