Saturday, October 29, 2016

Mourning... MY STORY


I have written this blog post a thousand times in my heart and mind. It's so deeply personal to me, but I know so many people who can relate to what I intend to share. This morning I got up early knowing today is the day. I want to share about something that is ongoing in my life. It's every day and it's WHO I am now. I became widowed November 15th 2014. I lost my husband to a rare aggressive cancer. I still can't believe at times that Tyler is gone.

His death was the worst thing I had ever went through. I have been through a lot. This long 18 month battle with cancer brought me to my knees daily. I helplessly watched my husband endure such a nasty horrible struggle to life. He was so STRONG and had FAITH like no other. I learned so much. I battled with him. I do remember this time with sadness but honestly I think of the GOOD TIMES mostly. We laughed with tears as he lost his hair and he compared himself to our son in law. Often, we just watched FAMILY FUED together, and we each tried to be the winner. I rubbed his numb feet. 

By the end of this life, I was in the hospital with him. I slept by him on the hospital sofa in his room. I could not sleep as I heard his labored breathing and his moans from pain. I would take him to the rest room. To this day, I KNOW I was helped to carry him. I was given the sacred blessing of see him talk to angels and know the veil was thin. He was going to God. He fought it to the very end. I want you to know something. I will NEVER get over losing Tyler. 

I like to remember Tyler this way- smiling, holding the grand babies and how much he loved his family. 




He fought like a WARRIOR. 
I remember his STRENGTH.


I remember how much he HATED taking photos. 
I would talk him into doing it anyway.


The truth is this- I had no idea what I would feel or face. I was suddenly widowed. I went home and stayed in his pi's for days. I was completely lost. I thought I was strong. I had FAITH. I know DEATH is not the end. Here I was a complete and utter mess. I was not sleeping. I was goggling how to "know" and "feel" our dead was with us still. I was desperate. I was going through every love note he ever gave me. I had a 16x20 photo of Tyler in my front room of my home. I had it printed for the funeral. I left it up as a shrine. I had all the funeral flowers surrounding this shrine. I would just kneel and talk to his picture, sobbing uncontrollably. 




I was MAD he had left me. I was not doing good. I finally had to call a grief counselor. I was so sad and angry at the same time. To be honest, I was a HOT MESS. I thought I was stronger than I was. I was scared of myself. My poor kids were so worried about me. I remember my daughter McKay coming home from her mission and as happy as I was to see her- I felt DEAD inside.

This is where it's going to get REAL. I had a HARD marriage to Tyler. I loved this man. Oh my... we had a love journey. However, our marriage was filled with a lot of trials. I gently talked about them in the book I wrote. I found journals Tyler had left, notes and things that made me even sadder.  Tyler was the strongest man I have ever known. He was a very successful doctor. He was good-looking and such a hard worker. Tyler was human and had his weaknesses just like we all do. He loved to control pretty much everything. This was HOW he felt safe. I fought back. 

Our marriage was a constant battle of me fighting back. He often told me, "You are too d___ feisty." Well, I knew I had to stand up for myself. For almost 19 years I picked my battles. I agreed to not shop at night without him because he was afraid someone would hurt me. I agreed at times not to drink Diet Soda so he would stop getting so mad at me- or himpouring it down the sink. The problem is, I kept drinking the diet soda and he kept getting madder.  Yes, I was the "closet diet mtn dew drinker". I can LAUGH at this now. Seriously, we fought ongoing battles over this. 

I could tell you a hundred things that I could not stand about our marriage, but I could also tell you a 100 things that I loved. I choose to look at the good. This is me.  Seriously, I knew we did not have a "perfect" marriage. We went to counseling at times. The counselor gave me the book "When being in control is out of control." My counselor over the years helped me to understand and to stay sane. Tyler was so mad and took the book and ripped it up. I can laugh at that now.  I will tell you that I "knew" and felt he loved me. I knew I could not change him, nor could he change me. I felt for years, that I could "help" him feel safe with me. I tried so hard so he would not always feel so threatened that I would someday leave him. (1st wife left him and it scarred him). 

NOW TODAY.... 


Yesterday I went to the grave again. 
Why would I stop visiting him? Talking to him? Sharing with him?


