Monday, November 21, 2011

It's Almost Turkey Time!

I've seen a lot of talk on the news about the fact that more and more, Thanksgiving is being overshadowed by Christmas. This is mainly because some stores are opting to start their Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving day. This is wrong, in my humble opinion, for two reasons. 1) This move cuts into store employees family time on Thanksgiving day; and 2) Black Friday should be on FRIDAY, hello?!?

I'm not saying there should be no Christmas themed fun prior to Thanksgiving. In fact, as some one who makes her own Christmas cards, I do start a couple months ahead so that I can take my time and enjoy the process rather than trying to get them all done in a couple weeks time. In fact, I worked on Christmas cards over the weekend.

Since I really don't enjoy crowds, I usually avoid the whole Black Friday experience anyway. Don't get me wrong, I love a good bargain but for me the stress of the crowds sucks the joy right out of it.

I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving and that you are able to spend it with some one you love. Thant's what I'll be doing.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Craft-Therapy Anyone?

Crafting is such a great stress reliever for me. There has been some stress at Fort Albertson of late. (No, no don't worry, things are still peachy between Gene and I. There has just been some business to take care of.) I'm not sure I can say crafting is any cheaper than therapy but it's a lot more fun for certain.

Twas the day before Halloween and what was I doing? Making polymer clay goodies including a turkey and a snowman.
Not only that, I tuned Pandora on to some Christmas music for inspiration and worked on some Christmas cards as well. Not exactly in the Halloween spirit I suppose but, Halloween has never been one of my favorite holidays. In fact, the things I like most about it are watching The Great Pumpkin (Charlie Brown) and knowing that we have entered the gateway to the holiday season. Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years, here we come. 

I've been thinking a lot about the up-coming Christmas. This will be our first Christmas without Grandpa. It just wont be the same, especially on Christmas Eve when we all gather at Grandma and Grandpa's house. 
:  (

Last year was exciting for me because I got to take Gene up to NC with me. It was our first Christmas together. He got to meet my family and we even got to see snow!
This year, he's not so interested in going and while I guess I can't really blame him, it still bothers me some. I hope I am not in (another) one of those relationships where I will never get to be with my significant other for Christmas because my partner doesn't want to spend Christmas in NC and it's just about the only chance I have to get up there. I know it sounds silly because we are together the whole rest of the year for goodness sake but... it's Christmas!!... and I'm a sentimental fool. So, I am trying to get to a compromise where he will at least come up for a couple days, even if not the whole week. 

Hmmm. I feel more craft-therapy coming on. Tonight though, I am thinking we will embrace the Halloween spirit at least enough to plop down on the couch and watch a scary movie while we hide from trick-or-treaters because there's no candy in our house...... Ha.....  

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Stampfest 2011!

Almost every year (I missed last year) my BFF and I head to Stampfest, the rubber-stamp convention in Orlando. The event is a stampers dream. Classes to try new products and techniques followed by two days of shopping til ya drop... or run out of money... which ever happens first. It's always a fun time. This year was quite the adventure. 

This year's event was held at the Orlando Sun Resort. You can read my review of the hotel here: Orlando Sun Resort Should Be Your LAST Resort. Our experience there was so bad, you couldn't PAY us to ever stay there again. But despite the poor accommodations, the trip was over all awesome. 

I very rarely get to see my BFF as we now live on opposite sides of the Country. (Sheesh, could you move ANY further away and still be in the U.S.? Ok, well there's still Hawaii and Alaska I guess....) Anyway, what little time I get with her is always precious and I hope it wont be a year before I see  her again. 

We saw a lot of familiar faces at Stampfest. Some vendors have been going there as long as I have if not longer. Some favorites include Inky Antics , Just For Fun Rubber Stamps and Stamp On It . I was particularly impressed with newcomers Local King Rubber Stamps . The Canadian based couple were a delight and their stamps are great!

It was interesting to see that I am not the only stamper who has been dabbling in jewelry making lately. One booth actually had quite a bit of jewelry making supplies.

I've been playing with my new toys a little. Here are a few pics:

Making paper flowers

Above made using a "geo die-cut"
Below tiny gift box made into a cow


That's it for now. More pics later as I continue to play!