Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Yesterday, the new owner (she's not even the owner yet, so I don't know why I keep calling her that) wanted to meet so she could register for CHA (the Craft & Hobby Association show). She had some other questions, too, which were no big deal. And then she told me that she was going to cancel the blog. The blog I've labored over & come to love over the past 4 years. The blog that's filled with personal & business things. The blog that has pretty regular traffic. She wants it gone. She wants a makeover. Oh, and she's already begun making new decor for the store. So while she sat there & signed up for classes at CHA I excused myself to go get Starbucks. I didn't need Starbucks. I didn't want Starbucks. What I wanted was the hell out of there. So I left & called Audra. Took every last ounce of strength in my body to not cry while I talked to her. I know I should be excited. I know this shouldn't bother me. But it does. Well, at least yesterday it did.
Today? My mom cleaned out the classroom & I wrote everyone's last paychecks. And I was fine. Totally fine. I guess this is just a roller coaster ride. Highs & lows. Completely unpredictable.
This is good. This is what I want. This is what I need. Life as I know it will be changing, but it will be fucking fantastic! It will...
I have to say, this was the best Christmas ever! It had nothing
to do with presents...they were light, which was actually
refreshing! It was all about family, which honestly, is how it
We always spend Christmas Eve with my husband's side of the family
(which I love!). It's our tradition to have Mexican food
with them...except for the year that Barb wanted to have Chinese food
& my husband wouldn't talk to her...won't try that again! We
were supposed to play games but spent too much time talking and
laughing. I did get a couple of cute photos of my nephews...
I actually get really shy when it comes to taking photos. I
have so many I want to take, but I just, um, don't. That's why
there are so few. And it's not just with Don's side...it's with
mine too. That's why I take so many photos of the kids.
They're easy & they don't mind.
On the way home, we drove around looking at Christmas lights. Look who we saw...
Christmas morning was very low key (Kendall slept til 9:30!).
There are 3 photos of me...so I got to pick from bad, bad & bad (it
appears my camera is having difficulty focusing...time to send it in to
Nikon for repairs, it seems).
and my favorite tub treat from Fizz Bathshop...
Who looks that cute on Christmas morning?
Christmas night was spent at my brother's house. We brought
over Just Dance 2 & had a blast! The food was excellent &
the company was fabulous (there were 22 of us!)
A lovely time was had by all!
Friday, December 24, 2010
When I was deciding on a name for my new blogging adventures one of the many (and I mean many) names I came up with was Magpie. One of my dogs are named Maggie & I call her Magpie (among other things), so I thought it was cute. It was taken, of course, but I googled it & found that Magpies are actually very beautiful birds...who happen to like shiny things (do you see where I got the All Shiny & New name from?)
Yesterday I got this hair brained idea about selling my crafts on Etsy & thought I'd have my mom design a logo for me...just in case. So sometime after Christmas...likely after the store is sold & gone...I'll have a logo that I can use on the blog & on Etsy. Maybe I should start my Etsy store now with my new name...hmmmm...something to think about!
And this morning, it popped into my head that I would like to take some classes for graphic design. I've actually be wanting to do it for years. But I just couldn't commit to a full semester with the store. But there are so many things I'd like to learn. Graphic design. Photoshop. Digital photography. Photo styling. I'd like to know how to create digital files & designs that can be used on a Silhouette or Cricut. I've always wanted to create invitations that were more, um, more. Better. More creative. Unique. And I'll need to know how to do that in a program other than Word. I'm not sure we can afford for me to go back to school, but it's something I plan on exploring. I'm not looking for a degree (I already have one of those). I'm looking for an education in things I'm interested in. And that does not include required course work such as math & history. Bleh.
Did I tell you I signed up for a cooking class? What is this world coming to?
