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ok, can i just say how awesome my trip to detroit was? truly, it was so much fun hanging out with cass, kate, debbie, laura (and mike, ken and erin). even though the trip was only 48 hours, i enjoyed every moment we spent at paper tales. the store that cass has put together is BEAUTIFUL. i actually found all these interesting papers and embellishments that i had not seen in other stores i had been to before so of course i shopped shopped shopped.
and noah loved the fact that he could roam around the store and check out the play area with erin:
and the students there were so awesome. i am so lucky i got to stop and chat and hang out with each of them:
i even picked up some new UTEE techniques from some of the teachers at paper tales! so cool.
and baby noah and david got to sightsee around detroit with ken and erin as their guides. check out noah and erin here. erin is such a cutie pie!
if you are in the detroit area, you need to head to paper tales. beautiful store. beautiful people. beautiful projects.
i am back at work now. project wise, i am working on a skulls onesie for baby noah. i am not one to fork over $24.99 for a cute designer onesie for noah so i whipped out my drawing pad, some felt and embroidery floss and buttons. i will have to take a photo of the onesie when i am done.
thank you for everyone who posted on my last entry - it made me smile to know that all of you all have something to be thankful for!
... for 1 healthy year for baby noah and baby jonathan
i have a couple more things not in the photos - some cool stamps and labels and such.
if you want to win this, please do the following:
1. post here
2. tell me what you have to celebrate today
RAK entries close on monday! so good luck!
ok, here are 2 small peeks at the w/h. not everything is put away yet but it is looking very sweet. there is a photo of where we store the goodies:
and remember this, just a couple of years ago, deb and i were packing orders out of our garages! even when i was 4 months pregnant, i was packing orders out of my garage. trust me, this wouldn't fit in our garages now - LOL.
so for that, thank you for your support of us. it means a lot. and we have lots more goodies planned!
so it was over 2 years ago that i created this album. i just found these photos the other day as i was flipping through picasa at my stuff. who would have known transparencies would be so "in" 2 years later (LOL)
someone told me that once. i guess us flat fat feeters are supposed to go SLOW... just a quick note before i head off to B&N and then later tonight work on my summer CHA projects (with our new samples - and they kick butt let me tell you).
well i did it, i signed up for the half marathon in september. after forking over my 75 buckaroos, there is no turning back now. i had to do this to make sure i was serious about my training. i have only 3.5 months til i have to run this 13.1 mile distance.
i found this photo the other day while cleaning out a drawer. this was from 9 years ago (Feb to be exact) when i played a fateful soccer game and tore a bunch of ligaments in my ankle - was out of work and on crutches.
if i only knew then what i know now. my ankle haunts me. i was thinking about this the other day. i will never be 100% on that ankle. and i probably won't be even 80% ever. i think about my ankle each time i run b/c i have the tendency to twist my ankle if i don't watch how i land.
don't get me wrong, i have run my fastest times ever even with this ankle but i know and have been told that one day i might need to get that puppy fixed. i am cool with that. there is no need for me to live in fear. i am not one to live in fear. so til that day comes, i will make do with what i have. life is too short to sweat it.
and with that my goal for is set. i will get up that day. i will get antsy. i will be wearing my funny looking running shorts that have all the pockets in the butt side and they will be filled with runner's energy packs. and with God's grace, i will run my half marathon in a really slow time. and baby noah and david will be cheering me on. then i will finish and we will celebrate by going to the beach.
well we made it home. i start officially the hard core work today while baby noah is off playing. also we need to get all of our suitcases emptied. david and i used to have this BAD habit of letting our suitcase stay unpacked for weeks and weeks but now we are trying to get everything unpacked in the 2 days after we are back. 3 suitcases down and 1 more to go. we also decided that we need to travel with less. it is amazing how a little dude can need so much stuff!
simple yet totally easy to create in less than 30 mins.
