Monday, February 28, 2011
Here is a snippet from one of the boy's favorite poems in this book:
Runny's Rittle Leminders
Runny doesn't always do
The thoper pring at all.
Just see the motes his namma
Has pasted on his wall:
Fash your wace
Bake your med
Fleep your swoor
Peed your fet
Sange your chocks
Don't few your chingernails
No, you don't need more coffee! lol - it's supposed to be all jumbled - the boys just eat this up! I think it's so fun - really keeps them on their toes! Typing it out doesn't do it justice though since Silverstein also includes super fun drawings in his books. If your children don't have any of his books, I would highly recommend them.
I have several cards to share and even a layout, so I should have regular posts this week. Have a great day!
Some of Shel's other books:
The Giving Tree
Where the Sidewalk Ends
A Light in the Attic
I actually remember these being read to me in elementary school, lol!
Sunday, February 27, 2011
I have used Rebecca Raspberry and finally cracked open my Cosmo Cricket 6x6 mini deck of Togetherness. I thought these color worked well with my image. I also tried something a little different with my ribbon. I use ribbon on most of my cards, but often do the same sorts of things with it, so I tried to change it up a bit, sewing it to my card in "pleats."
I hope you have had a great weekend so far - I've been cleaning for most of today, but hope to relax a little tonight!
Friday, February 25, 2011
I just had to share a photo of one of our favorite snacks - we usually refer to them as "teeth" or "dentures" lol, but last time I went to make them, Pickle Pants pipes up and says, "Mom, I have an idea, let's make vampire teeth and use strawberry jam!" Great idea! Usually we make them with apples (macs), peanut butter and mini marshmallows. We did both on this particular day. I have to say that the peanut butter version is still my faavorite and they stick together better, but making them with jam will allow us to serve them at our next Halloween party with my witch's fingers (here) - I usually stay away from anything with nuts just in case. Pea butter (made with chick peas) or Sunflower butter may also work, though I haven't yet tried it. My boys love pea butter and jam sandwiches for school - a great alternative for those days when you are in a hurry!
A few weeks back when I made my Edward book mark to send to a friend for her ahem, 29th Birthday, I decided to also make an Emmett bookmark. I basically kept the design exactly the same and just changed up the character.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
It is Thursday, so tonight I'll be madly practicing piano to make up for what I should have been doing on a daily basis. Actually, it's been going quite well. I'm happy to announce that I now know how to play F+ (B flat) and G+ (F sharp) and just started in C position last week - not bad for a novice only playing for five months, lol.
I plan to be back Friday with another card.
What I used:
papers: Imaginisce - All kinds of happy
stamps: Whipper Snapper, CTMH
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Though I did not make this card fit the challenge exactly at Sparkle's Christmas Card challenge, it is a holiday card and one more for the stash. I do think I'll print 10 or more of these photos and make some more. Quick and simple, yet elegant I think.
Hope you are having a great week. I am on the road for work, but only for one night - fingers crossed for good driving conditions.......
Have a good one,
p.s. Update on date night last Tuesday - we had a fabulous time skiing (new gear, great weather) and managed to avoid any sort of shopping entirely! We are planning to take Chester and Pickle Pants this Sunday - it will be their first time hitting the slopes.....thanks Auntie Krista for taking care of the boys so that we could enjoy a night out!
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
I do love how these turned out - I may make a few more and add sentiments like Happy Birthday so I can have a few on hand.
My sis and I did manage to spend a little time in the craft room and I did get a few things done up. Hopefully I'll get time to get some posts ready to go for the rest of the week as I will be travelling for a couple of days. I am off this morning to take Chester to the paediatrician - at long last - we've been waiting and I've been calling - I guess my squeaky wheel finally is getting some oil - well, you gotta do what you gotta do eh?
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Have a great day!