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Today a customer emailed me & said she'd heard I'd sold the store & would the new owner be honoring gift certificates & coupons. First of all, only friends & family know the store is in the process of being sold. So how did she hear? We're keeping it under wraps as long as possible...it's just better that way. Seriously. It's in the process of being sold. It is not sold. Until I turn over the keys, this place is mine. Secondly, when I sent out the email that the store was for sale, I specifically asked that people not talk to me about it. It was a very hard decision to make. Very. And it was uncomfortable telling you my private reasons for wanting to sell. So what happens every single day? I get asked all day long "so did you sell the store yet?", "why are you selling the store" or "I heard you're going out of business". Uncomfortable, that's what I say.
Oh please, let the shiny & new feeling kick in soon...please?
Sunday, December 19, 2010
But you know what? The whole prospect is exciting! I love the idea of having a printed record of the past three years! And I am more & more in love with the idea that I will no longer be an entrepreneur! I want to be an employee who leaves all the hard decisions to the powers that be. I want to have freedom to do the things I want to do. As I read over some of the blog posts from the beginning, it came to my attention that I actually have not had a vacation with my husband in THREE years. Well, that just sealed the deal. I'm ready to change my life. No more entrepreneur for me.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
You see, four months ago I decided to sell the retail craft store that I've owned & operated for the past 9 years. It all came about because I was exhausted. Burned out. I had some hurt feelings. I had lost my passion. I had lost my vision. And that, my friends, is sad. What was the final catalyst that made me decide to sell it? My husband & I took our first vacation together in 2 years. Our daughter had gone to stay with family in Texas & we decided to take a road trip to Colorado to see some friends. We had three days for our vacation & we were going to make the most of it! Well, the drive was short on the way up...& very long on the way back. We had lots of time to talk. It occurred to me that I had not had the ability to leave my store for way too long. I missed birthdays. I missed bbq's. I missed our friends in Colorado. It was time to make a decision. And then a couple of snotty comments were said about me & sent me over the edge. The store got listed for sale.
At first I wanted it to sell really quickly. And then someone became interested. Very interested. Then I started to get a little nervous. Could she run it like I had? (I hope not...the store needs to be better!) Was she serious? Was she passionate about it? Would she take over my blog? What? Take over my blog? I have to give that up? Will she do a good job with it? WHY DO I CARE? So many emotions...
Anyway, she made an offer & the store's in the process of being bought by a lovely young woman (who has the most beautiful baby boy you've ever seen!). And I am so excited! I am also terrified! What will I do with my life? I have to get a job, but where? What will I do without my blog? Well, according to my friend Mindy, some of you actually like to read what I have to say & I should start a new one. Really? You like to read my blog? I find that shocking. I guess it never occurred to me that any of my customers liked me. Ok. Some of them I know like me, but for the most part, yeah, no.
So tonight I set about creating a new blog. I must have spent three hours trying to come up with a name. The store's blog was easy...it was the store's name. But this one? Oh my. I really wanted it to be positive, but my thoughts couldn't help drifting to the negative. But then I'd try the name & it would be taken. I can't remember the bulk of what I tried (good thing, too) but here are a few titles I tried for: Big Girl Panties, Puttin On My Big Girl Panties, Impossible (as in Im Possible), I Heart Crafts, & until the last possible second when I changed my mind, Dinosaurs In The Basement. I still like that name. (My husband was watching Toy Story while I was blog name searching & up popped the t-rex, & well, I was in the basement.) I also tried for Shiny & New, but it's taken...so we have All Shiny & New. It's just a reflection of the new life I have before me.
This blog will be different from the store's blog. There won't be sales or things about products I sell (sold...). There won't be class schedules or photos. I'll likely tell you a bit about life as a store owner. But hopefully more about life as a former store owner. It'll be more of me. My family. My writing on whatever happens to amuse or piss me off at the moment. And I really do love crafts. Crafts of all kinds! So I'll likely share that with you, too.
Now, you have to realize that I censored myself somewhat so as not to offend my customers. It might take a while to get out of that habit, but after a bit you may see the real me here. In real life, I use the f word far more than a lady should. I'm stressed out & freak out at the littlest things that end up working out just fine. And I still love photography, so you'll still see lots of photos! I actually hope to be able to take a real photography class & a photo editing class (right after I get that job!).
So that said, thank you for reading my blog. Thank you very much!
