Tuesday, January 25, 2011

3 Years ... 3 Lucky Names & 3 Prizes!

Hi all ... as promised ... on my 3rd Blogiversary ... and with the help of my trusted assistant DD Melanie ... 3 names have been drawn from the Lucky Tin!

These are all first time winners ... and you lucky people are:

Kerry

Connie Eyberg

and

Jonoleso (oops ... correction ... Lesley is now a 2nd time winner!)

Please e-mail me at sredeluxe@rogers.com with snail-mail info so I can send you your prize!

Thanks for following along ... and congrats!

It's been a rather different week. Last Monday one of my long-time part-time gals handed in her notice ... and is moving on to a new adventure.

When you've been doing what I've been doing for this many years ... you can sense when things are about to happen ... and I was half expecting it. After all ... a lifetime career with the Tire is not usually the objective of most young employees ... we're more like a stepping stone to fund their schooling and then they move on ... to other endeavors. But they do learn a lot along the way ... things they can use in whatever else they choose to do in life ... that's just the way it goes!

Jenny had been studying fashion & design and landed a part time job with BCBG Max Azria ... which is a high-end ladies designer clothing house with many retail outlets. She decided to commit herself entirely to persuing a career with them ... it's right up the alley she's been looking for!

She's one of those people that everyone likes ... she's personable ... funny ... and friends with just about everyone. I knew that once word got out that she was leaving ... everyone would want to sign her card to wish her well! No ... a small one was just not going to work ... so I headed out to various greeting card retailers hoping to find a
gang-size one.

I'm sure they used to be available ... but I looked everywhere ... thought Hallmark would have them for sure ... Party Packagers was the closest I came ... but the only big ones they had were for Valentines Day! I was seriously contemplating augmenting one of them to fit the bill ... but "tacky" was the first thing that came to mind.

Okay ... so here is where the consumate designer takes over and the idea of creating one took hold.

Bristol board that'll work ... and maybe an alphabet template to make the words ... I have oodles of markers that I could use to colour them in ... but OMG ... that would be tedious.

And then I found myself standing in front of a myriad of stickers at Buck or Two!

Ready made peel-off/stick on script ... and these stars are way cool ... but when I saw the Happy Face sheets ... and I absolutely had a plan!

I'm going to get pics of it to share ... as it's kinda better with visuals ... a thousand words saved!

I'm also gonna put my two cents worth in to Hallmark ... and maybe even offer up my services!
I will also point out my disappointment at not being able to find any cards for twins ... while I'm at it! Sheesh!

Okay well that's my news for this evening ... DD is patiently waiting for a turn on the box ... so I'm off to play ... more bead ideas dontchaknow!

Hugs ... Marie

Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Twins First Christmas

Christmas Day Aiden & Alex turned 4 months!
Here's a pic Mommy snapped of them sporting new Christmas PJs!
Hard to believe how fast they're growing!
Amy tells me they now weigh 17 /18 lbs respectively!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Reflection, Projection & Prizes ... Oh My!

New Years Greetings to all from snowy Pickering!

Yes ... Mother Nature is sending it down big time ... and since I've no place to go ...
let it snow ... let it snow ... let it snow!

I'm slowly emerging from the vacuum that consumes me once the Christmas season is done! I feel spent from it all ... but now ... posting for the first time this year ... with a brand new look ... I'm ready to go!

I find myself pausing to reflect on what I've done over the last twelve months ... and look ahead to what I want to accomplish in the next year.

This morning I've been scrolling through my own blog ... from present alllll the way back to Day One ... reviewing what I've shared over these past 3 years!

Yup ... another Blogiversary is on the horizon! I started this on January 25th 2008, and have reminded myself not only why I began blogging, but also of all the things that I've blogged about!
(And ... you know it ... there's gonna be a prize draw! ... more on that later!)

My aim at the start was to have one place to share ... with all my friends & faithful fans ... my creations & creative process ... in all mediums.

It used to be quite tedious trying to keep track of who I shared what with ... which list I posted what on ... and trying not to cross-post. Here it's "one-stop-shopping" ... and I don't do lists much anymore!

So ... here I am at the brink of the future ... contemplating what I anticipate accomplishing this year. At the moment ... my battery is low ... so just taking some much needed time to recharge.

For a while now I've been mentally organizing a grand new creation ... a full 3-D carousel horse! My good friends at Kreinik have already supplied me with materials & I feel ready to proceed.

Perhaps if I focus on one spectacular creation ... I will achieve one spectacular result! ... and well ... it could happen if I don't get too distracted by other things (which we all know from past experience ... has happened ... more than once!).

Well ... I don't plan to start today ... or even tomorrow! I've learned over the years (and wisely so) not to force it ... to let it happen when it will. I put my trust in that ... and it hasn't failed me yet!

Enough philosophy for one day ... let's get on to some fun!

Three years! ... over 300 posts ... wow!

Three prizes are up for grabs!

My dear "Followers" ... your names are automatically entered once ... & posting a comment gets you another! Share this draw info and a link ... & let me know ... that'll get you a third entry!

Everyone is welcome ... and a comment post will get your name into that Lucky Tin ... but if you also decide to add your name as a Follower too ... your name will go in a second time.

Draw date will be January 25th ... Good Luck to All!

Looking forward to sharing a lot more!

Hugs ... Marie

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