Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Do You Piggy Tales??


Do you Piggy Tales? I do – I love their products! I was fortunate enough to win the June Piggy Tales contest at Scrap4Life with my “Lovely” layout above. I didn’t even know it because the winner was posted just prior to leaving for CHA. Days before leaving I was deep into an interview process for a job I really wanted. I found out Tuesday I did not get it –after an extensive profile evaluation and 5 interviews. Tuesday all I could do was ask God why, and cry. I would have loved that job! waahhhhh!

By Wednesday morning I just wanted to KNOW why. So I called and asked for a meeting. The position was with a very large church, and it was doing the same type of assistant work I do now, but in an area of ministry I am passionate about. I am glad I went and talked to the two key hiring people – as it turns out they were really trying to make it work for me to be hired, but what it comes down to is my profile. I am a right brain/left brain person – a leader and a creative thinker. This job was to work under three leaders…and to bring a 4th into the mix may have only caused tension down the line. I talked too much in my last two interviews… I shared ideas. I always have ideas. Ideas = creativity. Apparently they did not feel the job offered enough creativity for me either. I assured them that that was ok – it is why I scrapbook! But alas…what I really learned from the process is that perhaps I am not even doing what God has made me to do. I scored 100% as a people person in my profile. I love to plan events and have pulled off some pretty big ones in my day. I love to teach and I love to come up with ideas. After a number of profile tests and personality evaluations I now feel a bit confused as to what I am supposed to do with my life. Ideas anyone? (LOL) Surely there is an on line test I can take that will give me career ideas. I am simply doing a lot of soul searching and keeping my eyes open. I must say that I felt better after my Wednesday meeting – to know that I am simply not a perfect match is better than wondering what you said wrong in the last interview, seeing as it was going so well. I went to CHA with a lighter heart than I expected. Meeting so many people made CHA worth the trip, and I was able to meet Brandon from Piggy Tales in person. She is so sweet!

Today was a SUPER happy mail day. First, my friend Dawne Carlisle had sent a “pick me up” package – she knew I was bummed about that job. A wonderful assortment of Heidi Grace, Cloud 9 and other wonderful cardstock stickers, and some great leaf ribbon I had commented about in one of her stunning layouts. Thank you my friend!

There was another large package…thought it might be my Fiskars package so I could begin my work on a project for them. I was confused, at first, to find it was Piggy Tales product. Then I looked and saw it came from Jodie Taylor of Scrap4Life, and thought she must have mixed me up with someone’s order. And then it clicked…maybe I won the contest. So I went to the web site and sure enough – Jodie announced it the day I rec’d the bad news and shut myself off from the world for a bit to pity myself. Had I discarded my woes and went to visit Scrap4Life I would have had an instant pick me up that day! Thanks to Jodie and Piggy Tales for my wonderful prize package. I look forward to using the sliding door album.

Speaking of albums – my number one must have item from CHA is the drawbridge album. Were you there – did you see it? I had to see it in person and the concept is better than I even dreamed. I informed my LSS owner that she HAS to get them in – they are totally AWESOME!! Pretty please!

Another tidbit about the Piggy Tales kind of day that I am having… my complimentary copy of Somerset Home, an annual home décor idea book arrived in my mail as well today! I immediately started looking for my project, but had to stop to read the article on canvases, I love canvases! If you are looking for the book at the stores – here is what it looks like on the cover:

And here is my vanity tray – using the Piggy Tales Snow White collection. Now, they did something rather weird with my fun wire and beads by stretching it all up and creating a pinnacle in the middle to be like a “handle”. I had the wire curly Q'd and dancing along both sides with beads dangling –adding a fun, whimsical touch. I hope when it is returned I can re-establish the look I had with the wire – but none the less – the book looks great and so does the vanity tray.


So do you Piggy Tales? If you don’t you have just got to try one of their mini albums and I love their paper. Did you know Piggy Tales is a family run business? I learned in the live chat at Scrap4Life last month that Brandon’s brother, Ryann, has fond memories of his sister’s piggy tails while growing up (an no doubt yanking on them too!) – thus the name of the company; and I love how they have incorporated titles of childhood tales as the names for their paper and product collections.