before i left i also decided to see if i could do a LO with more than 1 photo and i actually fit 4 photos on here! i usually don't crop my photos but this time i wanted to capture a specific feel:
someone asked me in an earlier post what i read for inspiration. to be honest, i read a lot of different things- business week, wall street journal, teen vogue (they have a cool DIY clothing item each issue), newsweek, runner's world, vanity fair, CRAFT, adorn, real simple and of course i partake of the usual scrapbooking magazines too. my feeling is that i am only on this earth for a short time, i need to feed my mind and explore my world to see what is out there.
ok i need to get back to work. my marathon training has been slacking so i need to get back on track with that too.
oh yeah, before i forget, we got some samples of our NEW stuff for CHA summer and i am so super excited about it. we will probably start showing you some goodies in about 1 month!
i love these photos of him. if only i had his shiny hair and good skin - sigh.
and if you can believe it i snuck me some scrapbook supplies in my bag to work on a couple of things while we are here. i just need to pull everything out to get some LOs done!
and i found this photo that my MIL took at our last CHA - show - this is totally how we feel EVERY DAY after the show - even all the maya roadies get tired!
a perfect splash of color for this LO to commemorate noah's first steps for me!
so a couple of weeks ago, i was talking about the importance of supply chain and i have a bit of time tonight to chat a little bit about it as it is a vast topic.
i was at IKEA a couple of weeks ago with some of the MR design team gals and we were just looking at all the great stuff you could do with like 371 sq ft of living space (and you start to think hey my family of 3 could live somewhere like that - LOL) anyhow i am getting off subject.
they had this piece of furniture - i think it was a book case or something and they were advertisting that they could lower the price to the consumer b/c they had found a way to have the pieces fit together so that the book case took up only half the space it needed to in order to be shipped here so they could pass the savings onto the consumer. half the space might not seem like that big a deal but it is!
think of it this way, let's say that ikea could only fit 100 (i am just picking a nice round number here) of these bookcases in a container before. so they have the 1 container that cost them say $1000 to ship and all the time, labor and money costs for the paperwork to get here. then they have to truck the 100 bookcases in the container to a store and warehouse the 100 bookcases. each of these steps cost money. NOW, with the redesign so that the bookcase can be packed flatter, they can fit 200 bookcases per container. THINK of how many steps in the process they have cut their costs on!
here is a scenario - say they used to have to ship 50 of these containers out, now it is only 25! they only have to do paperwork for 25! they only have to have half the storage and warehouse space for it. it is brillant! think of the costs they saved on that they can pass onto the consumer!
and in ways, this is sort of how we are running MR. we aren't making things flatter but you can bet your darnest we try to pack the container as full as we can. and to help us accomplish this, we often times will have a couple of dozen of our products in the container at a time.
here is the thing that we are always challenged with "net replenishment lead time". by definition, this is the amount of time that is needed to "refill" something once you place your order for that item. so say we figure that we need some of our 4" binders (as those are pretty popular lately) - and side note, the definition of "need" is challenging too and something i will discuss later as i talk about safety stocks, etc in a future entry. anyhow, i say we need to order 4" binders. well if you add up the time it takes for the factory to make it, package it, and get it on the container and it is shipped, through customs and in our w/h, we are talking about 8- 12 week cycles here.
then you need to take into account the other item we are trying to reorder at the same time to get on the container to get shipped here b/c we want to be like ikea and keep our costs down. but deb does a great job on it. she handles all of that. i just push the easy button (LOL).
that is one of the challenges. i don't think some people without an intimate knowledge of supply chain understand that. they just get mad that things aren't in stock. my philosophy is if we ALWAYS have everything in stock, we have too much inventory. that is a lot of cost to be carrying all the time in terms of stock.
so in this way we want to be like ikea b/c it helps us keep our cost down (Even though we don't have the ikea scale of volume on our side).
hope you all have a great week!
wow who knew that a party for a mere 1 year old boy could take so much out of me?
