Gracious Gathering with Snatam Kaur

I checked Overture’s seating chart over last weekend for tickets to experience Snatam Kaur. There were 2 front row seats available. I checked again before heading out last night and they were still there! I decided to take advantage of these seats if they were available when I arrived at the box office. Alas, they were sold to the couple that had just visited the box office before me.

So I settled for a front row balcony seat where I could receive the full experience. I would be able to see all the performers, enjoy the music float up and enjoy the heat rise too.

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As I entered my row, a person sat 2 seats over. Soon, a couple were seated between us. To my right was a person that slipped in her seat after me. As I opened my newly purchased CD, I decided to act on my intention for the evening. I wanted to make a connection. One sentence that entered my mind as I drove down East Washington Street.

We had a lively exchange. Tracy is a storyteller. WOW, an author, I thought. She traveled from Menomonie today for a storytelling session at a local library. I asked if she was reading from her own books. Tracy said, no, she is a real life story teller. Experiencing Snatam Kaur was a maybe on her agenda for the day. I am glad she made it a priority. She helped make my new experience for the day better.

My intention of making a connection was fulfilled by meeting Tracy. I grew up just south of Menomonie, attending the Sacred Chant was a maybe for me too and I am a storyteller through my blog. If I had not gotten a little lost navigating the Madison streets, I would have been in the front row seats and missed the opportunity to meet Tracy. Funny how that worked out. My GPS was conspiring with the universe:)

The Sacred Chant Concert started. As the simple sounds from the stage started filling the room, the fifth instrument, the audience voices, grew stronger. Space after the mantras are left open. No clapping after finishing the mantras. Although there was clapping throughout the concert including a reminder to vote. Snatam Kaur is a peace activist so I would have expected no less than her statements surrounding voting.

There were bagpipes, oh yes. An expected guest via a cell phone tone is my guess. They sounded at an appropriate time during a chant introduction about finding your own voice. We had a laugh at that.

To finish the night, Snatam Kaur signed CD’s. I was star struck! I was trying to think of something to say and came up with just saying Peace and Thank You. Those stars came out so I don’t think that is what I said. Snatam Kaur was a gracious host throughout the night and during the after show. I am glad I attended!

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One last thought. Snatam Kaur is a scientist. So we have starting out in science in common. We most likely have similar thought patterns. Maybe that is why I have been so drawn to her and her music. I remember reading about Snatam Kaur after she appeared in Oprah’s Super Soul Sessions. I’ll have to watch the session again. It was a good one.

This blog entry might be the start of a scrapbook I have been thinking about starting. All About Me is the theme. I have scrapbooked hundreds of pages over the years but very little of those pages are about me. Maybe this life experience will be page #1.

peace, light and love…

Super Awesome Sacred Chanter Shirley

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click to go to Snatam Kaur’s website

 

 

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3 Month Scrapbook Club Forming Now

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So you have a stack of photos that you would like to scrapbook? Super Awesome Stamper Shirley to the paper crafting rescue! Fill your scrapbook with beautiful pages to compliment your photos during the Scrapbook Club Sale-A-Bration 2018 edition. Journaling is optional:)

Being a member of the club is easy with these steps:

1 – Click the Contact button above and let me know you want to join. Email, phone call or text works too. You must contact me by January 10th letting me know you want to join us.

2Place your online order at my online store by the 15th of the month. You must use a scrapbook club host code I give you. Online orders must be at least $50 excluding shipping and tax. Host rewards will be enjoyed by all the members if there are at least 3 members.

In addition, you are welcome to use club orders towards your Online Shopper Rewards program which is offered only through me. Look for details for my OSR program in that category on the right side of my blog.

3 – Stop at my house to pick up your FREE 2 page 12×12 layout after the 16th of the month. I’ll set aside one full day and evening for drop in appointments but can also set an appointment for a time that works for you. Schedule a few minutes to stay and stamp your layout. Bring your slippers. We will be in the stamp cave if you stay to stamp:)

I’ll provide a list of products and stamps used by the 5th of each month in case you want to order the supplies to recreate the designs at home. Each month will feature at least one Sale-A-Bration 2018 product.

Members of my Super Awesome Stampers Team can join the fun too! Submit $300 in sales by the 15th of the month under your demonstratorship. Then swing by my house for pick up of your free layout!

All pick ups must be made at my house or from a central point in Durand. If layouts are snail mailed, the cost of shipping is paid by the club or team member.

The Sale-A-Bration 2018 Scrapbook Club runs January, February and March 2018 giving us motivation during the winter months to enjoy our favorite hobby. You are committed to being a club member and placing a minimum online order as outlined above for these 3 months.

Please invite your friends to place orders using the club host code. They will only receive member benefits when they commit to being a club member.

Thanks for joining the club or being a member of my Super Awesome Stampers Team!

Super Awesome Scrapbooker Shirley

 

 

Sale-A-Bration 2018 Blog Hop is live!

