Saturday, March 31, 2012

March | Month In Numbers

I managed to put my March, Month In Numbers together and this time I decided to switch it up a bit. Julie has shown us how to document our Month In Numbers and you can see more about it here.

This month I created a layout - in the past I have shared photos and a post but I have seen so many people interpret their numbers and share it in a layout and thought I would give it a go!

 I enjoyed the process!

That's it - a quick post... come back tomorrow and I will have a story for Storytelling Sunday!

See you then :)

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Project Life | Week 9 - 11

Yes... I am keeping up with it :) My friend Lisa wrote this recent post on Project Life and brought up some interesting points. I admit sometimes I wonder if sharing my Project Life is interesting... Before I started this I wondered what the heck would I have to document from week to week? Tonight I looked back at my album and found there certainly was a variety of items I have documented and perhaps my life really is not that boring :) I see it as more of a journal of our week to week life. I know there is stuff in here that would never have even crossed my mind to record had I not been doing this project. Also, there are stories that I would like to go back and make a layout to expand on something not told... So far... I see Project Life is a good fit for me. Now one other thing I have discovered... there are so many 3x4 journaling cards out there to purchase - I use these to satisfy my creative spirit instead of all the embellishing I typically do on a layout. Anyway - those are just some of my most recent discoveries...

Week 9

Week 10

Week 11
Items I used:


Have a great day my friends :)

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Need a new sponge?

May I suggest one of these? How could you go wrong?

My colleague Alison and I have resumed our lunch time "walk and shop"... we stopped in at "The Tin Box" and I could not help but laugh at these dish sponges! My favourite is the "Diva"... it could perhaps pose as a microphone during those at home karaoke party's... no?

I am currently working on my project life album, I thought I could share some of my pages, but... I waited just a bit too long tonight to take photos - I find it is better to take the PL photos in daylight otherwise you get a nasty glare from the page protectors! It will have to wait... but... I did manage to finish the layout from our weekend potluck at my niece's...

I wasn't so sure about "berth" but I did look it up just to be certain!

Just a couple things - a reminder for Sian's  Storytelling Sunday (what the heck - a month already??!!), and I really want to resume a "Month in Numbers" .

ok - this is me signing off!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Happy Housewarming!

Yesterday was a busy day... what with Deb's International Potluck and then later we were invited to my niece Tyler's new home for another potluck!  Whew wee!  Good thing I was organized...!

I hope to have a layout done this week, but in the meantime... here is the card I made...
I hope your weekend was good to you and enjoy your week :)

Saturday, March 24, 2012

International Potluck Blog Hop

Welcome to the International Potluck Blog Hop. If you have come from Deb's World... you are at the right place! 

You are in for a real treat today... Deb over at Paper Turtle has asked her friends to join her for a potluck and you are invited to come along for the ride!

I have to admit... I could not decide what to make for this potluck! There were so many possibilities and after cooking three different meals this week, hubby agreed... what you see here today is the favorite! At this stop on your tour, you will enjoy the taste of:

 "Turkey Manicotti"

For this recipe you will need the following ingredients:

450 g or 1 lb ground turkey
1 tsp Onion Powder
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 - 3/4 tsp red pepper flakes (adjust to taste)
1/2 tsp pepper
Salt to taste
1 cup chopped mushrooms
1 can cream of mushroom soup (10 oz or 284 ml)
Fill 1/4 of soup can with 1% milk (here I added heavy cream to give it a richer flavor)
250 g or 8 oz manicotti noodles
250 g or 8 oz cottage cheese (I used dry curd cottage cheese)
700 ml or 24-28 oz pasta sauce - (1 jar of your favorite pasta sauce)
1 1/2 - 2 cups Italian mix shredded cheese


  • Preheat oven to 375 F or 190 C
  • Brown the ground turkey in a pan over medium high heat. Add your seasonings and mushrooms.
  • Once the meat is cooked add the mushroom soup and milk/cream. Mix well and remove from heat.
  • Spray the bottom of a casserole dish with cooking spray and place the uncooked manicotti in the dish. Take the ground turkey mixture and spoon it into the shells 3/4 full.
  • Spread cottage cheese over shells then spread the pasta sauce.
  • Sprinkle cheese over top of the sauce and cover tightly with aluminum foil to seal.
  • Place in the oven for 60 minutes (the time will vary - depending on your oven). Remove foil - check to see if pasta is cooked, if not cover again with foil securely and place back in oven for several more minutes or until pasta is al dente. Set oven to broil and broil until the cheese is bubbling.
  • Let sit for 10 minutes and serve.
There you have it! I hope you have enjoyed your stay and are not too full to move on :) You are off to your next Potluck stop at Karen's, over at "Tales from the Scrapheap".  ENJOY!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Twisted Sketch - March 21

Something I love about being part of the Twisted Sister design team is that I am actually scrapbooking! Project Life has me scrapbooking layouts less and I guess I expected that, but I miss it, so this helps :)

I love this weeks sketch over at the Twisted Sketches blog. Here is my take on it and the "wish". You can head on over to the blog and check out what the others have created and if you like, take a stab at the sketch too!

