Wednesday, April 21, 2010


Did you ever have something so unbelievable happen to you that you can not seem to figure what is real and what is not?  I was having a pretty rough Monday morning - the youngest two daycare children were super fussy throwing off our preschool time so the four and five year olds were running amuck.  My phone rang just as I was getting the 7 month old to sleep the phone rang.  I cursed under my breath at the timing of the phone.  Barely audible, the answer machine was mumbling something about Fox44 news.  I continued with the day and it wasn't long before the phone rang again ...ugggg, the school telling me I need to go pick up my son that he was being sent home for the day ... I finally managed to catch my breath at one point and remembered that I had a message on the machine.  I hit the play button, "Hello, this message is for Samantha Ovitt.  This is Dave Rawson with Fox 44 news and we have good news for you.  You are the lucky winner of Fox 44  Simon Says American Idol contest ..."  I laughed, jotted down the number and was preparing to call back.  "Not funny today", I thought.  I quickly dialed the number and got an answering machine.  "This is Samantha Ovitt calling back and I want to know Is This Legit???".  As I was preparing to hang up - still moody and looking for an outlet.  "Hello, hello?  This is Dave."  I won't bore you with the rest of the conversation ... I will say that I hung up the phone feeling a bit uneasy.  I had just won two tickets to a live viewing of American Idol on May 25th - all expense paid!  I called my husband at work still shaking.  He said, "you're taking Sayde right?"  I paused, and he said "I wouldn't have it any other way".  Sayde is one of our five children who just celebrated her 16th birthday.  I have so many days where I question where we stand in his life and moments like this tell me that we are right where we need to be!  I made this frame for him today - I printed the lyrics to You're the Inspiration and added some photo's, ribbon and gems (all Stampin' Up products).  I hid this in is desk area so that when he opened the doors to access his computer it would be there for him.  My way of saying thank you for all you do and all you are.


Friday, April 16, 2010

A Gracious Heart ...

My 'Award'

I remember the first time I met her. My friend Deanna asked me if I wanted to attend a craft night with her. I had become a CTMH consultant and thought this would be a great outlet to learn some new techniques. I received a sincere welcome when I walked in the door and new I was embarking on something amazing. The chatter and laughter was such a lift to my over-stressed spirit. That was a year and a half ago and the hostess is now my Stampin’ UP upline and a very dear friend.

When I first made ‘the switch’ to Stampin’ Up last July I laughed at how new demonstrators called their uplines their “mother” and the other members of the team their sisters. I have a clear understanding now. Stampin’ Up is so much more than crafting … it is truly a family in every essence of the word. Michelle Deslandes is more than my upline. She is the bound that holds us all together. She is inspiration with a passion that lifts our discouraged hearts.

This week Michelle held a monthly demonstrator meeting during which she presented her downline with ‘awards’. It touched me beyond depth. She made us individualized bracelets (from the SU collection of course!) and each bracelet had one charm recognizing our accomplishments. For every recruit and every promotion we receive a charm … mine had two! I hope that she knows how much she is appreciated – not for the ‘gift’ but for letting us know she is there for each and every one of us … to guide us and help us reach our goals!

We made these cards under her guidance and then shared some show and tell and a card front swap. My “sisters” gave me permission to post their work on my blog so I will be sharing their amazing talent with all of you!

To My Me-Shel ... "You have turned my morning into joyful dancing."   ~ PSALM 30:11-12
Here is the card I made for the Swap!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Re-entry into the craft world and Reflection

Almost ready to run from the daily responsibilities of life ... I sat down last night and decided that time for me was as valuable as time for everyone else.  So I made a card and felt this heavy weight being lifted ... now I understand what it is all about!   I've been busy with work, school and caring for my mom and I've neglected my blog which is something I hold very dear and have challenged myself to get to 100 followers in 2010.  After my daughters Sweet 16 tomorrow and a weekend getaway with her a few of her friends I hope to return refreshed and ready to take on that goal!

Thought For The Day
Make the Most of Where You Are

By Author Unknown
Wherever you are, be there fully.
For where you are is where you can most effectively act and live.

If you're constantly wishing that you were somewhere else, you diminish the opportunities for where you are now.
When your thoughts are in another place or time, your actions lose much of their effectiveness.

It's great to dream, to plan, to aspire, to reach for new and improved circumstances.
And yet the way to successfully do that is by being the best you can be in the place where you now find yourself.

It's great to keep yourself focused on an ambitious goal.
And that focus is the most effective when it is crafted from the perspective of where you are now.

To successfully travel the path from here to there, you must start with being fully here.
The more you give your attention and energy to making the most of where you are, the more quickly you'll move along that path.

There is much to be accomplished, much to be lived in every place and in every moment.
Be there fully for all of them, and life will be rich indeed.
~ ~ ~ ~ 

Happy Crafting!