Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Merry Christmas!

I'm heading out tomorrow to the Grand Canyon State . . . . the Copper State . . . . . the state that has more sunshine than Hawaii or the Sunshine State!

I'm hoping to see lots of that sunshine! Have a Merry Christmas!



Wednesday, December 15, 2010

They Care!

Here is the number one reason you shouldn't send anything too valuable through the mail. This is all that remains of a Christmas card that someone sent me.


I'm glad the postal service cares . . . . . . . it really makes me feel so much better!


Friday, December 10, 2010

Merry Christmas to Me!

My friend, Sharon, who blogs over at A New England Life, takes the most beautiful photographs. I fell in love with this stunning photo of hers, and she graciously sent me the file.

I had it printed at Shutterfly, and got it framed as my Christmas present from Ted. We picked it up last night, and I was so happy with the way it turned out! Thank you, Sharon, for capturing this beauty!

Be sure to stop by her blog and discover the gorgeous part of the country where she lives. I hope someday to visit and see some of what she captures in person.






Thursday, December 9, 2010

Red Hot Holiday!

We had our Red Hot holiday party last night at Doreen's house. Isn't this the cutest snowman? He had tealights in his bottom!

Of course, there is always good food whenever Doreen is cooking!

We had lots of fun and laughs exchanging gifts. Karen had my name, and gave me goodies for a night of relaxation - flannel pants, two pair of soft footies to match, hot chocolate with a red hot mug, candy, and good 'ole trash magazines!


I couldn't believe there wasn't one person with eyes closed - a new record! What a great group of friends!

And, of course, our usual foot picture. We had a little bit of everything going on - from a fresh pedicure, to a Christmas sock, new footies, slippers, and a foot still in recovery!


Happy holidays from the Red Hots!



Thursday, December 2, 2010

2 Bizzee 2 Blog!

Anybody out there? Have you wondered where I've been? Well, I spent a week in Arizona - 3 days of it walking 60 miles in the Komen 3-Day for the Cure! The weather was spectacular. Here I am crossing the finish line - proud to have walked the entire 60 miles!

My Trekkin' for Ta-Tas teammates were as great as I expected - we had such a fun time, and I'm glad to have finally met these friends who I've known on-line for several years.

We slept (or didn't sleep much) in pink tents . . . . everyone slept in pink tents, so they recommended decorating your tents so you could find them. Of course, since we are all cat ladies, I blinged out our tents as cats!



The Crew on the walk were so funny - most of the crossing guards were men, and they all dressed up in big bras and pink outfits!


Here we our in our victory shirts and getting ready for the closing ceremony.

Both the opening and closing ceremonies were very emotional - especially when the survivors who had walked paraded out.


This was an experience I'll never forget. All the training and preparation were worth it, and I encourage everyone to add this event to your list of things you need to do at least once in your lifetime!


After being home a few days, I got a terrible sinus and ear infection and spent most of the week sleeping while my hubby continued to take care of the cats! I'm still talking a little like Barry White, but I'm feeling better and trying to get caught up on all my Etsy shop orders and Christmas stuff.


If you want to see all the pictures from my Komen walk, please check out my Trekkin' Blog!








Monday, November 8, 2010

Taking Flight!

You might have to click on the picture to see it full sized, but this morning I looked out in the backyard and saw hundreds of black birds! And there were more than this in the front yard! They are on their way to warmer weather . . . . . . and so am I!

I leave tomorrow for a week in Arizona. I've been training for months for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure walk, and it is this week! Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, I'll be trekkin' 60 miles with my Trekkin' for Ta-Tas teammates in Phoenix. The weather forecast looks fabulous, and I can't wait to join the thousands of other walkers for this awesome event.

Thank you to everyone who has supported me in this journey with your donations toward my goal (which I have met and exceeded), Etsy shop purchases, and for cheering me on. A special thanks to my loving coach, Ted, for walking with me and for taking care of the cats while I'm gone.

I look forward to sharing lots of pictures with you when I return! Keep me in your thoughts this weekend!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Cat Soaps!

Several Catster friends had an auction to help out a family in need. One of the auction items donated by a couple of talented ladies were cat soaps. Several winning bidders received these soaps made in the likeness of their cats.

One lady who won two soaps decided to donate them to me for organizing the auction. And then the ladies who make the soaps decided to create my entire cat family as a thank you for holding the auction!

They arrived this weekend, and I was amazed at the wonderful portrayal of my sweet kitties. This first picture includes (from front, clockwise): Vivien, Violet, Newman, Gleek, and Samoa!


This basket includes my kitties who have journeyed to the bridge: Sugar, Spunky, and Calvin.

It was a very special gift that I will always treasure! Thank you Amy, Danielle, and Laura for the wonderful soaps. I've been encouraging Amy to start an Etsy shop selling these soaps, and if she does, I'll be sure to let you know!



