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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Jessica's December Card Class

Jessica has announced her December card class. She will be holding a Thursday session as well as a Saturday session on December 10th and 12th. Stop in or call to make your reservation!



Jessica has another creation she would like to share with you all! She's thinking of doing a perpetual calendar sometime in January. I'll let you know the details as soon as I have them!

Holiday Open House

December 5, 2009 9:00 - 5:00

Join us at The Pine City Scrapbooking Co Inc for our Holiday Open House!

Be one of the first 20 customers to make a purchase and receive a free gift!

Stop in for a free make and take and refreshments.

Drop off a toy for tots and receive 15% off your purchase that day (not to be used on crops, classes or gift certificates).

Stop in for a Demo on Copic markers by Kris our own certified Copic marker instructor!

The Pine City Scrapbooking Co and Scrapbooking In The Pines Retreat Center gift certificates make the best gifts. Stop in or give us a call and we can get you one for any amount!

Stop in to get inspired to make all your holiday creations!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Become a fan...

Become a fan of our facebook and you will get all the updates on the new goodies at the store!



Watch for a new class in November! I'll be teaching an altered file folder class with BoBunny's Christmas line of paper.

Jessica's card class will be November 19th and 21st! She does such a fantastic job, if you haven't taken one of her classes you must you will be amazed at the details!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

I don't even know if I should be writing this but...

When Ron and I built the new store and retreat center we put our all into it. We built it thinking of what we would love to see if we were to stay at a place like this. We take care of it just as well if not better than we take care of our home.

We have met soooo many wonderful people with unique stories through our adventure. Heck I've made some of the best friends I've ever had in my entire life.

I do what I do at the retreat and store because I love it to my core, it is what keeps me going! I love to meet new people who have my same interests.

But it's always those few people that like to drag you down. We have had a few incidences lately with rude guests who just can't seem to get along with others, and excessive drinking.

Here is what MY thought was on coming to our retreat:

1. I can leave my troubles at home and enjoy my craft.


2. No kids and grown ups with like interests.


3. Scrapbookers are friendly, I'll meet new friends.


4. I'll treat the others like I want to be treated and we should get along fine because we are all grown ups!


5. Think and act happy and you will be happy.

Maybe I'm crazy and live in a fantasy world but I do live by numbers 4 & 5. It is what gets me out of bed each day.

So here is the scoop...

When coming to the retreat:

Leave your crap at the door and enter with an open mind, it will be freeing!

Let others into your world by being friendly you just never know when you are about to meet a life long friend.

This is a quote that I like to live by: "Drinking makes you loud and foolish it is stupid to get drunk." I like to enjoy a glass of wine or two myself, but when you are in mixed company moderation is the key.

Treat others how you would like to be treated. It always comes back to you tenfold!

Remember we are all human and make mistakes.

I have never met a mind reader. If you would like to change the channel, use the computer etc...speak up and let the others know. If you are having issues with others or there are things going on that shouldn't be don't be afraid to call the number on the board or let whomever is working know. We can't fix anything after the weekend is over.

Basically just be nice.

I have met some people in my life that are just unable to live by these rules so I do know that they exist. If you can not follow any of these guidelines then maybe our retreat is not for you.

From this day on excessive drinking will not be allowed at the retreat. You will be asked to leave, and you will not be able to come back. You will also not be eligible for a refund.

From this day on rudeness will not be tolerated. We will give you a warning if we need to speak with you on the same matter again you will be asked to leave and you will not be able to come back. You will also not be eligible for a refund.

We have such a few people who fall into the category above, but we do not want to ruin the stays of the many, many of you who have been just a joy to have at the retreat.

Thank you to all of you who are such good guests we love when you come and return! You are why we do this day after day. To those of you who have encountered those few bad eggs, I am so sorry and by changing our policy I will try and weed out those bad eggs for you so you never have to encounter them again!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Velma aka Ella


Velma wearing her glasses because she can't see without them! Lauren and Ella are totally into Scooby Doo and have been for months. Lauren is Daphne and Ella is Velma! We have to ask Ella who she is so we know what to call her! You should see Ella's version of the Velma walk, she cracks me up!

Holiday Open House

We are working on final details for the Holiday Open House November 6-8 and November 13-15! Watch the website for details to be posted soon!

If you haven't seen the new Sizzix Impression machine stop in the store for a demo. It is super cute! We also have new embossing folders as well.

