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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Counting down to Fair day!

Thought I'd sneak a quick post in here to catch everyone up on what's happening at the Studio. Firstly, my Studiot looks like it always does at this time of year - like a craft bomb when off! LOL Oh well. I really haven't gone crazy making things this year because I wanted to focus on some new stuff I've been doing. Since I've been paper crafting with Sure Cuts A Lot and my electric cutter for most of the year, I've had the opportunity to try out many cutting files. My favourite company for SVG files by far is SVGCuts. They have the best designs out there in my opinion and you won't believe the things you are able to create with them. This company is all around just excellent and their customer service/support is second to none. They even make videos showing you how to assemble the finished items and the value for the price can't be beat! Check them out for yourself by clicking on the button to the right. Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Craft Fair season approaching!

Well, it's that time of year again - Craft Fair season! Actually, when I first started my business 16 years ago, the craft fair season started in September. I was living in Cranbrook, BC then and have moved twice since. Here in Kamloops, the first real craft fair here isn't until NOVEMBER! I'm talking Christmas shows. Not sure why it's so late in the season, it just seems really late to me and I think artisans in Kamloops and the surrounding areas are missing out on a lot of potential selling opportunities by not holding shows starting in September. Believe it or not, I used to sell a LOT of Christmas things at the September show. Look at how early the Christmas stuff hits the stores. And besides Christmas, by having shows from September until December you can also sell items for Thanksgiving and Fall in general and of course, Halloween. Perhaps it's time to start up some new shows in Kamloops. Hmmm....... For this year though, I'll be selling some new things this year. Come check out my booth (#10) at the Royal Inland Hospital Craft-a-Fair in Kamloops, BC on Sunday, November 6th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Interior Savings Centre on Lorne St.

Monday, April 4, 2011

A big THANK YOU to Vicki at Homespun Hugs and Calico Wishes!!

I always think it's nice to acknowledge a business that goes out of their way to make their customers happy. So, I'd like to take this opportunity to send a big "THANK YOU" to Vicki at Homespun Hugs and Calico Kisses for her superior customer service!

Here's a little background to this story that even Vicki isn't aware of....

My sister Debbie and I have been trying to find the perfect gift for our family to give to the nurses that took such good care of our Mom before she passed away in February. We looked around and couldn't find anything so I decided that since I'm a craftsperson, I'd just make something special instead. I wanted something with a "nurse" theme so I started searching for a nurse doll pattern and that's how I found Vicki's website Homespun Hugs and Calico Kisses . I have to say that Vicki designs the most adorable dolls. It's really hard to pick just one pattern, but I found just what I was looking for - a Raggedy Nurse Doll named Nurse Nightingale. For some reason I find that I'm really drawn to Primitive Style Raggedy Dolls and this doll was just perfect! 

So, I went ahead and ordered that pattern and another one and waited for them to arrive...and waited....and waited...and... nothing showed up in the mail. Now, I realize that shipping from the Texas, USA to British Columbia, Canada can take a little time but I've done it many times before with much larger items (i.e. boxes of wood parts) and it never takes a month, so I contacted Vicki so see if she knew "where" my patterns might be. 

Now, I've been operating my craft business for almost 16 years now (where has the time gone)?!  In all that time I've been very fortunate to meet so many wonderful people from all areas of this business - wholesalers, distributors and retailers as well as my many fantastic customers and many all the talented craftspeople I've met along the way. The crafting community is filled with terrific people, and Vicki is no exception. I emailed her about the missing order and she got back to me right away and said that she would resend my order - no questions asked. I can't tell you how much I appreciated that offer, especially since it's costing her money to do it. I told her to hold off until April 1st (in the off chance that my patterns might still arrive) and then I'd let her know before she resent my order. Well, April 1st arrived and still no patterns (bummer) so I emailed Vicki (actually, she emailed me first to ask if I'd seen anything yet) and told her that nothing showed up and to go ahead and resend my order. Again, she got back to me right away and offered to send me another pattern (free) with my order to apologize for the inconvenience! I certainly wasn't expecting that - what a wonderful surprise!

