Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Lately we've been having trouble with our satellite company and I was mad because we didn't have TV again! Ella told me I should just spank their a_ _es! Now who uses language like that in our house?
I'll confess, I did a lot of grumbling about having to go and put in my time today. Then I started thinking about how what if I was the parent of a child with MD or any other illness. Which person would I rather be the one helping with the fundraising or the one needing help? I have been blessed with three healthy children and know just how lucky I am. That's when I got off of my rusty nail and said I am going to do this with a smile on my face and my Marni optimism and make the best of it. And do you know what? I enjoyed myself in spite of the one naysayer I ran across today.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Hey I am pretty excited that I was able to finally do it!
I'm pleading for the generosity of all of you to help me reach my goal of $1600 by this Friday! Any amount will be appreciated by me and the Muscular Dystrophy Association
Donating is super easy all you have to do is go to:
The website walks you through the process which takes only a few minutes. They even send you an email receipt for tax purposes!
Thank you for all your support! Think of me Thursday while I'm sitting behind bars!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
I, like a good parent, had fed my family cupcakes for lunch so we were starving at this point. We've been wanting to eat at Hell's Kitchen forever so today was the perfect day Sunday 4:00 no crowd, just my style. I am a huge fan of Gordan Ramsey so I had to eat at a restaurant with the name of one of my favorite tv shows. Believe me this had nothing to do with Gordan. The ambiance looked cool, at first. Then it just seemed not so, I don't know. It's hard to explain but I have this thing about ragged menus. I HATE ragged menus it makes the place just seem dirty. So we waited forever for this food that was bragged so about in the ragged menu I had read. As I'm reading at how wonderful the food was at this Establishment I couldn't help but worry that I was going to have icky food.
So lucky me here came the food carried out by tattoo girl. I was horrified by the sight. (Not of tattoo girl because my daughter is a tattoo freak, but by the food!) Everything was overdone, well with the exception of Ella's burger that was pink. Yes PINK for a three year old, were they trying to kill her?! The restaurant is poorly lit so I thought how bad can these incredibly brown french fries be? Oh yes they were so overdone they were inedible. So tattoo girl came back to see how everything was and I only complained about the french fries, not my burnt toast on my club or my burnt bacon or Ron's fishy overdone fish. I asked politely if the fries were always that color? She said yes with a tone like: are you a crazy woman or what fries are always burnt to a crisp you idiot! So she went back to the kitchen and interrupted the party they were having to make a new batch of french fries. She brings them out and sets them down. Ron and I looked at each other with such disbelief. They were WAY undercooked, raw in the middle. Okay you know what, I'm over it just give them our $55.00 and lets get out of here.
Ron says he would like to try it again. I'm thinking I'll keep my $55.00 and buy something cool with it!
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
This class is just in time for our holiday season. These would make great gifts as well as great tabletop displays.
Join Angie on November 22 at 2:00 p.m. to learn how to make this awesome creation. Please bring your basic tool kit as well as 6-8 photos that you would like to include in your mini book.
All classes and crops must be paid at sign up. Call 320-629-9960 to reserve your spot.
Cost: $15.00 Eat from our wonderful soup bar while you try and get all of your holiday gifts ready. Pop, water and snacks will be provided. All of our croppers will also get to do a free make and take. Call the store to reserve your spot. All crops and classes must be prepaid.
Future Souper Saturday Crops will be:
January 17, 2009
February 21, 2009
More dates may be added.
Monday, October 27, 2008
We've also decided to extend out Holiday Open House over two Saturdays. We will also be entertaining you November 15th as well! We will be doing another free make and take all day. We also have our cupcake crop going on that same day.
I'm trying to line up a special guest for that day as well. If it goes through I'll let you know as soon as I know! Keep your eye on the blog for details.
The show at the River Center went great. We saw a lot of familiar faces and met a lot of great new people!
Savannah got lost both days trying to get there! I screamed both times I had to go down that parking ramp. You know I thought I was pretty cool as a teenager squealing my tires. It's not so much fun at 39! Miss Savannah also lost her car in the parking ramp. We were teasing Savannah about it while we were searching for her car and come to find out there was a guy wondering around looking for his car too!
So the stencil guy just about drove us crazy all weekend. If I ever do this again I will request a booth on the other side of the building. We totally memorized his spiel! That guy was quite the salesman.
On Saturday I headed up to Duluth to do my make and take for the crop up there. Wow, you guys really should check this crop out. It's for a great cause put on by the nicest women you could ever want to meet! The crop is in the lunchroom of this private school with a view that is simply breathtaking. They had an awesome silent auction with the coolest stuff! They feed you breakfast, Famous Dave's and Olive Garden! I think I should make their crop a mandatory employee meeting and get my girls up there to have fun! I was so happy to walk in and see familiar faces!
So I set off to head down to St Paul. I got a little lost so I ended up going down the hill. I heard what I thought was a jet airplane. I thought to myself, I didn't think Duluth had that big of an airport. Then a little while later I heard it again. I thought could that noise be me? No it must be a helicopter. Then I thought if it is my brakes they will cool off and be fine. I stopped in Hinckley to eat at Hardees before heading back to help pack up at the Rivercenter and I heard that same jet plane. Now I know Hinckley doesn't have an airport that can accommodate jet planes. IT IS ME! When I went to go through the light my van was making a horrible clunking noise. So when I safely got to Hardees I called my Mom to come and rescue me. So that put a stop to my drive down to St Paul at that point. So Ron when I complain about a noise in my van maybe you'll believe me next time! My van is back home and fixed. It was my brakes and they were completely shot. I guess after 163,000 miles I 'd be shot too.
