Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Preparing For A Terrific Thanksgiving

The turkey is thawing. The desserts are baking...ok...the desserts are purchased, but I'm thankful for the market that provided the terrific selection! No cobbler, but apple pie alamode will do just fine don't you think?

At ACOT, we're busy finalizing details for the upcoming after Thanksgiving Day Sale! It'll be an unprecedented event! Nope. I'm not spilling any of the details. However, I can recommend updating your wishlist and share it with your friends and family. Then tell them to check out this weekend.

Not sure how to share your wishlist? Click HERE for more details!

Once you're done updating your Wishlist and making it public, take a little time to check out our Gallery and maybe share some comments about a layout or a particular method you haven't yet tried.

All of us at ACOT want you to know how thankful we are for each and everyone of you. You make our site among the best on the net! We could not do what we do without you.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

What's Your Tradition?

We were doing a little chatting at ACOT the other day about family holiday traditions. Some of us have very "traditional" family gatherings while others just would prefer to sit in front of a television with a big cup of hot, spicy soup and crunchy wontons.

Most of my family members live far away from me. We are incredibly close, but scheduling visits sometimes requires way too much ingenuity and brain matter. So, what will I be doing? Believe it or not...I LOVE to cook Thanksgiving dinner. My house will be filled with friends, family, some acquaintances or people I'll meet for the very first time.

Honestly, I NEVER know who will show up at my door for dinner and I love that! My friends know if they're somewhere they don't want to be that they are always welcome. Some years that might mean there are only 5 or 6 of us. Some years that might mean standing room only. The strange thing is, there always seems to be enough food to go around. I blame it on my mom. She was always cooking for someone or sharing what she had. Thanks mom. :)

So, I want to know what some of your traditions are! Or maybe your tradition is not to have a tradition. What's that one dish that HAS to be served? How many plates of food does it take until uncle Joe just passes completely out? Who has an earth moving recipe for peach cobbler? Seriously...who has it? I need one ASAP! LOL!

Thanks for sharing!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Did I Blink and Miss Thanksgiving?

Or Christmas for that matter? I was looking at some of the new stuff Becky has been receiving into the warehouse lately. Guess what the themes are?

Hmm...??? Give up?

Here's a hint:

Yep. That's right. Valentine's Day and EASTER!!! I mean I love "love" and Springtime as much as the next guy, but wow! My kids are still eating their Halloween candy for goodness sake!

I miss the days of old when holidays were acknowledged and celebrated in chronological order. You remember, right? Glimpses of Halloween were seen in late September/early October. Christmas decorations were put up the day after Thanksgiving instead of appearing on store shelves in August...and Valentine's Day came AFTER New Years!

I'm confused enough when it comes to the every day things I have to get done. I don't need any more help! Believe me. If this keeps up, I just might "forget" to go to the grocery store for all of the Thanksgiving fixins next week and skip right to St. Patrick's Day. Muah! Kiss me I'm Irish! (If I remember right, there's no cooking on St. Paddy's Day, is there? ;)

However...the papers are rather gorgeous along with the coordinating products.

The colors are lovely and bright and sort of a refreshing change from the autumn and winter colors...........

I think they're sucking me in. LOL!

Monday, November 17, 2008

November Crop Success!

I have to admit, I did a lot of lurking during this particular crop. The contests, the games the was all a ton of fun! We had 16 fantastic crop classes with themes varying from home decor to Christmas ornaments.

Want to know how to create a mini album using only one sheet of cardstock for the inner pages? Need a perfect gift idea for that animal lover in your life? Our Creative Team and Designers are there to help inspire.

If you did miss any of the details of a particular class or just want to play a little catch up, you can view all of our November Crop Classes right on our site.

Today Kristin told me there were over 19,000 total post during the three day crop! Nineteen THOUSAND! Can you believe that? Hats off to all of the organizers and participants for making the November crop one of the most successful and exciting crops ever!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

In Online Crop Amazement...