So, here's a big "THANK YOU VICKI", for going above and beyond in the customer service department and giving me a "Homespun Hug" with her superior customer service - it was much appreciated! And to anyone out there looking for some fabulous doll patterns, please check out Vicki's website Homespun Hugs and Calico Kisses I highly recommend it!!

PS....Hey Vicki, I will DEFINITELY be back for more patterns soon. The hardest part is chosing which one to get first!!!

Happy Crafting!


Monday, February 14, 2011

In Loving Memory of my Mom - Florence Evelyn Wood

My precious Mom passed away on February 6th, 2011 at the age of 82. She had struggled over half of her lifetime with the after effects of having Influenza caused Encephalitis 43 years ago. She was then diagnosed with COPD in April of 1999 and it greatly shortened her life. She went into the hospital with pneumonia a week before her death and she seemed to be getting better, but her lungs were just too worn out and it was so hard for her to breathe. Her final gift to us was that she was able to hold on long enough to allow each of my four siblings and me, and our families, to rush to her bedside and be with her in her final days on Earth. She was fully aware of what was happening and knew us all and we were able to talk with her and just be with her until the end. In the early morning hours of February 6th, she quietly went to sleep one last time and reunited with my Dad (who we lost to colon cancer in 1987).

I have no living parents now and it seems really strange to acknowledge that fact. I was not quite 22 when my Dad passed away. He was only 60 years old. I wasn't married yet and had no children at the time and it was terribly hard to get used to not having him in my life anymore. Now, almost 24 years later I still miss him terribly at times but you learn to move forward with your life in honour of them. It's really hard to believe that my Mom is gone now too. I know I will not always feel this terrible ache for her presence in my life because in reality, she is in everything I do every day. My Mom was a creative person herself and most of my skill comes from her. She was such a gift to us all and I am a richer person for having been one of her daughters.

I love you forever Mom.

Cheryl

Thursday, January 6, 2011

We're on Facebook!

Just getting started on Facebook but if you LIKE us you can keep up to date on the happenings around the studio!

Happy Crafting!
Cheryl


Counting down to Fair day!

Thought I'd sneak a quick post in here to catch everyone up on what's happening at the Studio. Firstly, my Studiot looks like it always does at this time of year - like a craft bomb when off! LOL Oh well. I really haven't gone crazy making things this year because I wanted to focus on some new stuff I've been doing. Since I've been paper crafting with Sure Cuts A Lot and my electric cutter for most of the year, I've had the opportunity to try out many cutting files. My favourite company for SVG files by far is SVGCuts. They have the best designs out there in my opinion and you won't believe the things you are able to create with them. This company is all around just excellent and their customer service/support is second to none. They even make videos showing you how to assemble the finished items and the value for the price can't be beat! Check them out for yourself by clicking on the button to the right. Happy Crafting!

Craft Fair season approaching!

Well, it's that time of year again - Craft Fair season! Actually, when I first started my business 16 years ago, the craft fair season started in September. I was living in Cranbrook, BC then and have moved twice since. Here in Kamloops, the first real craft fair here isn't until NOVEMBER! I'm talking Christmas shows. Not sure why it's so late in the season, it just seems really late to me and I think artisans in Kamloops and the surrounding areas are missing out on a lot of potential selling opportunities by not holding shows starting in September. Believe it or not, I used to sell a LOT of Christmas things at the September show. Look at how early the Christmas stuff hits the stores. And besides Christmas, by having shows from September until December you can also sell items for Thanksgiving and Fall in general and of course, Halloween. Perhaps it's time to start up some new shows in Kamloops. Hmmm....... For this year though, I'll be selling some new things this year. Come check out my booth (#10) at the Royal Inland Hospital Craft-a-Fair in Kamloops, BC on Sunday, November 6th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Interior Savings Centre on Lorne St.

A big THANK YOU to Vicki at Homespun Hugs and Calico Wishes!!

I always think it's nice to acknowledge a business that goes out of their way to make their customers happy. So, I'd like to take this opportunity to send a big "THANK YOU" to Vicki at Homespun Hugs and Calico Kisses for her superior customer service!