I've been busy ordering again! I ordered a ton of Whipper Snapper stamps and all the new and not so new Webster's Pages! I used to order Webster's Pages years back but it was a little before it's time in the scrapbooking industry. But now it fits in just perfect!

I got the call that the new t-shirts are ready to be picked up at Lee's Pro Shop! You're going to love these! I can't wait to go pick them up tomorrow.

I've been wearing the new Creative Escape t-shirts to work everyday. Last night Lauren asked why I keep wearing the same shirts. I explained that I was promoting the Creative Escape tour, blah, blah, blah...And she looks at me and says, you mean like a uniform? Exactly Lauren, exactly! Just another example of too much info for a 7 year old!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Creative Escape October 1-31, 2009

Don’t fall behind on seeing the newest and best in the scrapbooking and stamping industry. Join us during October for the Creative Escape. Tour participating
Independent Scrapbook
& Stamping stores throughout Minnesota


Join us during October for the Creative Escape. The Creative Escape is a chance for you to visit different independently owned scrapbook and stamping stores located throughout the state of Minnesota and enjoy some great benefits while doing so.
The benefits to YOU, our customers, are …
 Win the Grand Prize valued at $320. The grand prize consists of a $20 gift certificate from all the participating stores.
 For every $20* you spend at participating stores, you will be entered into the Grand Prize drawing.
*Before taxes, after discounts
 Each participating store will be having a drawing for a gift basket valued at $50. No purchase necessary.
 Buy a beautifully designed long sleeved t-shirt for $15. Wear it while visiting the different stores and receive a free gift (while supplies last).
 Progressive discount: the more stores you visit,* the bigger the discount.
 Visit 1-2 different stores, receive 15% off your total order
 Visit 3-5 different stores, receive 20% off your total order
 Visit 6+ different stores, receive 25% off your total order
*At each participating store, you will be given a business card. Your "collection" of business cards is used to determine your discount. More details in the participating stores.

Make sure to check out the October calendar on my website:
www.thepinecityscrapbookingco.com for up to date info on all the fun things happening at the scrapbook store!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

New Products again...

Here's the list of new products just in today!

Bo Bunny halloween and Kitchen Spice (it's my fav!)
WR Memory Keepers Hectic and Twirl
Imaginise Let's Roll and Perfectly Posh (lovin' all the new Snag 'em stamps for .99!)
New company for us: Scrap Within Reach Carnival Ride and Paper Boy
Basic Grey paper packs Eerie and Eskimo Kisses (embellishments too as well as the 6x6 packs!)
Bazzill Jewels and templates
Fancy Pants Christmas Magic and Rough and Tough
My Little Shoebox Little Ladies, Sky's the Limit and Imagine a Forest
Bella Blvd Camping Out
New Prima flowers
New Flower Soft color Polar White!
Fiskars new 12x12 Flourish template (I can't wait to use this! I'm always grabbing a scallop Bazzill paper to use as a template! Finally I'll have a real template!
New to us totes by All My Memories

Stop in and help Marge rearrange the store this weekend!!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

New Tim Holtz

Newsflash...we finally received a few things from Advantus today. We have in stock the new film strips and typewriter keys from the new collection! Why oh why do they torture us this way?

Monday, September 21, 2009

Making Memories

The UPS guy was good to us! We received the new Making Memories Mistletoe line today! I absolutely love it!

We also got in:
Fancy Pants
Bella Blvd.
The new shape Nestabilities.
More of the Making Memories Spooky Alley line.

Stop in and check it all out, warning you will be inspired to make Christmas cards or scrap old Christmas photos!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

New Project!




I am a huge magazine junkie and saw these in one recently. See if you can guess what they used to be! What do you think you use them for now?

Friday, September 18, 2009

New Cards

I finally used my new JustRite stamps today. I used them with my new BoBunny papers and Nesties! I scraplifted the card layout idea from Splitcoast Stampers! It took me longer on the website than it did to whip out these three cards! I'm thinking the let it snow one will be one of the make and takes in October.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Aaaahhhh more new stuff!

I've been busy entering new product into the computer today!

I'm loving the new SEI Moravia and Winter Song line! The colors, the foil, the flock oh my!!!!

I finally got in the new Flower Soft card toppers. I love the new multi layer Christmas line I hope to try and work on a card tonight for a sample.

Another new shipment of Justrite stamps arrived.

We love our UPS guy!

