Happy Saturday morning. I have a busy day ahead of me making another batch of Valentine Mini Album kits (they sold out quickly!), making another The Office Mini Album kit (also sold out) and . . . well let's be honest, that's more than I can get done in a day! But there's still more to do.
Before I get to work I need to do a little thing called the Post Office rant. Maybe I'll turn in into a rap some day, but for now it's just a conversation.
I live in a small town, just 1,200 people, so I'm sure things are different at big city PO's. My issue with our PO is the hours, or lack of them. Most people work 8-5, right? Our PO opens at 8, so if you need to be at work at 8 you can't stop on your way to work. Our PO closes at 4:30, so stopping after work isn't an option either. No problem, right? Go over your lunch break! Well, our PO closed from 11:30 to 12:30. Yea, closes. Over lunch.
Now this problem is exasperated by the fact that we're in MN. In the winter months it's cold out, and the idea of having to get bundled up and leaving the office isn't thrilling - it's nice to run your errands when you are already out. But, because of our PO hours that's what you need to do. Leave work during the work day and run up town.
Some Etsy shops only ship on certain days, so you might be thinking that I should just save up my orders and go to the PO on Saturday. Well, that is an option, but on Saturday the PO is only open from 8:30 to 9:30. That's one hour, and it's an early hour for a gal like me!!
Don't get me wrong - the staff at our PO are really, really nice. I like them a lot; they are very helpful and when I do go there I'm always impressed with how good they are at their jobs. It's the hours that have me ranting this Saturday morning.
Whew, that feels better! By the way, I did write a rap once called "we like big hair" and maybe I'll share that here some day. Now, off to work!
As of this very moment I have 99 hearts in my Etsy shop . . . come on people, you're killing me! One more heart!!
Here's another picture from my Valentine Mini Album Kit - my daughter and I close up and personal! I used some lined background paper from Scenic Route, stamped some flourishes and then attached the red felt heart from the kit. I also attached some red, pom pom ribbon from the kit - I love it!
The giveaway on Ali's blog should be posted tomorrow, so be sure to visit her blog and enter to win!
One thing I really want to change about the look of my blog is to add more content horizontally - as in go from 2 columns to 3. I'm not a programmer, nor do I know one. I did get an estimate from an Etsy shop to do some design work on my blog and the prices was $290 for some seriously basic stuff (says me, the non-programmer). There is a website I found that gives you step by step directions to add a column to your blog, but they do caution you to save your blog template first in case you do something wrong and lose everything. I just got goosebumps when I typed that, you?
So, for now I'm just hoping that you are so fascinated by the words and pictures I provide that you don't notice all of the white space over to the left. Don't look!
Today when I opened our web browser I found that someone in my family had expanded the window, making my blog realllllllllly wide, and making the white space just that much more evident. I dragged the window to make it smaller, and it turns out that if the window is small enough my blog looks fantastic! So, would you mind grabbing that corner over there and making your window a bit smaller? Thanks!
Here are a few more photos of the Valentine mini album listed in my shop yesterday. By the way, this album doesn't have to be a tradional Valentine's gift for your spouse. To show it's versatility, I used it to document photos of my daughter and me through the years. It would also work well for a wedding album!
This page features one of my favorite pictures of my daughter when she was little and learning to do "soooo big"! For some reason she thought she had to clasp her hands and then try to fit her head through her arms. Soooo cute! This page comes pre-made, so the different types of patterned paper and the word stips are part of the original paper. I added two embellishments from the kit: an altered chipboard heart with an attached brad and some words from a vintage piece of sheet music with a red heart attached. So easy! I also used a rub-on that I had on hand (not part of the kit). This is one of my favorite pages in the album. It helps to have an adorable subject!
If you are thinking about getting one of these albums you might want to do so before it's featured on Ali Edward's blog this weekend. Or, you may want to enter the giveaway and wait to buy it if you don't win. There's a limited supply though, so don't wait too long!