Thursday, December 17, 2009

Finally slowing down...

I can't believe it has been over two weeks since I wrote on here! Time flies when your very busy I guess. I have been selling signs like crazy - on Etsy, to friends and at craft shows so needless to say I haven't had a moment to relax.

My husband made me up a lovely display for the craft shows and I was so happy with it that I talked him into making me a second one. The one shown is the first one, now I have double the size!
I have been keeping him running - John I need this cut to this size and sanded and can you paint it burgundy? Also, I need....I am driving him nuts I'm sure but he has been gracious and very helpful.
So, if you don't know this, I also do cards and invitations and I was running a buy 2 get 1 free promotion on personalized cards and it went kind of crazy for a bit. So I was pushing print on my computer and then racing off to paint and back and forth.
Finally, it is slowing down and I think the Christmas rush is over. I still have last minute orders to do but I am not all over like I was. I need a little break to finish my own Christmas shopping.
I am very grateful to gilliauna who blogged about my shop:
She did a lovely job and I thank her!
I hope everyone is enjoying the season and looking forward to the New Year! I better get back to work. Thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

End of Thanksgiving Weekend

Why do four days off fly by and four days of work drag??? I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, I certainly did. Lots of food, wine and laughter. I have a loud and funny family.

I have been extremely busy between making signs and filling invitation orders. (I also have an invitation business on Etsy). I enjoyed my long weekend but I am literally exhausted. I am nearing 100 signs listed on my site and I am feeling it.

Short post, I know but I need to rest.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

I'm Back!!

Okay, so I have totally neglected this blog for many months! I was trying to do too many things at once and now I have taken a step back to look at things and what I need to concentrate on.

Soooo....I am going to try to update my blog at least once per week if not more.

I have been extremely busy sanding, painting, etsy shop has much more to choose from now and I am proud of my progress. I just added my first game board and I plan on doing more of those. At some point I would also like to do hat boxes....but here I go trying to do too much at once again!

I displayed my signs at a craft show (The Mistletoe Market) in Simsbury a few weeks ago. I was quite happy with the turnout of people and I did well so I was thrilled. I have another one this weekend in Bozrah and in a few weeks I have a much larger one in Tolland. I am a little nervous about that one as I am pretty much new to this. But everyone has to start somewhere, right? So I am brainstorming ways to make my display look great. I want the homespun farmhouse country look so I am looking for antique wood crates, old milk crates, something to display my signs on. I am planning on dressing up with garland and greens and lights and perhaps a small tree. If anyone wants to contribute any ideas for displays that would be great!

Okay, I'd best get back to work. I'll keep you posted. If you live in CT, stop by one of these shows!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Early Dismissal

I woke up this morning realizing that the promised snow had not arrived and I had to get up and go to work. I knew what this meant. The snow was going to start in the middle of the day which would result in an early dismissal at the middle school I work at. I know, I know, what's wrong with that? I get to go home early. What's wrong is called mass confusion and stress.

I had not even hung up from the loud speaker after announcing that school would close early and all afterschool activities would be cancelled when the fun began. The phone lit up like a Christmas tree, every light blinking. The door to the office swung open and the attack began. It is unbelievable how many parents do not discuss BEFOREHAND with their child what to do in the case of an emergency closing. So kids were calling asking for an outside line to call mom or dad, parents were calling asking what time we were getting out even though it is in the handbook, on the website, in letters sent home and in the message I had JUST SENT TO THEIR PHONE what time an early dismissal is. It's the same time every time, it doesn't change. Teachers who had been there for several decades wanted to know what the schedule would be for the rest of the day. Moms, Dads, Grandmothers, aunts....everyone calling letting us know what to do with their child. Do you know what it is like to be responsible for that many kids?

So this scenerio continues for about an hour to an hour and a half. The last child is crossed off the list. Big sigh....everyone has been contacted. Only one hour to go and they'd all be on the bus home. No, it is not over. One minute before dismissal to buses a teacher calls to let us know little Johnny doesn't know where he is supposed to go. I made the announcement 2-1/2 hours prior and now he confesses he doesn't know where to go. Hold the bus, start making calls. That taken care of, little Johnny off to the bus and the quiet falls over the school.

The snow has begun to fall steadily. I had called earlier and cancelled a dentist appointment I had for myself and my son. We both had cleanings at 4:00. It is now 12:30 and the snow is supposed to continue all night. The dentist's receptionist calls to inform me that if I cancel they probably couldn't get us in until summer and that I was the only one who had cancelled. Well, I am not going to drive home in the snow, pick up my son and drive back to the dentist and risk sliding off the road. So, it's cancelled. If they can't get me in until summer, oh well. Although I think it is ridiculous that you can't get an appointment unless you schedule 5-6 months in advance.

So I am happily at home. I worked on a few new signs I am making, cooked supper and played Mario Kart with my son. Now it is time to blog, check out my Etsy shop and maybe hit twitter for a bit.