I would love to hear what your very favorite Piggy Tales product is - whether it is a paper collection, album, or embellishment. Share it in this thread and be sure to include your email. On July 31st I will draw a name and send out product from the Chicken Little and Little Miss Muffet collections.

71 comments:

Kimmie said...

oh im the 1st. I love chicken little. Thanks Rita

Marti said...

Kimmie almost always beats me everywhere. I loved the chicken little line too, but I'm also loving their new Old King Cole collection.

Steph said...

i love the little barn doors they make soo cute! love it!

mel said...

my favorite rita is all that mention but if i had to have some the barn door!
a couple of sheets would be fine.thank rita

{D} said...

Hello! I actually have a confession...I've not heard of Piggy Tales before. But now that I have seen your thread on SIStv site & read your post on your blog I am LIKIN' iT!! Great color & patterns!
I wish you the best of luck in your journey to find a position that you will be happy in. Trust that you will not be lead in a direction that is not meant but for you.
Debbie :)
satxdebbie@yahoo.com

momof8judy said...

LOVE this layout Rita!!!! Your work is gorgeous!!!

DawneC said...

I love the Itsy Bitsy Spider & the Goldilocks lines ... fabulous!! Your LO was well deserved to win the prize at Scrap4Life - it is gorgeous! Congrats!

Barb said...

{d} you are not alone. I have not heard of Piggy Tales either. But from what I see...I love it!

Rita, love your work. It is always so nice!

Paris said...

To be honest I've not used a lot of Piggy Tales, but I do love their barndoors and I can't wait to get a hold of their new Itsy Bitsy Spinder collection. Thanks!

Zorina said...

Goldilocks line is my absolute favs these days. Thanks, Rita for sharing some RAKS to me :-))

Zorina

tomocus said...

I did not know about Piggy Tales but it looks yummy. The comments make me think of reading to my children and now grandsons. I love your l/o. It is so girly and sweet and perfect.

Ronda S. said...

Beautiful LO!
I have heard of Piggy Tales before, but have to admit I've never used it before. Looks like I may need to go check it out!!

Marci Knecht said...

Rita, I'm sorry that you didn't get the job, but as you know that just means that it wasn't right for you. God always knows better then we do what is best for us, right? That "perfect" job is out there just waiting for you to find it.

Congrats on winning the contest at S4L, your layout is appropriately named because it really is "Lovely".

I looked for you at CHA on Saturday, but when I asked at the Fiskars booth you were on a break and I never got the chance to go back. I ate lunch with Giboney from Piggy Tales and she is very, very sweet...and funny. I love the Cinderall line, its my favorite.

Anonymous said...

I love all the piggy tales. I just entered a contest on another scrap site using piggy tales. I love all of their lines, but especially the chicken little.

by MichelleD.

GLOANN said...

Where I live we do not have a LSS so I was totally unfamilar with the Piggy Tales. Went to a site and viewed them and fell in love with them, especially Cinderella and Little Rid Hooding Hood. Well, how can I leave out the Seven Dwarfs. When I visit Tulsa again I will be looking for these papers.

rosi81 said...

I've actually never heard of Piggy Tales, but will have to look into it now! :) BTW, great blog!
~Rosa
CKMB "Lil-Rosi"

elizbailey said...

I'm sure the "right" job is just right around the corner!

I like the Piggy Tales cinderalla collection.

KSmith said...

that layout is so beautiful.

Spongemom Scrappants said...

I don't know about Piggy Tales... how did I miss them? But, I love what you've done with their product. And that curtain effect on your layout is so cute!

Stacey said...

What I really love most about Piggy Tales is their collection names. It always reminds me of childhood when I see their stuff.

Drika said...

Im in love with the papers!!

Love everything!!

mustangkayla said...

