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Sunday, October 27, 2013

How I love October!

The colors of fall always make me take a step back and reflect on the year,it has not been an easy year for me.It is late October 2013 and I find myself once again,sick with ,must be this time a year or my age.A lot has happened since I last posted.My best friend Roxy died of cancer.I miss her everyday.Her courage and friendship meant so much to me over the past 25 years that I can not even begin to tell you about this awesome women.We were always together,always there for one another and I find myself,someday's reaching to call her to tell her how my day went or to ask her to lunch or as it had been the last few months checking on her and how she was feeling.They dedicated her into the Bulldog Hall of fame at South High where we worked and I and my siblings and children and grandchildren all went.It was the one thing she so didn't want to miss,but unfortunately she didn't  make it .I am still working at Ballard School even though it is not the same old place it use to be,rack it up to people watching out for themselves and pretty much not caring about each other ,really sad but you know maybe this is just the way the world is going,it use to be that people cared about each other,and no one would ever throw another under the bus,if there was a problem then we would actually talk to each other instead about each other and that includes me,yup,always liked the fact that I was honest and stepping on someones feelings,but even I have become this way.I guess its the trust factor that isn't there anymore,please don't get me wrong,I have plenty of friends there that I will forever cherish,but it's not the same as when Roxy,Sandy,and Heather and I were there,now all of them have passed in a better place and here I still am,walking endlessly into each day to see what will come of it.
My oldest daughter got married ,she was pregnant before the wedding,not so unusual these days,but something went wrong and at 7 months her twin girls had to be taken from her.what an awful thing to see your daughter go through .babies that were moving having to be taken from your womb because as they were dieing inside her it would of been even worse had she delivered them dead.Even though I never got to hold Sophia and Nathalie,they remain forever in my heart,when I see that little urn at my daughters home it reminds me that I have 8 grandchildren,2 of which I will see in another life.
My great nephew Colin cam home from college sick and we all later found out he had lymphoma,it has been a very long time for this brilliant young man who make words actually dance of the page.( I believe he gets that talent from his mom)He will be one day a great writer,but for now his journey is all about fighting the beast,and yes he is winning.Praise God for that.
My site has a brand new look,well actually it is a brand new site,you see in the mitts of all this my site was taken from me by unfortunately a thief and was put in the hands of the police for stolen goods off this persons tower.So with the help of good people ,we rebuilt her,it has been a long slow process,but I am getting there ,if you would take a minute to go take a look I would be very much appreciated. In case you need the URL http://www.shandalin.com.
As you can see it has been a very rough year ,but even so I know that God has been with me every step of the way,especially when I felt like I was so alone,I could hear the whispers in the wind saying I am right here my child ,you are never alone.
Here is wishing that all of you know that whatever life hands you ,you are never alone! :)

Monday, July 15, 2013

I guess I am not much of a blogger because I never seem to have time to post that often. As some of my friends and family already knows I lost my site due to my host that used a company that ended up having stolen parts and the authorities seized the towers and he can't get them back because he doesn't own them and so my shandalin is gone but like the phoenix it will rise again just not sure when. It has been a hard year with my buddy getting cancer and then my great nephew, plus work this year was really hard on me, felt like I could do nothing right, use to be the best place in the world to work but not the case anymore, please don't get me wrong there are still great people there but the changes for me at lease are demeaning and nothing is applauded just everything you do wrong pointed out, sad but hey I'm old school and all the people I started with are retired or in heaven so I feel a little lost at times.
As I turn 60 this year, OMG!!!! I find myself reflecting on things that other wise I would not think so much about...........Death you say? No actually, not really, I mean we all have to go sometime or the other,some way to fast, actually I was reflecting on the fact that even though my life has been anything but easy ,I am so blessed. I mean my children are healthy, my grandchildren are healthy and my marriage of almost 42 years is still going strong, We have money in the bank, not tons but a good amount, We have a nice home even though it's in need of some updates. I guess what I am trying to say is each time I want to sit down and cry about poor me ,I see someone like a veteran sitting on the side of the road holding a sign saying out of work Veteran will work cheap, makes me so sad that a man that protected my freedom can be treated like this by a country that politicians fill their damn pockets with pout money for doing nothing. Sorry getting way off subject (just makes me so angry) I know we all have those moments of poor me but I need to sit back some days and look at the big picture and realize that God has given me so much .I hope I will be able to post more but no promises.I hope anyone that reads this finds a blessing in their life today.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

I am finally feeling human again,after 2 viruses.First the H pilori,then the piro virus.Can you tell I work in an Elementary school?New items on my site www.shandalin.com,
working hard on www.karenscountrygarden.com
Here is a cute idea for those clear tubes,take any paper and insert inside tube and fill with m&m's or any small candy.
In this economy I try really hard to do what I can to teach others how to wrap their own candy bars with my wrappers on my site.Lets start with the foil I use.Rich at foilman.com is the best place I have found price wise and quality wise.Also you can get the clear wrappers there.
on my site http://www.celloinabox.com/mall/shopaff.asp?affid=476 You will find some adorable scrapbook items and bags for many occasions. I am also going to start one for mine and others photography that you can buy two ways either digital or printed out,I am going to have many photographers selling there also.So be on the look out for that soon.