I'm back to work tomorrow, it feels like I've been gone forever!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
One of the room mom's from 1st grade asked if I had received her message about helping with the Halloween party next Friday. I had the deer in the headlights look because I did notice a message but have been either running out of the house or dragging myself into the house so I haven't listened to it. But little Ella saved me! Yes my 3 year old is more responsible than good old mom! She pipes up: "Yes, it was about the games." And she was right! The mom goes: "Yes that is right it is about the games!" I'm not sure how Ella knew this but hey maybe I will have an assistant one day! And she's family so she has to work for free! Really I just wanted to disappear! I really need to stop and refocus. I make myself too busy, and I'm not sure how to stop doing it!
Ron has been in Iowa to make life worse so I've been playing single mom for a few days. Okay so the next time I say what does he do all day somebody slap me! The girls and I made Carmel apples on Sunday and the mess is still there! I left it for Ron to clean up. You know we made these for you now you have to clean up trick! Anyone know how to get the Carmel out of the bowl or should I just throw the mess away! Note to self buy Carmel apples next time. Oh yeah, I decided we needed M&M's on them. The next day all the M&M's slid off. I took a picture of the mess! When Lauren woke up Monday morning and saw that her creation had slid off the apple she started to cry! I forgot the put them in the fridge step, oops!
Monday, October 20, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Okay, okay have you ever known me to say one word? Two of my teachers have been going on and on about Cuttlebug (JK)! So finally I did it. I ordered two machines and a bunch of embossing folders.
So if you would like a demo on the Cuttlebug just stop in the store and we will show you how it works! I haven't even taken the time to play with it yet, but I'm sure I'll be tearing into the box tomorrow.
The two machines that came in are both spoken for but I'll be putting them on reorder. If you would like to preorder and prepay for your machine I will give you a 15% discount on the machine. This offer will be good until November 13th. Give me a call at 320-629-9960 and we can get your machine ordered!
When I first saw Unity at CHA in Anaheim I was really impressed. It just took me awhile to jump on the bandwagon. But I am very happy I did! I have a great teacher at my store that really was the one who was behind the nudge to order the stamps. Jessica is super talented and has been using the stamps in the classes she teaches for me. One day we made a date to order the stamps. When she brought in her stamps and samples that was all it took I was in love with these stamps. What great designs and the value!
Jessica and I will do our best at spreading the word at how awesome Unity stamps are!
Thursday, October 9, 2008
I'll be teaching book club on Saturday. But other than that I'll be hanging out at home for the weekend.
We're having a little change in our class schedule. Both A Muse stamp classes will be on Saturday. We still have room in the 'Tis The Season class and Fall Fun class. You'll be learning great techniques with the Copic markers. This is a great chance to see that they are much more than just a marker!
We are offering kits for the Vintage Photo class and transparency class. Stop in the store and pick one up. If you can't make it to the store we would be glad to send you one! Get one before you can't!
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Today I checked in new stamps by Rubber Stamp Tapestry. I love these peg stamps! The are awesome with flower soft. I ordered in a bunch of new Christmas stamps. Stop in and check them out.
Creative Imaginations sent me a box of Christmas fun. Ohhh I love the vintage Christmas. Hey even my husband thought it was pretty cool without even being prompted by me!
My reorder of stamp of the month came in today too. Wow these stamps are popular it's only the 7th and I already had to reorder!
I also got in a bunch of great baby papers as well.
So tomorrow I will be busy getting it all priced and put out on the shelves while dreaming of all the great projects I could do!
We still have space at the Friday night crop. Give the store a call or stop in to reserve yourself a spot. 320-629-9960
Monday, October 6, 2008
Oh and the Apple Fest it was great too! Tons and tons of people! It was another great parade and great apple pie. Too bad I spent all my money at the craft fair, pumpkin farm and deli I left without even one apple! Note to self, next time bring more cash!
By the way I'm trying to see if I can get Racheli's to cater one of the meals for the crop up in Bayfield for us in April. It will be under one condition, the hot Italian men must be the ones to bring the food!
Don's Berry & Pumpkin Patch
27190 US 2 West
Ashland WI 54806
Give us a call at 320-629-9960 to reserve your spot. Please bring your basic tool kit to class.
She made 5 beautiful cards, an adorable paper clip and a super cute sleeve that holds a powdered drink packet.
Jessica always has such great cards. I love the colors and the stamps she has used.
Jessica's card class will be Saturday November 15, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. The cost will be $15.00. If you can not attend the class kits will be available for purchase. Call 320-629-9960 to reserve your spot. Remember to bring your basic tool kit.
Friday, October 3, 2008
You must stop in and check out our new line of stamps at the store. I promise you haven't seen anything like them before! I'd tell you what the new line is but you must stop in and see them for yourself!
New Cosmo Cricket came in I love the new Christmas line! The new black board is super exciting.
Stamp of the month is super cute. Get the new snowmen while you can he has been flying out the door! I have already reordered 3 different stamps.
I have been a busy, busy girl. So busy in fact that I just found a container of yogurt in my bag that has been there for two days. Ewwww! Do you ever have days that you think you have just about every minute planned out and suddenly a monkey wrench is thrown in and your whole day has been put upside down and shaken? Ya, that has been my week! Ahhh there's always hope for next week!
