Saturday, December 27, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Jude is giving away some fabby blog candy to celebrate her BD! There is a catch though - you have to tell her what your New Year's resolution is! To see what mine is, check out my answer on her post.
Cheri from the Great White North is also celebrating - she has had 500 hits on her blog and is also giving away some great candy!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Good luck to all and remember - ya gotta be in it to win it!
Saturday, December 13, 2008
~The winner may put the logo on their blog
So without further ado; here are my nominees:
Anita who not only stitches and has beautiful finishes but also designs cross stitch patterns. She is also very interested in scrapbooking.
Becky - another beautiful cross stitcher and finisher. I just wish I had half her talent!
Becca - well known in the paper craft world - this woman is awesome and she has some great tutorials on her blog.
Kimmie - a fellow Canadian.
Allison - another fellow Canadian whose posts Newly Discovered have led me to some awesome blogs.- and the reason why my Google Reader has so many blogs on it!
Go check out their blogs! I promise you won't be disappointed.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
The blog candy Chris sent to me:
An accordion album and I'm already planning to fill it with pics of my grandchildren;
Loads of stamped images, ribbon, some clear stamps, rubber cling mount stamps, metal craft charms which can be used to thread your ribbon through, card candy made by Chris, snowflakes, flowers, swirly clips (don't know what else to call them) and some card stock!
Thank you so much Chris for spoiling me rotten!
I'll take a picture of all the goodies soon and will add it to this post. I just got home from shopping at the mall (needed some decent clothes for work) and I really need to eat now before I pass out.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
After I took pictures of Sierra and Brooke for Christmas, we had lunch and DD went out for a bit to do some shopping while Opa and I took care of the kids. Brooke went down for a nap and Sierra was playing with her dolls. She dragged all the kids' furniture out to the hall and I thought she was playing school as she wants to be a teacher when she grows up. The "camera" she is holding is actually a Leap Frog toy that teaches the alphabet. I kept hearing it while she was playing so naturally thought she was playing school. I couldn't resist taking a picture of her and the dolls. It wasn't until her father came home from work that I realized that she was taking pictures of her dolls. She had her dad strike a pose, got out the Leap Frog toy and "took" his picture. When I was taking the girls' pictures, I too sat on the floor in front of them.
Hmm, wonder how much the Fisher Price children's digital camera is. This just might be what she gets from Oma and Opa for Christmas.
I took about a dozen photos and this is the only one that I felt turned out half decent. It was quite a challenge get ting Sierra (3 1/2) and Brooke (17 mos.) to sit still and smile at the same time. Getting them dressed turned out to be quite a challenge as well. Sierra was fairly cooperative but at one point Brooke was running around without a diaper! LOL.
Shortly after this picture was taken, Brooke slid off her rocking chair and landed on her butt on the floor. She was not hurt but was startled and started to cry. The tears quickly changed to laughter when I said, "Brooke fall down and go boom!" She thought that was quite funny and then proceeded to fall down again, but this time on purpose.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
I attended a "Make 50 Christmas cards in 3 hours" which was hosted by my niece, Krista; who is a Close to my Heart consultant. When I got the cards home, I decided to give it a bit more "bling" by adding this gold ribbon. I'm very pleased with how it turned out.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
All I can say is WOW! How generous is that?! And the best part is that she will be drawing a winner for all these goodies on Christmas Day!
After Sierra went to the potty this morning I asked her, “Did you flush the toilet?”. She replied, “I have people for that, mommy”.
I have no idea where she heard that, unless it was from her father.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? I was named after my maternal grandmother.
2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? Can't remember.
3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? Yes.
4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? Ham.
5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? Yes, a daughter and a son and 2 beautiful granddaughters.
6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? I think so.
7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? Sometimes but hubby uses it all the time.
8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS. No
9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? Hell no!
10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? Brown sugar frosted mini wheats.
11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? Most of the time.
