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First Day of Show

Oh my goodness today was an awesome day! Let me begin by saying today was opening day of The Big Tin Cotton Gin Vintage and Repurposed Market and we had a wonderful turn out. I met some of the most wonderful people and had the best time getting to know my customers, they even gave me some great ideas on future projects so stay tuned.

The weather was just perfect for an October day in Arizona, not too warm but sunny with a light breeze. I woke up refreshed and ready to go at 6:30 am. Fed the cats, packed a lunch, put the roast in the crock pot, checked my blood sugar, ate breakfast, got ready and off we went. We didn’t forget a thing and hit all green lights except the last two, so we were actually an hour early.

It really is so amazing how the event area transforms overnight. We were there Thursday morning setting up and we were able to back our truck right up to our sight and unload everything that’s how empty it is. This morning we show up and there were vendors everywhere around us, it was so cool. I was very good today, I did not leave my booth and walk around although I was very tempted.

So I took some pictures of my booth to share with you along with some pictures of the items that I had at the show. Enjoy!

So if you are in Queen Creek on Sat. Oct. 20, 2018 then be sure to stop by to check out all the great gift item, home decor items, the awesome fudge from the fudge lady, beautiful handmade indoor/outdoor wooden benches and tables, lots of awesome vintage items and so much more. Please be sure to stop by my booth to say hi, I would love to see you. We will be open from 9:30 am to 4 pm, and Sunday we will be open from 9:30 am to 2 pm.

I am going to be streaming live on Twitch all day Sat., so keep you fingers crossed the internet connection stays strong out there. My Twitch channel is GinStB for those of you that might want to check it out.

Well, I need to get ready for bed and try to sleep a little bit through all this excitement. So until tomorrow….

Namaste

Sheila

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Obstacles

Today it actually looks like fall, so it has gotten me in the mood to finish up a couple more fall projects for the arts and antiques sale in a couple of weeks. I have been able to get pretty much everything done for the show in the last couple months. I won’t panic until next week when I am down to the last minute, and then it is really going to be freak out time…maybe not!

Things seem to have come together quite well for the show this year, despite all the obstacles that have been thrown in our way . I totally recommend prayer because it really does work!

Speaking of obstacles our most recent one has been saving the life of our 11 year old girl fur baby. The last couple of weeks we have been taking turns feeding her by hand and giving her fresh water all day. We almost lost her and the only way we were able to bring her back to life was to feed her a high protein, high calorie diet.

Two and a half weeks ago we took her to the vets for her follow up on her hyperthyroidism and the medication she was taking for that. They weighed her and she had lost weight again. They wanted to test her urine again and do another blood test, so we agreed.  They took her to the back and when she came out she was all hunkered down and putting her butt on the table, she was traumatized. She didn’t do that the last time we were there 30 days earlier when they did all those same tests. I knew something was wrong from the minute I saw her, but they kept saying she was fine that she might be like that for a few hours, but she would be fine. She wasn’t because for the rest of the day she hid behind the couch and wouldn’t eat or drink anything.

That night she began to bleed out her back end and soaked the bath mat in our bathroom. She wouldn’t even move after that. I called the vets but they were closed and they don’t have an emergency hospital here. We did call the nearest veterinary hospital an hour away and they said to bring her in immediately, but when I told the girl how far away we lived she kinda hesitated. She finally said the best thing is to bring her in but under the circumstances if we could keep her alive until morning and take her to her vet first thing in the morning. I immediately went into survival/emergency mode. No time to fall apart now I had to keep her alive.

Needless to say I was up all night with her giving her water with an eye dropper and praying. She did stop bleeding shortly after we got off the phone with the Veterinary hospital. By morning she hadn’t improved, so I called the vet first thing. The Dr. said her tests showed her liver was shutting down and she had protein in her kidneys. The Vet wanted to put her on an IV, medication, do surgery, more follow ups, more medication, hospitalize her, etc., etc.. I fell apart!

All I could think about as the Dr. was talking is the trauma our fur baby would go through not understanding what was going on. Being away from me she would have gotten worse not better. She is Tonkinese and I belong to her. She doesn’t do well when I am not around her for long periods of time, ever since she was kidnapped a couple years ago. She is very leery around strangers now.

I did not like the idea of surgery or all the medication. We try to give our cats the most natural, healthy food, chemical free environment and healthy lifestyle. We try to live our lives that way, so shouldn’t our cats be living that way as well?

