Wednesday, December 28, 2011

In with the Newt!

Hi everyone! Wow, it's been a long time since I've posted -- which is always a sign that life's been busy. I bet you've all had one or two things to do lately as well. :)

I hope you all enjoyed a very happy Christmas, including the whole holiday season leading up to it! If you're a dancer in our Hoedown, then you know that we took a week off last week so that everyone could spend more time with their families and friends. But, we're up and running again today with a new challenge using our "Reptile" image:

We had to give him the multi-purpose name of "Reptile" because our sentiments can help him become either a chameleon or a newt. Perhaps you can think of sentiments of your own that help him transform into something else? You can try that if you'd like, but you'll be happy to know that that's NOT the challenge this week. No, instead the challenge is something VERY easy -- use something NEW on your Hoedown project. The Reptile image doesn't count though -- you need to use some other craft supply that you've recently acquired. And if you haven't gotten any new craft items... then you have a perfectly good excuse to go shopping!! Woohoo!! (Here's a great new place to shop, with a special sale going on thru Jan. 3. Just sayin'...)

The current Hoedown challenge will run for 2 weeks (projects due Jan. 9), so you have extra time to play along. This will get us past the New Year holiday, and on into January, where we'll get back to the normal weekly challenge at that point. And we have some special stuff coming up early in the year that you'll want to stick around for. I won't give specifics yet, but upcoming will be a card drive, a Super Bowl (hint, hint), a birthday celebration AND an anniversary ... all in the first few months of 2012. What an exciting start to the year!

Also important to note: Our stamp prices will be going up at the first of the year. The price of rubber has gone up steadily over the last couple of years, but our stamp prices have remained the same. However, we can't continue to absorb the extra costs.  I'm currently working on the 2012 Hambo catalog, so this is a good time to adjust the prices as needed. If there's anything you've had your eye on ordering, now might be a good time -- especially in light of the upcoming postage increase as well.

Thank you all for your support throughout 2011. We look forward to another year of crafting and fun with you!


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