12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? Not really .
13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM? Jamoca Almond Fudge.
14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE? Their eyes.
15. RED OR PINK? Pink.
16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? Right now it’s my hair - It needs a cut and dye job VERY badly, and am hoping to get it done on Tuesday.
17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? My Mom.
18. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO SEND THIS BACK TO YOU? Sure.
19. WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? I am not wearing shoes at the moment.
20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE? Toasted 12 grain bagel with Herb & garlic cream cheese.
21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? The horse racing channel on TV - DH likes to watch it but he is napping (as usual) right now.
22. IF YOU WHERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? Blue
23. FAVORITE SMELLS? Bread baking in an oven.
24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? My daughter.
25. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO
26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH? Figure skating and gymnastics.
27. HAIR COLOR? Grey but I colour it dark blonde.
28. EYE COLOR? Green
29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? No.
30. FAVORITE FOOD? Prime Rib of Beef.
31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? I much prefer a happy ending.
32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? The remake of Oceans 11 with George Clooney, Matt Damon and a whole lot of other big stars.
33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? Off white v-neck sweat shirt.
34. SUMMER OR WINTER? Summer
35. HUGS OR KISSES? Hugs
36. FAVORITE DESSERT? A big hunk of chocolate cake with butter cream frosting or my very own apple crisp or my very own raspberry cheesecake.
37. MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND? I'm not sending this out so everyone can relax!
38. LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND. See above.
39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING? None.
40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? I got a mouse pad from work last year from work and it provides the link I need to pick out my Benefits and Pension package I want to sign up for.
41. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON TV LAST NIGHT? Nothing.
42. FAVORITE SOUND. When Sierra says: “I love you Oma!”
43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? Beatles!
44. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME? It’s a toss up between The Netherland’s, and Vancouver. But I believe it is the Netherlands.
45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? I can chew gum and walk down the street at the same time! Does that qualify? The only other special talent I have is making crafty things.
46. WHERE WERE YOU BORN? Wehe-Den Hoorn, The Netherlands.
47. WHOSE ANSWERS ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING BACK? Anyone that wants to play along.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Val is giving away some blog candy as well to celebrate 2,000 hits. While you're there check out all the lovely cards Val makes.
Friday, November 21, 2008
He has taken it in stride and will be looking for a new permanent full time position soon. I think he will be taking it easy for a bit. He goes back to see the surgeon on Monday. He is still wearing the air cast but does take it off and walks around the house without it. His ankle and foot still swell up and he is unable to wear his shoe on that foot. I can't see anyone hiring him until he is out of the cast and is able to walk without it. He says that there is very little pain.
The department he worked in before his surgery always bought lottery tickets together. Well, today was no different and he has a lottery ticket on tomorrow night's draw. It sure would be nice if he won!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Holly over at Hog Wild about Stamping is coming up to 20,000 hits on her blog and is giving away some fabulous blog candy to celebrate. The only catch is that she will be picking a winner sometime before Dec. 9th so you will have to visit her blog every day to see if you're a winner.
I received my very first award! Wow! I am blown away! This is very special to me as it was given to me by the very talented Mina!
Now for the rules for this award ..........
The winner may put the logo on their blog. Put a link to the person who sent you the award. Nominate 5 blogs and put links to their blogs and leave a message for your nominees.
There are a lot of talented people in the blog world and this is going to be very hard to pick just 5! Here is my list:
My lovely daughter - Janice - she works full time and takes extremely good care of my beautiful granddaughters. I am proud to be her mother.
Beatrice - she is my very 1st follower and a very talented cross stitcher. She and I have a lot in common as we are both Dutch immigrants.
Tracy is a very talented card maker and I won some blog candy on her blog on Nov. 15th. I can't wait to get my hands on the CC designs stamp set that I won.
Dianne is another talented card maker and also one of my followers.
Karen who has some awesome paper projects on her blog.
