Thursday, January 28, 2010

Have I mentioned lately how much I LOVE the internet???

I realize the irony (or would it be just sheer genius?) of praising the internet...while on the internet. But oh my word, how I looove me some online shopping. It actually makes me giddy. And it's way, way, WAY too easy to click a couple of times and poof...something beautiful arrives at your door. It's almost therapeutic in the midst of winter. This is my latest online purchase:
I bought 3 of them just as singles last November at Sask Scraps. The lovely Donna Houston from Fort McMurray, AB had her store set up for our shopping convenience {or should I say pleasure?}. Inspired Designs Scrapbooking Boutique carries waaay too many beautiful things. Donna really stays current and she knows what people want. Like these markers. I went trudging up there, complaining about the quality of my old journalling pens and ever so casually she asked if I had seen these pens? I wrote with a few of them and I was hooked. So smooth to write with, a touch of glitter, vibrant colours. In short, AMAZING! Wow, I must like them. I am seriously overusing the italics here. LOL

Pens have been a sore spot with me for quite a while now. I buy pens all the time with little success. The only other ones I have been primo happy with are the Signo Uniball in white, gold and silver. I have no idea why they don't come in other colours. Or maybe that they just don't have other colours in Canada? Whatever...I really like them. But for coloured pens, I have not found a truly exceptional pen. Until now. Oh and speaking of wasting money (which I have done trying to find the perfect pen) please avoid coughcoughMarthaStewartcoughcough. Not to badmouth anyone here...but seriously, worst purchase ever. And waaaaay more expensive than the Spica markers. 'Nuff said. So head on over to Inspired Designs Scrapbooking Boutique, do a little online shopping and tell Donna I sent you over. No, we don't have a business deal going...she just has amazing customer service, to die for products and she's a doll to top it off. So why not tell her that? Thank-you Donna! xox

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Daily Inspiration

Yes, I am one of those geeky (but cool right?) scrapbookers who carries a pen and paper with me everywhere I go because I am constantly inspired by things around me. And I am also one of those people who has a FAB idea for all of 11 seconds before something else grabs my attention and the idea is *poof* GONE. That's just how I roll and I live with it. I try to be glitzy about it idea book is a beautiful custom piece by the ever fabulous Dawn Hueser. Click on her name, check out her blog. She just became a Tattered Angels educator! So at least I have something beautiful to write in...but I digress.

I was on Facebook this morning, checking out the latest post by Starbucks (2 shockers, I know. Facebook and Starbucks) and saw this label.
Sorry the pic is so small...I couldn't find it anywhere else and it wouldn't let me resize it. Or would it be better put to say I couldn't figure out how to resize it? *See previous post*

Anywho...I thought the colour combo was amazing and one of the calls for Summer for Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine right now is turquoise. Perfect right? I am really looking forward to scrapbooking with this as my inspiration. I am thinking all turquoise background with that sandy yellow as my photo background and bits of red and green. Not too turquoise is my main focus. But I loved it and thought I would share. What has inspired you today?

Monday, January 25, 2010

Teach me, Obi Whan

Um, yeah...I'm a fan. Another little tidbit about Kate. LOL ANy-way...

Yes, I've had a blog for several years and yes, I am pretty good on a computer. I was an administrative assistant before I was a Mum. I know my way around this machine no matter how finicky it may get. may notice I don't have a whole lot of cool gadgety things on my blog because...welllll...I don't know how to work them.

So can anyone tell me what it means on Feedjit when it says someone came to my blog from I am getting hits on my blog from all over the world (cool!) which really wouldn't make me raise an eyebrow...but now I am getting followers from all over the world. Which is cool too did you find my blog and why are you following me? LOL

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Sigh...I loooove CHA

It's time for the Craft and Hobby Association show again and besides all the AMAZING new products that come out...a lot of companies give away a ton of cool prizes on their blogs AND they let their talented designers do the same! Like this unbelievable draw on Donna Downey's blog right now. CHECK IT OUT!!!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Bo Bunny!

This wonderful company has been a staple of my scrapbooking stash since I started. Their lines always catch my eye and I can't wait for the new stuff to be available! They had a challenge on the Bo Bunny Blog this week so I thought I would participate because I loooove their "You Bug Me" line. The colours are fab and match my boys so well. LOL

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Don't you love a chance to win?

I looove blog hopping. Especially when there are giveaways like THESE!!!

