home and happy.

So, happy, happy, happy to be home.

I’m getting old, so I’m much more willing to take things (like trade show recovery) slow. Don’t forget S-L-O-W is my word. I got home late Tuesday night and took ALL day Wednesday off. Did not get up early (7:00 instead of 5:30), did not unpack, did not turn on my computer. Did read, play and fingerpaint with Addie, did go to restorative yoga, did take Taft to the orthodontists, did make dinner and did watch American Idol with my family.

My husband’s ENT group (Spokane Valley Ear, Nose and Throat) has been building a new surgery center since last May. The building is done and open for business and the open house is scheduled for February 23rd. Geoff has wanted me to help him arrange furniture in the waiting rooms, purchase art for the walls and add decorative touches, etc… throughout. My answer has been “after CHA …” and so Thursday I made good on a promise to focus on him and this new surgery center — it really is such a beautiful building and we worked on it ALL day long. I was so tired, but very pleased with the progress we made. We’ll be painting two accent walls today and hopefully we’ll also find two tables that I have pictured in my mind. I really wish I had taken some ‘before’ pictures, because darn it, I’m GOOD. Even just moving chairs and end tables around and bringing in greenery here and there has made such a difference. I can’t wait to finish up!

I can hardly believe that Library of Memories starts in less than a week — SO EXCITING! I am eager to dive in this year and let it consume me.

So, before I get too busy and miss my chance, I thought I’d share a FEW of the products that delighted me at CHA this year. I haven’t been to trade show in over two years and I had so much fun seeing and talking to industry friends. I really, truly and most sincerely enjoyed walking around and feeling the excitement of innovative products, people and ideas.

If you have not yet had a chance to listen to the Paperclipping Roundtable, then you might not know that I am going to be a rotating panelist with Noell and Izzy’s team, that includes Nancy Nally and Ana Cabrera. I’m very happy about this. I have missed the industry community that was a part of Simple Scrapbooks magazine and I have been very impressed with Paperclipping and Scrapbook Update, so I’m joining in to see what I can learn and what I can contribute. If you click on the link above you can listen to the roundtable show that “we” (Izzy really) recorded from the Hyman’s hotel room. It was FUN and since my very short lists are very short, so — I recommend you visit Paperclipping and Scrapbook Update to explore some of the videos and links posted there as well.

TWO Paper Lines I LOVED.

(from among ALL the paper lines I loved)


BASICS from Basic Grey
This is a line of lines, ledgers, dots, grids and more. Cannot wait to get my hands on these versatile papers and make a special place in my paper files where they will live (forever.)


LUSH by My Mind’s Eye
So, this is obviously more than a line of paper. It is a ‘by color’ collection of fabulous and usable products. Lush comes in other colors like black, red, blue, green and pink (I think.)

ONE *NEW* tool that I am going to OWN.

(and I’m not even a tool girl!)

THE CINCH by We R Memory Keepers (filmed by Oh My Crafts)
I am super excited about what will be my book-making tool of choice. I love round holes and I’m totally sold on the feature that allows me to choose how many round holes I will create — I sort of ‘accidently’ made a video with the girls at Oh My Crafts. I guess I just got a little excited and couldn’t help myself.

There’s more … much, much more, but I’ve got to go jogging and finish my unpacking (seriously.)
Have a wonderful Saturday.

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