Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Corduroy the Bear
An Inukshuk that he made during Olympic fever!
First and last day self portraits!
Today is the LAST day to order from the Summer mini... if you know there is something you want, you can order from my website until 11pm. After that, it will be unavailable unless the item has made it into the Idea Book and Catalogue.
Monday, August 30, 2010
There are some great end-of-summer deals at Stampin' Up!'s Clearance Rack. Check it out today, and place an order online at my website. Clearance Rack items are only available through an online order. But the cool part is that you can shop 24/7 through my stamping website.
Friday, August 27, 2010
The kids are happily playing with it right now. I like the fact that it can be stored for quite awhile, and doesn't dry out nearly as fast as the store bought kind, there is no fighting over colours, plus, I know exactly what is in my play dough - not some mystery substance from China.
Play Dough Recipe
Salt 1 1/2 cups
Water 3 cups
Vegetable Oil 2TB.
Cream of tartar 1TB.
Food coloring few drops or unsweetened "Kool-Aid" 1pkg.
Mix ALL of the ingredients in a large saucepan.
Cook over medium low heat, until the dough comes away
from the edges of the pan and it becomes difficult to move the spoon. Remove from heat. Cool until it can be handled.
Place on counter or wax paper knead 3-4 times.
Store in an air tight container.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
SHOP NOW... Open 24/7
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Here are a few (ok, quite a few) pics from the PNE. I took other pics - Logger sports, crazy art exhibits, motor sports, and the prize home, but I'm choosing to only share a selection of my 96 PNE photos :) Some of those things are shown in last year's post... Our PNE date 2009
People, people, PEOPLE!!
It was the 100th anniversary of the PNE, originally called the Vancouver Exhibition.
The President's Choice Superdogs were on the very top of my "like" list. They were hilarious to watch, and I don't know why I've never bothered to go to one of their shows at the PNE before. This is something our kids would have LOVED!
Animals. Big, big animals! Can you see how little Steve looks?
Some ladies were making a pretty big fuss over this mama sow because she almost crushed one of the piglets and the wee little piggy was bleeding.
I was intrigued by these eco-sculptures, and I think if my yard was big enough, I would like to have one put up. Kind of like a larger-than-life Chia-pet!
So many of the 4-H kids were just lounging around on their cows. Kind of humorous!
Now these guys (and one gal) could PLAY! They were amazing. I took one short video of them that I might upload at a later date. They were entertaining and very musical. We both enjoyed listening to them play, and they drew quite a crowd.
Michael Bolton. Blast from the past!
While I enjoyed his singing and still love a lot of his songs, I really can't say much for his stage show. It was extremely hard to get a decent picture because the stage was pretty much black like this for the entire concert. But, even after all these years, the man can still sing :) ♫
The "Kaboom" show in honour of the PNE's 100th birthday. Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't this exactly like last year's show? Why did they do it the same? But it was still fun to see.
A pic of toys hanging upside down, waiting to be won by some sucker that doesn't have enough stuffies in their house already!
Late at night, on our way out of the gate, Steve couldn't resist trying out the Prize Home schpiel! We were laughing so hard, and the people passing by thought we had lost it. It was even better when I handed him a few brochures and said, "See if you can get anyone to come over!" But nobody did. Still fun.
This cracked us up more. Like I needed some sugar at 10pm.... I was giddy enough by that time. But I love PNE mini-donuts. So, we got some as we were leaving the park. When the kids at the tills saw Steve gearing up to take a pic, they all "cheesed" too. I only noticed afterward when I was looking through the photos! I "LOL"ed, for reals.
Monday, August 23, 2010
Here is the card I made for Matthew's family. I used Basic Pearls Jewels and the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
The card is made using mainly retired products, but the layout is easy enough to duplicate with any stamps, paper and ribbon you may have. The pink textured paper was made with my Big Shot and the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder. Both things are available at my website: SHOP NOW. The paper I used is Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink and Whisper White. This is still one of my favourite combinations of colours.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Here are some of the pics I took last week of my dad's garden before he cut one down and made it mine.
Thank you, Dad :)
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
I subscribe to an email newsletter that arrives in my inbox every week from a site called Photojojo. They always come up with interesting topics of discussion in the photo world. This week's newsletter was all about creating that vintage look on your photos, using your modern equipment. While I am not ready to smear Vaseline onto my camera lens, I did find the article interesting. I also find it interesting how so many people long for what used to be.... Article: Vintage Photos
Also in the Heritage museum, there was a section dedicated to two brothers who generously donated their house and land to the community. Their names were John and Henry Newman, and the story of how they came to give away their estate is in the article below.
Enlargement of above article...
It just so happens that John Newman was an avid photographer. The black and white photos in this gallery were all taken by him over the years. They were very good.
Here's one of Newman's photos. I couldn't get over how this woman could contort her body. Many of the other photos were of boats and flowers.
In the early '90s, an article was published in the Victoria Times Colonist newspaper called "Brothers of the Land." It was written by Sandra McCulloch and photographed by Debra Brash. The following year, Debra Brash won an award for her photo of John Newman in his old claw-footed bathtub. I was living in Victoria at that time and I remember reading the article in the newspaper when it was published. It practically jumped off the page for my brother because he had once helped Mr. Newman out with his cow, and he recognized the man in the tub photo! One day, my brother happened upon Mr. Newman and his cow, who had gotten out of her pen and was wandering down the road. Angus helped return the cow to the farm, but the process was hindered by the fact that the cow was blind!
John Newman died in 1997 and his brother Henry died in 2000. The property was formally made a park in 2004.
Everyone has a story to tell. Perhaps the Newman brothers didn't think their story was all that interesting. They lived by late 1800's standards, but this was in the late 1900's... that makes for a good story!