Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Could it be true?

Something wonderful is about to happen, but I hate to say it, because every time I mention it, something goes wrong...so I'm not saying it...but those of you that have been around the store know what I'm talking about! Just keep your fingers crossed and say a little prayer.

It's going to be a couple of slow weeks at the store between spring break and Easter, but I am looking forward to seeing you all at the Easter Pages class, and don't forget our card class and "Let's Paint". There are only a few more days left of our huge sale, so make sure to stop by and stock up.

Today, I have a little word of wisdom to share with you.....Don't leave home without your camera...ever! At least keep a disposable, or a small digital in your purse. This is a lesson that I have to keep learning and was reminded of again today as I drove down the 412 through Huntsville. Spring is definately on it's way. The Red Bud trees are in full bloom, and the sunny yellow bushes that I have no idea what they are called, are all full and bright. There is also the beautiful sight of wild violets, and other lavender flowers covering the fields. And of course, my favorite....lots of little calfs running in the fields, playing with each other or tagging along side their mothers. It is one of my favorite things to see. Needless to say, I didn't have my camera with me, or I would be sharing all of these beautiful images with you. I definately see a drive through the country side Saturday with my camera.

I need to know...what kind of classes do you all want? What do you want to learn? I've got to get a new schedule going and soon, so please give me some ideas so that I know I'm giving you all the kinds of classes that you want.

Well, I'm off to bed, to dream of bigger and better things to come. Maybe tomorrow I can say something out loud without fear of having the rug ripped out from under me. Have a happy day!

Monday, March 19, 2007

It's raining.....

and thundering, and lightning. My favorite kind of weather. I hope it keeps up tomorrow, as it will be just the inspiration that I need to get a few things accomplished. I don't know what it is about the rain that makes me want to do something creative. Sometimes it makes me want to clean and organize. It must be the idea of washing away the old, and getting a fresh, clean start. I don't know. My mom loves the rain too, and I have so many fond memories of listening to the rain with her. I remember one time, driving down the road, a thunderstorm hit, and she pulled into the Montgomery Wards parking lot (that dates it, doesn't it?)...anyhow, she pulled over, turned off the engine of the car, and we sat and listened to the rain as it fell on the roof of the car. Maybe we adored it so because Las Vegas rarely gets rain...maybe it was like I said, a fresh, clean new beginning. At any rate, the rain got me thinking tonight of just that...how grateful I am that we all have the ability of getting a fresh, clean new start. Maybe we can't always get out the stain of past mistakes, but we sure can choose to deal with them appropriately, pick ourselves up, and start in a new direction. New directions are good.

I am in the middle of finding a new direction. I love the store...I just need to find a new direction. It is quite obvious to me that the road I'm on isn't working....(quite literally! ) I'm trying to find a new home for the store. It's scary, and frustrating. I'm totally scared of getting into a lease and falling flat on my face. I'm frustrated that people won't return phone calls regarding building spaces. I want to make this work...I really, in my heart....think that it will. But then there's that little annoying voice that keeps whispering "failure". SHUT UP ALREADY! So, I'm swallowing what little pride I have and asking for a little help...some direction from some wonderful volunteers at SCORE. (www.score.org). With any luck, they'll be able to get me pointed in the right direction and headed down the path to having the wonderful store/gathering place that I have dreamed of.

And now that I'm done waxing poetic...I want to let you all know that I've extended the sale from last weekend. I will be carrying it over until the end of March, so please stop by and check out the great bargains.

Also, the store will be closed Friday, March 23rd. My daughter Rachel, earned a free day off because she did well on her Benchmark tests last year, and my husband has a job interview (can I hear a "FINALLY!"?) Anyway, we will be headed to the "big city" to do some shopping and lunch, and hopefully getting Billy a new job. Yes, I am still having class Friday night, so if you need anything, the store will be open from 6p.m. until 8:30p.m.

I'm putting together the classes for the next quarter. Does anyone have any special requests? Let me know soon!

Take care, and take a moment to listen to the rain and make your own fresh start!

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Kids Spring Break Workshops

Don't let your kids get bored over spring break. Bring them on over for our fun workshops. They aren't long, but long enough for you to take a breather, or grocery shop a little.

Tuesday, March 27th from 10a.m. - 12p.m.
Best Buds Phonebook
Wednesday, March 28th from 10a.m. - 11:30a.m.
Altered Clipboards
Thursday, March 29th from 10a.m. - 11:00a.m.
Each class is only $5.00 and suitable for boys and girls ages 5 and up.
Please call at least 2 days in advance to reserve a spot for your child.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Savin' O' the Green!

That's right. Saturday, March 17th, from 10a.m. until 4p.m., we'll be having a HUGE sale on everything in the store. Trust me, you don't want to miss out on this one, so before, or after you hit the St. Patty's Day parade in Eureka Springs, head on over and hit the sale! There will be a free make-n-take too!

P.S. If you post here with 3 things that make you feel lucky, I'll give you an extra 10% off of everything you buy Saturday!

Here's my 3 things:

I feel lucky because....
1- I have a husband who is patient with me and loves me.
2- I live in the beautiful Ozarks.
3- I have 3 beautiful children that are happy (most of the time! LOL) and healthy.

There are hundreds of other things that make me feel lucky/blessed, but first I want to hear from you. (Also, I'm checking to see if anyone is out there reading this! Teehee hee!)

Just a reminder, Spring Break is coming up here in Carroll County, so be sure and sign your kids up for the $5.00 workshops March 27th, 28th, and 29th. I need 2 days notice to get kits ready. These classes are appropriate for ages 5 and up and work for both girls and boys. I hope to see you there!