Beak & Skiff Cider, Beer & Crafts

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On June 3, 2018 I hosted a craft event at the Beak & Skiff Apple Orchard, in their beautiful barn. It was a kid’s crafting event where they could make and take a candle and card for Father’s Day.

Watching the kids learn new techniques and seeing the pride on their faces when they have completed their project always brings a smile to my face. They will be so proud to give a gift that they hand made!  These are the memories that last.

The kids had a blast and the event was a success!

To see the who, what, where, when & why of this event, CLICK HERE.

To learn about the next craft event at Beak & Skiff, CLICK HERE.

Kid’s Crafting Event for Father’s Day


Spend a wonderful day at Beak & Skiff Apple Orchard! Sign the kids up for a crafting event where they will make an Artwork candle and matching Father’s Day card while you enjoy the 1911 Tasting Room, the Apple Barn, or the Apple Hill Country Store & Bake Shop!

Tickets for the Kid’s crafting event are only $10!

When: Sunday, June 3rd from 1pm-3pm
What: Make a Father’s Day card and a matching Artwork Candle
Where: Beak & Skiff Apple Orchard, LaFayette NY
Cost: $10.00 plus event brite fee
Advance payment is required to RSVP

Link to sign up for the event:

Link to Beak & Skiff:

Welcome Danielle to the Close to my Heart Team

5 years ago I became a Close To My Heart Consultant. I wanted to find a way to “support my crafting purchases” and earning a small income.  Today, I signed up a new consultant and it was truly enlightening to see the excitement in her eyes as she opened her product box which signifies the beginning of her new journey.

I look forward to offering her the support, tips and techniques to ensure her success with this endeavor. Congratulations Danielle and thanks for allowing me to snap some pics of your first day!

The April new consultant sign on deal doesn’t get any better!

$75 investment gets you….
· 22% base commission on product purchases and sales, with the potential to earn even more!
· The New Consultant Kit shown full of product valued over $200!
· The next 4 Stamps of the Month worth $72 in your kit!
· $50 in CTMH Cash immediately upon sign-up to buy more products of your choice

Want more info? Check out this link…/…/be-a-consultant.aspx or feel free to contact me. This special deal is only through 4/30/18. There is NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT!

I went to Thailand for FREE

I feel incredibly blessed that my small part-time business as an independent consultant for Close To My Heart has afforded me this fully paid trip to Thailand for myself and a guest.  If not for my love of crafting, creating and teaching others these fun DIY creations, I may not have ever had the opportunity to journey this far from home.

On January 28, 2018 – I arrived in Bangkok, Thailand, traveling from Upstate New York.

I chose to bring my son on the trip with me and upon arrival, we began our adventure. Today was a day of exploring Bangkok on our own. After taking a water taxi and checking out the flower market, we found the best tuk tuk driver… Pawnsuck. He took us to the Lucky Buddha, the Marble Temple, the Thai Factory, the Gem Factory and the Big Standing Palace and the Grand Palace. On the way back to the water taxi we stopped for hour long foot massages … awesome !!

January 30, 2018 – Today in Thailand we biked 12 1/2 miles. It started out in a very urban area. They drive on the left side of the road here. So turns and going to the left weren’t natural. We loaded our bikes on a boat and then continued the ride in a much quieter old jungle now more scarcely inhabited peninsula.  Tonight we went to the Night Market before we leave Bangkok in the morning to go to Phuket. Another great opportunity to try great food, buy my elephant pants and enjoy this amazing city. Josh got a lesson on a new instrument in our hotel lobby while waiting for our taxi. #ctmhthailand

January 31, 2018 – Today was our day to travel from Bangkok Thailand to Phuket. It was a quick 1 hour flight. After settling in our room, we ventured out for food and just beyond the resort property line we found in Josh’s words “Thai Food Tent City” for authentic good food !!! We finished the day with strawberry daiquiri’s and pool side lounging.

February 1, 2018 – Today we spent the day at sea in Phang Nga Bay. Spectacular seascape. We had to wait for the low tide to enter the caves and make our way to the lagoon. Truly a hidden treasure! There is a 6 hour window between low tide and high tide taking the water level down 3 meters !! Our kayak guide maneuvered his way through the cave. In the lagoon we saw lizards, bats and wild monkeys. We were served an outstanding lunch and ended our day with a group ordering multiple dishes and sharing family style. Another great day!

February 2, 2018 – Today was a day of snorkeling, swimming and sightseeing starting in Koh Phi Phi. We took a speedboat to the Andaman Sea. Our first stop was Maya Bay… anyone know what movie was shot here in 2000? (hint: murder mystery) Pileh Lagoon, lunch at Phi Phi island and then Bamboo Island. We leave Phuket in the morning and head to Chaing Mai, our final destination before heading home.

February 3, 2018 – We flew from Phuket to Chaing Mai today on Smile Thai Airline. Once we settled in our new hotel, we went to check out the National Flower Festival.and then Night Market to grab a bite to eat.

February 4, 2018 – We were very busy on Chaing Mai today. We began our day with the elephants, ate lunch near an orchid and butterfly sanctuary, went to a jade factory, temple and finished our day in our own with pizza.

February 5, 2018 – Our last full day as tourists in Thailand. Tomorrow we begin to travel home. Josh and I took a guided bike ride through Chaing Mai this morning and then spent the rest of the day at the hotel pool. We will have dinner in a little bit and then pack.

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What an amazing trip to take with my son, Josh!!

Over the past 13 days I flew 11 flights – 4 to get to Thailand and 4 to return plus 3 Thailand inter-country Bangkok, Phuket, Chaing Mai. I’m exhausted, but the happy version. I met so many amazing people including other consultants and their guests, Close To My Heart corporate members, local people in these awesome cities, excursion hosts, hotel and tourism reps. They all played a part in making this a memorable and outstanding experience.

I am truly feeling blessed.

Christmas Cards in April

xmas kim blogAs I write this post on April 20th, there is still snow on the ground and the temperature is still freezing!!

The world of card making is always a step ahead of the seasons and holiday’s in order to create and craft before the delivery day arrives.  When talking Christmas, we have to plan way in advance because many of us send dozens of cards, not just one or two.

I have had several of my local friends contact me about this year’s Christmas card classes that will begin in June. Here are the details: This is a 5 month class commitment and we will meet 1 time per month. We will make 6 cards (2 each of 3 different designs). You bring your own scissors and adhesives. I supply the rest.

If you are local to the area (Central New York) and would like to join my card class or learn more about how much I enjoy being a consultant and hosting these classes, click to the contact page and send me a note!