Another big factor is that my husband and are not financially wealthy by all means, and all that would have cost a lot more than we could afford. So, I asked the vet for a more natural alternative and cost effective way to helping our fur baby get back to herself. She said that we would have to feed her foods high in calories and vitamins like kitten food, and feed her like every hour. But she still wanted us to bring our fur baby back in for more tests and to give her a new thyroid medication.

My husband went to PetSmart and asked one of the workers for help. He said that he had three different people assisting him when he told them why he was there. They were so attentive and each person was knowledgeable about the items that they handed him. He came home with a feeding syringe, four cans of kitten food, and this awesome miracle gel food that I believe saved her life. That Booster Gel was the miracle that turned our fur baby around. After only a couple feedings we could already see the life back in her eyes.

The process has been long, but our fur baby is almost back to her old self again. She has been eating on her own for the last week, about every two hours now, and drinking water regularly.

She only gets fresh meat that I cook (or the rotisserie chicken my husband picked up at Sam’s Club) and prepare for her. She still likes her High Calorie Booster Gel as a snack/treat. She gets half a can of kitten food that she munches on all night and she has started to eat a little bit of her crunchy food in the last couple of days.

I will forever be thankful for the employees at PetSmart for helping my husband that morning and treating him with dignity, respect and compassion. Yes, our fur baby is an animal. Anyone who has a pet knows that they are just as much a member of the family as all the humans. So when they get sick, injured or die it still hurts the same as if they were a human family member. Those employees at PetSmart saw that and understood that when they were helping my husband.

Thank you for reading through this long post. I am sorry for not posting anything the last couple weeks, but as you can see we have been kinda preoccupied. Here are some pictures I took of our fur baby yesterday.

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Namaste

Sheila

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Old Fashion Letter From Grandma

Hello and welcome,

I hope you all are ready for an old fashioned letter from grandma! This idea came to me as I started to write this blog, it reminded me of the monthly letter we would get from my paternal grandmother.

My paternal grandparents had six kids and 15 grandchildren, so to save time I think my grandmother spent one afternoon a month typing out the same letter over and over (they didn’t have in home printers or copy machines back then) and then sent them out to all her kids. I guess now days it would be called our monthly family news letter.

For me when I was little I loved when grandma’s letter came. She would always fill it with information about what all her kids and grand-kids were up to, and her own opinion on everything. That part of the letter was fun because all my aunts, uncles and cousins lived in different states, all across the United States, so we rarely ever saw one another. The funny part of the letter was always when she would talk about grandpa, which was only about one sentence. Then she would go into all her ailments, what the doctor said about this or that and normally this part of the letter took up about a quarter of the letter. Then she would always end her letter by saying her and grandpa were doing fine otherwise.

We never lived close to my father’s side of the family, so I never really got to know any of my cousins or aunts and uncles, just what grandma wrote about them. So those letters were a way for my grandmother to keep the family connected. Even through the miles , she brought us all together once a month through her letters.

So, for me to connect with all of you my Ginger Street family, and carry on grandma’s tradition in a more technical way. I have started a You Tube channel and am posting weekly videos. I will be doing a new post on my website every week. And last but not least, I am going to be starting my monthly news letter for subscribers only, more details on that later.

For now lets get started with this months update.

Three weeks ago I took Takara (our Tonkinese cat) to the vet because she has lost so much weight, she started throwing up after eating, she wasn’t sleeping, and then for three nights in a row she just howled all night up and down the stairs. The vet said she has Hyperthyroidism and began her on medication she has to take once a day until we go see the vet again Sept. 13.

The first day was the worst because she threw up like four or five times, and she would go hide because she just wanted to be left alone. She is a very social cat and is always in the same room as me, if she isn’t in my lap, so her isolating herself was very hard to take because it meant she really wasn’t doing well. The next morning she was like a whole new cat. She was right back to her old self (except for still being skinny), she was all up in my face and being lovey, playing with Jackson, and eating without throwing up.

We have had a few days where she was very clingy and all I could do was sit with her and hold her to keep her calm. She has thrown up a few times and had a bit of a fever one day, but all in all the medicine has been working because she has been eating,  and sleeping,  her urine and bowl movements are normal and her coat is nice and silky soft again.

