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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!!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

New Lease??

It's time to sign a new lease...or at lease negotiate one.  It was a stressful day yesterday.  I don't like this part of owning a business.  Landlords have control of your fate.  The negotiations are still ongoing, but I feel they will result in a positive outcome.

We started our Summer Hours yesterday, also.  WOW was it weird going home at 5:00 pm instead of 7:00.  We went to the Rio's and had dinner with them.  Today we close an hour early and head to a birthday party for my oldest grandson...Drew turned 12 today!!  Can you believe it?  He's been part of the store since he was 1 year old.

As of July 1st, we will have had the store open for 11 years.  ELEVEN...and 3 locations. LOL  Yes, three.  Is it time to move again??  NO!!  It takes time, money and help...three items we don't want to waste right now.

So, remember to shop small...
See you soon,

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

B is for Business

So it's been over a month since I posted.  I've been busy with convention, classes, etc.  I've put off responding to another blogger's post as I felt I wouldn't give a positive response to her negativity.

When you are in business a lot if expected of you.  You should always be happy and smiling, even when things are not going that well in your life.  Your business is "you".  So if you are having a bad day, it is best to keep it to yourself or only share with people who know you well enough to let it go.  This was not the case in this other blog.

I would never post something negative about my customers or their demands.  My customers are important to me and respect each one too much to whine about their wants.  Yes, I get that I cannot always please everyone.  I've learned that the hard way over tears.  But now I let their anger slide off my shoulders and onto the ground.

So, please excuse me when I can't get my orders from my distributors in a timely manner. Your orders are so important to me and are what is keeping me in business.  If I could rush them....I would. But sometimes their lives get in the way of business....theirs and mine.  I'm dependent on "them" and their schedule.  What may be a timely manner for them is very inconvenient for me.  I'm so thankful my customers are forgiving and patient.

So to everyone out there who supports me and my business, I say, Thank You!!  You are awesome!!  Keep supporting small business cuz we are disappearing fast.
Until Next Time,

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Groovi on Video

Well, several people had asked me to do a video on Groovi so I just got it done.  I'm no star, public speaker, etc.  words just come out of my mouth.  So there are a lot of mistakes, but I did get edit some of them out.  Still a learning process!!
I'm also learning to get them onto YouTube.  So check it out here:
I hope this helps a lot of people who had questions.
Have a great day!!
PS-Shop small.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

43 Women, 5 Helpers and 860 Kits

Saturday night we had our second Card Bonanza with 43 women in attendance. Times that by 20 for the amount of kits we made.  Actually we made 1,200 kits....our max was 60 guests.  The link above is to the video I shot during the workshop.
I had 5 helpers;  My BF Laura, my DD Kammi, my sister Carlene, and two of my instructors: Laurie and Annette.
LOTS of desserts were available for those with a sweet tooth and chicken croissant for dinner with fresh veggies.
What a blast!!

Our next event is November 4th, 2017.  Watch the website for more info!!
Come play with us and shoppe small,

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Tried Something New!!

On Sunday I watched Barbara Gray LIVE on Hochanda TV with Tina Cox demo'ing.  The introduction to the new books was awesome!!
I've never done grid work before because it always intimidated me.  After watching Tina I realized it was all a matter of "doing" it with the right tools.
I didn't use my LightWave the whole time and I have quite a few mistakes, but for a first time I think I did pretty good.  Can't wait for my book to come so I can try other techniques!!  This is just the beginning to a whole new world.!!
Groove On my friends!!
Til next time,
PS-Remember to Shop Local, Shop Small.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Just Groovin'

It's been a while, but there is a good reason!!  Everyone is Groovin'!!   Well, quite a few any way.  I've now gone from 3 full classes to 5 booked in April and all but one is almost full.  It might have to do with the Hummingbirds, but I can always dream it's my fun way of teaching and great personality. :O)
I was befuddled a couple of days ago.  I started a card and couldn't figure out how to finish it.  So I posed the question to my FB group "Groovin' in the USA".  Some of the answers were really funny.  I didn't post the question quite right and then I read an answer the wrong way and responded to it with a flip quirk.  Glad she is my friend.
So, here is the unfinished piece and the finished piece to compare.  I really like how it ended up and it will make a great display piece for Easter.
Till Next Time,

PS - Join our FB group and learn more about Groovi and share your work, too.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

We've come a long way Groovi baby!

I started Groovi last July and I've learned a lot.  A lot about people, parchment and personalities.  I've learned that here in the states it's much different than in the UK. I've learned to be patient with my learning and not learning.  YES, the people in the UK are so much more advanced in Parchment Craft than we are, that is for sure.  BUT I think we do an okay job!!  My classes have grown from one class a month to three classes a month and starting in April we just may need a fourth!  We are all having fun and if you haven't tried Groovi yet, you are missing out.  I hope you enjoyed the videos Laura and I did for you and they have helped you see the Groovi scene.  Take a leap of faith and creativity.  It's easy and relaxing.
Til next time,

Saturday, December 31, 2016

A Whole Lot of Groovi!!

Laura and I worked on some videos today for your Groovi pleasure.  Hope you find them informative!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Expanding Online

Sometimes it takes a kick in the butt to do something new, right?

Well, someone complained about my online store (I won't go into the details), so I started checking out prices of expanding it, getting an ecommerce site, etc.  MAN they are expensive for a small retail store.  I wasn't sure how I would swing it.  BUT Jeff had suggested looking into SquareUp's site.  I didn't even know they had one.  We use them for credit card processing at the store and on the road, but a online store??  Yep, they have one and I'm lovin' it!!

I'm in the process of putting ALL the Groovi products onsite.  It's quite a job and I'm about half way through.  It gives so many options my current store doesn't.  Well I shouldn't say current cuz I've already unplugged the one on my website and linked it to the new store!!

Hope you will check it out:

Let me know if you'd like to see something else we carry on the site.
Till Next Time: