Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Where Do We Start?

Where do we start? All of these arrived at the mail center within ten minutes of each other this morning.

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Looks like we have some shipping to do!


And this is just for fun – I dropped off our company truck to be serviced this morning, and this old fire truck was in the lot.  Immediately thought of my cousin Tom, who since birth has been fixated on everything involved with firefighting.  I sent him the pic – thought some of you might enjoy it as well . . .

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Oh How I Love It When New Items Ship Early . . .

The notice arrived a couple of days ago – one of those messages I love to read or hear . . .


Sizzix was letting us know that the new Crazy Things die set is on its way to us – it was expected in October but it looks like we’ll actually get it (and so will most of you) in September!  It should arrive by midweek and we’ll start shipping the advance orders immediately. If you haven’t ordered yours yet, you have until the shipment arrives to get the introductory pricing and free shipping.

Ranger also shipped a bunch of new items that should arrive by midweek – the September Distress Color of the Month (Wilted Violet), Distress Minis Set #14, and all four of the Designer Accessory Bags from Tim Holtz, Dyan Reaveley, Wendy Vecchi, and Dina Wakley.

We are going to be so busy next week . . .

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

With the Name, It’s Hard to Believe That I Forgot . . .

I sent an e-mail out to our list about ten days ago, announcing 213 new dies from Memory Box and our intention to put them on sale for 20% off the MSRP through September 10.  When I do that sort of thing, I usually put a note on the blog as well – most of you probably get the e-mails, but some of you are “blog only”.  So I laughed sheepishly this morning when I realize that I had forgotten to mention the Memory Box dies – there is an irony to that.


Here is the verbiage from the e-mail . . .

“Have you discovered the fantastic dies from Memory Box?  It has taken me days to get all 213 of the new dies from Memory Box, Open Studio, and Poppystamps on our site -- every time I thought I was done, I found more! Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy some time looking through them -- if you need a good reason, they're 20% Off the MSRP through September 10!

“A moment of reality here -- with 213 new releases, some of them are going to be popular and some aren't.  So we can't stock all of them, but we can get them within a week or two at most.”

So if you didn’t know about this before – you do now.  And you have three days.  I might even let it slide through until the weekend just to make sure you have enough time.


Speaking of weekend – this was most of mine.  This limb covered a large portion of my neighbor’s backyard.  The split in it – about halfway from the beginning of my chainsaw cut to the edge of the picture – concerned her.  It had been there for several years, since a storm where the limb was likely struck by lightning.  The split got longer but it seemed pretty sturdy to me – I figured it would eventually come down in a storm and I would have to clean it up then.  But her concern finally trumped my interest in seeing how long it would stay aloft with that split.  So over the course of two days, I cut it down and disposed of everything.  Sometimes the best part of a holiday weekend is getting back to work so you can rest . . .


I finished the limb work just in time to clean up and enjoy this.  Since Ryan and Emily had to work last Sunday when we celebrated Mom’s birthday, we set up a time where we could meet at a local emporium for ice cream.  Blessed is the mother whose birthday celebration lasts for ten days . . .

Friday, September 4, 2015

It’s Finally Purple . . .

I started predicting it in March, but I was wrong – in March, April and May – and then I finally gave up.  This was living proof why I don’t bet on anything.  I tell people that I have made thousands of dollars in the lottery over the years – because I have never played.


So today it finally happened – the September Distress Color of the Month is Wilted Violet.  As usual, you can order all six pieces for 20% Off the MSRP with Free Shipping in the Continental U.S.


Don’t forget that the second set of Distress Minis (Set #14) will also release this month – if you haven’t ordered yours yet, you can include it with your order for Wilted Violet.


And this was unexpected – today Ranger announced new Accessory Bags featuring four famous designers (Tim Holtz, Dyan Reaveley, Wendy Vecchi, and Dina Wakley).  I suspect these are going to be popular (sounds like a comment from “Captain Obvious” in the commercials I have seen way too much on TV lately).  This leads to a logical question: We have never carried Dina’s creations before – should we?

I hope that all of you are able to enjoy the holiday weekend.  I am already dressed for the evening – tonight marks the beginning of my 36th season announcing the high school football games in my hometown. 

And in response to many of you who encouraged me to take the plunge after the picture and comment from my mom’s birthday celebration last weekend – I’m getting the new mower tomorrow (from Lowe’s, of course – have to support my son’s new employer).

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Christmas in September . . .

I sat down to my computer at work this morning – going through the e-mail, one of the first items I saw wanted to know when the Tim Holtz Christmas Items that were on his blog yesterday were going to be on our site.  My initial reaction was “I did that back in July” – little did I know that there were more.  As I have said many times, I appreciate so much that our customers take the time to tell us what new items we need to be looking for.


If you didn’t know either (or even if you did), you can click on this link to see the Idea-ology goodies for the holidays.  As usual, they’re 20% Off the MSRP with Free Shipping in the Continental U.S. for a limited time.

And while we’re at it – don’t forget that the September Tim Holtz Distress Color will be announced at noon EDT on Friday!  I won’t put a link here, because it will change as soon as I add the name of the color to the item listing – but I’ll include it on the page of Idea-ology releases so you’ll be able to find it there as well.’