Jackson has gotten so heavy, but not fat just solid. He doesn’t realize how big he is, so when he plops himself down on top of something he actually smashes it now. I really have to be careful when he comes in my work room because he will walk or lay on whatever is in his way. I have tried keeping the door closed but if I do then he sits outside the door and just cries until I open it again. We call him big baby boo when he has his crying fits, but then he gets even louder. You can’t tell me these cat’s don’t understand what we are saying.

My husband loves his job, now that he is past the hardest part – the training. When my husband started his job with this new company he was only supposed to work four consecutive 12 hour days and have three days off. He was one of only four people in the entire facility that knows how to do what he does. This last week my husband found out that there are going to be only three of them doing what he does, because one guy is leaving. So as he says “job security and more overtime”. I love his positive attitude!

On the 28th of August I went to see my Dr. for my three month check up. I had gained a couple pounds, so I need to exercise more. I have the eating routine, portion size and the good for me foods down pat. They did all my blood work and I got the results back on the 5th of September…. I am doing excellent, my A1C is below the diabetic mark which means I am normal, all my liver, kidney, etc., test are normal. He wants me to continue on the oral medication I take twice a day, and still lose the 20 pounds plus the couple pounds I recently gained. I have six months before I see him again, if all goes well I will be medication free and it will be the last visit for my diabetes.

I have loved all the doctors, PA’s, and nurses I have had this last eight months, working with me to reach my goal. It will be a sad but very happy day when this journey of my life is over. But I am looking forward to the next journey and new goal.

Well, hubby should be home from work soon so, I need to sign off and go get dinner started.

Take care and talk to you all soon.

Namaste

Sheila

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Fall Card Class Aug. 25, 2018

Here we are, the last class of the year. Due to me being busy getting ready and participating in the craft show circuit this winter I have decided to put the card classes on hold for the next six months.

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In this class we are going to be making three fall cards that can be used as Thanksgiving, Birthday or any Fall related occasion. Then we will make one Christmas card using one of the NEW stamp sets from the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Holiday catalog that will be available Sept. 5 – Jan. 2, 2018. Actually all the stamps and DSP used for these cards are from the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Holiday catalog.

 

We will also be making one project that can be used as a gift for your guests at your holiday place settings. This project will be revealed at the class for attendees only.

I will provide all the supplies and materials needed to complete all four card and the project.

I will provide instructions and you get to take home your own samples for future reference.

I will provide coffee, water and iced tea. You may bring a snack to share if you would like but it is not required.

Class Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018

Class Time: 10 am to 12 pm

Class Fee: $15.00

Please RSVP by August 22,2018 to reserve your seat. Phone: 520-509-1209 (do not have text messaging) call me!

Be sure to bring a friend and come join the fun as we round out this year with a “jolly good harvest party”. Ok, so I have been watching a lot of old movies lately while I have been crafting and that old speak has crept into the yea old brain. Anyway, I hope that you will join us and I promise I won’t be talking like that in class.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Namaste

Sheila

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Junk Journal’s #3 and #4 Flip Through

Yes, I completed two more Junk Journals and have them listed in my shop. But before you go grab them up be sure so check out this video flip through below, that way you can get a close up look at what all is included in each one.

Well, what are you waiting for? Go grab one of these awesome Junk Journals before they are gone. Don’t forget to take a look at the # 2 “Reader’s Digest Journal” and the #1 mini “Jello-O box Journal” while you are in the shop.

I hope y’all had a great weekend and are rare’n to go the rest of this week, first day down four more to go. Don’t forget “hump day” (Wednesday) at 11 am, Arizona time, I have my YouTube live  so come visit with me while you take a coffee/tea break.

Sorry this is such a short post but I just wanted to get this video out for all of you.

Take care and have a blessed week everyone!

Namaste

Sheila

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Tuesday Blues

Have you ever had a day where all you wanted to do is stay in bed all day with the covers up over your head so as to block the world out, just for one day?

This morning I woke up with my husband, I fixed breakfast, then I packed his lunch and sent him off to work. As we were eating breakfast he asked me what my plans were for the day and I told him this long list of things I needed to get done today.

  • Do blood check
  • Make breakfast
  • Pack lunch
  • Do dishes
  • Clean kitchen
  • Clean downstairs bathroom
  • Sweep floors
  • Call vets and make appt. for Takara
  • Write post
  • Check emails/respond
  • Check on orders/deliveries
  • Walk and Yoga
  • Do blood check
  • Eat lunch according to blood sugar
  • Work on Junk Journal embellishments
  • Walk
  • Do blood check
  • Eat dinner according to blood sugar
  • Get stuff ready for live YouTube video tomorrow
  • Bedtime/night Yoga

I was actually really enthusiastic and very focused in on tackling these tasks as soon as I sent hubby off to work. Right away I got a few things done, but then Jackson wanted to play fetch so I got off task, and now I just can’t seem to get back in line and focus on what to do next. All I want to do is crawl back in bed and sleep the rest of the day.

