Thursday, October 23, 2014

FREE PROJECT and CRAFT INDUSTRY TODAY COVER

Today Ty and I will be at the Huntsmen Cancer Institute. I have absolutely NO IDEA what they will advise us to do. Ty and I talk and I know that he must follow his own heart in his treatment. I have been praying for his heart to feel comfort. I have told him that only HE knows what is best for him. Right now, he is enduring the graft vs host issues. These issues in combination with the recent news can drive you crazy as to knowing what is normal and what is not. The main thing is FOCUS on the MAIN thing. That is Tyler and this is what keeps me going. I know often in life we want to know WHY?  
                           WHY is this happening in our life...?
                                     
                                       WHY WHY WHY?????

 I met with my church bishop last night. He is just a wise and special man of God. We discussed how we will all have trials and some are horrible beyond horrible. He himself has lost a son. We will never know WHY the bad things happen. It is our faith that we don't become bitter or angry. We just know that we have to cherish every moment and day. We trust in God's plan and accept his will. 

So this morning, in meeting with the cancer specialists this leaves me with so many anxious emotions. This journey is not in our control. It never has been.  I just told my bishop last night that there are times each day when I feel like I can't go on. Is this normal? 

I feel like I have been knocked down so many times in this cancer journey and with so many other life challenges. When I feel knocked down... humbled on my knees and struggling... I pray.  I pray and pray and pray more. 

Then I remind myself to be strong, get back up like a WARRIOR. I can't and won't let these things make me bitter and I know I need to FIGHT with my husband. Trust me, it's easy to get depressed and not want to go on. I simply can't let negative thoughts get me down right now. My husband and children and business need me to keep positive and keep going. I find my positive outlook is one of the reason that my husband and family can look at each day with gratitude. I belief God is carrying us right now. 

One of the things I wanted to share with you today is a free project/workshop. This is my own personal book. It is one that I designed to tell my life story and who I am. This is with my collection- HELLO MY NAME is.

I decided to share this with you today in hopes you too will take the time to document and tell your story. More than ever, I know how important this is.



THIS IS MY "REFRESHED" DESIGNS OF HELLO MY NAME IS-
8X10 GALLERY ART "LIFE IS GOOD"
THE STICKERS ARE WITH THE COLLECTION AND THE GOLD FRAME
IS BRAND NEW WITH MY ESSENTIALS COLLECTION (IN LINE BY THE TC FISKARS PUNCHES-
AT JOANN FABRIC AND CRAFTS)

I WAS HONORED TO BE ASKED TO DEBUT THIS "REFRESHED" LINE WITH
JOANN. THEY GOT ME... THEY GOT MY PASSION. THEY TOO FELT THAT
THIS LINE IS BEAUTIFUL, MEANINGFUL AND A WAY TO HELP
OTHERS TO TELL THE STORY. I KNOW SOME MAY NOT UNDERSTAND MY DESIRE TO SPREAD
THE MESSAGE. BY PARTNERING WITH JOANN I CAN HAVE MY PRODUCTS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY.
DID YOU KNOW GIRLS ARE TAKING ROAD TRIPS ACROSS TWO STATES TO GO TO A JOANN?

THIS HAS HUMBLED ME... THIS IS WHY I DESIGN COLLECTIONS FROM THE HEART. 


THIS IS MY & TC FISKARS PUNCH. YES, IT IS THAT LARGE!
ONLY YOU CAN TELL WHO YOU ARE.
WHAT A GIFT IT IS TO HAVE YOUR LIFE AND YOUR STORY DOCUMENTED. THIS IS MY BOOK
AND MY LIFE. NO ONE CAN TELL MY STORY LIKE I CAN. 


THESE PAPERS AND THIS COLLECTION WILL HELP YOU TO TELL THE STORY!!!!!!
THIS IS MY SEAL TC FISKARS PUNCH WITH MY GEMS INSIDE THE SEAL SHAPE. 


