Aug 28, 2011

So Long, Goodbye, Farewell...

For the last year and a half Shirley Hotop and I have been co-hosting blog hops for PaperWings, an online forum for demonstrators from The Angel Company that is run by the demonstrators themselves.

Sadly, The Angel Company announced last week that they were going out of business. Since then the days have been filled with disbelief, tears, denial, disorientation, acceptance, and all of those other feelings triggered with a  major loss.

The Angel Company, along with owners Mischelle and Kevin Smith, have been like an extended family to many of us. We've laughed together, cried together, celebrated together, and I suppose, even at times we've been mad at each other.   But overall we've been a group of creative beings that were drawn to The Angel Company because of the heart and soul that Mischelle poured into it year after year. As many have said, her dreams became our dreams.

Rather than dwelling on our shattered dreams today, Shirley and I decided that we really needed to celebrate The Angel Company and Mischelle by hosting one last Paperwings Blog Hop. We have a tremendous turnout; so grab a few (well, maybe a lot of)  Kleenexes, get comfortable, and be prepared to take a celebratory trip down memory lane! 

Cuddly Pug was (and still is) one of my favorite stamps. It also has a special place in my heart because it was my first card that was published in a magazine (Simply Sentiments, June/July 2006).


This Tiger Card was one of my first Angel Company Contest Winners.  The reward -  free stamps, lots of free stamps!!


And imagine my surprise when another of my contest entries ended up on The Angel Company's Home Page in August 2009!  What a thrill!  I had so much fun making this Back-to-School paper backpack and little Mini Albums  for Writing, Reading, and Arithmetic that used the Lilly Anna paper collection.


And since Halloween is coming up, here's Delightfully Spooky!


And last but not least is One of A Kind.  And I think the name of this stamp set sums it all up!  The Angel Company was One of A Kind; it had heart and soul.  It was like a family, with all of the goodness and all of the warts that come with a family.  I am and I will continue to miss it.  I will also miss my fellow demonstrators.  While we are trying to find ways of staying in touch, it is going to be an adjustment as we each decide what path to take next.  It has been an honor, and a privilege, to know each and everyone of you!


Best wishes to everyone.  May all of you find new dreams, new paths, new journeys.  Safe travels everyone.  It's been an awesome adventure!

For more tributes and more memories, please visit all of the links below my "Today's Abundance" list.  Thanks for stopping by once again!

Rita

Today's Abundance
-The Angel Company, Mischelle and Kevin Smith, Kevin Jr. (a.k.a. Boy), Sophie, Kathy, and Mary
-The Angel Company Customer Service personnel (past and present), they were awesome, they were the best
-Debbie Rivers, a TAC employee, who inspired my Today's Abundance List that I have include at the end of my blog posts since mid-2007
-All of The Angel Company Demonstrators
-Tributes, Memories, and Celebrations


More Tributes and Memories for Mischelle and The Angel Company
Julie:     http://juliesstamppad.blogspot.com/
Seleise:     http://www.amethystcat.blogspot.com/
Rita W.     http://handmadebits4u.blogspot.com/
Donna:     http://lakesidestamper.blogspot.com/
Chan:     http://purpledfly.blogspot.com/
Mary:     http://www.marysangelinspirations.blogspot.com/
Angela K.     http://www.angelakelley.blogspot.com/
Laura:     http://www.thecraftysister.com/
Barbara:     http://www.stampingwiththekamperstampr.blogspot.com/
Trudy:      http://www.trudystreasures.blogspot.com/
Shirley:          http://glitteredpaws.blogspot.com
Wendy: http://wendyswhimsyandwit.blogspot.com/
Carol:      http://stampincarol.blogspot.com/
Rita K.      http://ritasangels.blogspot.com/
Chelsea:      http://inkystamps.blogspot.com/
Kim:      http://angelatmydoor.blogspot.com/
PaulaKay      http://www.angelstampingwithpk.blogspot.com/
Ginger:      http://rubberstamped.blogspot.com/
Teresa:      http://mamapickle.blogspot.com/
Maria:      http://www.meastamper.blogspot.com/
Angie:     http://www.creativeinkspirations.com/
Deb Miller:      http://www.creamcityangels.blogspot.com/
Diana:     http://memorycrafter.blogspot.com/
Betty G.:     http://www.stampinteacher.com/
Christine:     http://christines-creativetherapy.blogspot.com/
Sandy A.     http://inkingofyou.blogspot.com/
Char:      http://pawsn2stamp.blogspot.com/
Diane H.     http://www.thesmilinstamper.blogspot.com/
Chris F.     http://allamericanstampers.blogspot.com/
Stacy     http://www.stacysangelcreations.blogspot.com/
Rita H.     http://www.ritaholmes.blogspot.com/

