hey lovely friends..
okay.. so I am just goin to come right out and say it.. I want to scream, cry.. wake up from a bad dream.. and more today.. I swear when it rains it pours.
first off.. thank you for all the well wishes about my Brother In law. He found out a week and half ago that he had 2 weeks to live and passed away the day before thanksgiving.. of cancer. So SO very sad. We were in Boise attending his funeral yesterday. His kids are all young (in their 20's) and I just remember what it felt like 2 years ago to loose my dad at such a young age. I just wanted to hug my niece and nephews and tell them all of the things they will experience over the next year.. and that it is OKAY.. to cry whenever they want.. to be upset whenever they want.. to stay in bed when they want to.. as time will heal all and gradually you will start to see tiny miracles and blessing from it all. This past year has been an especially hard one for me and I can say that I actually have been SO grateful for my dad's passing.. as I know if he was here I probably would not have confided in his as much... but this year I found myself talking with him SO SO many times.. in prayer and other ways.. asking for help and guidance.. and I KNOW that was a tender mercy from my Father IN Heaven.
So we are home.. and last week we had a huge black friday sale.. and this morning, I started getting emails from all the people who purchased the workshops while I was gone. That they hadn't received their links. Then after doing some digging.. I found out that paypal had a major glitch through black friday and over 200 transactions.. from people purchasing the workshops on sale.. DID NOT go through on my end. SO on their end.. it shows as unclaimed.. and now paypal is denying all of those payments and those 200 people have to resign back up again! oh what a headache! SO if that is you.. YES you still need to resign up even if paypal has taken it from your credit card OR bank account. It still will be refuned and will not go through. AND they are not giving me the emails of those 200 people who signed up.. originally.. so I have to send out a mass email to everyone on my newsletter list.. announcing it and asking every one who purchased a "sale" workshop items.. to check their paypal account and if they see it as unclaimed.. they have to resign back up. Seriously what a pain? My poor customers are going to hate me after last week's sale! Not only are their payments being denied and they have to do it again.. but they have been waiting all week for the log-in details to the workshop and now they have to wait some more!
AND PLEASE READ: THIS IS FOR SALE CLASSES ONLY.. if you paid for the new 2012 Artsy Ornament workshop, the Winter Whimsy Workshop, PUmpkins and cider, Wild Art 2 Bless this mess. OR artsy Bangles workshop.. then YES IT DID go through)
it was only on the other classes that were on the sale page. (not my regular website)
(so if you are one of those people who signed up for my workshop SALES.. sorry.. you will have to do it again.. and you will see a refund back to your account by the end of the day for the first payment made)
someday I just HATE paypal.. makes me want to cry. seriously.
that is not what I needed today.. coming home to a messy house.. (we left the kids home for the funeral).. got home at midnight last night and my three youngest were still up playing xbox?? what they heck??? it was a school night! Dang kids? talk about being grounded for the next week..
I have a million and one emails to answer back.. lol.. and a video I have to shoot for the winter whimsy workshop, a video to shoot for the november Mixed media kit..
I just didn't have the patience or the time for this huge paypal mess.
so I think right now I will make myself a cup of hot milk.. and cry for a minute.. and then put my big girl panties on and go on with my day.. lol
alright. Enough Complaing! I am done. I should look for the positive in this.. :) so grateful for family.. for the knowledge of eternal families. For the Gospel. Grateful for my customers who support me in my sales.. even when there are glitches.. AND SO grateful I have a business that allows me to stay home. Problems and all. Now.. I am still not so grateful for kids who destroy a house while I am gone, stay up late on a school night thinking we won't be home until later.. BUT i am grateful for my kids.. so I guess that counts. lol
anyhow.. so should we talk about something more positive?
How about art? Lately I have been in the "christmas" winter creating mood and go to create a lot of new art for my winter whimsy workshop.. I wanted to show you some of the pieces I have been working on..
is that okay? maybe it will brighten my day to see it :)
this one is one of my favorites.. a cute little bear.. with a red stripe stomach..
This mr. Moose.. I just had to do.. in the classic navy and red.. and argyle christmas wool sweater.. hes so fun!
This girl is totally inspired by a globe I saw at the store the other day.. it was a snowmen with a globe inside his belly! I thought how fun it would be to do a SHe art girl with a globe inside her dress!
This little guy is a Reindeer.. one of my newest obsessions..
and of course a penguin. I have been painting penguins for over 18 years.. hes fun too!
So anyhow.. thanks for letting me share! That workshop was SOO fun to do! I am excited to make even more.. thinking I will do a bunch of reindeer ornaments for my tree this year!
oh and yes.. you can still take this class. its called the Whimsy Winter Workshop..
.. I have had several people ask me.. you can take any of my workshops at anytime..
AND speaking of workshops and ornaments..
We have had some more sneak peeks come in.. gonna share those on thursday! so check back :)
okay.. see just looking at creative stuff has already calmed me down a bit.. ahh.. maybe I don't need that cry after all.. talking to you guys always makes me feel better.. so thank you!!