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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Random Act Of Kindness

I am so delighted as today I opened up a package of what I thought was product, only to find it was a goodie box from Traci, one of our first customers and followers of our blog and a lady that is always so sweet to us. She wrote me the most beautiful note on a hand made card and included several items in which she had made. One of the items that she made was a box that was sent to her as a gift for joining in on one of our challenges. She altered it using as many of the items that we sent her as she could, and boy is it beautiful. Thanks Traci !! You made my heart sing!!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Busy As Beavers!!

Sunday I was blessed to be able to meet Laura and her mom. We had some Steampunk papers for her, and since we were on our way south we decided to meet up and hand the paper off rather than shipping it.  We only had a few minutes to chat, which was not long enough, but at least now we have met, and yes she is as adorable in person as she is on Ustream!!!  I think Laura is also going to have the chance to meet up with Zelda (Joy) her wonderful moderator this week as well ! I hope they get pictures and post them hint hint..

We are so excited to be working with her, and getting to know her followers. I think Laura is excited to have a place to send her customers for the supplies that she uses, and she knows that customer service is our top priority for us too. We thank you all for your support.
Barrie has been very busy keeping up with all the ordering and finding the products that people have requested that we carry. She spends hours working on orders, finding the unusual items, working with the suppliers and all that it takes to make sure we are prepared for what is coming up in the next few weeks. I know she just put in a new order for some awesome new colors of envelopes and she did find the dauber containers and they are on their way too!! Barrie rocks and I love working with this lady with the heart of gold !!
I have been busy getting my dedicated Store/shipping room set up and that has been a process. This room started out to be my hubbies fishing room/man cave, but we have built him a shop and now he has a new place for all of his boy toys and I have a room for all of the store items and it is now organized and I am able to find things in a blink of an eye !!

We have so many new things on order,  and I do have room for it all !!
Keep an eye on the store for all the whats new items that will be added this week. We
have all the circle punches that Laura will be using in her Train Books on order and they should arrive today and tomorrow so they will be available in time for her show on Friday!!
We once again want to thank each and every one of you, you keep us going and we are truly blessed!!
Take care, and find some one who needs a smile and give them one of yours !!!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Summer is winding down

I know for most of you that the summer is winding down and you are all busy getting the kiddo's ready for or back into the swing of the new school year. It is a sad and happy time for all, and I can imagine the kids are getting excited to head back to school, but more for the ability to wear the new clothes and see their friends than to actually go to school.
We have no kids to get ready, but we are getting our store ready for all of the new projects that Laura at Following The Paper Trail is planning for the fall. We are going through a learning curve with this and with all of the orders that have come in, we of course have made a few errors, forgot to ship products, and even probably have sent some items to the wrong people. We of course work hard to make it all right and to make sure you are all happy with your items and that the order is correct. Please let us know how we are doing and let us know if you have received your order incomplete or if anything else is not right.
We are also working hard to make sure that the tools, papers and other items that Laura uses are able to be found in the store. We have found the bone folders, the non stick craft sheets, the Tim Holtz scissors, and other items that you all have asked us to carry and most all of them can be found in the store. We have also started to get the new Sizzix dies in and We really think you are going to love them.

We have the key and keyhole 

The Butterfly

The Birds

The Flourish With Leaf
and my favorite

The fan !!!
 Barrie has mine in transit to me, and I can hardly wait !!! We are looking forward to seeing the rest of them arrive, but Sizzix only releases so many at a time so we will have to be patient.
Make sure to keep your eye on the store as we have and will be adding more new items as we gear up for a great fall and winter !!
We love our customers and we hope you will join us in out challenge (altered notebook) and in our great give away !!!
Blessings to each of you, and we hope you have a day that is filled with love and laughter !!!
Toodles  Carol

Monday, August 16, 2010

Check out our new look !!

