Monday, January 11, 2010

Here is the prize for this week...another two handmade tags as well as the tree stamp that is used in one of the tags. And the question is..for those of you who follow new releases from the stamp and scrapbook and altered arts fields, what are the items that you think sound good, or even great...what are some of the companies you would like me to look at when I go to California for the CHA show...I am definitely taking a look at all the new items from Sizzix, designed by Tim Holtz, as well as new stuff from Prima, 7 Gypsies, and Graphic 45 (in fact, I already ordered all of new stuff from those three companies.) Will definitely check out (and I am pretty sure to order the complete line of,) Webster's well as new Idealogy and Stampers Anonymous stamps...any other companies you would like me to be sure to drool over?? Also, are there any projects coming up for you this year that you would like special supplies for, e.g. 50th wedding anniversary of your parents, or maybe your own??...graduations, births, trips to certain destinations??...I am happy to look for new stuff. Let me know.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Fresh Starts

There were lots of mentions of fresh starts in our discussion of New Years' resolutions...I really like that idea...especially after just doing the inventory count and knowing that I will be heading to CHA (the big buying show for 2010), in Anahem, CA at the end of the month, and getting new stuff for the store...that counts, doesn't it? I have been hearing about some great releases, especially the new portable Sizzix big shot and all the Tim Holtz dies, as well as new TH embellishments in the Idealogy line...and then there are the new inks from Ranger, new stamps from Stampers Anonymous, and I guess there will be lots of other new stuff there , too...I think a lot of you who made comments here have come in and gotten some of the BeadsforLife items...thank you so feels very good to me to be connected to the very hard-working women in Uganda who are doing such a great job for themselves, their children & families and for their entire villages. I wish some wonderful "
fresh starts" to all of them, too.
Here is a photo of this week's is two handmade tags (made by Kate), a la the style of the Tim Holtz Christmas tags from this past year..along with one of the stamps used in one of the tags..the lamppost. Leave me a comment and you are entered to win this item. Here is this week's question.
Has there been a person in your life who has influenced you in an important way? (I reserve the right to re-ask this and have you mention another person, at some later date...we all probably have more than one...and I, for one, would love to continue hearing these stories...but for now, just one person.) Let's all assume that our mothers or fathers rank up there pretty high..and pick someone different...and maybe share why. I was very influenced, when my first child went to nursery school, by the main teacher at the school. She was so fair and reasoned with all the children, and both knew all about children and imparted her wisdom freely to all the parents. I have always felt a debt of gratitude to her because I believe that she helped me become the kind of parent I wanted to be. She may never read this but I will just say, "Thank you, Marietta." (I am quite sure that she is aware of her wonderful effect on all who crossed her path.)
One other thought...I would love to hear some suggestions for "question of the week." If you have some good or many ideas...please e mail them to me as a reply to the newsletter. (or send to Put "question ideas" in the subject line. Don't post them here, because I want people to be surprised!!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Inventory is on!!

As they say, "Come on down!!" We are here and starting to get into the whole counting groove...we will still have a bit of shopping time for you...until 1:30 and then the counting will start in earnest. You will get 20% off anything you buy now...we will put int into the register and you will pay for it. When you leave, you will hand us a card with your hours worked, and we will enter some $$ into your store credit which you can spend til it is gone also at 20% off. We are having heavy h'ordeuvres (pizza!) at 4 those of you who will need to eat sunday dinner with family can still do that..we will stay here counting til we are done though...I do have a delightful little treat for everyone who makes it, so we will be happy to see all your lovely faces whenever you can get here. The driving seems to be fine...most of the roads down here are down to wet pavement...or plowed really, really well. Drive carefully!

Inventory put off until 1 pm

I just sent an e mail to everyone on the e mail list...sorry if you are not involved but it was the best way to let everyone know that we will push the starting time of inventory today back to 1 pm...I will reassess again at 11 or 11:30 to see if we need to postpone until will all depend on the condition of the roads. We are hardy New Englanders, I know, but I want us all to be safe. So, as of this moment, 7 am on Sunday morning, we are "on hold" until this afternoon.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Snow Update for Inventory Celebration

We will definitely be doing inventory at the store on Sunday, beginning at 8:30 with shopping, and at 9:30 with counting...however, we will also have a "snow date" for those who cannot get here on Sunday...we will also be counting inventory on Monday--I know some of you may work , and are unable to make the snow date...nothing we can do there. If we get a good turn-out tomorrow, and we do not need to continue on Monday, I will post it here on Sunday evening. We don't want anyone to take any chances. Please drive here only if you feel comfortable doing so.

Snow Update-Sat., Jan 2

It is 9 am and I am safely at the store...only took an extra 10 minutes to get here this morning. The toughest spot for driving was in my unplowed driveway...after that, all the roads are plowed. We will be doing all three Zentangle classes today, and we are a "go" for the Annual Inventory Celebration & Fiesta fact, I may have a lovely gift for everyone who shows up, and we will be spinning the AE Wheel of Fortune to see who wins what!!