Here's a little background to this story that even Vicki isn't aware of....

My sister Debbie and I have been trying to find the perfect gift for our family to give to the nurses that took such good care of our Mom before she passed away in February. We looked around and couldn't find anything so I decided that since I'm a craftsperson, I'd just make something special instead. I wanted something with a "nurse" theme so I started searching for a nurse doll pattern and that's how I found Vicki's website Homespun Hugs and Calico Kisses . I have to say that Vicki designs the most adorable dolls. It's really hard to pick just one pattern, but I found just what I was looking for - a Raggedy Nurse Doll named Nurse Nightingale. For some reason I find that I'm really drawn to Primitive Style Raggedy Dolls and this doll was just perfect! 

So, I went ahead and ordered that pattern and another one and waited for them to arrive...and waited....and waited...and... nothing showed up in the mail. Now, I realize that shipping from the Texas, USA to British Columbia, Canada can take a little time but I've done it many times before with much larger items (i.e. boxes of wood parts) and it never takes a month, so I contacted Vicki so see if she knew "where" my patterns might be. 

Now, I've been operating my craft business for almost 16 years now (where has the time gone)?!  In all that time I've been very fortunate to meet so many wonderful people from all areas of this business - wholesalers, distributors and retailers as well as my many fantastic customers and many all the talented craftspeople I've met along the way. The crafting community is filled with terrific people, and Vicki is no exception. I emailed her about the missing order and she got back to me right away and said that she would resend my order - no questions asked. I can't tell you how much I appreciated that offer, especially since it's costing her money to do it. I told her to hold off until April 1st (in the off chance that my patterns might still arrive) and then I'd let her know before she resent my order. Well, April 1st arrived and still no patterns (bummer) so I emailed Vicki (actually, she emailed me first to ask if I'd seen anything yet) and told her that nothing showed up and to go ahead and resend my order. Again, she got back to me right away and offered to send me another pattern (free) with my order to apologize for the inconvenience! I certainly wasn't expecting that - what a wonderful surprise!

So, here's a big "THANK YOU VICKI", for going above and beyond in the customer service department and giving me a "Homespun Hug" with her superior customer service - it was much appreciated! And to anyone out there looking for some fabulous doll patterns, please check out Vicki's website Homespun Hugs and Calico Kisses I highly recommend it!!

PS....Hey Vicki, I will DEFINITELY be back for more patterns soon. The hardest part is chosing which one to get first!!!

Happy Crafting!


In Loving Memory of my Mom - Florence Evelyn Wood

My precious Mom passed away on February 6th, 2011 at the age of 82. She had struggled over half of her lifetime with the after effects of having Influenza caused Encephalitis 43 years ago. She was then diagnosed with COPD in April of 1999 and it greatly shortened her life. She went into the hospital with pneumonia a week before her death and she seemed to be getting better, but her lungs were just too worn out and it was so hard for her to breathe. Her final gift to us was that she was able to hold on long enough to allow each of my four siblings and me, and our families, to rush to her bedside and be with her in her final days on Earth. She was fully aware of what was happening and knew us all and we were able to talk with her and just be with her until the end. In the early morning hours of February 6th, she quietly went to sleep one last time and reunited with my Dad (who we lost to colon cancer in 1987).

I have no living parents now and it seems really strange to acknowledge that fact. I was not quite 22 when my Dad passed away. He was only 60 years old. I wasn't married yet and had no children at the time and it was terribly hard to get used to not having him in my life anymore. Now, almost 24 years later I still miss him terribly at times but you learn to move forward with your life in honour of them. It's really hard to believe that my Mom is gone now too. I know I will not always feel this terrible ache for her presence in my life because in reality, she is in everything I do every day. My Mom was a creative person herself and most of my skill comes from her. She was such a gift to us all and I am a richer person for having been one of her daughters.

I love you forever Mom.

Cheryl

We're on Facebook!

Just getting started on Facebook but if you LIKE us you can keep up to date on the happenings around the studio!

Happy Crafting!
Cheryl