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Welcome to 2018 and my first blog hop for the year! We have lots of creativity to share with you featuring Sale-A-Bration 2018 products. Let’s get started!

My entry features the stamp set Lots of Lavender which has dreamy, watercolor looking 2 step stamps. I stamped the entire lavender bunch in garden green. Then used the watercolor stamps to add rich razzleberry ink to the buds and pear pizzaz ink to the foliage and wrap. It is a 2 step process that makes adding splashes of color easy and quick creating a fabulous focal point. My kind of stamping!

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The lavender buds were too flat looking directly stamped on the whisper white. So I stamped the bunches on our thick whisper white cardstock. Then fussy cut the bunches to pop it up using our dimensionals. Now the bunches are similar in height with the bow and adds just the right balance.

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I liked the script on the Happy Wishes Sale-a-bration set. I decided it looked best along the side. Positioning the verse along the side might be a first for me since I like designs that are symmetrical.

I also used the Sweet Soiree Memories and More card pack under the vellum layer. Memories and More are intended for pocket scrapbooking. The packs are also good for card layers, traditional scrapbooking and making small 3-D items. There are assorted designs so offer lots of options to create unique projects. The Sweet Soiree card pack is a Sale-a-bration item.

Check back tomorrow for full details on all the supplies used to create this card.

Make sure you keep hopping along to see all the other Sale-A-Bration projects! Click on the “Next” button below to visit Darla Robert’s blog.

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Here is a list of all the blog stops in case you hop off and need to hop back on.

Shirley Merker  YOU ARE HERE

Don’t know what Sale-A-Bration is all about? It is an annual event where exclusive products are earned for orders placed. A minimum $50 (US) purchase is required. You can earn as many Sale-A-Bration products as you would like too.

If you are ready to place your Sale-A-Bration order and don’t already have a demonstrator, I would be happy to be yours. Click this link to go to my online store. Catalogs are available there as well.

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

Scrapbook Club Sale-A-Bration 2018 edition

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So you have a stack of photos that you would like to scrapbook? Super Awesome Stamper Shirley to the paper crafting rescue! Fill your scrapbook with beautiful pages to compliment your photos during the Scrapbook Club Sale-A-Bration 2018 edition. Journaling is optional:)

Being a member of the club is easy with these steps:

Click the Contact button above and let me know you want to join. Email, phone call or text works too. You must contact me by January 5th letting me know you want to join us.

Place your online order at my online store by the 15th of the month. You must use a scrapbook club host code I give you. Online orders must be at least $50 excluding shipping and tax. You will receive $15 in host thank you products provided by me at the end of the 3 consecutive months.

In addition, you are welcome to use club orders towards your Online Shopper Rewards program which is offered only through me. Look for details for my OSR program in that category on the right side of my blog.

Stop at my house to pick up your FREE 2 page 12×12 layout after the 16th of the month. I’ll set aside one day and evening for drop in appointments but can also set an appointment for a time that works for you. Schedule a few minutes to stay and stamp your layout. Bring your slippers. We will be in the stamp cave if you stay to stamp:)

Each month will feature at least one Sale-A-Bration 2018 product.

Members of my Super Awesome Stampers Team can join the fun too! Submit $300 in sales by the 15th of the month under your demonstratorship. Then swing by my house for pick up of your free layout!

All pick ups must be made at my house or from a central point in Durand. If layouts are snail mailed, the cost of shipping is paid by the club or team member.

The Sale-A-Bration 2018 Scrapbook Club starts January 2018 giving us motivation during the winter months to enjoy our favorite hobby. You are committed to being a club member and placing a minimum online order as outlined above for three consecutive 3 months. Missed signing up in January? That is ok! This is a rolling club. Join in February or March and you are committed for 3 months starting the month you join.

You are welcome to invite your friends to place orders using the club host code. They will only receive member benefits when they commit to being a club member.

Thanks for joining the club or being a member of my Super Awesome Stampers Team!

Super Awesome Scrapbooker Shirley

 

 

Where in the World is the SU catalog?

I was in my old town to share the last senior living session of the holiday season so thought I would stop by my old neighborhood. I use to live close enough that I could hear the calliope and the roar from the big top shows.

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I could also hear the train being loaded for the journey to Milwaukee where they would be in the parade and make stops in towns along the way. Exploring the museum to learn the history was fun too.

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If you guessed “The Greatest Show on Earth” in Baraboo, Wisconsin, USA, you guessed right! Click on this link to go to their website to learn more about Circus World.

If you take a Where in the World is the SU catalog photo, send it to me so I can include it on my blog. It’s fun to see peeps out and about.

Where is my next destination? I would love it to be the Greek Isles! That is the trip I can earn from SU by being a Super Awesome Stamper, Seller and Team Leader. I am hoping that my 15th year with SU earns me my first trip because the Greek Isles sounds like a trip of a lifetime! If you would like to help me earn this trip, use the Contact button above so we can share ideas for making this happen!

Super Awesome World Traveler Shirley