we had a beautiful day today for noah's party. here are a couple of photos of the fun:
well i think we are pretty much set for noah's party tomorrow. i decided at the last moment to go ahead and purchase a cake at COSTCO and i decorated the cake with a race track made from crushed oreos. i then added a green infield and piped "greenery" around the track. i even included some lifesaver "bumpers" around the infield. and i am proud to say that i made the happy birthday sign with some scrapbook supplies i had for the cake too!
i hope everyone has had a great week. we are gearing up here for noah's first BD shindig so that has been keeping me sorta busy. i know in the past that people have asked me what i do with my mini albums and such. well i decided that i would display some of them for noah's party. this way people can see how he has grown in the last year. i mixed it up with photos and put them all on our mantle like this:
1. the magazines are a business. they need to do stuff that makes sense as a business. that means making money
2. if they have their own inhouse design team with people that met their deadlines and produce quality work, then it only makes sense to go with that.
3. at the same time, you could be missing out on someone with mad crazy talent out there if you limit yourself.
4. some of it is luck and timing - i will sometimes see 2 galleries of 2 people that to me have equal amounts of talent - one will turn out to be a huge name but the other will not - is it for lack of submitting? is it for connections? i don't know but some of it DOES have to be being at the right place at the right time.
i don't run as much as i should but i am about to change that.
i am also blessed b/c the warehouse people LOVE noah. they ask for him to come visit.
Ok that is all I have time for today but have a wonderful weekend and I will be checking back in with a winner soon!
PS I still need the last RAK winner to email me; if I don't get an email back in the next couple of days, I will choose someone else to replace that winner.
wow, i have a lot i want to say today. so let me get started!
ok that is all i have for now so have a great night! i am off to do a LO using some of those labels i made with our stamps!
i hope all the moms had a great day!
next, we have more pinwheels i made from left over paeprs i had that will either line the lawn or i will put as a centerpiece.
and finally what is a party without favors? noah has suddenly shown a SLIGHT interest in TV and the one show he will watch for more than 10 mins is The Backyardigans! david and i have become fans too of the cute music and the creativity of all the characters. so each kiddo will leave with some Backyardigan goodies tied to a canister of bubbles with a decorated tag.
i can't wait for the party! i am sure noah will have a blast and so will we!
thanks for all the great questions so far. i look forward to more of them! i love that they are thought provoking for me! just remember you have 48 more hours to enter for the RAK by asking me a question!
wow, tomorrow will be my first mother's day! i am being swept up by what this year has brought me. last year this time, i was waddling around in the 100 F texas heat and so ready to meet our new baby. my feet hurt, baby noah was kicking up a storm and i was just frantically getting everything i could get done before he arrived!
i am about to sign up for my 7th half marathon. it will be coming up in september which seems so far away but also is a lot closer than i think. it did feel good to do a layout about me rather than baby noah (not that he isn't the perfect subject - LOL).
which brings me to my latest RAK:
lots of Maya Road yummies! so i will be sending this bag of eye candy to someone. here is what you need to do.
i want to see you post a question here for me. it has been a while since i have asked what you all like to read about. i know i still need to post on inventory and what that means to us but i want to hear what you all are interested in knowing about. i will try to answer some this week. post here in the next 3 days for a chance to win this stash but you have to ask me a question!
and i will leave you with this. CHA is around the corner so on friday i got a sample of one our new Maya Road tins (that MR goodies will be coming in). and all i have to say is i am in love....
noah had a big day yesterday playing all day (even learned to climb the stairs).
and i can admit that i do use the flash indoors. i also use the automatic settings on my SLR and well i am just starting to remember what when to use what aperture (LOL) but it doesn't matter b/c to me the memories are still the same.
i will be posting another challenge this weekend for you all! so watch for it!
Ok, so i stayed up til about 2 am last night. But i got a lot done. It has been a busy day today. Let me share what we got to do today (besides shipping orders):
And the RAK winner. Thanks for sharing all the nice things you all have done for other ppl. It always makes me smile to see the comments there to know that there are kind, decent people out in the world. David picked this so if you didn't win, you can take it up with him:
Marilyn in TX - congrats you won! Email me at: info @ mayaroad.com to claim your prize!
