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published in Boundaries, Confrontation, Humour, Inspiration, Wisdom by Maryanne | December 10, 2019 | No Comment

Beware of Mrs. Claws

 

Crazy Mrs. Claws photographed by Roxanne Low

“What we learn with pleasure we never forget.”

– Alfred Mercier

Oh, the joys of being 50-plus & thus no longer having much of a filter…

So I was on the plane the other day, trying to snooze on an evening flight. As we all know, Mrs. Claus needs her rest this time of year. About half way through the flight, the guy behind me decided to start sliding his meal tray back and forth, back and forth. Yes, that’s the right…the meal tray attached to the back of my chair.

I let him do this for about, oh…90 seconds. Then I turned around to have a little chat. He momentarily stopped sliding his tray and stared at me, stunned. He was about my age and rather handsome.

Now, he wasn’t stunned because he thought he was going to get into trouble (which he would soon find out) but rather because the mere sight of me was somewhat alarming in and of itself.

I was wearing an eye mask (with big letters that said “HUNGOVER” – which I wasn’t but he didn’t know that), the hood of my vest was up (which dramatically increases my “Don’t mess with me” look), plus I was wearing headphones and earplugs.

So after letting him have a good look at the irritated creature he was now going to be dealing with, I moved my eye mask to the top of my head, removed my headphones and ear plugs and gave him The Look.

“What?” he says.

“What do you think, what?” I say back.

“Was this bothering you?” he asks, then proceeds to give me another demonstration of his tray-sliding trick.

“Yes,” I say. “It was.”

“Oh,” he says. “I’m sorry.”

But I wasn’t finished. Oh no.

“What,” I ask, “would possess you to think that I wouldn’t feel you sliding that tray and back and forth?”

“Uhhh…”

“Exactly,” I say. “What are you…eight?”

“No! I just – ”

I shook my head and wagged my finger at him, big smile on my face. “You just STOP that right now,” I say. “No more sliding of the tray. Deal?”

He smiles. “Okay.”

Then I turned back around and fell fast asleep for the duration of the flight.

After we landed, I stood up, looked at the guy and smiled.

“Did I behave myself?” he asks.

“Yes,” I reply. “You were good as gold. Thank you.”

Then I pointed to the luggage compartment above his head. “Now could you get my bag down for me?”

He looked at me. “What’s the magic word?”

“Please,” I say. “But make it snappy, would ya? People are waiting.”

To which we both threw back our heads and laughed.

“You’re just like my wife” he says. “You gave me heck but you were smiling while you did it.”

“That,” I say (with a wink and a smile), “is because it’s a very effective strategy.”

Crazy Mrs Claws

As mentioned in a blog a few weeks ago, the professional photographer, Roxanne Low, was on hand at the First Chance Christmas Craft Show in Sidney, BC. As perhaps you can imagine, we had an awful lot of laughs doing the Mrs Claws photo shoot (photo at top of blog).

Here are few more photos of the Pink Gazelle Cards & Creations table & wares taken by Roxanne at the First Chance show:

 

Wax & tissue prints by Melanie Pope

 

Wise Owl Wisdom quote cards

 

A Wolf Called Nakoda story sets

 

Hand painted sand dollar decorations

All of the above products are available in our Etsy store (except the Wax & Tissue prints – if you are interested in those, please e-mail me).

I will be at Last Chance Christmas Craft Show in Sidney Dec 14th & 15th

If you are in the Sidney area, pop by and say hi. I will NOT be in my Crazy Mrs Claws outfit…and I WILL be nice to you. Promise 🙂

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her weekly blog, please sign up here.

published in Inspiration, Wisdom by Maryanne | November 19, 2019 | No Comment

Second Edition of Wise Owl Wisdom Inspirational Quote Cards Now Available

 

“When you make a mistake, there are only three things you should ever do: admit it, learn from it, and don’t repeat it.”

