Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Scrapbook Class

I just wanted to share the pages we made at my Scrapbooking class that was here on Monday night. We got to play with the Big Shot, Pretties Kit, dyeing flowers, Simply Scrappin' kit, and the new mini grommets. You should have been here!!!

Hope you like the pages...

** In the empty yellow square, I will be adding my journaling. These pictures show my kids with some very dear family friends in the Summer of 2007.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009


I love getting flowers. Today, Todd presented me with a beautiful bouquet of "Sunflowers!" He had heard me say how much I love sunflowers, and what a surprise for him to find some right in our backyard!!! What a sweet boy I have!

Saturday, April 25, 2009


Today was so fun... I spent it at an all day scrapathon. Complete with a full turkey dinner, and dessert. Yum! Steve and the kids hung out at home, went outside, played the Wii a bit, then went out after dinner to meet up with their cousins. So, they all had just as much fun as I did, I'm sure!

I also won a doorprize... it is a bit hard to make out what it is, but there are jewels, eyelets and brads, all in hues of blue.

Here are a couple of the pages that I completed today... I think I got 7 double layouts done (so less than last time) and a couple single layouts. This first layout still needs a title... I thought something like "Fabulous Flowers." And the second layout will have some journaling in the red box.

This is not a page that I did today, but it is the title page of my 2008 Family Album. I have been doing 8 1/2 X 11 albums for our family "yearbooks" and I really like working in that size. But for my kids, I do 12 X 12 books.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Calling all Scrapbookers....

My "Treasure the Memories" scrapbooking class is just around the corner, and there is still room for you. Make Monday, April 27th, a night to create! We'll be making 2 double 12X12 layouts... cost is just $15.00. One layout will be using the "Sunshine Garden" scrappin' kit, and the other layout will be using the colours Baja Breeze and Basic Grey. Contact me for more information, or to register for the class!

Date: April 27th
Time: 7 - 9:30 pm
Cost: $15.00

Hope to see you here!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Dinner with a twist!

Tonight, we had our care group over for "dinner... with a twist." It was a potluck dinner, and we did the main course. Several years ago, in a different care group, we were the recipients of a dinner just like this, so now as the care group leaders, we wanted to do this for our friends.

(For anyone that doesn't know what a "care group" is... it's just a fancy name for a Bible study group, but every once in awhile we do a social event, and so that's what this is all about!)

We sectioned off the kitchen...

We set the table...

Gave everyone their menu....

Had them fill out their choices, but here's the twist - we gave everything a code name, so they didn't know what they would end up with in which order!!!!! It was a hoot.

Here's the code:

Roses - main dish (crock pot chicken with a side of potato salad) I thought since roses are the real prize when it comes to flowers, they should have the honour of being the main dish!
Blossoms - Beverages... just started with the same letter... that's the logic here!
Venus Flytrap - dinner rolls - flies are small, and therefore the Venus flytrap should be the appetizer!
Wildflowers - assorted raw veggies and dip... you never really know what you're going to get with wildflowers, so I thought it fit the veggie plate!
Orchids - dessert... when I was a kid, a friend and I got to go visit a florist shop with my friend's mom. We were given an orchid each with the little plastic water tube on the end so they'd stay alive... I thought I had struck it rich - that to me is the most delightful flower - therefore, it shall be dessert!
Bluebells - salad... we simply needed one more flower name to represent the salad... I envisioned bluebells blowing in the wind like a tossed salad - a little flighty, I know, but it is what it is!

In the kitchen, after the menus were collected, I quickly filled out this chart that was ready to go, and it kept us organized with who got what for each course of the meal! We just checked each one off as they got it, and once everyone got their course one, we moved onto course 2, started filling those orders, etc, until all 6 were done.

Yes, Alexa... I confess that I mixed up your course one and course 2, but since one was salad and the other one was a veggie plate, I didn't think I needed to mention it... but it shows on here that I messed up, so I will confess!!!

We used almost every plate in the kitchen... there was a set of ivy dishes that I didn't pull out (they're antiques! And since this was a rather quick moving transition from one plate to the next, I thought something was going to break for sure... but nothing did!) When dinner was over, everyone finished watching the Canucks game...(which they WON!) and then I offered more dessert and coffee... we had to start pulling out bowls because all the plates were dirty! But as of 23 minutes after everyone had left our house, the kitchen was cleaned to a shine again! Thanks husband - I totally would have left it until tomorrow! But I loaded the dishwasher, took the tables apart, and he washed the plates that wouldn't fit in the dishwasher, and scrubbed the crock pot, and put food away. What a team!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Happy Easter!

