Thursday, December 27, 2012

Merry (belated) Christmas!


I am so sorry.  My Christmas wishes have been running a bit late this year.  Even my beautiful handmade cards which had been sitting ready for about 4 weeks didn't make the post until Christmas Eve.  And I blame my husband.

You see, he came down with some incredibly bad bug on the Tuesday before Christmas (just over a week ago) and is only now back on  his feet.  He actually had to go into hospital twice with it.  So not only was I doing the usual scurrying of last minute Christmas gift shopping, finalising the food situation, doing the food shopping, wrapping gifts, cancelling staff our staff party (because Mark was bedridden), but I also had to call in staff for a meeting to work out changes to milking rosters, stock work and feeding out schedules.  Phew.  And on top of that, I forgot to pay my staff!  Argghhhh.  But they are a very forgiving lot and I did catch them up!  LOL.

So.......I didn't get a chance to get back on here and wish all of my blog followers a very merry Christmas.  I hope you had a wonderful day with family and/or friends.  With 3 kids that are old enough to know about Chrissy, ours was very busy.  I can only image what next year's will be like!

Please check back for some pics on our Christmas celebrations, and feel free to check out our farm blog (www.craiglands.blogspot.com) for more family pictures - just give a day or two to get them up!!)

Just before I go, don't forget about the Clearance Rack Blitz that is on.  We are into the second week and I have just check out the list.  There are a few things on there that are already sold out, so if there is something on there...don't delay.  Give me a call or email me to place your order.

Check out the lists by clicking HERE

Saturday, December 15, 2012

First Clearance Rack Blitz is up!


Want to save some big dollars just prior to Christmas?  Then check out the Clearance Rack Blitz.  Until January 21st, there will be weekly blitzes where you can grab products that are temporarily coming out of retirement and are on sale!

Check out the Stampin' Up! website for more details and check back later for the other weekly blitzes.

Remember, the products on offer are strictly available for the dates announced and may sell out before the week is up.  Get in quick while you can.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

2012 Christmas dinner

Last night I held my annual Christmas dinner.  It is getting bigger each year which is fantastic to see.  15 ladies attended this year and they all made a Christmas card which was swapped.  I got them to leave the inside blank (or unwritten on) so that the recipient could gift it away again - hence sharing the stampin' love a bit more!

Well...the standard of the cards was UNBELIEVABLE.  Silly me didn't take any photos of them (sigh), but they ranged from cards with bling, to religious cards, to ones with hand sewing on them (!), ones with multiple layers, interactive cards and cards incorporating techniques that I had shown over the past 12 months.

I was very proud of each and every one.

As for my cards, I gave each lady a card and Stampin' Santa gave a gift box.  Again....I forgot to take pictures of the gift box.  The gift boxes (which were our Kraft boxes on p161 of the catty) contained some DSP, a shaker frame, a spritzer bottle, a pack of SU! playing cards and some festive M&M's packaged up in our new 1x8" cello bag.  For those ladies that were also quilters, I substituted the cards for a share of one of the fabric ranges.

Here are some pics of the night:
That's me in the centre in the green t.shirt
from R: my mum (Lynne), Lorraine, Betsy & Carol
Julie...my tupperware lady!
This is Michelle....our uber talented stamper.  She almost puts me to shame!  She certainly pushes me to come up with bigger and better projects!
This is Terri (holding baby Henry who just had to come along for the night!).  We will miss Terri as she is moving to Canberra in the New Year.  We are very sad.....
The lovely Lil
from R: Marie, Barb and Heather
I think I am missing a picture of Tammy.....where did you go Tammy????  LOL. And my MIL - Judy -  just snuck into one of the pics...she is to the right of me in the top pic (I'm looking at her)

This is a close up of the card that I gave to each lady....easily done.
This shows the two designs I made....exactly the same except different DSP and glimmer stars.
It was a great night and I hope everyone enjoyed themselves and their goodie boxes!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Sorry about no updates!

You know how things can get at this time of the year.......CRAZY!  I have been spending every spare minute I can creating cards, working out classes, arranging stock and displays for various markets and fairs I have been attending and trying to make some sense of my bomb site of an office!  Add onto all of this the general busy-ness that is normal for this time of the year.

I mentioned to a friend of mine the other day that I have to check the calendar not once every few days to keep on top of things, but a number of times throughout each and every day, just to make sure I haven't forgotten something.  Just about every day between now and Christmas has something on, and many days have multiple things on.  Granted, it is not all to do with me, but most of the things require me to ferry kids around, or make sure that RSVP's have been given, or that supplies are on order.

So, this poor blog has been neglected of sorts.  Sorry 'bout that!

I just wanted to let you all know that I will be sending out a newsletter in the next day or so.  Keep an eye on your inboxes for that one.  You won't want to miss it!

I will be placing an order in the next week, so if you are local to Colac and can pick up your order from me, you can save on postage and lump our orders in together.  I will update this blog with an exact date of when I will be submitting the order, but it will more than likely be around December 10th.