DOCUMENT YOUR CHILDHOOD MEMORIES!!! THIS IS MY BABY PICTURE. THIS IS MY ONLY PHOTO. I WISH I HAD MORE PHOTOS. THIS IS WHY I PRINT OUT THOUSANDS OF PHOTOS. THIS IS SO IMPORTANT. I COULD NOT BE PROUDER TO WORK WITH CANON. I  DO TAKE MY PHOTO AND PRINT WITH MY CANON CAMERA AND PRINTERS.


EMBOSSED MANILA FILE FOLDER PAGE- TC CRAFTWELL CUT N BOSS MACHINE AND WORD COLLAGE PAGE. **** LOOK WHAT EMBOSSING DOES TO REGULAR MANILA FILE FOLDER. I AM SERIOUSLY IN LOVE WITH MY MACHINE!






HELLO MY NAME IS…
LIFE IS GOOD
TERESA COLLINS FREE WORKSHOP



LIFE IS GOOD WITH HELLO MY NAME IS TERESA COLLINS COLLECTION IS FOCUSED ON HELPING TELL THE STORY OF YOUR LIFE. DOCUMENTING YOU AS ONLY YOU CAN DO!IF YOU DON'T TELL YOUR STORY... WHO WILL? 

“Start telling the stories that only you can tell, because there’ll always be better writers than you and there’ll always be smarter writers than you. There will always be people who are much better at doing this or doing that - but you are the ONLY YOU.” Neil Gaiman
ITEMS: TERESA COLLINS PAPER COLLECTION, TERESA COLLINS FISKAR PUNCHES (MINI STAR, &, LOVE, SEAL, ANCHOR, HEART, TAB, MINI HEART, GOLD TRIMMER), XYRON TERESA COLLINS ADHESIVES- MEGA RUNNER, CHIPBOARD PUNCH AND STAPLER. ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENTLY FOUND IN JOANN FABRIC AND CRAFTS. YOU MAY ALSO FIND THE PAPER COLLECTIONS AT YOUR LOCAL INDEPENDENT STORES AND ONLINE. ENJOY!!!!!

COVER: LIFE IS GOOD
1.  ADHERE LIFE IS GOOD 8X10 HELLO MY NAME IS ARTWORK TO CHIPBOARD WITH ADHESIVE RUNNER.
2.  ADHERE 4X6 PHOTO TO RED CARD WITH POP UP DOTS. (INSIDE CARD PLACE- 3X4 TIME JOURNALING CARD)
3.  ADHERE SPRAY PAINTED GOLD BOOK PLATE TO LOWER RIGHT CORNER OF PHOTO WITH TC LIQUID ADHESIVE. ALLOW TO DRY COMPLETELY.
4.  ADHERE STICKER FROM WORD TIDBITS JOURNALING (THROUGHOUT BOOK AS DESIRED BY RUNNING THROUGH TC STICKERMAKER). CUT OUT WORDS TO JOURNAL AS DESIRED.
5.  INSIDE GOLD FRAME PLACE STICKER JOURNALING WORDS. PROJECT- THIS IS THE STORY; JUST BE YOU.

PAGE 1: FOUR TAG PAGE/HELLO MY NAME IS, THE ORIGINAL ME
1.   PAGE BASE IS FOUR TAGS CUT AS ONE PAGE FROM 12X12 PAPER.
2.  PLACE ALPHABET INITIAL INSIDE CENTER OF TAG- HELLO MY NAME IS. WRITE NAME IF DESIRED WITH PEN.
3.  JOURNAL ABOUT YOURSELF IN SECOND TAG- THE ORIGINAL ME. PUNCH & FROM TC PUNCH WITH BLACK CARDSTOCK. STAPLE ALONG RIGHT SIDE CENTER OF TAG.
4.  I AM>>>> 3X4 TAG. JOURNAL THINGS ABOUT WHO YOU ARE.
5.  CORNER ROUND ALL CORNERS OF PAGE AS DESIRED.

