Sunday, February 27, 2011

Best Friends

Best Friends 1

Best friends are awesome, right?!  Sometimes we luck out and have the same best friend our whole life…but sometimes friends come and go…and that’s okay too.  I’m sure you’ve probably heard this explanation before…but it’s always a good reminder….

People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. When you figure out which one it is, you will know what to do for each person.

When someone is in your life for a reason, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed. They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally, or spiritually. They may seem like a godsend, and they are! They are there for the reason you need them to be. Then, without any wrongdoing on your part, or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end. Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away. Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand. What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled, their work is done. The prayer you sent up has been answered. And now it is time to move on.

Then people come into your life for a season, because your turn has come to share, grow, or learn. They bring you an experience of peace, or make you laugh. They may teach you something you have never done. They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy. Believe it! It is real! But, only for a season.

Lifetime relationships teach you lifetime lessons: things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person, and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life.


Best Friends 2         Best Friends 3        Best Friends 4Best Friends 5         Best Friends 6         Best Friends 7

I’m still in the process of trying to restock my Etsy shop.  I can’t remember a time when it’s been this low on inventory…but hey, a fresh start, right?!    This Best Friends book is my most recent addition.  I’m hoping to add a bunch of books this week so stay tuned.  I have some NEW, never before seen in my shop items almost ready to list too!!   Oh, and as always….custom orders happily accepted through email (apicketfencelife at gmail dot com) or through the “convo” feature in my Etsy shop

I know I don’t have a button on here (yet)…but you can follow me on Twitter  now too!

Oh…and for those of you who are counting (LIKE ME!)….SPRING is 21 days away……   :)

Saturday, February 26, 2011

It’s about time

All About Me 1

I’m trying to get my creative groove back.  Not really sure where it went but I’ve been a bit burned out lately.  Other things on my mind.  And this week I’ve been sick.  Pretty much all week.  Half-way through my workout Monday morning I realized that my throat was sore.  Really sore.  I stayed home from work and slept most of the day thinking I’d put a quick stop to the emerging cold.  No such luck.  I’ve felt like crap all week.  I don’t think I can stand another day of sniffling.  Enough already!!!

My girls are home on spring break this week (and next).  So that’s a distraction too.  A good distraction though.  It’s always nice to have them home.  Elliot will be home in a few weeks.  I haven’t seen him since January 2nd.  I really miss that kid! 

Anyway, even though it’s snowing (yet again) tonight…it’s starting to feel like spring may eventually show up.  And believe me, NO ONE is more ready for spring than me.  It’s not that I don’t like winter…it’s just that I wish it would last from Dec. 20 through about the 26th!   A little bit for Christmas and then outta here!  But I guess I’ll have to just put up with it until my “someday” arrives and I move to the beach!  :)    Sorry…sidetracked again….what I was going to say was this scrapbook is bright and cheery and makes me think of spring.  Fun colors and plenty of room for happy stuff inside.

All About Me 2    All About Me 3

All About Me 4   All About Me 5

All About Me 6   All About Me 7

Enjoy your weekend…..

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Something to think about


groupYou can tell how far
in life you'll go
by the 5 people
you spend the most
amount of time with
- Will Smith

Sunday, February 13, 2011

So Inspired…


Somewhere in your make-up
there lies sleeping,
the seed of achievement which,
if aroused and put into action,
would carry you to heights,
such as you may never
have hoped to attain.
- Napoleon Hill

Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Blizzard of 2011

Snow 2.2 (4)

Oh, the joys of winter.  You’ve probably heard that Mother Nature dumped on us in the Midwest big time this past week.  The official snowfall around here was 18.4”.  It tied the record for this area that was set back in 1979.  So, now I’ve lived through 2 record-breaking blizzards. 

I couldn’t get to work for 3 days…which actually sounds a lot more fun that it was.  Two of the 3 days I was still able to work via my wonderful VPN connection.  On Wednesday, however, the campus was closed so I decided to take a real snow-day and NOT work!  I scrapbooked instead!  :)

If you’ve visited my Etsy shop lately, you’ve seen that my inventory has taken a bit of a dip.  A huge order has left my shelves a bit bare (awesome “problem” to have!!!), but I’m working hard to get it restocked.  I’ve also got a couple of big projects and some custom orders that I’ve been working on so my time has been somewhat divided.  It’s kind of fun though to have almost all the scrapbooks in my shop be NEW!  I hope you keep checking back to see what’s been added!   Here are a few you’ll find so far…

What 1

You’ve seen this sticker set before but the main colors are new.  What 4Aqua is one of my favorite colors! 
What 2

My studio is aqua and it reminds me of summertime…

What 3as long as I don’t look out the window at ALL the snow!

Dog 1I’m starting to think the “I love my dog” books
are a subtle reminder to myself that I do, in fact, love my dog!

Dog 2He seems to be a bit bi-polar.  Dog 3Sometimes he loves me…Dog 4

but most of the time he ignores me.  :(

Oh Baby 1This is one of my most popular scrapbooks.Oh Baby 3Some of the photos make the colors look almost purple…Oh Baby 5but they’re not…they’re pink!Oh Baby 4I was going to put together a “blue” one too but I got sidetracked.  Maybe later!  :)

You and Me 1This is not quite a Valentine’s Day book…You and Me 2but it could be used as one.You and Me 4It’s mostly about love!You and Me 5

With a little animal print thrown in.  :)

My Disney Friends 1

So, who is your favorite Disney character?My Disney Friends 2It seems like I always have  a big stash of Disney goodies…

My Disney Friends 3but I haven’t used them a lot lately.

My Disney Friends 4I left the tags blank so they can be used for autographs!

My Disney Friends 5

I love this bright green (another one of my favorite colors!). 
It just pops against the black!

My Disney Friends 6

I always post my new Etsy listings on my Facebook page.  Stop over and check it out!   Enjoy your week….



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