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Deadlines and Clutter and Candy Crush

I know.

I win the "lousy blogger" award once again.

What can I say? Life's been busy. The kids went back to school and I've taken on what appears to be a more-than-part-time job as the Treasurer II of the Band Boosters.

Somehow I always seem crushed under deadlines at this time of year. Suddenly things start slipping, like blogging and picking up after myself. It doesn't help that I have found a new procrastination addiction called Candy Crush. (Don't start playing. Just don't. Trust me.)

Oh, and I've been teaching a lot. 

Teaching equals two fundamental truths:

1. HARD DEADLINES - the classes are scheduled and the kits must be finished. There's no asking for an extension or showing up late. Priorities therefore MUST be reordered something like this:

  • Family.
  • Kits. 
  • Candy Crush. 
  • Having something in the house to make for dinner. 
  • Dogs. 
  • Sleep
  • Anything else that seems important. 
  • Anything else that seems unimportant. 
  • Housework.

2. BOXES ARRIVE - I am a documented boxhoarder and this is probably what attracted me to my current profession. Some may think that I do what I do because I am creative, but the truth is that I am simply addicted to cardboard.

Because of these fundamental truths of teaching, coupled with the fact that I taught three weekends in the month of August, the dining room quickly turned into "kit-central" and then, once it was suitably trashed, "dump central".

Behold, but be warned . . . it is grotesque. You may want to avert your eyes . . . 

  Before_DR

I know!

I decided that Labor Day was to be spent laboring . . . in this room! I purchased some plastic bins to contain all the elements of each project of my two current card classes and separated all the kit materials by card. There are a lot of kits to be made over the next two months and now I finally feel like I have a handle on things. I can simply grab one of the bins from the stack, work on die cutting the pieces for that project, and then return everything to the bin. Whew!

After_DR

What are all the kits for? Here are my remaining teaching dates for 2013:

September 13-14, 2013 - Simple Pleasures, Colorado Springs, CO  - Snippets and Journey Card classes PLUS free demo on Saturday (these classes are sold out but she is reserving take-home kits)

September 20, 2013 - Die Cutting Club - Scrapp'n Savvy, Spring, TX - I'm designing an amped up Make 'n Take for this.

September 27-29, 2013 - The Collins Rep Group Fall Education Show - Retailers Only

October 10-12, 2013 - CKU Dallas - Journey Card Class

October 25, 2013 (this is a Friday) - Scrapp'n Savvy, Spring, TX - NEW Snippets/Journey Cards

November 5-10, 2013 - North and South Carolina Stores - hybrid class of 2 Journey, 2 Snippets cards (photos to come soon)

Tuesday - Sandy's Scrapbook Corner in Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina
Wednesday - Enchanted Cottage in Lewisville, North Carolina
Thursday - Scrapbooks By The Sea in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Friday - The Stamping Place in West Columbia, South Carolina
Saturday - Dorothy's Stamps N Scraps in Boiling Springs, North Carolina and
                 Scrapbook Creations in Spartanburg, South Carolina (stores are 45 min. apart)
Sunday - The Stamping & Scrapbooking Room in Greensboro, North Carolina.

There will be monthly teaching dates at Scrapp'n Savvy to be added after the Sampler.

Whew! It's going to be a busy fall. Hope to see some of my old friends and some new faces, too. 

 

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