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Monday, January 29, 2018

Retreat

Ahhhh, the joy of a weekend away with little or no phone calls and lots of crafting!!  I made over 110 Cards for Soldiers and a couple of Groovi ones.  Laura got quite a few of her personal cards done for the year and Kam did some cross stitch and sewing.

We've already booked our weekend for next year, cuz with a discount and the chance of them selling out we have to jump on it right away!!

Here is a short video of the retreat house.


Remember to shop small,
Cheryl

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Make N Take Day

Today was the day I chose to do my first "fun" video.  Like I said, I want to do more videos but they will be just small captures of my routine.
Every first Saturday of the month we do Make N Take Day at the store.  There are 3 different cards to do.  The first one is free.  The other two are $1 ea.  Never hard to do cards or projects, just simple cards for fun and camaraderie. About 8 ladies came in today to play, talk and share.  It's always a good day for me to be with friends who like to make cards and share their lives with me.
So enjoy the 30 seconds of just silliness.
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Til next time,
Cheryl

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Here We Are

Welcome to 2018.  Eighteen years into the new millennium.  WOW.  My mother always told me time goes faster the older you get.  Man does it ever.  My grandbabies are 6 1/2 and 12 1/2.  Drew will be a teen this year.  Every year seems to fly by.  I want to take the time to learn something new this year.  Maybe take a watercolor painting class.  So many things I could do.

I'm at the age where a bucket list would come in handy.  Try to do something new and different before I kick that ole' bucket.  I've been watching Better Late Than Never, with Terry Bradshaw, William Shatner, Henry Winkler and George Foreman.  What a funny show.  Four men doing things they have never done before and we get to watch.  If I had the money and resources I'd do it all in a minute.  But for now I'll resort to the little things around me.

I'm going to do more videos and share them with ya'll.  They may be boring, funny or just plain stupid, but I need to have some fun.

So be on the lookout for some crazy documentary moments of my boring life.

Until next time,
Shop Small,
Cheryl

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Resolve-Happy New Year!

As I pondered today about the new year I got to thinking about all the mean girls in high school.  You know the ones.  The ones who made fun of others if they were different or didn't have money.
I remember a few years back I hosted a retreat weekend and there were some new people there I had not met before.  I was friends with a gal that was VERY artistic and had ADHD.  Those people never bothered me.  I had friends from all walks of life, eclectic, weird and popular.  Except for the mean girls, I didn't care for the mean girls.
Anywhooo, these women whom I had never met before had gone to school with my friend and let me know that she was not the kind of person they wanted to hang with.  WOW, if they had only taken a minute to talk with her they could have found out what a very talented person she was.  She was very insecure and always needed approval for her work, but the child in her needed that reassurance.
They were MEAN girls.  Still after 20 or more years out of high school and they couldn't/wouldn't take the time to get to know why she was a little weird.  Little did they know she had been molested by a family member and went into a shell.  Little did they know her hair was so thick she had to wear it up everyday to keep it out of her eyes.  Little did they know they were part of the problem, not the solution.  I had a lot of acquaintances in high school.  I could say friends, but I only had a handful of good friends.  The ones I trusted, had something in common with and who I could tell my darkest secrets to. 
I'm still that way today.  I have a lot of people I call acquaintances.  Weird, eclectic and ADHD.  Those kinds of people don't bother me.
So to all the MEAN GIRLS who still exist....move on, cuz this girl doesn't have time for all that.
Have a great New Year and resolve to make a weird friend in 2018.
Shop Small,
Cheryl

Monday, December 18, 2017

Gift Cards

Hi Everyone,
You now have the ability to send or get a gift card to the online store!!  Ahh, I'm still learning these fantastic things.  Here is the link: squareup.com/gift/5C67R54AK8KDQ/order
This will help those who are always trying to give the perfect gift.

Till next time,
Cheryl
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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Cards for Soldiers Project and Events



"Cards for Soldiers" Project

The Project is two-fold; we make handcrafted and signed greeting cards to be sent to our troops that are deployed overseas.  The hand-signed cards are usually thank you, we miss you, holiday cards, etc. to let the soldiers know that we appreciate their service and miss them.  The rest of the cards are left blank so that the soldiers can send greeting cards home to their loved ones.  The subject of those greetings is left up to the designer of the card. 

