Thursday, April 30, 2009

Thursday's NSW Challenge

Today I am challenging anyone who wants to play along to scrap a less than perfect photo. This photo of my boys didn't develop very nicely at all, it is quite grainy, but it still had a story to tell, so I scrapped it anyway.

the journalling reads....

August 2004 You 2 asked permission to go out in the canoe alone. "Just along the edges of the lake", I say. "Okay", you both agree. On with the life jackets and into the canoe...Straight across the middle of the lake...You were gone for an hour. The entire time I watched and waited for your return with my heart in my throat. 2 more grey hairs earned. 2 happy boys!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Wednesday's NSW Challenge

My challenge for today is to create a layout based on this sketch.

Here is my take on it.

Have fun! Wishing you all a scrappy day!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Tuesday's NSW Challenge!

My challenge today is to use the following sketch from to create two different Mother's Day (or any occasion) cards!

This is my take on the sketch, you can post yours on the TSF forum here.

Have a scrappy day!

Monday, April 27, 2009

National Scrapbooking Day Celebrations

This coming Saturday is National Scrapbooking Day and over at Two Scrapbook Friends they are having a week long celebration! Most of the Design Team (including yours truly) will be posting daily challenges to help get you feeling scrappy so you can create with us this week!!

Today I am challenging all those interested, to create a layout or a card using the colour orange.

Once you have completed the challenge you can upload it to the Two Scrapbook Friends gallery here, under my challenges section. And you can upload it to the Two Scrapbook Friends forum here, as a place to track all of your challenges for this week.

Friday, April 24, 2009


Joanne of Two Scrapbook Friends very sweetly gave me this 'Friends" award!

It came with the following description that accompanies the award: “These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more."

How sweet is that.... the eight bloggers that I would like to share this award with are....

Hmmm.... looks like I will have to work on my list.... watch for updates!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Happiness is.......

A few things that make me happy.....

Happiness is ...... Little boys playing so nicely, that you don't mind if there are toys spread throughout the main floor of your house.

Happiness is ....... A laptop to stay connected with friends and family.

Happiness is ...... A large table to scrapbook at, even if it is uber messy!

Happiness is ...... My Kitchenaid, that makes baking so much easier and therefore makes me want to bake more often, even though I don't really need to eat more treats!

Happiness is ...... A basket of clean laundry. Even though it still needs to be put away, a basket of clean laundry is always much better than a basket of dirty laundry.

Happiness is ,,,,,, A pot of my favourite flowers, white tulips, given to me by my DH - just because!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

A layout for ......

Patti 's (of the 2SF's design team) use your stash challenge.

The goal was to use at least five things from the following list....

rub ons, buttons, brads, eyelets, ribbon, die cuts, alpha stickers, ink, bling, staples, transparencies, paint, acrylic (anything).

A layout I forgot to post...

still a little crazy around here, but I am also trying to get some scrapping time in (yeah!) ... this is a layout I created but forgot to post ...
this is my cute little nephew's jk picture from last year ( I am always a year behind in scrapping school pics as I hang them up in the house for a year first).

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


It's been a little crazy around our place lately, lots going on with all of our boys, and Ian and I. Our schedules are a little crazy! I guess we are all coming out of hibernation!

Anyway, Tuesday was a particularly busy day.... but at least it came with answers! I had Timmy's friend, Jacob, for the day (I felt bad as we ran him around all day but tried to make up for it in the afternoon) not quite the day of play he bargained for, though. First Timmy had an appointment at McMaster Hopital, then we went to the Hamilton passport office since we were so close. The boys were so good, they played in the play room at McMaster and waited as patiently as two 6 year old boys can in the passport office... so we treated them to lunch at McDonald's ( I know yuck! But the kids love it!), after lunch we went to Toys R Us to get Timmy and Jacob a new Bakugan. Then we ran a few more errands. We made a stop on the way home to treat the kids to apple cider donuts at a little farmers market store. Yum!

But as I said, the day came with answers.... our little Timmy has been suffering with seizures for over two years now, and we finally received a diagnosis on Tuesday. He was such a trooper through all of the testing, some of it non invasive and some of it down right yucky, for a little guy, but he held strong. I am so proud of him. Timmy has what is called Reflex Anoxic Seizures, which are triggered through an unpleasant, painfully or scary stimuli or rapid temperature changes, especially in water. Which causes his heart and breathing to stop, resulting in a full blown spasming seizure. It only lasts about a minute from start to finish, but feels like an eternity. Then his brain needs a long nap in order to recover.

