Monday, June 27, 2011

Time to slow down? Don’t think so!


So this afternoon I’m doing my Summer Newsletter for my website and I sent out e-mails to all of my contacts. I had done up the Newsletter and turned it into a PDF file for an attachment…yep, you guessed it. I forgot to attach it and everyone got a blank e-mail.
So I repeated! See what I mean by needing to slow down. I’m getting ahead of myself.

Anyway on with the busy…between Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Birthday’s, 2 Graduation’s and 2 Graduation Parties, 2 funerals and then the procedure which has kept me rather quiet…all of this was in a bit over a months time!

I’m ready for a break…we’re going to Arkansas the middle of July for a Cousin’s Reunion so that’s going to be my first break…not sure that Arkansas would be my first choice for a getaway but I’ll take what I can get at this point.


I think I’m trying to do too much at once…maybe it’s because I’m feeling better – not good, but much better since the procedure last week and that gives me some ‘faux energy’…I think I can do more than I can!
Not sure when the full effect will kick in all the way but the Dr. said 4-8 weeks…well, I don’t have that kind of time to sit still. Anyone who knows me knows this is killing me.
My backside looks like a pincushion – and very black and blue. I was really under the anesthesia because I don’t remember a thing except asking them to give it to me nice and strong and the next thing I was back in my room and then I slept the rest of the day. I was numb from that point on down to my toes for two days. This weekend I finally started getting the full feeling back in those areas. Please let’s hope this thing works!

beesOur Granddaughter’s Graduation party was Saturday – had a good time and there were lots of family and friends on all sides.
I took lots of pictures but to you they would just be ‘people milling around’ so I won’t bore you with them.

Alexandra by her cake and photo table
Alex 2

Alex’s Stepmother Jamie made her cake – she wanted a Marble cake with Strawberry filling and so Jamie being the ‘best Stepmother in the world’ made her very first one! She did a wonderful job didn’t she?Cake

I’m not for Tattoo’s but Alex decided she was going to get a hip Tattoo with her 18th birthday money in honor of her baby sister who was a still birth late in the pregnancy – I think it turned out quite nice.
Alexs Tatoo

Naturally we don’t have a family gathering that I don’t get a photo of Aidan.
One of the guests brought her 4 week old puppies to show everyone.Aidan puppy

Aidan puppy 1 

And as Angie his cousin was leaving he got a ride with her.
Alex’s dad Dan and Alex in back
Aidan and Angie



I have also added some new size
President Canvas Prints to the Primitives category
I had many requests for smaller sizes to tuck back in a shelf
I’m also offering them in a Sepia tone as well
5x5 Stretched Canvas and 5x7 Stretched Canvas

If you want to be on my Newsletter list just e-mail me

bees I think I’m getting crazy the longer I’m in this business - I’m considering signing up for a very large Craft Show in Lititz, PA for next August. It’s a bit late for this year to make new designs and different products but if I’m accepted I’ll have the better part of a year to prepare.  So I had better get my creative ideas flowing.


I’m getting my ‘lost blog list’ back on my sidebar. I forgot how to do it the easy way so it has been a one by one process…again, I need to slow down and these things won’t happen!
Thanks to everyone who contacted me and if you aren’t on and want to be…please e-mail me.

Oh and I forgot…at the top of my blog where the tabs are…I put my Amish Fiction book list – I’ve already had people e-mail me asking about information on some of the books. So if you like to read Amish Fiction go check it out.


We’ve eaten so much ‘party food’ the past month I’m ready for a steak so that’s what is on the menu for this evening…time to go get it ready.



  1. Wow, amazing. I don't know how you do it all. So busy AND productive! I hear ya with the graduation parties, birthdays, etc. I had a relaxing weekend, even though we celebrated my sons 23rd birthday. Took him to dinner, and we had ice cream cone cupcakes-(his request) Can't believe I am this old. Hope that you are feeling better,I know keeping busy always helps me.Thanks for your inspiration. ~Sara

  2. My gosh Karen!!! You sure have been busy and can't imagine doing all that and dealing with your hip at the same time! Sure hope you are feeling 100% here real soon! Your grandkids are so cute!

    Glad to see you are doing Lititz next year!


  3. Hi Karen,
    Try not to over do it.
    Yes, I know, easier said than done! :)
    Hope everything works out and you get back to feeling 100% soon.
    I will send you my positive thoughts and prayers.
    Enjoy your getaway!
    Loved the photo table.
    Great idea.
    And the cake turned out wonderful.

