Can you believe it's half way to Christmas!
I'm so so so not ready yet, I have like a dozen homemade gifts to get out as well as getting my new paper lines ready for CHA! Yikes I need another couple of me... but I bet we all feel that way during the Holiday's!
Today I'm going to work like a mule hauling packs of goods up a mountain (my husband "endures" days like this)! I drive him crazy running circles round him and the house all day long, he would prefer I relax today and chill out, but I just can't relax when I have 6 of these in my garage...
who could right! Besides I want my car in the garage this winter! And I have to admit I want to play and handle my new Spring 2011 papers too! ;)
I also want to finish my design team packages so they'll be shipped out on Monday! I need samples and projects for my booth at CHA!
So I plan on being a busy little bee today! (Its also a great way for me to keep off the pounds that seem to always come on during the holiday season too!) If I've worked super hard carrying 25 lb boxes all afternoon then I don't feel guilty eating that Christmas sugar cookie or 6... hee hee!
I created a layout not too long ago about my grandma (nan is what I call her) and I getting teddy bears one Christmas when I was young.
I used my last winter's release, North Pole Nights, to create this layout about our Teddy Bear Christmas!
My nan grew up very poor on a farm in Missouri and all she wanted as a little girl was a teddy bear but her parents just couldn't afford one for her as they had 6 kids to feed and cloth. Well by the time they could afford a teddy bear she was a young adult woman and wanted other things for Christmas, like those panty hose that had the line going all the up the back of the leg. (Apparently that was a "hot" item in the late 30's!) So a teddy bear wasn't on her Christmas list anymore. Well she told my poppa (my sweet grandpa and her husband) this sad story, so my poppa went out and found 2 teddy bears and got one for my grandma and one for me that Christmas! My nan cried her eyes out and I cried because she was so happy! After coming across these pictures one day several years ago I remembered this moment in my childhood and really wanted to to put it down on paper so that I would always remember this wonderful Teddy Bear Christmas with my grandparents!
(My nan and I last month at my step-dads b-day party.)
My grandma is 86 years young now and still going at it strong, going to the mall everyday to walk and still able to live on her own even though my poppa has been gone for 7 years now. I love her very much and thought this would be a wonderful way to celebrate her at Christmas.
I bought one of those shadow boxes that you can fit a 12x12 layout in and I'm giving her this layout in a box that she can hang on her wall. (I don't have to worry about her finding out because she doesn't have a computer.)
For today's giveaway I'm going to giveaway my entire collection of "Dan the Record Man" b/c my nan and poppa loved to go dancing, they even met at a USO dance where my poppa was playing the trombone that night. They loved music, they even had a jukebox in their basement with their favorite music it in and they'd dance the night away in their basement with all their friends! (Isn't that fun!)
"Dan the Record Man"
and the stamp set too...
Leave me a comment on this post about one or both of your grandparents and I'll pick one winner to win the entire collection on Monday's blog post!
Only 2 more days of my 14 Days of Christmas giveaway's!
I have yesterdays winner of "My Friend Birdie"...
Angela L. who said:
"I always get such a kick out of reading about you especially when you explain the inspiration behind your collections and their names! One of the things that I adore most about you is (from reading your blog & lucky chance at a chat w/you) is how true you've remained to yourself! Even through the hustle, bustle and busyness of your life, you stay "loyal with a full heart" to your family, your friends and to your puppy pals!! So with this being said, I want to tell you thank you... Thank you because after reading your very heartfelt posts about the bond among you and your friends, I took a leap to do something that's been on my mind for quite a bit now. You see, in 4th grade (ouch, 34 yrs ago) I was the new kid in school and Jane took me under her wing right away, not only helping me to fit in but working her way into my heart as my very best friend then. We remained "stuck like glue" until 1995, then for some crazy reason, we stopped staying in touch and although my heart missed her like crazy at times, she just never took a step to pick up the phone or to send a card, sad part is neither did I... She's been in my thoughts alot and after I read your post, I called her to wish her a "Happy Birthday" and to let her know that I was thinking about her. The kicker is that all along, I thought that she hadn't wanted to talk to me so I was very shocked when her Mom's (who had answered the phone) muffled voice before handing Jane the phone say, "you will never guess who it is!" I was a bit ashamed when I could hear the excitement over my call in her voice and then when she asked me, "how come you never contact me by facebook?" It's really sad to think that we've missed out on all these years because we were both waiting for the other to make the first move. Anyways, I've said it before but will say it again, "thank you for sharing such beautiful moments with us, your blog readers!"
Angela I cried when I read your story so not only I'm I sending you one of the entire collection but I'm going to send you 2 of the entire collection so that you can send one to your friend Jane. If she doesn't scrapbook you can tell her this is a "get started kit" for her to record your friendship as young people!
Thanks Angela for your sweet words. You inspire me to keep going and to do what I love to do and that is to create, blog and tell our stories! Thank you! -Nikki
Hop on over to my FB page b/c I'm having a giveaway over there too!
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