Monday, November 30, 2015

One Winter Afternoon

Winter has arrived.  I'm not complaining.  It is really quite pretty.  Plus, it isn't that cold so far.  They say that we are going to have a mild winter this year.  I hope that they are right.

I have put up some winter decorations so far.  I'll probably add a touch of red once the holidays get closer.

I got this wooden tea light holder at my greenhouse.  I love the rustic nature vibe.

The mantle is looking festive.

My yarn bowls make the perfect winter decoration.  But who am I kidding?  I keep mine out all year long.

I still love owls!  

Here's my newest addition.  He followed me home from the greenhouse and now hangs on my old office cabinet that houses my vintage Pyrex.  He might have to stay out all year too.  ;)

And here is my DIY Project!  I found these perfectly shaped twigs on a nature walk.  They were just laying there on the path.  A person would pay about $20 for them at HomeSense, so we dragged them home.  I put them in an urn I had and then spent $20 on some LED lights at HomeSense.  It glows so beautifully at night.  I have it on so much that I am already on my second set of batteries.

Winter days set the mood for staying home and knitting.  I think I may have been a hibernating animal in a previous life.  It is the season of cowl making!  I have finished number six with two more to go and then it is onto white mittens for Diane's bridal party.  I'll be happy when the knitting that has to be done is done!

I'll leave you with a photo of little Maggie May.  She has been having a rough go of it lately with first an ear infection and then pink eye.  What dog gets pink eye?  She is finally on the mend.  Maggie, who are you waiting for?  Santa won't be here for quite some time yet.  ;)


Saturday, November 28, 2015

Maggie Holmes ~ "Shine"

So I have to confess that I am totally addicted to all Maggie Holmes paper.  There is a certain excitement when a new line comes out.  The weird thing is that they are all very similar and yet just different enough to catch my interest and get me to want to play with it. I also love how all of the collections coordinate so well with each other.  It makes using up scraps a breeze.  I was pretty excited when Treasured Memories asked me to design two pages for the store with it!

First up is this photo of Andrew and Chantal.  Rob shot it on old style film and developed the negatives with Andrew.  He loved the process.

I used a sketch from Creative Scrappers.  It's #196.  I'm being lazy in not posting the sketch.  ;)  I purchased Kristine's file of all of the sketches and love having them printed out and compiled in a binder for easy usage.  So much easier than searching the internet.

Next up I wanted to show how this collection is not just for girls.  At first glance the Maggie Holmes lines do seem feminine but if you really fine tune your paper selections you can scrap a boy!  Of course I scrapped Thomas.  I love this photo of him.

I used another one of Kristine Davidson's sketches from her eBook Volume 3.

Hope you are all having an enjoyable weekend.


Monday, November 23, 2015

The Last of "Melt My Heart"

Here to share the last two LO's that I created with November's kit at my LSS Treasured Memories.  It was such a great kit.  I'm looking forward to seeing what December's kit has in store.

First up is a photo of me as a baby.  I look so unimpressed with winter.  LOL   It is snowing out as I type this and I am determined to embrace the beauty of the winter season again this year.

I used this sketch from Page Drafts.

Lastly, it's Tom.  He's still one of my favourite scrappy subjects.

I have some exciting news to share.  I have been invited to be on the design team at Treasured Memories.  I am so excited that I get to continue to create for the store.  It is so much fun!


Sunday, November 22, 2015

BoBunny ~ "Love Lace"

I have two more LO's to share that I created for my LSS, Treasured Memories!  I just love the challenge of receiving a mystery bag of goodies to create with.  The process goes something like this.  First I study the supplies to try to figure out how to best showcase them.  Then I hunt for photographs that fit the collections.  Sometimes it means raiding my brother Andrew's Flickr account for photos of Thomas.  Luckily Andrew gives me full access and permission to use any of his photography.   Thanks Andrew!  Next I look to see if I can find sketches that work.  Sometimes I skip the sketch and let the product lead me.  Then it's time to play with paper!  So much fun.

"Love Lace" is vintage and elegant and romantic.  I knew I had to scrap one of Diane and Eric's engagement photographs taken last June.  A B&W photo let the soft palette really shine.

