Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Summertime Photo Scavenger Hunt

Rinda over at Gallo Organico has planned another Summertime Photo Scavenger Hunt and this year I am planning to make  a good go of it! There is a list of 21 photos to gather, last year I managed to capture several photos you can see here I couldn't find a unicycle or a pirate, but lots of the ladies who took part did!

I have created this little mini album to put the photos in, that way I can keep them as a little collection to look at from time to time.

I used the colorful Pink Paislee, Spring Jubilee line and I cut the papers to 6x12, with some shorter and some not as wide to give it a bit of variation. I cannot wait to fill the pages with the photos from the hunt!

What about you, will you be on the hunt?

Monday, June 25, 2012

Change in Landscape...

Last year when we planted our shrubs and trees in our backyard, we knew we needed a long term plan drawn up by a landscaper. Jeff gave us some drawings with a few different options. Looking up at these spruce trees in the evening on a moonlit night is magical, and although my heart wanted to keep this tree, I knew unless we removed it we would not be able to access or utilize parts of the yard if we were going to follow thru with the plan.

This tree is more than 44 years old and today it came down... Marvin stayed home to watch it... he said it took less than an hour... seems unreal, 44 years to grow but down in minutes.

Here is what we are left with....

The plan for now is to fill the area in with sod. A raised bed garden will be developed on the side of the house with a pergola built at the entrance, along with more trees planted along the fence. More work will be completed in the front yard for which I will share photos of next week.

We have a very busy week ahead, my parents will be be here on Friday along with my other two siblings. We are celebrating my dad's 80th birthday, and I think he will enjoy the fact there will be some action for him to supervise whilst here. It's Canada Day this weekend too so we will be celebrating this as well.

I will leave you with a photo of the card I made my brother in law, Wes, whose birthday was celebrated this past Saturday... It was great to visit with them and their friends.

Have a fantastic week everyone!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Twisted Sketches Farewell & a Freebie

Anam has made the decision to close down Twisted Sketches and so this will be the final sketch from the blog.  Come and check out members of the DT for both the cards and layouts sharing their final designs here. You will still be able to download the sketches if you should choose to.

Here is my final layout... Sorry, you might be tired of seeing a photo of Mila, but given the twist for this sketch was "Thanks" it felt fitting... ;)

 Supplies: Papers - Crate Paper, Basic Grey, Studio Calico; Stickers/Die Cuts - Crate Paper (Pretty Story); Buttons - Unknown; Glimmer Mist - Tattered Angels; Title Card "Thankful" - created by me.

I got the inspiration for this color scheme from a recent post by Stephanie Howell that you can see here. Love those patio lanterns!

I was also inspired to make a couple new cards. You should be able to click on the photo, save it and then insert it into a new word document and print off on some cardstock, or use your photo printer if you like (it's 4x6).  You will see the "Welcome Summer" card in my Project Life album.

These are all brushes from Rhonna Farrer (House of 3 - no longer available).

Take care friends!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Project Life | Week 22 & 23

Hello you! I hope you all had a great weekend! I managed to get a few things done, as my parents are coming up in less than two weeks and I thought I better wash the windows - exciting eh? Not really, but it sure feels good to get them clean.

I also had some crafty time which was fun and well deserved, and I stayed up late last night reading "Blood Red Road" by Moira Young. I bought it at Chapters a few months ago when I finished reading the Hunger Games trilogy - it was on one of those tables "if you liked Hunger Games... then you should read..." It's very good!

Okay... here are my Project Life spreads....

Week 22

I love the tulips in the potted container by the Starbucks! So pretty. Other things that happened this week - I won a contest at Treasured Memories and was featured on their Inspiration Blog. You can see it here and here.

I went to a Stampin Up event with some friends I have not seen in a very long time. We made some fun items and I hope to share them with you soon.

Week 23

I finally finished reading "The Help", for some reason it took me a long time to "get into" the book, I even contemplated not finishing it, but my friends encouraged me to keep with it and I'm happy I did. 

Well that's it for me! Have a great night.

Friday, June 15, 2012


I am so very happy and relieved to be able to post this photo.

She is safe and sound at home after being found by Carmen and me... she was next door under the cement front step where there was a large gap for her to get under. We were knocking on the neighbors doors and asking if we could check their backyards and look under decks for which I am certain she heard our voices calling her. We were on our way back to the house when I looked over and saw her, she was meowing, but would not come to us. I walked to her slowly and picked her up, handed her to my sister and she wrapped her paws around Carmen's neck. She looks thin but healthy... this is more than I expected... she is thirsty and hungry, but mostly happy to snuggle, purr and give kisses.

The people at the animal shelter had lots of good advice. Should you be faced with this situation, here are a few things you can try:

  •  put out the litter box outside and they are likely to smell it
  • Sprinkle litter around the perimeter of your fenced area
  • keep the gate to the fence open
  • put out tuna or other strong smelling dry food
  • place a familiar scented blanket, towel or article of clothing outside and near the entrance
  • go outside in the evening with a flashlight and check under decks, under garden sheds, any cracks or crevices they could crawl into (they said she is likely within 5 houses of her home)
  • keep checking the listings at the animal shelters (Pet Lynx was a service Carmen used to register Mila as lost)
Although we heard so many positive stories from people about cats returning,  in my gut, I felt she had a better chance at coming home if we kept looking.

We are very thankful.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Twisted Sketch | This One!

This week is the Third Anniversary of Twisted Sketches and the twist is "three".

Here is my layout...

Supplies: My Minds Eye - Papers (on the bright side), Pink Paisilee - foam letters, paper (indigo bleu), journal tag - Studio Calico,  Tim Holtz - die cut, Stampin Up - circle punches, buttons - unknown.

