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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!