Now I'm off to let them know that they've received this award.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Magnolia's Tilda with Wood Basket and she is from the new Winter 2008 collection. She has also included some stamped images, paper flowers, charms, die cut snowflakes and 6 x 6 K & Co paper pad. Lynsey will be picking a winner on Nov. 26th.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Well, as you can see for yourself, the cards I made for Sierra and Brooke were a big hit. Sierra walked up to me with her card and asked me to take her picture with it. I just love the cheesy grin on her face and the way she is holding it so as not to cover up the card. Opa and I babysat last night while my daughter and son-in-law went out on a much needed "date". Brooke cried for about 2 minutes when they left but we were able to distract her with a leap frog grocery cart. She had a ball with it; giving us "groceries" and then taking them away and putting them back in the cart. The girls had a lot of fun with us and even the "bath-shower" went well. Brooke normally squirms a lot when changing her diaper but she lay perfectly still for me when I got her ready for bed. Both girls went to bed readily and Sierra and I snuggled and played in her bed and then she went to sleep with her baby cabbage patch doll beside her.
Kristen is also celebrating 1000 hits on her blog with some great blog candy - 2 Martha Stewart punches and 2 really cute Whipper Snapper stamps! Ya gotta be in it to win it!
Gayle is giving away some Sugar Nellie stamps, hop over to her blog to have the chance of adopting these cute images. Sugar Nellie stamps are now available internationally. Whoo Hoo! I can already hear my Visa card groaning!
Lacey is celebrating her birthday and 30,000 hits on her blog by giving us the gifts! How sweet is that! She will be giving away some awesome blog candy on Nov. 21st.
Lara is also celebrating her birthday this month and is giving away some awesome blog candy to celebrate.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Here is the card I made for my granddaughters. They love dressing up and when I found this paper on Sunday, I just knew it would be perfect for a card for them. I made 2 cards exactly alike. Naturally, I couldn't wait to use my new cuttlebug! The papers I used are both from Imaginisce and is from the Fairest of Them All line. I cut out the castle and coach from one of the sheets of paper and then used a fiskars border heart punch on the princess tiara paper. I really like the way this card turned out. I did case a card that someone else made (the castle portion) and if it's your card I cased, please let me know so that I can give credit where credit is due. The rest of the card is entirely my own design. I also typed up the following poem that I found on the net and put it on the inside of the card:
In the funny world of "make believe"
It's marvelous you see -
How you can be all of those things
You'll ever want to be:
A beautiful young princess, a cowboy, or a clown,
A lion from the circus that's coming up to town.
A graceful ballerina, a nurse or movie star,
A famous racing driver in a big, red shiny car.
You don't need many things you know,
Just a string of beads or two,
A floppy hat, a cast-off skirt
A cardboard box ... and
Ria is also giving away some blog candy. You have until Nov. 22nd to get your name in on the draw.
Maria is also giving away some blog candy to celebrate 10,000 hits. She will be announcing a winner on Nov. 24th.
Another Maria is also giving away some blog candy. She wants to know approximately how long on average it takes you to make a card. She will be picking a winner on the 18th.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I have been wanting a Cuttlebug for quite a while now. My local Michaels sells it for $109.99 but you cannot use any of their coupons as the coupons plainly state that all Cricut products are excluded. Bummer, or so I thought. I found a Canadian online shop in BC that sells it for $79.99 - not bad, but still a bit more that I wanted to pay.
On Sunday, I ventured out to Ajax and Oshawa to visit 2 scrapbooking stores. The sales lady in Oshawa was promoting the Quick Kutz revolution machine but again, I thought it was too pricey. I mentioned to her that I was in the market for a Cuttlebug for the simple reason that it takes all other machines`dye cutting and embossing folders. Another customer in the store overheard me and told me later on outside the store that Walmart in Whitby had it on for - are ya ready for this - $57.96!!! Whoo Hoo! Whitby is on my way home from Oshawa so off I went and bought myself a Cuttlebug! Let the fun begin! I bought one embossing folder to go with it. Walmart did not have a very large selection of them - they only had 2! I went online to the BC
store and have ordered some more embossing folders as well as some Spellbinder Nestibilities for a very reasonable price. I can`t wait to get my hands on my new toys.
