Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Little Meaghan is home now

Little Meaghan, the eleven year old from East Troy who had had leukemia over seven years, went home to God today. It is so sad she lost her battle, but she could be no better place, and we are glad she is knowing full peace right now and for her family, we will continue to pray for peace for them and for God's precious comfort. Thank you all for your prayers through these many years.........Linda

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Sunday Night Ramblings

Just catching up on my niece and her husband, who are in Russia to look into adopting a darling little boy. So exciting and can't wait to see what happens. The reports from that country are greatly exaggerated and there Are adoptions going thru, contrary to what the press is saying! So glad they had a safe trip there.

We spent the afternoon with Julie and her family, at a Tae Kwan Do tournament in Janesville...actually into the early evening. Just had dinner together and now it is home to relax before the work week begins. I have two days off this week, so plan on doing a lot of sorting and putting away.......still at it you know! As my mother used to say, "twas ever thus". Guess that phrase is too old for most of you! :)

Have been working hard at the Ben, getting shelves and walls looking the way I need them to, and Beth is great at doing that too, so we are making progress. We will soon be selling those wonderful packs of papers with some ribbons thrown in, buttons, embellishements, etc. Isn't it nice to have things already chosen for you that go together? That is the benefit of those great kits of papers. When we only have a couple left, you get the benefit! Speaking of kits, the Scarlett's Kit that we are so excited about........... we are now ready to sell them online and will be taking orders. Angie is coming in this week to take photos of them and you will be able to see for yourself, if you are far away. We have some left, so let us know if you are interested.

Hope you all have a wonderful week. I will be back in a couple of days, to fill you in on what is new, in classes And product! By the way, our first evening crop this past weekend was great fun and we are planning more. Will let you know. In the meantime........come in on Tues. and get some done! Hugs.........Linda and Ed

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Urgent Pray Request from Linda

I know we are supposed to make blogs upbeat and happy and fun...........but this one is urgent and you know me well enough to know that I would not do this if I did not think it truly important. I am asking you, those of you who pray and trust God, to lift little Meaghan Rath to the Lord right now. The next 24 hrs are critical in her life, if she is to make it. Her lungs need prayer right now, please! There is much infection, bacteria, virus, things I can't come close to understanding and her mother just e-mailed a bit ago and asked for prayer immediately. Thank you. I know all too well that there are hundreds of thousands of children who need our prayers right this moment.............but I ask you to pray for little Meagan. She has been a part of our "shop life" for so many years.........since she was 4 I believe, that I just have her on my mind a lot. Pray for mom and dad, Kate and Ken Rath too........these hours have to be unbelievable for them. I would not wish this situation on my worst enemy. Thanks for praying......I am sure all of East Troy is praying right now, which is where Meaghan lives when she is not living at Children's Hosp in Milwaukee. Hugs and lots of faith.........Linda

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Late Night Post

Hi there! Have you ever gone onto Scarlett's Scrapoirs? It is on the right side of this blog, where you will also find Bo Bunny and Cosmo Cricket, etc. Be sure to go there........to see what Scarlett does. She is the remarkable designer of our first KIT and it will give you a feeling for what she is capable of doing. Really a talented gal and on the editorial board of an online craft mag. as well as a designer for a bunch of other sites. We are blessed to have her talents with us!

Wanted to let you know that Sue told me tonight that there is time for an open crop on Sat. the 24th from noon to midnight. We can only take a few from noon to five, because the store is open till five. But at five, we can add tables and take more people, so give us a call and let us know if you want to sign up. The fee is $12 for pizza and soda and 12 hours of cropping.............if you cannot come till five, then we will reduce the price a bit. Hope you can join in the fun. There will be some surprises along the way.....always are.

It is Late and I need some sleep. Have much on my mind this night and need some rest and prayer time. Hope you all are resting and have a blessed day tomorrow. Night........and hugs.....Linda ( Ed is already asleep :) )

Gorgeous Spring

Have you noticed Spring? Who cannot? It is my Favorite time of year.............love, love, love the color Spring Green ( there must be 200 of those colors) and the popping open of the teeny little leaves. Each one seems just created for me! This morning when Ed and I were getting ready to face the day, it was like an aviary outside our bedroom window......birds of all shapes and colors and sizes flitting around, looking for the feeder Ed took down, probably, and flying from tree to tree ( those that are left, anyway). Did I tell you about my de-forested yard? Not a happy camper there!