I love their peek-a-boo book. I made one for my sons 2nd birthday with pictures of all his aunts, uncles and grandparents. He LOVES it and so do I.

debbie said...

I loved the Chicken Little but I think I've loved every single line they have put out - I've definitely bought it and used it all up!

lula said...

My faves are the Frog Prince, Little Boy Blue, and Tin Soldier kits. Can you tell I have boys? Thanks Rita

KateB said...

Old lines I loved the Ballad of Mulan chipboard and of their new stuff, I'd have to say Itsy Bitsy Spider is COOL since I LOVE green!

Jackie said...

chicken little and the hide and seek flap book for me, love their stuff

dawn said...

I love the piggy tales paper. I have altered a clock and some wooden blocks.

Anonymous said...

love your paper it is sooo pretty

Jenna Franklin said...

Little Miss Muffett is my favorite!

Beth Warren said...

I love the chicken little, and the barn doors. Also want that new drawbridge album, looks awesome.

Linette said...

I love Brandon's smile. She taught two classes at CKU. I love Itsy Bitsy Spider.

Dakota Barb said...

I'm sorry you didn't get the church position you had hoped for. I can understand your 'confusion' as to what God wants you to do with your life. I'm sure HE has a great plan for you - patience!
BTW, I have enjoyed working with Piggy Tales! I really like their products and I love how they came up with their name!

Janet said...

I LOVE Piggy Tales - I had the joy of meeting Brandon at CKU in March. She's so sweet and funny.

I am just loving the last few lines Piggy Tales has come out with. The new ones are great - love Old King Cole (something to do with my maiden name - lol); Billy Goats Gruff and Itsy Bitsy Spider. I'm working on a slide book now - and love barn doors.

The store I work for is FINALLY looking at getting Piggy Tales this time around. YEA!

I've been trying to get my hands on Twinkle Twinkle Little Star barn doors since March!

jjkannen@yahoo.com

Katie said...

Love the papers....especially Baa Baa Black Sheep, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Snow White! :) I also love the sliding doors. :)

Thanks for the RAK!

Destiny said...

I really like the Little boy blue and frog prince line.The thing I like about Piggy Tales is the way they put there colors together on their paper.Anyways thanks for doing a RAK.That's so sweet of you.Destiny

Yaritza said...

My favorite has got to be the Cinderella kit. What beautiful colors are included in that collection.

Fiskateer #3395

Brenmarie said...

So sad to hear you didn't get the job... Winning the contest must have really brought your spirit up and if it didn't I'm sure the Fisk-a-teers at CHA did.

Anonymous said...

Oh so much too choose fr4om I think I LOVE them all but If I had to narrow it down I would have to say Cinderella, Snow White, Billy Goats Gruff and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. And then the Drawbridge Album is a MUST HAVE..
Everytime I go to your blog you have such beautiful work... How long have you been scrapbooking? Can you tell me more about the Scrap4life??? Thank you for offering the RAK as well. Talk soon
Connie
scrappingirish (CKMB)

karenvonbaron said...

Piggy Tales has such great colors and themes it is hard to have just one favorite---I love them all! I just purchased all the papers and embellishments for Little Red Riding Hood.

Thanks for the chance to win!!
Karen #4500
karenvonbaron@yahoo.com

twinkles11 said...

Love your project in somerset magazine... i LOVE piggy tales!

Sawyer's Mommy said...

I can't pick one because I've never had the pleasure to try any Piggy Tales products. So, I'd love to win this RAK to try out there stuff.

Anonymous said...

I would love to try out the Piggy Tales!!!! tctrimble@aol.com

Anonymous said...

I do not have any Piggy Tales but I checked them out and would love the chance to win. I loved the Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on their website. Awesome papers and embellies. Pick me!

winnie@wideopenwest.com

Jenn said...

Congrats on winning Rita! You lo is gorgeous!

Sorry that you didn't get the job, but like Marci said, you def won't be lead in the wrong direction. Hang in there!

My fave PT stuff is the Cinderella papers and all their rub-ons. Thanks for the chance!

