Supporting my crafting habit

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I admitted long ago that I have a severe addition to making crafts. I love to make all kinds of crafts! The problem is, I needed to find a way to help pay for all those projects! So what am I supposed to do? Well, I decided to give blogging a try and see if I could earn some money writing about how much I love crafts.

Guess what? It works! Bloggerwave is a new opportunity for all bloggers to make some extra income doing what they already enjoy doing… writing in their blogs. Advertisers pay bloggers to write up posts about their products and in return, they will pay them a set fee!

Bloggerwave is looking for bloggers with almost any kinds of blogs to participate. So if you have a blog and enjoy writing, check them out and see if you can earn some extra income!

You already love to write, why not get paid for it! Bloggerwave… they add a new angle to blogging.

Scrapbooking Retreat!

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I can hardly wait, my SIL and I are heading to Erie, PA for a weekend long scrapbooking retreat!

Scrapbook workshopI caught the scrapbooking bug about 12 years ago when I was invited to my first Creative Memories class. For a year, I went faithfully to the monthly crops and worked on my albums. Then it dawned on me that I would probably save money if I became a consultant and purchased the supplies at cost! So I signed on and began to build a business. Jillian was only 1 at the time, and Becca had just started Kindergarten, so it worked out perfectly for me. I was able to be home with them, and conduct my classes and workshops in the evenings when Daddy was home to watch them. I was with CM for about 5 years, but decided to become a customer again when my girls became involved in too many after school activities and I felt like I was missing things with them because of classes and workshops.

Anyway, I don’t find a lot of time to scrap during the evenings because I hate to get everything out onto the dining room table, then have to put it all away when I’m done since I don’t have an actual Craft room. So, I look forward to these weekend crops a lot! I tend to get quite a bit done in the 3 days we are there!

My biggest fear is that I’ll gain 5 pounds over the weekend!  The women all bring lots of snacks and goodies to share while we crop.  I’ll have to make sure that I take frequent breaks and work less and walk more so that I don’t gain back any weight that I’ve already lost! lol!

So, I leave Friday for our weekend getaway! I’ll post some pictures of some of my pages when I get back.

Kid’s Activities While on the Phone

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A friend and I were talking today about how difficult it is to make business phone calls during the day when you have little ones under foot. Luckily, my girls are older now (13 and 16), so this isn’t something I’ve had to worry about for quite some time. But my friend has a 2 and a 4 year old who think that as soon as mommy picks up the phone, it’s time for them to need mommy’s full attention!

When my girls were toddlers, I can remember having a box of special toys that only came out when I was ready to pick up the phone. My girls were actually excited when I said it was time to make calls because they knew the special box would come out! They were not allowed to play with those toys if I wasn’t on the phone. They would often beg me to “make one more call, mommy!” just so they could play longer!

I also would sometimes have crafts ready for them to do if I knew I’d be on a special conference call. When they were really young, I’d put the little one in the high chair and give her a paint brush and water and she would “paint” the paper. For my older daughter, play dough, crayons or watercolors worked great.

I can remember one time, my oldest wanted to be just like mommy, so she got hold of one of her dad’s old briefcases and asked me to fill it with “important stuff”. I added a play phone, some old catalogs, pencils, old order forms and a calculator so she could do her “business” while I did mine! She told everyone how she worked when mommy worked!

Just use your imagination and you can keep the kiddos occupied while you do your “business!”

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