So Long, Goodbye, Farewell...

Aug 20, 2011

Rusty and Midnight - My Favorite Animals of All Time

It is time for our UWIB, Unique Women In Business, monthly blog hop once again!  The theme this month is one near and dear to my heart - it's all about the animals!

Rusty my dog and Midnight my cat are my favorite animals of all time!  Rusty is the outgoing one.  Midnight is less so; although, he can make his presence known with his somewhat shrill, irritating meow.  Rusty demands more attention.  Both scheme day in and day out how to get outside when the weather is nice.  Midnight settles for the window sills when they are open.  Rusty gets his daily walks, although he would love to go on them without the leash!

The two of them nap together, spat together, ignore each other, and can (if they want) play nicely together! It's hard to catch them both in the same camera shot, but I did manage to snap these photos awhile ago.  I think they are so adorable!





Thanks for stopping by....

Rita

Today's Abundance
1.  Friends
2.  Dogs and Cats
3.  Fresh potatoes and beets from the Farmers Market
4.  Scrapbooking - making an album for a very special person
5.  Lunch - think I better go make something!

Aug 8, 2011

Universal Truths

Last summer I took a driving trip through Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota.  And what route did I take?  Well, it went from quilt shop to quilt shop to quilt shop!  I saw some beautiful country in the midwest - some areas I had been to before and some areas were new.  I do so enjoy driving through the smaller towns and the countryside dotted with farms, cows, pigs, corn and soybeans.  The sights, and yes, even the smells, are good for the soul.

One of my stops was Country Threads in Garner, Iowa.  Now Country Threads is no ordinary quilt shop.  The shop is located on a farm.  The main building used to be a chicken coop and the old barn has several quilts hung in the upper loft where they have  classes too.  By the way, the buildings have been renovated and are very human friendly!

So what does this little story have to do with Universal Truths?  Well, I've been ridding my countertop of  ever growing paper pile and ran across the Country Threads newsletter that I picked up last summer on my trip.  In it is a delightful list of "Universal Truths" and I knew I just had to share some of them with you!!  I may have shared some of these a year ago, but some need to be shared again!

Universal Truths
1.  Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.
2.  There is a great need for a sarcasm font.
3.  Was learning cursive really necessary?
4.  I would rather try to carry 10 plastic grocery bags in each hand than take two trip to bring my groceries in.
5.  I think the freezer deserves a light as well.
6.  You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.
7.  Bad decisions make good stories.
8.  How the heck are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?
9.  I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.
10.  Sometimes I'll look down at my watch three consecutive times and still not know what time it is.

Here's hoping you had a chuckle or two as you read the list above!  Have a great day!

Thanks for stopping by.

Rita

Today's Abundance
1.  Temps in the low 80's.
2.  Brainstorming how we can send cooler temps and rain to Texas and other scorched states!
3.  A nicely groomed dog - Brandy does a great job.
4.  "Pee Pee" cone orders are ready to ship!
5.  Got bit by the de-cluttering bug once again - yeah!

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