Howdy, Friends!

If you have a pulse, you know that blogging has been phased out and replaced with Instagram.  I’ve been busy over there documenting the things in our lives that I think are kind of fun and important.  My IG account is private, so I’ll let you in on a few things that have been keeping me busy.

1)  Check out my new Stamping with Charlene site.  This is the place where I document all things Stampin’ Up!, like new projects, products, classes, special promotions, and stuff like that.  The reason for this new site was because I decided to enter to be a part of Stampin’ Up!’s 2016 Artisan Design Team.  I wasn’t selected, but let me just say that I really am a winner.  Why?  Because I decided to use WordPress as the platform for that site and as a result, I feel like I earned an honorary doctorate degree in WordPress.  I created the site entirely on my own and I learned a TON of stuff in the process.

2)  As a result of creating the new Stamping with Charlene site, I decided to do a complete overhaul of eWillow.com Greeting Cards.  A couple of years ago, eWillow.com transformed from an open marketplace where greeting card designers could sell their creations into a site where I solely design the products and offer greeting cards on a subscription-box basis.  I loved the fact that with WordPress I could have 100% control of the content without having to totally depend on a tech person.  I started this project in July, and in the next couple of weeks the new site will go live.  Even though I still need to turn to my tech guy for tweaks, I am much calmer knowing that I can pretty much manage the site on my own if I need to.  (I like being self-reliant.)  My tech guy is FABULOUS, so if you are in need of someone to help you, shoot me an email and I will give you his contact info.

3)  Take a look at Cosmetics for a Cause.  About a month ago, we were blessed with over $1M in products from e.l.f. Cosmetics.  Since Erica is away at school, I have embraced the chance to make sure that each piece of makeup goes to a woman in need.  Thanks to the teens in our neighborhood and some other great friends, we have been able to accomplish this goal.

4)  I still sub every now and then because I just can’t seem to give up my Plan B.  Sometimes I wonder if Plan A would be even more successful if I let go of Plan B.  I don’t know.  What do you think?  Do you have a Plan B?  Help!

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