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News Updates

It’s been a busy month, that’s my excuse for not blogging.  Actually I do blog in my mind, but it never seems to get to the keyboard.  So pardon the jammies and the cold coffee, here’s the deal lately…

I am back from 10 days in Arizona.  It was a busy trip, which included the Spellbinders Design Team retreat.  We kept pretty busy and I didn’t get much time in the sun.  That bodes well for freckles and wrinkles, but not so much for relaxation and a “healthy” glow on my winter-white skin. 

Speaking of wrinkles {and my lack thereof}, (cue hair flip) I celebrated my 29th birthday {with experience} during the trip.  I still haven’t decided what I want for my birthday, but its been narrowed down to a Canon 50D, Nikon 300s, or keep the Rebel XT and keep thinking.  The teenagers at Best Buy have been, like, helpful. Dude.  As I was stroking the 50D one tried to talk me into a point and shoot.  Really?  So my next stop is the real camera store to see if I can rent one of each to play with them.

While I was gallivanting around Phoenix, little Evan was the jet-set junior himself.  That’s right, he got his ticket to fly and is officially a US Citizen, member of the family and still smiling.  They had a few speed bumps on the way out of China, and somewhat of a journey in health, language and culture, but I’m sure he’ll be just fine!  I will get to see him soon!

I have been pampered since I returned.  Don’t think that’s the norm.  However, I walked up to the front door to this:

I planted tons of bulbs last fall and was afraid I was going to miss the blooms. Spunky, my budding chef, had baked a birthday cake and decorated it.  Sparky came through and did some laundry (no? Yes!)  And Cindy was just plain old happy to have Momma home, as was Pizza Man.

A certain 16 year old is begging for a vehicle, and that has turned him into a very helpful fellow around the house.  A certain 15 year old is begging me to sign him up for driver’s ed, and that makes him a very helpful fellow around the house.  You should see how sparkling clean their bathroom is!  Or maybe not, because that was yesterday. 

Cindy has resumed her security service, protecting us from random bunnies and squirrels.  she’s just happy to go for walkies.

I’ve got a really big announcement coming up, and lots of art, I promise!


Fat and Happy, Very Very Happy!

I mentioned that Cindy was fat and happy, but I didn’t explain.  Cindy’s daddy now comes home for lunch, and coffee, and snacks, and playtime.  Cindy’s daddy’s commute  has gone from 80 minutes (when the trains are on time) to 2 seconds!  He’s been working from home, and no one could be happier than my silly girl. 

Sure, she loves her momma plenty.  But when her daddy is home, every one else is chopped liver.  No, wait, she would eat chopped liver.  Make that cardboard, wait, she’ll eat that too.  Uh, wait, no, there’s a lot of stuff she’ll chew on when she’s bored.  Suffice to say, she’s not bored with her daddy home.  She sleeps on the bed in the office, or on the bean bag under the desk (that just happens to be on top of a heat vent) and keeps her daddy’s feet warm. If she could only fit on his lap… She likes to taste test his lunch (and momma’s too), and make sure her daddy gets enough exercise by taking him out on walks and in the backyard to play. 

Now another update, if you’ve followed the story of little Evan.  Molly and her husband have received the last of the paperwork and travel instructions, and they have booked their flights!  They are leaving this week to complete Evan’s adoption in China!  He’ll be home in about 3 weeks!  More exciting news is that they’ve continued to receive financial support.  Two very generous readers of MY BLOG contacted me to send them a donation.  Thank you ladies!   And then there is the gift of $3,500 gift from a foundation, which just about covered the $3,700 airfare for 2 round trips and 1 one-way!  Join me in wishing them safe travels!

I’ve got some art ready to post, I’ll do that in a minute.



A Few Minor Details for a Sunny Saturday

Just thought I would share a few of my recent Spellbinders Blog projects, that’s about all I’ve crafted lately.  My J.O.B. has changed and morphed since I took it on last June.  Seems that every time I catch up, there’s something new and different learn and figure out.  No complaining, I’m happy to have a job I love with a company I love.

So here is a project that I LOVE!  I have had that dress form in my studio for like 2 years, and was saving it for just the right inspiration.  I had placed it on the desk so many times, intending to use it and it just never spoke to me until recently. Here is the finished project, and the instructions are here.

Then around Valentines Day I did this box, pretty simple, and used up some pink paper.  I ended up with a lot of it and really don’t have many pink inspirations moments.  It’s the darker colored stuff that I hoard. Details here.

Both projects used the new Spellbinders Presto Punch System.  It’s super cool and easy to use, and will be available in stores in late April!

