In shocking scrapbooking news, I have discovered that the parent company of Creative Memories has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy!! (Now some of you scrapbookers may "pooh pooh" Creative Memories all you want, but it works for me, and I'm happy, and that's all that matters - right??) I am going to seriously be devestated if Creative Memories is not able to recover from this - I LOVE their products and I LOVE LOVE LOVE going to the crops my local consultants have - it's a really fun time to get some scrapbooking done and have a night out with the ladies. It's cheaper than therapy and probably more effective! I really don't know what I'll do if Creative Memories gets dragged down by the bankruptcy of their parent company (Antioch I believe) - I'm so spoiled with all their matching paper and embellishments and the ease of getting supplies - I live kind of far form other scrapbooking stores! Keeping fingers crossed for Creative Memories....
Lastly, I set up my small but growing "New England Village" (Dept. 56). This is the first year it's on a table of it's own in my piano room. It's still a bit sparse, but I put a big lake in the middle and a couple of small mountains to try to "fill it up" a bit. DH buys me a piece (or two or accessories) each year. It is DEFINITELY my most favorite decorating job of the holidays! I love coming up with a new "plan" each year. I'm an artist at heart, so this is right up my alley. I don't know what DH is going to get me this year. I usually pick out a few "suggestions", but really, I'd be happy with any new additions. And I'm not stuck on everything being from New England Village - I'm okay with mixing and matching... One thing that I picked out, but that is from a different village - I think it's from the Snow Village - is the Yuengling Tavern, isn't it cool??
I've kind of always wanted something like this (Sledding Hill):
And isn't this cute?:
But truly, I know I'll love whatever DH gets, all the houses and accessories are beautiful, there's nothing I wouldn't like!
I'll post pics soon of my little village. And from Thanksgiving at our house. And from our trip to cut down a Christmas tree on Friday. And the Christmas tree which we already put up and decorated.... Right now I'M TOO TIRED!!!!!! :-)