Well I have been back to school for a week now. The first couple of days before the official start was just crazy and BUSY. Teachers trying to get their classrooms ready for the first day of school. You see I am a custodian at a elementary school. Besides cleaning my area I also help the teachers in anyway I can. Mostly they need things moved around or even need more desks and chairs for their room.
This year we have more children in the classrooms than usual. It really isn't fair to the students nor the teachers. Some rooms are so full its even hard for me to get the vacuum around the desks. My heart goes out to them. But I work at a great place. Everyone works together to keep our students safe and ensure they all get the education they deserve.
First day of school went very well. The children were so excited about being back. The kindergartners were all so excited about being at school. You could see it on their faces. Of course the teachers are constantly telling them to stay in line, don't do that and just having plain old fun with them.
This morning I seen a mother who just walked her little one to kindergarten and the next time I seen her she was sitting on the bench in the hallway fighting her tears. I remember each and every time I sent my three to kindergarten and it does for some reason bring those tears. I guess we realize our little one is growing up to fast and a new chapter in their life has begun.
Would you like to win $25 Gift Certificate? Who wouldn't right? Starting today and running till Saturday you could be entered to win this.
All you have to do is purchase from the participating stores from the You Can Sell IT! Guild. And the COOL thing is each item purchased is an entry in the drawing. So the more items purchased the higher your percentage of winner goes up.
We have 16 participating stores with a wide variety of products to choose from. So make sure your not left out of this GREAT contest. Below the list of the participating stores is listed with links directly to their stores.
So come on into A Special Touch store and get those great cards for the upcoming season now. Each card you purchase will be an entry in the drawing.
The final list of all the participating stores that are in the You Can Sell It contest that starts August 23rd to August 29th. The rules of the contest have also been included. Happy Shopping starting Sunday. Good Luck to everyone that enters.
1) The amount of the gift certificate is for the total purchase amount, including shipping. Example A: $22 (item price) + $3 (shipping) = $25 (total) example B: $6 + $10 + $5 (item prices) + $4 (shipping) = $25 (total). The prize can only be claimed during one shopping session and cannot be used multiple times. If the item you wish to use the gift certificate for exceeds $25, please see rule #4."
2) Browse through the stores until you find the item(s) you wish.
3) Contact the seller and inform them of your selection(s).
4) If the item(s) chosen is more than the amount of the in-store gift certificate, the balance due is the sole responsibility of the winner.
4a) When a balance is due, the seller will send winner an invoice for the item(s), less the amount of the girt certificate, and winner agrees to pay the balance due within 48 hours.
4b) If the balance is not paid within 48 hours of the issued invoice, the transaction will be canceled. The in-store gift certificate may still be applied to another purchase, but the same rule applies: The balance due must be paid for within 48 hours of the issued invoice.
5) In-store gift certificate must be redeemed within 30 days of the winning date. Any balance after the 30 days will be considered forfeit. No cash back will be issued.
6) Once your item choice(s) has been processed, the seller will ship you the item(s). Delivery times may very depending on location.
7) This contest is void where prohibited by local laws.
Today I am revealing five more stores that are participating in the You Can Sell It Back to School Contest that starts next week. Make note of these great stores and browse around. Tomorrow the final stores will be posted with the contest rules.
Today I will reveal four of the stores that are taking part of the You Can Sell It contest. From now till Saturday you can browse these stores to get ideas of anything that you would like to purchase during the contest week.
An exciting new contest is starting this Saturday August 22nd. Some of us guild members of You Can Sell It is having a contest in which you don't want to miss. As the week goes on I will introduce to you the stores that are participating in the contest. To enter the contest a purchase made in one of the participating stores will qualify you to be entered in a drawing for a $25 gift certificate to use in one of the participating stores of your choice. Complete rules will posted later.
As the week goes on come back and check what stores are participating. By Friday the completed list of stores will be listed.
Sihui "SiSi" owns the artfire studio "Peacefully Folding. She operates out of Hong Kong and makes GORGEOUS origami pieces. Her collections include Cards, Jewelry, and Magnets. If you want something specific she also offers custom orders. Check out her shop at: http://www.origamibysisi.artfire.com
During the week of August 14th to August 21st VaBeachQuilter is having a great giveaway. Browse her shop @ http://www.vabeachquilter.artfire.com and choose your favorite item. Go to http://www.hmgiveaways.blogspot.com to see how to enter to win a small coin purse. The winner will choose which one they want. So Don't miss out on your chance of checking out some great handmade items and the chance to win one of her beautiful coin purses.
At A Special Touch a new line of cards will be posted. Children birthday cards and party invitations is in the works. We either have children of our own or at least have friends and family members that do. Theres nothing like giving a child the perfect birthday card to make them feel special. My children love their birthday cards that they get from friends and family members and of course as a mom I end up scrapbooking them into their birthday page for that year.
Birthday parties are big for children. I know year after year my children bring home party invitations from their friends throughout the school year. There will also be invitations listed that will be great for any boy or girl having a party.
