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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Why I Love Scrapbooking

This isn’t just my story to tell. It’s about my mom and my sister and a special lady named Cindy (who you will get a chance to “meet” in a later post). It’s about dear friends I have met on this creative adventure.  And it might be your story too. I have always loved memory keeping.  When my sister and I were little, we kept our own scrapbooks full of little girl’s treasures. We would paste in cards and letters we had received, pictures we had drawn, report cards, and 4-H ribbons earned at the fair. We saved program copies from elementary school performances. We loved to play “school” and took turns being the teacher.  We saved many of the written papers and art projects we “assigned” to ourselves. Nothing was

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What Does Ruby Bucket Mean?

Last week the Ruby Bucket Facebook page and website was launched. Hopefully you like our logo and think we have a cute name. I’m sure some of you have wondered what does Ruby Bucket mean? What is it all about? Let me tell you. My dear friend Stephanie and I have wanted to hold a scrapbook and craft retreat for a long time. Stephanie and I started thinking about what we wanted in a name and what we wanted it to mean. We honestly wrote list after list of words, grouping them together, moving them around, looking up definitions…..we decided on words that we liked and crossed off words that didn’t move us. For several weeks, day after day, we

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Esther and Stephanie’s Most Excellent Adventure

Esther and I grew up in the same town and knew each other from the time we were young. We only had one high school class together, which was unusual for a school as small as ours. We did find one thing we had in common back then…we were both in the National Honor Society.  Here’s proof…check out that great 80’s style!! When Esther unearthed this fantastic yearbook photo, she commented about the lack of volume in my hair and wondered if I was out of hairspray that day.  I must have been, but it looks like I was sporting a brand new perm! The thing I remember most about Esther in high school was her long, beautiful hair. She

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