The house is quiet, the cats are peacefully sleeping, it’s hot outside, nice and cool inside, I got eight of the most important tasks done already and the bed is calling me.

No, this is the time that I have designated to get work done, so that is what I am going to do. Right now I am going to finish this very short post and then I am going to go walk for half an hour and do Yoga for half an hour that will get me motivated again.

Right now as I am typing this post I am watching out my window the poor AC repairmen putting in a new AC unit at the neighbor house. Right now it is 106 degrees outside and it is supposed to get up to 110 by the end of the day. Yeah, yeah I know “but it’s a dry heat” never the less those guys out there working in it are still very hot.

One thing that I am very thankful for, is that when my husband and I bought our first house together. The guy that did our house inspection gave us one very important piece of information that we have always done and it has saved us. He told us to always have our AC unit serviced twice a year, once in the Fall and once in the Spring. In the Fall to have it cleaned and serviced, because after all the monsoons/haboobs the unit will get all kinds of dirt and debris that can clog it up. Then in the Spring so that it can be serviced and prepared for the summer months.

The unit we had on our old house was about 22 years old by the time we had it replaced. Now at this house the AC unit was replaced by the previous owners only six months before we bought this house and the house was only eight years old at that time. So I don’t know if, when they built these houses (this development was started about 12 years ago), they used cheap AC units to begin with or if AC units aren’t built to last long, like everything else now days, or if people just don’t know how to maintain their units with the twice a year check ups. But this is the third house in our neighborhood this summer that has had an AC unit replaced.

Ok, so a tip for those of you that own your own home and have an AC unit and really rely on it during the summer months like we do here in Arizona. Make sure you have your AC unit serviced twice a year – once in the Spring (March or April) and again in the Fall (October or November). By doing this you will help your unit last a lot longer and then you won’t have to worry about being without AC during the hottest days of the year.

If you have reached this point of my post then I give you mucho kudos for getting through all my rambling.

Oh, before I forget…..Please come check out my YouTube live video tomorrow at 11:00 am. I will show you my three new Junk Journals I put together over the weekend and I will be embellishing them with you.

Have a great day and go be the best you that you can be!

Namaste

Sheila

 

 

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Jackson Keeping Watch

It has been a long time since I have done an update on our handsome little man Jackson, so I thought that I would take some pictures of him today and share them with all of you.

This is where Jackson has been all day and still is right now this evening. It’s a good thing I decided to just do stuff on the computer today because there isn’t much room for me to do any crafting up here that’s for sure.

Here is a picture I took of him just now.

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Doesn’t he look so peaceful?

He is a very big boy, not at all fat just muscular and tall. He actually towers over Takara now and is quite a bit stronger than her now. Since she taught him how to fight, he is now ninja fast and sneaky just like her. Sometimes when they are playing she will get mad at him because he hasn’t learned the safe word yet, even though she is yelling it at him very loudly.

We have always given him time outs when he is bad (like picking relentlessly on Takara), or he starts throwing a fit by tearing things up that don’t belong to him (my head bands, hair ties, any of our papers left out) or getting into things he knows he shouldn’t (my house plants, or the trashcans in the house). Usually time out is only five maybe ten minutes but when we open the door he is always just waking up and just looks at us like “what? is it time to come out already, I just went to sleep?”

Now, just recently, I have caught him putting himself in time out a couple times. Once when Takara really walloped him during one of their playing sessions and the second time just the other day when I got on to him and told him he was being a bad boy. The funny thing is I didn’t even realize he had gone to his room until about half an hour later when I was looking for him (because it was so quiet), and there he was sleeping on his blanket by the window.

Maybe this means he has learned that the women of the house rule. Or maybe he is just going through a growth spurt and he needs his rest. But then again my husband has been taking him outside the last few mornings before it gets too hot, so he can air out his furry little britches. That could be why he is a little sluggish in the afternoon.

I think since we have raised all our cats from tiny babies, that they learn our habits, the different tones in our voices (if not actual words we say), they know our routine and they know how to manipulate us to get what they want. So that is why we treat them more like human/kids.