There will be a line of birthday cards for both boy and girls specifically for ages one to five. Its seems like the first five years are the fastest and so much happens during these years that we tend to celebrate these more than any other.
I hope to have these all made and posted in the coming month. Like always come check out my store for any of your card needs and if you don't find what you want please feel free to contact me about what your looking for.
Everyone have a good Thursday. And don't forget to shop handmade and support the hard working artist that bring us such great products.
My Special Touch has added 8 new fall cards perfect for the upcoming holiday season. They are all made from 80 lb acid and lignin free cardstock and decorative embellishments. The cards are left blank for your personal message to be added. The cards would be perfect for saying Happy Thanksgiving to your long distance relatives or some are perfect to drop a note during the fall season. Whatever the reason these cards are unique and great for any reason. Check them out before they disappear. http://www.angelmaz.artfire.com
Well this week is my last full week of summer vacation. Next week I return back to school. Which is great cause I miss the kids and my fellow co-workers. But it also means I have to start juggling work and my online store. Thankfully I am an organized person and this week I am working on what my schedule will be and getting everything organized. My goal for after returning to work is to continue promoting as much as I can. I will be posting new cards on Sunday evenings. This will give me all week to work on new projects. This week is also my last week to get my own children ready for school. We still have shoe shopping and haircuts to go. Tonight more fall cards are going to be posted in my studio. And don't forget I will still be featuring an artisan every Saturday. And remember support handmade.
Today I took the handmade pledge. Its very easy just go to http://www.buyhandmade.org and take the pledge. I create handmade but I also support my fellow creators. There is such great products out there that are unique and have quality craftsmanship.
Also if your looking to become a fan of something special I have the place for you to go. Kim of Va Beach Quilters has a fan page on facebook. Her work is wonderful. Check out her work in my blog below and then go and become a fan: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Virginia-Beach-VA/VaBeachQuilter/253075845077
Jodi is the owner of the shop MaidenMauiJewerly on artfire. She has just recently joined the artfire community. Her jewerly is absolutely BEAUTIFUL. There is nothing like around. Her jewelry has a hawaiian stlye and the craftmanship is excellent.
This would make perfect christmas gifts and a plus is she offers free shipping.
Starting with this Saturday I will be featuring a artisan from artfire. This is my way of paying it forward. I believe in artfire and all the artisans that have a studio there. I want to be able to do my part in getting the word out about artfire and the different products that are available. If you would like to be featured just email me and I would be more than happy to. There are so many awesome products on artfire. I know how it feels to be new to artfire and trying to find your way. Of course I am still finding my way but I have learned alot in the past month and just want to help someone else out when I can. So check back Saturday to see an awesome artisan that you will not want to miss.
Boy today has been an exciting day in many ways. First thing this morning I had a sale from my artfire studio. Thanks to VaBeachQuilters for her purchase. I was tickled pink that I had accomplished my first sale. But then on the other hand I was worried about my 7 year old daughter. She had a doctors appointment to get her arm checked out. She had some kind of lump there and it concerned me. Boy the mixed up emotions of the excitement of the sale and the concern over my daughter was keeping me busy this morning. After my daughters x-rays the doctor informed us that she had a Osteochondroma on her humerus bone. Its really nothing to concern our selves about right now unless its starts hurting her arm. Later after her bone growth is done the doctors will remove it. I was relieved to her it wasn't too serious and now just hope that it doesn't interfere with the growth of her arm. Of course she is fine but mommy is worse for the wear. Hope the sales keep coming and everyone have a good rest of the day!!
Well we have started the month of August and I know there are plenty of things that we all have to do this month. Getting our children ready for back to school and doing our last family getaways. At A Special Touch there are several events going on. First is the promotion of buying a set of Christmas Cards you will recieve two additional cards free. Second is the promotion of buy any 3 cards and you will recieve 2 cards free. And last sign my guest book at the bottom of my blog page and you will be entered into a drawing at the end of the month. The winner will recieve a 10 pack of "SNOW" Christmas Cards. The winner will be notified on September 1, 2009. Also during this month Halloween cards will be posted in my studio. Here is one that I have completed and posted.
August is back to school month. Boy it has been a long summer. The kids are getting restless and are so ready to go back to school. And of course mom is too. Since I work for the school system I am also looking forward to going back to work. Its nice to have the time off but I miss the kids and my fellow colleges. I enjoy working for the school. Its perfect hours and a great envirnoment to work in. The little ones at school are so sweet and you can see it on their faces how much they love school. Back to school also means them god awful school supply list. Then its the new clothes and shoes they need. One of the down sides of back to school. Summer is great to spend time with family and friends. Its a good time to recharge and relax a little. Back to school is so much fun for children. They see their friends again and get the chance to make new ones. For the little kindergartens they are so excited about being at school, well at least most are. There are some that are absolutely terified about being at school. But they fall into place and start enjoying making new friends. Gotta love back to school time. Everyone enjoy the summer that is left.