Saturday, September 27, 2008
I have to do a shout out to my fantastic friends (how many times have I said that word today Marge Brown?) Speaking of Marge Brown! Hey girl you rock! We make a pretty good team, thanks for all of your late, late nights. I love our pep talks, you have great insight! Kris my neighbor from across the street from the hardware store! You knocked my socks off! You helped me so much I could never repay your kindness. Lynn B my new Sis! Wow the fabulous cookies, that awesome dip, and did you see how cute the front of the store looked today? Ya that was all Lynn's decorations from outside her house! She loaned the entire thing to me! Linda R thanks for your patience on the balloon run today! You are so good with our customers helping them find product, teaching them how to do projects, demoing... Linda K, you have so much patience. Thanks for your help on the countless make and takes. You my dear are one in a million! Mr Glenn K and Nathan, thanks for the nourishment! You gave us the steam we needed to help the crowds! Mom, thanks for all the time you donate with my children. If it weren't for you I would not be doing my life's dream! My girls will have the fondest memories when they are my age of their Grandma. Thanks for your time, love and patience! Oh my dear husband Ron. You deserve a medal for putting up with crazy me. I know some days you have to wonder what planet I'm from. Thanks for believing in me, I could have never done any of this without your help, support and time!
I couldn't run this store with out the help of all of you and many more people that help me out.
So it is time to look forward to getting in new products for the upcoming classes, ordering for CKC and the Crop in Duluth!
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Crops are filling fast. Make sure you get your friends together and pick your Friday soon! Keep your eye on the website for notification of Saturday 10-10 crops. We are now able to accommodate larger groups up to 16 for crops so if you have a large group that wants to come in for a Friday or Saturday crop just give us a call. 320-629-9960
I was very busy today getting clearance items out. We have pattern paper, rubberstamps, embellishments, cardstock and stickers. We have savings of 50% - 75% off. Make sure you stop in for the deals on Saturday!
We got in new Somerset Studio magazines. That is always a happy day for me, they are my favorite publications. The artwork is amazing!
The Fed-Ex guy brought new Fiskars product. I kind of dug through the box and found a lot of Cloud 9 super cute rain dot titles!
Stop in and see us this weekend!
Sunday, September 21, 2008
The store was just buzzing with people this weekend, it sure makes work more fun! I'll be honest I had myself a little pity party this week, but leave it to great friends and awesome customers to turn it around!
Remember to stop in the store on Saturday for the free make and take and sale. While you are in check out the class samples they are pretty great. If you can't attend a class you will be able to purchase a class kit after the date of the class.
Our kits were super cute. One is a holiday planner and the other a 6x6 mini book with the cutest snowman paper. We'll see what creations the girls come up with next month.
It is so fun to share our finished projects and to see what other people are up to. Donna did a fantastic Halloween mini book that takes your breath away. Watch out Tim Holtz this girl is good! Thanks again Donna for that awesome vintage scrapbook, that was so thoughtful of you! How did you know I would just love it?!?!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
The class will be October 4, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. the cost will be $15.00. If you can not attend the class kits will be available.
Sign up fast Jessica's class was sold out last time. Call us at 320-629-9960 to sign up, classes must be prepaid.
Please bring a basic tool kit to class that includes: Adhesive, glue dots, scissor and a pencil.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Where to begin!
We've been crazy busy at the store checking in new cool stuff. Just last night I checked in Making Memories Fa La La Line. I got in a ton of new Karen Foster, things like Sate Fair, Zoo, fall, Halloween, motorcycle, diy, marathon. Reminisce grade papers and stickers too.
The best new thing at the store are the Paper Dolls. Do not form an opinion until you see them, because I guarantee you are going to flip over these! Kris, whom is super cool and my neighbor down the street from the store, started making paper dolls. I kept bugging her to bring them in and show me. So she did, and I fell in love with them! I begged her to make me a bunch so I could sell them at the store, and she said yes! So make sure you stop in and check them out because I know you are just going to go crazy when you see them! The next thing I want her to do for us is titles because I know they will be just as fantastic. So stop in and check them out, Linda was selling them off the counter before we even had them in the computer!
Newsflash! New Classes! I have 3 new teachers! Can you believe it!? They are all from the Twin Cities area, and have been teaching various places for years. They each have their own awesome style and I can't wait for you all to meet them!
Here is the class listing I'll be putting on my website (with Troy's help!):
October 11,2008 10:00-Noon
“Tis The Season Card Class
5 cards for $25.00
Tami Wood is a new instructor for us. She has been teaching classes in the Twin Cities at various stores for years. She has agreed to teach us fabulous new techniques at The Pine City Scrapbooking Co Inc
Tami is a certified instructor for Copic Markers as well as Amuse stamps. Both of these products are new to our store so it will be wonderful to be taught just how to use these two great new products.
During the class you will learn to use Copic markers, glitter, liquid applique, as well as an interesting fold. These adorable cards will give you the jump start you need on getting your holiday greetings in order!
Please bring your basic tool kit with you to class.
October 11,2008 2:00-4:00
4 cards for $17.00
Wendy Jannusch is a new teacher for us at the Pine City Scrapbooking Co Inc. Wendy has been teaching rubber stamping classes for five years. She graduated from Minneapolis Technical Institute in the Commercial Art Program with her emphasis on Design. She lives in White Bear Lake with her husband, Len and daughter, Emily. Wendy and Len own a small business called Alchemystic Arts, LLC. Wendy collects vintage photos and designs photo sheets for artists to use for card making and collage. Wendy loves to share her ideas with others and works to bring you her very best in her classes.
Silhouettes are very popular right now, especially when cut and placed on the many beautiful papers you will find in the store. Not every person wants to do all that tedious cutting, but many want the “look” of a silhouette. Now you can achieve that look with transparencies! In this class, you will make four beautiful cards featuring bird designs. You will learn how to use transparencies in your card making, as well as many secrets on how to attach them to papers and how to alter them. You will also receive a free handout detailing the class so you can remember how to do all the techniques you learned here. Please bring your basic tool kit.