Why does it always rain when I visit Tyler's grave? I love to talk and share my heart as I visit him. I know he watches over us. He was such a protector. My sister is law kind of summed it up best to me. She said, "Tyler, was obsessed with you." He loved me often in a way that was "too much" and was so afraid to lose me that he would try to smother or control. I had so much love and compassion for him knowing it was just him. I have no doubt that he knows how hard his death has been on our children and me. There has been nothing easy about this. I was sobbing yesterday as I drove to the grave. This is a ongoing grief. It just doesn't go away.



You don't stop loving someone when they die. I am so thankful Tyler took such good care of me and his kids.  I FOCUS on his goodness. I think when someone dies we tend to focus on just their good. I know that for me, there is peace in my soul as I remember the good and my kids and I can LAUGH at things we used to not think was so funny. He taught us life lessons. Tyler and I taught our children the importance of academics, working hard and how to LOVE themselves and others. We tried to foster the desire in them to serve God and others.  We were united to our goals as parents. This was US. We both were "imperfect" beings trying to raise children to be better than us. Tyler was a strict dad. He made us all so mad at times too. He was firm and stubborn. It made him Tyler. This man was so strong in his character, love and devotion as a husband and dad. I know he was with us as Seth got married. I felt it so strongly.

I want you to know if you know someone who is widowed... they never get over the loss and pain. You go on and God gives you strength you did not know you had. It's a trial I never thought I would endure, but I did and continue to do so. 

Brian was texting me yesterday. I told him that  I was on my way to grave. I love him. He supports, understands and let's me talk about Tyler. He knows that it takes NOTHING away from my love for him. I am beyond blessed. I have told people that it's like the love you have for a child. When you have a second child you think you cannot possibly love another child as much or feel the same way but you do. God gave us the ability to love MORE and for our heart to expand. That is why we can have several children and love them each the same. I believe Tyler somehow lead me to Brian after he passed. I can honestly say Brian is the most amazing person. I adore him and he is the reason I can smile during the new journey. I love him and it takes NOTHING from my marriage and love for Tyler.

GRIEF is real and it does not simply end in a "specific" time. There is no time clock. I don't think that is how it works (at least for me!) 
You continue to remember, love, cherish and focus on that person and what they meant to you. I share stories with my kids all the time. I often feel prompted to remind my sons over and over of the love that their dad had for them.  

My advice is this. Each day is a gift of TIME with your husband, wife, kids, parents and your  family. LOVE so much each day that you are constantly smiling and doing things that create memories. Don't put off seeing or talking to those that you love. MAKE IT HAPPEN. What is most important? 

I am different now. I wake up and know more personally that TIME is valuable. I can't get more of it. How will I spend my time? Who will I spend my time with? I know I want to make a difference in my family and home. I try hard to create memories and often it's the simple nightly meals at the dinner table. Don't forgot to EXPRESS your love to those in your life. They may be at a point of not receiving or wanting it, but still just do it. 
LIFE A LIFE OF NO REGRETS.






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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

AMAZON SILHOUETTE TERESA COLLINS CAMEO 3- EXCLUSIVE!!!!!!!!

I could not be more thankful and excited to share that you can NOW get my special BUNDLE with Silhouette & Amazon. I am in LOVE with this new CAMEO 3 machine.  If you have waited for the BEST machine and my exclusive bundle it's HERE!!!! There is three to choose from.


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It's so much easier than ANY machine I have ever used. I am admittedly afraid of machines. There I said it! I like simple, easy and I want to have a machine that can cut intricate (handwriting). 

Each of the BUNDLE comes with these EXCLUSIVE DESIGNS for you-

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Happy Tuesday!!!!!




Friday, October 21, 2016

JOIN ME AT PINNERS CONFERENCE- UTAH!!!!!!


JOIN ME AT PINNERS CONFERENCE IN UTAH.... (Salt Palace Convention Center)


November 4-5, 2016

What is the Pinners Conference? It's two great events in one. It's a conference featuring 100 Pinterest-based classes taught by the best teachers in the nation. And it's also an expo with 200 top businesses providing beautiful options in the worlds of DIY, crafts, cooking, self-improvement, photography, party planning, scrapbooking, holiday, beauty and fashion and all sorts of other great things. What's Pinners? It's where Pinterest comes to life. And it's now your favorite weekend!


