Sunday, January 9, 2011

Just jump already...

I spent this week clearing the decks of obligations, rushing to get product ordered for upcoming kits, finishing samples, and cleaning the house ...oops, didn't get to that one!

Here's just PART of the stuff for the Page of the Month kits....



All of the scurrying, working late, and phone calls was in anticipation of this moment....actually starting on the projects I am designing for Tim Holtz at CHA. (just writing that sends a shiver down my spine!) I have been thinking and planning and engineering in my head all week. When the new product arrived, I was not disappointed. Now really, would I be? Come on this is tim - demigod of all things paper crafting - holtz!

On Saturday, I spent the morning at the Scrapbook Nook (the local shop where I teach) for their new quarter open house. Afterward, Mom, Sarah and I had to run a few errands (geez, errands take FOREVER don't they!!) When I got home, it was TIME. I could start!

Okay, wait, a better straighten up a bit, it will be easier to work with a clean desk....

Two hours later, I had a straightened desk and a cleared work table. The product for upcoming kits was on the shelves and organized. My "tim" drawer was even organized...hmmm.....I will never find anything in there now....better go mess it up....

Laura, you are stalling....



(Ready to work....No "I Spy" needed here, the new stuff is NOT in the picture... maybe I should have emptied the trash BEFORE I took the photo...)

I should vacuum...Trev! Can you haul the vacuum upstairs for Mom?...Wait, now I think I need the shop vac... Trev!....

Laura you are stalling....

Do we have any Magic Erasers? I need to clean of this work matte....No? Maybe I should run out and get one....

Laura, you are stalling...

What if I am missing one of tim's products...I better check...I may need to make a run back to Scrapbook Nook...no, I think I pretty much have everything he has ever put on the market (plus the new stuff...)...but what if I need two of something?.... hmmm.... I am missing 4 of the Distress Ink colors.....

Laura you are stalling....

What are we going to have for dinner? Should I run to the store now....or take a break later...

Laura, you are stalling....

What about the laundry? do the kids have clean clothes for school tomorrow? Oh....my sweet hubby did the laundry yesterday while I was out...(I think I'll keep him!!...)

Laura, you are stalling....

Doesn't the downstairs bathroom need to be cleaned?.....

Okay, Laura now you are REALLY stalling.....

One last look thru my tim stamp sets.... I feeling a gentle warm sensation that starts and the top of my head and gently flows down my body. This many times happens when I need it most. I call it "hugs from heaven" and I know it is my Dad letting me know he is with me. At that moment, this set of stamps was in my hand....



Thank you Daddy....

I am ready to start now.

Laura

32 comments:

  1. Love that stamp set! Yes, Laura, he is with you. What a comfort in knowing that.

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  2. It's the perfect stamp set for your "stalling moments". Grab the bull by the horns and do what you do best. Know you won't disappoint.
    Gloria H

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  3. girlfriend, you will be fine! and have fun, you know you will! i can hardly wait to see what you come up with, i am so glad you share. have fun in so. calif., i will be there too, just at disneyland instead! oh well!

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  4. Hi Laura - Have fun creating ... do what you do best ... being unique!!!!! Everyone will love whatever you do.

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  5. Go get em' Laura. T!m has confidence in you as well as your loyal blog land people. We know that what ever you do will be stunning. Now just relax and be what you do so well. Have fun. Can't wait to see what you are doing. Have an awesome time at CHA.

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  6. Laura.. loved your note this morning! And how true, i think we all look to stall when about to realize a dream! You are going to rock this one! Relax, enjoy, let your Dad's love surround you and create... as you always do. super fab projects that astound us all!

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  7. Oh Laura, you are so talented something would have come to you. I wish my brain worked like yours. I'm so sad that I missed out on the Heritage kit. Hoping I can get the pattern though. Love, love, love your projects. Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year.

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  8. Oh, can I relate. I'm the queen of stalling, but previously daunting tasks get done while I'm avoiding the newest one. It always takes me forever to get the courage to start a new creative adventure.

    My dad died last Jan. and I often hear his voice just when I need it most.

    Laura, you are a masterful artist and creator and I know that all your projects for Tim will be amazing!

    I met and spoke with Tim a Great Lakes Mega Meet. He is human just like the rest of us. He a nice guy. He is a combination of a great teacher and showman and not at all full of himself. Your my dear, are just like him! You go girl!

    Warm wishes
    Deb

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  9. You are going to do fine and your Tim projects will be great!! Its so exciting!!!!

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  10. Not to worry! With your talent and Tim's products--well--I'm sure you will blow us away! Love the stamp set that ended up in your hand--I'm going to have to get that one. I feel those "hugs from heaven" too--you described exactly what I feel sometimes!

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  11. You sound busy, but you always manage to get things done in the end. It's a talent!
    Just as a side note...why hasn't anyone designed a self cleaning toilet yet...that's what I wanna know. (I know...they do...it's called a Mother);)Glad to hear you're enjoying some hugs from heaven! Cool stamp set too!

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  12. Laura, I know you will do a fantastic job! Your dad is probably grinning from ear to ear from Heaven, looking down on you and loving all that you do. You are a wonderful person and I wish you all the best in your (ad)venture with Tim!