October 12,2008 10:00-Noon
Harvest & Halloween
5 cards $25.00
Teacher: Tami Wood
This class will also be with Amuse stamps and Copic markers.
October 12, 2008 2:00-4:00
Vintage Photo Card Class
Teacher: Wendi Jannusch
If you are a fan of the many magazines sold here in the store, you may have noticed that a number of the creations are made using vintage photos. Now you can purchase your “instant relative” photos for use in your own art! You will learn how to select the right papers for the look you want. We will make four cards from the Vintage Cut Ups photo sheets being sold here. There will be samples of cards made with every single photo on the Vintage Cut Ups photo sheets on display in the store as well. Please bring your basic tool kit.
October 18,2008 1:00-3:00
Don Waalen Is a new teacher for us as well. He has been teaching class around the Twin Cities as well as Duluth for years. He has a fantastic sense of style, from scrapbook pages, mini books to elegant cards. He does it all.
His first class for us is a card keeper which is bound by rings and holds 12 pockets for holding greeting cards by the month in which you’ll need them. Wow what a fantastic gift for someone, or keep yourself organized! The colors he has put together for us are just fantastic! I know that you will love this book, and probably make many more. Please bring your basic tool kit.
All classes must be prepaid.
Basic Tool Kit
Every student should have a basic tool kit. It should include a good scissors, adhesive such as double stick tape, single stick tape, mini Glue Dots, paper piercer, paper trimmer, a pencil, and a bone folder. If you do not bring these items to class, you may purchase them in the store before class.
So if you are interested in taking one of these classes just give the store a call at:
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Flair- Christmas, Halloween and Easter?! (I'm ahead of the game!)
Moxxie- Track, Baby and Wedding
KI Memories- Back To School
Pink Paislee- Pop Culture and Vintage Moon. I love the transparency, and the chipboard TopSider is just super cool.
The new buy two get one free stamps are going over great. It's not too soon to be thinking about those Halloween and Thanksgiving cards.
People are loving the new Amuse stamps, you've got to see them. They are so cute you can't just pick one!
Monday, August 18, 2008
Ella had to take a look at it and just shuddered! That's okay Ella, when you had a boo boo at the pool Lauren almost threw up from the blood!
So she has it under her pillow waiting for the tooth fairy to come. Just in the nick of time too, we're off to MOA tomorrow perfect chance to spend a couple of bucks.
I checked in the new buy two get one free stamps too. They did a great Halloween collection! I was impressed, they always seem to surprise me.
Here's what is waiting for me on Wednesday:
I warned the UPS guy today and let him know that I've tons of goodies coming in. He gave me the big eyeball roll!
Retreat center bookings are on the rise as people are planning their fall and winter weekends. Make sure you get together with your friends and book your weekend. We have great dates available!
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Before we opened the retreat I wanted to do a dry run weekend. Well, it just didn't work out. This year my birthday ended up on 8-8-08, I told Ron hey you should plan a birthday party for me. Then I thought no, let me do my own planning. So I invited just a few friends to the retreat center for my birthday to finally do our dry run.
Oh my gosh, now I know what people mean when they say they don't want to leave. Neither did I! We all had a blast, even though most of us had to get up at the crack of dawn with 2-3 hours of sleep!
All my planning and agonizing really paid off. The things I freaked out about like no windows and no stove didn't even enter in my mind. We had so much food to eat no one went hungry. Windows, who needs windows we were too busy laughing, talking and scrapbooking to worry about what was going on in the outside world!
Can't tell you much about the beds as I didn't move the 2 hours I was in it! Loved the shower and dressing rooms. I do need to put a shelf in each for more room to put your things. Nothing a little trip to Menards won't cure.
We all had plenty of room to scrap. We did rearrange the tables to sit in a big square, but the pods in groups of 4 would have been just fine too.
Thank goodness for the wi-fi so I could google the words for Margaritaville for my flip flop book (you should check it out, it was for book club that I had to moderate the next morning!)
A special thanks to my friends at book club for putting up with me on 2 hours of sleep!
The table size was perfect. I am a super messy scrapbooker and even I had enough room. The lights on the table were just perfect because I hate fluorescent lights.
Chairs were perfect, but now I need one at home!
Yeah for the craft mats so I could xacto knife on my flip flop book and not pull something else out of my bag.
I loved that I could plug into my ipod and we could listen while working.
I love that we have a separate eating area so I didn't mess up my flip flop book!
We had plenty of counter space for food. I have great friends that can cook so we had 3 huge crock pots plugged in and one smaller one with chocolate! (Did I mention that we had awesome food?)
I love that the chairs rolled super easy on the cement floor. Actually Andrew wheeled himself into the kitchen for more food!
I thought it was pretty funny that Pat The Builder Guy crashed the party just as I figured. I know Heather was not impressed!
I was happy I only cried once!
It's not so bad being 39. But like Heather said after this I'll never get a year older. I'll just be 39 forever!
Thanks to my friends for making my 8-8-08 birthday one I'll never forget. I'll be planning our next party.
So whats been going on... New Prima at the store, I'll be checking in the buy two get one free stamps on Monday along with new Flair paper. Oh just wait until you see the new Amuse stamps we got in. I've never ordered from them before and I finally broke down and ordered a bunch of Christmas, Halloween and Thanksgiving stamps.
Vendors have been calling me left and right letting me know that products should be arriving soon! So watch for the store to be changing soon!
Marge added a ton of new clearance products. You're going to love the great 50-75% off deals you're going to get. We're going to kick of September with a huge cardstock and pattern paper sale. Trust me you're going to get great stuff at a super great deal!
Stop in and see me this week. It'll be a great break from all the school shopping!