SIGN UP FOR CONFERENCE and MY WORKSHOP HERE:

Do you want to come and walk the show for FREE?

Here is my special code for attending and shopping-
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This gives you a free General Admission ticket to come 
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*learn to make paper tassels, DIY journal and using the TC Fiskar line of tools!!!!


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JOURNAL QUOTE BOOK... learn my tips and tricks for writing in your journal.

"DIY Planner Journal Print and Cut with Teresa Collins & Silhouette" - sponsors Teresa Collins, Silhouette and Fiskars

Join Teresa as she shows you how to use her best selling Silhouette designs to PRINT & CUT with the free Silhouette Studio software to create your own planner journal stickers. You will leave with a beautiful  DIY "OVER THE TOP CHIC" quote or planner journal with Teresa's exclusive Silhouette design store designs, journal and tools by Fiskars.  She is showing you her secrets for making mini books from office supplies, glitter tassels and gold embellishments. Don't miss out! The class is free. KITS OPTIONAL: $25.00

SATURDAY 3:30 PM 
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Join me and Silhouette at the show and come see LIVE demos, shop and see the latest and greatest. We have a BEAUTIFUL booth with lots of inspiration. If you want to shop and buy my products and learn how to use the BRAND NEW Cameo 3- join us!!!! Yes, you can get the NEW EXCLUSIVE TC Silhouette bundle at the show. MAKE N TAKES, DEMOS and so much more!!!!!

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YOU will see two other bundles available as well on AMAZON. 
Don't miss out!!!!!


It is UEA here in Utah so all the kids are out of school. I am loving the kids home and we are having a Halloween party- (well, my kids are and they like to have it at my house) on Saturday night. LIFE IS SO GREAT!!!!!


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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

YOU are your own INVESTMENT!!!!!!!

SERIOUSLY... I did not expect the reaction from my blog post yesterday. THOUSANDS of you read and many of you felt prompted to share with me. I have been "overwhelmed" with love, support and stories being shared. THANK YOU!  

This has been going on since I met my sweet husband. It's just been an ongoing "trial" to face.  I only shared because I am not hiding anything. I did nothing wrong. I love that my sister in law called me yesterday. Yes, Ty's sister is STILL my sister and family. She talked about the blog post. She knew that her brother, my husband would be PROUD that I stood up publicly for US... for HIM...for our children... for his memory... for ME... for our TRUTH. I just set the record very straight.

Now with so many people reading and reacting to my blog. I want to share something. I am a GIP. I learned this from Whippy Cake when she was my keynote speaker at my event.

                    "GIRL IN PROGRESS" 





I want to talk about YOU. I want to talk about me. I realize that so often we don't see how SPECIAL we are. We compare,  may lack confidence, and often don't do for ourselves. We are so HARD on ourselves at times. If you are a people pleaser like I am... it can be especially hard. So I want to tell you this. I learned and decided to make ME my own INVESTMENT! 

                 Does that even make sense? 
Yes.... YOU are your own investment. Take the time to focus on being the best you, to FEEL your best, to feel confident about YOU!!! I had a conversation with my dear friend today about doing things to feel FABULOUS in your life. 

We TAKE the time to watch tv, follow social media, to go out to eat, to ______________ FILL IN THE BLANK. Do you take the time to be the BEST you! 

We follow those famous celebrities... we compare, but guess what INVEST this time in YOU... your own life. Whippy Cake said something so cool. She said, "BE THE CELEBRITY OF YOUR OWN LIFE." 




As a mother, I knew I needed my children to LOVE themselves first. I taught them how to take care of themselves, their bodies, do their hair, how to dress, and to CARE about themselves and to FEEL their personal best.   Even with this, people can be cruel.  I don't think it has to do with WHAT you look like. I think investing in you is about doing things you LOVE, loving WHO you are, but also doing things to make you the BEST you!!!!!  I invest in loving myself everyday. Are you worth it? YES, you are. Please don't sell yourself short. Take the time to do things for YOU. MAKE the time... invest in you so that you FEEL the most amazing YOU. 

I had a conversation with Brian last night on this. The happier I am with me... the happier I am in every aspect of my life. I see my many weaknesses and I know what I need to do to improve. I often will do things to "invest" in myself. I will buy a book, take a nap, try new makeup, buy wonderful smelling perfume, etc. We are all unique and different. 




