Lazy Mom Day!!!

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Hello, Hello and Happy Fri-YAY!!! Do you know what today is??? It’s National Lazy Mom’s Day! Opp!!! Forgot to schedule that into the calendar and it seems more and more when you don’t have it put in the calendar well it just doesn’t happen! My kiddos have been back to school for just over a week and I had plans but plans change or get pushed back!!! My life seemed to get busier with them back to school, You always dream about all the extra time to do this or that but really I’ve just been catching up on all that I didn’t accomplish over the summer having the kids home 24/7!!!

Enough about my craziness…lets get on to the awesome exciting NEWS!!! The Seasonal Expression launched today!!!! The goodies they have come out with are beyond amazing and I’m so excited to play…but I’m sure I won’t get a chance to really play until the Crop on Sept. 23!!! We do still have a few spots if you are interested in coming its always a fun weekend and I usually get 1 page done!

Head on over to see your own flipable and printable Catalog!
2017 Seasonal Expression
Now go enjoy the rest of your Lazy Day!!! Maybe order pizza and take dinner off tonight! :)


New Book and New Products

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Hello, Hello! This time of year always seems to get so busy! We’ve started Spring Socer, had Dance recital, and now all the end of school year festivities seem to be in full swing! I’ve also been super busy helping raise money and move forward with a playground update for the elementary school my kiddos attend!!! We have an install date of June 10 and to say the kids are excited, doesn’t being to express how happy they are for the upgrade! I realized I’m a bit behind on updating you about our New Catalog that is NOW live!!! There are some really Fun papers in this book and I’m super excited about the the ‘Jack’ line of papers is going to be amazing for all the camping pages I still have to do and the stamps set that are geared towards camping too!!! I think my favorite is the stamp and thin cuts set that is for jack cardmaking! I can see some great cards for the guys as well as scrapbooking pages coming from this set.

Also this month is National Scapbooking Month so what’s that mean? Well of course Close to My Heart is going to have an awesome way to celebrate and they are doing that with the Live Beautifully kit, you will get materials to create 5- 2 page layouts with page protectors and they included an upgrade option to get an album to go with it! Don’t wait to long if you love it as this deal is while supplies last!
May 2017 CC

If you would like a copy of the New Seasonal Catalog you can download it Here.
Or if you would like to look online you can head Here!


September Crop Registration Now Open!

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It’s time to get your next crop booked with us while there still spots open! I know it seems early but just think how many pictures your going to need to catch up on after the busy summer of vacation and day trips! If you book now you’ll Thank yourself later for a weekend away after gettting the kids back into a school routine! We changed things up for this crop, so it will look a little different this go around but we think you’ll love the changes! The Crop starts at Noon on Friday September 22 and goes all the way until Sunday September 24 at 2pm and we will be at the same location as all the previous crops! We are providing 2 options, Option 1 is for local croppers and Option 2 is for those that would like to stay onsite all weekend!

Click HERE to get registered today!

Sept 2017 crop


Changes coming to September Retreat!

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It’s crazy to think March marked the 5th Crop I have hosted in Cedar Falls! I remeber when I was on the edge of should I try to start a crop in the area or not and it took me almost a year to make that jump! The crops have always been well attended until this past March. I ended up paying more to attend my own crop on top of cooking and cleaning that I realized I need to make a change so I can break even so I can keep offering a Crop Weekend! I asked a few of my previous croppers to share with me what they loved and what they thought I could skip for future crops to make them enjoyable and successful! Thanks to all the feedback I think I have made some big changes that will still keep the same experience that we’ve always had at Little Tortoise Crops! I look forward to hosting many more crops and hope to meet some more amazing crafts along this the way! I just have a few more details to get worked out and Registration will be opening SOON!!!


Wow! Where has this school year gone?

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It’s crazy to think that my last little is half way through her kindergarten year! Just last year at this time I was dreaming of how much crafting time I would have once she was going to school full-time! Oh Boy how delusional was I??? I miss my crafting more than ever! I have done a few projects here and there and in the meantime my scraproom has become a dumping zone for all the last minute crafting! About a week ago I was suppose to be getting ready for a full weekend crop, and as I walked into my scraproom I just laughed, because I really wanted to cry! My Hobby that I love was no where to be seen. It had happened I had neglected my safe place and in doing so I began avoiding it like the plague because who wants to clean up before they craft? Not me!!! Thank goodness for Weekend Retreats, I was able to get my room back in somewhat of order to over pack for a weekend where I struggled to complete 1 project!
So if you have been like me and your crafting has been riding in the backseat I encourage you to try and go to a weekend retreat with Friends, they really are the best kind of medicine a crafter needs!

And You are just in Luck because I have just what the Doctor order I have a Full Weekend of cropping coming at you March 3 to 5th! Our Crop is now open for registration but don’t wait to long we are already half full!

To see the details and to register today head on over HERE now!