Friday, April 27, 2012

My Boy

It's been a rough week, but is finally coming to an end (YEAH!) I've been busy making stationary cards to sell at our local farmer's market. I've got sets made so far, and have 10 more to go. Tomorrow my daughter and I are meeting at my Mom's house to do some scrapbooking. I'll be working on my nephew's album. I'm having a hard time getting to work on it as I've got these cards all over my scrap space. But I've got less than a month to get this album about pressure.

Thought I'd share another layout with you. This is a layout of my grandson when he was just a little guy. I wish the picture was better but it was done a few years ago with a different camera. You can get the idea. The word along the side of the layout is "TREASURE."

Glad you could stop by. See you again soon :)

Monday, April 23, 2012

Just a quick note tonight...I promised a set of Sassy Strands to one lucky winner. They go to Josie...send me your mailing address at, and I'll stick them in the mail for you :)

Thanks to both ladies who commented.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Lonesome Town

Hello Everybody,
It's been awhile since I wrote. I've posted a few times, but I haven't really written since my first post. I'm feeling a little lonely today so maybe that 's put me in the mood to feel that there's somebody out there who cares enough to listen. Oh, I know that there are plenty of people in my life who care, but it's not the same as when Rick was alive, and I could just talk to him without leaving the comfort of my recliner. Now that sounds lazy, doesn't it? I don't mean it to, it's just that it would be nice to have an "armchair" conversation with my honeyman again...boy! how I miss that man.

Anyway, I'm feeling at a crossroads (if that's the right word) in my business. There's no doubt for me that I will continue to work my business - the best is yet to come, as they say. But I need to find some way to get my face and my name known in our community, so that people will feel comfortable with me. I tend to stay home most of the time and haven't gotten to know many people here. It's just that we live in an older town and there are very FEW places I can get into in my wheelchair. The only business that has bothered to put a little ramp up to their doorway is the place where I work. No one else in town has bothered....which doesn't really give one a very welcome feel.

Back to getting my face known. What do you think is the best way to do that? I went to Bingo last week, and I'm planning to do the Saturday morning farmer's market where I can sell crafts that I've made. But I still need to find a way to make bookings. I know.... leave me a post giving me your suggestion and I'll put your name in a drawing. The lucky winner will win a package of Sassy Strands.

Guess that's it for now. I'm looking forward to see what you recommend.


Friday, April 20, 2012

A Perfect Pair

I'm so excited! I just got my Art Philosophy Cartridge and can't wait to start making all kinds of cute goodies. Watch the video below and you'll understand my excitement :)

Create cute banners for any occasion or for any loved one quickly and easily using Close To My Heart's new My Creations® mini banner and our Cricut® Art Philosophy cartridge. It's a perfect pair of coordinating products!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

It's Dotty Time

Yay! The Dotty for You promotion starts today! If you place a $35 order from the current Idea Book, then you can get this great paper packet for only $5! PLUS, if you host a $400 gathering or sign up to become a CTMH Consultant this month, you will get it for FREE!

Let me know if you’d like to schedule your own Home Gathering with your friends or set up an online virtual party where your friends can order online, their orders get shipped directly to them, and you (as the hostess) will reap the benefits and get all of the hostess rewards! *Ü*

Click the link on the top left of the page to start shopping, or call me today to
schedule your own Home Gathering.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

G - R - A - D

Hello All,
It's been a busy few days since I last posted.  I just got home from an all-day crop and am putting my feet up for a bit.  Then will probably get back at scrapping in my nephew's album again.  I scrapped an album for another nephew last year, and thought I'd share a page out of his album with ya'll.

Hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Take care

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Busy, Busy, Busy

My sincerest apologies to my dear followers for not blogging more often.  I think this has been one of the busiest weeks of my life.  I'm not getting much scrapbooking done, but plan to go to a crop on Saturday so that I can  get some pages done.  I fear I am not much of a card maker - it just doesn't seem to come naturally to me like it does to some people.  If you're not a card maker and are up for a challenge, come join me at Close to My Heart.  I'm not one to shy away from a challenge, so we can learn together.

