Thursday, July 30, 2009

Scrap-N-on the River 2009

Scrap-N-on the River was AWESOME!!! No, it was OUTSTANDING!!! We just love Pam and her family, and love being a vendor for that crop. We've already booked our spot for next year (the dates will be July 22, 23, and 24, 2010) and are looking forward to it. We saw so many loyal customers who visit us every event we attend, and it was so nice to visit with them after not seeing them for a while. Of course, I had issues with my back, and didn't even get to go to the Convention Center on Friday, but Saturday made up for it. And, we got a steak dinner on Saturday, that was really great. Momma cooked it all, and we just love her cookin'! She worked so hard, and we really appreciate all the time and effort she put into making a wonderful meal for us for that last evening of fun. The proceeds for the dinner went to the Jerry D. Roberts Scholarship, which was set up by Pam's family in honor and memory of her beloved baby brother, who was killed unexpectedly in a plane crash in December of 2006. Pam works very hard all year 'round to prepare for the event every July, and it is always a pleasure to attend, both as a vendor and as a cropper. She really goes out of her way to see to it that everyone has a great time (which they always do!) and nobody goes home empty-handed. This year she had Lisa Bearnsen to do workshops for her, and take pictures and sign autographs. Lisa almost didn't make it to the crop, though, because she and her daughter were involved in an auto accident right before the crop. But, being the trooper she is, Lisa came anyway! We were all so glad Lisa and her daughter were alright, and able to make it!

Today we moved the rest of our belongings out of the Mandeville store. It was very sad to have to let it go, but it appears (from all of your feedback) that everybody is shopping online now, and it only seems to be the right direction to head into. Especially at this point in time, what with my health issues lately.

I've been in touch with my sales reps this week (remember, this week was Summer CHA, the world tradeshow where they release all the Fall product lines) and OMG the things they are coming out with!!! Plus, there are new companies out there that we apparently just HAVE to carry, and as soon as I get my hands on the actual products from the reps, I'll post a link so you can pre-order them from us.

We are still working on getting things squared away at the home-store, and are working on getting the Cricut up and running again, as well as the Epson, so we can cut and scan for you, just like before. We should have it finished some time next week, so if you need us to scan something and print or color-correct, or retouch it, or burn it to a CD, just let us know. Remember, the new phone number is 504-258-1718. And yes, we still have the Cricut cartridges to rent. I'm going to work on having Felix put up a page on the webstore where you can choose which cartridge you want to rent, and reserve it.

We still have all the products that were in the store (well, most of them, because Emery and Felix tried to sell them ALL in Natchez!!!), so if there's something you need and don't see it on the webstore yet, PLEASE JUST CALL OR E-MAIL ME!!! It's that simple. We can meet you somewhere to give you your order, or mail it Priority, or even deliver it to your home or business (call for more info on that). We still take cash, checks, money orders, debit cards, and credit cards. And PayPal, and you DO NOT have to have a PayPal account to pay us through PayPal. If you want to pay with a credit card over the phone, that's available too. JUST CALL!!!

Layout of the Month will continue next month, and we plan to ship those out August 29th. Emery and I are working on putting together a crop for the LOTM workshop on both the Northshore and Southshore, and we'll e-mail participants directly as well as post if we can get it together in time for August's LOTM.

Until next time, happy scrapping and stamping!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Countdown Has Begun!

Well, almost all of the displays and slatwall are already sold, and a LOT of the merchandise we had in stock has been purchased along with them! Yes, we do have tons more to bring to Scrap-N-on the River next week, so don't worry about that! People have been calling and "reserving" items, especially Kokuyo refill cases, so if there's something special that you want us to bring, NOW is the time to call or e-mail and let us know!

The online store is up and running at the house now, and I've been busy filling orders every day. Of course, I've also been busy placing orders for more stuff! As we get new products in, we will send out posts, just like when the storefront was open. We also have a lot of online activities planned, and are in the process of changing a lot of things on the website to make it easier to navigate, and to give you more information on products you can order. And we have a lot of FUN that we're trying to work into it all! We will have LOCAL DELIVERY for our faithful customers who normally would come into the store to purchase from us, and who are now ordering from us online. Just one of the perks of being a great customer!

I want to thank everybody who has shopped with Scrappersaurus, since it's inception. We have seen YOU grow, just as you have seen US grow, and it has been a very wonderful experience. I will miss the weekend crops every Saturday, however, we do have plans in the works to hold crops in the future, once things settle down and everything is operating as it should be.

To those of you who have called, written, or stopped by to wish me well and let me know that I had a lot of people praying for me, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. It is so very much appreciated, and I want you to know that every one of you is important to me, as a person and a friend--not just a "customer". Together, over the past few years, we have built a great relationship, and your caring concern at this very difficult time in my life means so much to me. My back surgery has been postponed until I get cardiac clearance now, but things are looking up, and I am very hopeful that it will all work out for the best. Your prayers, I'm sure, have had a lot to do with my greatly improving health. Thank you!

I will see you all next week at Scrap-N-on the River!

Until next time, happy scrapping and stamping!