Saturday, September 20, 2014

My take of all things Longaberger at Bee 2014

Photo by (c) P. Lynne Designs
Last month at the Bee, I got a chance to give an opinion on why I love Longaberger and the products. This is a once in a lifetime interview for me, because other then trying to apply for jobs, I have never  been interviewed before.  I will be honest to say that that I looked a hot mess, but I had a good time despite my appearance (I had just got finished with the registration process).  I am glad that I did it for one main reason:  To show that love for Longaberger throughout the interview process.

I also want to say this:  It does not matter if your passion is selling one of your favorite products, making something with your hands, singing, making a world famous recipe, or collecting stamp, make it your passion.  If that passion is enough to make a little money for it, do it.  If you do not know how to make it into a sustainable income for yourself, find out how.  who knows, you could inspire someone else to do the same.  It does not have to be selling a product.   I have lots of passions.  In addition to selling Longaberger products, I have a passion for writing, crafting, Disney, and organizing.  

One last thing; I would love to have you join me on my team.  It does not take much to start.  You can find out all the information on my website.  There are benefits you will enjoy, and this is not a full-time job.  In fact, you can have this business while you are still working.  I leave my job 5 years ago, because I wanted to turn my other passion of papercrafting for others into a business.  So now I have two, and I was still able to get a consistency rewards basket for making over $500 each month for the past selling season.   I am not saying this to be bragging, because I do not like to brag, I am saying this because whatever you set to do in life, go for it, and find out how to make it work out for you.  It may not bring you a lot of income at first, but if you keep at it, you will be able to see the benefits from trying a new skill, or by working your passion. 

I love meeting new people, and that is what this business has allow me to afford.  I have been in this business of selling and serving my customers since 2001.  In fact I was approve to start selling one month after the 9/11 events happened.  I had my first meeting with my then sponsor, two days after the Twin Towers fell and they were looking for survivors, while I was meeting with him to see if Longaberger was a good fit for me.

Take a look at the video, and even if this post was nothing more than just information for you, have a great Saturday.  

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Autumn Classics - September 17-September 23 (The First Day Of Fall!)

  • Beautiful baskets that offer a brilliant Autumn hue, just in time for the change in seasons!
  • Fall-like color combinations: 36 Green – Sage up-splints with Bold Green weaving and Merlot accents, solid Sage inside; 53 Deep Gold – Deep Gold up-splints with Merlot weaving and Spice accents, solid Deep Gold inside; 70 Spice – Spice up-splints with Gold weaving and Merlot accents, solid Spice inside. Solid Warm Brown, Rich Brown and Black also available.
  • Perfect for autumn picnics, tabletops, tailgating, whatever the day brings.
  • Remember, my Longaberger web site is all new. Come and check it out while you save!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Ideas with Khaki Check Baskets

This is installment #2 in a series of introductions before the big reveal of Longaberger's Fall/Winter catalog.  Today's I am going to talk to you about decorating with Khaki Check.

First of all, this line of baskets is sort of a new line for Longaberger, but the cloth isn't.  In fact, the last time the Khaki Check fabric made its appearance was around 2010 or 2011. This time around, they are joined by some baskets.  They are as follows with some ideas:

(Caution: Links ahead)

1. Go To Basket...(21 1/2" l x 13 1/2 " w x 6"h  Rec Wt: 30 lbs) This basket is similar to the Gathering Basket, so it is going to be your "go to" basket, as the name implies.  Use it from harvesting your fall fruits and vegetables to corralling toys after a messy day of kids playing on the floor.  How about using it as a book center for library books or a place for all things small electronic devices?   In the kitchen, kids can grab their daily snacks from it, or use it in the pantry for smaller items, but to me, it is too pretty to hide.   In the family room, I see it as a place to grab your favorite project, sit in from of the television or fireplace and relax.  How about turning it into a family game night basket, filled with board games, cards, checkers, and even an ..uh um.. a tablet or two.

2,  Pass Alone basket.... (14 "l x 10 3/4"w x 6 1/4" h  Rec Wt: 23 lbs) This basket is the same as the Flare Basket, except handles have been added to it.  This basket is one of those baskets that sits on an end table, where you can place a mending kit in it, on the desk for stamps, paper clips, or in the craft room for Washi tape, crochet hooks, or eyelet setters.  In the kitchen, it can hold a small number of K-cups, but I would not use it for that purpose for long as next month, there is a product for that too, and I cannot wait to get mine.   For a girl's room, it holds bows and other hair products or little belts.  For boys, a small car collection fits nicely in there.