I’m feeling a retail therapy day coming along, as well as an outside run.  My sister seems to think I am a runner, and I have signed up to run my first race, an 8K, and its coming up quickly!  Hitting the treadmill at the gym is not like hitting the pavement.  She thinks I should do a half~flipping~marathon with her in the fall. Color me wishy-washy on that.

So this is very wierd for me, bear with me.  I have gotten a few Facebook friend requests from people I don’t know, and i feel terrible saying no, but I really don’t talk shop on my personal FB page.   I decided to start a Cookies For Breakfast fan page.  So here’s the deal, you can be a fan there, I’ll post random and regular stuff there too- emphasize the regular because I am on FB daily.  We’ll see how this goes, gosh I have a fan club, I think??  There’s not much there yet, but I will work on it, really I will.    After 25 fans I can get a permalink! 

A few updates:  Evan’s forever family is waiting on the final word from China, the one the says “book your airline tickets!”  So very excited for them, and I get to meet him too!

Cindy is fat and happy, very very happy these days.  I did a photo montage of her on Facebook, you don’ t have to be a member to see it, so just click here and enjoy.

The Christmas/Valentines/Birthday tree in the foyer is down.  Can someone please put it in the crawl space, or do we have to trip over the body bag for another 3 months?

Happy Saturday!


Happy Halloween!

Wishing you and yours plenty of treats!  And yes, you can have candy for breakfast.  We’re on our third bag here. And nobody’s been trick or treating yet.

Anyway, here’s whats brewing over at the Spellbinders Blog, I made this little book out of several dies, enjoy! Click over to see the rest of the pages.

While I’m here I’ll post a few more…
Stamping with Foam

And then Tree-Mendous (pardon my lack of centering skills…)
Thanks for looking! 
In other news, we raised a very nice amount for Evan’s adoption fundraiser, and had some fun doing it.
Sparky is driving on a permit.  The Beast is suddenly beautiful, but somehow he seems to think he’ll be given some flashy new sports car on the event of his 16th birthday.  Once I get over the hysterical laughter of that preposterous fantasy of his, I’ll be shopping for a fine and dandy new set of wheels with heated leather seats, (because once you go heated leather you never go back) for which to haul my candy eating keister to the gym and back.
Bring on the Butterfingers!

You’re invited to a Party!

I’m hosting a fundraiser to help Evan.

At six months of age, Evan was abandoned at a train station in China. It was late December of 2008 that in desperation, his home orphanage called New Day Foster Home, a haven for critically ill orphans in China. Evan was near death, weighing only 10 pounds at age 2 1/2. He couldn’t walk or talk.

Now his future is bright. His photo was placed on the Rainbowkids.com web site. A family on the other side of the world was at the point of suspending their search for a child to adopt. The W family felt a calling to adopt a special needs child, yet a salary cut and the economy were weighing heavily on them.

After seeing Evan’s picture, it was love at first sight. “We knew he was our kid…I might as well given birth to him myself.”

They will go to the moon and back to make to bring him home. How could they not? He was born to be their son. They have watched from afar, through photos and letters, as Evan has gained weight and gained strength. He went from near death and despair to a hopeful little boy full of joy!

The next step is the hardest step, and that is bringing Evan home. He has yet to meet his loving parents, M and C, to play with his brother and sister, to be embraced by his grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.

In order to make Evan’s journey complete, there are legalities: background checks, medical forms, authorizations, passports, signatures, deadlines and the seemingly endless red tape that binds this process. As many adoptive parents know, the hardest part of adoption is the cost, and that applies whether the child is in the next town or half way across the world.

It all comes down to money. Thousands of dollars are required to complete the process, and unfortunately that is the one detail that keeps so many potential forever families from ever bringing home a child in need.

M and C are forging ahead, with support from family, friends and church, with fundraisers big and small. They can afford daily life and they have the love, commitment, stability and excellent health insurance to cover Evan’s ongoing special needs. But it’s the expenses they have today, to complete the paperwork, purchase plane tickets and hotel for the required trip to China, that they need some help with. Help comes in the form of donations, big and small.

My sister is running the Chicago Marathon as a fundraiser to help Evan’s forever family with expenses. I am hosting a Pampered Chef party in my home, with profits going to Evan’s Forever Family. The money will help bring Evan home. The funds we raise will help finish the paperwork, buy airfare and a set of traveling duds for Evan, and help him make the trip of a lifetime. This boy has special needs and he has a special family waiting for him.

You can help! You can be a part of this miracle! Simply by placing an order on my show, through my consultant’s website, you will be supporting Evan too. Since I can’t publicly post the web site, please leave a comment with your email (which I will moderate and delete your email address for your privacy!) and I will send you the link to my party.

Here is the blog of Evan’s story:  Everyday Miracles

Thank you!