Posh Designs Scrapbook Store has an absolutely fab giveaway on their blog to celebrate their 100th follower. It's a random draw...but if you don't enter, you can't win right? Hop on over there!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

It's ALWAYS an adventure

My life is one long string of events that often makes me question "Am I being punked?!" Trust me...I am a walking comedy of errors. And after spending 12 years with me, my husband has come to expect the unexpected. Every day. LOL So yesterday after putting the boys to bed, I looked at the clock and realized I could juuuust make it to the craft store in time to grab a couple new tips for my cake decorating class (it was about 8:20pm). So I kissed the Hubs goodbye and said "I'm going to grab a few things for my class and then stop at Leica's to pick up her kit. I won't be long." Remember those words...I won't be long. The Hubs no longer questions me on this as long as I have my phone on me. Which I did so I jumped into the nearly empty truck with the Hubs calling out "Can you fill up the truck for me on your way back?" Oh sure, I was in the mood to take care of a blue job. No problem. {Yes, there are blue jobs and pink jobs in our house. It's wonderful. I haven't pumped my own gas or taken out the garbage in like 6 years.} So off I went to the store, meeting up with another of my gorgeous gal pals Karen of KAGS. We chatted for a good 20 minutes before we got cold and scooted off. Then it was off to Leica's for the "quick" drop off. BWAHAHAHAHA. Yeah right. All it takes is a couple of previous meltdowns, some interesting moments in the day, throw in a couple of cute kid antecdotes and add the Olympic torch for good measure {added to the fact that we have highschool history together} and what do you end up with? A 3 hour gab fest in the foyer of her house with my truck running in the driveway. Oh totally forgot about my truck. So when I left at 1am I was going through my mind where the all night gas stations were in the city because I do not have cardlock. Now you have to remember what I said previously. I am really shaky on the whole working a gas pump thing. I have never "paid at the pump" and the only reason I know how to work a cardlock thingy is because my Dad let me use his when I was in college. And that was quite some time ago so the knowledge was a little fuzzy. I pulled up to the Co-op and saw a big sign that said pay at the pump. Great! Got out and literally spent 10 minutes pushing buttons on the machine, swiping my card, etc until it finally said "Begin Fuelling." Awesome! I figured it out! So I pressed the handle and the numbers started going up sooooo sloooowly. What? It took me about 10 minutes to get up to 17 cents. No kidding. I pulled the nozzle out and even tried to squeeze some out onto the ground to see how fast it was coming out and was rewarded with a trickle. So I figured that pump was maybe out of gas...I completed the transaction and the thing charged me for the 17 cents (complete with receipt!) and I got into the vehicle and spun around to one of the pumps on the other side. Oh yeah, I can hear you laughing. I really am a glutton for punishment. So I went through the whole process again with the same result. Except this time it didn't charge me anything. Complete with receipt. LOL It maybe started occurring to me that the pumps were shut off. Well, if they were they need to post a sign of the hours of operation!!! I ended up driving waaaay out of my way because I knew there was an all night 7-11 on Central. Little did I know that it doesn't have gas pumps. Are you kidding me?! So I drove a little further out of my way because I was sure the 8th street one had gas pumps. I was also sure that I was going to run out of gas. Oh thank heaven for a 7-11, right? Well, no late night nachos for me...I booked it home and was in bed by 2am. With my Bo Bunny layout still sitting half done on my desk. LOL I guess that's a job for nap time this afternoon. Leica, what on earth did I keep you from?!? I had a great time, I hope I can run out of gas in your driveway again soon!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Words to live by

I often get a little down at this time of year. Really not much to look forward to but the snow melting! And during this time I inevitably reflect on things I shouldn't be dwelling on in the first place like the gross injustices in our world, things you can't control at work, the actions of others, the apathetic attitudes. Today I was sorting through my favourites and came across THIS BLOG. I visit it from time to time and she always has nifty little tidbits on there that inspire me. But these words from Mother Teresa were very important for me to read today. I hope they inspire you to be the best YOU you can be today.

People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered;
forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
be kind anyway.
If you are successful you will win some false friends and true enemies;
succeed anyway.
If you are honest people may cheat you;
be honest anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you've got anyway.
You see, in the end, it is between you and God;
it was never between you and them anyway.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

33...what will it bring me?

*Photo by Margaret Rose Photography Martensville, SK*
I'm not scared to admit it...I turn 33 this week. I like that my birthday is in January. New year, new age, new, exciting things happening. I am planning to attend 3 major scrapbooking events, my boys turn 2 and 6, we are seeing Bon Jovi AND U2 this summer and I have several (ok, more than several) projects swimming around in my head. My scrapbook room just keeps getting better and better thanks to the Hubs and his toolbox AND I have another layout being published by Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine. Can things get any better? Why YES THEY CAN! What's up for the year in your world?