Donna also dropped off her sample of the Spooky Wine Box. It is just amazing, I love the surprise inside!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Star Wars

The new Star Wars papers have finally arrived! Marge is working hard trying to get them out. We also got in the new Disney Glitter papers from CI. The best part about these is that you won't be full of glitter because they are coated! Woohoo! The new CI travel papers are double sided! I love the covered bridge paper. We've been to Winterset Iowa a couple of times to see the bridges of Madison County, guess I'll have to redo those pages!

Have you tried the new stamps by Justrite? Oh my we are loving these! These layer in great with all of your Nestabilities. If you want to try them stop in at the store I have one open so you can get a feel for them.

Jessica has great card kits for sale at the store. She has been doing fill in kits that are Christmas and super cute. These kits will not be offered as a class, but she takes out all the work and writes great directions so they are a piece of cake to finish.

I got in more Share and Tell albums by Pebbles. If you haven't seen these stop in the store and check out my sample at the store. I did my Disney album of 300 photos this way and love the concept!

Saturday, September 5, 2009


I've been stamping today and loving the Fancy Pants Calendar stamps! I'm thinking this will be the first year I actually do one! My August layout I did with October Afternoon's paper line Cherry Hill. November's page I'm working with Cosmo Cricket's Earth Love




New Graphic45

We finally got our new shipment of Graphic45. We absolutely love this company. It is so refreshing that when a company finds its niche it sticks with it without copying another. It makes it nice for us to offer our cardmakers and scrapbookers a line with its own unique look. And by the way it flys out the door when we get it in it seems you feel the same way!

Our gigantic order of Prima came in the other day. It was a flower explosion!

We received a huge order of odds and ends as well. I'll check out what all was in there and let you know.

We're working on a "shop hop" for October. Watch for the details coming soon. We will be holding it for the entire month of October!

Here is a sneak peek at what we're cooking up:

Kick off crops at participating stores.
Classes each week offered at a different store.
Make & Takes and demos at each store.
Drawings at each store. (I can guarantee you're going to love mine!)
A large grand prize. (You're gonna love this one!)
Special tshirts!
Progressive discounts!

So mark your calendars for this Oct 1 -31!

At my store we'll be having the kick off crop from 10 - 10 Saturday October 3 We'll be having Subway for lunch, with awesome drawings, a fabulous make and take as well as a game or two!

October 10th we'll be having a free make and take all day with refreshments!

October 17th we'll be having Jessica's card class starting at 10:30. ( This class will be offered Thursday October 15th as well.) Watch the dates on this one! I'll make the official announcement on my website I still have to clear the dates with Jessica.

October 24th we'll be having our Halloween crop from 10-10. Watch for details on this one coming soon. We'll also have a store demo all day as well.

October 31st the first 15 people making a purchase that day will receive a goody bag! We'll also be doing a make and take as well.

So as I brain storm this out things may change up a little bit, so watch the website for the official announcement!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

New Distress Stickles

I just received the brand new Distress Stickle colors in today! What fun colors to play with.

Our Sommerset Studio magazines came in as well. I love those magazines, I devoured them on my way to Iowa! I found a bunch of new ideas to scraplift!

Today was filled with yucky paper work and tying up loose ends, ewwww! But hey someone has to do it! I had to get that all out of the way so I can go to the State Fair!

Ron got a new door put in the retreat today. It has a window, we are no longer windowless in the retreat!

I sent in a HUGE new order today, we'll just keep the new stuff coming in!

We are trying to get some sort of routine started so my kids don't go into shock when school starts. I got them both bathed and read to all by 8:30! I'm really going to have to pick up the pace!

Maybe we'll see you at the fair....

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Where in the world have I been!?

I'm still here, just crazy busy with the kids and summer! I've been giving Ron a hand with his painting business since he has been such a prince and working hard for free for the last 5 years!

Things have been going great at the store. Tons of new stuff arriving every week! The latest fav is the new Jeni Bowlin it is just so cool! Ya have to love all the Cosmo Cricket, I can't get enough of it! We've added a ton of new hunty woodsy papers and stickers as well as sports! We've been getting new Halloween and, believe it or not, Christmas too! We have the new Cuttlebug folders in, we're still waiting on the Christmas ones! I've ordered all the new Nestabilites, can hardly wait to get them! If you haven't tried the color core paper you must. Stop in the store to check out our samples, once you try this you are going to love it!