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter. I didn't get to posting anything all weekend because we were out of town. Just got back last night from a fun, family-filled weekend with my parents, sister and her family, and my brother. We also got to see my Granny at her Care Home, and 2 of my cousins joined us for Easter Dinner. My kids had a great time playing with their 4 prairie cousins, and the house was a hoppin' with 7 kids aged 7 and under! But it was worth all the noise because the kids really enjoyed each other, and I am so glad we got to see them because our visits are few and far between with us living so far apart.

Here are a few pics of the weekend, for your viewing pleasure!!!

Steve entertaining the kids with a story after Easter Dinner...

One of the fun things that Louise put in the Easter bags...

While we were over on the Island, we went out with our friends Tricia and Justin to celebrate both of their birthdays...

My beautiful sister, Louise...

My cousin Maren and my sister's youngest, Cole...

Easter Bags from Auntie Louise and a load of coloured eggs, waiting to be hidden for the egg hunt!

My cousin Carol and me... photo taken by Scott (6 yrs old!)

The kids were sure that Papa (and someone even mentioned Uncle Angus) could fix this old wreck!

Louise with her oldest - Ethan, and my youngest - Elise...

My Granny along with all the kids... Uncle Angus got thrown in the mix for kid control!

Granny when she first walked into the sitting room... she laughed (yes, "out loud!") when she saw us all sitting there, and she said she didn't think she could name everyone, but she did pretty well!

The kids called this "Grammie's Café!" They lined up small tables and kid chairs all down the hallway, and placed their orders for lunch!

Two and a half years ago, we were visiting my sister and family in Saskatchewan, and all the boys (at the time there were 5 boys) got to go into the tub for a bath. Elise was only 2 months old at the time, so she got to hang out with Grammie. Well, there was a picture taken that day that I framed and have hanging in our kids' bathroom upstairs. Every time Elise sees it, she comments that she didn't get to be in the picture, then adds, "neither did Cole because he wasn't born yet." So, I really wanted to get a picture of these 2 in the tub to add to our wall in the bathroom. Elise was so happy that she gets to have a bath picture on the bathroom wall!

We also got our family pictures (all 14 of us!) taken by a local photographer in Victoria... but I have to wait for the pics, so I'll be sure to post some of those once we get them! I can't wait... she said 2 weeks... don't know if I can wait that long!!

Monday, April 06, 2009

Retired Sets for Sale....

I just posted my latest retired sets list for sale...
Click HERE to see all the sets available.
Thanks for looking!

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Good hair day...

Today was a very beautiful, sunny day. So, after breakfast, the kids headed outside to play for awhile. Then I called them in one at a time for a haircut. Elise was first. She has only had one haircut and it was by my hair dresser... She loved it then, so I thought I would give it a try this time around. She has curly hair, so she sometimes suffers from matted hair. I hate that! So, today it was "goodbye tangles and hello again curls!"

I think I did pretty well! Curly hair is very forgiving ☺

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

More Retired sets for sale

Just clearing out some more retired sets... Please let me know if you are interested in any of them. I will mail them within Canada, but buyer pays shipping. All the sets are used unless otherwise posted with "N-UM" which means "New - Unmounted." All sets are retired Stampin' Up! sets and the set title and price are above the set.

Don't forget about the ones I posted awhile ago... Click here to see those ones.

Merry and Bright $10.00

Happiness Always (N-UM) $22.00
Form and Function $12.00
Word on Word $20.00
Seasonal Icons $10.00
Infinite Goodness $15.00
I'm Here $20.00
Canvas $12.00

My little lady...

A couple Sundays ago I got Elise to stop and pose for a few pictures. I bought her this dress from Old Navy and she acted like a princess in it (ok, except for the picture of her going down the stairs on her belly in the dress!)

*** Elise's beautiful bracelet was a gift from my friend Ami when Elise was born. Ami is the creator of Darling Bijou Jewelery and she makes the most beautiful pieces for children and adults. She has a new line that is especially for Brides! Here's her site (Click HERE) if you are intersted in checking out her work!