Okay- sorry but this is WHAT I have been thinking about. I had the best meeting this morning at Silhouette headquarters. So much is going on in my business. I am so happy!!!!! I love my world of design. Please join me at Pinner's Conference November 4th-5th. 2016. We are doing a booth together. I am also sponsored by Fiskars. I am doing ONE class only on Saturday at 3:30 pm if you want to sign up. It's a DIY journal planner workshop. So many things are HAPPENING right now and I am planning an event with Silhouette in Utah this February 2017 too.  MORE details very soon. 

LAST... I am going to the doctor to get this crazy itchy rash looked at. Wish me luck. Have a FABULOUS day!




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Monday, October 17, 2016

Seth Got MARRIED... DEEPLY PERSONAL


BE WARNED

This is going to be a longer post with lots of thoughts. I have thought over and over how to post some of the things that woke me up at  3 am to share. First, I have a RASH that will not go away. This past week has been super "unproductive" for me with this itch rash and some other reasons. I decided to FOCUS on watching 
my amazing BONUS son get married.

Seth and Ellie got married on Friday October 14th 2016 in the Payson LDS Temple. It is the most amazing temple. The ceremony was beautiful and I could not stop crying. My heart was FULL. My mind was so mindful of knowing Seth was missing his dad there.

Seth cried many tears as the ceremony took place. I wept with him. The love he has for Elizabeth (Ellie) and for Heavenly Father is so evident. I FELT he was missing his dad. I KNEW Tyler was there. I had NO doubts. I felt it. I am so thankful that I know that the Plan of Salvation if REAL. I know it so personally. I know that death is not the end. I have had deep personal witnesses of this. I know without a doubt that Tyler was there for this special day and that Seth knew it too. 

Here are just a FEW photos... I can't wait to see the wedding photographer's photos. 


Zellie and Tenneson (can you believe she is 4.5 years old?)


The bridesmaids (Gentry was stuck in traffic) I loved the color Ellie choose.


Outside the temple.


I seriously loved holding Thatcher. My heart is tender because in truthfulness, I rarely see Kayla and Matt's kids since they live in CA.


Zach, Tenneson and Tyler. 
Tyler is the tallest of the boys. (Zach and Ty are pretty even though so not sure how tall he will be when he comes home from his mission)


Zellie and I. ADORABLE little girl....


Okay it was CRAZY WINDY that day... CRAZY and the twins were not feeling too great...


This guy. OH how I love him. I have many TENDER thoughts on this to share later. I love that he is the biggest advocator of FAMILY and our kids. I have dealt with a death and he has dealt with a divorce. Our journey is quite different in that regard. 




At the reception.... I adore this couple.


I am seriously so thankful to be Seth's "other" mom. I call myself the BONUS MOM.


Silly times... yes, that is us. Devan is photobombing McKay and Mauro




Little Ty and Seth. I guess Ty is not so little anymore. How can he graduate this year? I'm not ready.




One of the gifts I made for Seth and Ellie. I used my papers and transparencies (gold dots, collectors edition and gold tape (gold glam) to create these. In the book, you write love letters back and forth. I was given this book (& idea) at my wedding  from my SIL Laurie and Kevin. I loved it.
The pencil I gave them with the WRITE book says "WRITE FROM THE HEART."
I hope they will write love letters to each other forever!!!!


handsome MAXSON




Cooper and Grandpa.
Yes, this is what Brian is wanting and THANKFUL to be called.
The kids call Tyler (PAPA and always will!!!!!!)




This was the temple that they were sealed for All Time & Eternity. In our church, we believe that marriages are not "until" death but can be FOREVER. I  did not grow up as a Latter Day Saint (Mormon) and I joined the church my senior year of high school. My personal believe is that death is only temporary and that we will be resurrected and with our families again. I get emotional as I type this. I have complete faith in knowing that God is real. 



Yes, I want to be with my family and I want to be worthy of this blessing. I love my grand babies. 

Cooper and Beckett did not plan to match outfits at the wedding. SUPER CUTE!!!!!


BE PREPARED.... sharing from my emotional heart now....


I just uploaded this photo and I have tears streaming down my face. 
This is Amy and little Ty. I had NO IDEA that one day this would be "the story." My husband would die of a horrible nasty cancer... I would be widowed in my forties... I would be HERE right now...