Anyway, it is gorgeous, and while I am at the Ben today, I will have to keep peeking outside the door to get whiffs of fresh air and listen to the birdies. Enjoy this gorgeous day, dear ones, and find someone to bless! One great thing you can do is pray specifically for Meaghan, for her lungs to heal. That is a Huge concern this morning..................thanks bunches. Her life is literally on the line now.............

Love to you all...........Linda and Ed too...........

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

New Stuff

Hi there! Just got back from a fifteen minute run to the Ben( yes, I had the day off, and only spent half of it doing work for the store! I cleaned a cupboard out and it felt so good. Now to finish some papers on the kitchen table and I think we can use it again! Whee!!!) ...........and while there.............discovered we got in a large order of SIZZIX dies and embossing folders, including Tim Holtz ones.............whoopee! That will be fun to put out on the wall tomorrow.......come see them. Give me till after one p.m. I am not due in till 2:30 and will go in early, but still have to do some work at home as I am on Fri and Sat. too. I think you will really like these Sizzix products and remember, those of you with the Revolution and Cuttlebug.........they work in your machines too! Got some of the Technique Boutique embossing machines in too.........they sell for only $29.95 and that is a great price, compared to the Cuttlebug. Check them out!

We had a wonderful weekend at the hotel and have received some delightful notes from some of the attendees. We had fun doing it..............already looking forward to the Nov. one!

Our kit is ready to sell...........call or come in and see. Due to a tragedy in the life of our dear designer, we have been downplaying it all a bit. But as of tomorrow, it will be out for you to see and ready to sell, for $34.95. Our "It's a Material Thing" kit is ready to go and will delight you........we are pleased with our first one and definitely plan on more, when Scarlett is ready to design. Right now she has her hands full of a darling little baby whose mommy died last week, so she can take all the time she needs to get that wee one on it's way. Pray for the family of the baby.........it is so sad.

In fact, there are prayers needed for darling little Meaghan from East Troy who is still going thru unbelievable things with an infection, following her bone marrow transplant for leukemia. No 9 yr old child should have to suffer the way she has. She has spunk tho.........pray God will allow the docs to find the right combination of treatment for her, and pray for her dear family.

I look forward to seeing many of you soon! Beth and I are going to be working on getting our aisles labled and we are making lists of all the products we are short on..........so give us time...........it's a comin'. We thank you for your patience as we try to get in everything you have been looking for. It's hard to get it all at once........just can't be done. But we are making great headway.................

Hope to see you soon . Need to scoot........Bible study soon and need to get dinner done so I can leave for the meeting. Hugs to all..............Linda, and Ed too........

Thursday, April 1, 2010

A Kit from Memories at Ben Franklin Crafts

Hello! By now I hope you have seen the video about our new kit and it will be the first of many, we hope. We have tried to do this way too quickly but will find our way........Scarlett and I have spent much time on the phone and e-mails......working this all out and she is Such a great designer.........you will love each kit. We plan to add "add ons" as we go, and some months we might do more than one. There is much to plan yet and I am determined to slow down a bit as we go thru the next one so we are not in panic mode! In the meantime, as soon as we get our sheets of sample photos ready, they will be ready to sell. We are taking orders at the Ben and this is the only place you will be able to get this exact kit......so enjoy! You can e-mail our Memories e-mail or can call the store at 262-728-3515 to order one and pre-pay.

The price is $34.95 for the initial kit. They will be a variety of prices, as Scarlett uses various materials along the way. Some will be less, some more. But this is the price for the initial one. Hope you enjoy them and please understand that we are Nearly ready to go, but I promised you the announcement today.........so this is it.

I look forward to seeing each of you............Ed and I wish you a blessed Easter..........and see you next week................Lovingly, Linda

A message from Linda for Memories from the Heart.

All you have to do is click on this Link .... Enjoy!