  4. You are having a crazy summer too...but it looks like you are having some fun!!! Take care of yourself and I am hoping you remain pain free! Dianntha

  5. Hi Karen.........what a fun post to read of all of your activities. Our 3rd grand just graduated in June too.
    Now 4 more to go! Can't believe she will be starting nursing school in August. If anyone can do that big show in PA, it's you! Continued prayers for you and your back procedure.

  6. Wow, Karen, you sure keep busy, ya know they say you can't keep a good woman down, lol. Aidan is such a cutie and getting so big. I hope your treatment is 100% effective and you are pain free. Enjoy your vacation!

  7. It's fun to read your wonderful post.

    First, I pray that you continue to get better with your back. I hope the procedure works and last a very long time.
    I , also, want to say Congratulations to your pretty granddaughter. Now...she faces the world and becomes a real grown up.
    Aiden is so handsome!
    Going to check out the kits.
    I am happiest when I am busy. You are more than busy!!!!!!!!!LOL!

  8. Karen I will keep you in my prayers that your health problems improve. Beautiful grandchildren.

  9. You sure have been busy..The graduation cake was awesome..Your granddaughter is a cute girl and good luck to her in whatever she decides to do after graduation..Hoping you feel better soon..Have a great week..

  10. Karen ,you are always so busy !I love the pics of your family .Aiden is precious!!Please take care of yourself.Will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.Hugs,Jen

  11. Karen,
    Wow, I thought I was busy!!!! I've read many of the amish books you have listed. I'm really loving this kindle!!! I'm reading johnny cash's autobiography right now. Good luck on the New Lancaster venture..... I so love it there!!! Hope you heal quickly.

  12. Whew! Girl! You make me tired just reading of your schedule....Think I'd send the others on to Arkansas and just sleep for a week...Seriously! Alexandra is a beautiful young lady....and Aidan, as always, a doll....Take care to take some time for yourself Sweetie...I'm assuming the doctor suggested moderate activity or something along those lines???! Have a wonderful week! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

  13. Hi Karen~

    Wow!! You sure have been busy!! I don't think I would be able to keep up with you. Have a wonderful little vacation. I'm sure you'll find some interesting shops along the way.

    Enjoy your evening~Becky

  14. Karen- you have my head spinning! Slow down!!!

    It looks like you've had a wonderful time and keeping busy does help to take your mind off any pain. Just remember pain is sending you a message. So maybe a break is going to be just the thing you need to heal.

    Thanks for all the news and congratulations to Alex.

    Take care. Maa.

  15. I've heard about that show, but have never been. Good luck!!!

    Here's hoping you stay pain free.

    As for slowing down I don't think it is in an artists vocabulary. We move from one thing to the next to the next. Always thinking and planning. I seem to like to post my blog post before I'm done. LOL

  16. Hi Sweetie.. Your grandchildren are adorable as always... I think you would do so good at a large craft sale.. It would be a nice change for you, too.. Right? And something to work toward...
    You know what is best for you and your health, though..
    Praying for you...

  17. Wow Karen, you certainly have been busy! Love the pictures. Your grandchildren are adorable!
    Hope you get back to feeling better soon. Take Care!

  18. Glad you're feeling better because it doesn't look like slowing down is an option! :)

    Aiden is adorable! Again congrats to Alex too!

    I'm going to pop over and visit your selling website!

    I'll be going to a reunion the middle of July in Alabama. Where abouts are you going in Arkansas?


  19. Looks like a great graduation party. I hope you are feeling better. It's hard to stay still when you have to but easy when you need to be getting things done.


  20. Hi Karen, glad your definitely on the mend, just be sure you don't do to much and ruin the procedure, my friend had to be careful for awhile! Got you newsletter but can't open it because it's a zip file and I don't have a the picture of Aiden with the pup, makes you want to squeeze them both! Congrats to you grandaughter, hope she has a bright future! I love her tattoo, what a great way for her to memorialize the baby. I love tattoos but only have one right now, I want an angel on my shoulder in memory of my mom next. Take care of yourself!! ~Kriss~

  21. I've always wanted to go to that show. When you find out if (when!) you got in, let us know the details. Would love for an excuse to go back towards home!

  22. Hi Karen -

    Sounds like you are a tad busy. It is what keeps us going, I guess.

    Where in Arkansas are you going? There are some beautiful parts around here but it is hot this time of year.

    Take care and don't overdue.


  23. Wow, you have been busy and I hope your back is better soon.


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