Monday, December 13, 2010
Yesterday was my first trip to an Arizona Cardinals game in, oh, ten
or more years. I'd never seen the new stadium (which is
AWESOME!). Or really had any desire to go to a game (I had been
banned from all professional sporting events, too...more on that
later). I'm really not into football...or sports for that
matter. I'd just prefer to let the people who enjoy it go.
But we had an opportunity for some tickets & my husband needed
someone to go with him. Armed with almost 5 seasons of Friday
Night Lights, I thought, what the heck, I'll go!
I even borrowed my daughter's t-shirt. I own nothing remotely
Cardinals. My husband on the other hand, could outfit a team.
We had great seats...in the end zone. I had no idea we'd be so close to the field!
I don't have a zoom lens, something that's on my wish list.
Before I give you my impression of last nights game, let me tell you
why I was banned from all professional sporting events. You see,
10 or more years ago I went to a Cardinals game with my husband &
brother at Sun Devil Stadium. I believe they were playing the
Raiders...it might have been the Vikings...and well they lost.
Now, the Cardinal's back then sucked. There's no nice way to put
it. But my husband is a loyal fan in good times & in
bad. My brother, while a fan, gets totally ticked off when his
team loses. So we're exiting the stadium & my brother is
grumbling about how the Cardinals lost (again) and I chimed in as only a
sister can & said, "well what did you expect...hahaha!" Let
me tell you that I had to run! My brother chased me til my husband
caught him & then my brother started yelling that I was banned from
all professional sporting events...hockey, golf, football,
baseball...and then he got so worked up I was banned from little league
& everything in between. Now, not being a big sports fan, I
didn't care. At all. It was actually pretty dang
In the years since that event, my husband & brother got season
tickets a few times & my brother held steadfast to his rule that I
was banned. Again, no big deal to me. My daughter to this
day reminds everyone she can about it. But again, no big
deal. I think he's grown weary of the teasing & let Don take
me to last nights game.
Now on to the game. First of all, the stadium is AWESOME!
We walked around & tried to find Bridget & her family (we found
them!). I oohed & aahed at all the right places.
Noticed things my husband hadn't noticed...one of the murals has white
space around it that is filled in with fans photos. It's pretty
Here's what I learned:
- Watching Friday Night Lights obessively does NOT prepare you for a football game
- My husband is most patient answering any and all questions (and I had a LOT)
- Cheerleaders change their uniforms at half time
- Only one cheerleader had short hair
- Football players look like normal sized men from the stands...even when you're close
- This was Feeley's game for sure...I didn't know kickers did anything but kick, but the dude won the game for the Cardinals
- Fans are CRAZY!
Do you see the orange metallic wigs on the two Bronco's fans? Yeah, I'd never do that.
- My husband (and every man around me) calls the plays with the ref's...makes the hand motions too
- When the Cardinal's do well, everyone gives high fives all around (well, not me, because I'm plugging my ears)
- Professional football teams have what amount to flag girls...but they're boys. Who knew?
- It is so loud in there I wish I'd brought ear plugs
- The season ticket holder next to me brought their 2 month old
baby...with no ear protection...she said her house is really loud &
it doesn't bother the baby. I hope her house isn't THAT loud, holy
cow! I want to buy her baby head phone & send them to her...
- I thought "how sweet!" when I saw a 50 some odd year old guy there
with his 20 some odd year daughter...um, that WASN'T his daughter.
- The guy who sits in front of our seats is in the Army. On
Veteran's Day he got to wear his uniform on the field & then
finished up watching the game in his uniform. So cool!
- With 10 minutes left in the 4th quater people begin to leave...in
mass. Ok, this I don't get. Your team is winning. 10
minutes on a football clock can last, oh, 45 minutes. You paid
good money for your tickets...and you're leaving? I don't get it.
- We saw someone get ejected from the stands...while a fight was going on on the other side of us (I missed it)
- People try hard to get on that jumbo tron
- The grass in the stadium is real grass. It's on a platform
that they slide out of the stadium & out into the sun. I just
can't wrap my mind around that, it's so massive!
- Why rush to get to the parking lot? You'll just sit in your car waiting to pull out of your spot for an hour.