Or maybe it's jealousy. I'm sitting here sipping on a lovely coffee while listening to something slow and mellow. The kids are out and about at various activities and I'm here. Trying to figure out where I'll find the motivation to get off of the couch and do something productive. So far...not so good. LOL!

I decide to check out what's going on at the Online Crop. It's like 9am on a Saturday morning. There shouldn't be anything happening right?

Wow! Was I absolutely wrong! The ladies there are amazing and talented and AWAKE! How in the world do you do it? I have always been amazed at how creatives can see paper and embellishments and shiny things and create something like this in a matter of minutes...

by 1luckymama for Fast Scrap #4

Our Message Board members are inspirational! You guys make me proud! :) Keep up the fantastic work. Who knows, maybe you will encourage this non-creative to try something new!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Local Customers Come Shop ACOT!!!

That's right! I'm NOT talking about shopping online or by phone or even local order pick up. I'm talking about physically touching all those sparkly papers, little blings and gorgeous stickers you love and have to have!

The best part is all of the products are at unbelievably reduced prices. We've opened up a clearance/close-out sale area to our local customers. You'll be able to find overstocked and one of a kind products cheap!

We will be constantly adding items to the racks and marking down prices as new products come in.
These items are not available online. So, if you're in the Saginaw, Michigan area or are planning a vacation to this fabulous mecca (OK...I might be exaggerating a tad), then be sure to stop by! You'll be so happy you did and your wallet will thank you for it.

All local clearance sales are final. To help keep the prices low, checks and credit cards are not accepted for local clearance/close-out purchases.

Warehouse location: 2216 Midland Road~Saginaw, Michigan 48603

Monday, November 10, 2008

Ever Feel Like Punching Something?


Don't worry. I'm not freaking out or anything. We've just been having all kinds of fun preparing for our Top Secret Class Kit for the upcoming CSI themed online Crop!

If you haven't already, you might want to pick up this kit before it's too late! Visit our Online Crop info page for more details!

The dates for the crop are November 14th-November 16th! All kinds of fun activities are planned to encourage and inspire. As always, our Creative Team will be sprinkling out Bonus Points just for being there! Don't know what an online crop is? Visit our Online Crop FAQ page for more information.

We'll "see" you there!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Our Newest Delivery!!!

Meet Nehemiah Matthew Charles born 11/05/08 weighing 9lbs. 11oz. 22" long!

Just look at that face! Tech Guru, Brandon, and wife, Veronica are doing well. Nehemiah has 2 older brothers to pick on and wrestle. We're so excited! Help us welcome the newest addition to our ACOT family! Congratulations Brandon!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Add Our MySpace Page!

Be among the first to add our MySpace page to your friend's list! Right now, Tom is feeling pretty lonely over there. We need more friends! Send us a friend request and we'll enter you into a $20 ACOT gift card give away*!!! Be sure to send a message along with your friend request and include your real name and address (or Message Board screen name). Pay careful attention when submitting your information. We cannot be held accountable if you spell your own name or screen name incorrectly or you don't know where you live. :) We also cannot be held accountable for bad internet connections causing mail misdirection or messages that were not received.

Hurry! The time to enter ends 11/15/08. Winner to be announced on or before midnight EST 11/21/08. Prize awarded to be subject to local rules and regulations. Entry void where prohibited.

Be sure to tell your friends!!! If your friend mentions your name (again...correctly spelled lol), you'll receive another entry! (To answer your question, there is no limit to how many friends you can invite! The more the merrier!) Friend's MySpace page must be established and verifiable. All entries deemed suspicious will be disqualified.

*Not open to ACOT employees. Gift card not redeemable for cash. Void where prohibited. Winner will be notified via email and may be announced on the ACOT Message Board as well as through MySpace Bulletins. Winner may have option of receiving a gift card through the mail or an electronic claim code sent via email.