Monday, March 29, 2010

Easter card

I could not get the photo to come out very well, but I taught this card to my afterschool club today. We made 45 cards in 55 minutes and distributed them to all the teachers at school.

recent cards

I made this card yesterday morning. My darling hubby was heading to visit a customer and found out they were still in the hospital from surgery so I quickly made this card before he left. I don't know about anyone but I always feel like I make my best cards when I am under pressure to put something together quickly.

I should be depressed but how can I be...

My darling husband called me at work this morning asking if I had any cash on me. This just says how far we have fallen in the past year. For those that do not know, my husband crushed some vertebra in his back along with 4 broken ribs in an accidnet. He had to have emergency spinal surgery 14 months ago. Metal rods and screwed were inserted to hold his spine together. Prior to his injury we were holding our own, but ever since we have really struggled money wise. I should be down but I am not.

I am blessed.

Due to the wonderful surgeon we had, my husband was up and walking the day after his surgery. 1 month after surgery he was able to start washing and dressing himself, again. 3 months after he was back to work part time, 7 months later he was able to work a full day. The downside of our situation is the fact that he runs his own contruction business. Since the injury the economy has really gone bust and we just have not had much work. We have not had any income at all in the past 2 1/2 months. Our savings got us through up until a few months ago. Credit cards have carried us through since then, now we are hitting rock bottom.

But still, I feel blessed.

I still have him!! He is my rock. Even when things look so tough we still have each other. My children are healthy. Active in sports. And even though they got these things before the accident, they own all the gadgets teenagers of today want between cell phones, games systems, etc...

I am blessed.

My favorite place to spend time lately is in the scraproom my husband built for me. It is actually the first room that was completed when we moved into this house 8 years ago. I look around this room at my tools and supplies I have. Even after selling hundreds of dollars worth of items to try to make some money, I still have enough to keep me scrapping for years.

I am blessed.

How could I possibly get depressed. I have good friends, a wonderful family, a job I enjoy, a sence of humor and love. What else could I need.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Have you ever read a book that was too good to finish?

Every night before falling asleep I look forward to reading just a page or two of my latest book. I don't want rush it. I want to savor every paragraph, every line, every word... I have been reading this series since the first one came out 18 years ago. the year I got married. Outlander by Diane Gabaldon. The love story of Claire and Jamie Fraser. There was a new book a year for the first 3, This was great. I was newly married, no children yet. these boosk were wonderful! Then the next books started getting more spread out over time. The 4th book Drums of Autumn didn't come out until my 2nd child was a year old. Book 5, "The Fiery Cross" when my oldest was in first grade. It took 4 years before Breath of Snow ans Ashes came out. Now this, Book # 7 is here. Echo in the Bone It was on sale in late September, if I remember correctly. I was probably one of the first to hold it in my hands. Who knows when the next will come out, if there even is a next book. 18 years to find out how the love story ends. I don't want it to end. Maybe it wont but in the meantime I am enjoying the story. This isn't even one of Ms Gabaldon's better told stories. It is cluttered with the lives of everyone else they know but there are glimpes of Jamie and Claire. Enough of them to keep the curiosity going. I had to buy this book twice just so I could keep it with me everywhere I go. I have the big heavy hardcopy and I bought the Kindle version so I can read it even in the 5 minutes I have to spare at my kids' events. I may only be halfway though and already feel sad that this book will end. I hope everyone finds a story that is just so good they never want it to end.

More Scraproom Cleaning

I can not believe how much stuff I have in this room. No wonder I can't fit any more. Last night I went through all my tool drawers. I did find some things I didn't know I had like a Stampamajig. It was still sealed in its original package. Yikes! I am going to have to start using this little tool. I also had three, yes THREE positioning rulers. These are different versions of the stampamajig. One had the D.O.T.S logo on it. Close to My Heart has not used that logo in about 10 years or so, I think. I decided to post more things on E-Bay. I hope to do better this time. The first time around (last week) I had no clue what I was doing and practically gave every thing away. I even had to pay more than I won in the auction to ship some things. So I have learned a few lessons. I will keep my fingers crossed that things sell better this time around. Of coarse I already got rid on my best items. This time I have tools like the stamp positioners, two (2) Scor-it boards, templates, mini scrapbook kits, etc.

I am going to continue to pick through my stuff. I still have tons of scrapbook kits to go through like Leaving Prints, Magic Scraps, Club Scrap, etc, and then there are all the stamp sets I have. I am sure there is more I can clean out and get down to the basic stuff I actually do want to scrap with.
If anyone wants to look at my auctions look for the seller SHARONTUP and my stuff should come up. This round of actions are ending on Saturday March 6th. Thanks for looking.