- Speaking of parking lots, tailgaters are CRAZY, too!
- Have never seen that much beer...in my life!
- My husband says that the University of Phoenix Stadium holds
72,000...that's more than the population of Flagstaff! And our
game was sold out...
We had a fantastic time! And you'll be happy to know that I'm
no longer banned from professional sporting events. I behaved
Friday, November 26, 2010
I am struck by how awesome our blue skies are. They literally
take my breath away. It makes me feel peaceful. Happy.
Calm. Grateful. I'm not sure what the significance is, but I
am grateful for it. And now I know why my craft room is painted
such a bright blue...it matches the brightest blue in the sky. I
am drawn to that color, it seems...
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
I am grateful for...pancakes! These beauties were from a place called The Dream Cafe
in Grand Junction, Colorado. They were heaven on a plate...oh,
how I wish I could have them today! I find it fitting that I'm
grateful for a food item, the day before the biggest food day of the
year. We actually have two family events to attend, so we'll be
eating our way through the day for sure! I might even just have to
start my day off with these...or as close as I can get to them.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
am grateful that I get to live in a place as beautiful as
Flagstaff. It struck me on my way to work the other day just how
lucky I am. I, mean, I know I'm lucky...but we tend to take our
surroundings for granted & sometimes I am profoundly struck by the
beauty of Flagstaff. I cannot imagine a better place to live.
Monday, November 22, 2010
I'm grateful for morning walks. I don't always want to go but
I'm never sorry that I did! Lately my dogs have been
hovering...knocking my arm with their noses...lying on my feet...trying
to get me to take them out on a walk. It's something we like to do
often, but you know how things with life go...let's just say it's easy
to get out of your routine. It's mind clearing.
Refreshing. Fun. Necessary for my sanity.
Friday, November 19, 2010
This is my niece Becky & her husband Josh. Becky is the
most amazing mother to three rambunctious boys. She is calm, level
headed, smart & beautiful. Josh is a fire fighter & an
amazing husband & father. (I won't comment on how handsome he is
because, well, this is about Becky...)
I think that Becky sometimes feels like she's not as awesome as she
is. Staying home with three boys can be a challenge (she's the
only female in her house) and sometimes she might not feel as girly as
she'd like. But when you meet her boys, you'll know what I've
known all along...Becky is someone who is passionate about her
family. She's raising sweet, polite boys. And truly, she's
just so dang nice, too! I want Becky to know how very lucky &
grateful I am to have her for my niece.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
I'm grateful for cupcakes. I miss them so. My husband
found me this sweet treat & surprised me with it. And it was
as delightful as anything gluten free can be! Made me feel just a
little more normal...you see, I like to bake cakes, cupcakes, and more
than that, I like to eat them. But for the past year, that's just
not been in the cards. So I've stopped baking (insert sad sigh
here). But I'm a little more inspired now that I've found this website here. I see many cooking/baking opportunities in my future!
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Is it wrong to be grateful for self portraits?
them, I'd have hardly any photos of me this year. It's no one's
fault but my own. I'm just as bad as everyone else...you see a
camera & you duck. I seem to be a little less inhibited when I
take the photo myself (plus, you can't see my outfit...which, as my
brother informed me, shows that I learned how to dress just like my
mother...and he didn't mean that as a compliment.) Are the self
portraits perfect? No. But they do show a glimpse of me...a
progression since I started taking them this year. A bit of the
real me...cold sores, freckles, puffy eyes & all. (Good
thing you can't see the outfit I wore out in public...ah, my mom would
be so proud!)
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
The Saurer family are so much more than friends...they're
family. We met 10 years ago & have been super close ever
since. My daughter calls Nathan & MacKenzie her
siblings. We've watched the kids grow up. Maria is like a
sister...and Dave, well, he doesn't hold anything back (especially the
whole male obession with farting!). They've come to our family
breakfasts...Thanksgiving, too. They spend most every Saturday
night with us.
Even though the circumstances under which we became friends were
tough, we are so grateful to have them in our lives. They make
each & every day better. We are so fortunate to have
friends/family like the Saurers!