I will post soon about supply chain - need to get some time to wrap my arms around the mega posting I would need to do!
well it has been what i consider a slow week this week (even though we are still shipping a lot of orders). so with that, i have been working on some classes. this is a peek at one that i created for paper tales when i go visit them in june.
man what a DAY!
easy - this one requires only 2 things -no layouts to do, no things to sort or purge. here are the 2 things i want to see (and you have til this TUESDAY to do so).
1. post here and tell me you want this stuff.
2. do something nice for someone - it can be as SIMPLE as emailing someone a thank you for something they did or paying the toll for the person behind you, sending out a RAK or just writing a letter to someone who means something to you. it is anything. just something. i will assume that if you post here that you want this stuff, you will be doing that nice something for someone.
and that is it!
have a great rest of the weekend and i will post again soon. i still need to nurse my soccer injury before my game tomorrow!
noah and i are off to the w/h to get some orders completed then we are headed to a playgroup. i am not sure what to expect but i am giving it a try for noah!
well it has been a fast weekend, we had all the texas maya road gals here - jess was here to visit us and get her baby noah fix and in the last 3 days, i have done the following:
thanks to everyone who participated in the challenge - the winner is :Tiffany congrats - please email me at info @ mayaroad.com ! thank you all so much for playing and sharing these awesome moments with me. i so enjoyed seeing all of the LOs!
you know i was thinking about the fact that i haven't told you all a lot about how i was growing up. i look at who i am today and i am a totally different person than i was in high school and college.
one thing that stuck out in my mind is this story which i haven't thought about in a long time - when i was a senior in high school.
at our high school, they had these "pageants" - which was not supposed to be about how you looked - and how they sold it to us was it was supposed to be an overall who represents the school the best " in beauty, academics and extra curricular activities" . truthfully today i think they were just trying to get the gals to buy expenive dresses to compete and then sell tickets to this "pageant" at the school. the only thing you needed to do to apply was to be nominated. so one of the girls i was friendly with and i made a pact - i would nominate her and she would nominate me. so we did and that was cool. they were to pick 10 girls to "compete" in this.
i had done this so that i could "fit" in - so that i could at least show myself that in the scheme of things, i wasn't at all ugly and i could feel good about myself. here was the thing, i knew that i had a chance b/c the teachers were the ones who decided who got into this pageant - it wasn't a "popularity contest" with my peers. i stuck my neck out there b/c i felt in the hands of my teachers that i could at least get the chance to compete.
well we all know what happens next. i wasn't in the pagent. when the names were announced, i had to hold my breath not to be upset about it. i mean these were teachers that i had known - that had written recommendations for me - that i competed with on the academic team for.
and i could only attribute it to one thing - i was ugly. i mean i was competing to be the smartest nerd in the class (so it couldn't have been the grades) and i participated in like 5-8 activities since i was a freshman - so what else could it be? it was that i was a dog. and that just made everything even worse.
i did end up going to the pageant. i think i only stayed for about 30 mins b/c my heart couldn't take it.
it is funny but with the passage of time, i now realize that all of that stuff doesn't matter anymore. it seemed so important then and made me so sad then. i look at the photos of me NOW and even though i have gained like 20+ lbs since then (of SHEER MUSCLE of course - kidding) - my eyes now tell a different story of who i am and who i have become.
...but sometimes it is nice to visit those memories to remind myself that life isn't always as bad as it seems. and in the end - the nerds win (haha).
i will post the RAK winner tomorrow! thanks for all the great challenge participants and comments!
you know usually i try to stay positive but nothing peeves me more than someone who has no need to be rude.
but they got used to it and we had a great picnic lunch:
followed by a long stroll in the park:
and finally we all went home and both of the mommies went and played a 1.5 hour soccer game. i am tired so good night!