Friday, February 18, 2011
This antique washstand that I found at a fleamarket last spring for $25.00 is doubling as a "desk" for now. I am going to get one made to fit where we want it. We were trying to think long term when doing this so that as Chester gets older and has more homework, he will have a quiet space to work. This is just "sitting in" so to speak to give the idea, so this corner does seem a little bare at the moment.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
I just wanted to share with you a little bookmark I made for my fellow blogger and Twilight fan a few weeks ago in honour of her "29th" birthday! I think that those of you who are Twilight fans will appreciate this one! When we were exchanging addresses, said friend happened to comment that "Thunder Bay sounds very dark and brooding, there must be vampires there!" Tee hee - so, I just couldn't help myself. I headed for DAT's - our LSS - where there was one last copy of the book pictured here. It is the first book (about vampires) by a local author and part of it is set in Thunder Bay! You see how it fits - I just had to package this up and send it off to her! It was so much fun. I was thrilled when she emailed to say that it had arrived in only one week!
Monday, February 14, 2011
Well, my sis arrived and within an hour, hubby had enlisted her help in a project in our storage room! You see, I had been working to neatly "file" several bins and bags of things - many of which contained Christmas decor - into the storage room when hubby came along to have a look see - he decided that since I had half of the room pulled out into the rec room that he would FINALLY build me some shelves in there! Woo hoo! I did remind him that he would be working under a deadline since there were sevaral children coming to the Harry Potter party on Sunday afternoon, but hubby sometimes works better with a deadline - so off to Home Depot he went. So a little more than 24 hours after the idea came about, and some help from Danderella's hubby and my Sis, we have a beautifully organized storage room - I thought I'd never see the day!!! I so wish I had taken before and after shots!
Next up was the Harry Potter party Sunday afternoon - we had twelve kiddos here, some decked out in their Hogwart's robes, eager to watch "Harry Potter and the Philospher's Stone". Everything went off without a hitch thanks to having Auntie around. (I promise to post a few photos of the decor later.)
So let's see - Auntie arrived at our place around 1 pm on Saturday - already she has helped us build shelves and organize our storage room and prep for and host our Harry Potter Party! Now we are heading to Home Depot for some paint - our next mission is to re-decorate Chester's bedroom! Good thing I have some cards ready to share - I think it will be a couple of days before we get to the scrappin' part of our week together!
If you celebrate Valentine's Day - have a great day! Hubby and I have decided to avoid going out on the actual day, but since Auntie is here and has offered to mind Chester and Pickle Pants one evening - we are going to go night skiing on Tuesday night - this may actually allow us to avoid Walmart and the grocery store altogether! lol
Have a great day!
Saturday, February 12, 2011
I have a bit of a story today - quite unrelated to my card, lol! Recently, I was visiting over at Fluffnstuff and had a fabulous giggle at Faye's predicament here- you see, she had misplaced some knickers, which can really be a problem if you insist upon wearing them as a set. (I do not do this, I never find matching ones that are comfy enough!) It reminded me of Danderella's post here from last summer. Now, if you wish to avoid reading about anything related to underpants, please scroll to bottom of post to view today's card...
So I was saying, last summer at Mink Lake, my parents, one of my brothers and his girlfriend and my sis and her hubby gathered for some fun times at the lake. We don't actually own this cottage, but have rented it almost every summer since I was about twelve. Anyhoo, we were all sitting around on the deck one afternoon being lazy when we somehow started discussing underwear and how there are so many different terms to refer to them. We made a list - I know - you're thinking, these people have WAY to much time on their hands. Nevermind, we made list of other things including other words for the loo and some other things that you may not wish to read, lol! Since Faye's post reminded me of this list we had compiled, I thought perhaps I would share it for you. We can all use a smile in the midst of the winter blahs.....
Alternate words for "underwear":
- underoos - "roos" for short
- dental floss
- granny panties
- tighty whities
- back-door bibs
- butt floss
- fruit of the loom
- long johners
- long Freds
- smalls (thanks Faye!)
Now, at long last is my CAS Valentine's card. I found these felt hearts at the dollar store - gasp - a long time ago, and was able to turn them into this cute card last weekend. It is super simple, but the fact that the hearts have texture and are 3D counteracts the "plainess" somehow.
Well, I'm off to do some cleaning - my lil Sis is on a plane on her way her as we speak to spend the week with us! We have a Harry Potter movie-viewing party planned for tomorrow (Chester and Pickle Pants are big fans and have been influencing their friends), so after the house is clean, we have lots of snacks to prepare - you know, Chocolate-covered frogs, Rock cakes and Butter Beer! I'll share photos in a few days. Wishing you a fabulous weekend!