Jessica has added a Thursday card class to her schedule, so if Saturday mornings are bad try for the Thursday. Kits are always available if you can not make the class, we can even mail them to you if you would like!

The newest stamp line at the store is Just Rite Stampers. Oh we just love these stamps with our Nestabilities! If I can get my order to go through we should be getting in Whipper Snapper stamps as well. I've been having issues with the website!

Our burger bash crop was today, and what fun we had! Sorry I had to bug out on you gals early I hope the hamburgers were good! We've got a new restaurant in the neighborhood called Wagonmasters and it was pretty good, you get tons of food and it was cheep! Gotta love that! Another great bonus they serve breakfast and booze if ya need it!

We're still undecided what day the next theme crop will be. We'll have it in September and it will be called The Circus of Summer Is Over! We'll be having this crop in the store so we will have limited seating of 15 people so keep your eyes and ears open for that one. We hope to decide by the end of this week.

Here is my bummer for the week...we had pouring rain and we had a little ceiling issue, we'll get to see how well our insurance coverage is!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Pine City Flea Market




Here are some of my new finds from the flea market on Wednesday. My new collection is LuRay dishes these are the first in the collection, hey it has to start somewhere right? I just couldn't pass these beauties up! I bought them from a cute old lady for $25.00 Just a little over a buck a piece, not bad at all.
So I need more baseballs for my jar but hey it's a start!
Tami you really must come up for the flea market sometime it is so much fun!
After we went out for lunch with my Mom and my long lost brother Pete (ha, ha!).

Wanna see the bear?




So we had another bear in the backyard. Yikes this one was big! I was completely freaked out that is why all my pictures are fuzzy! The girls had just been playing on the swing set not 2 hours before he came strolling through!

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Anniversary Crop
















We had so much fun at the anniversary crop! You know I could become addicted to those crops. It felt so good to laugh and unload my brain! It really is the best therapy! And guess what? I even finished the projects I brought with to do. I was very proud of myself!
So our dear Lynn won everyones heart as employee of the year. She really took the cake when she fluffed Tami's pillow and made her bed.

Let's hear it for us ladies who tri-fold our underwear!!!!
Cheers to Linda for the great card idea she taught us all!

Thank you, thank you to Donna with sucker written all over her forehead. I do believe it was one of the best things you could have bought for $8.95! You little chippie you!

Oh Marge your little twitterpated sure got us laughing!
McDonald's coke anyone?

Thanks Janet and Marsha for putting up with us! Janet is ready to come back for more!

Our two Friday night girls really thought we were nuts!

Who won all the prizes? John Henry?

Aw Peggy you rock!
Kris even stayed up past her bedtime! Can anyone say who ate the last cookie without sharing?????

Poor Savannah missed all the cookies!
Poor Linda K tried to ignore us!

See you must join us for a crop, we have so much fun! Laughter is the best medicine and we have plenty to go around.
Here are a few photos of our fun fest!










Monday, May 18, 2009

Anniversary Crop

The total price for the two days of cropping will be $35.00 and the Friday night stay is $42.60 including tax. I was going to email you Carol but I don't have your address handy!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Anniversary Crop

Details, details...

We are having our one year anniversary and we would like you to join us for a two day Chick Flick Crop!

The party begins Friday May 29th at 5:00 p.m. until midnight. The cost of the Friday night Chick Flick Crop will be $15.00 We will be doing Pizza Pub pizza, snacks, beverage and a free make and take.

How about extending the fun?

Day two of the party begins May 30th at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 10:00 p.m. The cost of Saturday's Chick Flick Crop will be $20.00 We will have morning muffins, snacks, beverages, and have Subway for supper, and another make and take! You'll be on your own for lunch.

This crop will be held in the retreat center so we will have room for 24 guests.

Maybe you would like to just crop and crash?! We are doing a one night special in the retreat center of $40.00 for that Friday night May 29th with a paid Chick Flick Crop weekend!

We are going to be super flexible with this crop, so if you can only come for one of the two days you are more than welcome to sign up for just a Friday or for just a Saturday!

If you've never been to one of our themed crops this would be a great opportunity to give it a try! We always add our special touch!

Call the store at 320-629-9960 to reserve your spot. With our themed crops we ask that you prepay as we have a lot of prep work ahead of time and we want to make sure we know who is coming!

I really need to decompress my brain!

