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When Martha Stewart Calls (Part 3- last one)

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When Martha Stewart calls…. unique and special relationships enter in your life. No matter where we find ourselves in life one thing proves to be true always. You can meet all the famous people you want, make all the connections you think necessary, increase your numbers of followers to a number where you think you may have arrived…but when all is said and done, it is in the few key, relationships that you invest in, where you find  what really matters. Everything else is a vapor, there one second and gone the next. It’s been 7 years since I first met Martha Stewart at a book signing @Macy’s in Clearwater, Florida in 2009. My life has never been the same. I still remember that day, I was waiting in line along with over 600 people waiting to get their book signed, waiting for that opportunity to maybe exchange a few words with this Marketing Mogul. Some would have a picture taken with her, give her a gift, a business card, a sample of thier product or a chance to tell her what they do for a living, all in the hopes that Martha would take notice and maybe , some…

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When Martha Stewart Calls (Part 2)

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When Martha Stewart Calls…it usually means I’m going to New York. I have always thought of New York as a very vibrant, exciting city. For me, it always goes up a notch when you have “been summoned” by the powers that be and are coming to see her and be a part of any event she organizes. You just know by now, it is going to be fabulous! It’s become my home away from home.  I don’t go out of town much anymore, until our son is older and can cope with the changes in his routine that come with travelling, it is not going to happen as frequently. He may never adjust easily and it is something  we are perfectly fine with. When I do, if it isn’t with my family, it is to New York City to see Martha, her crew and embark on a journey that most people only get to read about. My arrival to MSLO headquarters came after three hours of sleep, a very early flight, arriving late morning to a very rainy day in the city. Nothing was going to dampen my excitement of being back. Not even wet hair. No bad hair day…

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When Martha Stewart Calls. (Part 1)

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” Whenever Martha Stewart Calls…I listen”. These words were aptly spoken by the CEO of J. Crew, Mickey Drexler, during last years American Made Awards. So… when Martha calls, I listened, too. This year the Martha Stewart American Made celebrated it’s 5 year birthday! ROC Paper Scissors was invited to be a part of this years American Made Summit at the MSLO Headquarters in NYC. I was asked to participate along with what were about 50 other makers in representing the American Made brand. Those are the moments, when your brain starts running at the speed of light: making plans, and trying to figure out if it is even possible to pull everything together that I would need in order to make this trip. Remember guys, along with working our online business from home,  I am currently homeschooling my son Jonathan with everything that comes with his Senior year: lesson plans, reviews, dual enrollment, testing, quizzes etc…. we run a pretty tight schedule here. Despite the busy schedule we always find time to have a little fun and smile. We also needed to make sure we could juggle the care of our youngest with special needs. My husband is my superhero….

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The Power in Meaningful Connections

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Humanity was inherently created to connect. There are all kinds of connections we can make, some good, some bad, some life changing and impactful for generations to come. In a home where everyone including  the dog is male ( that would be my home), it is really wonderful to get out and spend some time with a beautiful group of women of all ages and a chance to get a great estrogen fix on Mother’s Day weekend! What does this have to do with ROC Paper Scissors? In this case, everything,  because relationships are everything Do you guys remember this paper portrait I made years ago for a customer who wanted to honor her parents 60th Anniversary? Their portrait was also featured on our youtube video sharing our story. The beauty about this business is the relationships you develop throughout the years. In this case, the sweet customer who had ordered this portrait contacted me to speak at a very special Mother’s Day tea for women of all ages at the church where she is part of the pastoral staff. She wanted to know if I’d share maybe about my business, life, family etc… Come Mother’s Day weekend I made…

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Some Heartfelt Issues I Needed to Take to Hallmarks Home and Family Show

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There are moments in a person’s life when you have to address some really hard things. At times it can be really, really difficult but you know you just have to do it. This past week I witnessed something on National TV that made it so clear I could not sit idly by and not address some issues with Hallmark’s Home and Family Show. As follows is a copy and paste post I made on the Hallmark Home and Family Facebook page as they weekly ask for feedback from the viewers with something they call the “Weekly Roundup”: So here is the thing cherished friends. I’ve been thoughtfully pondering how best to address a situation that I believe needs to be re: the use of material/content from a video submission for the Home and Family DIY contest. I get it, really. In this case when you sign up for a contest like this (i.e. the @HomeandFamily #HomeandFamilyDIYstar in conjunction with the Dreamjobbing website) you run into the fact that for all intents and purposes you sign away the rights to your ideas with respect to whatever is submitted. Lawyers put that part in the fine print so the sponsors don’t…

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Hallmarks #Homeand FamilyDIYstar Journey Update