Monday, November 15, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
My Dad & I...last week. I am a lucky, lucky girl. My
dad lives just down the street from the store & stops in to see me
all the time. It isn't lost on me how fortunate I am that my
mother works with me & my dad lives down the street (and happens to
work for my brother). So today I am grateful that my parents are
close to me...just where I like them.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America's veterans for
their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and
sacrifice for the common good. (from this website) I am grateful for all of the men & women who have served to keep us safe. Thank you.
Today is a somber Veterans Day in our community. There will be a
funeral procession for U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Matthew J. Broehm,
22, of Williams, from our airport, through town, to Norvel Owens
Mortuary at 2 pm. Details are here. If you happen to be along the route of the procession, consider joining our community in a show of support.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
I'm grateful for art. Random art. In unexpected
places. Get out of your car. Take a walk. See what you
can find. You just never know what treasures await you.
One day, I'm going to have a VW Vanagan (with a pop up camper!) and
I'm going to paint the whole thing like a flashback from the 60's...how
fun will that be?!
This art just makes me happy. I think every building should
have something fun & colorful painted on it! I think it's one
of the reasons I love downtown (south of the tracks) so much. It
has personality. It's unique. It's beautiful in it's own
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
I'm grateful for my mom. We have such a great
relationship. It's a priviledge to get to see her every day!
We're more like friends...although the mom in her comes out
periodically (just like the toddler comes out in me sometimes).
Not many girls could work with their mothers...we are so lucky it works!
Monday, November 8, 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
I'm grateful that sometimes people just don't think when they make
signs. And those signs make me laugh my ass off! My first
thought was stop for hot flashes? Or is this where all the
flashers stop first? Seriously, there is humor all around
us...especially in downtown Flagstaff. This particular sign is
on Beaver Street, just south of the railroad tracks. I'll be
going back to get a better shot...most definitely!
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
In this country, we have the righ and privilege to vote. You
can take a stand. Make a change. Make a difference.
But if you don't vote you lose your voice. I am grateful for the
oppotunity to make my voice heard. Whether they listen or not is a
whole different story. No matter where you stand, make your voice
Monday, November 1, 2010
Let's be grateful...for 20 days leading up to Thanksgiving.
It's good to express your gratitude. No matter what you're
grateful for. It makes you appreciate life. The little
things. The big things. I completely enjoyed my grateful
project last year. You can see the photos & the project I completed here.
(Last year, I did 26 grateful posts...one for every letter in the
alphabet...this year, I'm just simply being grateful each day.)
It's something that I enjoy looking at all the time. It was fun to
do & easy, too! All I'm asking is that each day, you make a
note of something you're grateful for...add a photo to that & poof,
So what am I grateful for today? Well, many things. The
first thing that comes to mind is that I'm grateful that my fabulous
mother was able to retrieve this photo that I deleted from my
phone. I wasted precious hours trying to recover it...it took her
minutes. I hope now you see why I wanted the photo so badly.
How often do you see a leaf the shape of a heart? I found it on
my walk the other day...and it just spoke to me. My dog, Maggie,
& I were out at the park & I was talking to whomever it is I
talk to on these walks & asking some questions. And I was
answered with the leaf. Enough said.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Yes, you read that right. After 9 years of owning About
Memories and More I've decided its time for something new. I
actually listed the store back in August, but didn't tell anyone because
I just wasn't sure. It's heart breaking...and exciting all at the
same time. You've all become so important to me, so I wanted to
let you hear it from me before you heard it from someone else. I
love what I do, but it's time for a change.
In my mind, a new owner would be so great for About Memories &
More! They'd have a fresh perspective...fresh ideas...new
products. And I'd love to attend events like Scrap Pink. I'd love to attend Midnight Madness. I'd love to attend classes. So I've listed my store at a very reasonable price. You can view the listing here.