Okay so you know when your brain is overloaded and you need to rest it when...
I made 7 cute little quick birthday invites for Lauren's classmates at 11:00 p.m. the other night. I carefully typed them out on the computer and proofed them about 100 times. I knew I had one shot at it because my printer ink was low and Ron was gone so I couldn't run to Walmart to pick up more! So I read them one last time printed them, put them on the invites and put them in Lauren's backpack.
Okay so one mom called today wondering what the date was. I was absolutely sure I had put that helpful info on the card. I went to the garbage and looked at the first one I printed and low and behold I DID forget that info!!!!! Wow does that scream rookie Mom or what?
So I called the mom back and said I'm so sorry I forgot the date, and I was sure her daughter had told Lauren she couldn't come because they were going out of town.
BUT LISTEN TO THIS! I don't think I said Lauren in that sentence, I think I said Savannah! Okay so all you mom's who have more than one kid know that we get confused with names and we start at the beginning of birth order until we get to the correct kids name! I'm hoping she has more than one kid and doesn't think I'm completely crazy! She's probably sitting their thinking who the heck is Savannah!
Now after all that do you think you would send your kid off to that birthday party!?
Here's a little something that I've been pondering coming up dangerously close to my 40th birthday...
I always looked at women in their 40's at having there shit together. Like not looking like a fish out of water like I sometimes feel. Knowing just who they were, and what they want, being so confident in social situations. So this is what is so depressing about me turning 40 is that I still feel like that fish out of water, still struggling with who I am, what I want, who I want to be when I grow up, being responsible like remembering to put the date on the 7 year olds party invites! I think I better repeat my 30's I haven't learned enough yet to be 40!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

I went shopping...




Ron and the girls went Mother's day shopping today in St Cloud after our road trip to Brainard. So they dropped me off at Crafts Direct to nose around. Okay so keep me out of the fabric please. I've been under a rock for about 4 years! Now I'm ready to go quilt store shopping! But you better bring some serious cash because fabric has sure gone up! So now I have all these big plans rolling around in my head then I'll go to sleep and forget them all! I'll wake up tomorrow and they just won't seem so important anymore! Here is my little stash of goodies I found today!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

I found a way...
















So I've finally found an easy way to post photos without the aide of my husband! He always gives me the sigh when I ask him for help so I found a way around him! I found the cord that goes from my camera to my computer! Yipee! Here are some layouts I did last week. I totally scraplifted them, why reinvent the wheel right?
Just a very few of my "new" trinkets!


So Today

So today Ron and I went to an Auction! We haven't been to an auction in sooooo long. We used to go all the time when Savannah was little but then along came Lauren and we put our lives on hold! My mom offered to watch the girls while we went.
Oh what fun I had! I got tons of new stuff for decorating at the store and retreat center. I think I now have enough side tables for the bedrooms!
Okay so I paid way to much for a jar, but I was caught up in the moment! I also now have a collection of bread boxes! Small, medium and large thank you very much! Ron and I have had the large one for years. I just had to have the cute small one today, which I paid to much for! And the medium one I didn't think I'd win the bid, but now I'm the proud owner of a fluorescent orange medium sized bread box!
So I've been on the hunt for a cheap enamel topped table to use out on my front porch but I've had no luck. Guess what? Today I bought two for $10.00 Yipee!
Oh I found numerous other treasures I couldn't live without!
Just you wait until I get old and have an auction of my own you'll all say where in the world did she get all this crap. I hope I'll remember all the fun I had collecting it all!

My dirt pile!

My dirt pile errr garden!

Friday, May 1, 2009

So I've started gardening again...

So I've started gardening again, I'd like to say I'm loving it instead I'll say I'm in pain! Wow pulling weeds uses a whole entire muscle group that I haven't used in years!
I thought it would be a great activity for the girls. They are being helpful Lauren more than Ella. Ella just keeps tramping through my lettuce along with the cat we are borrowing!
My yard is dirt, trees and weeds. It's very depressing. I love all the well groomed gardens in the magazines but I'm just not good at doing that in this enormous space I have. So this year I'm turning my front yard into my garden! We have a dirt pile in the middle of our driveway with a flag pole in the middle. It was going to be a beautiful butterfly garden, now it is my vegetable garden. I'm going to throw in sunflowers, marigolds and cosmos to go with it to liven it up. I think it might just turn out pretty cute! I'm going to plant corn next to the garage along with beans and cucumbers. I'm going to throw in some flower seeds with that as well. I don't get as much sun in the backyard so it wouldn't work for a garden anyway. We'll see how it turns out in the front yard. Who knows maybe I'll do it every year, or maybe not...

