Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter to everone!
Hope you are enjoying the long weekend!  DH and the kids get a 4 day weekend, but I have to go back to work tomorrow! :(

Anyway - we had a busy weekend.  We painted the house (yep, almost every room in it - 2 of the large, plastic pails of paint later......) and then at night, I tool the fantastic SHE ART WORKSHOP on-line while I relaxed. Yet another one of my ``finding inspiration and happiness`` things - added to the month of April!  YEAH!

If you haven't heard of this workshop, check out the link to Christy Tomlinson's blog post HERE  that talks about this workshop.  It is a mixed media workshop, where you learn to create art on canvases using things we all probably have around the house for the most part, while you learn some great new techniques.  The workshop gets you to explore your creative side, and let it all out! Then you make a lady to finish it off!
I signed up for the workshop in the second week of the 3 week course - but that`s OK, you work at your own pace and have 3 months to access all of the great videos, downloads, and information!

So at night after painting and when everyone is asleep, I have been working through all of the videos for all of the weeks - making notes and planning my first She Art canvas.  I will post my art when it`s made - I really excited about getting messy and making my first one - and more!  I picked up 4 canvases so that I can get everyone in the family working on one with me - it will be messy but I think everyone will have fun!  All my supplies are sitting in the kitchen waiting for me to start - can`t wait!

This Friday evening is the BBQ class with hubbie in Erin.  Date night!  I have no clue what it will be all about, but we will have fun anyway - doesn`t matter!

Until next time, have a great day!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Playing......with food and my Cricut

So, I'm back with another long-winded update on my Happiness/Inspiration post that you can see HERE.
It's been a while, so you may need to re-read the long post above and perhaps THIS other long update too.
Here's what's been happening...

MARCH - March Break with the kids was a lot of fun. We went to London, Ontario and hung out in the pool at the hotel, did a bit of shopping, made some "stuffies" at Build-A-Bear, ate out at our favourite places, and went bowling, arcading, adventure land exploring and to the movies.
The Monday of March Break before we left for London - we had a "Crafternoon" with friends at the house and made some more of the wooden block collages.  DD made one of herself, and also DS made one too (with a bit of help from Mum!). I have them proudly on display at my desk at work!

I also bought myself a Cricut machine - finally! A red one!
And to go along with the machine, I bought the Sure-Cuts-A-Lot 2 software from the Craft Edge site - so that I can cut out svg files from my computer instead of purchasing Cricut cartridges.  That is the reason I finally broke down and bought the machine, because I would never pay the money to buy tons of cartridges.
I bought some svg files from My Time Made Easy and have been experimenting ever since. Here is my first project - the CAGED template, at full size.

Then I made the same template at 50% of the size, so that it was the size needed to fit a battery-operated tea light.

Here they are together so that you can see the size difference.

Next up for my Cricut will be the Baby Carriage template, and the Cake Slice template I think!  And that was it for March and my Happiness projects for that month!  Not sure where the time goes!

APRIL - I went to the "Playing with Food" class this past weekend at a local gourmet food store.  We got a handy tool called a Veg-Art tool, with which we learned how to make vegetable flowers like tulips from coloured peppers. Here is the tool and another one that can turn your veggies into tealight holders!

Here are the coloured pepper tulips:

And kiwi decorations:

And leek lotus flowers:

As well as some flowers made from an apple and carrots! Looks cute in the Wheat Grass.

Definitely an interesting hour spent on Saturday!

Also in APRIL I have the following still to do -
  • I start my Photoshop 2 classes here in town.  Photoshop 1 was fun and I learned a lot!  I have also bought the Adobe instructional "Classroom in a book" for Photoshop and another Instructional video series too, so that I can continue to learn everything this program can do! I am really enjoying it!
  • This Friday, a group of us go to the CreativFestival for more crafting inspiration and laughs (yes PITA, I can't wait for you to make me laugh as only you an do!).
  • BBQ class with hubbie comes last in April.   Our Date Night consists of a 2 hour BBQ tune up and hopefully some yummy eats!
So lots on the go - and lots to share.
I will post my next Cricut template projects as soon as they are done.
Until next time, have a great day!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

QR Code addition

Hi everyone!
If you take a look at the right sidebar on my blog you will see that I have added a QR code there - which has a link to this blog embedded in it.

What's a QR code you ask?
A QR code (short for Quick Response code) is a 2D barcode that is readable by Smartphones, which has information embedded in it like text or other information - even contact info, but it can also direct the phone to open a specific URL (website) using your browser, send a text, make a phone call, etc.  Marketers are using these more and more to provide information and offers to their customers - they are like paper-based hyperlinks.

To read a QR code, your Smartphone needs to have an app (like ScanLife or other) that uses the phone's camera to read the code or Blackberry messenger V5.0 which has a built in reader in it.

So, now if you want to pass my blog information on to a friend without having to type out the URL - just "right click" and save the QR picture and then forward it to a friend.  Or you can scan it yourself to access my blog while you are on-the-go! Fun!

Until next time, have a great day!