Amy is Seth's mom, Ty's ex wife and my friend. I greatly admire her heart, her kindness and for her "sharing" Seth with me for the past 20 years. I met him at age 2 when Tyler and I got married. My heart is so thankful that I was able to watch him grow up, and along with Tyler we raised together SEVEN amazing children. I loved every single one of them. 

STEP MOM... BONUS MOM... here is my journey....

I think the key is that BOTH of us did not fight or try to make Seth choose WHO he would love.  I never once felt Amy tried to make her son feel like he was not loved, wanted or put in the middle of their divorce. It was let's ALL just LOVE him!!!! I sat in the temple and watched Seth and Ellie get married and I was so thankful that I will ALWAYS be in Seth's and Amy's family life. 

I was married to my three girls dad at the young age of 19 years old. After seven years of marriage, we divorced and we both remarried. I will say that I wanted the girls step mother to LOVE my girls. I never wanted them to have "feelings" toward her. I wanted them to have so much LOVE in their life from their dad and I, Tyler (bonus dad) and their new BONUS mom.  

I was blessed to have years of our crazy blended families that just WORKED. I never ever would or did talk bad to any of my kids about their parent. I look back now and see what a healthy and blessing this was to our kids. Don't get me wrong, it was not perfect- divorce never is... but all decisions were done with the kids best interest and love. 

I have DEBATED for over a year about what I am about to share. I guess you could say I have ALOT of fear to share something so deep and personal to me. However, I feel I meet so many thousands of people and I get asked over and over the same question. Once you post something it's out there and many of you may have read that "someone" posted. Of course, I know exactly who this person. I try to be honest because I think by sharing our "journey" we can help others.

 

I had MANY people read my blog and see some NASTY untruths about Brian and I  that "someone" had decided to post. It was also posted on some "other" blog about me. I was heartbroken for my children and outraged. I have kept silent publicly  but I know for a fact that the TRUTH deserves to be TOLD and by me. I am sad that anyone feels the need to LIE to people about WHEN and HOW I met Brian.  The situation was portrayed to be an affair and I will not tolerate this untruth. 

I loved Tyler with all my heart. I will ALWAYS love him. He did not deserve his memory to be one in which  "someone" wanted others to believe that I had met or dated Brian prior to him dying. 

In fact, the "lie" was HORRIBLE, VICIOUS and UNTRUE. While my sweet handsome husband was enduring his final days on this earth, I was by his side. I slept on the couch in the Huntsman Cancer Institute. I did not want to leave his side for a moment. I would crawl in the bed with him at times and hold him. I cried with him. I grieved with him and his passing.  I witnessed as he was talking to angels and I knew the veil was thin. I ache as I remember this time. My world was so very sad. I was heart broken and I was devastated.  You can never prepare for something like this. I loved Tyler and he loved me. 

"Someone" has decided to keep telling lies that I had met, dated and went to "lunch" with Brian while my husband was in the hospital dying of cancer. As you can imagine, my kids and I are completely SICK that "someone" wants to say these things to hurt someone. Tyler died November 15th. It was the saddest day I have ever experienced and my kids and I were completely heartbroken.You simply do not ever get over this.


I met Brian for the first time in January and told him that I was looking for "friendship." I had no idea he was meant to be on my "new journey" with me and my family. I had never met or known him nor did Tyler. He was not working with Tyler on anything and this is the truth. This man came into my life at the time and in a place that I believe he needed me as much as I needed him.  It was crazy unreal. I knew it took a very special man to want to deal with the "REAL" life of being with a widow and children who had lost their dad. I give Brian so much credit. 

I have learned that EACH of us have our own journey, our own timing and we have to just LISTEN to our heart and the spirit to guide us.  The reality is, my children and I are still healing and we talk and celebrate LIFE in a different way now. We were in the temple together as a family on Friday and we laughed and talked about good memories of Tyler. Brian was with us and holding my hand as we do this.  It would have been my hope that Brian would have come from a similar background of peace in his past and previous marriage. Unfortunately, this is not the case and it's been one of the hardest experiences for him and our marriage. I am trying to be very delicate here.  Again, a great reminder to BUILD and not BREAK. 

