Saturday, December 31, 2011

No More Lickin' - Storytelling Sunday

Well, this marks the first Storytelling Sunday of the New Year and Sian is switching it up a bit. She is encouraging all storytellers to tell their story, whether it be with words or pictures...

This story is not a New Years related one, but the photo was taken today and so it is new and happening now :)

Edwin had his teeth cleaned and feels he needs to lick the area where he was shaved for the intravenous needle! He is obsessed with licking the area and has managed to remove more hair! Thus the inflatable collar.

And with that I would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year! I am looking forward to 2012.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas Album - final pages

I have to say, this year doing December Daily/ Journal Your Christmas has been thoroughly enjoyable. Things that I found worked for me:
  • having the base of the album ready to go before Dec. was extremely helpful (thanks Nadine!!). For me this is an absolute MUST and I will be doing the same next year. 
  • Organizing all my Christmas supplies and having them close at hand - my table was a disaster - but at least I knew where everything was!
  • I wasn't able to get at my pages every night, but I found I was not stressed. At the end of the evening I took a few minutes to keep a running list of each day and what I wanted to record. I did not always follow the JYC prompts, a lot of my documenting was on things that happened that day, which is more like the December Daily. For the days that I did not have anything happening, I looked at Shimelle's journaling and photos prompts to pull some ideas.
  • I also think it helped to know what to expect, after doing JYC last year. 
  • Purchasing Ali's December Daily templates, December Monthly overlays and her Holiday Word Art  made a difference in managing my time as well as keeping the design consistent. Although, I do like the look of the typed journaling, I still think writing things out takes less time. This is something I will consider next year.
  • This year I had my photo printer and that was extremely helpful and convenient.
With that I will share the final days of my album...

 I love how chunky and textured the album turned out and that the pages are not all the same size. Here is a couple of shots of the finished album.

I know JYC goes on for another week or so, perhaps one year I will carry on past Dec. 26th, but for now I am happy with having it completed :)
Thanks for having a look :)

Christmas Album - Day 20 & 21

Hello all of you :)

I did finish my album pages, but I have been so busy trying to complete a few other projects I had no time to take photos today and tomorrow I am back at work. Time has passed so quickly...

Here are the two pages...

I will be back on the weekend to share the rest of the album pages and hopefully a couple other fun things!

Take care sweets!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Album - Day 14-19

Well the dinners are over and we are wanting to have things back to normal. I just might take the trees down today as they have been up for some time. Usually I like to leave them up for the first week of January, but with classes starting in less than two weeks, I would like to get things in order before then :)

I have more album pages to share with you...

I hope to have the final pages finished tonight to be able to share for tomorrow.
Take care friends :)

Christmas Album - Day 9-13

Hello! I hope everyone has had a wonderful Christmas! I was out this morning to Treasured Memories purchasing some goodies from their Boxing Day Sale :) The gals were dressed up in lovely festive frocks and looked great!

We are off to another family gathering today which includes a large Turkey Dinner and gift exchange. In the meantime, I have almost completed my Christmas Album and am looking forward to some other projects in the coming weeks. So for the next few days I will share with you my album pages.
Take care everyone and have a wonderful day!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Twas the Night Before Christmas....

It is the night before Christmas and we would like to wish you a very Merry one! From our home to yours.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas Album Day 8

I cannot believe it's been a week since my last post! It has been incredibly busy here and now that our family Christmas meal we hosted for Marvin's family has passed, wouldn't you know I'm starting to get a sore throat. I'm looking forward to a week that doesn't have me running around like a mad woman!

Google reader has gotten away on me and I am sorry I've not been by to read too many posts lately, but I imagine we are all trying to keep up with the season. I hope to have a more relaxing week where I can catch up.

I have managed to finish a few more pages of my Christmas album and plan to work on it this week in the evening. For now I will share my Dec. 8th pages...

Here is a picture I took this evening with my new camera. I've waited a long time for this baby and could not be happier!

What about you, have you received an early Christmas present?

I hope you are all keeping up with your Christmas Journals. I can't wait to share more pages with you. Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Christmas Album - Day 6 & 7

Good Evening to all of you! I had an enjoyable afternoon playing in my art room working on my Christmas Album. I'm a bit behind, but I'm not too worried as I have ideas for my pages and that is making it easier this year.

