Wednesday, November 21, 2012


It's easy to get caught up in day to day life. Family, work, the house... it seems like the minute you get everything done, you have to start the process all over again.

But it's in the day to day grind where you find your real joy. It's the family laughing together at the dinner table, the excitment of watching your kids do things you can't, the kind email from a customer, the fun people you work with,... that IS the good stuff in life.

So today, I just wanted to say thanks. Thanks for tuning in each week. Thanks for helping us raise our family. Thanks for supporting our company... thanks for being there.
This week, we are lucky enough to have Alicia home with us for Thanksgiving weekend. We only get to see her a few days a year during the school year so I hope you understand why I decided to take the week off and spend it with her. StampTV will resume it's regular schedule next week.

We have a special Black Friday sale coming up so stay tuned for that! I KNOW you won't be disappointed!
Looking for a little inspiration over the Thanksgiving holiday? Check out our November Release Pinterest Board! The Illustrators have FILLED it with gorgeous projects featuring the new stamp sets just released last Thursday night!
Click here to see it all: StampTV/ Gina K. Designs on Pinterest
I'm going to leave you this Thanksgiving weekend with a little story that many of you may have heard before, but it's always a great read and the message is strong.
A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full.. The students responded with a unanimous 'yes.'

The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.The students laughed..

'Now,' said the professor as the laughter subsided, 'I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things---your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions---and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.. The sand is everything else---the small stuff.

'If you put the sand into the jar first,' he continued, 'there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life.

If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.

Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and mow the lawn.

Take care of the golf balls first---the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the Beer represented. The professor smiled and said, 'I'm glad you asked.' The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of Beers with a friend.
Enjoy time with the people you love this weekend and have a very Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Gina K. Designs and StampTV.

Gina K.


  1. Happy Thanksgiving Gina! Enjoy every minute with your family! As one who has a daughter on the east coast who can't get home very often, I understand completely those precious minutes. Thank you too for your wonderful products, service and inspiration! You never fail to raise my spirits and put a smile on my face.

  2. I wrote you on FB...but am glad I clicked on this!! Great photo of you and Alicia!! Glad everyone is home!! Have a fabulously comforting and fun loving Thanksgiving!!! Off to continue baking and cooking...have cousin's house tomorrow and a 90th bday party Saturday. LOTS of cooking!! xoxo

  3. Happy Thanksgiving Gina !
    Hope you have a wonderful time with your family !


  4. Happy Thanksgiving! Thank you for such a thought provoking story!

  5. Happy Thanksgiving Gina! Enjoy your time with your family and thank you for the story. I for one have not heard that story before and definitely needed to.

  6. Thank you for such a sweet message! It is great to see you taking some downtime with your family! We are all so thankful for YOU and all that you do! Wishing you, Tom, Alicia and Rina the happiest of times together! :)

  7. I love your card and did one similar to it for my grandkids. They loved it. Thanks for the directions. Anita