Friday, November 28, 2008


I'm pooped! LOL!! I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving yesterday! We did! What a wonderful day to give thanks for family and friends.

I had big plans for getting up in the middle of the night last night to shop online at so that I wouldn't have to brave the crowds today. So, I set the alarm for 2:45. Unfortunately, nothing that I wanted was a "ship to store" item so they wanted an arm and a leg for shipping! I had the $7 USB Flash Drive in my cart and they wanted $5.97 to ship it! YIKES! So, I shut the computer off and went back to bed. LOL! Got back up at 5 and headed out by 5:45 for Walmart. It was a madhouse and they were already sold out of the digital photo frames that I wanted for my brother for Christmas and the $8 mens jeans, so we left and headed to Staples and got the photo frames there. YEA! Sure hope Santa was able to pick one up for me also, as that's what I'm looking for to put my trip photos on.

I hit Bon-Ton to grab a couple more things and was home by 8:30. No time to dawdle today as I still needed to finish a few items for the craft fair tomorrow. Those are done, the car is packed and I'm ready for left-overs for dinner! LOL!

After dinner I need to get busy and start packing my Stamp a Stack & Cherish Clubs so they can get mailed out first thing Monday morning. I'm hoping I can get a few out tomorrow but that might be pushing it.

Hope you had a great day of Black Friday shopping!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Busy, busy, busy!

It's that time of the year! Are you as crazy busy as I am right now? One would think that this time of year comes as a surprise to me each year. LOL!! As usual....I'm the PRO of PROcrastination. *wink* I painted 5 mailboxes each on both Friday and Saturday, plus sewed 6 of the skating outfits that I make for the dolls. I needed to make sure there were plenty in the store with Black Friday this week. I had huge plans to get a lot done today, but that didn't happen. I headed out to do errands as they're saying we could get some snow tonight and it will be rainy tomorrow, so I figured I'd much rather do the errands while it was dry.

I spent about 1/2 hr on the phone on hold today. :( I've been working on my daughter's website and, for the life of me, I could not get it to upload to her domain name. I've done a number of websites so I was totally baffled and finally had to give in and call. It's just a basic site right now but I'll dress it up more after the holidays when I have more time to play. That's my husband driving the horse in the photo on the home page. I have more of those types of photos to upload into a slide show. Check it out if you get a chance. Kaleidoscope Farms

So, what are your plans for Black Friday? I've been checking out the ads online, but there's nothing like sitting down on Thanksgiving and actually seeing the flyers. I have a couple of things in mind that I definitely want to get. I want a digital photo frame for my brother and sister in law. Both Staples and Walmart have them on sale. to decide which store to go to! LOL!! I usually try to avoid Walmart as that parking lot is just an accident waiting to happen on Black Friday. But, the chances are probably better that they'll have more in stock than Staples will, right? Plus, Staples has a rebate on theirs and I might want to buy more than one. I'm going to be asking Santa for one for myself also. I think it would be fantastic to have a ton of my Europe photos on it so that I can see them all the time. You know how it put photos in the scrapbook and you don't look at them as often. I think it will be great to have them on the digital frame so that I can relive my trip every day.

Well, better finish for today. I have mailboxes lined all around my kitchen counters with their first coats of poly on them. Time to move them and make some dinner :)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

My Latest Creation

I'm usually pretty critical of my own work, but I'm really liking this one. I was asked to create a mailbox with a mare and foal on it, so here's the finished product. I will be adding this one to my line of mailboxes that I sell. So...what do you think?

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Talking about Close To My Heart!

Yea! It's just been announced that we can now talk about our Close To My Heart Business on our blogs! I have been dying to share my artwork with you. :)

Here are the layouts we will be doing in the November Cherish Club.
These cards for our Stamp a Stack Club were made using the new Festive Frills My Acrylix stamp set.
If you'd like more information on my Cherish and Stamp a Stack Clubs, shoot me an email. I'd love to have you join us!
Be sure to check out the great new Art & Soul video tutorials hosted by Close To My Heart.
Check back often for more artwork!

Monday, November 10, 2008

CC is Safe!!

She's had quite the adventure! I called around to the neighbors today and one neighbor said that a kitten had followed her kids about 1/2 mile up the road to the next farm. So, I jumped in the car and drove up there. They said there was a cute, well taken care of kitten at their house yesterday but because they had dogs, they'd sent her home with somebody else. They called that person and left word that the owner had been found. He just delivered her back to us! She was a little scared but it didn't hurt her appetite! LOL!
Thank goodness she's ok! Now I can sleep tonight!

My Kitten is Missing :(

I'm so upset! I've looked all over the property, but no sign of her. CC (Cute Cat or Crazy Cat) is only 5 months old. She's a cutie plus a little wild (thus the crazy cat tag) LOL!! She was in the barn with my husband Saturday night sitting on his shoulder like a of her favorite things to do. She'd been playing with the bandages over night as they were scattered around, but she was nowhere to be found yesterday morning when I went to feed the horses. She usually sleeps on some bandages on the anvil stand and is always there when I go into the barn in the morning. She wasn't there yesterday morning. :( I looked all over yesterday but couldn't find her. My husband said he didn't see her in the morning yesterday either. I had hoped she would be in her bed this morning when I went to feed, but she wasn't there.

Due to my allergies & asthma, all of our kitties have to be barn kitties. She's been so good about staying in the barn except to follow us when we go down to feed horses. She loves to ride the golf cart with our grandson. Please keep good thoughts for CC and that we find her......

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Getting into the Groove

Wow! Did I have a hard time getting back into the groove after returning from our fabulous trip! I could sit and daydream all day about the fabulous places that we saw!

But, the time has come to get my rear in gear and get going! LOL! I can't believe that Thanksgiving as fast approaching. With Thanksgiving comes the Holiday Craft Fair that I participate in the Saturday after Turkey Day. I've been doing it now for at least 5 years. I need to get busy and paint some mailboxes and other small items to sell. Hopefully, there will be a good turnout. Usually around 2500-3000 people come as it benefits a local child's charity.

I've also been busy creating lots of great Holiday gift workshops. Many of those items will be gifts for my nieces and Sister in Law as it's hard to know what to get them since they live so far away.

And, finally, I need to be sewing American Girl and Bitty Baby doll clothes for Crafter's Gallery as November 22nd is their 15th anniversary so there will be a huge celebration in the store and the first weekend in December will be the Victorian Streetwalk, so I need to make sure my shelves are well stocked!

One would think that the holidays are a surprise to me every year! LOL! Seems like all of a sudden they're here and I'm running around like a mad woman! LOL!

Well, better go hang some wash. I can't believe it's still in the 50's and 60's in upstate NY this time of the year. Loving it!

Have a wonderful day!