Saturday, June 3, 2017

Cruise 2017 Three Hills Alberta

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Done!! Well almost.

Never having had someone do my renovations for me before, I can say there are pro's and cons.  
But overall, it was pretty easy watching Chuck work.
And now...the big reveal.

I love it!!

Of course, now comes the "fun?" part....filling the cupboards and finding a place for everything.

Next project
...creeping into my living area and carving out a space for my scrapbooking and crafting.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Renovations--Let the cabinets arrive!!

Well, I am truly thankful that my brother is such a perfectionist and that he has had the time to renovate my kitchen for me.
Last updated featured my new floor.
And now he's working on the cabinets.



 I think it's lookin' pretty fine.  
Another day or so and then I can move back in and start cooking again.

And in case you forgot this is what I started with.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Renovations--love that floor.

So on Monday, I asked my brother when he thought I could start painting.
Oh, Wednesday, for sure.
Well today is Sunday and I'm still not painting.  And Chuck is having a love/hate relationship with this old house.  Nothing level or square.  Lath and plaster walls.  Wires that go no where and are not even hooked to anything.  Copper tubing, also just hanging out in my ceiling.  And plumbing...let's not go there.
On the upside.  Here are a few progress pictures.

Hoarder Alley...Honestly, they left me a tight little path to my bed and my chair.

 Newly drywalled wall.

          And the beginnings of a new floor.

And the views of Saturday afternoon.  Well done, or almost well done.  Still have a tiny bit more to do before paint and then cabinet installation.



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Sunday, January 29, 2017

So You Want to work in a Flower Shop

One the challenges that a person faces owning their own business is finding reliable, capable staff.
I am presently in that position and have created a "Help Wanted" ad  see below

Employment Opportunity
Shirley’s Flowers and Friends is seeking a new team member for a part-time/casual position.
The ideal candidate ...

  • friendly, outgoing and possess a positive attitude
  • Have an eye for design
  • Willing to learn all aspects of the floral/barista/gift industry
  • Able to take the initiative and handle tasks with confidence
  • Able to multi-task.
  • Good organizational skills
  • Self-motivated and able to  work independently.
  • Have manual dexterity
  • Neat and legible hand writing
  • Able to stand for long periods of time
  • Previous barista experience an asset

Duties may include, but are not limited to

  • Assist customers with flower choices
  • Receive and process flowers and hard goods
  • Process customer orders in person, over the phone or via website.
  • Prepare and sell coffee drinks
  • Maintain a clean and appealing work area and store front.
  • Price incoming stock
  • Restock shelves

If you feel that you have the abilities necessary to be part of our team.  Please send your resume to  or drop it off in person at Shirley’s Flowers and Friends, 507 Main Street.  Three Hills, AB
Only those considered for the position will be contacted for an interview.

Position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

I had no idea how hard it is to find people who actually want to work, and do a good job.  Nor did I realize how many things I do in a day that I consider just common sense and others fail to see.

Common sense items in my world

  • you sell an arrangement, you need to make one.
  • you spill something, you need to wipe it up.
  • flowers need to be processed every 3 days.
  • you sell something off the shelf, you need to fill that void, either by moving product forward or bringing out new stock.
  • you empty something, you need to fill it.
  • at the end of the day, the work area needs to be clean.
  • you need to tidy up continually, throughout the day.
  • you need to be polite and friendly, it is your job to make people feel welcome in my store.
Then there are the misconceptions, that it is an easy job.  It's not.  It involves heavy lifting, bending, long hours on your feet and sometimes 16-18 hour days.  Point in fact.  Many things in a florist world can be anticipated...Christmas, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, wedding, and all of these days are busy and will involve long hours.  However, you add a funeral to the mix and you can kiss sleep good-bye.
I have often worked till the wee hours of the morning to ensure that sympathy flowers are created.

On the up side.  This is a very creative and rewarding job.  You make people smile.  You create a tangible expression of joy & happiness or love or sympathy.   So if you want to work in a flower shop, I hope you love and understand people, that you have an eye for design, that you are not afraid to put in extra hours if needed and that you will go the extra mile to make some one smile.

