Thursday, 29 September 2016

And Just Like That I've Been Framed

Well, I put it off for months, closer to a year actually, I didn't want to jump on the wagon with all of the other crafters out there but I framed my first sign last week.
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A friend of mine, who's local, just so happens to be completely full for her wood signs for Christmas so she sent her cousin to me for a sign. I received a quote and a photo. First the quote came "If you think our hands are full you should see our hearts" I just so happened to have three files with this quote and figured "yep, I can do that." But then she sent "I was thinking of this style that Jessica does..." with this photo...
Photo from Wilde Wood Revivals on Facebook
And my sign making days were forever changed. I made the lady her sign. And I love it. I loved it so much that I haven't stopped framing signs since. I'm addicted. I love them. I always told my husband that I liked them because to me they give that "complete" image. But I didn't want to fall victim to the latest trend. I love this sign, here is the lovely sign that I made the lady...
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After I made this sign, I was so proud of my accomplishment that I kept on going. After I was done admiring this sign I made another, a little different, but I totally fell in love with the look of my "Love Grows Here" sign that I had to make another. I wasn't sure what to do. I had a gorgeous piece of wood and wanted it to look the same as the Love sign, but I didn't know what to put on it. Then it just came to me. I designed both of these signs on a "feeling" that the piece gave me, or at least that I wanted it to give me.
"Love grows here" available on our website
Carpe Diem Sign available on our website
Pretty signs right? I love them, I know that not everyone will share my taste, and that's fine. I custom to best suit the needs of my customers but for the craft sale that I'm preparing for I try to mix it up. A little of my taste, a little of things that aren't so appealing to me. I just cross my fingers and hope that other people will like my creations. Every purchase, whether it's one of our signs, glass block lights that were really popular last Christmas or even the socks that seem to be taking off this year, every single purchase helps my family survive and for that I'm eternally grateful and I will continue to do what I can to make pretty works of art for those out there willing and able to love them also. And hey, the giveaways are fun too!!

I have made a couple of framed signs for the Christmas sale that's coming up in December. For more information on that event you can check our "Where to Buy" page. At the bottom is where we list the sales we'll be attending. Well, I better get back to creating. :) Have a wonderful night everyone! Take care. And thank you for reading my ramblings :)
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~~GIVEAWAY~~ "Bring me a Drink Socks

Okay, since Christmas is in less than three months now, I'm super excited as always to start giving stuff away. Yes I will be running my annual "12 Days of Christmas" giveaway again this year so stay tuned in December for that. Such a long wait, I know, so I decided to give some socks away today, well not exactly today. I'll be running the giveaway until Thanksgiving, I'm Canadian everyone so that's just over one week away, it's not the end of November ;)

So, here's what we're offering...
No, not all six pairs, sorry! But your choice of one pair. It will say "If you can read this" on one sock and on the other you get to customize "Bring me ....." what would you have? A drink? Me, you could bring me a Sling... Bonus points for anyone who comments on this post knowing that I'm referring to :)


***PLEASE NOTE*** I do verify ALL entries so please don't say you have done something if you haven't because it will be deleted. It saves me a lot of time if I don't have to go through and delete those false entries :)

There are two mandatory entries in order to unlock the other entries in the Rafflecopter widget. They are pretty simple, Like us on Facebook so you can stay up to date on our products, and leave a blog post so that if you win I know what to put on your socks. Pretty simple!

You do not have to do them both to be entered into the giveaway. You can do just one and have only one entry into the giveaway but you MUST do BOTH to access the remaining entry options. If you say you've done an entry that you haven't done it will be deleted. I've been running giveaways on my review website for the better part of 7 years. I run fair giveaways. Please be fair to yourself and others who are entering. Thank you everyone for your understanding. Good luck!



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Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Christmas Cards For Our Troops Overseas

Since I was rather sad that I was too late for the Operation Santa Claus donations for this year I did some reading on-line to see what else I could do for our Troops that are away from their families, homes, loved ones, friends, everything, this holiday season. I stumbled upon the Forces.ca webpage for families and friends to send letters and parcels to their beloved Troops who are going to be away for the holidays and as I read on I became very thankful that mine isn't too far away this coming holiday season, far enough but not as far as some. The holidays can be a stressful time for many reasons but spending them without your loved ones because they are in another country, on the ocean somewhere or wherever they may be... it really does make it so much more difficult. As I said, I am very thankful that mine is on Canadian soil again this year. I wish he was home, but only time will tell if that happens. So anyhow.... I decided that since these Troops are far away and I can't send them the awesome t-shirts, socks and travel mugs that I was planning to send, I thought I will make them some Christmas cards and send a bulk parcel to each of the 19 locations that we are allowed mail without being an "authorized sender". Yes, we do have some locations that you can't send mail to.

