Saturday, May 30, 2009

Pay It Forward Baby!

If you read my blog often, you may know of a tiny, little addiction I have to Starbucks. Just minor. I can quite anytime I want. Really. So my sis asks me to garage sale with her this morning and I of course ditch all my plans, pack up the boys and head across town. And on the way, there just happens to be a Starbucks. Is it my fault they put one there? No. It's like a moth to a flame people. But I digress...
There was this absolutely snooty woman in front of me who was on her cell phone the entire time she was in the drive thru line. Like the entire time. Even when the ever patient and polite server asked her 3 times what she wanted to order. And the woman told the server to hold on. How rude. I almost yelled out my window. But I wanted to set a good example for my boys so I sat back silently fuming and just waited. You would expect after that kind of treatment the server would be rude right back. But nope. She was sunny and smiling even after little miss high maintenance handed the coffee back and asked her to dump some of the coffee out and add one of those cap stir stick things. Well, at this point I am rolling my eyes and blaming the woman for all the great garage sale deals I am missing. LOL So I pull up to the window and am blinded by the sweetest smile EVER. I told her to google me before I drove away. Dania, (I hope I spelled that right) you made my day with your sunny smile and excellent service. So welcome to the world of scrapbooking blogs...take a peek around in my archives to the right and you'll discover I love to give stuff away. It's a little thing we like to call RAK (Random Act of Kindness). Please e-mail me at and I would love to send you an original Kate creation. Just for being your friendly, wonderful self today.
Everyone can take a lesson from this young lady. Certainly me because I would have told that lady outright how rude she was being. Pay it forward today and do something nice for someone. It will make you feel good inside and it will show on the outside. Cheers.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Blessings all around

K, this has been the weirdest week ever. Seriously. I made some to die for cute invitations for Samantha at the Boys and Girls Club. She asked me to whip up a few for her birthday and she is such a doll I couldn't turn her down. And then I forgot to take a photo of them for the blog. Darn. Then I gave Jelena her gift...super cute mini album of an amazing playdate we had with the kids. And I forgot to take a photo of it for the blog. Why do I have a blog again??? SIGH. I'll have to track down the projects again and snap off some blog goodness. Stay tuned.

Also this week we have had sickness upon sickness in our family. Not me though. I am the caretaker. So between laundry, doses of drugs, baby spit up and sweaty, fever ridden children hanging on me I am somewhat ready to blow this pop stand and do some scrapping with the girls tonight at the LSS.

But there is a silver lining to everything...I have met some amazing new people this week, spent time with family, baked, scrapped, cleaned and hung things on my clothesline. Yup, I am that much of a geek. I LOVE hanging stuff on my clothesline. It was the first home improvement I made the hubs do when we moved in. No kidding. So amidst all the chaos all I have to do is look out my kitchen window and see my rainbow of cloth diapers gently waving in the breeze. And then I smile. And that's all it takes. Seek joy in the simple things people!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Saskatchewan doesn't just SCRAP...WE ROCK!!!

Dawn Hueser did a FAB tribute on her blog to all the wonderful SK girlies who grace the pages of the current issue of Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine. I am making a special trip over to the LSS to pick one up the second my hubs gets home! I am proud and honoured to call some of these ladies my friends.And to Jackie Ludlage, Co-Founder of CSM, you are truly an inspiration in generosity and the spirit of pay it forward. As you can tell, I was pretty jazzed to meet you.
Spread that love around girlfriend. That is what keeps us all buying those coveted issues!!! And of course, my personal favourite thing in the magazine:

No matter who it is or where they are from, I get a thrill everytime I see this icon. First time published! Never gets old.
Might I suggest a future Passport To Creativity featuring our wonderful little province of scrappers? As you can tell from the Rambling Dave fiasco-turned-party we are a tight knit group. Way to go girls!!!
So hop those blogs people, there is going to be a whole lot of tooting in Saskatchewan this week! You'll hear from me when the Fall issue comes out!