PAGE 2: POLAROID FRAME PAPER
1.  TAKE 12” WIDE PAPER WITH FRAMES AND SCORE IN ½ AND FOLD TO CREATE A POCKET PAGE.
2.  PUNCH TC ZIG ZAG CIRCLE PUNCH TO THE LOWER RIGHT SIDE OF THE SNAPSHOTS FRAME.
3.  FOLD THE PAPER IN ½ AND CREATE ENVELOPE BY AHDEREING ONLY ALONG TOP AND BOTTOM. THE RIGHT SIDE IS OPEN SO THAT PHOTOS AND OR LETTERS CAN BE PLACED INSIDE THE POCKET PAGE.
4.  ADHERE CLEAR TC GEM TO THE CENTER OF THE PUNCH.

PAGE 3: CHILDHOOD MEMORIES TAG- RED SCROLL LINED PAPER

1.  PAGE BASE IS RED SCROLL WITH BLACK LINED PAPER.
2.  ADHERE YOUR “BABY” PHOTO IN THE CENTER OF THE PAGE WITH POP UP DOTS.
3.  PUNCH TC TAB PUNCH FROM TAN ALPHABET 3X4 TAG PAPER. FOLD AND THEN STAPLE TAB TO TOP RIGHT PAGE EDGE.
4.  JOURNAL ALONG BOTTOM PAGE WITH BLACK PEN MIXED WITH LOVE TC PUNCHED OUT OF BLACK CARDSTOCK. PUNCH THREE TC STARS WITH PUNCH ALONG BOTTOM OF PAGE.
5.  SCORE CHILDHOOD 3X4 TAG ALONG LEFT SIDE OF TAG. ADHERE ONLY CHILDHOOD PORTION OF TAG, TO THE LEFT LOWER BOTTOM OF PAGE. JOUNAL WITHIN BOX UNDER THE WORD MEMORIES OF YOUR CHILDHOOD MEMORIES.


PAGE 4: MANILA FILE FOLDER W/ TC EMBOSSED WORDS
1.  PAGE BASE IS 8X10 EMBOSSED TC WORD EMBOSSING CRAFTWELL FOLDER.
2.  PUNCH HEART TO THE LOWER RIGHT BOTTOM OF THE PAGE.
3.  PLACE STICKER “HELLO MY NAME IS” ALONG RIGHT SIDE OF PAGE. WRITE IN YOUR NAME AND BIRTHDAY.
4.  ADHERE 4X6 PHOTO TO THE CENTER OF THE PAGE WITH POP UP DOTS FOR ADDED DIMENSION. ALONG TOP RIGHT OF PHOTO ADHERE RED 3X4 TAG LABEL WORDS. (ORIGINAL).
5.  PUNCH TC ZIG ZAG CIRLCE PUNCH THREE TIMES AND ADHERE TO PAGE WITH POP UP DOTS. ADD RED GEMS AND CLEAR GEMS TO THE CENTER OF THE PUNCHED CIRCLES.

PAGE 5: FOUR TAG PAGE: KEEP CALM THIS IS ME/ LIVE LIFE NOW
1.  PAGE BASE IS FOUR TAGS CUT AS ONE PAGE.
2.  PLACE JOURNALING SNIPPETS IN TOP RIGHT TAG- LIVE LIFE NOW. (HAPPY DAY; A DAY IN THE LIFE)
3.  JOURNAL WITHIN THE HOUSE SHAPE. WRITE YOUR ADDRESS OR WHERE YOU ARE FROM.
4.  LOWER RIGHT TAG- PLACE PHOTO INSIDE POLAROID FRAME WITH POP UP DOTS. ADHERE JOURNALING TIDBIT- BEST DAY EVER. WRITE NAME WITHIN FRAME.

PAGE 6: BROWN LEDGER PAPER
1.  PAGE BASE IS KRAFT AND TAN LEDGER PAPER.
2.  ADHERE RED JOURNALING LABEL TAG AND STAPLE ALONG TOP RIGHT OF PAGE. (LOVE THIS)
3.  TAKE 3X4 BLACK ORNATE FRAME AND SCORE ALONG TOP SO THAT THE TAG CAN BE LIFTED UP FROM THE BOTTOM. ALONG TOP OF TAG ADHERE SNIPPETS CIRCLE- NOTEWORTHY.
4.  JOURNAL ALONG BOTTOM OF THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE PAGE.
5.  PUNCH FIVE TC STARS ALONG BOTTOM AND TOP OF THE PAGE. ADD THREE RED GEMS RANDOMLY AS DESIRED.
6.  ADHERE PHOTO TO BOTTOM LEFT SECTION OF PAGE WITH POP UP DOTS.
7.  UNDER PHOTO, ADHERE JOURNALING WORDS: LIVE EVERYDAY WITH GRATITUDE/ A BLESSED LIFE.