Friday, July 25, 2008
Today when I went to Sam's Club I had to go to customer service because I had misplaced my Sam's credit card. I thought I just put it somewhere like I sometimes do and forgot where it was. The super nice older guy behind the counter said that he would call it in for me. Good thing he did, someone had taken my card that same day and charged over $300 at Rainbow Foods, and over $300 at Target! And get this that card had my face on it! I really feel yucky about it. Some icky person stole my credit card with MY FACE ON IT and scammed Target and Rainbow Foods. What is going on!?
Speaking of theft... A little while back I had changed the buy two get one free stamp table, and by the end of that day some creep stole my little card holder that looked like a tennis shoe. Now that sucks because those were my girls'. I actually talked them out of them so I could use them at the store. Thanks to whomever stole that, you are one stellar human being.
This one is even better... The other day a customer was asking about Jessica's card class. I told her it was 7 cards and a card box. She said there are only 6 cards here. I walked around the counter and counted them a bunch of times and thought I was going crazy. I thought for sure maybe it was laying around somewhere. Nope some creep stole it. Now who in the world would give someone a card you stole from someone else. I would love to blame kids for this, but mostly I have adults shop in my store. Wow, why not ask me I might have given you a card maybe even the tennis shoe.
Sorry I vented on you guys I just have had enough of theft. It costs me so much just to keep the doors open at the store, so when people steal from me I take it personally. So instead of buying product I'm investing in cameras, sucks because for $1000 we could have had a lot of great product instead of cameras. Oh the joys of owning your own business, I could go on for hours! I'll stop now!
I've just been dealing with some stuff this week and I haven't been in the best mood so I didn't want to pass it on. This next week isn't looking so good either! But hey time to pull up the bootstraps and muddle through!
Ron and I are taking off for the weekend for our anniversary. I'm really looking forward to a little R&R without children. I think the first thing I'm going to do is sleep in, maybe until noon then I'm going to eat anything that I want, oh yes and have some weird fruity giant drink, then swing on the front porch with another strange drink! That will put me right to sleep to do it all over again the next day!
What's new at the store? Cosmo Cricket! Just don't rush in until Wednesday when I get it checked in. It is super cute let me tell you it makes me want to go camping! We also got another shipment of Peel off stickers.
I've been moving things around at the store it's looking pretty cool in there.
You'll have to stop in and check out the challenge projects that the girls have been working on. I gave them each paper and told them to make something super cute with it. Marge just texted me here layout she did with the red paper I gave her and it is awesome! We'll see what Linda, Linda and Lynn came up with.
Have a great weekend! We'll see you at the store on Wednesday!
Just to give you a heads up: we are going to be having another event at the store on August 20th for crazy days. Here are some of the things I've come up with: free make and take, paper grab bags we're talking at least 25 sheets of paper, stickers and embellishments for one rock bottom price. Huge amount of never been clearanced papers and stickers. So mark your calendars!
Another thing to let you think about, starting this fall we will be holding some Saturday crops from 10:00 a.m until 10:00 p.m. We will be offering that for $15.00 and you will get pop, water, candy, chips and supper. So when you get together with your friends start planning your crop nights.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Don't forget to stop in for the Thrifty Thursday sale. Just to let you know what the sales were the last two weeks: 30% off t-shirts, and last Thursday was 50% off a bunch of stamps. So stop in, you'll never know what goes on sale this Thursday!
Remember art in the park is on Saturday. We'll be doing free make and takes on Saturday on the sidewalk until 3:00. You'll score great bargains at our sidewalk sale too. So make sure to come and visit us!
I hope you all had a great weekend!
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
The Pinecone Press book club kits arrived today. Super cute! The project this time is a card folio and cards. We still have two spots left, it's not to late to sign up.
Karen Foster came out with new hunting, camping and fishing paper packs. I got in new Heather Bailey embellishments and her clear stamps. We finally got in Black Magic cardstock by Coredinations. Really cool cardstock that is black but when sanded color comes through who knew?!
Stop in and check us out. Besides all the cool new products we've got some great discount areas for some really great bargains!
Monday, July 7, 2008
New grunge board mini alphas, ball chain, long paper fasteners, game board spinners, philosophy tags, silver numerals, Journaling tickets, adage tickets, swivel clasps, jump rings, hitch fasteners, grungeboard shapes, and the unmounted stamp binder.
I have to have one of each, so hurry in fast to scoop up the cool embellishments because now there are only 5 of each!
Sunday, July 6, 2008
K&Co annoys me in so many ways, but this paper was perfect for this photo so I had to use it. I love the rub on title with the handwriting font from fontwerks. I used that 7gypsies hole punch on every one of my layouts! It gives you that torn out of a notebook look.
That Prima paper is perfect for these Fairy Godmother pages. Bits of lace, buttons, and my 7gypsies hole punch. These photos are so precious!
My first page of Disney scrapbook. I used Prima paper again! I love the vintage lace along the edge. Buttons are a staple in my layouts. I used the Around The Block label maker for my title. I love the green tape! The label maker is another tool that I can not live without. I love to journal with it. Thankfully someone had the cool adventure charm in the scrap and stamp rummage sale, it worked great on my layout.
Who knew I was going to love Prima paper so much?
I used Prima paper and flowers, some vintage lace I got at the flea market last week. I love snaps and buttons especially when the bits of thread are still hanging from them. I've been using my 7gypsies hole punch like a crazy woman! You can make any paper look like notebook paper. If you haven't tried this punch you should, I think it is one of those must haves.