I have made 2 cards with the embossing folder I bought at Walmart but will have to wait to post them as they are cards for my 2 grandchildren and I don`t want their mother to see the cards until the postman delivers them to them.
Here are the embossing folders I ordered:
Sunday, November 9, 2008
- Basic Grey 6x6 'Wassail' paper pad - we never have enough paper
- 'Winter Rakle' girl stamp (ez mounted stamp in it's own sealed package) - stamps is good!
- little wooden text stamp with 'merry' written on it - ditto to the above.
- various lace and ribbons, prima flowers, metal charms - who couldn't use some embellishments?
- 2 little glass angel charms made by me - really cute
- pack of brads 'christmas' colours - Yup, need brads too!
- pack of zoomz in 'berry pie' - I've never heard of zoomz (will have to google that) but it sure looks purdy!
- You have until Nov.16th to enter.
Is this card. I really like this card. The silver you see around the edge of the inside on the maroon portion of the card came about quite by accident. I had moved the card and a portion of it landed on the silver ink pad. I thought the card was ruined and I was really bummed out about it. But then I had the brilliant idea of sponging some more silver ink around the edges to match the accident I had with it. I think it turned out quite well!
The pink card is the make and take I made at the Scrapping Turtle in St. Jacob's.
The blue card with stars is the 1st time that I coloured in a stamped image. I used plain ole colour pencils or pencil crayons as we say in Canada.
The last card is one I made with all Close to my Heart papers which I bought from my niece, Krista who is a Close to my Heart Consultant.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
I won a Thingamaboob keychain on my Daughter's blog! Whoo Hoo! And no, it was not fixed! This gives me the excuse to go visit my grandkids on the weekend so I can collect my prize! Breast cancer is an illness that has affected so many of us and as a tribute to her grandmother who died of this horrible disease, my daughter was "blogging" for the cure for the month of October and is making a donation to the Ontario Chapter of the Canadian Cancer Society. You can read all about her donation on her blog. While you're there, please read her post ``A Mars bar a Day`` which is a tribute to my MIL - the grandmother my daughter loved and who inspired her. You can find the post here: A Mars bar a Day.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
On Friday evening, I drove to my daughter's house to help her with Sierra and Brooke as they went trick or treating. My son Mike and his friend Sandra also arrived to help. Mike dressed up as a Monkey and Sandra was also dressed up. It was a very mild evening - just right for the kids who were out. Sierra had a ball and at one point said, "Halloween is good!" She was concerned for the candy in her bag when she met up with a cat in someone's driveway. She held her bag up to Sandra and told her to take it. When Sandra asked why, she replied that she did not want the cat to get her candy! LOL. The daycare that Sierra and Brooke attend used the American Sign Language to communicate with babies and toddlers who cannot express their feelings as yet. Janice started teaching Brooke at the age of 6 months. When Brooke was at someone's door, she signed "more". When the lady at the door asked Janice, what Brooke was doing, Janice told her about the sign and sure enough, the lady gave her some more candy. At one point, we met some adults who were dressed up accompanying their children, so Sierra walked up to them, held her bag open and said, "Trick or Treat!" Brooke wasn't into it as much as Sierra. She was quite content to sit in her stroller and eat some chips that she found in her treat bag.