PAGE 7: FOUR TAG PAGE: LIVE EVERYDAY WITH GRATITUDE
1.  PAGE BASE IS FOUR TAGS CUT AS ONE PAGE.
2.  JOURNAL WITHIN TAG- RED TYPEWRITER WITH PEN.
3.  TAKE TC TAB PUNCH AND PUNCH WITH ALPHABET 3X4 TAG.
4.  ADHERE PHOTO ON TOP OF THE TWO BOTTOM PAGE TAGS.
   ADHERE JOURNALING TIDBIT- MY HAPPY,YOU MAKE LIFE WONDERFUL. ADD RED GEM TO THE TAB PUNCH ALONG BOOK EDGE.
5.  PLACE A THIN 2” X 6” PIECE OF PAPER TO THE BACK OF THE PHOTO ON THE FRONT PAGE SO THAT IT WILL LIFT UP AND . REVEAL THE TWO HIDDEN TAGS AS SHOWN IN CLASS.

PAGE 8: KRAFT WITH WHITE CIRCLE PAPER
1.  PAGE BASE IS KRAFT WITH WHITE CIRCLE PAGE.
2.  ADHERE TWO 4X6 PHOTOS TO THE PAGE WITH POP UP DOTS.
3.  PLACE JOURNALING SNIPPETS IN PHOTO CORNER- FUNNY MOMENTS. ALONG BOTTOM PHOTO- MEMORIES TO CHERISH, SNAPSHOT, EMBRACE THE CRAZINESS.
4.  PUNCH TC LOVE FROM BLACK CARDSTOCK. ADHERE PHOTO ALONG TOP RIGHT. ADHERE LABEL WORD, FAMILY- RED MINI TAG PAPER AND TOP SECTION OF DAILY LIFE 3X4 CARD.
5.  ALONG LOWER LEFT SIDE OF PAGE ADHERE 3X4 TAG- LIVE LIFE BELIEVING ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.

PAGE 9: RED BACKGROUND WITH WHITE WORDS
1.  PAGE BASE IS RED WITH WHITE WORDS PAPER.
2.   ADHERE GOLD STICKER LABEL ALONG TOP LEFT OF PAGE. FOLD THE TAG PARTIALLY TO THE BACK SIDE OF THE PAGE. JOURNAL WITHIN TAG AS DESIRED.
3.  TAKE TAN WITH WHITE CIRCLE PAPER SIZED 4X10 AND SCORE AT 4” FROM TOP TO CREATE A LIFT UP FLAP. CORNER ROUND ALL FOUR CORNERS OF PAGE WITH FISKARS PUNCH. ADHERE BACK OF FLAP TO THE RIGHT SIDE TOP OF PAGE.
4.  ADHERE 4X6 PHOTO TO THE BOTTOM OF THE TOP FLAP SO THAT IT WILL LIFT UP. ALONG LOWER BOTTOM SECTION OF PHOTO ADHERE JOURNALING STICKERS: RIGHT NOW, DREAM BIG AND BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. PUNCH TC ANCHOR FISKARS PUNCH AND ADHERE IF DESIRED.
5.  ADHERE GOLD STARBURST STICKER TO THE TOP RIGHT OF FLAP TOP. ADHERE CLEAR TC GEM TO THE GOLD STICKER LOWER BOTTOM.

BACK COVER: PAGE BASE IS CHIPBOARD SIZED 8X10.

USE TC XYRON CHIPBOARD PUNCH AND PUNCH ALL PAGES IN THE CENTER ALONG EACH PAGE TOP. ADD METAL RINGS TO THE TOP TO KEEP THE PAGES TOGETHER.