I'd like to ask that you talk to my realtor, Tom at 928-853-3639, and
not me. It's very emotional for me & I'd just prefer that Tom
When I bought the store from Terry Tress & Wendy Rhoton in 2001,
the store had been for sale for less than a week. I ran home &
told my husband that I wanted to own the scrapbook store, and the great
guy that he is, said yes. He didn't even pause for a
second. I have loved every moment of About Memories &
More. I hope that one of my readers will see this as the
opportunity of a lifetime!
Thursday, October 7, 2010
& Maggie on our morning walk. She was more interested in
walking than having her photo taken...cute though! I tell you
what, I've come up with lots of plans...lots of ideas...lots of life
altering stuff...while walking my dog. I tell her all about it
& she always agrees. Fun to work out your issues with your
dog. They don't think you're crazy. And believe me, if you
heard what I told her, you'd think I was crazy. Best to keep some
secrets with the dog!
love to take baths. I don't take them very often anymore...I have
an archaic 1978 bathtub that is just not meant for nice, leisurely
soaks. Until I stumbled upon Fizz Bathshop. Ever heard of
it? It's kinda funny, but I heard of Fizz Bath Shop
through Twitter (@fizzbathshop). Someone I chat with on Twitter
follwed them & so I thought, "why not!". And now, I'm totally
Kim (the owner) makes all of the bath products from scratch.
Yep, you read that right. From scratch. She has a pink
Kitchen Aid mixer that sits on the counter & on the many occasions
I've been there, she's been mixing up lovely smelling things. My
favorite right now is the Lemongrass Sugar Scrub (just $12!) and the
Fizz Bath Shop moved this month & is now located downtown, across
the street from Charley's (which you'll see in another Flagstaff
Favorites Post, for sure!) on Leroux Street. I hope you'll
visit! It's a great place for gifts for gals...although I have to
tell you, when we went by last Friday night, Kim's shop was filled with men.
I'm sure you wonder sometimes why a scrapbooking blog tells you about
other businesses. Well, if you've noticed, they're all local
businesses. I believe 100% in supporting local business. Do I
shop at Target? Yes. But if I can get a wonderful
smelling,mostly organic, amazing sugar scrub from a local business, you
can bet that's where I'll be. You know what else you get from a
local business? A connection. You get someone who cares
about their product...someone who cares if you like their
product...someone who cares about you. Do you get that at
Target? Um, no.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
My sister in law, Barbara, asked us if we'd be interested in creating bras for the Arty-Bra Project for the Cancer Center of Northern Arizona.
Of course we said yes! Especially when we have Andi (aka, my
mom) on hand to design & create them! It started out with one
bra...and then Barbara told my mom that she'd really like to have one
in honor of her friend, Rhiannon Samples. Rhiannon is a new
mother who discovered that she had breast cancer right after she had
her baby. So of course, we wanted to help out!
"Extinguish Cancer!" bra is in honor of Rhiannon. Her husband is a
firefighter with the Flagstaff Fire Department...thus the flames &
The other bra is "Niiiice Pumpkins!"...just because sometimes silly is good.
So why am I telling you all of this? Because the bras will be
displayed downtown during the First Friday Art Walk, on Friday, October
1st. You get to vote on your favorite bra...they're expecting
over 60! And you can buy raffle tickets to WIN your favorite
bra...how cool is that?
From the FMC website "In an effort to increase breast cancer knowledge and promote early detection of breast-health issues, the Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona Healthcare (CCNAH) are showcasing the â€œArty-Braâ€ Project on Oct. 1 at the First Friday ArtWalk in downtown Flagstaff.
In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October,
Arty-Bra designs âˆ’ decorative bras and artwork celebrating the beauty
of all women âˆ’ will be displayed at Vora Financial and the Old Town
Shops, both located in downtown Flagstaff, during the ArtWalk. Ballots
will be available at the event to vote for your favorite Arty-Bra
design, as well as tickets sold to possibly win your choice of the Arty
Bra artwork. After the First Friday ArtWalk showcase, the Arty Bras
will be on display at the Cancer Center located on Flagstaff Medical Center campus, 1200 N. Beaver St."
We hope you'll visit the Art Walk or the Cancer Center to vote for
our bras! Take photos of your favorite ones & post them on our
Facebook page...how fun will that be?