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Zoo!

We went to the zoo today for Ella's birthday. Oh what fun we had! If you haven't gone to the Minnesota Zoo lately I highly recommend it. They have this awesome new exhibit called Russia's Grizzly Coast and it is amazing. I loved it and got great pictures of the bears! I think I thought it was more fun than the kids!

The cake we got for Ella's birthday from the Rush City Bakery was FANTASTIC! Ella was very impressed with the light up Princess! Cake not so much it couldn't have been the pancakes she ate beforehand?!

I still can't believe it has been 4 years already since my Dad passed away. I did much better at the birthday thing this year than others. I still find myself on the brink of a nervous break down though. Don't push me!

Friday, April 24, 2009

New Class For May

I just added a new class for May check out the website for details.

I am also working on my open house. It's been over a year since we opened! Can you believe it? It seems like only yesterday that Pat the builder guy was on my case to make decisions about one thing or another!

The plan right now is May 29th and 30th. We'll be doing a huge sale, a make and take, a chick flick crop starting May 29th anytime after 10:00 a.m. going until May 30th 5:00 p.m. We're thinking if you would like to stay overnight at the retreat we will be doing a special price for the overnight. So start talking it over with your cropping friends. We will be holding this crop in the retreat so we will be able to accommodate 24! I'll let you know food details and prices soon.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

We are not...

I know that there has been a little rumor going around that the Pine City store is closing. The store that is closing IS NOT THE PINE CITY SCRAPBOOKING CO INC!
I've had a few anxious phone calls wondering if it was our store and I can assure you it is not us. We have NO plans of closing! So make sure to pass that along for me if you happen to hear that rumor.

Monday, April 20, 2009

We're Back!

Whew, we made it back! What a great time we had! We have met some of the nicest people up in Bayfield.

We had 20 croppers at the retreat and everyone seemed to have a great time. I almost finished my Disney pages, I was very excited about that. I don't usually scrapbook much away from home unless I'm doing a project so this was a bit challenging for me to use what I had. I longed for purple buttons all weekend, but I made due without them and used the dew drops from Robin's nest and that worked out just fine! I also missed my sewing machine. The one tool I almost didn't bring I used the most and that was my Slice. Okay at first I thought why do I need this, I don't scrapbook that way. If I need a title I invent something, or there are always letter stickers. But I used that little machine like crazy. It helped that Lisa B had two of the greatest cartridges, teen and noteworthy! So do you need a Slice? No probably not, but they sure are fun, compact, CORDLESS and they have great fonts! Do I recommend a Slice? YES!

So I'll be back to work tomorrow putting everything away and paying bills!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

We are packing...

I am all packed up for the retreat in Bayfield WI! Ron just has to load the trailer and then we are all set to go.
We are doing two cute make and takes, decorating our own name tags, a page contest, chocolate fountain, ice cream sundae bar, and TONS of drawings, besides food, drinks and snacks!
We are bringing a mini store with about $8000.00 worth of merchandise with tons of new products! It's going to be a super fun weekend!
So if you get the notion you can come and just crop for the day on Saturday if you would like!
If I get a few free moments I'm going to finish my Disney album. I am so close, I only have about 25 pages to complete. And if I happen to get those done I just got 180 pictures in the mail today from Walgreens!
Have a great weekend!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!

I hope you are all enjoying your beautiful Easter! We can actually hunt for eggs outside this year we are very excited!
I've been busy updating the web adding crops and a new Cuttlebug class with Jessica make sure you check it out.
Watch for our 1 year celebration coming up mid May. We are going to do a super huge sale as well as a 10-10 chick flick crop in the retreat center. Keep your eyes peeled for details...

Monday, March 16, 2009

Crop With Us!

We are going to be having a free, yep that is right I said FREE, Saturday 10 - 10 crop on March 21st. This is available to the first 10 people who call the store at 320-629-9960. We will not be providing any food or beverages but you are welcome to bring along what you need. Or maybe you'd like to try out Pine City's fine dining!

Make sure you check out Jessica's April card class. She has fabulous designs sure to please! If you can't make the class, we always have kits available to purchase.

Join us March 28th for a 10 - 10 Think Spring Crop! The cost will be $18.00 we will be serving Pub Pizza, beverages and goodies. We'll have a drawing and a free make and take for our croppers! Call 320-629-9960 to reserve your spot. Payment is due at the time of sign up to hold your spot.

