Monday, September 6, 2010

Catching up!

Hello friends!  Seems like forever since I made my last post and I'm warning you, this is a long one!  I was not planning to take a break from blogging, but in the course of life that's exactly what happened!  There were a lot of little things that I had been putting off for a while that finally caught up with felt really great to finally take the time to tie together those loose strings and check things off the to-do list!  I am not "there" yet, but I'm making good progress!

You might remember that at the beginning of summer we started converting the spare bedroom into a studio, but with our mission trip to Costa Rica, my CHA trip to Chicago, and a trip to visit Patrick's parents in upper Michigan that project got put on the far back burner.  I had hauled a bunch of supplies from upstairs down to the dining table so that I could keep stamping, and in the midst of deadlines and all of the coming and going, the actual available space kept dwindling until it was practically nonexistent.  The whole table was a heap of ribbon, paper scraps, tools and embellishments.  

I am so grateful that dh was able to spend some time this weekend helping me mount shelves in the studio so that I could finally actually make this move!  There are still a few things to haul upstairs and lots of sorting and rearranging to do, but I spent the second half of Labor Day up there making a few cards, and it feels magnificent to actually open a drawer and put the Glue Dots dispenser away!  Everything has its own home now!  What a concept!  Besides that, the dining room will be an open option for Thanksgiving dinner!  Considering the way it has looked for the last three months, that's something to be grateful for!  We won't have to serve turkey dinner in the breakfast nook!  ;)  And for those of you hoping for studio pictures...I promise that I will share some soon!  It isn't quite picture ready yet, but hopefully it won't take much longer!

On Sunday I had a surprise visit from one of my life-long friends that I have not seen in more than 25 years!  She and I went to elementary school together in Louisiana from 2nd through 6th grade.  Her father was the pastor of our church, and since my parents live next to the parsonage, she and I were neighbors and best friends.  Pastors move frequently, but we still managed to stay in touch until we became young women, and then we lost track of each other for many years.  Out of the blue last week I got a message from her on FaceBook.  It was so much fun to get to see each other again after all this time, and so special to find that we could just jump in and pick up right where we left off!  There are a lot of things we don't know about each other and we certainly look different, but we still have a special friendship!  Love you, Hope!  Let's be sure to stay in touch now that we have reconnected!

I will be back soon to share cards made using some of the new images that have just arrived from Lizzie Anne Designs, Our Craft Lounge, Flower Soft, and The Stamps of Life, so I hope you will come back for a visit soon!  Thanks for hanging in there for such a long, wordy post! 


  1. Deb - I'm glad you've have time to organize your stamping room and give everything a "home." Can't wait to see pictures! And how fun to connect with an old friend!!

  2. I am always in awe of that gift we are given that allows us to come together with old friends, and instantly no matter how much time has passed, our friendship continues. I am so happy for you!

  3. glad you're back... sounds like you used your time 'off' well! what a nice surprise from your friend! the same thing happened to me last week! our family moved during the christmas break of my 5th grade year, and jodie was the first person i met. she and i became fast friends. believe it or not, we discovered that my dad had gone to school with her mother long ago and far away! anyway, we are excited about catching up. thanks for the nice, long fill-in!

  4. Waiting oh so patiently to see your craft lucky to be able to get togheter with a long-time friend. Glad you are back after such a busy time!

  5. How wonderful for you to get together with your longtime friend! There seems to be so many things that keep us apart from dear friends. What a blessing that you were able to have a good reunion!