Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Have a safe and happy Halloween, full of treats!

Don't forget to check back tomorrow to see if you were a winner in the Cricut roller bag and cartridges giveaway...   you can still enter up to midnight, PST - you may receive your best treat from my doorstep.  Y'all come back now!

Yours truly,
Julie :)

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Tempus Fugit

They say time flies when you're having fun.  Well, here's a newsflash, it flies whether you're having fun or not especially when you don't want it to.  I have to say though that life is good.  It's just busy.....  I've been trying to catch up on some design work this week, but I am way behind and my "other" life is busy too - you know the one that cooks, cleans, does laundry, grocery shopping, etc.  I have some more product to put in my shop, but can't even find a few minutes to photograph it.  I'm also trying to put some storybooks together for my grandchildren.  I have a Unibind Photobook Creator and love being able to create my own books.  I have photos of taking the kids to the zoo, aquarium and circus and thought I could add text and create some fun story books that would be all about them.  Hopefully they'll be done in time for Christmas - 2010!  I'll share pictures of them when they're finished.

My son and his wife are arriving tomorrow to stay for a few days.  It's "homecoming" weekend, so it'll be another few days before I get back to "work".

Y'all come back now!

Yours truly,
Julie :)

Friday, October 15, 2010

Grand Opening!!

Remember about a week ago, I said I was going to open an Etsy shop?  Well after signing up and spending hours on wording, photos and a whole lot more, I have opened my shop - but not on Etsy.  I got to thinking - always a dangerous pastime, usually while I'm driving.  I really don't want to be in the "selling" business, but I have things that I can give away.  Unfortunately, there are charges involved in getting something from A (me) to B (you).  Therein lay my dilemma - I can give away the product, but it has to ship.  So, I had an awesomely bright idea and have opened my shop on my website.  There you'll find a photo of things I can send you.  Just click on the shop banner above and it will take you there.  Since shipping charges vary from state to state, each item will have a set fee - same for everyone and easy for me.  It will be loosely based on the size of those pre-paid boxes the USPS is advertising.  I will try to use the smallest box, but if I need a bigger one, I will add some "goodies".  You will definitely get more than your cost for shipping.   Hope you like the idea!

Here's a picture of the first kit for the Christmas Crafts projects.  It even includes things like scissors, glue, glitter paint, sponge brush, etc., and most of the pieces are pre-cut.

These are the projects again.  The instructions are here on my blog under PAGES in the sidebar.


Yours truly,
Julie :)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Witching Hour!

Don't forget!   Midnight on October 31st is the last second to enter the drawing for the Cricut roller bag and cartridges!  Winners will be announced Monday, November 1st.  Good Luck!

Yours truly,
Julie :)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

It's a Slippery Slope

Can you believe it's already October, the beginning of the busiest craft season of the year! During the next few weeks we'll be decorating for Halloween/Fall, if you haven't done so already, followed by Thanksgiving then Christmas (or any other holiday you may celebrate). It's definitely not too soon to start thinking about all the cool gifts and decorations you can make to amaze your friends and family.

My friend, and business partner, Jean, and I taught Christmas craft classes at the CHA Supershow this past summer in Chicago. Christmas in July is always a "stretch" for me, but October.... well that's another story. If I don't start now, nothing will get done. I have to admit though, that I live by the old adage, "if it weren't for the last minute, nothing would get done". Christmas is like birthdays, it comes every year whether we're ready or not, and each New Year I make a resolution to be more prepared - let's just say, I'm not the boy scout type.......

However, YOU may want to start early, so here are photos of the projects I designed for my Christmas Crafts class. All the supplies are easy to find at your local craft store and I will post a list of instructions on the Christmas Crafts page (see left column under pages). I also have some kits available, which I will post in my Etsy shop. The kits will include everything you need to create ALL of the projects, including things like glue! ETSY Shop!!!!!! Yes, I have an Etsy shop, but it's empty at the moment.........

You'll have to be patient with me, I still have to load everything to the shop. Once I've got it all figured out, I will announce the GRAND OPENING of Craft Lane Designs. Hopefully it will be up and running by the weekend. I have "Nana duty" thru mid October, so my time is a little limited at the mo; another reason I haven't posted for a week! My bad.............

Yours truly,
Julie :)