I hope that this Easter brings to each of you blessings of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ!






Monday, November 14, 2011

Craft Sale a big sucsess



My craft sale was a big success,alot of work went into this and being that it will probably be my last craft sale for a while,I was happy with the out come.Besides working at school(going on my 24th year)My 40th anniversary is on Thanksgiving this year,with my husband retiring from General Electric after 40 years,yes it will be different for sure,but we have always gotten along pretty well and I honestly don't see that changing.



My youngest grandson turned 3 the same day as the craft fair November 12th,so after a long busy day ,I went right to his house to celebrate this wonderful little boys birthday.he is Nana's little pumpkin.



I hope everyone will have a wonderful Thanksgiving,I hope you are all blessed as I am.



~Karen~

Sunday, November 6, 2011

                        50% off sale starts today until Friday on my site www.shandalin.com
Hi Everyone,Yes tis the season to be so busy you forget to post things ,I have been making so many items for my up coming craft sale which is this coming Saturday and my grandson's 3rd birthday.I have also been trying to get my new site up www.KarensCountryGarden.com and adding to that,plus working and babysitting my grand kids after work doesn't leave a lot of time for much else.With the Holidays fast approaching I would like you all to think about buying American and helping out the small business owners,online or not we all need to support each other,here is some thing to think about:
    Christmas 2011 -- Birth of a New Tradition
As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high
gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods --
merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. This
year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine
concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift
giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes

there is!

It's time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in
a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?
Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates
from your local American hair salon or barber?
Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some
health improvement.
Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American owned
detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a
book of gift certificates.
Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plonking down
the Benjamines on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift
receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or
driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course.
There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants -- all offering gift
certificates. And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort, what about
a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember, folks this
isn't about big National chains -- this is about supporting your home town
Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.
How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or
motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?
Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a
local cleaning lady for a day.

My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.
OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people,online sites, spin
their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and candy wrappers,
and beautiful wooden boxes.
Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave
your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at
your hometown theater,Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.
Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese
lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of light, about
fifty cents stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to
burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.
You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that
China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about
US, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow
their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our
communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn't imagine.
THIS is the new American Christmas tradition.
Forward this to everyone on your mailing list -- post it to discussion
groups -- throw up a post on Craigslist in the Rants and Raves section in
your city -- send it to the editor of your local paper and radio stations,
and TV news departments. This is a revolution of caring about each other,

and isn't that what Christmas is about?


Also remember to check the first few # on the packaging bar codes...if it starts with either 00 or 000 it's made in the USA or Canada.



                   Happy Holidays everyone!





















Monday, August 29, 2011

weathering the storm

I hope everyone has weathered the storm,hurricane Irene was nasty in some parts of the country,New York got it's share of damage ,we were on vacation up north at Old Forge NY near Blue Mountain Lake and came home Sunday August 28th at 7:30 arrived about 10:30 to find a rather large tree in the middle of the road.A few blips of power outage,but nothing long lasting thank God.I hope everyone else is doing as well.
I have left Wrap candy due to some personal reasons and feel very sad about it,but when your not recognized for anything you do and hit heads with people well then it is just time to leave.I enjoyed being a moderator on that site,made a lot of friends that I will always cherish.
I am n the process of developing a new site www.KarensCountryGarden.com
t will be a place where I can sell my mixes,and my homemade crafts.
Well enough for now,I hope this blog finds all of you healthy and happy,don;t forget to check out my other site www.shandalin.com I have many new digital items for the coming holidays.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Hot! Hot!



Well I am out of school for the summer,and now it is 100 degrees and I am thinking,Please fall get here,lol..Are we ever happy?I do love fall though,it is my favorite time of year.I have been busy with designing candy bar wrappers,had 3 graduations with 100 mint toppers each to do and a retirement party,which by the way went really well.I am designing some monogram art,and getting ready to open a new site ,although it's going to be a while for that one.






My birthday is July 31 coming up fast but I have decided that I am not going to get any older,yup,figured I want to just stay this age for a while.






Hope all of you out there are discovering your beautiful,just the way you are!