I have a couple pages to share. The first is my "Tale of Two Christmases" for December 6th. I wrote the tale for Storytelling Sunday and did a joliprint of the post and included it in my album...

The second page I am sharing tonight is for December 7th, which had us create a list of the things that need to be done...

We have two more weeks friends! Actually I have less than 1 week because hubby's family is coming next Saturday...  How is the preparation coming along in your home? I attempted to make a cake yesterday... one Marvin's mom made every Christmas... no one else wanted to attempt it so I did a trial run yesterday - I was actually counting on it turning out, but I was not satisfied and now it would seem it really was a trial run. Another attempt will happen Friday! Thanks to my mom for giving me tips on yeast!

Have a wonderful week everyone :)

Friday, December 9, 2011

Storytelling Sunday - Friday!

I know... I know... a little late, but I have time now and hence today!

Sticking with the Christmas theme and... since it is the last Storytelling Sunday of the year I could not help but try to find some old Christmassy photos to share... which leads me to the Tale of My two Christmases. (Fits with JYC as well, therefore killing two birds with one stone!).

When we were children, we had two sets of grandparents whilst growing up. In order to determine which set we were discussing, we labelled them. "Town grandma & grandpa" lived in town (imagine that!) and "BC grandma & grandpa" lived... guess where? Well, they lived in BC, otherwise known as British Columbia. Actually, to be more specific they lived in Kamloops, but that did not sound as good as BC.

So what about the Christmas story? Well, every second Christmas we would spend with BC grandma & grandpa and so what that meant is... we were allowed to have an early Christmas.... The photo below shows us opening our gifts and celebrating Christmas at home a few days before travelling to Kamloops. I know this, otherwise we would be opening our gifts on Christmas Eve and it would be much darker and the tree would be bigger! The tree is this photo is just a little one... my mom would not have put up a big tree if we were not staying at home to enjoy it. Oh and by the way, I am the one on the left holding the viewfinder.
On the day of travel, my mom would wake us up at 3:30 AM so we could all be in the vehicle with our already packed bags and leave the yard by 4 AM! We had to make a good start to drive the 1000 + km across two provinces (not to mention two time zones) and be in Kamloops by 8 PM. Usually, us children would sleep for the first hour... then slowly but surely we would all awaken, then it was time to have some fun... We played all kinds of car games... like I spy with my little eye, my mom would by us little puzzle books, but I could not have anything to do with reading as I tended to get car sick. That's why I got to sit in the front. We would sing songs like "there's a hole in the bucket", or "There was an old lady who swallowed a fly" , "99 bottles of beer on the wall" (not the most child friendly song, but we focused on the countdown which is all that mattered). One Christmas we got to play with "Simon Says" which pretty much drove my dad mad and we had to stop so he could put it in the trunk at which point we started singing "99 bottles of Beer". There were many threats of the vehicle stopping for us to walk there... but we always managed to arrive and always by 8 PM... (18 hours later)...
We enjoyed our week long visits...and another Christmas celebration with family.
There you have it... a Tale of Two Christmases and the last Storytelling Sunday of this year... you can read more stories at Sian's From High in the Sky...

Have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Christmas Album - Cookie Exchange Edition

Some of you mentioned in your comments that Cookie Exchanges are something you would love to try. It is one of my favourite Christmas traditions. I have attended many in the past, but this has been the second one I planned and I find it thoroughly enjoyable. I have tried it with 6 people, but I have found 8 people to be the perfect amount of participants. Making 8 dozen cookies is not that difficult, but once you get up to 10 then that can become too many (too many dozens of cookies to make). If you wanted to invite more people you certainly could, perhaps then you could half the amount of baking. For instance, if you found 12 interested individuals, then maybe you have them make 6 dozen and everyone gets 1/2 dozen instead of one full dozen. Whatever you decide, it is fun and you also get to spend some time together with friends. Here are just a couple photos of what some of the cookies looked like.

A photo of the table with all the goodies on it...