CREATE A BEAUTIFUL
LIVE
EVERYDAY…

QUESTIONS/SALES: bridget@teresacollinsstudio.com
I am so honored... I had to share this. 
This to me is a LIFE MOMENT of sharing and feeling
thankful that in some small way I can share
a little about my company, my passion and how I have grown my business and brand. In my life and business I truly believe 
there are NO LIMITS. 




What a honor to be on the cover of Fall issue of CRAFT INDUSTRY today. I was fortunate enough to have a great & exciting meeting with CHA this week at my office. I love that so many of you wanted the issue too and wanted to be able to read it. I mentioned this to them and they listened. YOU can now go and read my article online. We are thrilled for CHA Winter and I am debuting several new collections and quite a few "surprises." I am honored to speak at the trade show in January. If you are coming to the trade show please plan to join me. I am thankful for the opportunity to share my business story and how I have evolved and grown my business. Simply go here: http://digital.turn-page.com/i/383845

THANK YOU JENNAFER MARTIN FOR INTERVIEWING AND telling my story. I am in deep gratitude for your talent and for allowing my voice to be told.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

What do you do?????? DON'T GIVE UP

FACT... I did not want to ever have to face this or share this post again. Maybe this it why I have been avoiding sharing this today. It was only about a week and 1/2 ago when my husband told me on a Sunday afternoon that he thought he had swollen lump nodes. He had noticed one or two the previous days and did not mention them. On Sunday, he could tell that he could feel two of them in his neck. He shared this news with me and I just knew it was not good. I had just come home from church and we cried together in our kitchen. We both knew that this should NOT be happening. Ty was not even at the 100 day mark, to be tested to see if the second stem cell transplant worked. Ty emailed his oncologist that night. It's been a whirlwind... a bad dream.

Please know that his team of doctors and Huntsman Cancer Institute are incredible and are changing the DNA of Cancer care. They have experts and specialists from around the world who help their cancer patients. We have had outstanding care. They have only given us HOPE during this hard time. 

They saw Tyler and within a few days the nodes were definitely present and getting larger. Since Ty has a blood cancer, it does spread quickly through the lymph nodes. Tyler has PTCL, peripheral T-cell lymphoma not otherwise specified (PTCL-NOS). 

They scheduled a PET scan last Friday. At this point, we knew the cancer was still there. We didn't really want to face it. We got the news later that night that the stem cell transplant did not work and that Ty's cancer was showing up in the neck, abdominal, and pelvic region. I don't know what I could say better to describe then to say that I feel so SAD. I don't want to see Tyler having to go through this. I am SAD that the transplant did not work. I am SAD that the HOPE for remission has not happened. I am SAD that I feel helpless in being able to help him. 




Right now, Tyler and I are united on not giving up. My husband wants to live. He has not in any way given up. I have not either. I am a firm believer in MIRACLES and to always... always have HOPE. Ty needs me to be strong. He needs me to his cheerleader. As you can imagine, we spend hours together going on possible ways to BEAT this cancer. We read articles, we watch videos, and we PRAY.  We believe....




He is my FOCUS. I listen to my gut. I cancelled going to Canada to teach this coming Friday. I am sorry to disappoint anyone. I have just learned that as much as I must go on and try to keep going, there are times when you listen and know to listen to your gut. I am not scheduling any store appearances in 2015 due to this. I will KNOW when and if Tyler needs me. He knew I was struggling months ago with wanting to simply be with him 24/7 and running my growing company. 

Tyler and I had a long talk. He let me know that HE needs me to keep going, and needs me more than ever to support our family. I think this keeps him going. He has not given up because we are a TEAM that doesn't quit.  I always tell my team at work- 

EVERYTHING is POSSIBLE and NOTHING is IMPOSSIBLE.