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OK friends! My sincerest apologies. I never meant to leave anyone in the dark about the #homenadfamilyDIYstar contest. I wasn’t able to give any information because I  didn’t  have any to give. Let’s back track a bit: The contest began March 7th with the announcement about the contest, on May 19th we submitted our video to the Dream Jobbing site, April 15th was the end of round one and they were to select 5 finalists over that weekend and announce a winner May 9th. However, they changed the competition over that weekend selecting 25 finalists to give each one the opportunity to be on the show which was a great for so many more people. For the whole month of May they would feature the 25 finalists. 5 a week for 5 weeks. At the end of each of the five weeks, the producers ( with the help of facebook comments and votes) would choose a favorite for the round with the FINAL 5 finalists and then finally select their DIY star. This last part has yet to happen and the date announcing the winner still remains TBA. With May being sweeps month (a ratings month) I’m sure they were…

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A Dream Job Opportunity with Hallmark’s #HomeandFamilyDIYstar

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A Huge opportunity has come across my path, Hallmark’s Home and Family show are looking for someone to become a part of their DIY family.   They started this Nationwide search over two weeks ago and I’ve been planning ever since. This “contest” thankfully is mostly based on talent/original creativity and your ability to teach your best craft tutorials in a approximately 6 minute segment. I can do this! I am so excited on being given this opportunity to showcase my talent and  I am very grateful for this chance for other eyes to see what I can do. I must confess there may have been a couple sleepless nights brainstorming my 60 second pitch to spare no detail and give it my best shot! Just number of likes WILL NOT determine WHO will win…can anyone sigh a sigh of relief with me? Your likes and comments will help them however, they will look at who is creating buzz and who isn’t…. After all it is on the Dream Job website so your comments are pretty much a “referral” when anyone is looking for a job. When I left Colombia in ’93 I thought that with it, I had left…

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A Surprise Letter in the Mail

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  There are times when the mail arrives and with it, a surprise.Its in those moments when just have to grab your letter opener. It’s in those moments when, instead of ripping it open with your fingers leaving lumpy uneven tear marks on the top of the envelope, you have to open it carefully to be sure you don’t tear anything inside. You don’t want to miss a word, a sentence or anything. Has anyone else ever been in that kind of moment of excitement and wonder? I had that moment today, to my surprise, as my husband hands me an envelope addressed to my name and says four words: Chip and Joanna Gaines. Yeah  you heard right, the HGTV “Fixer Upper” Chip and Joanna Gaines. I once heard some one once say “the purity of the heart is tested by giving them a little fame”. Throughout my life I have seen this truth tested in the hearts of many who were not ready for a little notoriety and it saddened my heart to see how they responded to it ,only to expose self-destructive,unhealthy, selfish ambitious motives in their hearts. So, in those moments when you run into people who haven’t…

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Sunflower Bride Paper Portrait

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Paper Portrait central – at least that is what this part of my website and blog is about to become. I’ll be posting more about some of my latest paper art portraits here in the blog section of our website. Included will be closeup shots, so you can really appreciate the level of detail that goes into each customized paper portrait.  Who doesn’t love a beautiful sunflower any time of the year?  I’m calling this latest paper portrait, “Sunflower Bride”.  It was a personal project for a friend of ours who was married last fall.  With the Holiday’s and Valentine’s Day workload, I’m just coming up for air now, getting my hands on it and finally getting this done. It was my wedding gift to them, so I made them a BIG one (about 20 inches x 15 inches).  In the photo thread below, I’ll also include a the original photo, everyone seems to love looking at the side by side! Remember, we can put something very special together for you for St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day …. and there is always that special Anniversary, Engagement, Birthday, Baby Announcement/Shower/Congratulations, or Wedding memory we can immortalize in paper art form. I’m also working…

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2015 ROC Paper Scissors at Daytime TV Show for Mother’s Day

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It is always an exciting time whenever heading to Riverbank Studios in Tampa, Florida to do a Daytime TV Show taping.  For five years,  I’ve been privileged to do what I love in the company of these wonderful people. It just gets better and better every time! Thought you’d enjoy seeing some of the behind the scenes shenanigans, so I thought I’d share some of mine with you. When arriving,  I usually make a very quick stop in the Green Room to greet everyone there, and then dash off to the studios where I see the NBC Peacock on the wall – it kinda makes my heart race. Set up begins. As I prepare my segment , there is always this mental rehearsal in my mind as I go through  how the whole thing is going to play out . So if it looks like it’s really quiet, it’s probably because it is. Well at least everywhere, but in my head. 🙂 A special shout out the the people at Martha Stewart  for providing everything used in the segment . They also provided  all kinds of amazing craft products for a Facebook   Daytime TV Show giveaway – So, be sure to go and…

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