Saturday, December 2, 2017

Happy Holidays and Taking a Break

It is with mixed emotions that I am sending this message out today.  I have struggled with this decision and prayed for guidance on what to do.  I am not sure that I have gotten a definite answer, but with dwindling sales,  growing number of people unsubscribing from e-mail updates, a drop in customers coming to the shop, and just the stress of seeing the business struggle, I have decided to take some time off to take care of some things and really take a look at how I want to proceed in the near future.  I am going to take a hiatus from the business from December to April.  I plan to de-stress the best I can, get my health in order, get my house in order, devote more time to my aging parents and family, and then in April, re-visit what I need to do with this business.  Do I put more time and energy into it, do I go another direction with it or do I accept defeat and close it down?  Believe me, I understand that at some point, we all get to that realization that we do not need one more die or one more stamp...not to mention PAPER!!  It is amazing how it grows and grows!  Plus, as a small business, I cannot compete with places that offer coupons or huge sales on their products.  I am a one person operation.  I take the orders, place the orders, check in the orders, pull the orders, ship the orders, invoice the orders and post all the new stuff constantly being released.  I am pretty much a prisoner to my office 24/7 or so it feels sometimes.  That is the stressful part, but the most rewarding part of this business has been YOU.  I have loved getting the opportunity to talk to you on the phone, meeting you at my shop, and thru e-mails.  I have made such wonderful friends over these past few years and this has truly blessed me more than the monetary aspect of the business.  I have been able to use Joan's Gardens as a ministry many times.  Praying for people, encouraging people, helping people how ever I could and I in turn have been blessed and encouraged and prayed for also.  Thank you for all the cards that many of you have sent me over the years....I love that!   You have all been so kind and to all my loyal and constant customers, I am truly sorry.  Again, I do not know for sure what I am going to do, but just felt the need to fully enjoy the holidays and definitely get some things in order.  Many of you know that I have Type 2 Diabetes. Well, stress, lack of proper sleep, etc. have allowed it to wreak havoc on my health in several different areas.  I simply must address this and get it under control!  I have been researching and feel like I can reverse these effects through focus, diet and exercise and that is what I plan to do.  So with all that being said, may I ask for your prayers once again?  I feel a peace about this now, that I have not felt in the past, but still get a little emotional when I really sit and think about it.  I hope my dear friends will still keep in touch.  I will still keep the shop open for any that want to stop and shop  (just call ahead to make sure I am available), and I will  still have periodic SALES to try and move merchandise. May you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
And stay tuned for updates from me now and then,


Terri Urban

Friday, November 17, 2017

New Release from Creative Expressions by Sue Wilson

Sue Wilson has outdone herself with this new release!  I am so excited about these new additions to her established Finishing Touches, Frames and Tags,  Expressions, Noble, Background, and Necessities Collections.  And for all us Steampunk lovers, her new Industrial Chic Collection is over the top!!
Call 574-784-9050 or send an e-mail to: 
Finishing Touches - Sunflower Bouquet
14 dies
  Largest: 1.81" x 2.17 "
 Smallest: 0.59" x 1.18"
$19.99 plus shipping
Finishing Touches - Spiral Flower
 9 dies
 Largest: 1.97" x 1.97"
 Smallest: 0.24" x 0.24"
$19.99 plus shipping
Finishing Touches - Sycamore Branch
  7 dies
Largest: 1.85" x 3.23"
Smallest: 0.51" x 0.59"
$13.99 plus shipping
Finishing Touches - Oak Leaf Swag
2 dies
2.09" x 3.94"
$19.99 plus shipping
Finishing Touches - Majestic Tree
3.54" x 4.45"
$17.99 plus shipping
Finishing Touches - Stitched Hills and Clouds 
5 dies
 5.91" x 0.71"
$20.99 plus shipping
Finishing Touches - Cascading Leaves
2 dies
1.46" x 6.14"
$13.99 plus shipping
Frames and Tags - Julia
3.54" diam.
Coordinates with UMS821 and UMS822
$14.99 plus shipping 
Expressions - Mix and Match Friendship
 11 dies
 Largest: 3.54" x 0.87"
 Smallest: 0.39" x 0.39"
$21.99 plus shipping
Expressions - Inspirational Words
 6 dies
 Largest: 3.86 x 0.87 inches
 Smallest: 2.68 x 1.02 inches
$17.99 plus shipping
Expressions - Ransom Note Happy Birthday 
3.99" x 2.28"
$11.50 plus shipping 