Here are a few photos from the 4th of July celebration at our house. Notice Savannah isn't in any of these. Yeah, I'm not cool enough for her anymore! Maybe one day she'll join us again! My sister Holly, Brother-in-law Dirk, niece Jana, and my Mother came over in the afternoon and we had dinner on the porch. We've lived in our new house for a year and this is the first meal we've eaten on the porch. Ron and I went up to the retreat center and borrowed one of the old tables from the lunchroom. It worked perfectly. Luckily the mosquitoes didn't move in until we were finished eating. It was a great meal, mom's potato salad, baked beans, hot dogs, burgers, pink lemonade and wine! We had strawberry sundaes in my antique sundae bowls. I knew I collected them for a reason!
On Saturday night we went up to Grand Casino Hinckley and watched the best fireworks I've ever seen! They had them set to music which they had playing in the amphitheater. We were parked close enough to hear the music, and it was awesome. I highly recommend this show to everyone! Just a little hint, take the back roads back South or you'll never get out of Hinckley!
Ella and Lauren loved the show, Ella had her ears covered with her hands and Grandma's! Lauren was very brave this year and wasn't afraid at all. Wow, my girls are growing up.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Don't forget about the Saturday Sale on Saturday! Check out our local small businesses, we have tons to offer!
Sometimes it feels like I have more days lately that I'm feeling oh whoa is me. But today I really felt like hey, I really do love my life! It could help I'm just coming down from the pms thing! But really these little thorns in my side (some of you will know what I'm talking about.) can't ruin me. Yes it will make my life tricky, but these thorns will make me stronger and make me fight harder for my store. So enough with my pity parade on to living my life.
Tonight I decided to start scrapbooking Disneyland. I got a ton of Disney papers and stickers out, started printing off pictures and tried to layout my opening page. I could not get into those pink Mickey heads to save my soul! So I put the Mickey paper in the box and started digging through my stash. Believe me I have a stash, I didn't know how much stash I had! Needless to say my first three layouts are on Prima paper and the only thing Disney I have on them are the photos! I'm sure down the line I'll use some Disney products but not yet.
The things that inspired this Disney crusade are the new Share and Tell albums by Pebbles. I got them in about a month ago at the store and I'm just finally getting around to trying them. I love the concept! In the CK July 2008 issue they talk about the albums which egged me on a little more.
I thought I'd be so cool and be really organized about this project. I sorted my digital photos into 4 folders, 12x12 layouts, 4x6 photos to insert in photo pages, Lauren and Ella's albums of autographs. Lauren and Ella's folders have about 35 photos. The 4x6 folder has 138 photos. I thought the 12x12 layout folder would have maybe 50 photos. No it has 101! Yikes, and most of those are 1 photo layouts. I bet I'll be sorting those again. So if you wonder what projects I'll be working on this summer, now you know!
We took a little adventure on Sunday and went up to Duluth to play. It's been three years since my Dad died and every time we start coming down that hill Lauren talks about when Grandpa got sick. I wonder if that icky feeling I get in the pit of my stomach when we come into Duluth will ever go away. When will we just celebrate the fact Ella was born there instead of the dread of his death? Okay now this is getting too dark.
We had a fantastic time while in Duluth. We stopped at Subway and bought sandwiches to have a picnic lunch at the gitchee gumee (not sure on that spelling!) park. We had sandwiches on the rocks! The girls thought it was the best, Ella was mad because we forgot the kitty picnic basket. I must remember it next time.
We threw rocks into the water until we got our feet wet, then we went to Grandma's and had huge melting ice cream cones. The girls had to walk through the fountains, then it was off to the rose garden. I got some great pictures that I can't wait to scrapbook!
I highly recommend this day trip. I know with gas prices so high people are staying home more, but this was a cheap adventure and we felt like we had been on vacation! Believe me none of us wanted to come home we were having so much fun.
I hope you all have a safe and happy 4th of July. Ours will be low key as usual. Ron is in the middle of busy season, and just picked up a bunch of Mills Fleet Farms to stripe as well so we'll be staying close to home.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
That Saturday Sale is also coming up July 5th. Not only are 6 businesses giving you great deals but we are giving you the opportunity to win $60.00 in gift certificates! Shop at all 6 stores, when you make a purchase at each store you will get one punch from that store. At your last store turn in your ad with your name and number for our gift certificate drawing!
I went to each store today, and I loved them all! Each store had something unique to offer. I know I am very guilty, this is the first I had been to any of them! Maybe you're like me and have always wanted to stop but haven't, now is your chance you have a great excuse to stop in and check out all of our unique products!
The Pine City Scrapbooking Co
Treasure Chest Consignment
The Red Poppy
The Creeks Edge
Stop in, check out your local small businesses I know you will be pleasantly surprised at what we have to offer!
Call 320-396-9960 to reserve your spot.
Make sure you stop in and check us out! I've been seeing stamps, paper, buttons and more in those boxes!
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Did I complain, I mean tell you, about all the new Jolee stickers we got in. Okay, now that is just enough! I really do not want to check in, price or hang one more sticker! This is how insane it is. There are stickers for: laundry, job interview, voting, grocery shopping, garage sale, back to school shopping, picture day and many more odd things. But hey Jolee how about a new cheerleading, wrestling, hockey, demo derby or mosquito sticker?! Okay, I think I've complained long enough.
Did everyone have a nice Father's Day? How many men complain on Mother's Day with the "you're not my mother" speech?! How many of you complained "you're not my father"? Did you do like I did, run out and buy a Father's Day gift even though he completely forgot about Mother's Day? I bought my own Mother's Day gift on Father's Day. Two beautiful hanging baskets for my porch.
