Friday, November 26, 2010

I Feel An Idea Coming On

As you know I’ve been mulling over how to make gift card holders this year.  Then I remembered that I have several (okay, a LOT) of these old AOL boxes.  Years ago they were free for the taking at the post office and boy did I ever take advantage of that!  LOL!!

aol boxes They are a really nice wooden box with a white liner inside.

I’m thinking gesso on the outside…. and then some decorative paper for a start……

What should I do after that??  Ü


Hugs,  Suzanne

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Candy Jars A’la Jenn

PWA Designer Jennifer Toussaint’s candy jars are a big hit on the PWA Yahoo Group!  She even had a raffle and made one especially for Julie Imsland, another member of our group.

Julies Jar2 Julies Jar

Wouldn’t this be a great Christmas gift idea for co workers, the mailman, paper boy, etc….  people that you’d like to give a little something to that doesn’t cost a whole lot.  Um, yes!

Here’s a link to the jar that Jenn made for me last summer!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Don't forget that Pennywise Arts offers gift certificates!

We have gift certificates available in several different denominations - from $10 to $100 and many in between.

Help Santa get you exactly what you want for Christmas by sending him a link to the gift certificate page of our website!

P.S. These can be used on ANYTHING we offer - including the annual PWA retreat in the spring!! Yeee Haw!! Ü

Happy Thanksgiving


As Thanksgiving day approaches, I wanted to take a moment to express my thanks and gratitude to all of the people in my life who have blessed me, supported me, believed in me and contributed to my success. 

I couldn’t have done any of this without you all!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

PWA Rainbow Friday

Rainbow Friday

PWA Members ALERT!!

Stop by our Yahoo Group on Friday, November 26th (and all weekend long) for some great deals, finds and fun stuff!  (Or at least stop in and say hello so I won’t be lonely!)

It won’t be long before inventory time and we don’t want to count all this stuff!

NEW Stampers Anonymous Rubber Stamps  - limited selection all $15% off retail prices

Lots of unmounteds – some used and some new – just $1 each SET!

Miscellaneous AWESOME stuff from Suzanne’s Craft Room Clutter.  (I’m reducing everything by 1/3 to make room for more friends to come play!)

Punches and die cutting systems, dies and more!

Hope you’ll stop in!

Hugs, Suzanne

Monday, November 22, 2010

Gift Cards

I have two thoughts about gift cards. One is that I do not like to give them and two is that I love to receive them.

Receiving them? That's easy! I get to choose what I'd like/need/want most without having to return something I don't. Perfect!

But in my little world of gift giving, the best part is knowing someone well enough to know that they will just L-O-V-E what I chose for them and never even dream of returning it.

When I find myself hardly able to contain my own excitement, then I have no doubt that I succeeded in finding the perfect gift. And I love THAT more than receiving, I really, really do!

I just can't seem to wrap my head around the hunt this year though. I need to do something easy to let go of the stress I am feeling and something simple to keep my holiday budget in check. And I'd also like something that says "I thought about you" when I chose this.

I'm really leaning towards a gift card with a hand made card holder. So now I'm on a new hunt. I'm looking for the world's best handmade gift card holder. Do you know what it is?? Please comment and share any links you'd like to! If you have a photo to share, you can email it to me:

Thanks in advance, I know you'll come through for me! Ü

Uh oh. Here it comes.

I can feel it starting in my gut... HSP - "holiday season panic". Thanksgiving is nearly here, which means Christmas is looming with a capital "L" and I haven't bought a single gift, nor do I have any grand ideas of what gifts to give (that are within my budget).

I really WANT to MAKE special things for my friends yet I feel completely overwhelmed and uninspired. Sigh. What a familiar place for me. If you haven't gotten a Christmas card from me in the past, this would be the reason.

December 25th happens on the same day, every year and yet somehow it always seems to sneak up on me. How does this happen? Every year I vow to myself that the next year will be different. (Did you hear it? That was this year's vow Ü ). Just like with New Year's resolutions, my good intentions generally evaporate once the pressure is off somewhere around February.

All around me I see really amazing women who seem to have it all under control,... taking the holidays in stride while cranking out gorgeous Christmas cards that they actually mail on time. At the same time the hold down jobs and are making incredibly thoughtful and time consuming gifts for their friends and family. If you are one of them, HOW do you DO it?? Please share your secrets with the rest of us!!?? (This is where you click the "comment" button, pretty please?)