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Monday, January 23, 2017


Last week, the renovation was just an idea (click here to read).  This week, there is a little more mess, and dust...
January 18th, the upper cupboards have left the building

January 19th, most of the bottom cupboards, followed suit.

January 21st, all my cupboards are gone. At the far end of my kitchen, my fridge, stove and dishwasher are all that will be staying.   The laminate has been ripped up and we are ready to install the new flooring next week.  Well, truth be told, my brother  and nephew are doing most of the work for me.  Thank God for Family.


Looking kinda empty from this angle, am not showing you my living room where I have stashed all my stuff from my cupboards.

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

One of the BEST things about being a CTMH consultant

One of the BEST things about being a CTMH consultant is gathering with other consultants.  I love attending CTMH events, whether it is a local team meeting at Nancy's or a corporate sponsored event.
This year I have registered for TWO events so far
Seasonal Expressions Launch 2 (in Vancouver, this is a bit of an expense for a 3 hour training course, however, my daughter is at UVic, so it's an excuse to leave the prairies and visit her)

AND .....Convention.  This year to be held in Salt Lake City
And this year my daughter will be accompanying me as a consultant.
Can't wait.
Convention is filled with learning and doing and sharing and FREE stuff
and deals and laughter and food yeah, I love it.
The Best part of Convention (well actually, there are a ton of best parts) but the most anticipated is the New Idea Book Reveal, every single attendee gets ONE to drool over as they silently or not so silently turn the pages and see what Jeanette has in store for us this year.
I have never been disappointed.  Well, sometimes I'm disappointed because some of my favorite items are retired, but if it always stayed the same....who would want it?  I miss Studio J, but really, I like creating, so I'm not that disappointed.

Okay, enough rambling

Here's a few pic's from the last convention I attended.  If you would like to attend, you need to be a consultant.  You can join my team, by clicking HERE

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Renovations--stage 1

I love renovating.  Well, I love the idea of renovating, and I'm sure I would really love it, if I had a lovely little money pit, that I could dip into when every I needed.  Alas, this is not the case.  I am going to have to make some compromises.  But luckily, not in STAGE 1.

Stage 1--my planning wish list.

Well, before I begin planning, here is a little reality check so you know what I am up against.

2 rooms (kitchen and living room) that flow into each other and when I'm done will function as 4 (kitchen, living room, craft room and bedroom)
Below are the dimensions I have to work with.
To make it easier to work with, I have cut off the last 12 or so feet of the diagram
 (this will be the second bed area)
See Below

Now, you may have noticed a lack of windows. That's because my new home is sandwiched between two stores.  I only have windows on the north and south walls (there are two windows on the south wall,--not shown--because I cut that part of the floor plan off)

As you can see my present living room is really long (35') 

I am tackling the kitchen/craft rooms first. ( I am missing playing with paper)

This is what my kitchen looks like now...long, and narrow.  I walk a million miles every time I try to do something.  Here are some of my biggest annoyances.  There is a lovely BIG window.  In fact it takes up most of the wall.  Which is nice cause it lets in all that light, but limits my design choices. 

This is my plan for the kitchen, the window runs all along the banquet seating, with storage underneath for my Christmas decorations.  The stove and sink remain in basically the same spots, so I don't have to move electrical or plumbing.  The fridge moves to the other wall (this gains be about 4' of counter)

Now let's move into the living area.  This is what it looks like now.  

And this is my plan.  
I am going to use the same cabinets in my kitchen as in my living/craft area. The bonus with using kitchen cabinets, is they have a ton of organizational features.  Because this will be a fairly visible area I want a lot of drawers, so things can easily be accessed and put away.  I am seriously thinking about installing a couple of appliance garages on my desk, to hold by cricut and printer.

List of things I NEED to remember
--baseboard heating--which means European style cabinetry, (most likely Ikea, they have adjustable legs, in a range of heights, which will allow be to mount my cabinets above the baseboards)  I really would have liked to get my cabinets local, but they don't offer what I need, so I will compromise and buy my flooring and paint local.
--lighting--I need task lighting
--overall clean, classic look.

Well, that's about it for Stage 1.  I think I have a pretty good idea of where I want things.  Next stage will involve $$$$.....and most likely some compromises.

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