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The Magic of Christmas

In the hustle and bustle of preparing for the Christmas holiday I have tried to sneak in a few moments to really think about and feel the Christmas Spirit. Some years I am already feeling the beauty of the season, but other years it is something that I must search for to see and experience. I remember back to my childhood to the magical days of preparing for Christmas—putting up the tree, coloring pictures for our small town coloring contest, driving to see the Christmas lights, attending our ward party, singing at the school Christmas concert, sitting on Santa’s lap……all of these are deeply embedded into my mind. Think back: the smell of cookies baking, the candy wreath hanging at

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Searching for the Perfect Gift

I love giving meaningful gifts. Some people are easy to shop for….others, not so much. Sometimes I will search high and low for the perfect item that tells the recipient “I love you” or “I’m thinking of you.” A couple of years ago, I learned about an amazing opportunity to attend a retreat in another part of the state. I was so excited at the thought of going, but it was a little out of my price range. However, I seemed to be called toward it and I couldn’t get it off my mind. I finally asked my sister if she would want to go with me and she jumped at the chance. I saved my money for the next

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My 10 Favorite Things About Ruby Bucket Retreat

It has already been a couple of weeks since we had a fabulous time at Ruby Bucket Retreat. I loved every moment of it. Here are my favorite things…….  1. The Theme I loved the theme of the retreat—Live your Dream. It set a special feeling at the retreat. 2. The Prizes Prizes– it was so fun to watch everyone pick a prize. We had so many great gifts to choose from. 3. The Craft Boutique I think we all loved the Craft Boutique. It had a lot of lovely handmade items that we all loved.  4. The Sweet Shop The Sweet Shop—need I say more? Not only did it look darling with the apothecary jars but it was delicious

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What to Expect at a Ruby Bucket Retreat

We have been working really hard to make your weekend getaway as fun and relaxing as possible. If you have never been to a retreat before, here is what you can expect: • A great fun-filled weekend at a nice location within close proximity to several craft stores and restaurants. There is a separate entrance at the hotel that is close to the conference room so you won’t have to carry your supplies very far!• Upon arrival, everyone will receive a gift bag with exclusive Ruby Bucket items, lovingly made just for you.• You will have a 3’ x 4’ space to work on….that’s two people per table. This should give you plenty of room for any totes and bags to be around you. Some people bring a portable or stackable shelf (like those found in

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Deadlines Approaching

Hello fellow crafters! We are less than three weeks away from the Ruby Bucket retreat! Time sure is flying! We want to remind you that the last day to secure the fantastic room rate at the Hampton Inn is Monday, October 9th. (That’s in one week)!! Be sure and mention you are coming for the Ruby Bucket retreat when you reserve your room. There have been a lot of new friends join us recently. For those interested in coming to the retreat, we would like to invite you to register and pay your deposit by October 9th as well. We want to make sure there are enough prizes, gifts, and treats for everyone! We have so many fun things in

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Class Registration is Here!

Our team has been hard at work putting classes together for you to enjoy at the retreat. We are so excited about the great variety we are offering and hope you love them too! There will be scrapbooking, card making, wood crafts, photography, and leather jewelry! Previous Next One of the fun things about the retreat is that you can choose what YOU would like to do.  You can take classes, work on your own projects, or do a little of both.So, if you want to take classes, how does it work? You must be registered for the retreat in order to sign up for classes. Click here to view the fabulous classes offered.  Sign up for classes. Once you

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Live Your Dream

Once upon a time there were two little country girls who had big dreams. In fact, they had dreams that they didn’t even know existed. Dreams that were somehow part of who they were becoming. As they grew and became remarkable many of their dreams came true; charming husbands, beautiful babies, and wonderful friends. Somewhere along this path they discovered a creative side that was unique to each of them. They were given talents of making beautiful treasures with their hands and their hearts. Slowly, they discovered how important these talents were in who they were and who they were becoming. Along the way their separate paths crossed again and these lovely girls became dear friends. Though their talents were

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Meet Scrapbooking Teacher, Kathleen Davis

Kathleen has a great love for scrapbooking and paper crafting, which started when she was only 11 years old.  She loves creating, and each new scrapbook page she designs makes her happy!  Her scrapbooks are full of the things she loves most–her handsome hubby, cherished children, fabulous family, and fantastic friends. She loves decorating her home for the seasons and has a shabby-chic, vintage style.  This transfers over to her scrapbooking where you will usually find a tiny touch of ribbon or lace trim on each of her layouts.  Her favorite thing in the world is being a mom to her four cute girls and three handsome boys!  She has a passion for teaching, and has enjoyed teaching little ones

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Meet Cindy, the Lady Who Started it All

It’s hard to describe someone who has made a huge impact on so many of us and do it justice. I wish every single one of you could meet this incredible woman.  In a previous blog post, I wrote a little bit about Cindy Nalder. I like to think of her as the lady who started it all. Here are some more details about her creative journey. Cindy Nalder started scrapbooking in her teens (over 50 years ago) before it became a fad.  She enjoys many different arts and crafts.  Her favorites are: scrapbooking, paper arts, crafts, china painting, wheat weaving, sewing, crocheting,  knitting, jewelry making, tole painting, cake decorating,  and the list goes on. She opened her scrapbook shop

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Enjoy the Little Things: Clean Toilets, Fresh Air, and Retreat

You can tell a lot about gas station, restaurant or hotel by it’s public restroom. It doesn’t have to be fancy or elegant but clean and tidy speak volumes to a patron. It affirms that the rest of the building is clean and organized. It says that this business values what YOU think even though using the rest room is often a free service to the public. It is actually these little things in life that mean so much. Recently Stephanie and I went to the Hampton Inn to plan our retreat. We took a break to the rest room and were super impressed at what a lovely facility it was. I know this sounds kind of silly but let

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