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I was raised in South Florida back in the years when it was a peaceful and wonderfully safe place to live. We lived a mile from the beach and could ride our bikes over the intercoastal bridge right to the best beach around. All my years of growing up I was a competitive swimmer and belonged to AAU. I granduated from Florida State University with a BS degree in nursing. I am recently retired but I'm thinking of going back to work to support my hobbies.
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

ONE WEEK POST KNEE REPLACEMENT SURGERY

This last week of my life can only be described as days in a drug-filled haze, cringing every time I had to grab ahold of my walker, struggle to get in an upright position, and try to move about between my chair and the bathroom.  In between all this, I have to go to rehab therapy 3 times a week.  This is definitely not how I had originally planned to spend the Holiday season!

There are so many exciting things happening with Close To My Heart!  I managed to complete my cute snowman Christmas cards before my surgery, so that was one thing I did get accomplished.  Right after Thanksgiving is the first week in December, and for everyone who orders one of the Close To My Heart Cricut Cartridge sets (Art Philosophy, Artiste, Artbooking, or Artfully Sent),  I will send you a stamp set of your choice.  For any order over $50,  I will send you a surprise gift worth at least $10-15.  You can do some really great Christmas gift shopping out of the Seasonal Expressions catalog, from which you can start ordering on Dec. 1st.  Is there any reason you can't do a lot of shopping from my CTMH website?  People love to craft - introduce your friends to something new with a cute stamp set and some pretty inks.  The possibilities are endless!   Please make my Christmas by shopping from my website.  Have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving!
Judy Goodson, Close To My Heart Consultant
http://justamidnightcropper.ctmh.com

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

NOVEMBER 2014 CLOSE TO MY HEART NEWSLETTER

Hi to all Close To My Heart customers and potential customers,
November is an exciting month.  First of all, with a $50 order, for just $5, you can get the precious stamp of the month called “It’s The Little Things”.  For this price you get a collection of 13 small stamps that combine to make beautiful flower bouquets.  If you go to my web site at:  http://justamidnightcropper.ctmh.com, you will see a lovely example of what this stamp set will make.  Just look for November Stamp Of the Month.
  Also, for you digital scrappers, Studio J is celebrating their 5 year anniversary with special pricing on layouts for only $5.00 - this is $2.50/page, printed out in beautiful semi-gloss 12”x 12” archival paper.  Plus, every 5th layout, chosen randomly, will win a special prize valued for at least $5.  A third prize is the 5 “golden tickets” that will be sent out with your printed layouts for the month of November, and with these you could possibly win one of Close To My Heart’s new D ring albums with a set of top-loading page protectors.
For a 4th way to win, post one or more of your favorite Studio J layouts that you’ve created on Facebook, using the hash tag #ctmhlucky5 before Nov. 30th, and 5 lucky winners will be selected from those submitted.  But DO post them before Nov. 30th!  You can also do the same thing on Instagram.  So, go ahead, create and win on Studio J.
Also, our new Holiday Brochure is out.  As a consultant I can send you one, or, one Dec. 1st they will be available for general ordering on my website, but not until then.  Can’t wait to hear from you!  Let’s all get into the Holiday spirit.
Warmly, Judy Goodson, CTMH consultant
http://justamidnightcropper.ctmh.com

Friday, November 7, 2014

STAIR-STEP CARD VIDEO TUTORIAL

I just love to make these stair-step cards! They're so easy to make, and you can be really creative with the decorating. Your children and/or grandchildren will enjoy decorating them with you. Go ahead and give them a try, and remember to take a look at my website: http://justamidnightcropper.ctmh.com. There are a lot of exciting things going on for the month of November.

Monday, November 3, 2014

OUR NEW HOLIDAY EXPRESSIONS BROCHURE IS COMING DEC. 1ST. HERE'S A PREVIEW!



I sure hope you can see this - hopefully you can go through it page by page. Oh, good. I just checked and you can go through it. This brochure is only for consultants to order from right now, but on Dec. 1, 2014, you can order from it yourself. In the meantime, go through it, and, hopefully, you can find something you want. Remember, my website is: http://justamidnightcropper.ctmh.com.
Thanks! Judy

Also, I want to tell you about the special incentives that Close To My Heart's Studio J is offering. CLOSE TO MY HEART NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER

From: Judy Goodson, CTMH consultant
E-mail: Grammy Goodson@bellsouth.net 

Hi to all Close To My Heart customers and potential customers,
November is an exciting month. First of all, with a $50 order, for just $5, you can get the precious stamp of the month called “It’s The Little Things”. For this price you get a collection of 13 small stamps that combine to make beautiful flower bouquets. If you go to my web site at: http://justamidnightcropper.ctmh.com, you will see a lovely example of what this stamp set will make. Just look for November Stamp Of the Month.
Also, for you digital scrappers, Studio J is celebrating their 5 year anniversary with special pricing on layouts for only $5.00 - this is $2.50/page, printed out in beautiful semi-gloss 12”x 12” archival paper. Plus, every 5th layout, chosen randomly, will win a special prize valued for at least $5. A third prize is the 5 “golden tickets” that will be sent out with your printed layouts for the month of November, and with these you could possibly win one of Close To My Heart’s new D ring albums with a set of top-loading page protectors.
For a 4th way to win, post one or more of your favorite Studio J layouts that you’ve created on Facebook, using the hash tag #ctmhlucky5 before Nov. 30th, and 5 lucky winners will be selected from those submitted. But DO post them before Nov. 30th! You can also do the same thing on Instagram. So, go ahead, create and win on Studio J.
Also, our new Holiday Brochure is out. As a consultant I can send you one, or, one Dec. 1st they will be available for general ordering on my website, but not until then. Can’t wait to hear from you! Let’s all get into the Holiday spirit.
Warmly, Judy Goodson, CTMH consultant
http://justamidnightcropper.ctmh.com