Our troops need cards to send home to their families as the facilities to obtain greeting cards are very limited.  The troops do not always have access to email or phone services and enjoy sending cards for birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, etc. home to their loved ones.  We have partnered with individuals that prepare care packages for Soldier Angels and Desert Angels to get the in the care packages and to the soldiers. 

They also need supplies to make cards.  So if you have any scrapbooking or card making supplies that you would like to donate to the program, feel free to drop them off at The Paper Hollow and Cheryl will see that they get to the project coordinators.

Monetary donations are also accepted to help offset the cost of mailing the cards to the soldiers.  Gift cards to JoAnns, Meijers, Michaels, Hobby Lobby or any craft store (like The Paper Hollow) are also welcome to help with the project.

Questions?  Feel free to contact Charly Mathews at 586-995-1963 or charlyscandles@yahoo.com


Cards for Soldiers Project Days

Four special days have been set aside for donations in January.

The weekend of January 12 & 13 we will have a make a card day.  Volunteer your time to come in and make some cards for our troops.  Sign up required.  Spend an hour or two using your supplies and donated supplies to make as many as you like.

The weekend of January 19 & 20 are DROP OFF days.  Clear out your crafting stash and donate those unwanted papers, embellishments, etc. to the cause.  Drop them off at the store during business hours.

Remember to Shop Small.
Til Next Time,
Cheryl

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Groovin' Shadowbox

Coming in December we will be making a shadowbox with our Groovi plates.  What a nice gift for someone's Christmas....
We'll be in Madison, WI next weekend.  Our first time there.  I'm excited and nervous.  It's a long drive, not as long as TN, but it could be snowing or the roads could be icy.  AND we could get stuck in Chicago traffic (that's a given)... Wish us luck on our new adventure.... 
Till next time,
Shop Small,
Cheryl

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

What do 1200 and 60 have in Common??

 60 Women making 20 cards = 1200 kits.
Yep, it was Winter Card Bonanza last weekend where 60 women attended, 5 instructors demo'd and Drew (my grandson),  all got together with Jeff and I and made cards, had fun and ate lots of goodies.
This is a special time when we all get together to expand our ideas and play!
Sloppy joes, chips, veggies and loads of desserts to fill our cravings, PLUS some left over soups from a morning group that shared with us.
Prizes were raffled off  and a grand prize of a Vera Bradley bag were given away.  It was a blast!  
I love doing the Bonanza and having a great time with customers and friends.  I wish I could do it more often, but twice a year is strenuous. 1200 kits is tough, but I love every minute of it.
 







Thanks Everyone. Until the next time,
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Cheryl

Friday, October 27, 2017

Smokey Mountain BLAST

WOW, our second year in TN and what a great year it was.  It was our best show to date.  Not sure if it was our location, our product or our flyer.... but what ever it was it worked. LOL
Penny Black and Clarity Stamps (Groovi) got huge orders when we got back.  They should be happy.
Groovi was a big hit and it continues to grow.



I've already booked our hotel for next year and the show is booked, so Sevierville we shall return!!
Remember to shop small!!
Til next time,
Cheryl

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

It's Settled

Well, you got us for a few more years.  The lease is settled and the repairs are DONE!!  No more leaking back door or front windows.  No more stuck front door!  This new guy who's doing the work is GOOD!!
It's been a while since posting, but we've had a busy summer.  Pittsburgh was FUN.  We took Drew with us and he had a great time.  He did realize that we were putting him to work about 15 minutes into set up. LOL  He is so funny.  He ran the register and did a demo or two, also.
We took a couple more days off just to relax....Did a ball game, took a Ducky ride and walked till my feet couldn't take it any more!!  It was good to not have to think about the store and everything surrounding it.
Clarity has been good to us.  I've been getting my orders in a very timely manner!  I have been sending them advance notice of what I will be needing and this gives them extra time to make up the plates.

Laura and I are going to Buffalo this weekend without Jeff and with just Groovi.  I guess we will see how that turns out.  Prep'd for 100+ make-n-takes for the pre-convention party.  It's going to be a busy weekend.

Well, until next time,
Shop local, shop small!!
Cheryl