Saturday, September 20, 2008

What a Roller Coaster!

Hello, all of you in Blogger Land! Can you believe it's been three weeks already that I've been at ACMoore? (Roller Coaster Credit) Little by little, I'm finding some normalcy in my schedule. A lot different than being 7 miles from my job...! Up at 6am, on the road by 7am, at the office by 8:30am, then in a snap, it's between 5pm and 7pm when I leave, getting home between 6:30pm and 9pm. The first weekend, I think I just slept...by this weekend, I'm finally getting some things accomplished, but still not enough.

It made me think of a roller coaster, with the ups and downs, but not in a bad way. Just when you feel that drop, you know there's going to be another "up" again!

On the Down Side: Driving 1-1/2 hours until I get my house sold and move.
On the Up Side: I'm so catching up with people on the cell phone! Thank goodness for Rollover minutes and Bluetooth!

On the Down Side: So much to learn!
On the Up Side: So much to learn! (See, it evens out!)

On the Down Side: I'm still catching up on my sleep!
On the Up Side: But, boy, do I sleep!

On the Down Side: I still have so much stuff to get rid of!
On the Up Side: That may mean one more last "Stamp and other Stuff" Sale!?

On the Down Side: Wait....there is NO Down Side! I'm so enjoying the challenge of "what can be". I'm lucky to have some wonderful people to work with that are as excited as I am to make ACMoore the best it can be with education. I'm getting to work with so many people in the Crafts Industry more closely that I've only been able to peripherally deal with in the past, which is such a rush! I'm also learning about more than just papercrafts and jewelry...kids' crafts, floral, needlecrafts-sometimes I think my head is going to explode!

If you get a chance, check out ACMoore's Forum-it's only in its infancy, but you may be surprised at what you can learn. I'm also working with the Forum Guru in getting more information on there by way of tips and trips from various manufacturers and I've even designed some projects on there...check 'em out! They're all in the usual format that you've seen when I create project instructions. And they're all not papercrafts!

For those that are near ACMoore next Saturday is a Crochet Demo for the October- Breast Cancer Awareness Month! I'm sure everyone has dealt with or been touched by someone they love that has had breast cancer. Take care of yourselves and get checked! Lion Brand(r) Yarns was kind enough to donate fun "Crochet for a Cause" scarf kits Two people per store will get the chance to win one and there will be someone there to help you get started. If you've ever wanted to try to crochet, this is a great way to learn. I actually made the scarf; if I can do it, so can anyone!

I can actually say I know two different stitches now, which is quite the feat!

Finally, I also wanted to say thank you, thank you, thank you to all those that have posted the lovely comments, emailed and even "snail mailed" me! It makes me even more energized to push harder and make things happen!

As my new employer says: Dream it. Create it. Share it. That's what I want to do!

Enjoy your weekend!



Rachel Greig said...

So happy for you Robin! I've been wanting to learn how to crochet for years. I bought some wool and needles last Christmas, but still haven't tried it yet.

Ethan & I have read some of the Flat Stanley books too - they're great :)

ginny said...

Oh Robin,
It is so good to "hear" your enthusiastic voice again! Your job sounds wonderful. Go plant a one of those saint medals in the backyard. I hear it guarantees a sale.

Priscilla said...

Glad to hear things are going well, that you're happy and enjoying your new job.

Lenna Andrews said...

Congratulations, Robin!! It sounds very exciting to me. I'm so very glad to hear your good news : ^ ) you rock!
fondly, lenna

NancyJones said...

So happy you are enjoying it. It makes it seem alot less like work when its fun! I miss workign at the sb store but oh well.
keep it up chicky. Love that your crocheting I dont have the patience for it.

Vicki said...

Congrats, Robin!!!

Michelle McGee said...

Good attitude, good outlook. Thanks for sharing it.

Hope AC Moore is perfect to and for you.

I'm looking forward to seeing what you do there.

Donna King said...

Hey Robin, just want to wish you happiness and much success on your new position. I feel your pain with commuting...I'm a terrible commuter. It would be great to scrap with you, Jen and Annmarie again. Let's see if we can put something together. All my best wishes :)

Debby said...

I love my AC Moores store...Columbia, SC. Being a CFD for Fiskars and a teacher they have been the best to work with. I had to give a plug for them Robin....they are the greatest.

I don't crochet...but maybe it's time to learn!

Kathie said...


I'm so glad you're happy! We met may years ago when you dropped something off for Vesta in Tucson!

Love you stuff and glad to be able to follow you and your gift of creativity through your blog!

Kathie Gillaspey in San Diego

Anonymous said...

This is incredibly fantastic news - I'm SO HAPPY for you, Robin! Can't wait to see what you cook up for ACM!! Keep me in mind if they need a blogger! ;)

I have been crocheting since 6th grade, and have been really cranking out projects this year. You can see my various projects here: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/OneScrappyMama . How interesting that you mention the Breast Cancer crochet scarf project - I'm considering making a pair of 'boobies' to donate to a local campaign! http://americaninitaly.blogspot.com/2007/08/crochet-la-ta-ta.html

Continued good wishes to you, girlfriend!

Absolutely Everything said...

Robin...you must be having a great time because you haven't e mailed me!!!!! I need your new e mail address...asap..and you have to come visit...soon!