Tomorrow will probably be a late opening for school so I get to sleep in. Working in a school does have its benefits.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Saturday Events

I haven't blogged in a few days. I have been so busy. I had to bring my son to Civil Air Patrol this morning. They were going on a trip to Cabelas. Of course...Michaels is right down the road and I did have that 40% off coupon. I figured I'd just run in, use the coupon and leave. Twenty items later and much more money and I was on my way. I figured it out..the 40% coupon is a marketing tactic. Get you in there with it and your bound to buy more. I have every time. My significant other hates going there with me. Bores him to death. I was talking about this with a girl I work with and she said she was there last weekend with her husband. Until he said he'd had enough of this place, let's go! What's wrong with men? Don't they know what is fun?

So brought all my stuff home and took it out. I was excited, so much to do. By the time I sorted it and decided what I wanted to do.....ring...time to go pick up my son. So much for creating in peace.

All in all, it was a good day. Tomorrow I am definitely going to create! I have most of the day free, except for grocery shopping which I hate. My other half, John, did it the past three weeks. He always spends twice what I do. He actually had the nerve to make it sound like he did me a tremendous favor by shopping the past three weeks. While it was a huge favor, saved me a lot of time....who did it for the past ten years?????

Well, my friends are on their way over to play setback. Men vs. the Woman. We need to kick some butt!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Snow Day!!!

Last night I stayed up until midnight happily anticipating a snow day today. I work in a school (no I am not a teacher) so any time school is cancelled I get a day off. I was awakened at 5:15 a.m. to the vibrating of my cell phone. I knew what that meant! A recorded school today. Ahhh, back to sleep for a few more hours.

When I finally crawled out of my warm nest, I was off for Donut Shop Coffee from my Keurig and to start up the laptop to see if anything had changed in my Etsy shop. Nothing. Sigh. I had my first sale a week ago and have been anxiously waiting for my next. Okay, hurry up, load the dishwasher, feed the cats, fold some laundry. Now I have the day to do whatever I want. I sat on the couch for a while doing a crossword. Then I joined a thread on the Etsy forum about how handmade items had to is the link it was informational but amusing as well.

I finally decided not to waste the day on the couch. I pulled out my cardmaking material and drew a blank on what I wanted to design. After putzing around on the computer some more I finally began. The hours passed and next thing I knew it was 4:00 p.m. I was proud, I had made six cards. I love cardmaking but I hate the cleanup. Glue on the counter, paper scraps everywhere, little pieces of this and that on the floor. What a mess.

Amid all of this, my son went out to pick at the icy driveway and brought in the mail. There was an envelope from the technical high school my son applied to for the fall. I nervously opened it as his grades were not exactly up to par....YAY, he was accepted. I am so happy. I do not like the local high school and really wanted him to go to a technical school and learn a trade. He applied to two. We are waiting to hear if the other one accepts him and then he will have to decide which one to attend. I am so proud and happy for him.

After what seemed like forever of taking and editing pictures, I listed a few of my new cards on Etsy, but not all of them. I like to have new stuff to put on every day so I'll save some of them. So I went off to list on my other shop on and when I came back to Etsy.....YIPPEEE I had sold two more signs. I was so happy I wanted to dance. I am very optimistic that I will succeed even with the economy the way it is. I will survive, I will survive..hey, hey!

Thank you to those of you who have recently joined my following. I am also building up my list of blogs I follow. Have a nice night!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Too Busy For A Friend

A friend forwarded this to me in an email and I thought I would share it with you.

One day a teacher asked her students to list the names of the other students in the room on two sheets of paper, leaving a space between each name. Then she told them to think of the nicest thing they could say about each of their classmates and write it down. It took the remainder of the class period to finish their assignment, and as the students left the room, each one handed in the papers.

That Saturday, the teacher wrote down the name of each student on a separate sheet of paper, and listed what everyone else had said about that individual.On Monday she gave each student his or her list. Before long, the entire class was smiling. 'Really?' she heard whispered. 'I never knew that I meant anything to anyone!' and, 'I didn't know others liked me so much,' were most of the comments.

No one ever mentioned those papers in class again. She never knew if they discussed them after class or with their parents, but it didn't matter. The exercise had accomplished its purpose. The students were happy with themselves and one another. That group of students moved on.

Several years later, one of the students was killed in Viet Nam and his teacher attended the funeral of that special student. She had never seen a serviceman in a military coffin before. He looked so handsome, so mature. The church was packed with his friends. One by one those who loved him took a last walk by the coffin. The teacher was the last one to bless the coffin. As she stood there, one of the soldiers who acted as pallbearer came up to her. 'Were you Mark's math teacher?' he asked. She nodded: 'yes.' Then he said: 'Mark talked about you a lot.'

After the funeral, most of Mark's former classmates went together to a luncheon. Mark's mother and father were there, obviously waiting to speak with his teacher. 'We want to show you something,' his father said, taking a wallet out of his pocket 'They found this on Mark when he was killed. We thought you might recognize it.' Opening the billfold, he carefully removed two worn pieces of notebook paper that had obviously been taped, folded and refolded many times. The teacher knew without looking that the papers were the ones on which she had listed all the good things each of Mark's classmates had said about him. 'Thank you so much for doing that,' Mark's mother said. 'As you can see, Mark treasured it.'

