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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

February 29th "Sale"abration Sneak Peeks

I've posted the sneak peeks of the sale items for our February 29th Leap Year sale on the message board at Click on community and check out the deals!!

Be sure to join us Friday, February 29th for some fun!!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

We're gonna have fun with Leap Year!!

I'm in the mood to celebrate Leap Year and that's good news to you!! It means BIG savings and LOTS of fun!

Mark your calendars and be sure to visit our store at on February 29th for some crazy shopping deals!! When you are done shopping, join us back here for some fun and games!!

Have a great week!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Update on Laura

Laura Maple passed away this morning at 2am. It was a pretty big shock even though we all knew it could happen. It appeared she was going to pull through and beat this. We are so very thankful for all the support that you all have shown with donations for the benefit, attending the benefit and the prayers. I know that there are others that are out there hurting with concern of loved ones and I just want to say thank you very much for taking the time to love someone that you didn't even know. We have such a great community of people that truly amaze me!! Thank you again and please continue to lift this family up in the upcomming months.

Take your 3 hours today and enjoy it, laugh ALOT, hug your kids, do something crazy and fun and enjoy life! That is exactly what Laura is doing right now and what she would want each of us to do also!!

Friday, February 8, 2008

What would you do with 3 more hours of life?

Hi all, please accept my apologies if you've gotten an email about this and are now reading it on the blog. If you haven't gotten an email please keep reading then feel free to forward this on!!

My question is this.... What would you do with 3 more hours of life? Let me share with ya a story about a friend of mine. PLEASE take just a few minutes to read ALL of this email, PLEASE!!!

Laura Maple, a single mom of three children was involved in a very serious car accident on November 19th. She was going to town to pick up food to feed the girls basketball team that evening. Laura had a passenger in the car that walked away with minor injuries however Laura was not that fortunate. She suffered severe brain trauma and multiple injuries to her hips, pelvis and legs. She is currently in Carthage Health and Rehab awaiting possible surgery to her pelvis. This will enable her to begin physical therapy which is very much needed to stimulate her brain and reduce the swelling. Laura's outcome is uncertain. The family has been told that the swelling may last from months to years and until the swelling reduces there is no way of knowing what will become of Laura. Laura's children, ages 13, 12 and 7 and her family have tried many times just after the accident to come to terms with letting Laura go. However each time they prepared themselves Laura would do something that the doctors said she shouldn't be able to do. She would squeeze one of her children's hands, she'd open her eyes, something to give the family a sign of hope and to tell them to wait. She was going to fight this! They've asked themselves over and over why they should have to be God and determine Laura's fate.

Laura is currently in a semi-coma state. She is moving her hands and arms, opening her eyes and within the past few days has begun to move her mouth like she is talking. Friends and family KNOW without a doubt that Laura is in there. She tenses up when her trach is being talked about. She calms when her kids come in the room. Her littlest, Roxeann can get mom to do all kinds of things, but trust me she's not gentle with her! She marches in the room talking to mom, forcing open her eyes by lifting her lids and holding her hand. Just what Laura would want her to do!!

Laura's mother has moved here from Texas to care for the children and keep them together. She is constantly at the side of Laura, dropping the kids at school, spending her days talking and caring for Laura and back to get the kids to take them to see mom. Laura's sister and "Grandma" Pat have also been helping with the care of the children, taking both of them from their homes and jobs as well. I don't even know how to explain what this accident means to the children. Not only have they lost their mother as they knew her, they face the very real possibility that the two older children will be moving to Texas with their father taking them from their home, their friends, their schools and their little sister. To try to tell you how close this family is would be very difficult. Chris was his mom's protector. Brittany, well she's just Brittany!!! Roxeann her mom's baby and light of Laura's life. Laura's home is filled with photos of her children and I don't mean just on the walls!! She has photos on her cabinets too!!. Her children were her life!! She lived and is still living for them!!

