Well, I have great news, and I have great news. Both family members' surgeries turned out very well, and both are on their way to recovery! I want to thank each and every one of you who helped by your prayers. I do believe in the power of prayer, and you all proved that to us these past few days. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I hope you all know that we do pray for all of you, as well, and a lot of you we even pray for and petition for specific outcomes as you ask us to. We care about all of our customers--from the ones who come every day to the ones who can only visit once in a while or can only purchase from us online. You all are what makes our little world turn, and we would not be here if it weren't for your support. So, once again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Now, let's get onto other news: This past weekend was a blowout again!!! We had approximately 21 people cropping and we had two workshops. For both workshops, more people showed up than scheduled, and we had to scramble a bit to get supplies together, but I think everything went well and everybody had a great time. (See, that's why we ask you to call ahead and schedule, so we can be sure to have enough products on hand for you to take the workshops!)
Emery and I were busy, busy, busy all day long assisting customers in the store itself, and Felix was off playing in the City Cup tournament for pool. And guess what? His team WON FIRST PLACE in the City Cup, thanks to him, several times!!! Each of his team members received a trophy and $500, and the establishment that sponsored his team received a trophy, as well. He is STILL exhausted!!!
We have so many things scheduled for this month... This weekend, Friday 02/13/09 we will close at 6:00 PM because the Eve parade will be rolling, and so many of our customers are in the parade that we felt we should be out there supporting them and taking photographs of them riding so they could come back and scrap their fun times. On Saturday 02/14/09 we will be open usual hours and cropping until Midnight. We've got a bunch of people signed up already, so call now to reserve your spot for this weekend if you are planning on coming and joining in the melee!!!
Have I mentioned that on Tuesdays the Catholic Apostolate holds ESL (English as a Second Language) classes here, teaching English through scrapbooking? The classes are held between 12:30 PM and 2:00 PM in the crop area.
Also, on Wednesdays there are two local teachers who are holding Spanish classes starting at 4:00 PM. There are two sessions each Wednesday, and they just started, so if you want your child to learn Spanish before it is offered to them in high school, now is the time to come and sign them up. We've even had adults requesting classes, so things have been jumping around here! If you're interested, please drop by the store and pick up a flyer, or if it is after hours, there are flyers and posters in the windows with more contact information.
Don't forget, the wonderfully uniquely talented designer Marah Johnson will be here, IN PERSON doing two workshops this month--Thursday 02/27/09 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM and Friday 02/28/09 from 12:30 to 2:30 PM. PLUS she's creating a surprise for us to raffle off to workshop participants. YOU may be able to actually own something this amazing designer has created with her very own hands!!! I have to tell you... I have personally experienced classes and one-on-one make and takes with Marah, and she is so creative and makes things look so easy to do, and they turn out to be absolute masterpieces!!! Plus, she's one of the most pleasant and interesting people I've ever met, and very easy to work with. We have a sample of each minibook you will be creating in the workshops she'll be doing here on the counter in the store.
Also on Friday 02/27/09 and Saturday 02/28/09 is Crop Celebration in Hammond, Louisiana, held as a charity crop for the Restoration House. Aside from it being a most worthy cause, it is a very social, cheery event that has silent auctions of products--both raw materials (like papers, kits, stamps, etc.) as well as finished pieces (like greeting card collections, minibooks, etc.)--raffles, door prizes, goodie bags, make and takes, and workshops. Plus, did I mention the food there is AWESOME??? I don't know who the chefs are, but they DEFINITELY get 5 stars in my book!!! Check them out at their website at www.CropCelebration.com. (Also, please note that where we are listed on the Vendor page, they have our old Metairie store listed, but, as you know, we did close the Metairie store in December. :( We currently only have a store in Mandeville, Louisiana.)
Okay, I can feel Gina wondering when I'm going to shut up, so I will. I hope you all have a fantastic rest of your week, and I look forward to seeing you all at the Eve parade Friday night or here cropping at the store on Saturday (if not sooner!).
Until next time, happy scrapping and stamping!