Supplies: Basic Grey (paper & brads), Echo Park (paper & stickers), Crate Paper (button), Stampin' Up (butterfly die & ink), Tim Holtz (stamps), Tattered Angels (glimmer mist), Prima (flowers), Sassafras (Alphabet stickers), and ribbon unknown.

I hope you enjoyed today's Twisted Sketch :)

Come back on Saturday morning for a Virtual Potluck Blog Hop! Hosted by Deb over at Paper Turtle . Trust me, this will be a real treat that you won't want to miss!!

See you later peeps!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

More She Art | Aunt Meta

I'm sorry I have not been around to read your blogs much lately, but I am in such a creative mood that it has been hard to not want to work on projects and this one is something I have had on my mind for quite some time. I am so happy I was able to complete it this weekend.

Last Summer when we were home my mom had a box full of photos and ephemera that my grandmother had kept. When I saw all the letters Aunt Meta had written to grandma it made me appreciate this small glimpse into her life as I have never had the opportunity to meet her. I knew I wanted to make a She Art.

You can see in this photo the items. There was her high school diploma, a St. John's Ambulance certificate, and a letter she wrote grandma for Mother's Day. In the letter she was asking what most young girls ask their parents when they are away at school... she was short of funds for her High School Graduation... she was asking for a couple dollars - the material for her dress cost "nearly $5.00".  She was explaining how she was "suppose to have fingerless gloves too besides a corsage".

I scanned the items and printed them off and placed them on the canvas as above.

Here is the photo that drew my inspiration...

Here is how it turned out....
Thanks for looking :)

What inspired you this weekend?

Monday, March 12, 2012

Project Life | Week 5 - 8

We made it home. The laundry is done, the animals are happy and the groceries are in the fridge. Life will resume to a normal pace and the memories of the past two weeks are still fresh in our minds and we hope to continue feeling the spirit of Jamaica, "Irie" (pronounced iree and means - to be happy).

I managed to work on my Project Life and cannot believe I only shared my week 1thus far! I'm not quite caught up yet, but rather than boring you with every week I will share what I have completed since week 5. 

Week 5
 I used a kraft envelope for a spot to keep some journaling and I decorated it with stamps, flowers and twine. For Week 5 & 6, I only used 1 page each.

Week 6
 Week 7
I loved the little 3x4 templates I saw Cathy Z created, so I made a couple of my own. These are great if you don't want to print off an large photo, and it allows space for journaling. You can purchase Cathy's templates over at Designer Digitals.

Week 7, Pg 2
I made a 4x6 journal card template in PSE and wrote most of it from my blog post I did about Family Day. Also, the word art on the photos is the Algerian font, and the circle with the "love this photo" is the CK Ali font, all made in PSE.

Week 8
That's all I have for now. Other printables I have used are as follows:

Have a great night everyone!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

I'm a Twisted Sister!

It's official - I am part of the Twisted Sisters Layout Design Team for the next six months for which I am truly excited for and cannot wait to play along with the Twisted Sketches!

The layout I submitted is shown below. You can see the sketch on the Twisted Sketches blog - the twist for the sketch was "feather".

I had so much fun creating this layout and the challenge from the twist made it even more inspirational!

You can play along too with this sketch - just head on over to the Twisted Sketches blog! We hope to see you there.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Bionicles, Mail Art Exchange and other Random Thoughts

Do you ever accidentally hit the publish button before you have finished your post? My little netbook is finicky - I don't use a mouse with it, but have the little finger swipe thingy at the bottom of my keyboard and sometimes I'm all fingers!

Okay - moving on... Thanks to KC she has identified the toys my nephew loves - see this post. I could not remember what they were called but she knew! Here is a better photo of them.

Known as Bionicles, which are no longer created, except they are - but now they are called Hero Factory - I`m happy I got that all straightened out in my mind, no wonder I was so confused!!

On another note... For those of you wondering when the next Mail Art Exchange will be, I hope to post something in the next couple weeks. Likely the exchange will happen the end of April or beginning of May... so stay tuned!

Is there a certain point when you are on vacation that you feel you are done, like you are rested enough and would rather be at home? I usually have this feeling 11-12 days into a trip and that is why I prefer 10 day vacations instead of 2 weeks. We still have a couple more days here in paradise, but in the meantime I miss these two...

Happy Wednesday friends!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Storytelling Sunday 2 - March 2012

I took photos during our drive to Negril and this one stood out the most and I thought I would share it with you on Storytelling Sunday. Every picture tells a story and when I took this I wondered what this gentleman's story was...

What caught my eye about this gentleman was the bandage wrapped around his ankle and it made me wonder what health care is like here. As a visitor I have some experience, you see I have developed an ear infection since my arrival and had prompt service from the doctor who visited our hotel. Of course I have travelers insurance, but I wonder how easy it is for this gentleman.

You can see and read more stories over at Sian's, From High in the Sky, and if you like, you can link up and tell a story or share a photo that tells a story of it's own.