I Keep On Keepin’ On
I’ve been so amazed at the outpouring of support from so many of you…thanks a million…it really means a lot to me. So a quick update:
We don’t know nothin’.
Wasn’t that quick? The only news is that the Michigan legislature managed to "find" the money to prevent the cuts at the state level from happening, but Dan has not heard one word about whether that means his program is off the chopping block. Nice, huh? I guess another teacher was cut last week, reinstated for one day, then told she was cut again. So at least they’re not jerking us around like that. But I’m keeping my chin up and off the floor by letting my knees hit it instead. God is in control…it just feels like that commercial where you can’t see who is driving the car…looks like the car is driving itself, so you have to suppress that surge of panic as in your mind you see your entire family lined up on the side of the road holding up signs: "Will work for food"…except that one chick on the end that has a sign that says "Will work for stamps". Who the heck is that anyway? 😉
I spent Tuesday mostly cleaning (after a long weekend with both husband and children home, the house looked like a disaster area!) Yeah, sometimes I do have to clean…sucks, doesn’t it? But once it was done, it opened the rest of the week up to stamping. And then I had a hard time getting inspired. Excuses, excuses…maybe I just need more CHOCOLATE! What do you think?
I have spent the last couple of days working on this layout for Scrappy Chic:
It was a puzzle to me what to use this tie paper from Karen Foster for…neither Dan nor my Dad make a habit of wearing ties and then it came to me. Brilliant, no? (yes, I love myself!) This is a departure from my usual style, but it seemed to need something looser so I went with it. It took me a few days of fiddling to get to the final version.
And yesterday was my upline’s meeting, so I had to make swaps. The theme was wedding or baby. Let me tell you, it was hard figuring out what to do when so many stamps that I used to use for those themes are retiring, so I finally fell back on a triangle trifold and ripped off the design for my last class, just changing the papers and colors:
Ingredients: Stamps: Office Accoutrements, Just So Sayings; Ink: Cool Caribbean, So Saffron, Chocolate Chip; Paper: Certainly Celery, So saffron, Sahara Sand, Whisper White, Notations DP; Other: Spring Bouquet punch, Round Tab Punch, white grosgrain, gold brad.
ANYWAY…it’s the last day of May and you know what that means: Preview ordering tomorrow!!! I’ve looked at my budget; I’ve got a load of sets retired from previous years going up on Ebay tonight…pretty much all the ones I hadn’t sold from my last big sale. I had thought of selling them up here, but I want to get rid of them fairly quickly, so Ebay is the way to go. I can sell all those and have enough money to buy stamps for at least half a year, anyway. But given our current situation, I still want to be circumspect, so some of the stuff I was going to order I will not order. I’m going to concentrate on the stamp sets that we can get an extra discount on and then only ones that I really, really love, plus a few of the embellishments and the new colors. And I was going to expedite my order, but maybe I won’t…I’m still going round and round, as you can see. I’m glad to have the resources that I can sell off to keep going. Once July hits, I’ll be putting up a whack of stamps to sell up here, up on Splitcoast and at my new catalog open house and that will keep me going for another 6 months! So I’ve got my stamps covered and if I keep teaching classes and doing the occasional workshop, that ought to pay for my consumables…I think I can keep doing this!
Of course it would be nice to have a preview brochure to actually LOOK at and order from but, the postal gods have not seen fit to deliver mine yet…I think it’s a plot. Makes me anxious about that beautiful new BOOK that will be coming my way sometime at the end of next month…I can’t wait!