– Paul Bear Bryant

This Wise Owl Not Always So Wise…

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you may recall the Wise Owl Wisdom Inspirational Quote Cards we launched a few years ago (30 cards in a set, each card with a different quote on the back, and the beautiful owl on the front of each card is a print of a painting done by my niece, Melanie Pope).

People seem to love these cards and they are often our top seller at Christmas gift shows. But here’s the thing: not everyone loved these cards…and I have the gulp-inducing e-mail to prove it.

About six months ago, I received a polite but firm e-mail from the estate of a deceased author who, upon seeing one of our quote card photos on social media, asked that we do NOT use this author’s quotes in any of our quote sets, nor in the on-line marketing of the quote sets. They don’t grant permission to anyone for the use of this author’s quotes.

Oops.

Even though I had just used a few of the author’s quotes in the Wise Owl Wisdom quote set (and in some of our other quote sets) and, of course, attributed his name as the source of the quote, apparently that was still not acceptable from a copyright perspective.

Lesson learned!

So we immediately stopped sharing all photos of quotes (from our quote sets) by authors whose works were published after 1923 (prior to that, all works are part of the public domain so no permission is necessary to use their referenced quote). Then we began the process of replacing the contemporary quotes with quotes by people whose works were published before 1923.

THIS is why there is now a revised edition of the Wise Owl Wisdom quotes! And do you know, I love the new collection of quotes 🙂

Here is a sampling from the revised edition: 

 

 

 

It’s the same thing with our other 3 quote sets: Intuitive Insights for Soul-Inspired LivingPotent Prosperity Principles and Life After Loss. We are gradually creating new editions of these quote sets. As these revised versions become available, we’ll let you know.

In the meantime, if you wish to order the original versions, there are still some left in our Etsy store (except for Wise Owl Wisdom – the ones on Etsy are the revised version). The quote sets are $7.95 each (and make great little gifts or stocking stuffers).

To order, please visit our Etsy store.

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her weekly blog, please sign up here.

published in Christmas, Creativity, Inspiration by Maryanne | November 5, 2019 | No Comment

Craft Show Crunch

 

Trial set-up of the Pink Gazelle Cards & Creations table

“When you buy from a small business, an actual person does a little happy dance.”

www.LemonadeDesignStudio.Etsy.com

The crunch is on for the first Christmas craft show of the season.

I know, I know…we just got through Halloween and haven’t even got to Remembrance Day yet! But it is what it is and the First Chance Christmas Craft Show in Sidney, BC is this weekend: Nov 9th & 10th. 

If you live in the area, please come by the Pink Gazelle Cards & Creations booth and say hi!

If not, here are a few snaps of what my little Santa’s workshop in Qualicum Beach has looked like of late:

My garage is the perfect spot for a studio to paint sand dollars

 

Boy did I move to the right place for THIS craft…sand dollars galore on my local beach!

 

Creative madness of making new x-mas cards out of old ones

 

A little sampling of this year’s “re-purposed” x-mas cards (we sell them for $1 which people LOVE)

 

These tags also sell like hot-cakes 🙂

 

Assembling the “Potent Prosperity Principles” quote card sets ($7.95)

 

Found this gorgeous photo of a wolf to use at the show to display the “A Wolf Called Nakoda” story sets ($9.95 each with $2 to JPMF & $2 to Wolf Awareness)

 

I SO love the beautiful cover (designed by the publisher, BHC Press) of the novel version of my book!

 

Having a little geometrical fun with the “Wise Owl Wisdom” quote sets ($7.95)…usually our biggest seller at the craft shows, as they make a perf stocking stuffer 🙂

If you’d like to order anything, many of these items are also available in our Etsy Store (not the x-mas cards & tags…but if you REALLY want some, e-mail me).

Wish me luck this weekend! There WILL be photos in next week’s blog. Roxanne Low, who photographed me a couple of years ago (we’re still laughing about that boudoir photo shoot…how could I know the Search & Rescue guys were right around the corner?) will be at the show, taking photos of vendors & their wares.

Till then, take care & have a super week!

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her weekly blog, please sign up here.