Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Happy New Year!

Wow, I guess it is about time I got around to making a post! This has been the busiest holiday season for me, as I have been inundated at my day job.  I also have been sick. Caught an ugly cold right around Christmas, and it is still hanging on, so I come home full of ideas, and I do nothing but crawl into bed.

I also am considering moving my blog to a new service, as blogger no longer supports videos...I used to be able to upload right here, but no more, just a link to my YouTube channel. I will let you all know how this works out, or if you have suggestions of a good, free or low cost service, such as wordpress, typepad etc. maybe you could leave me a comment as to how it has worked out for you.

I have a lot of resolutions this year. Mostly about organizing my life in all aspects. One is to get out of my pocketbook for this hobby, or at least reduce it, and use my stash! I say it all the time, yet I keep the paper because I love it for someday...why? It's a piece of paper, just cut it already! Several of my friends suffer from the same affliction, we just keep on adding to our collection, and very seldom actual use it.I am hoping to change that this year.

I saw these words today at StampTV.com and thought it was a perfect adage to adopt for getting out of my creative box:

"Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic.”

Very well said. It applies in a lot of areas in my life. So this year, I am trying new things, and getting organized, saving money, and losing weight. I also am going to try and reduce my weekly work hours to under 55 per week. That will be hard, but I want to spend time creating, and stamping, not being a work-aholic.

Have you made New Year's resolutions? Share them via a comment and tell me how you intend to keep them.

I also made a discovery over Christmas in my organizational quest. I received a Cricut Expression for Christmas, and can you believe it- I have'nt turned it on yet...yikes. Anyway, my cartridges were everywhere. I have close to twenty now, and I needed to organize them. I had read about the Scrapcaddy which stores cartridges and overlays and books, and the lowest price I could find was $15. So, I found a solution for $8, that I made with some help from this blog:


http://splatpat.blogspot.com/search/label/Cricut%20Cart%20Storage

Shannon is super talented, and I made a version of her Cricut Cart storage for $6 for the Snapware container ( got it 50% off at Joann's Fabric's in the Christmas clearance) and $2 for the plastic canvas at Walmart. My version holds 40 carts on the bottom layer and 20 books & overlays on the top. This allowed me to get rid of all the boxes, and save so much space.

Check it out. It is easy, affordable and a real space saver. I have seen them on Ebay for $30 & up.

I appreciate all the comments regarding blog platforms and resolutions. I hope to be back soon with something I have made. Stampin Up also has a few new catalogs out, and it's Sale-a-Bration time! If you are interested in hosting a workshop, book party etc. please contact me.


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