We have been working with Bev over at In My Cedar Chest on our blog design and both Barrie and I think she nailed our vision of what we wanted to a T. This lady is amazing with her work and  we are so blessed to have her to do this kind of work for us. She probably wanted to reach through the Internet and yank on our hair a couple of times, but in the end she got us exactly what we wanted. She also creates blinkies, web pages, and she has a great selection of vintage images available for sale.
Visit her web site at You will love her work.
So now that we have our blog just the way we want it, we are going to be doing a great give away... we want to hit 200 followers and when we do we will do a random drawing for the

There are Five ways you can get your name entered...And Each Thing Will add your name again and again for several entries !!!
1) Become a follower of our blog
2) Recommend us to your friends and tell them to let us know you referred them.
3) Add our blinkie to your blog or web page and send us a link to your page.
4) Re post our blog posts to your facebook or twitter and let us know you have done that.
5) Make a purchase in our store at
e-mail us at and let us know when we need to add your name.

If you are a current follower than guess what? Your name is already in the drawing!!!  And again,
Each of these will get your name put into the drawing so you could have your name in there several times !!!!!
So good luck and lets get 200 !!!!
We appreciate each and every one of you and thank you for hanging out with us !!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Happy Tuesday Everyone

Just wanted to say a quick hello to everyone as it seems that it has been so long since my last post. As some of you know, my hubbie and I have taken on refurbishing a duplex for a friend of ours. We did the lower unit at the beginning of the year and we are now working on the upper one, and this one is kicking our tails. We started working on it the first part of June, and are just now seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. It has taken up most all of my time and has kept me from getting much done in the way of crafting, and I am so dying to get back into my room and use some of the new stuff we have gotten in.
 We have just ordered in the Graphic 45 Steam Punk papers, and we hope they have it in stock and will send it right away. We have been getting so many requests for it that we just had to track it down. I can not wait to see it up close and personal. If all goes well we could have it in the store by the end of the week!! Keep your fingers crossed. We also managed to find the great Teflon bone folder that so many of you have asked Laura about. We have contacted the company to order it, and we are just waiting for them to get back to us.

The envelopes are going like hot cakes and we are looking for more fabulous colors to add to the array... I just have to make an explosion box with them as I love love love it. If you have not yet seen the way that Laura makes them please visit her u-stream channel (the link is on the side bar) and you will be amazed at her work. Oh, you also have to see the Picnic Basket that she did. I need to make that one too !!
I have not yet started on my altered composition book, but it is also on my list of things to do. I hope you all are doing better with it because we can not wait to see your creations. Remember that we will be giving away a set of Prima Paintables to one person who joins us in our challenge !! Please e-mail us your pictures at so we can get them posted to the blog for everyone to enjoy.
Hope you all have a great Tuesday and that you find something today that will make your heart just a little bit happy !!!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

New Challenge & Give Away

I don't know about you, but when I am doing my grocery shopping at Fred Meyer, I always have to check out the craft supplies, and of course the seasonal stuff too. This time of year they are gearing up for back to school and I love all the new gadgets that they come out with. The colors of paper clips, the binder clips and so much more. I have a regular office supply store in with my craft supplies. Well, the deal of the day was that they had the composition books on sale for $.50 each with a coupon for buy one get one that's 4 notebooks for $1.00.... I love these books and find that they make a great journal, a place to jot notes in when I am talking to Barrie, and the list goes on and on.
So... here is our challenge for the month of August. Use a composition book, or other blank notebook and alter the covers (front & Back)  to make a journal or something else that would be useful for you, or even your back to school kids. You can use any kind of paper, or embellishments, but, the only flowers you can use would be hand made ones.  With so many tutorials out there for different flowers, we would love to see you make your own. The book needs to have tabs for page dividers, and a pocket somewhere within the book. Other than those three things, the rest is up to you.
The deadline for this is August 31st and we will choose one person to receive a Prima Paintables  Paper Pack with other great goodies to go along with it.  
We can't wait to see what you come up with, and I will be making mine this coming week and get a sample up for you too see. Have fun and we love having you play along with us.
Toodles Carol

PS: Laura just did a whole show on making flowers so just click on her picture and you can find her past shows on her U-Stream....