Ron and I took the girls to the petting farm in St Croix Falls. Boy did we have a great time. This is the first year Lauren rode the pony ride. Ella was very brave and rode too. It was the perfect day for it. We went later in the afternoon so the crowd was all leaving. We basically had the park to ourselves. I'm not big on crowds so I loved it! So anyone looking for a day trip I recommend it. Stop and have lunch at the Drive In and then go to the petting farm. Don't forget to take the kids shoes off when you get back into the car because they will have poopy shoes! Remember to bring your camera, I always take the best photos there. They are so busy with the animals, climbing and exploring they don't even realize it's a mini photo shoot!
Friday, June 13, 2008
So if you haven't signed up for the Pinecone Press Book Club now is the time to do it, I have only 3 spots open. And did I mention that when you sign up you get a free book bag! I'm all about the bag!
Our first meeting is June 21, 2008 at 1:00. Give us a call at the store to reserve your kit. 320-629-9960
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
I hope this answers some questions that you've had about the windows.
The stove is another issue! We could not put in a stove without having a commercial kitchen. I have no idea why it had to be that way really, but that is what I was told. We have supplied a commercial hot plate, electric fry pan and convection oven for your convenience. The convection oven works like a regular oven, you just do not have to wait for it to preheat! I love mine and use it a lot. I don't have patience to wait for my conventional oven to preheat!
Just a little FYI for you.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
I still have 3 spots open for sure. If you would like to get in on this call the store at 320-629-9960
Here's the scoop.
We'll be meeting the 2nd Saturday of each month. The cost will be $35.00. Each class you will get two kits, a book kit and a page kit as well as an idea book. We will start on the book kit during our meeting. We will leave the meeting and complete our projects on our own. The next meeting bring your finished books along and we will discuss different things that we did in our books. You will need to let me know at the end each meeting if you would like to be included in the next months book club. You will be able to purchase kits even if you can not attend the meeting. I'll just need to know in advance as to order enough kits for everyone.
Pinecone Press is one of my favorite companies. I almost always start with their base kits when I do a class. I love their ideas and idea books. I know that you will love them too!
Be one of the initial 10 to sign up for the book club and receive a free Pinecone Press book bag!
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
The cost of the weekend will be $235.00. What is included with your weekend? Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sunday breakfast. Snacks, soda, water, two nights of lodging.
You will also receive over $150.00 worth of products to complete 2 tags and a mini book packed with technique. I will be doing six demos with other Ranger products, six drawings and one grand prize drawing. Plus a special discount coupon to use at The Pine City Scrapbooking Co Inc.
Not only will you be learning awesome new techniques, but you'll have plenty of free time for scrapbooking so make sure you bring a lot of photos to scrapbook.
In order to get my supplies together for our classes and demos I need to close registration July 31, 2008. So place your deposit now to confirm your spot. The deposit for this event will be $75.00. Final payment will be due 30 days prior to the event.
Join me for great fun and I'll teach you new techniques that maybe you've seen and wondered how did they do that?!
Call us at 320-629-9960 to reserve your spot. Retreat is limited to 24 guests.
So plan your get away, and give us a call at 320-629-9960 to book your stay. You'll be glad you did!
Family Pathways Thrift Store
Treasure Chest Consignment
The Red Poppy
The Creek's Edge
I'll have fliers at the store this week so you can check out the specials. There will also be an ad in the Advertiser and the Pioneer. This gives you a great excuse to shop some of our unique stores in Pine City and get a deal! Doesn't get any better!
The next Saturday Sale is scheduled for July 5, 2008.
Her class is May 31 at 10:00 a.m. The cost is $25.00
Give us a call at the store and we can sign you up 320-629-9960.
New food paper, spaghetti, popcorn, cherries and strawberries. Cloud 9 and Heidi Grace, I loved these so much I went home and did a mini book quick. Creative Imaginations had FFA, John Deere, birthday, wedding, baby boy and girl and dance. World Win specialty cardstock. Somerset Studio magazines with awesome ideas! Meri Meri die cuts and pre made music and school bus pages. The Paper Loft paper is so awesome. I found this in Arkansas while I was down there and had to have it at my store. I actually used it on one of the windows in the retreat center.
Make sure you stop in and check out all the fun new things. I promise you're going to love them!
First thing is first: GARAGE SALE! Mark your calendars for June 28 - July 6, 2008. We will be holding our garage sale. If you have never participated in our sale this is the skinny. Call us at the store for a number, go through all your scrapbooking and stamping supplies price them how ever you like and make sure you include your number. Bring them to the store no later than June 26th at noon and we will display everyones things and sell them for you. We will keep track of what you sell (that is why you want your number on everything.) by the number on the price tag. What ever you sell you will get a gift certificate to use at The Pine City Scrapbooking Co Inc. in that amount.
We've done this in the past at Divine Memories and it went over really well. We've had a lot of vendors and a lot of buyers! For the best pick make sure you are at the store at 10:00 a.m. on the 28th! You must shop often, because many vendors keep bringing in more things through the week.
So start digging through your stash, pull out those papers you thought you would use but haven't, how about those tubs of stamps that aren't quite you? Bring them in, you never know who has been looking for just that item!
Friday, May 16, 2008
I just finished checking in new Maya Road chipboard, and tons of it. It will be so great with the Glimmer Mist. I also got in alpha stickers from Luxe that cover the chipboard letters from Maya! Maya Road came out with these awesome sheer sheets. If I would have know how cool they were I would have ordered more colors. But for now I have this great swirl, you should really check this out.
An order from Luxe also arrived. They have these great basic patterns, fantastic colors, and they are double sided.
Dance paper from Reminisce is in, and beautiful. It was a much needed addition to that area of the store.
Cupcake and Boxer from Basic Grey are in. Elsie outdoor and pet line are in and selling very well.
Flair came out with a new food line and it is super cute.
So make sure you stop in and check out all the cool new stuff!