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

OUR NEW PUPPY LOVES TO PLAY SOCCER.I

I discovered that "Jack" our 9 week old mixed spaniel puppy (rescued from the Humane Society) loves to chase the kids' soccer ball around the porch. I got a really cute video of him, but it took me quite a few shots because the ball kept hiding from him under the porch furniture. It wasn't long before he learned to steer it with his nose. It was really funny, and you can't hear his barks and whines in the video, but he would get really mad at it because it wouldn't stay still. So cute! The exercise really wore him out, too!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

SO EASY CLOSE TO MY HEART CARD TUTORIAL

I ordered one of Close To My Heart's easy Holiday Card Kits (Cut above) because I wanted to make a video tutorial to show you just how simple and quick they are to make. Your children will love helping you make them. Visit my site and give them a try! http://justamidnightcropper.ctmh.com

ANNA GRIFFIN HOLIDAY CARDS FROM HSN

One day last week, while my grandchildren were visiting with us during fall break,  Abby, my 10 year old grandaughter and I decided to make some Christmas cards using Anna Griffin's marvelous Christmas card design packages I bought during the recent 24 Hour Draft Day on HSN.  This are two of the cards we made - SO BEAUTIFUL!  They did take a while to layer on to our satisfaction, but basically, that's all we had to do.  And then we just glued it all on.  Aren't they gorgeous?




ONE MORE HALLOWEEN CARD - A STAIR STEP CARD

I feel that I have finally mastered the stair-step card, and I made this really cute owl Halloween card using the new print and cut feature on my Cricut Explore.  Whatever did we do without this??  I fully intend to do a video making this card as soon as my house is empty of visitors and other obligations are taken care of.  In the meantime, here's the card:


Don't forget to visit my website, as there are so many cool things happening during the month of October at Close to My Heart.  http://justamidnightcropper.ctmh.com.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

ARTBOOKING WITH THE CRICUT

I have finally made my first video using Cricut's Artbooking cartridge, the third cartridge that Close to My Heart has produced to be sold exclusively by Close To My Heart.  It's got soooo many features and characters that can help you make some great scrapbook pages, but of course you can still use them for whatever else you might want.  I chose a simple 2-photo page, but there were a lot of buttons to push correctly, so you can tell I'm out of practice with my Expression.  I have the Explore, so I tend to use that more.  Anyway, enjoy  the video, and check it out on my CTMH website:  http://justamidnightcropper.ctmh.com.  Thanks!





Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A VERY SAD HAPPENING

My husband and I had spent last Friday through Sunday in Franklin, NC, with our oldest daughter and her family.  It was a beautiful, relaxing week-end.  The weather was perfect, and the fall colors were barely beginning to show.  We had entrusted the care and feeding of our two dogs to my husband's brother, who always does a good job.  Our smallest dog "Feisty" ( a Feist) is older and lately she had slowed down a lot.  The vet had checked her out and said that X-Rays indicated that she had arthritis and put her on some canine arthritis pills, which had seemed to help her.  But while we were gone, we got a call that she wasn't eating much and seemed weak.  When we got home yesterday about 4:00PM, she was laying in our yard close to the back door, and when I first saw her,  I thought she was dead, but when I got to her, she had very rapid, labored breathing, and, although her eyes were open, she barely responded to me.  I hurriedly rushed her to the emergency vet clinic, where blood work revealed that her red blood cell count and platelets were so low that she wouldn't make it through the night without a blood transfusion.  They started the transfusion right away, but it was too late.  My sweet little doggie died.  The final diagnosis was Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia (AIHA),  which is apparently the most common cause of anemia in dogs, although I'd never heard of it.  The dog's red blood cells attack and destroy themselves as if they were foreign cells, and, over time, the dog becomes so anemic that they cannot survive.  I "Googled" this disease, and poor little Feisty had all the symptoms :  fatigue, weakness, loss of appetite, blood in the stool (so the vet said).  Of course old age can cause this too, and that's what I thought the problem was.

I've shed many tears this past 24 hours, and I know many of you know how it feels to lose a beloved pet.  Each time a pet dies they take a little piece of your heart with them.  I feel better today.  My husband buried her on the farm next to Granny's little dog "Cookie", and I know I'll put some sort of grave stone at the site - maybe I'll even plant a rose bush there.  We do still have another dog,  Nick, who was Feisty's best friend.  He keeps looking for her and seems worried, but with some extra attention, I'm hoping that will pass.  Life goes on, and so will we all.