Jun 30, 2012

Lots of Thanks

Hi there... long time no visit (well, at least I haven't visited for a while).

It's strange how life has felt like it is in fast forward mode in some ways, but at the same time it feels like time has stopped. So, it's been a bit of an adjustment time for me... but I'm doing my best to keep moving forward.

Thank you to all of you for the many kind words I had on my last post. It was definitely comforting to know there were so many people who are supporting me. Thank you! I can't even begin to tell you how much it means to me.

I decided to post one of my recent cards for you today. I've been making lots of thank you cards lately (not making much progress in getting them out, however). This is one of my favorites. It uses the new Everything Eleanor stamp set from the 2012-2013 Idea Book & Catalog. I also used a bunch of new goodies, too, like the Patio Party Designer Series Paper, Apothecary Accents Framelits and one of my favorite new sentiment sets called, Sweet Essentials. Lots and lots of layers on this one.

This is one of the cards we made this month at my Stamp Club. If you are local and every want to check it out, please feel free to e-mail me. We meet the third Thursday of every month.

I'm off to design some swap cards for convention next month. I can't believe it's only three weeks away! I've got to get to work... last year I swapped 180 card fronts at convention! Busy, busy, busy!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend... it certainly is a hot one here on Cape Cod.

Jun 12, 2012

Forever in My Heart

It still seems completely impossible, but one week ago today on June 5, 2012 around 6:15-6:20 a.m. I lost my mother. She passed away last week after an intense battle with Hepatosplenic T-Cell Lymphoma.

Despite her being sick since February, I was not ready for this. She got a cold. The doctors were supposed to just fix her so we could bring her home. There were still so many things left to do.

I need more lessons on how to use the sewing machine she bought me.

We need to go on at least 10 more mother/daughter trips for Mother's Day.

I need to hear the stories of how Mom & Dad met at least one more time.

I need to (lovingly) call her the "Crazy Lady"

I need to tell her the story of the Beastie Boys and how she called the doctors very bad names multiple times (behind their backs, thankfully)

I need to ask her how to re-pot the plants I got after she died

I need to tell her I love her one more time

I need to hug her with everything I have and tell her just how much she means to me

I need to apologize for all the time I was mad at her for stupid things growing up

I need to thank her for always being there when some stupid boyfriend made me cry for two hours

I need to to tell her just how proud I was to call her my Mom

I need to hear her yell "Jennifer John" when I'm up to no good

I need to go "junkin" with her again

I need to thank her for always being my editor and helping me when that research paper or newspaper article wouldn't write itself

I need to help her with her last request to just go home (we needed just one more day, Mom, you just didn't give us enough time!)

Now all I'm left with is far too few memories and a very broken heart. Each day something reminds me of you. Today at the grocery store they gave me one of the Sizzler game tickets. It reminded me of how last year when that contest was running, you sent me a cute little note with all the tickets you had collected.

I went to get a drink this morning and there was the comic strip you sent me just two months ago about the flamingoes in our front yard.

I cleaned out my closet today and I was showered by the handmade scarfs you've made me over the past two years.

It's so hard to comprehend that you were healthy and normal in January and now you are gone.

I hope you are with Daddy now and that you finally got that one last hug you always wanted from him. In the meantime, I'll be anxiously awaiting mine.

I love you, Mom!
1945 - 2012

Jun 2, 2012

Check out the new Catty!

It's here! It's here! The 2012-2013 Idea Book and catalog is live and reading for your shopping pleasure! Click on the link on the side of my blog to view the catalog now or you can visit my website to download a pdf version to save to your computer.

Are you more of a hands-on type of person? E-mail me and I will send you a copy of the new catalog -- I just ask that you pay the $5.00 for shipping. If you're local, e-mail me and we can arrange for you to pick one up!

I'm telling you, you're going to love this year's catalog -- not only are the new stamps and accessories exciting, but the catalog is laid out differently and I think it is beautifully done.

I hope to have some samples with the new products soon... today I'm busy getting ready for my Buy One Get One event tomorrow (Sunday, June 3).... all my retired stuff must go or I won't have any space left in my room! So, for every dollar you spend in my cash & carry store (retired products), you'll get an equal amount to spend in this brand new beautiful catalog! Sounds like a good deal right?? The Buy One Get One event is at my house -- e-mail me if you'd like directions.

I hope you are enjoying this rainy Saturday -- it's the perfect day to be inside pricing things!!
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