 We are GROWING our family. This was just a SILLY photo from yesterday. 

missy, parker, brian, mckay and mauro

RANDOM, UNPLANNED, REAL and I wish everyone was in the photo that was at the house. We just have FUN!


Zach is doing AMAZING and loves Brazil so much!!!!! I sure miss this boy.


Life is too SHORT to be anything but HAPPY. 
TRUST your own JOURNEY.
Don't let anyone try to tell you that your journey is wrong if you know in your heart that it's YOUR path.
Stand up for what is right and do the RIGHT thing.



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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

We BULID we don't BREAK!!!! Let's get REAL....


I have some pretty REAL emotions today as I write this post. BE WARNED. This is me being upfront about a HUGE problem that we ALL face.

I am very thankful that last night I got the chance to talk to some women and young women who came to a class I did at the Stake center (church). I see BEAUTIFUL wonderful women and men get "destroyed" by the huge negativity that is EVERYWHERE we turn.

SELF LOVE and acceptance is SO important.
This world is full of DRAMA...
turn on the TV, go on Facebook, Instagram, Social Media

IT DOES TEAR US DOWN...
it's happening in our own homes. 
It's happening in bad marriages, at school (at all ages),
where we work... 

People can and do TEAR each other down. I guess it makes someone feel better by talking about someone else's physical appearance, traits, etc. It's "not right" to say hurtful mean things about other people but THIS is what is happening.

We all feel times of SELF LOW and sinking,,, yet we must FOCUS on loving our "imperfect" selves. THIS is the KEY...
You are NOT perfect. I am not perfect.
Wow... we are so HARD on ourselves.
It certainly doesn't help when others want to HURT us by unkind words or actions.

In my book, I talked about SELF LOVE. I was made fun of in school because my mother smoked and NO ONE wanted to play with a little girl who smelt like a ash tray. I played alone
on the playground. I got made fun in 5th grade because I wore "jeepers" - aka "not name brand shoes." I could write another book on feeling abandoned, unworthy, and alone in my life. I still struggle at times with the "negative" nasty voice that will say 
"TERESA, YOU ARE NOT GOOD ENOUGH."
Can you relate?
Guess what?
SMASH that VOICE and don't listen to ANYONE who tells you that you are not enough.

I am PASSIONATE about standing tall and saying,  
" I LOVE MYSELF TODAY"
"I LOVE MY BODY- imperfections and cellulite and stretch marks"
"MOVE AWAY FROM THE DRAMA"

I think this is WHY I am who I am. I will NOT break people.
I will NOT be that person. You can attack me, you can attack those I love but I will NOT allow anyone to destroy WHO I know
who I am. We learn and grow tremendous lessons from our trials. 

Don't let go of your LIGHT and spread it 
1. to YOURSELF
2. to everyone you meet

I told the girls last night and I tell my children...

"YOU HAVE A CHOICE-
to BUILD or BREAK
others and yourself."

Stop listening to the NEGATIVE in your life. I don't care if it's your best friend, husband, co-worker or a complete stranger.

Surround yourself with people who LOVE and BUILD YOU.
You deserve this. 
Don't allow anyone to have that POWER.
If someone wants to PULL you down and say horrible things about
YOU... that shows much MORE about them and not YOU.

So please STOP listening.
BE STRONG
 LOVE YOURSELF
 BUILD DONT BREAK


Okay... now go spread some LIGHT!!!!
Go SHINE my friends.




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Thursday, October 6, 2016

SHINE ON and KITCHEN "re-MODEL" - lots of UPDATES


This was the theme for my TC VEGAS event this year. Next year, 2017 is all about something POWERFUL. Yes, I will announce the theme January 1st. I wanted to share one of the workshops that I taught this year. We have people come from around the world to the event. If you want to be added to the wait list contact:



This is my 7"x 9" 3 ring binder that are at part of my WANDERLUST collection. I designed this new TC artwork in GOLD FOIL and placed  them on my album. The workshop was all about MAKING YOUR DREAMS HAPPEN IN LIFE!!!!


I have been very busy with trying to juggle so many deadlines and projects. Today was fun in that we were designing new TC Silhouette designs and using the BRAND NEW TC Amazon Silhouette Bundle Cameo 3. YOU will LOVE this new machine.
I often hear people are so intimidated by the die cut machine world. No worries... we have PLANS to make it easier for all of you and educate and inspire along the way. 