If you are looking for a Friday night get away remember our Friday night crops! Crop from 5 - midnight every Friday for $10.00. We serve Pizza Hut pizza, beverages and goodies.

Saturday April 4th for our Morning muffin crop from 10 - 10 for $20.00. We will be doing a Subway lunch, beverages, muffins and goodies. All of our croppers will get to do a free make and take and a special drawing!

Saturday April 18th crop from 10 - 10 for free! You will be on your own for beverages and food, but we provide you with the space to crop for 12 hours!

Saturday April 25th for build your own Sundae crop from 10 - 10 for $20.00. We will be doing a Pizza Pub dinner, beverages and goodies. All of our croppers will get to do a free make and take and a special drawing!

Our crops are limited to 10 people each. Your spot is not reserved until payment is made.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Hello from the road!

Hi Everyone do you miss me yet?! Tee Hee!

We took a little drive to Eureka Springs today. Wow what a road trip! Man no wonder this place closes down during snow or ice. I was so scared driving up and down these mountains on these super narrow roads! The view was spectacular as long as you didn't look down into the bottomless ravines! Eureka Springs is beautiful Ron and I would like to go back but maybe without the girls! The Victorian houses were amazing to say the least! Lauren and Ella were unimpressed they did think running around at the look out stop was the most fun of the trip! All they have on their little minds is the POOL! So on the way back to the hotel we maybe got a little close to the center lane while meeting another man driver maybe getting a little close to his side of the center lane and I FREAKED out and yelled: "ARE YOU TRYING TO KILL US? DRIVE WITH BOTH HANDS ON THE STEERING WHEEL!" So after that Lauren and Ella were sitting quietly in the back seat and Ella pipes up: "Ya, Daddy was trying to kill us!" So I had to explain that Daddy wasn't trying to kill us and tell her what I really meant! AHHH the kids my stories will tell the teachers about their trip to Arkansas!

So we're MAYBE toying with the idea of staying one more night so we can go on a cave tour and a drive through zoo. Is a drive through zoo really safe? Hummmm can the animals break window glass...I've never heard of someone being killed in a drive through zoo...I have to stop thinking about it or I will chicken out!

Tonight after supper I dropped Ron and the girls off to take a dip while I went to Hobby Lobby and bought what else? Yep scrapbooking supplies!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Hello From The Razorback State

We finally made it to our final destination! Ahhhh unpack for a two night stay in one spot. I am sick of my mini van that is for sure! And need I mention my adorable two daughters? Yes they are driving me CRAZY!

I don't know if any of you heard about our first day on the road?! We obviously got a late start on Saturday seeing that I hadn't even started packing until Saturday! When we finally did leave on Saturday it was about Noon! We got through the Twin Cities fine then around Lakeville things got dicey! The roads turned into a huge mess. We started seeing cars in the ditch so we slowed down and just took our time, then we saw more cars in the ditch. Then cars turned into roll overs and SEMIS in the ditch! When we hit the north border of Iowa on it was treacherous to say the least. We saw so many cars, trucks, suvs, semis, campers, trucks with trailers in the ditch we couldn't even count them all! We figure there were between 50 - 90 vehicles in the ditch between Southern Minnesota to Des Monies! No joke! I prayed and prayed the entire way. The blowing and drifting snow was unreal. At one point things were looking up except for the 50 mph wind gusts when we happened on a huge drift in the snow. And sure enough just after the drift the ditches were littered with cars in the ditch. Everywhere you looked there would be more cars in the ditch, they looked like matchbox toys! One poor guy stopped to help another and got rear ended, yeah there was only HALF a car left after that one! They had caution tape on the cars that they had gotten people out of so no one would stop to help and get hurt.

So at this point I'm thinking winter car travel is not my thing! After my frightful trip to Bismarck and now our frightful trip to Arkansas!

The temps aren't bad after leaving the deep freeze. It's about 45-50 out. The girls can't comprehend that there is no need for polar fleece winter hats. So they look a little dorky wearing there polar fleece and parkas!

So I guess it's off to supper then we're hitting the pool. We're staying at my favorite hotel in Bentonville called Simmons Suites. The girls like it because the pool is full of pool toys! It's kinda like staying in Sam's club but fancier! Everything here is from Sam's club! They even leave you treats in your room and fridge! We're going to eat the ice cream after the kids go to bed, shhhh don't tell!