If you give a girl some earrings . . .

Busy Business!

Why yes, I did fall off the edge of the earth. I'm clumsy that way. Apologies.

Like ships that pass in the night, John and I have been criss-crossing our travels, each of us getting enough taste of single parenthood to convince us never to try it long term. But, at long last, we are both home for a while. And that's a good thing.

Or it *would* be a good thing if our home were neat and orderly, but I find that when I'm catapulting through space, having just fallen from the edge of the earth, it's hard to run the vacuum.

I'm just sayin'.

So while my vacuum's getting dusty . . .

And, side note, how does one clean a dusty vacuum cleaner? You see the irony? It's like trying to throw away a trash can.

But I digress.

I've been working. CHA brought some new opportunities, which is always a good thing, and I've been attacking those opportunities with fervor. A "kitchen-poor fervor" if you will. And I'm a kick-booty multi-tasker, it has been said. I can unload the dishwasher and quiz a kid on spelling words while macaroni is boiling on the dual-fuel professional-series range (that would spit on my macaroni-filled pots if it had lips and saliva glands). I can even fold socks while I watch Survivor. True story.

But, unfortunately for the house and family, the only multi-tasking I can muster while I'm working on a class or product is to shovel snacks into my pie hole and drink way too much Diet Coke. Today I'm trying a different combination called "less snacks, more blogging", but even that slight variation won't improve the deplorable state of the family room bookcase or the horror film that is the kids' bathroom. Yesterday I discovered, quite by accident after a chachki shove, that my living room end tables are actually brown and not "dusty brown". Who knew?

And so I hope you will forgive me for not putting the proper level of thought and wit into this post. I have simply scads of tasking to do. Multiple tasks. Tasking by the ton. Or something.

But if you are a scrapbooker, as I know many of you are, you may be interested in the following news:

  1. I'll be working with again this year running the booth at several conventions. My first show is CKC Portland in March. As always, I'm looking for workers for the booth, although this particular show I've filled several of the spots with workers from last year. Here's what I have left: Thursday set-up, 11-5, and Friday booth help 8-3. Pay is $10 an hour or 20 dollar-items per hour. You can mix and match your pay. Admission to the show, lunch and parking reimbursement is included. Simply post a comment or e-mail me if you're interested in either (or both) of those shifts.
  2. Speaking of, they have acquired a ton of new products for this year. One of the most exciting is the huge inventory of All My Memories embellishments. All My Memories made the decision to go 100% into totes and organization, so they clearanced out all of their embellishments - some of these items never hit the stores! And they are FABULOUS! I picked up a suitcase-full when I was out in California trying not to drool on everything as I perused DSB's warehouse. Run to the website and order. Although she has a ton of this stuff, it's been selling like hotcakes and I'd hate if if you missed out on those chipboard letters. A dollar! (Need I say more?)
  3. Speaking of the new inventory, we are finally ready to launch some kits. I will be designing the projects and instructions and you will be able to order a new kit each month at Look for the first kit to be online within the next couple of weeks. It's one of the things I've been working on this week.
  4. On Sunday, March 11th, I'll be teaching at The Scrap Yard in Albany, Oregon, (541) 917-8995
    all day. I'll teach my three interactive Creative Imaginations classes (Wild Side, Transparency Techniques and Memory Art) that can be viewed on Call the store for more information about cost and times if you're interested. A list of what to bring is under the description of each class. These are technique classes where you will receive extra templates for the interactive features, so consider coming for the techniques alone, even if you're not sure you'll use the specific projects.

All righty then! I think I covered everything that I'm allowed to talk about, (Yes, that was purposely cryptic) so I best be getting back to tasking!

RKQOTD (John: Let's see how well you'd do in a spelling bee, Karl. Can you spell "butcher"? Karl: B-U-T-C-H-E-R. John: That's right! A lot of people forget the "t". Hmm, let's make it harder. How about "macrame"? Emma: What's macrame? Karl: Macrame is the fine art of weaving cords into patterns.)