All of Mark's former classmates started to gather around. Charlie smiled rather sheepishly and said, 'I still have my list. It's in the top drawer of my desk at home.' Chuck's wife said, 'Chuck asked me to put his in our wedding album.' 'I have mine too,' Marilyn said. 'It's in my diary' Then Vicki, another classmate, reached into her pocketbook, took out her wallet and showed her worn and frazzled list to the group. 'I carry this with me at all times,' Vicki said and without batting an eyelash, she continued: 'I think we all saved our lists' That's when the teacher finally sat down and cried. She cried for Mark and for all his friends who would never see him again.

The density of people in society is so thick that we forget that life will end one day. And we don't know when that one day will be. So please, tell the people you love and care for, that they are special and important. Tell them, before it is too late.

May Your Day Be Blessed As Special As You

Sunday, January 25, 2009

The End of the Weekend

I sit here with my laptop on Sunday night thinking back over the weekend. I didn't accomplish as much as I had hoped to this weekend. Why does it fly by so quickly? I did make a few new signs in a new color I just purchased - a dark blue. Here they are:

I also sorted my cardmaking embellishments. I bought an organizer in the toolbox section at Home Depot for just $1.99. This was much cheaper than the ones they sell specifically for this purpose in the crafts stores and it works just as well. Of course, I should have bought a bigger one since I cannot seem to stop adding to my collection.

I made two more cards that I have not yet listed. I just recently showed my cards to a few friends who were really impressed with them. It was definitely a boost of confidence. I also showed my closest friend my Etsy shop. She is my biggest critic and supporter and she was very happy for me.

While searching for upcoming craft shows in my area, I came across a crafting forum. In one of the threads, I discovered another place to display my crafts. Perhaps many of my fellow Etsians have already heard of this site but as I am new to selling on the web, it was new to me. I have heard talk of (and visited) Artfire in the Etsy forums but had not heard of this one until I found this thread. Check it out at The fees are extremely reasonable and it is sponsored by some well known companies. I have already set up my shop there although I have only listed a handful of items so far. Check out my new shop at

It is nice to see the growing support for handmade items in such a commercialized world. I would hate to see a world a century from now completely devoid of lovely, handmade craftsmanship. Get the word out, teach your kids to craft, show your friends your handywork. Keep DIY alive!

Friday, January 23, 2009

It's Friday, I am halfway through my work day and looking forward to the weekend! I went to the craft store last night and can never walk out with the one thing I went to buy. So as usual I spent more than I intended to. At least I have new material to work with this weekend.

I think I will work on my photography for my store this weekend. I also want some time to work on my crafts. There is never enough time. I always seem to have too much on my plate. I am thinking about different classes I would like to take to learn new things, different crafts I would like to work on or try. Never enough time.

My Etsy store will be in a showcase this Sunday under woodworking check it out if you want.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Hey everyone, I just discovered an Etsy mini blog - check it out!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Hi! I am excited to be here and will tell you a little about myself. I would love to hear about you also! I am into crafting - making wood signs and handmade cards. I know, I know, two completely different interests, not to mention crocheting, knitting, sewing. I also enjoy four-wheeling in wayyyyy upstate NY. I like to exercise and I love to hike. I have a teenage son and two cats. Does anyone watch Prison Break? I recently found out that the upcoming season is the last for Prison Break. While I realize they broke out of prison ages ago and that the show had to end at some point.....what woman wouldn't enjoy watching that hot bunch of men? Wellll.....except for Teabag...but he has his appeal, great actor!

Please check out my brand new shop at Etsy at I am very happy to have made my first sale last night, so exciting. I am adding new items daily.
I look forward to making some friends here, please feel free to drop by!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Very tired, going to bed. All in all it was a great day. I made my first sale on Etsy and I weighed in for my workplace "biggest loser" contest and I lost 3 pounds this past week. Yippee! Much better than this past weekend when we broke my new sink remodeling and I backed into my friend's truck. Yikes!
Yay, I have added my Etsy store! Check it out when you get a minute!

Inauguration Day

Day 2 of my blog. I am finally getting the hang of adding to it and making it look more "visually appealing." How do you like my cat, Rusty? You can usually find us on a cold Sunday afternoon napping together on the couch. As you probably have guessed, he is very spoiled.

I sit here at work watching Obama being sworn in. Everyone is excited and the number of people at the inauguration is incredible. I work in a middle school and the entire school is glued to the TV's and Smartboards. Obama flubbed up a little when being sworn in, I'm sure he'll be ribbed about that. Can't even imagine how nervous one must be when being sworn in as the President of the United States.

Monday, January 19, 2009

I'm a blogger!

I finally decided to give this a try. Thank you to everyone at Etsy who has given me advice!

My Favorite TV Shows

  • 24
  • Prison Break
  • Biggest Loser
  • Two and a Half Men