Did you know that Tyler googles me everyday? He watches me on HSN (he tapes them and will rematch them), Ty follows me on Facebook and instagram and twitter. He reads every comment that people write to me. Often they include him. He is always touched.  Ty is one proud husband of his "designer" wife. Let me tell you, every person needs a TY in their life who thinks they are the BEST thing and person in the entire world. He tells me that I am of worth and  meant to change the world.  Yes, he puts a LITTLE aka A LOT of pressure on me- because he sees me as so MUCH more than I see myself. I would imagine this is how God sees us.  I tell him all the time, that he's crazy. He is just like my mama and tells me to GO and let my LIGHT shine. Lately, I do this with humble tears in my eyes. I cry every single day and then I say to myself... OKAY... go on... I remind myself to GET up... and FIGHT like a warrior with Tyler. I know this battle is hard and well, it's our love for EACH other and our children that keep him going. 


video

This was on Saturday night. My girls and their cute husbands went to Las Vegas to the RISE festival. Taylor and Travis did this lantern for her dad. I keep watching it and keep crying. This is what Taylor wrote:

"Everyone who was there was given lanterns and pens to write our hopes and dreams for the future on. Then we all in unison sent them flying. I did one with my hopes and dreams for my marriage and our future family. And this one was for dad. It say "My Hope and Dream is for a Cure for Cancer! Love you Dad! Forever and Always! 10.18.2014"

I loved this so much and so did Tyler. He watched it and of course cried. How could he not? 




This was pure heart felt love. We had to break the news to McKay and Seth this week. They are both serving missions. They both are concerned and I know it is hard for them. It's hard when you really don't have the ANSWERS. We can't tell them what we don't know ourselves. TOMORROW, Ty and I are headed to meet with the oncologist specialist. We are not sure at this point what direction Ty's treatment will take place. They mentioned full body radiation. They mentioned more chemo and another transplant. YES- crazy to think this is even possible. I have been getting hundreds of messages of WHAT Ty should do and just know that I can't possibly answer emails at this time, but I appreciate this so much. Last night, Tyler told me that it is overwhelming with so many people telling him... DO THIS... no, DO THIS... no, THIS is a cure... THIS is what you should do, etc and it is overwhelming. HE would eat dirt if it would save his life. Last night, I told him to pray and he will KNOW what to do.  He has tried others things before starting chemo and with the advanced cancer, the chemo saved his life. He was not doing good. You can second guess everything I guess. It's hard when Tyler himself is a doctor and struggles to know WHAT do I do to BEAT this cancer?????


Tyler has been the BIGGEST warrior. 




                                       I am right beside him.

                        I am only strong for him and my kids. 


                           When I feel like I can't go on... 

                     I remind myself that I am his WARRIOR. 

I choose to be STRONG and have FAITH in GOD and his plan for Tyler and our family. 

All I have to do is just look over at Tyler and know I can face this for him. 


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Saturday, October 18, 2014

FRIDAY NIGHT at BEN FRANKLIN...


This Friday and Saturday I am in Washington. This is Ben Franklin in Monroe. The class was SOLD OUT... (sorry, not everyone stayed and was in the photo!) and we had the most wonderful FRIDAY night. I believe things happen for a reason. I was even almost not able to make this store visit. As you know, with my family and Ty- my life and schedule has been UPSIDE DOWN... I take it day by day. Thankfully, Seattle is a quick trip for me and my husband and I kept feeling I was supposed to
come here. Immediately... I knew it was more for ME!

I only had TWO people here that had met me before. I met the most amazing women who read my blog, follow me and are fans of my products. I was overwhelmed from the time I walked in the room. They were PURE energy and positive LOVE. The entire room was on GOLD high. ha ha... Yes,
I shared and shared and well, I met and made new
best friends. I know that I get SO much more than
anyone else. I truly feel like I am a better woman today from being here. I immediately was overwhelmed and had to hold my tears when I met a woman named Laura.

She was emotional as she meet me. I had NO IDEA that I had made a difference to her and her life. I had NO IDEA that when I blog that sometimes I have in some small way helped someone else. I was full of gratitude to know that "silly crazy" me can make life better for someone. THIS is why I teach and visit the stores.

As she left the room last night, I gave her a surprise. She had seen I was giving away prizes and expressed how she loved it. I set it aside and gave her my new mini TC Fiskars STAR punch as she left last night. Tears were in her eyes and I knew she needed to know "she shines" like the stars. I know my SOUL shines today from meeting her and talking to her.