Linda is having a card class on Sunday, Three great cards for $10.00. She is doing 2 great folding techniques that you won't want to miss. And one card is a basic graduation card that you can change to match your school colors. Anyone one of these cards can be used for any occasion. As of right now she has 6 extra kits so if you just want a kit call us up and we can put your name on one for you.
Next Sunday Vikki is having a Graduation card class. You will be making 10 cards in what ever school colors you need. This class is great for ideas to use for Christmas cards, birthday or any occasion. If you can't make the class give us a call and we can put a kit together for you.
Marge is getting her travel book class ready. She is using our favorite Cloud 9 travel paper on a cute 8x8 chipboard mini book. She is just putting on the final touches now. That class will be May 31 at 10:00 a.m.
I'm working with a great girl, Jessica, on teaching classes for us. She is super talented and I would love to have her join our team of teachers! She's interested in teaching card classes and kids classes. Is anyone interested in kids classes? These classes will be geared towards kids but be great for a mommy/Grandma and me class. Or hey if you like the class you can be any age!
I've been busy putting in orders this week. Some of the companies I can remember are: Cosmo Cricket, Thermo Web, Creative Imaginations, Creative Impressions, World Win shiny paper, Meri Meri, Hot Off The Press, Paper Loft, and more that I just can't remember right now!
Today is Lauren's Birthday, she is 6 years old today! We're pretty excited around our house today!
Monday, May 12, 2008
Anyway after an expensive stop at Target and Cub we were hungry. I talked Savannah into Taco Johns because I've suddenly become addicted to the chalupa. Sometimes I can't stop myself from thinking about how I will get my next one! She absolutely refused to go in so we did the drive thru. The guy asks us if we would like a medium or a large meal. We went for the medium because we had to save room for dessert. I pull up to the window and he hands me out this enormous soda. I couldn't even grab it with one hand it was a two hander! Savannah and I instantly cracked up uncontrollably. I mean my goodness if this was the medium you must need a small trailer to carry the large! We laughed hysterically, I was laughing so hard I couldn't see to drive through the tears!
So Savannah and I were wondering if anyone ever just cracks up like that or are we just the crazy ones. Now I just can't crack up like that with just anyone. Savannah and I usually have one really good crack up on any shopping trip we go on. Brenda, from the Hastings Scrapbook store can crack me up like that as well as an old childhood girlfriend Deb. Around just about anyone else if I feel like I'm going to crack up like that I totally suppress it because I know that they'll think I'm crazy. But you know after I have a good laugh like that my heart always feels lighter, and things don't feel as stressful as they once were. So my tip of the day is just have a good laugh. Not a tee hee, but a good old ugly laugh with tears, the ole' cross your legs you're gonna pee laugh. You should do that at the very least once a month. So please let us know if we're just the crazy ones or what!?
Oh yes, the shopping trip continued to the thrift store. I found a great side table and table cloth for the retreat center and Savannah found a new couch for her new apartment. Oh man if you could see the odd angles to get into this girls apartment you wouldn't believe it. Poor Ron was going to cut her box spring to get it into her apartment! Savannah settled with a twin bed instead. She got a great deal on the interesting looking couch. It reminds me of an Archie Bunker couch! We're going to jazz it up with old embroidered pillow case pillows. So we bought the couch now we had to get it into the van! With a lot of shoving, pulling and pushing we got it in! Ron is going to wrestle it down and into her apartment tonight.
So that was my fun for the day. I hope all you Moms enjoyed your Mother's Day. I know my Mom and I did. We went and had Olive Garden, yum. After that we came back to our house and had birthday cake. My Mother also turned 76 on Sunday. Lauren turns 6 on May 16th, and my Mom turned 76 on May 11th. Funny!
So on Mother's Day I was getting ready and thought to myself, gee I hope Dad sends me a cardinal to let me know he's thinking of us on Mother's Day. When I went downstairs and was snuggling in the chair with Ella, I looked out to my bird feeder and there the male cardinal was. I just said: "Hi Dad." Another odd thing that has been happening since my Father got sick is a bear comes through my Mother's yard once a year always at this time. My Dad always wanted to see a bear in the yard and never did. Then while he was laying at the hospital dying a bear came into the yard while most of my family was visiting. Now each year after we've had a bear in the yard at the same time each year. The year after he died the bear came on my Mother's birthday, the next year it came on Lauren's birthday, and this year we haven't seen him but he destroyed the bird feeder on Mother's birthday.
Tomorrow I'm off to Mystic Lake for a scrapbooking retailer conference. I need to be there before 9:00 a.m. Yikes, I've never driven there, I've only ridden with Rhonda so this should be interesting! I hope to bring back cute make and takes to share ideas with you all.
Friday, May 9, 2008
Our retreats are in full swing. This weekend we have a group of 24 busy people. These gals are super high tech, some of the computer equipment I couldn't even identify!
Nicole Langer, my sales rep, was in the other day and I ordered a bunch of new things for the store.
Lynn (one of our new employees) brought me in presents today. She had been to a few garage sales and found some great things to add to the collections around the store and retreat center.
Savannah and I are going to go the the Pine City garage sales tomorrow. She is decorating her new apartment with garage sale and flea market finds. Her apartment is covered in really dark paneling. So we're going for chipped pink and white china!
Friday, May 2, 2008
We're having our first weekend crop. I had two guests over night Wednesday, but this is my first weekend. I left Marge in charge at the store at 7:00 and just about everyone had checked in and were busy working.
Marge is teaching her Graduation Album class tomorrow. Don't worry if you haven't signed up, she has kits prepared so you can either drop in tomorrow at 10:00 or purchase a kit to do it on your own time.