The bad news is there is no cure, the good news is he stands a very strong chance of outgrowing this, and this knowledge is our light at the end of the tunnel. It allows us to be hopeful that he will have a normal future, if the seizures go away he will be able to drive and have his freedom, like his peers. Being a non-driver myself, this freedom is so important to me, for him.

However, I am truly thankful that he was not diagnosed with a life threatening illness or something that will drastically reduce his quality of life, so even if he doesn't recover he will still have a full life.

Also, with a diagnosis we can educate his school family about his needs should he have a seizure there. This also brings peace of mind.

Now we, his parents, will look for a way to balance keeping our little daredevil active, while keeping him safe. Might be easier to deal if he was a couch potato!

Monday, April 13, 2009

And the winner is.....

A big thanks to all who have visited my blog and those of you that submitted a comment to win the 500 blog hits prize!

My DH, Ian, drew the name of the winner ...... congrats Sue, it is you!! Privately email me or facebook me with your address and I will mail out your prize!!

Thanks to everyone who played along!

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

A big 500 thank you!!

Wow I can't believe it, I started counting the hits on my blog 4 short weeks ago, just out of curiosity, and I am soooo excited because in that time I have had over 500 hits! Woo hoo! Thank you all for checking in to see what is new in my world both creatively and otherwise! I actually was thinking I was putting all this info here for only me to read! Just imagine my surprise if I had started counting from my first days of blogging.

As a thank you for proving me wrong I am offering this prize. In the spirit of spring, it is all lavender and butterflies! A stamp, flowers and stickles.

To be entered into a random draw for a winner simply leave a comment on this post! I will draw for a winner on Easter Monday, April 13th. Good luck all!

A great time was had by all!

This past weekend I attended the Scrapbook Retreat held in Grand Bend at the Oakwood Inn, with a group of friends. The retreat was sponsored by Two Scrapbook Friends, and it was a great event! My friends and I had a blast scrapping, gossiping, eating, getting massages and we even took time for a walk down to the lake for a very windy photo opp. I tell you I am a lucky gal to have such wonderful friends.... can't wait til next time ladies!

Friday, April 03, 2009

Retreat Day!

It's finally here and I am so excited! A weekend to relax, scrap and hang with the girls! We will be pulling out in a couple of hours and meeting in Grand Bend for lunch before we check in to the resort! In the meantime, here is a sneak peek at something I made for my scrappy friends .... they are scissor charms, as most of us have Cutterbees I thought it would be a cute way to tell them apart!

Chris, if you check this out before I see you, guess which one is yours;).

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

April Design Team Submissions!

journalling reads......

June 2008
Okay, so it may be a little dramatic to feel so overwhelmed about the completion of your first year of school. Yes, I know it’s only JK! Yes, I know you only went half time!
But for me, it’s so much more than all of that. Of my 3 boys, you were the hardest to send off to school. When your brothers were young and beginning their school careers, I was also young and admittedly naive. I don’t think I fully appreciated how quickly children grow up once they start school. Back then I had a career, that I needed to maintain. Motherhood was always a goal of mine, but seemingly, at the time, it came fairly easy to me.
Until you came along, that is. With you we had so much worry and insecurity about whether you would become our forever son. The battle was long, and very hard at times, but with you in our arms we never lost sight of the prize. We had the luxury of loving you from birth, but you were almost 2 ½ before you became forever ours. And two years later I was taking you to school… to be taught and nurtured by someone else. It felt like I was giving you away. I sobbed all the way home, that very first day of school. I thought my heart would break. Especially when you shed a tear or two as we said goodbye.
This first year of school, we both learned a lot. You blossomed in your classroom, with your wonderful teacher and friends. I learned that I can let you grow and shine and that you will still always be mine.
Now, at the end of your first school year, I want you to know … I love you little man, I am so very proud of you. I am here to cheer you through all the years of your education and beyond. There is a wonderful big world just waiting for you to take hold of it and make it yours!