Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Good News, Bad News, Great News

Hey everyone.... it's so nice to know that when I come back from a break, you're all right here  :)  Wow, so much going on these past couple of weeks.  This is kindof a loaded post, just warning ya.... but you'll see some pics and a fabby birthday card/book I received if you make it that far down my post!  LOL

First, I want to get the bad news outta the way... in case you haven't heard, Daydreams Designs store has closed.  I say "Bad news" because that's how it can be perceived by all her wonderful customers... however, her Design Team knows that it's all in God's plan, which can only be a good thing!  The owner, who happens to be a very dear and close friend of mine, made this  necessary decision to focus on some much needed personal issues.   The Lord is so good and is already revealing to her His plans for her near future, so as hard as it is to close the doors on her dream store, she is at peace.  Being in God's will is always comforting and I pray He showers her with blessings.  I'm so thankful for Diane... for all the encouragement she gave me in my creative pursuits in designing and illustrating for her store and for the wonderful friendship that we share...  a bond that goes well beyond crafting, so I'm grateful for that!   

Some of you may know that I just recently started illustrating my own line of digi "stamps" and were sold exclusively thru Daydream Designs store.  Since it is now closed, and after much consideration, I've decided to open my own store to sell my digi stamps & papers as well as my daughter's line of digis, "Carly's Cuties."  I hope you'll stop by soon -!  (badges in my sidebar--->)
I've got quite a few more digi paper packs to re-watermark and I'll be adding those as I have time.  In addition, we're going to start a Progressive FREEBIE challenge (bi-weekly) on our store blog, starting this Friday, so keep an eye out for that!  :) 

And lastly, I wanted to share some pics of my birthday yesterday!  I turned the big 4-0.  It was very sweet.  My 2 girls had off school Monday & Tues. this week, so Monday, I took the day off work and we went to "big town" to see a movie which we loved!!  Have you seen Les Miserables yet??  Oh, the actors were sooo good in this movie!  I had no idea beforehand that it was a musical.  There were a couple parts I would've left out, but for the most part, and maybe because I loved seeing Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried in it, we loved it!   Then yesterday, while I was at work in the a.m., my youngest daughter, Maddy (12) made me a birthday cake.....a HUGE birthday cake!!  Very sweet!!

She went a li'l crazy.... this cake was 4 layers and she even left off the top 2 layers because the cake lid would not fit over it all, lol.  So we froze those layers for much later.  I think it might take us a good week to finish off this monstrosity, but it sure was YUMMY and lovely!  Thank you sweetie ♥

And when we all got to the restaurant for dinner, there was a bouqet of flowers for me on our reserved table ~ my hubby had taken them there at lunchtime so they'd be there when we walked in.  Awwwww!!!  Best hubby ever!!  My mom came over that afternoon and brought me a card, box of chocolates and a li'l sumpthin' from her trip in Hawaii. Sister, Kathy sent me a cute card (made with my Hot Air Balloon set) and a Scentsy wickless candle heater dealy and yummy smelling wax for it.  In the background you can also see a couple cards made by Juble (Julie) and Kat9 (kathy) from Splitcoast Stampers birthday RAK group.

And last but certainly not least... I received this most amazing card from my lovely friend, and owner of Daydream Designs, Diane Noble.  Take a look at the very personalized pages.  WOW... what a work of ♥heART♥  Thank you sweet friends and family!!

from my lovely friend Diane...

(you can click the pics to see them larger) 

Psalm & Irish Blessing....

The first part opens up like a book....

Then lift up the page on the right to reveal "Ways You Bless My Life..."
up close pic.... of course I cried ~ 
Diane, what a treasured gift!!!

then you open the top portion like a book ....

up close pic .... she used 3 of my hand-drawn digi girls and cut out pics of she and I to place in our Garden of Friendship.... 

up close of the last inside page....

Papers used throughout are from my Sassy Frassy digi paper pack

What a talented & treasured friend ~ indeed I'm very blessed!!  A million thanks couldn't come close to my gratitude for the good friends I've met thru crafting.  We'll miss your crafty treasures in blogland Diane, and we'll wait patiently until you return :)  
♥   ♥   ♥
Couldn't close without sharing with you the birthday locket I wore yesterday.... 
another gift from my wonderful hubby,
(if you'd like to build your own locket, I'm an independent consultant for Origami Owl Custom Jewelry)

MANY THANKS to all my wonderful creative friends who filled my Facebook wall with birthday wishes too.  You girls bless my life every day ~ THANK YOU!!!!


Patti J said...

Wow, Kris - talk about a 'newsy' post! I'm sorry to hear that your friend had to close her store, but am happy to know she's at peace with her decision. And I'm so thrilled that you've opened your own store! How exciting! It appears that your big 4-0 was wonderful! Lots of family and friends love you :) So glad that it was a good day. You are a blessing to many, and it's nice to know that you are so loved and appreciated! Thanks for always sharing your talents, and faith, my friend!

MaxineD said...

Kris this is a newsy post - and I loved reading it! Glad to hear that Diane is where the Lord wants her to be, and she has His peace.
Excited to see you have opened your own store... now retail therapy has another dimension for you :-).

Kathy W. said...

Awesome cake Maddy!! Looks so yummy :) That is a fantastic card Diane made Kris...WOW!

Beautiful locket too.

Lorie said...

Oh,my friend...I'm so thrilled you had an amazing day! It looks like you were spoiled by your family and loved by your friends! Welcome to your 40's...I love them!

Kelly L said...

I too am sorry to hear that Diane had to close her store, but glad she made the right decision for her at this time in her life (been at that road myself not so long ago). I love your images and what a terrific card Diane made with them and MORE. Lovely!! Looks like a great b-day. Welcome to the 40 crowd, girlie! It's not all that different from the 30s :) <3 Tell Maddy that was one amazing cake! Yummy! {{Hugs}}

Leanne ... said...

First....HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISHES KRIS! Being 40 if sporty and fabulous! Embrace it.
Your cake looked delicious! Yummy!

Enjoy your next step and endeavor. Digi stamps will be just great for you!

ScrappySandie said...

Hi Kris! Happy 40th B-day to you! Sounds like it was lots of fun! May God keep right on blessing you year after year! Congrats on your own new store selling your digis (they're adorable!) And, yes, it is sad Diane had to close down DD...I just heard yesterday =(
Hugs to you, birthday girl!!

marcelle b said...

Happy 40th Kris!! Many blessings to you! It sounds like you had a fabulous day..I'm glad your images can still be bought in your own store!! Have a blessed day!

Debbie said...

Sorry I'm late, but Happy Birthday!!
So glad you had a wonderful day! Diane's card is wonderful!!

hoptownracer1 said...

Happy Birthday! Sounds like your day was awesome! :)