Friday, November 30, 2007

A Layout About Me...published!

So this is supposed to be a scrapbooking blog...but where is the scrapbooking stuff, you ask? I have been asking myself that very same question. I am finally over the sickness part of this pregnancy and it seems I am scrapbooking more than I ever have but the blog is still lacking. Well, that is because I have been saving all my projects for other things. Exciting things. FAB things that everyone needs to check out! A long, LONG time ago I promised fantastic scrapbooking news to come in December. Well, there are 2 great things. First, I was asked to be on a design team for the Crop N Craft Room which is my former LSS. A small team but we are plugging along with some great ideas. Bear with us, the website is a work in progress right now but so far I think it's coming along great. I have been doing a few things for the website which I can't post on my that is where at least some of my projects are going! Second, the amazingly talented and huge hearted Leica Forrest did a layout about me and my scrapbooking class for kids and it was published in Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine. Check out page 20, you won't be disappointed. I know I wasn't!!! Just goes to show that a small town girl can make a difference with a little Faith and the right people in her corner. Don't give up on things just because you think it's difficult!!! Keep striving for your goals, you'll get there. A HUGE thank-you to Leica for all her hard work...there are just no words to thank her enough for what she did for me. Currently, she is soaking up the rays off the coast of Mexico teaching on the Canadian Crop and Cruise. Oh how I wish I was there with her!!! Check out her blog and send her some love. This girl is seriously out of control in the amazing scrapbooking category. I can't wait to have coffee with her again sometime soon. Be safe Leica!
A couple projects on the go right now...I did a mini book with my fantabulous
Zutter Machine that I won at the JSI Spring Crop in April and it actually turned out~! Thanks to Ralna for her tutorial, this thing was giving me serious trouble. But now I'm a Zuttering fool.
Check out me and my bad self: (This original idea came from
Wilna Furstenberg's Make N Take at the JSI Spring Fling)

There are lots more pages but it's the same idea.
I love all the tags and funky ribbon.
Don't forget to put a little something on the back!

I'm also working on other altered projects like scrapbooked Christmas ornaments, other mini books and homemade Christmas cards/letters/envelopes/all in one type of thing. Thank-you to Wilna Furstenberg for her wonderful RAK. She sent me Season of Joy book by MM and it is really outstanding. I am doing 2 of the projects in there right now! And Wilna is in the book which is great too...I love her style. This book is a must have for the holiday scrapper.

What else to tell??? I'll have LOTS of trip LOs coming your way before Christmas...I have grand plans of finishing (did I just say the F word???) my 2003 trip to Mexico, 2007 trip to the Dominican and my son's first year album all before the baby comes in April. Plus all the Christmas projects I am into right now. Am I crazy? Yes, yes I am.
And loving every minute of it.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Green turns to Greener

Our beloved Roughriders have taken the Grey Cup!!! Now it's time to turn our thoughts to Christ's birth which for most means beating the crowds, accumulating debt and stressing about parties, outfits and travels. Let's try something different this year. Stay focused on the reason we celebrate. Let's try keeping things simple. Hot cider, homemade cookies and good friends and family. Wear last year's Christmas outfit (believe me, nobody will notice) and save yourself a few dollars. Take that money and sponsor a local family who can't afford a Christmas meal. Don't think about timing. Don't think "I'll donate in the New Year when it is more convenient for me." If we think like that, it'll never be convenient. Give now, whatever you can. Shovel the walk for an elderly neighbour. Bring some baking to a local care home. Giving means more than just money. Give of yourself. Let's make Christmas merry for everyone this year.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

I'm a GREEN Girl!!!


In the 2007 Grey Cup! And while they do, we'll be scarfing down mini calzones (both regular pizza AND 4 cheese spinach for the more refined palette), hot wings, chips and dip, hot cheese dip with homemade bread, garlic toast, shrimp and fudge. So here is a little known fact about me...I love Football. I'm not a die hard during the regular season, I just keep up. But if my team makes it to the CUP?!!? Break out the Green Paint, get something in the deep fryer and crank up the volume 'cause there's going to be a PARTY!!!

A few interesting tidbits on tomorrow's game:

It is Canada's largest annual sports and television event, regularly drawing a Canadian viewing audience of about 4 million.

In 1909, the Grey Cup was donated by the then Governor General of Canada, Earl Grey, to recognize the top amateur rugby football team in Canada.Over time, the Grey Cup became the property of the Canadian Football League as it evolved into a professional football league.

