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Birthday Celebration!

Posted in Leslie's Blog, Uncategorized, Author: leslie (October 21, 2011)

I’ve mentioned before that I really enjoy Melody Ross‘ style.  Since I’ve participated in some of her on-line classes, I’m on her e-mail list, and received a FREE GIFT that she’s allowing me to pass on to you. 

Enjoy, and have a beautiful day!


 Brave Girls Club

“Is scrapbooking really worth it?”

Posted in Leslie's Blog, Author: leslie (August 26, 2011)

I know this might come as a shock to some of you, but occasionally I do say to myself, “Is scrapbooking really worth it?”  When I think of all the time I spend on a page (not to mention the money…please don’t tell my husband), I have on occasion wondered if it is a worthy investment.  That was, untill this past week.

You see, my dear sweet oldest daughter started middle school this year.  I’m finding that many mothers would agree that the transition to middle school, especially for girls, can be a stressful one.  Out of the respect of my daughter, I will spare you any details.  I should say that it hasn’t been horribly awful…just stressful.

Near the beginning of the school year – I’m not sure if it was before or after the first day – I discovered that Julia had pulled out some of her scrapbooks.  She was spending a lot of time looking at the first three years of her life (which happens to be three full albums).  She even asked me to sit and look at them with her.  And let me tell you, when a pre-teen asks their mom to spend time with them, that is PRICELESS.

While we were looking at the books, I had the pleasure of hearing my daughter say things like, “Oh, I remember that!”, and “I look like such a happy baby.”, and “That is so funny!”  Each time she looked at her albums she had a twinkle in her eye and often a smile on her face

So now I know the answer to my question, “Is scrapbooking really worth it?”  The answer is, “Absolutely!”

Here’s wishing you time to reflect on all of those wonderful memories you have made (and scrapbooked),


Loosen Up Your Creative Muscles

Posted in Leslie's Blog, Author: leslie (June 7, 2011)

If part of your goal in staying at the Craft Cottage is to relax, I just found a terrific resource for your visit.

Right here in our quiet little town of Van Meter, we have an awesome massage therapist.  Her name is Shelly James, and I just received my first massage from her on Sunday.  It was a treat!

If the idea of a massage brings a smile to your face, you could do one of three things:

1. Have Shelly come to the Craft Cottage to give you (and your friends) a chair massage.
2. Schedule a 30 minute massage with Shelly at her house (it’s only 3 blocks away).
3. Schedule a 60 minute massage with Shelly at her house.  It did, and it was wonderful!

You can contact Shelly by phone 515-681-2124 or by e-mail.

She’s not only a talented massage therapist, she’s just a great person to know.




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  • W 2/28/2018: Scrapbook Retreat
  • T 3/8/2018: Scrapbook Retreat
  • F 3/16/2018: Stamping Group
  • T 3/22/2018: Scrapbook Retreat
  • T 4/5/2018: Scrapbook Retreat
  • T 4/12/2018: Scrapbook Retreat
  • W 7/4/2018: Bishop Family Gathering