I worked on Monday until 6:00.  Then Tuesday my Home Aide came in the morning, I went and got the snow tires removed and street tires put on, after which I went and did the grocery shopping.  This morning a travelled over 50 miles to the IRS office to get help with my taxes, only to find out they couldn't help me. This evening I was suppose to meet my upline for a class she is doing with her club.  But she lives 45 minutes away and I didn't want to drive over the mtn pass coming home after dark tonight, so decided to wait and do the class another time.  Tomorrow morning my Home Aide comes again, I meet with the accountant who is going to help me, and then I meet with my upline and sideline for a meeting in the afternoon.  Friday the Home Aide comes again, and I meet a friend for lunch.  Saturday is the all day crop I am attending, and Sunday is church.  Usually when I am this busy my feet give me a lot of trouble and I end up in pain for days.  But there are only a couple of things that are optional in my week...lunch with my friend which we've been putting off for too long, and the crop.  However, I don't want to give up the crop because I'm so busy at home that I'm not getting any scrapping done, and I'm really on a time crunch with my nephew's album.  Please pray that I can get that done in the near future.

Since I don't have any current pictures to upload for you, I decided I will post an oldie but goodie - me as a baby :)  Hope you enjoy it!

Guess that catches us up for now.  Will write again as I have a chance.  Blessings to all of you.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

The Degrees of Scrapbooking

Happy Easter Everyone,
I hope ya'll had a good day.  I spent it at church and with most of my family so
it was a pleasant one for me.

I'm working very hard on my new Close To My Heart business.  It's not going
exactly as I'd hoped, but it's only been six weeks, so I tell myself not to be dis-
couraged.  I've only had 2 Gatherings and 1 workshop so far, but still doing well.
One of the things I've been working on is getting my degrees in scrapbooking. 
Last night I finished the last class for my Bachelor's Degree (yoohoo for me!!). 
Tonight I will start a new class toward the next degree and be on my way again.

Goodnight to All

Friday, April 6, 2012

Snow in April

Good evening all,
As promised I have been working on my nephew's graduation album.  I have the first
few layouts done, and thought I would post a picture.

Would you believe we woke up to about a foot of snow this morning.  Very un-
pleasant way to start the day, especially when I had to run several errands.  We
had hardly any snow all winter, and now that it is Spring we have a mini snow
storm.  Actually we were rather fortunate.  I have a sister who lives about 25 miles
from us, and her poor husband was shoveling snow all day.  Two feet of the stuff
up on their roof alone, and the last time I talked to her it was still snowing there. 
I guess when you live in a small town in Montana this is the risk you run.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Stamp of the Month

Each month Close To My Heart offers a special stamp set available that month only. Customers can purchase the Stamp of the Month at full retail price for $17.95 or at a discount with their qualifying purchase.  Spend $50.00 on my Close to My Heart website and get that month's stamp for only $5.00...great deal!!

And if you spend over $100.00, you can purchase two of the stamp sets.  Isn't that great?!  What a wonderful gift to give someone special.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012


Hi All,
This is my first post.  I've been kind of stumped as to how to start
this first post, and it was recommended that I just type as though I
were talking to an old here goes.

I am an independent consultant with Close to My Heart.  I just
signed up in February so this is still pretty new to me - all the posting
and websites and newsletters, etc.  Besides doing CTMH, I'm also
trying to start a small business on the side making albums for other
people, selling cards and other things at craft shows, etc.  I'm currently
working on my nephews graduation album which will be a gift.  It's
turning into quite the project and I think I have way too many layouts -
going on 60 and I'm just now getting to his prom.  Not sure they'll all
fit in the album, so I may need to weed some of them out which is a

At the same time that I signed on with Close to My Heart I was hired
to work part-time at a little shop here in our small town.  It's just a
small consignment shop, but we do lots of extra things too.  We are a
drop off point for UPS. Plus we answer phones for some businesses,
etc.  We sell a little bit of everything in the shop and it's got quite a
learning curve.

It's all been kind of a heavy load to start all at once as I haven't worked
in over 20 years.  You see I am disabled and in a wheelchair.  I have
had a very wonderful husband who took great care of me, and I'm
afraid I may have taken that a little bit for granted.  My dear, sweet
husband died this past August.  I was always afraid that if something
happened to him I would end up in a nursing home.  I am only in my
50s, and that was a totally unappealing thought. So it has become up
to me to take care of myself after all this time.  I must say that I'm
surprised at how well I'm doing.  I miss my Honeyman fiercely, but
am kinda proud of myself at the same time.  I know he would be proud
of me.

Guess that's it for now.  When I get out of the planning stages and
have some actual pages done in this graduation album, I'll post some
pictures.  Please feel free to leave comments.  I'd love to get to know
some of you.

TaTa for now.