I used this sketch by Liz Chidester.

Next up I scrapped this selfie of me and Rob visiting our old college when we were visiting Montreal last fall.  This is were we first met back in 1982.  Rob was studying Social Science and then left the program for training in the RCMP.  I was studying Business Administration.  I eventually left my program to follow him out west and had to re enrol in a similar program out here.  Oh we were young then.  Where did the time go and how did we get so old?  LOL

I used this sketch from PageMaps.

Until next time,


Saturday, November 21, 2015

Kaisercraft ~ "Sail Away"

I have been doing some more designing for my LSS, Treasured Memories!  My last mystery bag of goodies to create with included "Sail Away" from Kaisercraft.  It is a new summer line out.  Keep in mind it is an Australian company and they are heading into the warm part of the year!  This is a beautiful line with a nautical feel, but it can also be used for basic summer fun.  Good thing since I live on the prairies where water isn't our best resource!

When I first saw the collection with all of the compasses and navigational elements, I though of photos that I had of Susan and Rich geocaching.  It was the perfect line!  In this LO it was really fun to use that large circular compass diecut.  It has been far too long since using large circular elements on pages.  I loved it back in 2010 and Kaisercraft seems to be bringing this style back.

This old sketch by Julie Bonner was perfect.

Well, I couldn't play with this line without using it for something nautical.  Luckily I had a beautiful photo taken at the Victoria Harbour last April when we visited.  It was the perfect fit!  I really enjoyed using the ephemera pack with this collection.  There was so much in it and it was excellent for layering and scattering throughout the page.

Here's the sketch I used by Laura Whitaker.

Next time I'll share what I created with the new BoBunny collection, "Love Lace".  It is very vintage and elegant.

Hope you are all having a relaxing weekend.


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

When Dogs Get Mail

So I finally got sucked in and ordered the girlies Bark Box.  I've been aware of it for a couple of years and the dogs on the computer always look so happy peeking into their monthly box of goodies that arrive at the door.  It was a chat with a young waitress last month that sold me.  She told me that she only ordered it one month and it was like her dogs knew it was for them.  They were so excited to see that package arrive.  My hunch is that they could smell the treats through the box.  ;)  Anyway she told me that it cost her $50 but it was a well worth one time treat.

So I decided to check out the details of Bark Box for myself.  Well, let me start off by saying that when ordering things online, I sometimes get excited and fail to properly investigate and read the fine print.  There was that one time that I accidentally ordered so much twine from The Twinnery that both me and Susan are set for life.  So I thought that I was getting free shipping and that it would cost me a total of $126 for a 6 month subscription.  I was sure that the young waitress was wrong and her box only cost her around $30.  So I rushed and hit the "order" button.  I guess I forgot that I am a Canadian.  Canadians never get free shipping.  And how did I forget how low our dollar is sitting?  I mean it is on the news every night.  I now know that our dollar was sitting at $0.72 the night I ordered.  sigh.  Short story long, it cost me $211 for 6 boxes.  :(  I felt really sick about it at first.  Rob said we will just enjoy what comes each month and definitely remember to cancel the subscription when it is up!  So the first box arrived today and I wasn't quite as mad at myself as I thought I would be.every.month.when.that box.arrives.

Here's that Kodak moment when the dogs sniff the box.  My photo is a blur.  Not anything like those shots I see online of other dogs.  Check out the fancy packaging.  I payed for that.

Next it is opening the treat bags and trying them out.

I have to say that they smell really good.  A person could probably cut them up and serve them in spaghetti sauce to company.... not that I would!

The girlies don't seem interested in the chew toys so they might be going to my two grand dogs.

There was a rabbit chew stick that we broke in half for them to share.  Here's that sad moment when Maggie realizes that she inhaled hers and Lady is still enjoying her half.

Lady is a slow eater.  Probably because she doesn't have many teeth left.

In my best effort to get the most for my money, I am planning a LO with these bits of beautiful packaging.  That has to save on scrappy supply costs, right? ;)

Another silver lining... I was just about to go out and buy a Canada Post box for a gift I am sending out soon.  Hooray, the Bark Box fits perfectly!  That had to save me $4.  Okay, now the Bark Box was so worth $211.... NOT!  No more online ordering for me.


