Blog Archives June 2008

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

So, it appears that even more time has escaped me and my blog lies dormant. You know what? I am okay with that! I have been living life; reveling in the warm air, inhaling the small day-to-day moments, spending quality time with my kids, exercising regularly, gardening, etc.

Fear not — I am still here. I still love this business. And quantity of blog posts should not be the sole indicator of where my passions lie. I am still clued in to who is releasing what at the CHA tradeshow (check out Cosmo Cricket’s new paper line…to die for). I know that Donna was on a whirlwind tour through Europe and Ali is working on some serious hybrid scrapping. And, I still have ideas and aspirations about what I want to do with this site…but my ideas remain lodged in the recesses of my brain. I honestly believe they are hiding there until I free myself from the clutter and distraction that has become my desk. Perhaps, with my tax rebate, I should finally buy that a-w-e-s-o-m-e Bedford project table  from Pottery Barn and bid my clutter adieu. Maybe in the fall when the days are shorter and the beach days come to an end…

I also know I still owe you a post with pictures of that massive project I worked on in May/June. I will get to that soon…I promise.

In the meantime, please be satisfied with some eye candy. Because, right now, that’s really all I’ve got to share.

This one was from a trip to the beach. We were searching for sea glass and found what we thought was a dead starfish on the sand. We put it in a bucket of water and lo and behold! It was alive! So, we watched it for a day and then released it back into the sea. My daughter named it Sammy.

This is how we have been spending a lot of our recent summer days: at the beach. Walking, swimming, blowing bubbles, eating sandy sandwiches, digging, laughing, tanning, and just being together. It’s the good stuff. (*note the watermelon bathing suit — for obvious reasons, I am a sucker for anything with a watermelon logo/decal)

My garden is a spectacular display this year (need to take more pictures). I have an abundance of purple (and orange and pink) coneflowers, black eyed susan, astilbe, yarrow, daisies, hosta, scabiosa, and an assortment of container gardens that are just bursting with color. Gardening is much like life — it can be incredibly rewarding, yet it can also be very disappointing and frustrating. Some years there are good crops and some years, not so much.

More to come. Enjoy your days and the upcoming holiday weekend!



Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

Yes, it is thoroughly and completely embarrassing that I haven’t updated this blog in two months. Where have I been? What have I been doing? Well, the answers to those questions are: I have been right here and I have been really busy with life. Since I last updated,

  • I worked on two mammoth scrapbook projects that were due in early June (creating scrapbooks is my passion, but it can be taxing when deadlines are involved and there is a third party involved),
  • I have been a 3x/week regular at Gold’s Gym (loving Zumba and Turbo Kick classes) and have been relishing the endorphin rush that accompanies a good old-fashioned sweat. My body may not look a whole lot different, but I feel different – stronger, toned, much more energetic,
  • I have celebrated both of my daughter’s birthdays (where I designed/created all of the invitations),
  • I’ve hit the beach a couple times,
  • I’ve nursed a calf injury back to health (had a tough go-round in aforementioned Turbo Kick class one night),
  • I watched all my eldest daughter’s softball games with tremendous pride,
  • I went away to Savannah, GA to celebrate my 10th anniversary with my husband (had the time of our lives!),
  • I went antiquing at the Brimfield Fair,
  • I took tons of pictures,
  • I met a new baby,
  • I got thoroughly blindsided at the ‘day-job’ and it took a while to recover,
  • I have been trolling around Facebook,
  • I’ve been watching the Celts and the Sox and loved the US Open coverage,
  • I’ve been trying to adjust my budget to allow for the insane gas and grocery prices,
  • I have been gardening like it’s my job. My gardens are glorious and my yard is awash in color.

All very fulfilling things…all very time consuming things.

But, I understand the need for regular posts…you want to know what is going on, what we (me and the business) are up to, and I need to provide the incentive for you to visit. So, I am going to try to be better. I think I can successfully carve out 15-20 minutes a few times a week to give you the skinny on new scrapbook projects, lots of photo love, and provide you with some worthwhile content.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I emailed my Web developer this evening to see if he was up for some site changes this summer. We’ll see what he has to say. I want to rearrange things a bit, expand the product offerings, offer in-home classes to locals, and take the site in a bit of a different direction. Now, cut me some slack. You see how busy I am, so this stuff won’t happen overnight. Just please keep in mind that custom orders are always welcome and I am always available via the contact form. And, feel free to nudge me if some time passes in between posts – I love hearing from you!

Have a great night…Go Celtics!!