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
anyhow, I thought I'd just get on and post this as I had it ready to go already. I am heading out of town for a quick work trip, thankfully only a one-nighter, but hope to be back to visit you all Thursday night. Enough complaining from me, I hope you will enjoy my wee book review.....it is a funny one and I know I could use a good laugh right about now, maybe it will warm me up!
This here is one of our recent faves by Judy Schachner. Skippyjon is a Siamese cat who likes to think he is a Chihuahua with a Spanish accent. Mama Junebug Jones comes up with the funniest random nicknames for her kittens - this is where Pickle Pants' on-line name came from. :) Here is a little exerp - it had us in a fit of giggles, I mean practically rolling on the floor laughing....
Back in the kitchen, the girls were being a big help to Mama Junebug Jones. "I love noodles," declared Jilly Boo.
"Noodles are silly," said Jezebel.
"That's because they're NOOD," said Ju-Ju Bee.
"They're not nude," said Jilly Boo, giggling. "Theyr'e naked!" And she tossed one up to the ceiling, where it stuck.
If you have children between the ages of 3 and about 9 and you haven't read them any of the Skippyjon Jones series, I highly recommend them.
The other titles are:
Skippyjon Jones and the Big Bones
Skippyjon Jones in the Dog-House
Skippyjon Jones in Mummy Trouble
Happy Reading! And here's hoping that wherever you are, you are warmer than me!!! I know, I know, it could always be worse, I'm just really cranky today.....
Monday, February 7, 2011
Well, I've decided to be positive about Monday, at least this week. :) I tell my boys that they get to be "the decider" - as in, when you get up in the morning, you decide if you are going to have a good day. If you feel a bit grumpy, sometimes you can just decide to be happy. We have this conversation quite a lot, especially with Pickle Pants (the younger) as he tends to get his "knickers in a twirl" about lots of things. Anyhoooo, as I type this it's Sunday night and I'm thinking I'll try to practice what I preach - Monday is going to be a good day! It's even better because I have a fun Valentine to share with you.
The best part of this is that I got to play with the new Making Memories "Je t'adore" papers I picked up a couple of weeks ago at DAT'S and I also pulled some fabric out of my stash to play with! And, and, I also got happy with my glimmer mist - three different colors! Can you hear my excitement! I love this stuff, but I'm still not so good at avoiding the splurbs as you will see on my project!
I must admit that this one took some playing around with and it doesn't look anything like what was originally in my head, but that's okay because it turned out better than what I had planned.
As you can see, I played with several stamp sets - some that had not yet seen ink - I am on a roll here girls!
I really had some fun with the inside of this one too.
papers: Making Memories - Je t'adore (available at DAT'S)
stamps: CTMH - Feb word puzzle (retired), My one & only, & SU - Notably Ornate & French Foliage
embellishments: fabric, misc ribbon (some from my Kraftin Kimmie day stash),Key is from brad assortment from Making memories to match this paper line, stitching, glimmer mist
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Hard to tell, but I tried that "keep your nestie in the die and chalk technique" again, I find it helpful when I don't matte my main image (I almost always do).
Saturday, February 5, 2011
I had been wanting to get a Christmas Card done for Sparkle's Christmas Card Challenge all week, but just never got to it as I got playing with some Valentines. At about 3 pm, I decided that's it, I'm going to get a card done and headed for the scrap room..... Here is the result. I didn't manage to include a transparency, but I did get another Christmas card done for the 2011 stash - that makes three, woohoo! I had stamped this adorable House Mouse image a couple of weeks ago, but was having trouble deciding what papers to use him with - you know, the image is so cute, didn't want to distract from the image too much....then I realized I was just trying too hard - rather than using patterned papers, I turned to solids from my scrap bin (every bit of CS on the card was from my bin!) which means I also managed to play along with the challenge at Wee Memories this week - use up some scraps!
Friday, February 4, 2011
I am very lucky to have some fabulous friends who are always there for me when I get myself into a pickle or get my "knickers in a twirl." I truly have no idea what I would do without them!
(The ribbon matches better IRL, for some reason it came out really dark in the photo.)