Yesterday, while out for a walk with Sierra, she stopped and was staring at one of the houses that still had all their Halloween decorations up. She told me that she wanted to get some more treats. She wasn't too happy when I told her that Halloween was over and people were not giving out any more treats. I finally convinced her to come home with me when I told her that she had lots of treats at her house and she could have some when we got home. In this picture is Brooke, Sierra and my son, Mike getting ready to start collecting lots of candy.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
I managed to get 5 of the 6 Weeks Dye Works floss required to stitch the Lizzie Kate coffee pattern so I was pleased with that. You are probably wondering why I didn`t buy them when I bought the pattern in Michigan last month. The store where I bought the pattern had all kinds of material for quilts and books on quiltmaking but very little in the way of cross stitch necessities. The lady in the store didn`t even know what evenweave fabric was - said she had never heard of it! They did carry Aida and some linen fabric but it was a very poor selection. The only floss they carried was good ol DMC.
I also spent some time in the paper craft section of the show and bought some patterned papers as well as 2 packages of embossed cards with envelopes. One package was embossed with snowflakes and the other one is embossed with a brocade pattern. I also bought some Christmas Sentiment stamps and 2 stamp pads as well as a roll of light blue ribbon.
DH picked me up at 1:00 p.m. and then drove to my niece`s house in Oshawa. She is a CTMH demonstrator and I had ordered a pack of papers, some matching stickers as well as a card making book which is awesome! Lots of layouts in it with templates. Since I can`t print from my laptop, I will try to save the pdf files I want, email them to myself at work, and then print them there on paper that I will supply. We had planned to have tea with my niece but her little guy Nathaniel (13 months) came down with a fever a few days ago and broke out into a rash yesterday. My niece, Krista, thinks it may be chicken pox and did not want to expose us to it. I looked at Nathaniel`s rash, but it was too soon to tell if it is chicken pox. The ironic thing about it all is that Nathaniel has an appointment with the doctor tomorrow to get his chicken pox vaccine!
Friday, October 17, 2008
Here is the link to her website: http://ngcards.blogspot.com/
There's more candy to be had here: http://thecrafttable.blogspot.com/
Martine is generously giving away some stamped images and Crafter’s Companion Papercrafts Collection CD ROM Twin
She has just reached 10,000 hits (WOW!) on her blog. Check out all the lovely creations on her blog.
I am looking forward to attending the Creative Show tomorrow at the Metropolitan Toronto Convention Centre in downtown Toronto tomorrow. I have been attending this show for years and am rarely disappointed. It used to be called the Creative Stitching and Needlework Festival but over the years, more and more different crafts were displayed. As far as Cross Stich is concerned, there aren't as many vendors as there used to be. Stoney Creek had a booth there for a number of years but I haven't seen them there for a couple of years. A few cross stitch vendors from the USA used to come too, but now there are only about 5 or 6 cross stitch vendors. There has always been lots for the sewer and quilter but the number of cross stitch vendors has been dwindling at the show.
The name was changed to the Creative Show several years ago to represent all the different crafts that are there. There is something for every crafter, be it beading, needlearts (knitting, cross stitch, crochet etc.) as well as quilting, sewing, scrapbooking, cardmaking, decoupage, quilling, painting and artist supplies and the list goes on and on. One of the reasons I want to go is to buy the Weeks Dye Works floss needed to stitch this design that I bought in Northern Michigan in Sep. :
Anyone who knows me well, knows how much I love my coffee! My daughter even bought me a gag gift from Tim Horton's one year for Christmas. It is a Carafe in the same colour and shape as their (at that time) travel mug. I brought it in to work one day for a joke when our Manager had arranged free coffee for our department from Tim Horton's.
I am also looking forward to seeing all the beads and also paper crafts and tools for paper crafts. I might even take part in one of the make and takes that will be available at some of the booths.
Here is a link to the show's website:
As you can see there is something for everyone.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
If I had done what he had done, I would probably look like the good year blimp by now! Hubby has not gained so much as an ounce! He has only gained maybe 10 lbs. in the 38 years I've known him. I'd rather not say how much I've gained in the same time period. Suffice to say, it's a wee bit more than 10 lbs.!