Friday, December 30, 2011

New Year is Around the Corner...

Well, crafters, the new year is almost here - Since I have turned 35 or so...  (smile)... it seems that the days go by so much quicker.

Couple of changes for me, especially with the New Year right around the corner:
1) Stampin'Up!
2) New 'do!

Many of you already know this, but I decided to take a break from Stampin'Up! at the end of October. As of this month, there will also be a new Lead for the Columbus Ronald McDonald House Charities. I do not yet know who it will be, but this charity is very important. If you have helped out in previous months with me, I hope you will continue to offer your gifts and talents to the new person.

Originally I had planned to wait just the required six months and then sign up under someone different (those are Stampin'Up!'s rules, not mine). However, now that classes are done, and I have a LOT more time, I have found that although I miss the fellowship with my friends when we craft, I can still craft with my friends! Just without having to do the SU! business portion. Therefore, I have reached the decision not to rejoin Stampin'Up! in the near future. SO, although I will not be a demonstrator anytime soon, I will begin to offer card classes again (in a few months). Please know that there may be some contraband in the card classes. :) 

Also, because I will no longer be demonstrating, I will be having a garage sale of sorts to sell some of my items that I do not use. If you were a customer, you are still always welcome to contact me with your questions, but if you need product - you will need a new demonstrator. I know several wonderful ladies who could assist you.

Please know that this decision was not reached without much prayer and thought. However, it is the best decision for me at this time. I hope you understand.

and my new hairdo (since I just donated 13 inches to Locks of Love!).

I have had several friends email me, along with one friend posting a comment on the blog, requesting that I put an new picture online with my new 'do. For those of you who actually style your hair, you may understand this. I've had long hair for so long, that most times I just washed, combed, and pulled it back! This stylin' thing is taking me a little bit of time.

Thank goodness I am in Florida visiting my parents right now. AFTER the first of the year - probably closer to the middle of the month, I will post an updated picture. This bein' a girl thing, really takes time. The boyz just don't know how lucky they are - we have hair, make-up, and all the other things. I'm not complaining mind you, I'M the lucky one who was able to carry our son, but I have a larger learning curve than most. Keep that in mind, please!

Ok, I'll be taking a few days break from posting. Hoping to show some more after the first of the year. ALTHOUGH, one of my mom's friends purchased an Ohio State post-it note holder, magnets, and notebook from me here in Florida. I brought them with me. I'll have to take a couple of pictures of those and post them before I give them to him.

If I do not talk with you beforehand, please know that there will be future postings - just after I return from Florida!

I have really enjoyed the friendships I have made while in Stampin'Up! I am confident those will continue...

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

13 Inches Donated to Locks of Love!

I'd like to know how on EARTH I misspelled "Palm"? Really? And it had just started to rain when I was trying to take the picture in my car. Wanted to take it right away to the Post Office to mail. Of course, the rain has now turned to snow. YEAH! LOVE this weather! Perfect for crafting and staying inside!

Ok, so my Master's is done, I now have a professional short hairstyle, and I have donated my hair to Locks of Love. Onto CRAFTING!!!!

My actual graduation ceremony is about two weeks away and yes, I will be completing the walk. Really, I just want the Master's hood, but..

I have my wonderful craft room that is so neglected. THAT is one of my New Year's Resolutions. How about you? Of course, losing weight is also one of the resolutions (isn't it every year?), but I think the crafting one will be a LOT more fun! :)

I'm going to take a few days off to enjoy with family - hope you do too! Have a wonderful and Happy New Year!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Locks of Love

Crafters -
We make a difference in many ways. Our cards can bring someone's spirit up, let them know we care about them, and just give a great deal of personal interaction. We enjoy looking at our scrapbooks and pictures and re-living the moments when those pictures and memories were made.

In our household, we enjoy reading and sharing our comic strips (the boy LOVES to read us different comics that he enjoys - and that he knows WE enjoy!). One of the comics is ZITS by Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman. Here's one of their fabulous comics that ran in May 2003.

Here's the link to the article from King Features about that comic too.

To donate hair to Locks of Love, the minimum donation is 10 inches in length. So I will be seeing Chelley at Divine Angles to have my hair cut tomorrow!

If you are interested in more information about Locks of Love, please go to their website at

We can each make a difference in so many ways... some big and some small.

A Wonderful Life quote...

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Did you see...

the Sherman's Lagoon comic strip today (Sunday, December 18, 2011)?

THAT is why I like to send handmade cards! I wonder if Jim Toomey knows someone who is a cardmaker or scrapbooker? Or maybe he just likes handmade cards? I think I may send him one of my Christmas cards. Of course, he's way bigger than my little cardmaking, so he might not receive it in time for Christmas - it'll have to go through his people first. But I think I'll send one anyway!

And, as many of you know, I just finished (as of yesterday, Saturday, December 17th!) my final class for my degree. YEAH!!!!! I am waiting on my final grade, so because Christmas is just one week away... guess what I have been doing yesterday and today? 

If you look closely, you can see part of my Christmas card...

My goal is to get these finished today and out in the mail tomorrow - yeah, that's my goal! They will probably go out on Tuesday instead. LOVE that the Main Post office is on my way to work!  :)

Enjoy the ritual of sending cards to those who make a difference in our lives. I still receive and I send a card to my first "real" boss. Linda is the wonderful lady who hired me when I was 18 years old. I actually interviewed with her the week before I graduated high school and I started my first full-time job the day after I graduated high school - all those many years ago. 

Hope you have a wonderful Christmas season!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

"A Date Which Will Live in Infamy..."

December 7, 1941
A Date Which Will Live in Infamy

Here's an article showing Pearl Harbor today, 70 years later, and in December, 1941.

While I haven't yet had the honor of visiting the USS Arizona Memorial, I do know that I have many brave men (and women) to thank for the freedoms I have in this country.

So, to our wonderful friend Joe Keihn, who served on the Tennessee on that fateful day, and to all of the veterans who give so selflessly so we may enjoy these freedoms, we say "Thank you."

The wording is so very true...

Thank you to all veterans!
May God continue to bless you and keep you...

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ - Matthew 25:21 (NIV)

* The Official Site for the Pearl Harbor Memorial is located here.