I was playing around with a new stamp set a few days back and decided to send off a little note to one such friend just to say thanks for always being there. I am quite certain that my girlfriends know how much I appreciate them, but every once in awhile I like to write it down so I know that they know for sure. Go ahead, drop one of your girlfriends a line and let her know how much you appreciate her, you'll be glad you did!
To all my girlfriends - thanks for being you, for being there, for helping me out of all of lifes "pickles" and of course, for all the laughs and good times!
Wishing you a fabulous weekend!
What I used:
ink & paper: CTMH smokey purple
Thursday, February 3, 2011
This card is also for Bellarific Fridays - where this week's theme is also Valentine's! I have a fabulous collection of Bella stamps that do not see nearly enough ink and many weeks I tell myself I'm going to play along but run out of time - well this week I was determined to make the deadline, so here is my card! :)
This card came together quickly using a design I have used many times before - I cannot give credit to whoever came up with the original sketch and I"m not sure how close it is to the original at this point as I cannot remember where it came from, however, I love using this type of desgin when I want to put a card together rather quickly and use a "plainish" pp for the base so that I can stamp directly on the paper.
Also, I wanted to share something for those of you who are into fun and funky handbags, especially if you like handmade stuff - my co-worker Nadine has some super fun stuff in her Etsy - The Sea Within. If you are into bags, you don't want to miss this! I just dropped over there to link up and noticed she has added a whole bunch of new stuff since my last visit - happy shopping!
Hope you are having a fabulous day, it's almost the weekend!
What I used:
stamps: Bella, CTMH sentiment
embellishments: Basic Grey Bling, misc ribbon rec'd in my goodie bag at Kraftin Kimmie day! - I LOVE the texture and look of this fun ribbon, I am gonna be sad when I run out.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
This is the card I made for one of my scrappy girlfriends. I don't get to see her often, but we always have a good laugh and fun times when we do manage to get together!
I used the great sketch over at Friday Sketchers for this one - I didn't manage to follow it exactly, but I think perhaps it's close enough. :) This image was so fun to color! Oh, and you can barely tell in the photo, but I tried something new - well new to me okay? - I left my image in the nestie after embossing and chalked around the edges with some pink chalk. I love the effect, why on earth haven't I done this before???
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
My parents hosted an Open House on the 23rd so that family and friends could drop by to say hello. This was perfect since getting around to see everyone during our visits is impossible. We try our best, but there are just too many people to get to everyone. Here is Chester with my cousin's two kiddos - they see each other rarely, but play together so nicely when they do. It was so nice to see them - we are hoping that they will come visit us in Thunder Bay next summer!
Mom made these cute little snowman - one for each of us!
Here is the special box that we fill with the little "pudding" gifties - this box has looked the same since I was a little girl - in fact, it is in one of the photos of me as a four year old - Auntie recently covered in some plastic celophone to preserve the paper, none of us want it to change.
I love what Mom did with some old skates this year - she did a pair up for my sister too - I think I may have to try this next year - so simple, but so cute!
Farm country....this is the field across the way from where I grew up.
This is Millie - she is Kory and Shannon's horse. Isn't she beautiful? I just adore her monogramed bridle!
Okay, this one is to prove that I finally tried snowboarding!!! Hubby and I had not skiied in about ten years, so it was a big enough feat to try that again. We were staying at a resort with a package deal that included lift tickets and rentals for either skiing or boarding. Once we decided that we remembered how to ski, I decided, that's it, I'm trying it - so glad I was smart enough to take a lesson! Boarding is very tricky, but so fun! I had a great instructor. Let me tell you though, I never even knew that some of those muscles existed - I was sore for DAYS!!! Notice the red face and absence of the jacket - what a workout! Yikes - but it was fun enough that I want to go again.....we shall see. Just thinking about those sore muscles hurts me! Oh well, I can say I tried it, one more thing off my bucket list! :)
This shot is to prove that we didn't laze around in our sweats the ENTIRE time we were away - we actually got semi-dressed up one evening and went out to dinner. The funny part is that the dinner we had that evening was the worst meal we had the entire time and we ended up having to go do laundry at the laundromat all dressed up. The next night, however, we had a fantastic meal at this little local place in Orangeville - I believe it was called the Bluebird Cafe - if you ever have occasion to go to Orangeville, I highly recommend that you eat there!