Thursday, January 28, 2016

All Good Things

So is it true that all good things must come to an end?  Today I learned that Basic Grey is stepping out of the paper industry.  Oh a sad day for me and my scrappy favourites.  When I think of Basic Grey I remember how back in their hey day, scrapbook stores would have huge walls devoted to just this one manufacturer.  I would watch the BG site and anxiously await the new releases.

Oh Porcelain!

Oh June Bug!

Oh Origins!

These memories bring me back to when scrapping dominated my creative life and leisure time.  There wasn't much time for knitting or reading and when there didn't seem like enough time to scrap... well, let the laundry pile and eat supper in the restaurant.  Good thing the girls where self sufficient by then.  LOL

Bit by bit the stores weren't carrying much Basic Grey.  Then most stores didn't carry it at all.  It just wasn't selling.  Basic Grey always had a classic look but they never moved much with the trends.  And as much as I love Basic Grey,  I really haven't acquired many of the new collections in the past few years.  The lines that I have found, often vintage lines, I tend to hoard instead of using.

They really are a bit challenging to work with.  They really are very busy patterns.  I have a pretty healthy stash of Basic Grey as well as my well organized supply of vintage.  I will guard these goodies and value every bit of their goodness.

I can't help wondering what this latest announcement means for the scrapbook industry.  Scrapbooking has had a good run already.  But as with most creative outlets, will this trend get phased out as another begins?  I think of the days when I couldn't imagine a day without crossing some stitches, waiting for the latest magazine in the mail and longing to get to the good craft store in the city to wander the cross stitch aisles!  Not to mention... when will those girlies settle to bed so I can stitch?  LOL  Those days are long gone.

Will paper crafting phase out into just planners and pocket pages?  I'll be hanging on to all of my stock pile just in case.  I guess I just don't like change.  I'm that mouse that just can't figure out how to move to the new pile of cheese.  I'm still blogging when the majority have let go of the writing aspect for the convenience of a quick sentence, 27 hashtags and a photo on Instagram.  Okay, now I'm just sounding old!  ;)  Goodbye Basic Grey.  Thanks for bringing so much scrappy joy into my days.

I'll leave you with a photo of my new favourite hat for charity.  Is there such a thing as "knitlifting"?  I have to give this lady credit!  A good Alberta girl from down south!

Okay I'm off.  We have a wedding rehearsal tonight.  Time to practice being the mother of the bride. ;)


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Kaisercraft ~ True Love

I'm finally back to share my last two pages created for Treasured Memories.  The True Love collection was perfect for scrapping another engagement photo of Diane and Eric.  Only ten more days until the big day!  This week has been quite quiet but next week will be crazy busy.

Here's the sketch I used by Laura Whitaker.

So call me weird but this beautiful love collection just seemed to cry out for a photo of my little Lady.  ;)  She still makes my heart happy every day.  She is the happiest little dog I have ever known.  It still shocks me that I have already had her for five years!

This sketch by Liz Chidester was perfect for the circular paper in this collection.  It was fun to get back to circles.  Maybe they are making a comeback?

In other crafty news, I have been knitting up a storm.  It's all about hats for the elementary school that we are knitting for.  The kids sent us some handmade thank you cards at Christmas.  So cute and very glittery.  I'll be back to share some hat photos very soon.

A special shout out to my favourite little guy Thomas.  He turned six today!  How did he grow up so fast?

Keep warm.  It's a beautiful crisp and frosty day here today.


Thursday, January 14, 2016

BoBunny ~ Calendar Girl

Back to share the latest creation for Treasured Memories.  These Calendar Girl papers have so much possibility in every sheet!

I was given the September sheet to use as the focus of my LO.  There is so much goodness here just ready to be cut up!  Here's my page.

I used this sketch by Laura Whitaker.  I'm really loving her sketches.

I'll be back soon to show you what I created with some new Kaisercraft.

Have a great day!


Monday, January 11, 2016

Hello... It's Me

I'm back!  Not that I was ever really gone.  Time just gets away on me sometimes.  So here's what's been going on.  The holidays came and went.  We celebrated Winter Solstice so we got to be with all our favourite people and it made Christmas day less of a rush for the girls.

Christmas day was quiet and I'm fine with that. Rob had eleven days off from work and it was really nice to have him home.  Then came New Years.  Well we were in bed by 11:56 pm but we did hear our community fireworks go off at midnight.  Does that count as celebrating?  LOL  As with each new year comes resolutions.  I love the feeling of a fresh new year and all of the possibilities that come with it.  One of my personal goals is to stay away from the restaurants and to spend more time in my kitchen cooking.  So far so good but we are still fresh into the year.  Then I found this resolution that I am definitely going for and I think I can achieve it too!

Next up was planning Diane's bridal shower.  We held it yesterday and it was a really nice time.  I had planned on taking photos of some of the decorations but time got away on me and the event was over before I knew it.  I did manage to snap a couple of photos in a rush and in bad light.  I guess I will just have to remember this one in my mind as I saw it with both my eyes.

Now there is a bit of a lull before the wedding day on January 30th.  We do have yet another dress fitting this week.  Diane's dress has been the dress from hell.  This will be our eighth trip to the shop.  The shop has been amazing.  It was a manufacturing issue.  Do you know how hard it is to see them totally cut open the lace while it is on the bride?  Diane shed a few tears and I tried not to gasp too loudly.  But the seamstress is a miracle worker and things are finally looking good.  When they made cuts on the next trip we were troopers!

There has been some crafting going on in the evenings.  I've managed a few knits for next year's charity pile.

The mittens were a new pattern done on double pointed needles and knit in the round.  I'm not a fan and have gone back to knitting them on two needles and seaming them up.  Here's what I'm working on now.

I've been doing lots of chunky knitting.  This wool brand and these huge needles have made a number of cowls as of late.

I have none to show.   They have all been given away and I even managed to sell two!  I think I might be a professional now.  ;)

This is my latest wool purchase.  Soon it will become a hat.  I saw a creation on Instagram that I am going to try to recreate.... I hope.

On the scrappy front, I did spend a day in my favourite room of the house,  last week.  I made three pages for Treasured Memories.  I'll be back really soon to share them.

Wishing you all a wonderful 2016!

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