Fabulous Fall Sale + Winners!

The leaves are whirlin' around in the wind these days...even though it's going to be 80 today. What??? I'm going to be really sad when all those glorious colors are no longer in the beautiful trees where they belong and instead, we are left with bare nekkedness when looking towards the skies. Can't they just stay on the trees and maintain the beautiful colors until spring? I guess not, eh? And this is the last week of October...just six days until Halloween. So I guess it's the perfect time for this: Excludes the new Santa's Workshop class and the individual [...]

2017-05-20T06:55:39+00:00 October 25th, 2014|Uncategorized|3 Comments

Flash Friday • Handwritten Words

Friday is upon us and that means it's a great day for handwritten words! Save 30% on orders of $10 or more on all handwritten goodies.Use code WRITE at checkout. This is our last Friday in September. I can't even believe it. Have a great weekend everyone!

2017-05-20T07:37:00+00:00 September 26th, 2014|Uncategorized|3 Comments

A Birthday Surprise • Studio Calico Giveaway!

Now, you just know we couldn't have this massive birthday week without a birthday surprise, right? We may be done with the Brown Paper Packages, but... ...we still have one more giveaway to...well...giveaway! Those fabulous folks at Studio Calico have given me some fun stuff to share with one lucky person. Check out these amazing new additions to their Color Theory Inks line! Someone, somewhere, in this beautiful colorful land is going to get this fun little bundle. Those colors are so cheerful, it would totally make my day to see it in a Studio Calico box upon arrival and openage [...]

2017-05-20T07:51:30+00:00 September 20th, 2014|Uncategorized|143 Comments

Flash Friday | Buy 2 + Save

It's Flash Friday and the perfect time to stock up on some This+That kits. Buy any two or more kits from the whole line--full or just shapes--and save 35% on the bunch. Use code THISANDTHAT at check out.(Discount applies only to This+That purchases.) This is a flash sale and it's available for today only. Have a beautiful weekend!

2017-05-20T08:11:34+00:00 September 12th, 2014|Uncategorized|1 Comment

in comparison.

[ source ] Soooooo digging this thought right now. What is in our nature that we feel like we have to compare ourselves to others? To be better than, to be skinnier than, to be smarter than, to be richer than, to have more toys than.... It's destructive. It leaves you always feeling like you're lacking and wanting more--it's nothing you need. It affects self-esteem. We should be content with ourselves and what we have in our lives. But if you want to better yourself,  do it for you and/or your family and not to keep up with the Jones'. There's always going to be those 'better' than [...]

2017-05-20T12:20:18+00:00 July 16th, 2014|Uncategorized|5 Comments

my son: the wildlife photographer

So Zach just went to Yellowstone this past weekend--with the intention of doing a lot of fishing. Instead, he and his friend were having much more fun watching the wildlife in the park. They saw probably just about every animal imaginable that weekend...and what a show it was! They even had  a scope and hung out with some of the people that watched the wolves that were like two miles away. No way to get pictures of them, but boy oh boy, just check out the pictures he got of the animals that were closer to him! And he does [...]

2017-05-21T07:10:20+00:00 June 23rd, 2014|Uncategorized|16 Comments

The Mysterious Case of the Runaway Contact

So a weird thing happened a couple weeks ago. I've worn contacts for 30 years now and never in my life have I not put a contact into its case. But one morning, with my out-of-focus vision, I gently placed my finger into the right side of the case and nothing attached to it. I brought that tiny cup of water up close to my eye so I could see it and there was no saucer-shaped blue outline of contact there. Where on earth did it go? Did it dissolve? I looked on the lid, because sometimes that happens and nope, [...]

2017-10-17T15:16:30+00:00 May 8th, 2014|Uncategorized|1 Comment


Two kids living outside the home. One kid teaching photography to high school students on the Native American Reservations. One husband spending 10-12 hour days working on creating a new AMC television series 'movie' set. I can do my work in peace+quiet...all day long. Except there's no one to run errands for me now. Hmm. That's what's happening here this week. Oh, and this happened today.

2017-10-17T15:20:06+00:00 May 6th, 2014|Uncategorized|3 Comments

allergies. say what???

I've heard the tales. I just couldn't ever believe it. I've never had allergies in my life. I mean, heck, I practically grew up on a farm, spent many summers there as well. Never had a problem. As I've gotten a little more seasoned, I find that I'm just a little more 'achoo-ee' lately in the spring. It couldn't be allergies. I've never been allergic to anything. But this year seems to be the kicker. I walked out of the mall into a courtyard of white blossomed trees and the sneezing began. Not intensely, mind you, but enough to draw attention [...]

2017-10-17T15:34:56+00:00 April 22nd, 2014|Uncategorized|7 Comments

and the winners are…

Thanks so much for all your comments. I loved reading about your favorite or dream vacation destinations. Some of them are the same as mine. :) And now for the randomly drawn winners! They are:   Judi Markel   Traci Penrod   Melinda Couden Congratulations ladies! I will be emailing you with the details on how to get on your merry way! And one last thing.... That's next Tuesday....in case you hadn't done your taxes yet either. ;)

2017-02-07T18:27:00+00:00 April 9th, 2014|Uncategorized|4 Comments