Oh, gotta tell you this, almost forgot.

The other day my husband was going out front so he decided to take Jackson with him. Well, we have a few stray cats that live in our neighborhood that are about the same age as Jackson. A couple of them have decided to take up residence on our front porch during the day because it is shaded and cool (plus we have been putting water out there for them). My husband went around the house to the front door to get the water dish (because he didn’t want Jackson drinking out of it) with Jackson in tow.

As Jackson came around the corner he saw the kittens and they saw him, immediately all the tales got fluffy but no one got aggressive. The one kitten took off and went and hid under the tree and the other one kinda hissed and then got in a submissive position in front of Jackson. Jackson sniffed the other cat for a minute, then he relaxed and then they just sat next to each other by the Oleander Bush/Shrub.

It was so cute to see our boy making friends, but we do not encourage him to hang out with the outside cats. That is why one of is always outside with him and mostly only in the backyard because the kittens (we call them kittens even though they are the same age as Jackson, they are half his size) are in the front yard.

Well Takara is telling me it is time for bed so I guess I should listen. The boy has toddled off somewhere, so this is a good time for me to wrap things up and bid you all a good night until next time.

Namaste

Sheila

 

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Happy Tuesday

As I sit here to write this post I am in a quandary. I have a gazillion things I need to get done yet I’m just not feeling it today.

Here are a few of the reason I have come up with so far.

  1. It is overcast and looks like we might have a nice monsoon/haboob storm.
  2. I was working on my computer all day yesterday and I used a lot of my brain power so today the brain is in shutdown mode.
  3. Since I had to work on my computer all day yesterday, I had to stay up late to finish a couple craft projects.
  4. Takara (my furry, four legged, beautiful baby girl cat) keeps jumping up here on my desk and just plopping herself down in front of me wanting to be loved. Now I can’t deny her my attention and love!
  5. My blood sugar was a little high this morning so I walked on the treadmill for 15 min. before breakfast. For breakfast I had a poached egg, 1 cup of beans I made yesterday, and 10 raspberries. I know it sounds awful but it is filling and there are no carbs just protein.
  6. Plus hubby is at work so I have all day to get stuff done, no need to rush (at least not until the last hour before he comes home) right?

Well, all the above are great excuses not to get my butt in gear, and maybe if I didn’t have a deadline to get some of these projects done then I could take a day off and be lazy. October is just around the corner and I don’t have half the projects done that I had planned on having completed by now. It is crunch time for me right now, so no being lazy!

Nice pep talk but still not feeling it yet!

Takara is still purring away laying across my arms as I type. I love when she is like this because it’s like she can’t get or give enough love fast enough. She is Tonkinese so tends to be quite demanding, very affectionate when she wants to be, playful when she want to be and quite vocal at times. She has definitely been my cat from the day she showed up on our doorstep 11 years ago as a tiny kitten.

I have read that the Tonkinese life expectancy is between 11 and 14 years, I sure hope that the figure is wrong. Awww…So see another reason I need to just sit here and hold her as long as possible. Every minute is so precious with her and I don’t want to take that for granted.

Oh, I almost forgot. This past weekend was my husbands birthday and a while back I had asked him what he wanted for his birthday, he said “nothing, except maybe some good bar-b-que.” meaning his favorite BBQ place. So on his birthday we went up to the city and I took him over to his favorite BBQ place and they were closed because of cooler issues so they wouldn’t be open until maybe the next day if they could fix the problem. Needless to say we were both disappointed. I took him to his next almost favorite place but I could tell he wasn’t as excited.

I was very upset because everything I had planned to surprise him with this week fell apart. So I felt that his birthday was a complete disaster.

This man loves his “techy toys” and has just about everything he wants as far as that stuff goes. He is also an artist (like the drawing kind) so he has all the art supplies that he needs and wants for now.  He doesn’t do any kind of woodworking or carpentry so he doesn’t need any tools. He is good at taking care of the yard and maintaining the plants but doesn’t really have the time now that he is working all these crazy hours.

So as a surprise on Tuesday July 17, I had called a landscaper/gardener to come trim the tree and clean up the bushes out front and fix the irrigation system for him. The lady said that she would call me right back with the day and time later in the week that they could come out, but she never did. I called a couple other places the next day but they were going to charge extra for coming out of town (they were out of my budget anyway). That was a failed gift for my husband.