Sunday, October 31, 2010

Almost Speechless Sunday


The Rainbow Bridge has another angel - our sweet Sugar made her journey yesterday. Last night the sky was in beautiful shades of blue and pinkish orange. Rest in peace, Shuggy - we love you and will miss you!



Friday, October 29, 2010

Holidays Made Easier!

If you've been in any store recently, you'll be reminded that Christmas is right around the corner. I want to encourage you to give creatively this year! You can support creative artists by purchasing items at sites like Etsy, or you can show off your own creativity by giving unique items you've designed through Shutterfly!

I've been a huge Shutterfly fan for many years. If you like to take a lot of photos from vacations, or other special events, you can quickly and easily create items like calendars, cards, canvas wall art, puzzles, and other great items!

I make several calendars each year as Christmas gifts. Once you enter in birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions, your list remains from year to year, and you can easily select which items you want included on the different calendars you create. Here was Ted's calendar from last year. Shutterfly is offering a new desk calendar this year that looks great!


Shutterfly's photo books are very high quality, and who wouldn't love a book to share with others from a special occasion like 8th grade graduation! This is a book I designed through Shutterfly for a friend's daughter.

There are so many different designs you can choose from when it comes to your holiday cards. There are folded cards, flat stationery cards, or flat photo cards. Here is a folded card that my cats gave to their friends one year. Don't laugh - my cats have more friends than I do!



If you have a business or Etsy shop like I do, it's nice to send a thank you type card durign the holidays to your customers. This is the flat photo card that I sent to The Cat in the Clover customers last year.



Now, you're probably saying, I can get cards cheaper at the store, or I get my holiday cards half price at the end of the year. And exactly how many people remember those cards? Don't you prefer receiving cards that have photos? I know I do. Don't waste your money on cards that people are going to throw away. The only cards I keep are the ones with the pictures! Here is another sample of the many designs that you can select at Shutterfly. This was one of our Christmas cards.





The best part about Shutterfly are the discounts, free shipping offers, free photo offers, and other freebie codes they send you via email. Many of the calendars I've done are buy one, get one free, so you can't go wrong!


If you're really on the ball, you can select from the many Thanksgiving cards Shutterfly offers! Each design lets you know how many photos can be included.

So, what are you waiting for? The photos are already in your computer - just upload them to an album on Shutterfly's site, and let the creativity flow . . . . . .



Tuesday, October 26, 2010

One Year Ago

A year ago today our beloved Calvin boy left for his journey to the Rainbow Bridge. He was 18 years old, and the most gentle, loving cat I have ever known. He originally was a stray and came to live with my Mom's twin sister.

When she passed away, her evil husband took all four of her cats to the humane society for a certain death as they were all older kitties. My parents and I rescued them - we found homes for two, Mom kept one, and I took Calvin. I definitely got the best deal! He was eleven when he came to live with us. I sure wish I had been fortunate to have him when he was younger. I can only imagine how adorable he was as a kitten because he was the most handsome mancat ever with eyes that made me melt!


Calvin never met a bed he didn't like, and he had so many different ones throughout the house. He got his car bed on his 16th birthday from a good Catster pal. He loved his wheels!

I know he is busy at the bridge welcoming new angels, and keeping the gals laughing with his funny sense of humor. We'll never forget Calvin, and we miss him so much!




Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Just One Click!


You still have time to make a difference in the Pink Ribbon Challenge over at The Breast Cancer Site. Every click they get counts toward funding mammograms. In three weeks, I'll be heading to Phoenix, Arizona, for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers as I walk 60 miles over three days!

Now, click this button to go to The Breast Cancer Site!

The Breast Cancer Site




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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Auction!

The reason I haven't had time to blog lately is because I've been pulling an auction together. Several Catster Moms who are also friends on Facebook have been donating items for an auction that will benefit a Catster family in England who is going through a really tough time.

Be sure to check out this blog to see the 97 items that have been donated. You can bid on any item by clicking in the comment section of the item. If you don't have a Google account, you can still bid by selecting Anonymous, but then be sure to leave your name and email contact info.

There are many beautiful jewelry items, some fun kid items, and of course, lots of cat items! Start your holiday shopping now, and help out a needy family at the same time!

Thanks for looking and bidding . . . . .


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Cute Little Bench!

I have inherited from different family members several chairs and benches that have needlepoint cushions. After awhile, the needlepoint gets shabby looking, so I decided it was time for a change! Here is Calvin from a couple of years ago on a little bench I got from my aunt.

You wouldn't believe the nasty material they would use to stuff the cushion - some of it is like straw and then there is the old cotton fiberfil - nothing but sinus problems! So, off with the old - very easy to do - remove a few screws, take off some staples and get rid of the stuffing!

Then a new cushion was added with a layer of quilt batting on top for extra softness. I love this cute cat fabric, and it only took about 10 minutes to put it all together!


Now, it's ready for a cat - can't wait to see who is the first to use it!