Monday, June 30, 2008

America's Got Talent Part 2

Here's another contestant that really impressed me. His name is Eli Mattson. Of course, I'm partial, considering he sings one of my all time favorite songs.

It's shaping up to be a great season!

Here is Cher's version, which I listened to about 6 times tonight while making some Halloween cards (more to come on those later)

Such pretty paper

I admit I have a paper obsession. I love pretty papers and I have more than I could possibly use in a lifetime. That doesn't stop me from buying more. When I really love a paper, I use it on as many cards as I can, like this brown and green print. It's very 60s to me.

She who dies with the most paper wins, right?

All three of these cards are available in my etsy shop, just click on the one you like

4th of July Treasury West by one of my San Diego East County team members, LizEdgar. That's my blue squares card, there at the top. Thanks Liz!

America's Got Talent

Oh my goodness, he's fantastic. His name is Neal E Boyd. He auditioned in New York. Gave me chills

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Beautiful Flowers

Tradewinds Hibiscus and purple Hydrangea
Tradewinds Hibiscus

Main Entry:
\hī-ˈbis-kəs, hə-\
New Latin, from Latin, marshmallow
: any of a large genus (Hibiscus) of herbs, shrubs, or small trees of the mallow family with large showy flowers and usually dentate leaves

My husband took these pictures at the San Diego County Fair this year. I think this is one of the most beautiful hibiscus flowers I've ever seen.

Blog mention

Back in April, one of my cards was mentioned in this beautiful polka dot blog. It was my first blog mention and it totally made my day. You can visit this lovely blog here

My first post

A little bit about me:

When I was in the 4th grade, my teacher told me that she liked the short story I had written and that I had the imagination to be a writer. From then on, that’s what I wanted to be when I grew up. I never wavered in it, whenever someone asked, that’s what I said.

I majored in Creative Writing and minored in Literature in college. Most people, when finding out that I was an English major, assumed that I wanted to teach. No, I’m not overly fond of children. I wasn’t even sure that I would like my own (I do though, thank goodness). I never wanted to be a teacher, I don’t have what it takes. So, here I was, majoring in English and Literature, all with the goal of being a “writer”. I was smart enough to know that I wasn’t going to graduate and write the great American novel though. I came up with a plan B. I decided I wanted to own my own bookstore. I could combine two of my great passions in life, the writing and reading of books. Over the summer between my junior and senior years, I got a job at a chain bookstore.

What can I say, it was retail. I firmly believe that everyone should be required to work in retail for one year. The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the retail experience.

Ok, back to the story.

So, after I graduated, I went back to the bookstore. There I stayed for 5 years. It was 4 years too long. I realized in that time that I didn’t want to own my own bookstore because, well frankly, I wasn’t too fond of the general public. It would have been a perfect job, if we didn’t have to unlock the doors. But we did and when the chain went under, I was done with retail.

Most of the jobs that I’ve had in my life have involved books. But, there aren’t a whole lot of publishers out here on the West coast. I was lucky enough to find a job with a book wholesaler, working directly with publishers. It was a perfect fit. I finally had a Monday thru Friday, 8-5 job. I could write in the evenings, if I felt like it. The problem was, I never felt like it.

I got married. I had a baby and then 3.5 years later, another one. There was always something else to do, something else that needed to be done. There are so many things that I want to do with my free time, the little bit of it that there is and writing just never made it onto the list. Life got in the way. I keep reminding myself that it’s ok, a lot of authors don’t get started until they are in their 40s or 50s. I have a lot of time still. And that’s true, I do have a lot of time still. Writing is something that can be done no matter your age.

So, maybe that’s what this blog will end up being. My way of acknowledging the little writer in the corner of my head, who is quietly crying because she doesn’t get to tell the stories in her head. Maybe she’ll get a chance to tell those stories. Or maybe, she’ll have to wait a while longer. We’ll see……