Expressions - Typewriter Grid Alphabet
 1 die
 5.31 x 3.94 inches
 This handy die makes a perfect typewriter background. 
It also cuts out the numbers and letters, so you can
 re-arrange them to spell out whatever you like.
$21.99 plus shipping 
Noble Collection - Double Stitched Rectangles
 11 dies
 5.91 x 7.09 inches
Coordinates with Stained Glass Window dies 
CED24001 CED24002 and CED24003.
$39.99 plus shipping
 Background Collection - Happy Hour
3 dies
 5.87 x 4.72 inches
$24.99 plus shipping
Background Collection - Linear Leaf 
3.23" x 4.49"
$16.50 plus shipping
Necessities - 3D Cosmopolitan Cocktail
   11 dies
 Largest: 3.03 x 3.35 inches 
Smallest: 0.51 x 0.55 inches
 This set makes a 3D cocktail glass with all
 of the trimmings, perfect for celebrations.
$21.99 plus shipping
Necessities - Cocktail Glasses
  11 dies
 Largest: 2.68 x 3.03 inches
 Smallest: 0.71 x 0.59 inches
$17.99 plus shipping
Necessities - Bushel Basket
 7 dies
 2.36 x 2.72 inches
 This set makes a sweet 3D basket, which you can 
fill with flowers, hearts or any other combination of accessories.
 Includes the sentiment "Thanks a bunch".
$20.99 plus shipping
Necessities - Wooden Garden Cart
 12 dies
 Largest: 4.92 x 1.97 inches 
Smallest: 0.55 x 0.63 inches
$19.99 plus shipping
 Necessities - Life is a Garden
11 dies
 Largest: 2.36 x 2.36 inches 
Smallest: 0.31 x 0.51 inches
$20.99 plus shipping
Necessities - Rain or Shine
 10 dies
Largest: 1.97 x 2.83 inches
 Smallest: 0.35 x 0.35 inches
$20.99 plus shipping
Necessities - You Are My Sunshine
7 dies
4.33" x 2.24"
 Create a fun shaker card with this set by combining it 
with treat cups, or simply enjoy making a lovely sky
 scene with a rainbow and clouds. 
$17.99 plus shipping 
*Coordinates with CETREATCLOUD 
Cloud Treat Cups
 2.5 x 1.75 inches
  Set of 6 clear plastic cloud-shaped treat cups.
$4.00 plus shipping
Necessities - Lift Your Spirits 
11 dies
Largest: 2.36 x 3.27 inches
 Smallest: 1.77 x 0.35 inches
 Create a fun shaker card with this set by combining it 
with treat cups, or simply enjoy making a lovely
 sky scene with a hot air balloon.
$21.99 plus shipping
* Coordinates with CETREATSMALL. 
Small Treat Cup
1.75" diam.
 Set of 6 clear plastic small round treat cups. 
$3.00 plus shipping 
Industrial Chic Collection - Mixed Essentials
10 dies
  Largest: 2.17 x 2.95 inches 
Smallest: 0.43 x 0.43 inches
$16.50 plus shipping 
Industrial Chic Collection - Butterfly 
& Dragonfly
2 dies
2.83" x 2.01"
$12.99 plus shipping 
Industrial Chic Collection - Swirl
2.32" x 4.17"
$12.99 plus shipping 
 Industrial Chic Collection - Background
3 dies
3.19" x 4.37"
$16.50 plus shipping 

Industrial Chic Collection - Corner Die
3.23" x 4.41"
$16.50 plus shipping
Industrial Chic Collection - Frame & Tag 
3.62" x 5"
$19.99 plus shipping 
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Wavy 6x6 Mask
$7.50 plus shipping 
Julie's Sunflower Posy Stamp
3.54" diam
Coordinates with CED4336 Julia Frame
$7.00 plus shipping 
Julia's Magnolia Circle Stamp
3.54" diam
Coordinates with CED4336 Julia Frame
$7.00 plus shipping 
Steampunk Sentiments Stamp Set
15 stamps
5.83" x 8.27"
$14.99 plus shipping 
Cheers to You Stamp Set
19 stamps
5.83" x 8.27"
$14.99 plus shipping 
Showered with Love Stamp Set
24 stamps
5.83" x 8.27"
$14.99 plus shipping