This is the my next Teresa Collins cruise!!!!!
Don't hesitate before our CRAZY great prices as a group disappears.

            TERESA COLLINS 2017 Scrapbook Cruise
                               Group# 6520490
The ship: Allure of the Seas (Oasis Class)
The sail date: 4/02/17
The itinerary: 7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise


Join me in Fort Lauderdale, Haiti, Jamaica and Cozumel Mexico!!!!

The Room Deposit is $500 per stateroom, $250.00 per person. Gratuities $94.50 per person
Contact Royal Caribbean Group Sales (use group code 9520490 when calling in to book room)
Tel: 800-465-3595 Final Payment and Cancelation is Jan 2nd 2017
Itinerary
4/02/2017 Sunday - Port Ft Lauderdale set sail 4pm (board between 11-3pm)
4/03/2017 Monday - Cruise (class)
4/04/2017 Tuesday – Labadee, Haiti 8:00am – 5:00pm
4/05/2017 Wednesday – Cruise (class)
4/06/2017 Thursday – Falmouth, Jamaica 8am-4pm
4/07/2017 Friday – Cozumel, Mexico 8am-5pm
4/08/2017 Saturday – Cruise (class)
4/09/2017 Sunday – Arrive Port Ft Lauderdale 6:15am







Stateroom Type 1st and 2nd Rate Per Person 3rd and 4th Rate Per Marie Barbee
Balcony: $917.00 + $118.59tx =
$1,035.59
Available Upon Request
Inside: $678.00+ $118.59tx =
$796.59
Available Upon Request
Teresa Collins Western Caribbean Cruise
Workshop Fees $275.00
Also you need to know that we have a great rate of $300.00 less then the going rate for our cruise ship. Without our group rate the Balcony is going for $1,335.59 Inside $1,085.59.
***The pricing/amenities below will be subject to change based on availability and time of
booking***
Bring your husband, friends, family etc. You do not have to scrapbook to be in our group. We have lots of people who bring their spouse as well as many who are "single" and "mingle." I have BIG plans for this cruise. Contact Elsha and sign up directly with the cruise.

NOW on a personal note.... my kitchen is a mess and a learning experience. Coming home to the kitchen done was a shock. However, more shocking was the quality of the work, the holes in the walls, the dirt and derby in the cabinets and the crooked tiles. Did I mention the contractor used the WRONG tiles and decided to do a different pattern than the one I had asked for. I could go on and on.  

I  thought I would share some of the photos of the detailed work that happened in my kitchen remodel.


I had granite countertops and they took them off to put on the new white marble quartz design. They used a tool and damaged my cabinets.


The grout was already cracking, it was uneven and was not sealed. 
Did I mention that this is not the size or design I had asked for?




The island was finished but it was the wrong size. They took it out to use in other areas of the house so that it was not a total loss.


The tile was completely taken off on Tuesday. The new contractor could not get it better without taking it all off. The countertops were perfect here.



This was ripped paint off the panel by my refrigerator. Such a messy job!


All my cabinets inside are covered in dirt and debris. They covered "nothing" and now there is a mess.



I HATE confrontation so I decided to think, ponder and sleep on it when I first saw it. I took lots of photos like the ones I just posted. I emailed my contractor the next day and asked to meet with him asap. I knew from meeting with him that he did not "get" the issues with quality and I was overwhelmed knowing he could not do the job as desired.  He said he was "out of funds" and needed me to give him $2,000 for dollars and that he wanted to just replace a few of the tiles to be more even. I told him I would not give him "one more penny" to correct his mistakes. 

Thankfully, I contacted someone from the ordeal that I did not realize did this type of work (his son played baseball with Zach). He is known for quality and honesty and his company came in to save the day. 

Right now, all the tiles were taken off the walls and the large island is gone. Yes, the first contractor did not do the size I had asked for. I wanted to make sure I had been fair and honest to my first contractor. I was lucky in that I knew not to give my first contractor more than was required when he started my project. 

Thankfully, I had paid a bigger amount that covered the work that was done correctly and is fair for what was done. I will be posting photos of the after. I have absolutely loved "remodeling" our home in the last year. I believe in making our home the PLACE we most want to be and a SAFE HAVEN from the crazy world.

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