THIS is why I do what I do. Words don't express what I feel in my heart for each of you. I know it sounds weird, because I can't and don't personally know each of you. I do not know each of your "stories." I wish I could... of course, this is not possible. I do hope that you each feel that by reading my blog, and me inviting you into my life and family that you will know- I am just like you. I am just Teresa... a girl from North Carolina who LOVES life and family, friends and designing passionately.


I hope in some way TOGETHER we can be better and
make the world a better place.
 




This is CHARLOTTE. Well, call her CHAR.
She is going on the TC Caribbean cruise in 4 weeks. She gave me the GOLD elephant. I was so touched. I love quotes and symbolisms that UPLIFT me. This GOLD elephant means a lot to me. CHAR thank you for sharing the GOLD. I love you and well, we are going to have WAY too much fun on the cruise. 

PS the TC Cruise is SOLD OUT... (it sold out in ONE DAY!!!) and they can't get ONE more person in the conference rooms. I do one TC cruise each year. 2015- you can sign up to be notified at events@teresacollinsstudio.com. I have not scheduled 2015 yet, but it will be soon. If you can take a week of crazy over the top fun... PURE relaxation with like minded crafters and spouses- (I know we have over 70 husbands going too this year!!!!!) then contact to be on the list.

If you are interested in coming to any of my events, please just email my event staff. I now have two dedicated TC team members who handle sign ups, wait lists and more. If you have signed up to go to my Vegas event know I have added spaces and am truly trying to get in as many people as I can. I am adding and announcing a couple new TC events for those of you on the wait list. I know it's hard when you have been on a wait list for two and more years. 


So just know 2015 will "reveal" great things for those of you who have waited and waited. Make sure you are on my newsletter notification/ wait list and I'll
keep you posted. 


GOOD things are happening in 2015!!!!!!!



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Friday, October 17, 2014

from 10,000 FEET


I'm on a plane... 10,000 feet now- headed to Ben Franklin stores in Monroe and Bonney Lake Washington. I have a zillion
things "swirling" in my mind. I am that girl
who simply can't stop the thoughts always
going through my mind.

I have thought a lot lately about LIFE.
I know that with Ty's cancer, I think about EACH day as a GIFT.
I see him FIGHT ever day for his LIFE. I see how many
of us, don't have a clue to what we have. I guess it's true that we often don't realize what we have- until it's gone or we are facing losing something. 

I will never take for granted the daily daily calls and texts from my husband and kids. The simple words of I love you, I miss you and being able to just have this.

When my mother died unexpectantly, I kept her answering machine. I sometimes will go and listen to her saying, "Hey, you've reached xxx-xxxx I'm sorry I'm not home right now, but if you leave a message, I'll call you right back."
I cry every single time I listen to her voice. It's this reason that I have a hard time deleting voice messages on my phone. 

I know some of you can relate. Right?
One day, I was in my bedroom. I was cleaning and I was home alone. I heard a woman's voice and I was a little afraid. I walked out of my room and the answering machine (yes, old and outdated) was talking. It was my mother and her voice. I stopped and fell to the laundry room floor. It was her... it was my mom. It made me cry, but I knew it was HER telling me that she is STILL with me. I knew it. The machine had been unplugged and was hidden away. I was taken back, but grateful.
These reminders tell me that LIFE is one to be cherished, and to FIGHT for it. Be that WARRIOR in your own life. Design your life and dreams. Don't settle. YOU are worth so much and deserve to be happy. I am taking it day by day and focusing on this. I am a firm believer in when life gives you LEMONS... make lemonade and well, why not add some strawberries too. 


I have the FAITH and I'm too stubborn to give up on believing in all that is GOOD in life and each day.

I have NO DOUBT that God inspired me to do my GOLD line of Office and Organization products. I know that GOLD is of great worth.
  I know that GOD sees us as precious and of worth.


I hope that the new TC GOLD products helps others SHINE too. So today on my business Facebook page you can go and comment and share to WiN everything in this photo. If you are NOT on Facebook- it's okay. I will be posting a contest here too at a later date. 
Remember, YOU are worth MORE than GOLD.
Celebrate every moment TODAY....
don't take one simple I love you for granted.
Excited to see all my Seattle friends. YOU are all lifting me
have no idea what your love and support does for me.
xoxo

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