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    Getting it all together

    Well after Monday’s big announcement it really hit me how MUCH there is to get in order for the next 6 months. Not counting business trips to CHA, I took a 3 day vacation last year (if a long weekend can be called a vacation) but nothing more than that since 2010 when we took the kids to chicago for a week. That’s 4 years without a vaca of longer than a bank holiday weekend.  Next week I’m going to be taking a slightly longer one, 5 days camping, so you won’t be hearing from me all next week. I’ll be back on Sept 1st as the big Sneaks Week…

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    My New Office/Studio: Part 3

    Welcome back for My New Office/Studio: Part 3! I’ve already shared part 1 and part 2 with you earlier this week so please check it all out for the tons of detailed pics. Today I have 1 last piece of my studio puzzle to share… My New Office/Studio: Raskog Cart Last up is my Raskog Cart. It sits next to my desk when not in use, then rolls over when its crafty time. Yeah, some of this stuff *could* have gone in the cabinets but, especially the top stuff, is just easier to have in this easy to access cart. If you have space for 1 (or 3, I keep coming…

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    My New Office/Studio: Part 2

      Welcome to my New Office/Studio: Part 2! On Monday I shared the first part of a 3 part series sharing how I reorganized my *everything* space, on Friday I’ll have part 3 for you. These posts were just too dang long to fit together. Today I’m sharing my Craft Wall and Cabinet areas, it holds most of my crafting supplies. My New Office/Studio: Top Shelf Sections This section has a lot of the things I like to keep on hand and in easy reach that can actually look half way nice lol. The first picture is the left section. 1) The file folders hold ALL my original drawings for Some…

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    Fingers Crossed and Personal Growth

    That look, with fingers crossed, is how I feel most of the time.  “Living the Dream” of working for myself makes it sound like all rainbows and gumdrops but its actually a more daunting endeavor than it might seem. Every choice you make, and working for yourself you can make these decisions with sometimes reckless speed, affects your future directly.  I don’t regret this decision for an instant.  My family is still in the process of climbing out of our worst moment when we lost our home about 6 years ago. Its not something I talk about, I feel like its my biggest failure, but while its one of those times…

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    Photo Kaylee

    How could I possibly resist using this paper with this stamp?  Soooooo perfect!  Photo Kaylee was like PLEASE I need to be on this paper! And I was all like dang straight you do!  XD  The paper is from Maggie Holmes and I’m glad I got plenty to tide me over lol.    If you can tell, I’m not quite with it today… yes, some days I am! C’mon now! That’s not nice! I went out Sunday with hubs to get more booth stuff. I’m building a collapsible side table (maybe 2 if the idea is sound) of my own devising. We’ll see how that turns out  😐 DH is…

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    Happy Birthday Chicka!

    Today my first baby, my daughter is 8 years old. Someone fan me from my fall to the floor in disbelief? When the heck did that happen??? Tomorrow she has her dance recital so I couldn’t have her birthday party on the Saturday after so we had to move it to the Saturday before.  First we gave her trick candles that took her quite a bit of effort to blow out. We all thought it was hilarious, her included luckily! 🙂  If you remember, my son’s bday cake a couple of weeks ago was pretty elaborate but we decided it would be fun to pull a second trick on her…

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    Happy Birthday Dude!

    Last week Friday was my Dude’s 6th birthday. He’s my baby! And he’s 6!  :noes: And Dude wanted an Angry Birds themed birthday. Some of you may know that once upon a time I was a Cake Decorator, now a days I only do it twice a year. Dude’s birthday and a month later, Chicka’s birthday, so I tend to try and make it special. Its fun for them and for me 🙂 So this year I made Angry Birds fondant toppers for his chocolate cupcakes, he’s in an all boys Kindergarten and they were a hit!  Then for his actual birthday party I made a sheet cake and sculpted…

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    There’s a first for everything

    Over the holiday break the kids and I got to spend a lot of time together but working retail hubs doesn’t get much off time. So on one of the few occasions he was home we all packed up in the car and took the kids on their first bowling trip! OMGosh were they super excited! We live in a tiny rural town and drove over to the next town that has a tiny bowling alley (8 lanes in all).  Weirdly the kids fell in love with their bowling shoes and wanted to take them home. We compromised on a shoe pic. Chick was actually pretty dang good for her…

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    OLW for 2013

    I’ve made Goals for 2013, I’ve learned some things from last year to bring into this… last year my One Little Word for the year was Flourish. I dare say that with everything that happened last year, in spite of some things really, that word really summed up 2012.  We went to our first CHA We grew as a company I feel I grew as an artist and as a mom I’m learning to look at my faults and my strengths honestly.  My kids are both on major behavioral turn arounds my hubs job is secure I feel like we Flourished. Even if we have a long way to go…

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    Some Goals for 2013

    I like to do this post every year too. I don’t like making “resolutions” for the new year as those always seem to be like if I don’t follow thru its not as important as it does if I set a Goal. Goals have a plan behind them to back them up (typically lol) though they can still fall short.  So here are some of my goals, divided up into categories, for 2013: Personal – Get back on my diet! I was on a great diet in the first part of 2012 but I was suppose to go to the Clinic on this plan 3 times a week which after…