Friday, November 26, 2010

O Christmas Tree!!

Our tree is up :)

We started a new tradition... Chinese food on tree decorating night. I have sworn off Chinese food because it is so incredibly bad for you. But deep down I still enjoy it, and Steve absolutely loves it! So, even though I haven't had Chinese Food for probably over 2 years, I thought we could do it just once a year on the night we decorate for Christmas.

Here's the view out my front door last night.

And the view inside my house:

Pulling the tree out of the box and setting it up.... yes, we are most definitely an artificial tree family. I don't have any desire to have a real tree, and I know there are some people that feel like it's not Christmas if the tree is fake! To each, their own, I guess!!

Steve and Scott fluffing up the branches.

Putting on the flags. There are Canadian flags and Norwegian flags. Growing up, we always had Norwegian flags on our tree, and I have carried on that tradition... it also makes for a good divider for the kids' sections of the tree - where they are allowed to decorate. It's an easy way to keep the peace - we don't get any fights about someone decorating on another person's side!!!

Todd was standing on a stool, and he couldn't reach high enough for his angel, so I held his hand and he leaned into the tree and reached up!

Elise got the backside of the tree... she didn't even seem to notice that her part of the tree was the least visible. In the coming years, we'll have to rotate who gets the sweet spot on the tree!

Scott reaching up to put on the star - he couldn't get it straight, and wouldn't let Steve lift him, so Steve straightened it, but Scott still technically put the star on!

After it was done, I was trying to get the kids to smile. Todd's was forced, Scott was in tears (because he couldn't get the star on straight) and Elise had an unknown expression on her face. I said, "C'mon, Elise, you look sick." At that, all 3 of them burst out laughing, and this was the best picture of the night!

A mismatched, mishmash, hodgepodge tree... full of childhood loveliness and decorations that are decades old. It's a little bit of this and a little bit of that, and the kids decorated the whole thing (with the exception of the lights and flags). It's OUR tree!

When the room lights are low and the tree is lit up.... who cares if our tree won't make it into a magazine, it is a special thing for a child to be allowed to decorate the tree. One ornament got broken, but that won't ruin Christmas....

May you enjoy the countdown to Christmas, and remember the real reason we celebrate!

Monday, November 22, 2010

My Digital Studio

There are two ways to get Stampin' Up!'s fabulous digital creating software right now...

#1 - Buy it at half price (for 9 days only!!!)
#2 - Buy the starter kit that includes MDS at half off the regular starter kit price!

If you are interested in either of these options, please let me know!

Here is a card I made this evening. Once the software is set up and you take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with all it's functions... it is really a cinch to use. This card literally took me only 5 minutes to make. I love this software, and it is so user friendly. I just purchased a bunch of the downloads as well, which are added on with just a couple clicks as soon as your order is submitted.

Take a look at my previous post to see the note on current specials. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me and ask away!! Happy stamping, and happy digital creating, too :)

Online Spectacular

Just in time for Christmas.... check out the online Spectacular! With savings of up to 50% off, you'll want to check out my website and save on everything from stamps to fabric to embellishments and wall decor. There is something for everyone!

Click HERE for all the details.

Note - in order to get the best shipping rate, orders must be placed through my website - here's the link: Sarah's Stampin' Website!
*note - both links take you to my site. Prices apply to Canadian shoppers only.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Stampin' Great Deals...

Don't miss your chance to get all the goodies in the starter kit, or the MDS software + kit (My Digital Studio) for JUST $107.50. What an amazing price. (Regular price MDS is 106.95, so this means you are getting the software PLUS the starter kit for just 55 cents more than MDS alone!) WOW!

This great opportunity is only offered until the end of the month. Don't miss out... contact me today!

Here is a link to the promo flyer... STARTER KIT SPECIAL

If you decide to do this (if you've been the least interested in getting MDS, this is an offer that won't likely repeat!), just head to my website HERE and the sign-up password is freedom. Just type in "freedom" when they ask for the code and you'll be all set. I look forward to having you on my team!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

I've been busy...

Over the last several weeks, I have been busy getting ready for a craft fair that I was selling cards and gifts at this evening. It was a lot of fun, and it was a fundraiser for the elementary school a couple of my friends' kids go to... so that is a great cause! I haven't been in a craft fair for a few years, and it was great to be behind a table again. I think I will sign up for a few next year, and maybe even keep my ears open for some in the Spring.

Anyway, over the next few days, I will share some of the projects that I was selling... some are still available for sale if you need some stocking stuffers or cards!! Just in time for Christmas. But for tonight - here's a picture of me at my table :) Thanks, Karen for stopping by and taking my picture!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

My Family

We took this today on a family walk at Othello Tunnels. Some other ones are going to be potential Christmas card photos... this one was just so-so, though, so I don't think it will make the cut. But still thought we did ok to get everyone looking at the camera and smiling at the same time!

Monday, November 01, 2010

All I can say is...

When people think I have a lot of stuff....
I might just have to direct them to this gal's photos.
Isn't this craft room
Inspires me to beautify mine a bit more.
Mine is function,
but it's not really beauty.
Maybe I'll have to take that on as a
winter project!

Click on the link below:

Dress-up Fun!

Last night for Halloween, we went out to our old neighbourhood to visit a bunch of old friends. We found about 10 people at home and caught up on the happenings of our old turf. We never trick-or-treat at strangers' houses, or even in our current subdivision... first off, the kids don't need that much candy, and we've never done it, so the kids don't know any different... and there are...

too. many. people!!!

It's also become tradition for us to visit Steve's parents after we've been to a few houses. His brother and fam were there, too, so we got to see their little tricksters, too!

In our family, we had a Sheriff, a Nun, a Pirate, a Hockey Player and one Tigger :)