3.  Media basket.... (11 3/4 "l x 10 3/4" w x 6 3/4" h  Rec Wt: 27 lbs) This basket takes the same form as the previous TV Time basket, which I still have mine.  What I have always loved about that basket is its versatility, and that is saying a lot for such a small basket/  Some ideas include:  a remote corral.  There are people out there who still insist on having so many remotes.  Just label the remote, and place in basket.  Need a place to put your most secret item, next to your smartphone and social security card, which is your journal.  Just place your journal and your favorite pen(s) in there, but from one journal writer to another, place the basket in a place where prying eyes cannot get to it.  In the kitchen, place packets of marinades, smoothie mix and hot chocolate packets inside.  Use it as a utensil corral, or for snack bars.

 4.   All Things basket.... (8 3/4 "d x 5 1/4" h Rec Wt : 6 lbs)This is the basket that reminds me of the Signature Plaid baskets from a couple of seasons ago.  What I like about it is the sales force calls it the "Cat head" basket, because the feet of basket does reminds you of a cat's head when turned on its side.  Whatever you call the shape, it is another end table basket, where you can put reading glasses, stamps, a mending kits, or in the bathroom or bedroom for cotton balls, cotton swabs for make-up, or the even small wipes for little bottoms.

No matter how you decide to dress up these baskets, like all Longaberger baskets before them, they are durable, and  will last a lifetime.   If course, there are also protectors that  help protect the inside of the baskets, and can be used as separate containers.
Any questions or you want to have a party?  Shoot me an email at .  You can also view these products and many others on my website,   Need more ideas for this product line?    Please take a look at the ideas video below. (credit:  Sue Miller)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Longaberger® Medium Fill-It Hurricane Retires Soon

Medium Fill-it Hurricane
(c) The Longaberger Co.
Over the next several days, I want to show you some beautiful decorating ideas you can recreate in your own home. 

First up is the Medium Fill-it Hurricane.  This Lamp is retiring at the end of the month, and if you are looking fun ideas on how to dress up your table during the holidays, and beyond, this makes a wonderful centerpiece for any time of the year.   What I love about the fill-it hurricane, is it a two tier section.  The first section you fill-it with candles of all heights (it can hold a medium pillar candle-divider is included with the fill-it hurricane) ornaments for starters.   With the second half, you can fill-it with candies, or confetti.  But that is just the beginning.

Take the divider out, and you can use it as a food container to hold cigar-like cookies, Prosciutto wrapped melon or bread sticks.   You can also use it in a game called guess how many.  It is a cute little game done at fundraiser events and even some parties for a prize.  Just fill-it full of M&Ms, chips, and other small collectible items.  You can even give the candy (and the fill-it hurricane) away as the top prize.

So now that I have given you some ideas, how about a few more.... (Warning, some links ahead…)

September:   September 21st is the start of the fall season.  Time to get out your reds, greens, golds, and browns, and fill them up.  It is a good way to carry it into the next month.  Add nuts, tiny pumpkins (without the faces), gourds, and leaves around the table for that festive fall look.  

October:  When October hits, it is time for harvest. It is also time for all things Halloween and spooky.  For the bottom half of the hurricane, add some purple and black confetti (or candy wrapped in those colors.  Add in the top half, add in some googly eyes, spiders (plastic ones of course) or for the party, have some punch colored with some greenwitch’s brew, if you want to use the whole hurricane as a punch bowl.  

November:  it is time to take the black and purple out, and stick to the traditional fall colors.  For Thanksgiving, make a cornucopia, by adding a piece of fabric on the table to keep the hurricane from rolling off the table.  Gently add in small pumpkins, Indian corn, leaves, and small squash on the inside.
December:   The holiday season gives us two specials this year (actually four, more in a moment)…  Take the browns and oranges off of the table, and add in the bling.   White serves three purposes (winter, Christmas, and Hanukkah), and what better way to add is through lights (tea and table lights).  Blue is the traditional colors for winter and Hanukkah, and a non-traditional color for Christmas.  Burgundy is a non-traditional but classic color for Christmas.  All of them can be showed off in the Medium Hurricane.  The end of the month, highlights a non-religious holiday for African Americans called Kwanzaa, and if you celebrate the 7-day holiday, harvest colors make a comeback, alone with black.

I have given you 4 months of dressing up your Medium Fill-it Hurricane, There are just a few more to show you how to decorate beginning with the month of January in the video below, and this will give you 365 days of unending table decorating with this products.

Questions on how to get one?  Email me at or just visit my website.