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Happy Labor Day!


Just to let you know before I go any further, my house is pretty much in one piece, even though the (yet to be permanently named) kittens have done their best to destroy it. I have found some interesting things upon arriving home from the store. A couple of  weeks ago the treasure was a new Brillo Pad that was cleverly removed from the container that was under the sink (cupboard doors closed). This weekend a strange gold key surfaced on the bedroom floor. It looks like something that would open a hutch or cedar chest. I have checked all of the furniture and no clues. One night last week, the kittens got really excited and drew my attention to the ceiling. Evidently, I had left the sliding door ajar when I took the dog out, and a bat decided to visit. With open beam ceilings, the little darling had lots on high places to "hang out". I think he/she was having a great time entertaining the kittens but since I have gone this route before, I was not  going to allow it. First move....lock kittens out of the bedroom. #2 turn out all of the lights in the room. #3 open the sliding door. #4 turn on the outside light to draw bugs. #5 sit on the bed and stare at the door so I wouldn't miss Batty's exit.. So what does the he/she do??? fly around in the bedroom having a great time until almost 1am.The whole thing started at 10pm. At least four times I thought, just maybe.....but nope! Swoosh, there it went again. I shut the door and turned the lights on each time there was a false alarm only to be disapointed. Or maybe there were multiple bats but I didn't think so. Finally at about 1am I was pretty sure he/she flew the coop....I closed the door, turned on the lights, no bat...then to make sure I let the Bat Patrol back in. They verified it was safe for me to finally go to bed. They are growing like weeds, and are so much fun. I am pretty sure I have 1,000 photos of them. I hope those who adopted their three siblings and Mom are enjoying them as much as I am these two. I really am working on names but when I have asked them if they like the names, I just get this blank look. Well, they do come to Baby Girl  and Baby Boy, NoNoBadGirl and NoNoNadBoy...none of which are permanent, I hope. The other day I thought of Puddin (Tain) and Paddy (Whack). They were not interested. 

Now to what's happening at The Cat's Meow. Melissa has been on a much needed vacation. She went to Maine for a week, not without crazy airline delays both ways.  She had a good time, arrived home in one piece (although about 12 hours late) and her bag even arrived with her! Lucky Girl! 

As you know, we are working on Stamp Escape 2024. I hoped to have all of the teachers finalized by now but I am waiting on a couple......I know it will be worth the wait. If all goes well, we will have a great variety of teachers, styles, and projects (maybe the best we have every had). I should have the third teacher comfirmed later this week, and I am putting pressure on the fourth teacher to commit, ASAP. I will let you know who the teachers are when I have all confirmed. We still have a few spots for next April. If you are thinking of coming, but haven't signed up, I wouldn't wait. If you have friends who may want to come, make sure we know you are coming together. The info to sign up is on the website Be there or be square!!

Enough of my ramblings.....Stay well, and keep stampin'!


                                                                            What's New?

Lots of paper... some really good Halloween....good overall patterns, and colors. Kind of traditional, and some a little different. We have a large selection of beautiful fall papers. Many are fall colors and patterns that would make perfect backgrounds, not conflicting with your main image. We have some gorgeous florals, plaids, and other designs. We have some new Christmas in stock, with more to come. 

When we ordered the Halloween releases, we also ordered some good, simple, Halloween dies. These dies would make quick cards, could even be good for kids to use to make cards for their friends. If you are in the area on September 9th between 10am and 1pm, stop by to make a Halloween charge, just a bit of Halloween fun! There may even be a few chocolate treats to get you in the mood for Halloween!

A couple of products that are great for Halloween are the latest Tim Holtz Mica Stain sets. We also have the Tim Holtz Glow Grit Paste in stock along with black opaque texture paste...all great for your spooky projects!

We finally got the last two papers from the Hello Pumpkin Graphic 45 collection. It is a beautiful collection. I would say it is fall themed, not Halloween. The colors are beautiful with lots of leaves. It is probably one of my all time favorite fall paper collections. 

Robin's class this month will feature the Impression Obsession limited edition red rubber monthly release for August. It is halloween themed and really cute. They release one set a month and when stock is gone it is gone. The set is $19.99 which is a great price! You will have to check it out. You do not have to attend class to purchase the stamp set, but of course, you might want to do that, too! 

We really are in a fall color mode here....when you see the class photos, you will understand. Melissa's cards feature sunflowers, one of my favorites, with some of our beautiful fall papers in the background. (Stamps and Dies from Honey Bee). 

Kathy's class cards feature adorable squirrels and acorns. You will love the rich fall colors she chose. I especially like the addition of the copper glossy cardstock. (Stamps and dies are from Hero Arts.) 

I think we got into more of a fall mode this year than usual. Winter and Christmas papers, stamps and dies are on the way with some already here. It will be 2024 before we know it!

Thanks, everyone, for all of the sweet comments about my kittens. I am sure they will outgrow the terrorism stage before long. 

See you soon!