Sunday, January 24, 2016

Belated Happy New Year!

I’m a bit late, but I just wanted to send out a “Happy New Year” and a thank all you crafty folk for your continued support of the crafting industry, and especially for your support of Crafty Neighbor by attending our events, following us on Facebook, reading my blog, and by sharing your love of crafting with your friends and family.  I hope you had a fabulous 2015!  It was a good year for Crafty Neighbor, and I'm looking forward to many more fun events in 2016!
A sneak peak at my new "SmashPlanner", which I'll share in an upcoming post.
Every year, around this time, I choose a Word of the Year to live by.  It helps me stay focused on my intentions.  More than a resolution, it is a philosophy that I try to apply to every aspect of my life.  You can read more about my Word of the Year here on my blog, but I wanted to share a bit about this year's word, and how it applies to you, too.  This year, the word I chose was DECLUTTER.
My intention in choosing this word was to spend my year getting rid of all the stuff I don’t need, cleaning up, sorting, and organizing what I do need, and maybe, finally getting to all those unfinished projects.  After further thought, I decided that the word I really needed was SIMPLIFY, because that really encompasses both decluttering, organization, time management, and so much more. So my challenge to myself is to finish the craft room, complete all of the unfinished projects, and get rid of all the things that are cluttering up my life.  That means if I don’t love it, I need to get rid of it!  I’m going to try not to start any new projects until I’ve finished some of these old ones, and I am not going to buy anything new except to resupply stock of basics as they run out.  This year is going to be a year of getting organized and of eliminating some of the excess stuff that is cluttering up my workspace, my computer, and my life.
One of the most obvious ways I'll be getting rid of clutter is by hosting the Crafty Neighbor semi-annual scrapbook garage sale.  I'll also be holding more classes this year, more crops, and I'll even be offering up some kits and supplies for sale online.  As I declutter the craft room, I will be adding more tables and space for more croppers so we can expand our classes and have a little more room at our Thursday Mother's Day Out and weekend crops.  And best of all, I’ll be offering a simpler, less expensive version of our annual scrapbooking cruise – our brand new Crafty Neighbor Scrap Cruise LITE!
So thanks again for reading my blog, and I hope you’ll stick around for another year!  Finishing all these unfinished projects means I’ll have lots of stuff to share with you here on the blog, and even if you’re not local to the Dallas/Fort Worth area, I hope you’ll be able to make it to some of our events, which I’ve listed below.
Happy New Year and Happy Crafting!
Crafty Neighbor

Semi-Annual Scrapbook Garage Sale
Sellers have a wide variety of scrapbooking supplies to sell at our semi-annual Scrapbook Garage Sale.  There are always good bargains to be found!
Saturday, February 13
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
6001 Summerside Drive
Dallas, Texas 75252
3rd Wednesday Stamp Club
Join us on the 3rd Wednesday of each month for a fun evening of stamping and exploring new techniques here at Crafty Neighbor Studios in Carrollton.  Each month, Stampin’ Up! demonstrator Barbara King will share 1-4 fun cards and projects highlighting new techniques and Stampin’ Up! products.  A minimum purchase is required to participate.
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Crafty Neighbor Studios
Carrollton 75007

Crafty Neighbor Scrapbooking Cruises
Register for one of our exciting scrapbooking and crafting cruises!  Our cruises feature fabulous food, friends, family, and tons of fun! Don't scrapbook? No problem. We still offer fabulous all-inclusive cruise pricing for your personal or family vacation getaway.
Crafty Neighbor Scrap Cruise LITE
October 5 – 8, 2016
Carnival Liberty - Galveston, TX
Progreso, Cozumel
Starting at $478* per person
10th Annual Scrapbooking Cruise
January 8 – 15, 2017
Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas - Galveston, TX
Honduras, Belize, Cozumel
Starting at $758* per person
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