I had lots of fun making this one and loved the MME On the Bright Side papers. You can see the sketch over at the Twisted Sketches blog.

I love my new blue scarf I purchased last week at Henry's; the brightness of it makes me smile.

Take care my friends.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Project Life | Week 20 & 21

Here are another two weeks of Project Life :)

Week 20

This week shows the lovely changes that come with Spring... an increase in greenery and more daylight hours. I managed to take a few shots of our city skyline, something I could not wait to do this Spring with the new camera.
Two more birthdays were celebrated this week - Marvin & Arlene!

Week 21

I love that each week I can choose to do some hybrid or not. I bought a few of Ali's digital brushes and stamps, I also bought these and these.

I love Monte Cristo`s, they are a delicious layered sandwich with turkey, ham, and  Swiss cheese, while the bread is egg dipped and fried like French Toast. The Urban Diner serves it with a little dollop of sour cream and blueberry chutney... Yummo! The Urban Diner was recently featured on the Canadian show ``You Gotta Eat Here``; I did not know that until Marvin mentioned it... FYI - They make amazing Reuben`s as well!

One day at lunch, I  ventured for a walk to the Royal Alberta Museum grounds. It`s a very popular place for newly wedded couples to have their photos taken. I took a few shots with my BB, the B & W one printed too dark, but I`m not one to waste photo printer ink, so there it is.

My Aunt,  Uncle and cousin moved into a new home where we visited with them on Sunday for lunch. A most enjoyable afternoon.

Thank you all for your enthusiastic comments about how this album is coming along... I cannot tell you how much I love paging through it from time to time. There are so many things I would be missing out on documenting if it was not for Project Life.  :)

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Project Life | Week 18 & 19

First off, I would like to thank those of you who left comments on my last post, and most of all for the positive stories. We still have not seen Mila and are hoping the weather will soon cooperate - cats despise rain and that unfortunately is something we have not been short of this week.

Now on to something that has kept me pleasantly busy this afternoon. Project Life... I have been keeping up with it, but see I've not posted for several weeks. So lets start with...

Week 18

Wow - this was back in May for National Scrapbooking Day! The week after WITL, I did not feel like taking any photos, so these are all from one day - Friday. That's the great thing about PL, you can do whatever works.
You might remember my pajama party layout. There was a prize for the best costume... among other things. The photo in the middle with me and the three other women, shows us all holding a mirror. We each won one made by the staff from Treasured Memories... My mirror was created by Nadine (thanks again Nadine:) I won for having the longest running tab!!  Yeah, you might have noticed the bags I had packed for the weekend crop were a bit slight, typically I have 3 times that amount. My goal was to take as little as possible and purchase as much as I could! It worked.

Week 19

 Just a few photos of my brief out of town trip. I was happy I took my scrappin supplies along because the desk in the hotel room was huge! It provided a great surface for spreading out my WITL album and I managed to create a few pages.
When I created these two weeks for my PL album I still had the WITL album to complete, so I did very little embellishing... I have mentioned this before... but it is the easiest way to ensure one keeps up.

I'm still really loving this form of scrapbooking and I'm starting to think about how I want to do this next year. I cannot believe I'm not tired of the papers I picked way back in January, but I love them and I'm sure it's helped to include different journaling cards I have found on pinterest and at Jessica Sprague. I have some ideas for making a few more of my own.

Have a great week everyone!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012


We have been busy here and my mind is on my sister`s cat Mila (pronounced Meela).

Mila has been missing since Monday evening and I am putting a plea out here for any of my Edmonton readers - if you know of anyone living in southwest Edmonton, in the MacEwan or Rutherford area please email them this post. I have a particular fondness for her as she is truly a sweet kitty. She got out of the house while my sister was watering the flowers - she is likely cold and very scared. It is not helping that we are experiencing rainy weather but I am very hopeful she will be found or make her way home. She does have a microchip and can be taken to any vet, the SPCA, the Humane Society or the City Pound. She has recently been shaved so she will look much like this.

Thanks so much.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

The Story of the Hamster Escapade and the Comet

It is that time of the month for Storytelling Sunday. A gathering of bloggers throughout the world sharing stories with photos. If you like, you can click on the link above to read more stories, or if you fancy a go at it you can read more here.

This is a photo of my Grandpa and his Comet... there are many memories that come with this car, but the one that my sister Arlene recollects is the one that stands out in my mind the most - it has to do with her pet hamster, Sandy.

One day my mom, Arlene and my Grandmother all drove in the Comet to Saskatoon to purchase a new pet hamster for Arlene. Now you can imagine how excited my sister was in the back seat with her furry pet... knowing the drive is a little more than an hour long, it would be quite difficult for any young child to not open the box and touch the little guy... let alone pick him up to get acquainted. Yes, that is exactly what my older sister did! Well that's when all heck broke loose and not surprisingly, Sandy manged to free himself and did what any hamster would under these circumstances. He scurried through my mom's feet, and with all the mass panic and chaos, he was able to get up into the dash where no one could catch him.

It wasn't much later, when they arrived back at Grandma & Grandpa's home, and Arlene proceeded to tell Grandpa what transpired. Grandpa must have felt really bad for Arlene, (or he was probably more worried about a dead hamster in the car!) so he gathered some food and the cage, and proceeded to sit in the vehicle overnight... the entire time waiting for Sandy the hamster to show his whiskers... and he did, at which point Grandpa locked the door to the cage and brought the hamster to Arlene that morning!

And there my friends is the story of the hamster escapade and my Grandpa's Comet!

Thank you for stopping by for Storytelling Sunday. If you want to read more stories then come on over to From High in the Sky!