I’m thrilled at the comments I’ve been getting from my first Jennifer McGuire inspired card.  People have been very kind and said they really liked the cards and thought they turned out well.  Before I put up any videos, I tried to contact Jennifer McGuire to let her know my plan and to make sure she was ok with it.  After over an hour of searching her website, blog and finally Facebook, without finding a link to email or a contact button, I chose to leave a message on Facebook.  I’m not sure if she reads or responds to them, but at least I feel like I did my due diligence in letting her know of my intentions.  The last thing I would want to do is offend her and I’m not sure if she would understand my sense of humor since she doesn’t know me.  I definitely don’t want her thinking she’s acquired a stalker, but then again, maybe she doesn’t read anything anyone writes on her page, so she’ll never know about my videos.

The funny part of this plan is that I feel badly, because I really feel inspired by the way Lindsay speaks to her audience and feel much more connected to her. I would have loved to have done a year of “becoming Lindsay,” but I can’t paint, and although she has given me a painting tutorial to attempt, I’ve watched her do it, and I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to hold my wrist in the right position to paint.  I think I’ll end up with my arm in the wet paint and we all know how that will turn out.  She’s still my crafty idol though, and has shown me so many different crafts that I will forever be grateful for the education she has given me.  I wish there was a way for me to thank her for what she’s given me by way of her extensive knowledge.

I’m happy to say that I cleaned my craft room today for many hours and although you’d never know I did anything, I feel like I have accomplished something.  I organized all of my Halloween through Christmas stamps and documented the names of all of the sets I have for those time frames.  At least now I have a small clue about what stamp sets I own for the holidays.  That, in itself, took a really long time to accomplish.  I feel pretty good about finishing the list and putting all of the holiday things away for the year.  I am thinking about doing a bunch of videos throughout the year for Christmas, but not airing them.  I just want to accumulate them so I don’t feel rushed in the weeks before Christmas.  I don’t know about Christmas in July, but I was thinking about the twelve days of Christmas and making twelve ornaments, maybe one per month, so that people can start to get their Christmas ideas lined up.  They might not do them when I put them up, but at least they will know they are there.  I’ve also considered doing them, and keeping them, and not uploading them until the beginning of November, and have that be the twelve days of Christmas.

I saw one of those “Elf on a Shelf” and thought it might be fun to include one of those in the pictures of my twelve days of Christmas videos with the elf in all kinds of weird positions.  I’m still in the thinking stages right now.  In a couple of weeks, I’ll probably have forgotten all about the elf and the twelve days of ornaments.  That’s sometimes how it goes with me.



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