Monday, August 22, 2016

A Moving Experience....

Hello stamping friends and a happy Monday to all!

Hope you all survived the heat in Portland!  It was actually a little cooler here, thank goodness!  We've been busy this past weekend working on unpacking at the new house, but we're still sleeping at Kate and Tim's house. 

That's all going to change today, as we pack up our suitcases and officially take up residence in the new house.  Things are still in pretty rough shape, with lots of boxes in most of the rooms and soooo much unpacking to be done.  But we are definitely making progress.  Kate and Tim have been a huge help to us, with Tim working on organizing the garage and Kate hanging our wood blinds and helping with unpacking.

Allie and Lindsay have been having fun at Oma and Opa's new house.  Here they are playing with the Sylvanian Family critters that our girls played with many years ago. 

I'm looking forward to the day when I can show you a room that  isn't filled with boxes, but that may be a while.   Until then, know that I'm thinking of you and wishing that we could get together at a stamping event.  It seems like such a long time ago that I last stamped, so I'm really looking forward to having my stamp room set up and functioning again.  Realistically, though, that is going to be another couple of weeks at the earliest, since having a fully functioning kitchen is a higher priority than an organized stamp room. 

I hope your week is off to a smooth start!  May your schedule allow some time to be creative with stamps, ink, and paper.  I don't want you to forget how much fun it is to stamp!

Hugs and happiness are being sent your way.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Friday Photos

Hello stampers!  Happy Friday!

I hope you're not too disappointed that there will be no card photos for a while.  I think all of you know that my stamping supplies are in a warehouse in Vancouver Washington until delivery day sometime late next week. 

Tonight after dinner, John and I took a little trip out to the house to see the finished yard.  After almost 46 years of mowing, John will finally be able to retire from that little chore.  He sold the lawnmower to a neighbor in Sherwood and we're giving the edger to our son-in-law. 

These photos of the outside of the house show the xeriscaped front yard... just plants on a drip system surrounded by bark and rocks.  It's sure a different look from the green surrounding our Pinehurst house, isn't it?  And the house could not be more different as well.
Life is full of adjustments and as we get older, the need to be flexible is more and more important.  It is exciting to have a fresh start in a new place and also a little scary as well.  I think we are up for the challenge, though.

Here are the photos...

Hope you all have a very relaxing weekend! 
Hugs and happiness,

Friday, August 5, 2016

We're here in Woodland!

Hello stampers!
Happy Friday, everyone!

We arrived in Woodland on Wednesday night about 9:30.  It was a long day, but our trip was uneventful, thanks goodness.  It was 104 degrees as we went through Anderson (just south of Redding)!  Yesterday we went out to the house to check out the progress that's being made.  There were lots of guys working on the front yard, so that should be in shortly.  The posts for the fence had been installed, so I imagine that we'll have a fence in the next couple of days.  The floors are in, the painting is done, the appliances have been installed, and I would say that the house is about 90% complete.  Our walk through is scheduled for next Friday, August 12th, with a move-in date between August 15th (our 46th anniversary) and August 17th.

Here's a photo of John, Allie, Lindsay and our daughter Kate in the new kitchen.  The cabinets look black, but they are actually a very dark brown called Espresso.  I think I'm going to love the tile floors... so much easier to take care of than hardwoods.


More house photos to come! 
The new Holiday catalog is full of great new stamps, paper, and accessories.  I've ordered new catalogs for all of you and once they arrive I'll be sending them along.  We can start ordering from the Holiday catalog on September 1st.  If you'd like to see some Holiday catalog products a little early, go to You Tube Stampin' Up!  There are several videos showing Holiday catalog products and how to use them.

Have a great weekend!  I hope you'll have time to do some stamping.  I sure wish I had some stamps, ink, and paper to play with, but all of my stampin' stuff is in storage until delivery day.

Hugs and happy stamping!