I enjoyed documenting this day in my Christmas Album. I decided to purchase Ali's December Daily Layered Template for the photos on this page and I love how it turned out...

I also saved one of the tags added to the cookies I made and attached it to my journal page on the left.

I placed some journaling on the back of the photos, I wanted a record of what everyone brought. I also made a pocket so I could add more photos.

On the final page, I added the recipe for the Cardamom Butter Cookies I made.
I will admit, I did do some taste testing before placing them in the freezer... but Shhh.... don't tell anyone!

Have a great evening!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Christmas Album - December 1

Today I managed to work on my Christmas album. I am doing a combination of JYC and December Daily. Life has been very busy, in fact I feel busier this year than most and I`m not certain why that is. I`m organized, and prepared for the next thing on the calendar, but that leaves very little time for blogging and crafting. It sure is putting me in the spirit of Christmas though!

Here is my Christmas Manifesto... I used the Authentique paper line for this addition to the base of my album. Most of you know I made the album at a class with Nadine and so now I get to add all the goodies, which I love!
Adding the manifesto on one side allowed me to add the photo for Day 1 on the other side.

The photo is of the mini quiches I made for the cookie exchange I hosted on Saturday. I made them on Thursday night and placed them in the freezer until Saturday morning. They were super easy and very tasty!

I will hopefully have more pages to share with you as the days go by, especially the cookie exchange from Saturday afternoon. We had lots of fun and the ladies were very creative with their packaging.

Plans for this week include Holiday coffee with some girlfriends I have not seen for awhile as well as the "Butterdome Craft Sale", more holiday baking, a Christmas Party and making cabbage rolls!

That is it for now my friends! Take care.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

My November in Numbers

Another month has passed us by... You can play along too... with your own Month in Numbers, a little something Julie over at Notes on Paper started some time ago.

Here is my November...

*65* cups of coffee - okay, but not all of them are this big!
*1* - visit to the Endodontist for a not as painful as I thought it would be root canal.

*51* Christmas cards created.
*2* new pairs of glasses purchased.

*11* Christmas cards mailed...

*3* pairs of wet socks after coaxing this fur-ball back into the house from attempted escape.

And there it is... my November in numbers...

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Weekend In Review, Nov. 26

Hello friends :) We are in the throws of holiday preparations and Christmas parties; therefore, not many blog posts this past week and I imagine it will be this way for the next few weeks given the season.

Rather than just sharing photos tonight, I managed to get a quick digi layout completed. I used a biograffiti template , withpapers and embellishments from Carina Gardner.

I am so thankful to have my December Daily/JYC album created as last year it was difficult for me to keep up. I look forward to this week and to record our December. Thanks Nadine for a great album!

 I am going to try and make if for Julie's, Months in Numbers and for Sian's Storytelling Sunday. What about you, how is your schedule fairing?

Have a good week everyone!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Girl Canvas

On Saturday I took a class with Lisa who continues to amaze me! She showed us how to use Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's stencils... I have a healthy stash of these goodies and I'm so happy I took Lisa's class because she always makes you feel confident in your ability... when it came to painting and blending the face, I was a bit skeptical, but Lisa made if very easy... I love how my girl turned out.

The stencils I used for this canvas were the following:

Well, I finally broke down and purchased PSE 10, mostly because hubby needs to do some offloading of the main computer and/or needs to add more memory to our hard drive and so it has become impossible to do anything on the main computer in PSE... so I downloaded it onto my little netbook! Now I never need to go into the office and I am just so thrilled to have the new and updated version. Having just given you a bit of info on the Pioneer Woman's actions, I cannot figure out yet how to download them into PSE 10 and so the photos above were edited the long handed version which I don't think I completed all the steps properly. It's kind of like using speed dial... if you use it... you forget the phone number when you don't have the speed dial!?! Anyone else have that problem?

Okay... well I'm hoping the -25C weather is just a figment of my imagination and that when I wake up tomorrow morning it will be like a sauna, well maybe not quite that hot but you know what I mean!

Oh, I manged to get the two Christmas trees up today... I know... it's a tad early, but now I'll have time to get the 8 dozen cookies started for my Cookie Exchange!

Alright, enough chitter chatter... bedtime!

Have a great week everyone :)