Now do you see why I was so upset? I really felt like crying because I had nothing else planned to give him.

Low and behold as we pulled into our driveway, after coming back from the city on Friday, there were two people in our yard just finishing picking up the debris from the tree and bushes. Our yard was totally transformed, it looked so good and we were both surprised. It was the lady I had talked to on Tuesday and her husband. The husband had fixed the irrigation system and then showed my husband what he did and how to repair it on his own. They were awesome and very reasonable in price.

Thank you Lord for once again answering my prayer!

It turned out to be a good day after all and no tears were shed.

Ok, after a few interruptions (phone calls, cats fighting, dryer stopping/ folding clothes and potty breaks) while writing this post it is now lunch time. So I must go and do another blood check and then eat accordingly.

Thank you for sticking around with me as I rambled on this morning. I do feel better and like I will get most of the stuff on my list of thing to do today done. Thank YOU!

Have a great day and do something positive today.

Namaste

Sheila

P.S. No storm yet but still semi-overcast and ugly looking outside.

 

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Santa’s Sled

Christmas in July is almost over and I still have many more projects that I need to complete for The Big Tin Cotton Gin Vintage and Repurposed Market that starts October 19 – 21, 2018. But a couple days ago I was taking a break from working on my own projects and going through Pinterest, and saw this cute little Santa Sled project. So I had to stop what I was doing and try it, because I thought that this would be something fun for my card class ladies to make. I will let you know later their response, but I am sure they will like it too.

Now take a look at this tutorial of my version of the little Santa Sled with hidden compartment and then scroll down for more info and the link to Sandra’s website.

So that everyone knows, this was not my original idea. I would like to give credit to Sandra Ronald at Art Paper Crafters for the idea, and thank her for sharing her video with all of us. Be sure to go check out her site as well.

MEASUREMENTS:

Base – 8 1/4″ X 3 1/2″ score lengthwise @ 3/4″, 3 3/4″, 4 1/2″, 7 1/2″ turn cardstock widthwise and score @ 3/4″ turn to the opposite side and score @ 3/4″.

Cut each of the lengthwise score lines to the 3/4″ scoreline and at one end cut off the two end tabs to make the closure tab for the lid.

Fold and burnish all the score lines and then glue all the little tabs to the inside of the two long outside tabs to form a box as shown in the video.

For the back of the sled where you attach the Christmas tree and teddy bear, cut a piece of cardstock @ 3″ X 2″ and for a decorative top to the back piece I used a tag topper framelit I had but you can use any kind of decorative punch, framelit, die or what ever you have to add a little character to the back of your sleigh.

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I used the Santa’s Sleigh stamp set and framelits from Stampin’ UP! They are no longer available in the 2018-2019 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. But this idea could also be used with the Ready For Christmas Stamp Set and Christmas Staircase Thinlits Dies which is on page 102 of the 2018-2019 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.

If you are interested in receiving one of these Santa Sleigh kits I will be giving away three of them, along with the pattern for the “hidden compartment” box,  to the first three people who leave a comment below saying “Hello”.

Thank you for stopping by and hope to see you back here soon.

Namaste

Sheila

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Show and Tell

I don’t want to waste your time, so I will get strait to the point. This is a quick video about the Junk Journal that I was working on today. If you are not interested don’t watch, if you are interested then please enjoy!

This has become my new passion and I have been enjoying the process, it is very therapeutic. The fact that the items I use are being recycled and/or repurposed also makes me feel good about making these journals. I love vintage so I think that is why making these journals has struck a cord with me, because I get to play with old stuff and make something useful and beautiful out of them.

There are many talented Junk Journal artists out there that I have gotten my inspiration from over the last couple of months, but the few that I keep returning to the most are listed below. If you are at all intimidated by making a junk journal then go watch these ladies and their process they make it so simple and have fun while show you the steps they take. I have learned a lot from them and still go back and watch their old and new videos for inspiration. Be sure to check them out.

Jessica Rapp Two Silver Oranges

Patricia Viramontes

Gayle Agostinelle

Roxy Creations

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Thank you all for stopping by and I hope that you enjoy your weekend. Now go make something beautiful.

Namaste

Sheila

 

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Christmas in July 2018

Yes, you read the title right, we are having our annual Christmas in July Card Class on Saturday the 21st at 10:00 am.

Here is a sneak peek at the cards we will be making in this class.

