Sunday, March 25, 2018

Brilliant Scrapbook Carry All

Once again, I am in love with CTMH's product. 
My latest love is this Designer Carry All
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I was at an event this past weekend, and was amazed at how much I could put in here.  And how easy it was to organize.  I am definitely glad I purchased it. 
If you would like one click here   

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Friday, August 18, 2017

CRASH 2017

So while I was in Toronto this past week at the Gift Show
This Happened

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Getting ready to get BACK to Scrapbooking.

As you may have noticed, I've been neglecting this blog.  
And that happens occasionally.  
Life happens,
things change.
And now, I'm almost ready to get back to preserving memories.

Close to my Heart has some awesome NEW products headed your way in August.  And I am going to help you make it easy to preserve your memories.  My daughter and I recently attended the CTMH Annual Convention in Salt Lake City.

The theme for this year was "Who tells your Story?"  This is a powerful question.  Who better to tell your story than you.  With that in mind, I will be creating a number of kits to help you, tell your story.  First kit will be available in August and will feature Brand NEW products.

 New kits will be added throughout the year, although only a limited number will be created and once they are gone, they're gone.

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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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