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

More "Melt My Heart"

So it is mid November and we haven't a flake of snow on the ground.  We haven't brought out our winter boots and I have yet to wear mittens.  It's weird... but I'm not complaining.  ;)  In the true spirit of winter, I have a snowy LO to share today using this month's kit, Melt My Heart, at my LSS Treasured Memories.

We put up this squirrel feeder on the first snowfall, a few years back.  Squirrels came near but none ever figured out how to get in and get the peanuts despite us quietly cheering them on.  So disappointing.  The good people at the wild bird store assured us that it is a user friendly product but I'm not sure I believe them.  Maybe our neighbourhood squirrels are just not that smart.  ;)

This next page is not winter themed in the least and yet this kit was the perfect fit.

I used this sketch by Julie Blanc.  I always love her linear style.

Hope your week is going well!


Friday, November 13, 2015

$2 a Ball ~ Yes Please!

Oh I love a bargain.  Yesterday I went over to Michael's to mill around when I spied the big bin of bargain wool!  Every few months they go through the yarn and gather all the balls with mangled ball bands and tangled fibres, throw them in a huge bin and sell them for $2!  It is always fun to dig deep down into the bin to see what treasure might be found.  Here's what I found.

This is for Rob's mother for her mittens that she knits for charity each year.  Yes, even those huge balls of yarn were only $2!

This sock yarn is for Susan.  Imagine making a pair of socks for $2!

Here's what I found for me.  The two plum coloured balls will make a chunky cowl.  This yarn is 20% real wool and is so much fun to work with because it knits up so fast.  The variegated yarn will make a hat for charity.  I think it is a real wool blend.  It is so soft.

Let the knitting needles begin to click.

On a very serious note, my heart goes out to the people of Paris tonight.  The images we are seeing on the news are horrific.  It is all so sad.  Our world has been shaken once again.


Monday, November 9, 2015

It's Monday!

Oh Monday.  Today is a gloomy day with some of the white stuff still sitting on the ground.  It is a typical November day in my neck of the woods.  Although a little sunshine would be uplifting, it is still a beautiful day.

Monday is inspiration day for the kit LO's at my LSS Treasured Memories, so three more of my LO's are up on the blog.

First up is one of my all time favourite photos of little Thomas.  I have scrapped this photo before but was happy to scrap it again as the original is in an album that I passed along to Tom's mom, Chantal.

Next up is a photo of Michelle's cute little son, Ben.  I sent him a pair of mittens last year before Christmas.  I love this photo that Michelle took!  Her photography is always amazing.

I didn't use a sketch here and let that amazing circular diecut guide the way.  I cut it in half as to see more of it in the design.  It was really fun deciding how to fill up those little circles.

Lastly a photo of Diane and Eric taken in Banff.  I love the mountain view behind them.  This time last year we were in Banff enjoying the snowy mountains.  I think I love Banff even more in the wintertime.

I used this sketch from Julie Bonner.

Well I am still working through my deep cleaning list.  sigh.  I am in the kitchen zone this week... my least favourite zone.  Today I might get into the pantry.  I'm scared.  ;)

Wishing you all a great week!


Monday, November 2, 2015

Guest Designing

I have some exciting news!  My LSS, Treasured Memories, invited me to design with this month's layout kit.  Of course I said yes!  I love their kits!  This month's kit is called, "Melt My Heart".  It is full of winter loveliness and silver accents.  I created nine pages and scrapped this baby down to its bare bones.  I will be sharing the pages throughout the month as they appear on the store's blog.  Here are the first two.

Here's me and Susan at one of our favourite yarn shops.  I am so grateful to have this photo as they have changed the store front.  Those cute sheep and the sign are now gone.  :(

I used this amazing sketch by Susan Stringfellow.

Next up is last year's outdoor holiday decor.  Hard to believe it is almost time to do it all again.

On a wintery note, we woke up to our first snow this morning.  It has melted away but I think the white stuff will soon be with us.  Bring on crisp days and cozy nights!

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