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See a theme going on here? This was not intentional, I didn’t realize it until I took this picture with them all together.

The impossible card (the one in the front standing up) has two different versions to it so you will be given all the pieces in class to make it either way. This card design I have to give credit to Julie DiMatteo over at The Paper Pixie, where you can find all kinds of awesome paper projects.

All the other cards are my design and they are all using items from the new Stampin’ Up! 2018-2019 Annual Catalog along with some old items. All these cards can be adapted for any holiday or occasion that you may want to use them for and in class I will show you examples.

Christmas in July Card Class

Date: July 21, 2018

Time: 10 am to 12 pm

Cost: $15.00

You will receive: All the supplies and materials to complete all 4 of these cards pictured, plus the project.

Pattern and instructions for the impossible card to take home.

Pattern and instructions for the project to take home.

Water, Coffee and Tea will be provided. If you would like to bring a snack to share it would be greatly appreciated but not required.

Please Call and RSVP by: Wednesday July 18, 2018 to reserve your seat. NO TEXTING I have a landline only. The phone number is under “contact” on the left side of your screen.

If you have any questions or would like to purchase one of these card kits then please contact me and I would be more than happy to assist you.

To purchase any of the Stampin’ Up! products that you see here then please contact me and I will be more than happy to assist you with your purchase. Or if you already have a demonstrator please contact them so that they may assist you in your purchase.

I am so looking forward to seeing you in class, where I am sure we will have a great time creating these fun Christmas cards and the cute project that you can use as a gift.

Have a great weekend everyone, be safe and be sure to create something beautiful even if it is a moment.

Namaste

Sheila

 

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Is It July Already?

Wow, can you believe that July, the seventh month of the year has already begun? Where does the time go?

You know when I was a kid I used to hear all the elderly people (our parents and grandparents) always saying that “it sure seems like the days keep getting shorter, where does the time go?” Back then I never really understood, because I always thought that time was standing still and I would never be grown up fast enough. You know what I mean, all those wonderful things adults got to do like stay up past 8:00 pm, eat candy when ever they wanted, and drive a car. Now I understand and kick myself every time I say those same words because it reminds me that I am getting “older” and now I wish that time would stand still again.

Anyways, July is a very busy month and I would like to share with you what is going on.

First – I would like to share with you the fact that this Wednesday is July 4th, so Happy Independence Day to all my fellow Americans. Below is an exert from Wikipedia – The Free Encyclopedia and the meaning of this holiday.

Independence Day, also referred to as the Fourth of July or July Fourth, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congressdeclared that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and were no longer part of the British Empire.[1] The Congress actually voted to declare independence two days earlier, on July 2.[1]

Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworksparadesbarbecuescarnivalsfairspicnicsconcertsbaseball gamesfamily reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the National Day of the United States.[2][3][4]

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Second – I would like to announce that I now have a YouTube channel so that you can watch me live every Wednesday at 11 am starting July 11, 2018. The content will be different every week and you will be able to watch me as I craft. I will also be hosting some contests and give away’s for those who subscribe and follow me on YouTube. I may even do a spontaneous live stream every now and then, so when you subscribe you will be notified when I am online and if you are available you can pop in and watch. Hope to see you all there!

Third – Stampin’ Up! brought back the “buy three get one free” sale that they had last year at this time so if you need to stock up on your DSP this is the time to do it for sure. Or if you would like to just get your hands on some of the new DSP to play with then don’t wait, check out these paper packs available during this sale.

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Fourth – Another great promotion from Stampin Up! only for the month of July, to all of you that have ever considered having your own business.

During the Stampin’ Pad Family Promotion, which runs July 1 through July 31, all new demonstrators will be able to select a FREE assortment of Classic Stampin’ Pads in addition to their Starter Kit! If you were waiting for the perfect time to join Stampin’ Up!, that time has arrived. Join now, and start your new business off on the right foot!

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Fifth – The July 7, 2018 Card Class is going to be postponed to July 21, 2018 and we will still be making Christmas cards for that class and I will post samples. More details for the class will be posted later.

Well, I think that does it for now and I hope that I didn’t overload you with all this information. If you would like more information or have questions about anything listed above, then please contact me, I will be happy to assist you. Those of you that already have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator then please contact them about the above listed offers if you have any questions.

As always thank you for stopping by and I hope that you enjoyed your visit. Please have a safe and blessed week everyone!

Namaste

Sheila