Tuesday, June 29, 2010

All about raspberries!

This past weekend, we took the kids raspberry picking on Sunday and had a blast. We actually went there to pick strawberries – but the fields were closed until next weekend due to needing more time for more berries to ripen I guess. So – we took them up on their offer to get raspberries instead – and it was fun!
In order to get to the fields, we took the farm wagon out – which DS thought was WAY COOL!

Once we got out to the fields, DS and DD were the taste testers – confirming they tasted as good as they looked – take a peak:

Then back to the farm with our raspberries - on the farm wagon again.  Here is DS with his treasure of raspberries.  And yes, he dresses himself, in superhero pjs, day or night, no negotiation possible, end of conversation.   Say no more.
When we got our baskets home – we made some raspberry jam – and it is so good!

DD had her last day of school today and we sent a special jar of jam for her teacher – along with a beautiful card she made herself with photos of her picking the berries. It was very sweet. I didn’t get a photo of the card, sorry – it was quite late once we got it all packaged up.
So that she had just the right paper for her raspberry card - I downloaded the digital patterned paper called "Preserve it - Lemons & raspberries" from the My Time Made Easy online store.
And this weekend is the Canada Day long weekend! AND it is strawberry festival time around here. So it’s strawberry jam next – can’t wait!!!  And yes - I downloaded the digital patterned paper called "Preserve it Oranges & strawberries" too - so I am all prepared.  I also got the digital stamp set called "Well Preserved"!

Until next time, have a great day!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

All about Fathers – and lovely memories of my Dad

Father’s Day is coming up on Sunday and I was wondering what the kids and I would do for DH this year. HERE is a link to a really personal book I put together for the kids to give to DH a few years ago. It was Father’s Day and his 40th birthday – all on the same day so I wanted to create something extra special for him. DH still has it displayed in his office for all to see, so I know he loved it.

This year, I wasn’t sure what we should do for him. I’ve been watching all of the various projects that people have been making and showcasing on their blogs for the men in their life. THIS ONE really stuck out for me – so clean, neat and the perfect thing for DS and DD to make for Daddy’s office. It’s about time DH had something a bit more current showing the kids. I followed Nicole’s instructions completely, right down to having the kids write their own names – and I added their age and the year. Little DS has only mastered the first letter of his name – M – so that is what he very proudly put on there. Kind of like “X marks the spot”. DD offered to help him finish his name – but I wanted it to be truly their own work, so M it is!

Silhouettes for Daddy:
Project dimensions – 11” x 14” frame with 5” x 7” opening

Materials: CS – (Bazzill); White wooden frame with white mat (Wal-Mart), computer photo editing software, adhesive, Sharpie fine point black maker.

Here's a closer look at each one - so you can see their handy work in signing the picture!

The kids were quite intrigued by me taking photos of them from the side. They didn’t understand at first why I wanted them to not have a big cheesy smile and not look right at the camera. But they enjoyed watching we convert their photos into the silhouettes! The projects are each lovingly wrapped up – all-be-it with the same amount of tape as what would be needed to wrap up an elephant (my kids LOVE tape!) – and hidden away in the closet until the big day. They are not very good at keeping secrets – so we’ll see if we make it until Sunday!

My Dad,
It has been 18 years since I lost my Dad. He was killed in a helicopter crash at the young age of 46. I was in my mid 20’s, and was still very much “Daddy’s little girl”, so it was all a very hard thing to deal with – and really still is if I am truthful. Fortunately – there was nothing left unsaid between us. He knew I loved him very much and I knew he loved me even more – unconditionally and absolutely.
As I watch my son grow up and change with each year that passes – I can see my Dad in his face when he flashes that cheeky little smile of his that makes his eyes twinkle. And I love it.

Here is one of my favourite photos of my Dad – it is so “him”. He is in his pilot uniform with his aviator glasses on, out in a field enjoying the beauty of nature around him.

Happy Father’s Day!

Sunday, June 13, 2010


Hope everyone had a great weekend!  Summer is struggling to show itself fully these days - but soon!  And rainy days are perfect for buying new books and curling up and reading (which is exactly what all 4 of us did on Saturday!).
I was at a conference recently – and one of the guest speakers was a “naturalist” and encouraged all women to not wear bras! It was a packed room, probably 70% females – and you can imagine the stir in the air after he said this! One lady in particular starting getting a ton of texts on her phone in the minutes after the comment – with all her female employees letting her know they would be reporting to work on Monday braless! The giggles spread throughout the room quickly! It wasn’t going to be pretty!

So…..when I saw this STELLA image and saying on the BugABoo website – I had to have it, and make that lady a card. She’ll get a good laugh from it, that’s for sure!

While I was on the BugABoo site I got a few other digital images too – the Stella Still Hot (to do a card for another coworker who is continually having hot flashes!) and Gus At My Age! Too funny!

Card dimensions – 3 ½ x 8 ½ “

Materials: CS – (Bazzill, SU!); Paper –Accademia (Fabriano); Digital Image – Stella Braless image and sentiment (BugABoo Stamps); Ribbon – (SU!); PUnches - Tag punch, large (SU!); Tombow markers, water brush, foam tape, Liquid Glass (CTMH), Stickles glitter glue.

Hope Stella makes you smile – and perhaps go braless!
Until next time, have a great day!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Matthew’s Chore Chart!

Well – school is almost out and the summer will be upon us in no time! My little guys are off for the summer as is my big guy DH (he’s a school Principal). Daddy daycare sets in and things get a little out of control at times (you have no idea how many places you can find ice cream when they try hard!). So – thought I’d set up a bit of a chart to help keep things semi in order. I’ll do one up for DD as well – but here is DS’s. He’s just going on 4 soon so the list is not that complicated - YET.

Here’s another project using the Eat Cake Graphics images! It’s Matthew’s Chore Chart!

Chore Chart:
Project dimensions – 11 x 8 ½ “

Materials: CS – (Bazzill); Paper –Accademia (Fabriano); Ink – Black StazOn (Tsukineko); Stamps – 1139-M Responsibility (Eat Cake Graphics); Tombow markers, water brush, foam tape, computer generated chore chart.

And here is a close up of the main image for you.

The chart was just done in Excel on my PC – very basic and easy to do!

Until next time, have a great day!