Friday, May 22, 2009

It's my blog, I can rant if I want to

I understand money woes. I understand budgeting. I understand sometimes doing without. I understand prioritizing. What I don't understand is people who publicly complain about NOT having money. NOT having opportunity. Simply NOT having enough...and then you look in their cart at the grocery store and it is loaded with chips, pop, deep fried breaded chicken strips, sugar laden drink crystals, chocolate bars and other pre-packaged, sodium filled "foods". To the tune of $258.00. Not a green leafy item in sight. I think I may have spotted a few bananas under several packages of licorice but I could have been mistaken. I know it is none of my business but I was flabbergasted. Feed your kids an apple please! Or buy whatever you want and DON'T complain about how you don't have enough. There are people who thrive on much, much less. Check out this amazing lady, I read her blog daily. Thanks for the inspiration Gayle!
And that is my rant of the day. I have a sick babe on my hands, an extra child for the weekend and an out of town husband. Wonderful scrap related topics to come next week. Enjoy your weekend and soak up the sun if it happens to make an appearance!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

A Tribute To The Mamas ♥

Okay, so no offence to mothers everywhere...but I do have a few faves. Yes, of course my own Mum tops the list with my Grandma Myrtle who has been gone for a long time but still rests in my heart. Love you Gram. But today I want to give a shout out to a few of my wonderful girlfriends who touch my life everyday. You are beautiful, special ladies who deserve tribute every single day.
Connie and Annalisa...these girls survived La Loche with me and I couldn't have lived without them! Connie is resourceful, a wonderful cook (those cookies are still the best EVER) and is always up for a game of Kaiser (even if we lose). Annalisa is a beautiful musician, has the prettiest smile I have ever seen and has an eclectic style I envy. Both have hearts of gold.

Leica what can I say about you today that I haven't said 100 times before? This girl has some serious scrap talent, loves her man and kids fiercely and is always up for a roaring good time whether we are at a scrap event or letting the kids run around in pajamas and capes. Who wouldn't like a friend like that?

Megan may have a soft, innocent personality but when it comes to strength of character, this girl has it in spades. She watched her babe fight cancer and was there every step of the way. She is the pillar of her family. She held my hand before I walked down the aisle at my wedding and I wouldn't have wanted it any other way.

Clockwise from me at the top, my sister in law Alana, due to give birth in July! Hard worker doesn't begin to describe her. Passionate about her ideas and knows her mind. My other sister in law Kimberly has the most caring heart I know. She is quiet sometimes but you would never know that with the way she loves and cares for her family. She has a resilient spirit that most people only dream of. And my friend Jelena...who is so bubbly and loving. She has this radiant glow about her that draws people in. Don't be fooled by her carefree attitude. She is a protective mama who knows what's right for her babes. Love you girls!!!

I met Kelly a few months before our northern post. And thank God every day for that. She is my close confidant, the other half of my creative heart. We met for a reason and don't take that for granted. She inspires me to do more every day. And I hope it's ok with her that I put her naked belly on the internet...again. LOL

And of course my sister Dennica. We did not fully appreciate being sisters for a long time. But that doesn't matter now. We rely on each other for understanding and compassion. No matter what the world thinks, my sister is behind me and I am behind her. She has drive to achieve what she wants out of life. No matter what obstacle is thrown in her path.
Those are some of my girls. The Mamas who inspire me, listen to me when I need an ear, stand when I need to lean. They love strongly, fight passionately and believe in themselves.
Happy Mother's Day to each of you. xox

Friday, May 1, 2009

Help a Cupcake out

Remember a few posts back when I told you about Saucy? Well, the Jonas Bros ticket giveaway is still going on so make sure you check it out! But today, you need to help a cupcake out. Saucy is in the iron cupcake challenge and her really nifty blue velvet cupcake is just TOO CUTE. Go here to vote for her! (The polls are on the right hand side and it's called Bloggety Blog Blog) I looked at all the cupcakes (every single one, the list is long) and Saucy's is SO FAB! Vote!