Jennifer Bush said...

All their collections are nice, but I love Little Miss Muffet and also the new Itsy Bitsy Spider as well!

jewel71 from CKMB

Latharia said...

Best wishes to you for keeping your eyes (and heart!) open to new opportunities. I just love The Ballad of Mulan!

Josie0602 said...

I just love this paper and what you did with it!! So cute!

Josie0602

pictures2pages said...

I got some Piggy Tales a few months ago and they are great. I think its Jack & the Beanstalk -its Blue and Green and awesome for boys!!!

BTW, LOVE your LO that won!!!

Karen Reichel said...

Congrats Rita...what a beautiful layout!

I never met a Piggy Tales line that I didn't like!

Cindy said...

Hi Rita! Long time no talk - Love your vanity tray. Sorry to hear about the job disappointment, but sounds like you are okay with that now. Best wishes in finding your perfect position.

butterfly843 said...

Little red riding hood is my all time favorite piggy tales collection.

sharon Sprouse said...

Just wanted to let you know that I felt your pain reading your job disappointment and just wanted to let you know that it was probably meant to be and that there is something better you were meant for...so keep your head up and carry on. Good luck. Sharon Sprouse (paperdesignsbysharon@gmail.com)

Marlies said...

I love their Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star collection! With the guitars on it.

xoxo
Marlies


jshof18 (at) xs4all (dot) nl

Leigh said...

I don't think I've ever seen their product in real life.
That's too bad about the job. Keep praying that God will reveal His will for you-- His perfect and pleasing will.

connie said...

I have heard of piggy tales but have not used them before. Your LO is beautiful! Can't wait to find me some "piggy tales"! thanks for sharing.
connie #2909

Melanie said...

I never used their product before... heard the name but it's hard to find here in the UK! A shame b/c it looks delicious.
melanie[at]goessl-net.de

Parker and Emma's Mom said...

I can't get Piggy Tales locally (sniff, sniff)... From what I can see...I think everything they make is pretty cool!

~Cheryl said...

I love all things Piggy Tales! How can you not?! *L*

Love the LO!!!

Heather said...

I've never tried any Piggy Tales, but after your rave review, I'll have to go find me some. I love that they are a family business & love where the name came from, that's so awesome!

Chrispea said...

I'd love some piggy tales! I don't have that in my area. Your tray and LO are both gorgeous. Thanks.

Staci said...

I haven't seen PT before either, but now I want to go find some!

stampinc said...

This is a tough question. I really love everything. But I will have to say the music themes and the drawbridge album is a must. Congrats on your win.!Thanks for a chance.

Christi said...

i love the Jack an Jill collection! I'll check out the new collections too....I loved the mini album they made for their sneak peak on their blog!

Kathy said...

When I went to CHA 07 The Piggy Tales board books with the barn windows and doors had just come out and I was amazed by these. I so wished that my kids were still little to be able to do ones for them. I guess I will just have to do them and someday grandchildren will come along (though hopefully not too soon!)

fairhill25@comcast.net

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness, well who couldn't love it all, pick one? Nope, not me, I Piggy Tales anything and everything! :)
lainamillson@hotmail.com

debbiec said...

i haven't gotten a chance to use any of the piggy tales stuff...i have so much i'm on a buying freeze! but i love the little piggy tails they make..the little springs. i think they are perfect!

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

I love their rubons...never had one that didn't work...and they have great family sayings!!

Cristin said...

I also have never seen their products before... I'm definitely going to check them out now!

Veronica said...

I loved the valentine line--I made a bunch of goodies with it this year--but my fave was my banner and goodie boxes! If you want to peek at them here's the link :)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/vlmelton/2274713481/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/vlmelton/2198221354/

nodaybut2day said...

I love all their innovative board books! I took their class at CKC Seattle last year and fell in love with their products. I can't wait to take a class from them again this year!

Jen (onecreativejen@yahoo.com)

Claude said...

My lss doesn't carry PT... I sure wish I could try it out! ;)

Congrats on your win!