    Heather aka momofcody

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  13. You'll do fine ~ better than fine! I have totally been there, running around the house doing everything except finishing an album: laundry, cleaning, errands, re-grouting the tile, scrubbing the fridge, etc. Once I settle and really dig deep, that's when I do my best stuff. So get ready to make some of the most awesome projects you've ever created in your life!

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  14. You aren't stalling, just allowing time for your creative juices to perculate!! Quiet your heart and mind and just let it flow!! Take some deep cleansing breaths, shake off the tension and just "BE". Sometimes when life gets to be too much, you need to just "BE" in the moment and let things flow. Can't force creativity and you have LOTS on your plate right now! OK, Ohmmmmmmmmmmmm! hehe

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  15. OK, seriously! How zen did that post sound?? haha

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  16. You go girl! I have every confidence you'll knock everyone off their feet with your work!

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  17. Cute post - you make me smile. Good luck to you. This is so exciting!!

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  18. Laura you can do it!You have so many people who believe in you and are cheering you on.Friends, and most importantly, family will be with you every step of the way. Can't wait to see what beautiful things you create!

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  19. Laura - you have only to remember you have hugs from all over the globe too! Deep breath now - go with what your heart tells you - it WILL be right - your creativity will not let you down now! Sending all good wishes from over the water! Jen x

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  20. Ohhh so exciting, i hope you are flooded with creativity for your CHA projects.
    Are we not allowed to see what he sent you? Boo :(

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  21. Hi Laura,

    I love this post. I know what that warm feeling is like....trust yourself. We are all here cheering you on. YOU CAN DO IT!!!
    Every thing that you have created is amazing.
    You are amazing. Tim would not have asked you to do this if he didn't think you were amazing.
    Go with it and just design....no one will be dissappointed. Trust yourself. This is a blessing from God. You deserve it.
    Big hugs....Now get going!!!
    angelbug56

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  22. Your father is with you and with his arms wrapped all the way around you making sure that you don't 2nd guess yourself or say "I can't do this" He is your number 1 fan and we are all your 2nd, you have so many people who love you:) What does the future hold for you ? Humm, Go back to your first Utube lol look how far you have come , all the hard work and all the enjoyment you have given us is coming back to you, IT YOUR TURN!!!You give people like me courage and strength to do the things I no I can do but have been putting them off.

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  23. What can I say I think everyone before me has said it all. You have loads of talent and have shared it with us, so let Tim see how talented you really are - knock his socks off.

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  24. Hi Laura! I am a very new follower of yours and your post had me cracking up! I would be doing the same things! However, when you showed the stamps that were in your hand it just reminded me of how God is always there to show us the way if we take the time to listen.
    I have already learned so much from watching your videos and reading your blog. Your video referred to a "tutorial" where would I find those?
    I have started my first paper bag album which I think is a hoot of a concept! Thank you for your inspiration to this pretty new scrapper girl!
    Warmly,
    Sharain

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  25. Hey hey now, you may be "the master of paper crafts" but I hold the title "master of procastination". Get busy and make us proud (I know you will, no doubts in my mind). I can't wait to see what you come up with. I only hope you will be able to share with us after CHA.
    Best wishes to you during this creative time.

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  26. Laura I have no doubt in my mind that this will be one of your greatest creation yet. With all your talent and well of course great product, you will knock his socks off.... You go girl...Do what we all you can do, and remember your father is right above watching and smiling ear to ear to see the great accomplishments his wonderful daughter has already achived in a litte over years time. And like the stamps says ENJOY THE JOURNEY... you so deserve it. Annette AKA purplegirl

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  27. After reading all the comments about this post, I am overwhelmed by the kindness of your followers - you deserve it and we all feel like you are a good friend - loved green bugs analogy - perculating. I sure will use that excuse in the future! We are all so excited for you and can't wait to see what wonderful things pop out of your head! Yea Laura and thanks Laura's Dad for your inspiring upbringing. Mary Werner

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  28. Laura, You are stalling too much! Tim is just as plain and down to earth as we are, there is no "high and mightiness" about the man. I met him in South Africa 2 years ago, and he is such a sweet, nice young man, you are going to enjoy working with him! stop stalling, you know what you'r doing and you ar good at it!
    annemarie south africa

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  29. I love, love, love this post....sounds like the mess that goes on in my head when I have a deadline looming but too excited to start. Good luck girl. Can't wait to see the final projects. Woohoo!

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  30. Ooo Are you part of Tim Holtz's design team now? Or are you making samples to show him at CHA? How exciting! STOP STALLING! LOL

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  31. Love this post...You know you have a lot of cheerleaders and WE all know you will do a great job!!! It's your time to shine so sit back, relax and do what you do (In your clean workspace). I and everyone else is sure that you will knock everyone at CHA's socks off. Hugs and good luck...can't wait to see what you come up with.

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  32. Oh such a fun post Laura. I teared up at the end "Thank you Daddy...". I miss mine. Oh what fun you're having now and TH is one lucky guy to find you. It was nice seeing you Saturday and looking forward to the class.

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