Now that you know the background, let me tell you what Laura would do with 3 more hours! She would without a doubt be spending it with her children, probably at one of the many ball games Chris or Brittany play. She might be at a cheer competition cheering Roxanne on, helping the other mom's curl hair and pamper the girls. She would be getting all the party favors, treats and gifts ready for the Valentine's parties on Thursday. She would have her doors open so that the neighborhood kids could come in, watch a game, play and eat. She would be helping a friend in need. She would be available to help curl and doll up the little girls at a Princess party. She would be feeding the basketball team. She would be loving her family and friends. She would be..... Laura!!

Now I'm asking for just 3 hours of your time!! Won't you PLEASE join us on February 10th at East Newton High School, Granby MO. We will be having a chili feed from noon to 3pm. Gospel sing by Cannon Bound, bake sale and a HUGE silent auction! We have over 150 items for the silent auction and let me just say they are AMAZING items!!! I can't even begin to name all of the items, something for everyone and then some!! It would be a great time to get all those Valentine's Day gifts for your sweethearts and help someone at the same time. All donations will be given to Laura's family to help with travel and household expenses.

Can't attend, you can still help! Please send this to your friends, family, co-workers! Pass the word along and then do what Laura would want you to do, spend time with your children!!

Thanks and enjoy your 3 hours!!

Shannon McDermottK.I.S.S. Crop-n-Shop Scrapbook Events"The four states largest crop and shop event"

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Exciting stuff happening!!

Where do I even start? First, let me say I'm sorry that I haven't been posting lately. I promise to work harder at this and post more frequently AFTER I return from CHA!! Can't promise anything before that, too many things happening around here!!

So let's get started with all the fun things! Be sure to read all the way to the bottom of this post, I don't want you to miss out on anything!!

Scrappin' U will be held February 16th from 10:00am to 10:00pm at Ozark Realtors in Joplin. If you haven't signed up, HURRY!! Get signed up prior to February 9th and you're going to get a fun little surprise! Think Valentine's Day but nope, this isn't's better!!! Register at scroll down to Scrappin' U and click on the link. We're not going to have classes but I have some fun, NEW kits ready for you all!!

Spring Fling will be held March 14th and 15th at Fairview Christian Church, Carthage MO. This is going to be a blast and is filling up. We only have 60 seats available for this crop. We are currently taking registrations at Registrations will not be processed until March 3rd so you can sign up now and not worry about payment coming out right away.

I'll be leaving for CHA on Sunday and will be returning late Wednesday night. I'll be posting pictures for you from CHA of my favorite finds, the sites and all the goodies so keep checking back next week!!

Most exciting right now is the benefit for Laura Maple, you can read about her and the benefit in the post below. PLEASE!! If you can, plan to attend the benefit on February 1oth at East Newton High School from noon to 3:00pm. There are going to be some AWESOME items to be raffled off not to mention great food and music! It would be a fun day for the family and you can help a family that is really in need right now!

PLEASE try to attend, I won't be there (flying to CHA) but would love it if you all would attend in my place. I will tell ya, there are some FANTASTIC scrapbook items to be bidding on! A huge basket of Creative Memories items from Barb Owens worth $125.00! A large scrapbook basket donated by Aaron Reed valued at $100.00! An awesome scrapbook kit that includes album, embellishments, papers and more from Stickers-n-Stuff, Neosho! A fantastic basket of scrapbook items donated by some of the greatest people out there, you my customers worth at least $50.00 and last but not least a gift certificate bundle that will include a crop pass to ALL of the crops to be hosted by K.I.S.S. events for the remainder of the year! YEP, that's right, a weekend Spring Fling Crop pass, a Beat the Heat Crop pass, a Scrap Pink Crop pass and a KISS Crop-n-Shop November weekend pass for one. WOW!!! No excuses now to miss a single one of our events, LOL!!

Did I mention there are at least 100 other items to be bidding on too!! There is something for everyone! Men - hunting packages, fishing items, grills and smokers and more!! Women - way too much to mention, trust me you'll find something!! Kids- we didn't forget them, we've got all kinds of baskets, in all sizes. We've worked really hard to get a variety of items so please stop by and support this cause! If you need more info, feel free to email me at
Have a great day!!