The Grey Cup has been broken several times. The trophy was broken in 1978 when Tom Wilkinson and Danny Kepley dropped it, and in 1987 when a celebrating Edmonton Eskimos player sat on it. It was again broken in 1993 when it was head-butted by Edmonton's Blake Dermott. During the victory celebration immediately following the 94th Grey Cup game in 2006, the winning BC Lions accidentally broke the cup from its base, which contains the engraved names of the players on each years' winning team. It was repaired the following Monday.[3] Other notable events include a 1947 fire which almost destroyed the trophy and a 1969 theft in which the trophy was held for ransom.

Saskatchewan has only won the cup twice THIS IS OUR YEAR FOR #3!~ Saskatchewan defeated the Ottawa Rough Riders 29 to 14 in 1966. The game was played in Vancouver.
The 1989 game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats is widely believed to have been the best Grey Cup game of recent times. Saskatchewan won the game by a score of 43 to 40, capped by a game-winning field goal by Dave Ridgway.

Yeah, so I'm a geek and I love trivia...and no, I haven't gone crazy with my taste in music. DJ Khaled's "We Takin' Over" is the Roughrider's song!!!


Friday, November 16, 2007

Sing to your babes tonight

My son has several fave songs. There are the standards: Itsy Bitsy Spider, ABC and Old McDonald. But he also likes the song Levon by Elton John. I am a huge Elton John fan, my son's middle name is Levon and I listened to the song continually when he was in the womb. So it seemed only natural to continue singing the song to him when he was born and it was AMAZING how fast it would calm him down. He's 3 now and still loves the song. But normally when he is crawling into bed and says "Mummy, sing me Levon." I say no, it's too long. We'll sing Itsy Bitsy Spider instead. Most times he is ok with this. I'm going to try to stop doing this. Because sometimes there are reminders in life of how short and precious our time is here. Heaven is going to be great...but I'm not ready to leave just yet. Last night I was stopped at a stop sign and my son and I were hit by a drunk driver. And he drove away. I did get the plate # and he was later arrested, we weren't hurt and the damage to my van is disappointing but it's totally drivable. Seriously, things could have been so much worse. But this baby is only 4 1/2 months old in the womb and it's already been in 2 car accidents (we hit a deer last month in the truck). So please kiss your babes...squeeze them...try to have a little more patience. Sing to them and love on them. Because you don't know when it will be gone. And in their final moments, I can guarantee you that not one person has ever said they wish their house would have been cleaner, they would have spent more time at the office or they wish they would have been sterner with their kids. Praise God for little miracles.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Say a prayer for all

who fought, died, are fighting, are dying. Say a prayer for those who fight overseas in our military and for our law enforcement who fight to keep our streets safe at home. Say a prayer for the spouses who hold down the fort, raise children, carry on with life a little lonely at times... Kelly, Ruth, Brianna, Erin, Viola, Charlene to name only a very small intimate few. Say a prayer for your family members who fought to give us freedom. No matter who you are, you will have a tie to war somewhere. My husband's grandfather was in World War II. He returned home only to die from cancer. There is no fairness, no reason. Thank a veteran today for their sacrifice. Not only in body, but in mind, spirit and soul.
War is not only a memory...
We face it today.

And not only are we perishing overseas. But here at home as well.
Today is dedicated to those who sacrifice. Please remember.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

What if it was too late?

Imagine sitting down in your warm, cozy home to a lovely dinner with the family. Maybe Grandma and Grandpa are over...not for any particular reason. Just to enjoy some special time. Mom has taken a delicious looking casserole out of the oven and Dad makes a joke about undoing his belt. The kids are showing Grandma their latest art project from school. Just as supper is being served, a dozen heavily armed men break down your front door and order you from your home. Take nothing. It's not yours anymore. You have no home. No possessions. You are separated from the rest of the family. You have no identity. No freedom of expression. No rights. They are all gone.

This is not fiction. This happened to many, many people. And because of over 40,000 Canadian lives laid down for us (and another 50,000+ injuries), we have an identity. We have freedom of expression. We have rights. They are a reality. So don't give me excuses about not having time, not knowing enough about it or not caring "because my one vote doesn't matter." It does matter. Because if your right to vote was taken away in a heartbeat, wouldn't that matter?