Cleaning Protocol, I got this one!

Good Morning Stampers. Many of you offer to help clean up after attending an event. Thank you for the offer, but I got this! I have a system I use between events that involves disinfect spray, wipes, hot soapy water and fresh air. Yes, I open the windows except on blizzard days;)

Here is what I do:

1) The stamps and blocks are rinsed under the wash tub faucet to remove excess ink. Stamps are removed from the block and cleaned with stampin mist on the stampin scrub and set aside to dry. Blocks are dunked in hot, soapy water until the rest of the clean up is done. They get a good 30 minute soak:) They are rinsed in hot water and then air dried.

2) Open the windows, in part to reduce the cleaning agents smell. I am sensitive to all smells and is why you won’t smell perfume when you enter my house.

3) Unroll a wad of paper towels. Wipe down all the ink pads, community utensils, big shot and big shot accessories with disinfectant. Now is a great time to invest in your own utensils so you don’t have to use the community ones.

4) Wipe down the door handles with disinfectant.

5) Wipe down tables and chairs with disinfectant.

6) Vacuum the floors. I frequently steam clean the carpets and ask that your shoes be removed.

7) All Done!

My cleaning protocol has been in place almost as long as my Stampin’ Up! business of close to 17 years. Germs have never been my friend since I am the one most likely to get sick after a gathering with people. Perhaps I was fighting cancer all those years so germs took a backseat in the fight. We will never know. Since my cancer treatment was severely harsh, it’s been a long fight back to relative health. I am ever vigilant about germs since I know I can barely fight my own, let alone the ones other people carry. I have taken steps to rebuild my immune system but it will never return to optimal levels that most of the population enjoys. When I get sick with a cold, it takes me weeks and many boxes of kleenex to recover from effects that are noticeable. I am sure the cellular level is still working hard long after the sniffles are gone. That’s why I drink kombucha, teas and eat mostly things that grow out of the earth.

I am a scientist so understand the world we can only see under a microscope and even smaller than that. Tiny molecules that can only be detected with very expensive and large equipment. I worked first in an environmental lab cleaning up Super Fund sites where gasoline tanks were leaking. I moved on to working in a pharmaceutical lab; testing the drugs I would later take to combat my cancer. Since I understand how germs work, my cleaning protocol has been in place since the beginning of my business, keeping you and me at relative safety from the germs. Doing what I can for sickness prevention is the best way to keep living life on track.

Please know that you can ask me about my cancer journey since I don’t bring it up in conversation. If you are curious to learn what my experience was and is like, I can answer questions. I can tell you that all the weight that I lost has found me again;)

Until we meet, stay well!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley



Day or Weekend in the Country Retreats

Sometimes, you just need to take a day in the country for yourself. Enjoy the crisp, country air and sights around the pond at Cattail Retreats. Partake in good foods and get as little sleep as you want to. It’s ok, you can craft the night away!

Here is the view from the craft room…the bright light in the greenery is the pond which changes with each season. Work on your favorite crafting projects while you spread out on your own table.


Here is what you will feel like after your day in the woods retreat…Ok, so this was after 3 days on the most recent October weekend retreat. Lots of sewing, scrapbooking, card kit making and decor crafts happened prior to this photo:)


February 21-23, 2020 is the next weekend retreat. Arrive anytime after 10am on Friday and depart by 3pm on Sunday. Cost is $120 per person. Can you only stay for the day? Then the cost is $25 per day. We coordinate meals with breakfast on your own. Then 1-2 people provide, prepare and clean up for the lunch and dinner for Friday and Saturday. Sunday is leftovers.

It’s a 30 minute drive to Cattail Retreat in Poynette with short commute up the interstate. The house is about a mile from the interstate and is easy to find.

The website for Cattail can be found by clicking here.

August 7-9, 2020 and October 23-25, 2020 are also reserved at Cattails.

Please contact me to reserve your spot and receive further details.

Thanks and hope to share a retreat soon with you!

Super Awesome Retreater Shirley

The Trucks

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I meant to post these trucks earlier this week. Sugar Cookie Social guests made them for what I intended to be a party favor to hold the snack sack and chocolate in the truck bed. I bought the snacks before I made a sample of the trucks as you can see the snacks are too large for the truck bed. A chocolate kiss would fit though.

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Have a nice day!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

Halloween Sugar Cookies


Dad’s plate of unfrosted sugar cookies. Had a little frosting left so spread it thin.


I only ate 2 while Mom and I decorated. Mom did not sample but she said they smell so good! I followed my sister Wendy’s recipe which is written at the front of the Lutheran Ladies Cookbook, compiled around 1989.

Hope you are having a spooky Halloween!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

Happy Halloween!

On my to do list for yesterday was taking photos of the swap cards from the September Fall Fling Demonstrator Gathering I coordinate. I had fun walking around Mom and Dad’s house finding different textures and colors for the backgrounds for these photos. You will enjoy these photos in the coming weeks since there are about 50 designs to share.

M and D’s house is fully decorated for Halloween. So when Mom suggested I use these creatures in my photos, I told her I had already shared these designs on my blog so I did not need to retake the photos.

Well, we retook the photos and here they are! The books make fun props too.

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We did not get to making the spooky sugar cookies at the time I wrote this post. It was on my to do list for Halloween Eve. So, I’ll share those photos after we bake and decorate them on Halloween.

Have a spooky fun day!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley