Monday, October 10, 2016

Space Becomes Available . . .

Update from late last week, when I announced that Darlene, Picasso and Fred from Stampland would be in our booth next weekend in Sevierville, Tennessee . . .


This is not an x-ray of my hand – or of Darlene, Picasso, or Fred’s hand.  But it is significant to them – this is Linda Malcom’s hand (Lost Coast Designs).  She slipped and fell at Fred Meyer (one of what seems like thousands of supermarket chains owned by Kroger) – and if you look at the little finger and follow it down into her palm, you’ll find the break.  Since Linda is left handed, that means no shows for a while – so her space in the Sevierville show is now going to Stampland, and they will have their usual full-sized booth (at least it was “usual” until they retired).

So you won’t get to listen to Darlene and me go at it – we live to torment each other.  But you are now invited to visit both booths – and all of the others – at the show this weekend.

Go to for more info . . .

Friday, October 7, 2016

Coming Out of Rocky Top Retirement . . .

I’m sharing this a few days earlier than I might normally, because I know that some of you are just itching for a lovely weekend in the Smoky Mountains.  Next weekend (October 15-16) might be very enticing, for a couple of reasons – first, the long range forecast is absolutely perfect (upper 70s and sunny) – second, a couple of your all-time favorites (and mine) are emerging from their Tennessee retirement to spend the weekend in our booth.  Maybe even three of your all-time favorites . . .

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Darlene Domel, the Queen of Stampland, Picasso Gaglione, the Court Jester, and Fred, the Chick Magnet, have been off the road since July – when retirement came a week early after their minivan suffered a premature death.  They have settled near lovely Knoxville – and since they had already planned to work one more show, and since the Sevierville Convention Center is only 45 minutes away, and since the show was already full so there was no space for a booth of their own, it seemed only fitting to ask Darlene to sit at one of our demo tables and share her talents, and fill a couple of our endcaps with their products.

Besides, as much as we love to tease each other, this will provide a whole boatload of “you owe me” for future use . . .

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Because sometimes after all these years on the circuit, it’s hard to tell us apart . . .

So make your plans now to join us next weekend – you can get more info from the promoter’s website at

Monday, October 3, 2016

Pure Energy . . . and Other Fort Wayne Stories

Just returned from a busy weekend in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  If I don’t have as much energy as usual, it’s probably because I spent part of my weekend watching a whirling dervish who reminded me so much of my cousin, Donna, when she was that age.

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Tanya Fox is the editor of CardMaker Magazine, and on Sunday she did a make and take next door to our booth.  During setup on Friday, I got to meet her daughter, Audra.  Audra really does remind me of my cousin – Donna was a cheerleader in high school and college back in the 80s. Donna used to wow the crowds at basketball games by doing back flips all the way across the gym floor.  At the time, she was the only cheerleader I knew who could do that – these days, I don’t think you can even try out without that talent.

Audra is a ball of energy – she was doing cartwheels and splits and all kinds of cheerleading moves during setup, and while her mom was doing make and takes on Sunday.  She also found creative uses for the table skirting that was originally intended to be part of her mom’s booth.  And I am quite certain that in a few short years she will also be a high school and college cheerleader.

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I came into the building on Friday bearing gifts for the promoters.  I have brought Bill’s Donuts for Steve and Michelle for several years – sometimes as a bribe to get in a little early for setup so I can head home to announce a football game on Friday evening.  On years like this one when the locals were out of town, I still bring along the goodies.


After all, when the promoter can round up a crowd like this as the show opened on Saturday, it’s at least worth a box of donuts . . .

Thursday, September 29, 2016

We Have a Winner . . .

The big drawing was at 4:30 Thursday afternoon – Sizzix donated a Big Shot Express for us to give away after their demo artist Jill Tarayao spent the day in our store.

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So Vanna White and Carol Merrill (aka Karen and Donna) did the honors and pulled out a winner . . .


And a quick phone call and a drive through work traffic later, Cindy Smith was the proud owner.  Thanks to all who have participated this week!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Fall Spectacular 2016 -- Day One May Top Them All

It is Day One of the Fall Spectacular 2016 at our retail store – and two scenes I witnessed during my brief swings through the front door may top everything else for the rest of the week . . .

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Does this even need a caption?


And this one is for the locals – Judy Davidson made a “drive-by” this afternoon after a trip to the bank.  She is still on the prayer list after major surgery about six weeks ago, and this was her first trip near our front door since then.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Special Guest for the Fall Spectacular – And She’s Bringing Free Stuff . . .

We always like to have one or two (or sometimes three) special guests when we have a week-long special event in our store.  It’s always better when one of our suppliers approaches us and offers to send someone here – and best when that supplier also sends along free stuff to give away.

Which is exactly what happened this time.  So for the locals – and those of you in the hinterlands fortunate enough to be near lovely Dayton, Ohio next Thursday, September 29 . . .


Join Jill Tarayao for a Free Demo from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.  Here’s the write-up that Sizzix sent along – “Whether you’re into cardmaking, scrapbooking, papercrafting, or mixed media, Sizzix likes to say “There’s a Big Shot for that!”  Come join Jill for an unforgettable hands-on experience with Sizzix products.  Discover how to use the Sizzix Big Shot machine and Accessories to enhance your creativity and inspire beautiful handmade projects.  Plus learn how to use their must-have tools and materials to take your imagination as far as it can go!”

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Then you can take a lunch break and come back in the afternoon – Jill will be doing a Free Make & Take from 1:00 until 4:00!  This project will be presented in half hour increments, and sign-ups are required – so contact the store at 937-433-7030 or to reserve your spot!


And did I mention free stuff?  She’s bringing a Big Shot Express for us to give away!  So here’s the deal -- From Monday, September 26 through Thursday, September 29, you’ll receive a ticket for each purchase of $20 worth of Sizzix or Tim Holtz products in our store.  Prize Drawings will be held throughout the day on Thursday.  Grand Prize Drawing about 4:30 p.m. after Jill Tarayao’s Make & Take.  Winner need not be present.


Click on this link or on the graphic above to see the schedule for the week.  Good luck!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

More Reading Material . . .

This is what I have been working on the last two days – it started quite innocently Friday morning, when I opened Facebook to wish a friend a happy birthday and stumbled across a live video of Tim Holtz introducing a whole bunch of new Idea-ology holiday goodies.

And a few minutes later the phone rang – it was a lady wanting to know how quickly those goodies were going to be on our site.

And a few minutes later an e-mail came – wanting to know exactly the same thing.

So I got busy . . . needed to get finished before heading out to announce the Friday night football game.


And here is a link to some reading material when you get a few minutes this weekend.


I guess I didn’t need to rush – the start of the game was delayed for nearly two hours by a storm that blew through.


Today, I worked on the Ranger new releases that I promised several days ago.

And with that, I wish all of you a great weekend!