Well, I thought I would share this information just in case you'd like to join my Holiday Cheer Train. If you're local and would like to send letters without paying to ship them yourself please feel free to stop into the store and drop them off. I will add them to whichever one of my parcels you would like to send them to :) If you're interested in this please climb aboard the train and get your letters/cards ready and mailed. Here is all of the information that you will need...

From the Forces Website:

Mail intended for Christmas delivery to Canadian Forces personnel serving overseas and using the Belleville address must arrive at Belleville by 18 November 2016.

Canadians sending letters for “Any Canadian Armed Forces Member
Canadian Forces members serving overseas appreciate receiving correspondence from Canadians as well as groups, schools and organizations from across Canada.
Post cards, greeting cards and letters may be sent as per the addressing instructions below.
The Canada Post free letter mail program is not extended to letters/cards addressed to “Any Canadian Forces Member” and all such items will require postage.
Only parcels as described in the “Bulk Mail” section below are acceptable, however they require postage. Parcels addressed to “Any Canadian Forces Member” containing any items other than correspondence will be returned to sender and the sender’s expense. For those wishing to send care packages or donations please refer to this link: Donations.

Bulk mail
Schools, groups, businesses and associations may send cards and letters bulked in a parcel.  The parcel is not to contain any other item other than correspondence and requires postage. Parcels found to contain items other than correspondence will be returned to the sender at the sender’s expense.

Addressing
All letters and parcels containing letters/cards are to be addressed to "Any Canadian Forces Member" below you will find the addresses for our overseas operations:


Any Canadian Forces Member
CCMFO
PO BOX 5237 STN FORCES
BELLEVILLE ON  K8N 5W6


Any Canadian Forces Member
OP FOUNDATION or IMPACT
PO BOX 5301 STN FORCES
BELLEVILLE ON K8N 5W6

Note: Packages intended for the above Mission must bear a list of content along with the value of each article.


Any Canadian Forces Member
OP FOUNDATION
PO BOX 5302 STN FORCES
BELLEVILLE ON K8N 5W6

 Note: Packages intended for the above Mission must bear a list of content along with the value of each article.


Any Canadian Forces Member
OP FOUNDATION
PO BOX 5303 STN FORCES
BELLEVILLE ON K8N 5W6

Note: Packages intended for the above Mission must bear a list of content along with the value of each article.


Any Canadian Forces Member
OP HAMLET
PO BOX 5250 STN FORCES
BELLEVILLE ON  K8N 5W6


Any Canadian Forces Member
OP JADE
PO BOX 5239 STN FORCES
BELLEVILLE ON K8N 5W6


Any Canadian Forces Member
CANADIAN CONTINGENT PRISTINA
PO BOX 5249 STN FORCES
BELLEVILLE ON  K8N 5W6


Any Canadian Forces Member
OP PROTEUS
PO BOX 5240 STN FORCES
BELLEVILLE ON  K8N 5W6


Any Canadian Forces Member
OP SATURN - SOPRANO
PO BOX 5225 STN FORCES
BELLEVILLE ON  K8N 5W6


Any Canadian Forces Member
OP SNOWGOOSE
PO BOX 5051 STN FORCES
BELLEVILLE ON  K8N 5W6


Any Canadian Forces Member
OP IMPACT
PO BOX 5006 STN FORCES
BELLEVILLE ON K8N 5W6


Any Canadian Forces Member
OP IMPACT
PO BOX 5304 STN FORCES
BELLEVILLE ON K8N 5W6

Note: Packages intended for the above Mission must bear a list of content along with the value of each article.


Any Canadian Forces Member
OS Det Kuwait
PO BOX 5006 STN FORCES
BELLEVILLE ON K8N 5W6


Any Canadian Forces Member
CFS Alert
PO BOX 5210 STN FORCES
BELLEVILLE ON  K8N 5W6


Any Canadian Forces Member
PO BOX 17000 STN FORCES
VICTORIA BC  V9A 7N2


Any Canadian Forces Member
PO BOX 99000 STN FORCES
HALIFAX NS  B3K 5X5


Any Canadian Forces Member
OP ADDENDA
PO Box 5231 STN FORCES
BELLEVILLE, ON K8N 5W6


Any Canadian Forces Member
OP REASSURANCE
PO BOX 5208 STN FORCES
BELLEVILLE ON K8N 5W6


Any Canadian Forces Member
OP UNIFIER
PO BOX 5214 STN FORCES
BELLEVILLE ON K8N 5W6


If any of you are able and willing I hope that you can take a little time to send a Christmas card or letter to our Troops overseas, even one card or letter can brighten someone's day.

As for me, I only have 64 days to make a ton of cards so I'm off to start making some Christmas cards for these members. Watch for them on my Facebook page :) Have a great day folks. As always Happy Crafting.