Wednesday, November 25, 2015

So Very Thankful

It's almost Thanksgiving and it's time for a Gratitude post. Combining posts means I get the rest of the week off from blogging, right?

I am Thankful for the great group of organizers I work with and for the wonderful customers/friends I meet at every single event. A special shout-out to the women I spent last weekend with at Cool Crops Hyannis. It was cold and blustery, yet every single one of them braved it for a group photo while I balanced on a chair.
I am Thankful for nice big vendor spaces and giant 8ft tables. It makes setting up so much easier...not sure if you can tell, it's always a little different at each event.
I am Thankful for my vendor family...the ones I hang out with on the weekends and rely on to split hotel bills. Also, to share breakfasts, lunches and dinners plus coffee runs. Couldn't do it without them. And especially for the ones that are willing partners in experiments with cool products...cough cough...White Mountain Laser. Dave had some time on his hands and he made beer mugs and bottles, I decided the foam needed a little something...Voila...puffy paint to the rescue ;)
I am Thankful for my customers new and returning (most are friends now) who put up with the crazy fire sales. Supporting me at events and participating in the online specials.
And most of all I am Thankful for my boys that help load and unload the car, help kit papers, and my husband who holds down the fort while I'm away.
Last but not least, I am Thankful for having a reliable vehicle to get me from point A to point B on a daily basis not just the long rides to events. Yesterday we dropped it off at the dealer and brought home a new ride. So super excited...fingers crossed everything fits, eh?

Last but not least, Thankful for a roof over our heads, heat and running water, food in the cupboards and our health. 

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Share A Layout

Another week another layout share. A super quick and easy layout to document Jori's Eleventh birthday party. The journaling will get added eventually and I do think it needs more embellishing. Opinions? Suggestions?

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Sneaky Sunday

A new layout kit is up for grabs. This one is called Beautiful Moments and includes 4 pages of beautiful layouts. Kit includes beautiful Petaloo burlap flowers and butterflies plus bling swirls and gorgeous Carta Bella papers. Kit price is $20.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Share A Layout

One of my favorite photos taken at the most fun still talked about Mom n Me crop hosted by Cool Crops at the Bayside. I actually broke out the sewing machine for this layout and stitched the circles together for a cool banner. Love the tickets and distressed wood background paper. Just a simple fun layout of the coolest kid on the block!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Weekend Wrap-up

How was your weekend? I chose to back out of attending Lexie's Retreat in Portland so I could watch this kid play in his final Flag Football Superbowl on Friday night. Sadly they lost but as the kid says, "At least I had a great play!"
It proved to be a light sports/activity weekend so this happened as well. 120 handmade/stamped cards. If you happen to be on the receiving list...don't judge. I have to admit, I am not very good at stamping...let's leave it as it's the thought and effort that counts, right?

There was also some time spent out here all decked out for a Christmas card photo shoot with a tripod. It was a long hike out to the perfect spot to find out that the batteries in my remote were dead. We used the timer function and then had to deal with a very fiesty uncooperative puppy...this picture tells the whole story...LMAO!
We then spent the afternoon at a car dealership...keep your fingers crossed for me...watched a very exciting Patriots game and finished the night with more card crafting.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Sneaky Sunday

Here's a sneak peek of my Sweet Family Time layout class that I will be teaching at Cool Crops Hyannis next weekend. This fall themed layout accomodates 6 photos and can be easily changed to fit your fall photos. Papers are a beautiful line called Autumn Days by Photo Play. This class will be taught on Friday evening and Saturday morning. Cost for this class is $12.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Share A Layout

This is one of my favorite layouts done to date. My parents were visiting us and we took the opportunity to play tourist in Boston. I wanted to use washi tape and wood veneers in a layout...scraplifted a layout found on pinterest and done! Two pages - one for each boys' album. Can you tell which is for whom?

Monday, November 9, 2015

Weekend Wrap-up

I had the privilege of  spending the weekend at Cool Crops Warwick this past weekend. First of I have to thank the ladies for their support of me and my little traveling store. Classes were sold out and I even had some brave ladies sign up for a beautiful but very messy class. Everyone had fun and went home with the cutest finished product.
The girls even took a group photo with their finished products.  
photo credit Deb Premont
Saturday night was deemed Characters night - dress up as your favorite movie, book or real-life character. Everyone dressed up and there were some amazing characters. My favorite was when one or the scrappers dressed up as Barb...seriously the best, complete with glasses, purse and cane! Next up were Amelia Bedelia, Luigi, Jack Sparrow and Super Grandma. Me? Of course I dressed up...couldn't resist. I did a little search on pinterest and decided on Fern from Charlotte's Web.
photo credit goes to Cara
On my finger was dear Charlotte...I had initially bought a plastic spider but when I saw this gem, I couldn't pass her up. Especially not when she was 90% off at Target!!!
 On to Cool Crops Hyannis...roll call...who's going?

Friday, November 6, 2015

Around here

Playing with my new Silhouette Cameo machine especially with my vinyl stash. Next up is heat transfer vinyl for baby onesies. 
Reading a wonderful book called The Witch's Daughter by Paula Brackston.
Listening to lots of loud and boisterous music while I work in the scrap cave.
Sorting beautiful Bazzill cardstock for the last Bazzill Bulk Buy.

Getting lost in the woods behind the high school while attempting to walk Diego on the cross country trail.
Enjoying this new sport, cross country, that Jori is trying this season.
Baking up a storm in the kitchen - apple cake, apple crisp, and chocolate chip boys, their friends and our neighbors are happy!
Prepping and planning for upcoming events.
Making a list of hotels to call and inquire about crop space.
Making a tiny dent in my pile of to-do layout and class stash.
What have you been up to?

Monday, November 2, 2015

Weekend Wrap-up

Hope everyone had a great Halloween weekend. We had a quiet one with the boys reluctant to dress up, me down with a chest cold plus the bonus pinkeye thrown in and an optional hockey practice at 6pm on Saturday that the child insisted that he had to go to. The only one I managed to dress up was poor Diego...he sure does look happy about it, doesn't he? He's one in a Minion LOL!
Keeping this short and the to do list is a mile long and I'm hampered with these darned things on my face and drops 4 times a day!

Off to work on getting healthy and the never ending to do list!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Sneaky Sunday

New layout kits in the works using Doodlebugs new sports lines. I will have all four new sports lines in stock and in time for Cool Crops Warwick. Each kit is a 4 page layout kit and features football, baseball, soccer and basketball. Love the colors, the designs and it fits lots n lots of photos! Kits will be selling for $15 each.