Saturday, December 30, 2017

'Happy New Year! and more goodies

by Mary Lou 'LuLu' Haynes

Howdy and Welcome,

Yes! I have been MIA for awhile. But for 2018, I hope to post more often.

I have discovered the world of BuJos and am trying to do as much planning as possible. I'm trying to focus on completing my arts and crafts projects. Plus I finally started taking guitar lessons!

Here's a page from my BuJo that tracks my weight loss journey - which is a huge challenge and struggle for me. I have completed several more milestones since this photo was taken - but have not made any progress in months. Maybe my planning will help me to stay on track.

If you need a Birthday /Anniversary Calendar for you BuJo or planner, here's a no frills perpetual calendar I recently designed. It's an Instant Download PDF at my etsy shop.
If you are in the deep freeze like we are here in Chicago, here's a photo of me and Mr. Weber during 90 Degree F weather at the Weber House and Gardens this past July.  
Maybe this will warm us up! It's 4 degrees F right now - b-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r.

I look just like my younger sister, Marcy, in this photo. Because we look so much alike, we call ourselves 'twins', although we were born 6 years apart.

What's the temp in your 'neck of the woods'?

Have a great New Year!


Thursday, October 19, 2017

'Halloween Weekend Retreat 2017 (near Chicago) is rapidly approaching!

by Mary Lou 'LuLu' Haynes

Hello Crafters, 

Do you need some crafting time before the holidays? We still have a few retreat tables available for the weekend of October 27-30, 2017! If you need to get some crafting done before the holiday rush, then Scrap-A-Thon 9 / Crafter’s Paradise 4-day Retreat is the place to be in 2017! 

The cost of the Full Weekend Pass (4 days – 40 hours) is just $50.00! Or come for a day.

Friday $35. Saturday $40.00. Sunday $45.00. Monday $50. 

The Full Weekend Pass includes complimentary use of all studio tool and supplies and materials! Unpack once – leave your stuff setup all weekend! Easy in/out. Come when you can – leave when you need to.

For info and to register visit   

Hope you can spend time with us in a couple of weeks!


Mary Lou ‘LuLu’ Haynes
Producer / Creative Director / Founder


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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

'October 2017 Retreat near Chicago!'

by Mary Lou 'LuLu' Haynes

I'm hosting a Ladies Only Weekend Mini-Retreat and Getaway at my art studio in October 2017!

For details visit

Hope you can join us.


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