Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Blog your heart

I've been a fan of Stephanie Howell's blog for some time now.  A while back she invited her readers to join her as she blogged one day a month whatever was on her mind.  No theme, no layouts, or scrap business, just whatever was on her heart at that point in time.  I really liked the idea and tucked it in the back of my mind to use at some point on my own blog.  Today is the the day. I thought it would be a great way to finish NaBoPo (National Blog Posting Month).  Here's what's been on my heart these days.

1. I am pretty proud of myself for having blogged every single day (and twice in one day a couple of weeks ago) this month.  I have a ton of respect for those who do it all the time, especially those who actually have something to say each day, and don't just throw up a photo for the day.

2.  I've had a real sense of blessing lately when ever I grocery shop.  Sounds weird, I know, but for some reason the last few times I've stopped to pick up groceries I've been overcome with gratefulness as I'm loading the back of my van with everything my family needs, and even things we just simply want, to fill our tummies.  I thank God that we have all  we could ever need here in North America, it is a luxury so many people on this planet cannot afford.

3. I've still not set decorated our home for Christmas.  I've noticed this year, that many people in our neighbourhood put up their tree on Remembrance Day.  I have never noticed before that a lot of people seem to do this.  I think the fact that we have 3 birthdays in our home between November 20 and December 10th is what keeps me from doing it any earlier than the second week of December.  We also prefer a real tree, so that prevents us from putting one up too soon. 

4. I'm wanting to change up the look of my blog and go to something really simple.  Clean lines and only a pop of colour. The only thing stopping my, is the time involved.  Whenever I've changed the look of my blog I end up getting sucked into it, adding this, removing that and tweaking away for an hour or so before I'm happy with it.  I've decided to leave it alone for now, until I have some undivided time to devote to it.

5. I've been enjoying my job at the Scrapbook Cottage, and feel privileged to be there every time I walk through the door.  The girls I'm working with are all so sweet.  We all come from such different backgrounds, it makes for a lot to talk when we're not serving customers.

6. I'm feeling more tired these days than usual.  I don't know if it's the fact that I haven't worked out in a few months (oh the shame, but there's no time), or the fact that there's less sunshine these days, or simply the fact that I'm on my feet a few more hours per week now that I'm working, and my old body has to get use to it.

7. I'm looking for some good ideas for a vacation for our family this winter.  We've decided not to go skiing as we have for the past 2 years, but now need something else to do.  It was nice to have something to look forward to in the cold winter months.  I'd really like to take the family to Disney World, but don't even know where to start to book it.  I've heard of amazing deals some are able to get.  I want one of those too :)

8. Feeling grateful for my mother and father in-law, who have so graciously agreed to watch our girls this weekend, so D and I could get away to Banff for a couple of nights.  I am so looking forward to the fresh mountain air, and getting to spend some time alone with my honey.  It has been such a busy year for him.  A lot of travel, a lot of early mornings, and a lot of late nights.  This will hopefully make up for all the date nights we've skipped over the last 9 months or so.

9. Lastly, I'm looking forward to a fun announcement that should be made next week.  Can't wait to share it with you.

That's about it for me.  See, no order in particular, just what's been on my heart.

What do you say I invite you to join me on this Blog Your Heart out journey?  I'll shoot Stephanie an email to make sure she's okay with me using her idea, and we'll go from there.  I'm thinking the last day of every month will be 'Blog Your Heart Day'.  How you get involved is simply do one of two things.  If you have a blog, do your own entry for the day, and leave me a comment telling me you've done so, and I'll pop over and read what's on your heart that day too.  If you don't have a blog, simply blog your heart in my comments section, and I'll read all about what's on your heart right here.  Sound good?  Who's in? 

Happy Wednesday friends.  Thanks so much for stopping by friends!  Oh and don't forget about the the Christmas Inspiration Blog Hop.  Lots of craftiness, prizes, deals and plenty of inspiration.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A winner & A Sketch

I put together a fun little scrappy package last night for one lucky winner.  A selection of papers from the recently released Echo Park Times & Seasons line with coordinating trim and embellishments.  There's enough there to scap a couple of pages or complete several cards, or even alter a project.  Once again Random.Org helped me to select a winner, but first a layout.

Creative Scrappers sketches are my go to when I'm looking for a little design inspiration.  Sketch 183 went up last week, and was created by fellow Winnipeger Nicole Nowosad.  Once again, it didn't fail to get me the creative boost I was looking for.
Here's the sketch:
And here's my layout:
The photo was taken during Sheila & Kyles wedding ceremony, a couple of years ago.  The colours were a perfect match for the new Echo Park Times & Seasons papers.
Now on to my winner. Here's what's up for grabs.
sorry about the crazy shadows

Without further ado...

Congrats Tara, you are my winner. Let's be in touch and figure out how to get your goodies to you.

Don't forget to check out the Christmas Inspiration going on over at Scrapping Everyday Miracles, for today's Christmas project, and deal/giveaway of the day.

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Christmas Inspiration Week

I'd like it invite you all to join Scrapping Everyday Miracles in their Christmas Inspiration Week.  A full seven days of blog hopping, focused on Christmas themed inspiration for you to enjoy.  SEM designers have some fun and creative holiday themed projects to share.  They've also teamed up with some amazingly generous sponsors for fabulous daily prizes and deals.  At end of the week all who participate in the inspiration by sharing their creations will have an opportunity to win a really great prize pack from this month's sponsor Burlap & Buttercups.  To kick off the fun there's a chance for everyone to get in on the winning early.  Check it out for yourself here.  The hopping starts today so be sure to check out Wendy's kick off day of Christmas inspiration post here. Pin It

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Go Blue!!!

In our house
today is all about the
Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
D and I are big fans of our local football team.  Three hours of our day today, will be spent cheering on our favorite Canadian Football Team with friends.  The Blue and Gold as they're often referred to have had a spectacular season this year.  They came out with a bang and spent seven weeks at the top of the standings.  There was some faltering in the mid-season, but they got right back on track to earn their spot in the biggest Canadian sporting event of the year, the Grey Cup. We are so proud of these guys, many of whom are our brothers in Christ.  They've worked very hard, and sacrificed a lot to get here.  Time away from home for many who are from the US, time away from their home church, and close friends.  These are all factors that play into what shapes these guys and grows them in humility, grace, and character throughout the season.  We are so thankful for our friend, Lorne Korol.  He's the Blue Bomber chaplain.  He encourages these guys with scripture, and teachings throughout the year, reminding them of the God who created them, and like Ephesians 2:10 says "prepared good works for them to do in advance".  Football is just one of those good works.  It's their job, the way they provide for their families.  Their office so to speak, where they live out the plans the Lord has for them.  Where they shine the light of Christ through everything they do, everything they say, and how they act towards their fellow teammates, and opponents in the game.  I pray for their safety today as they play, that the Lord would watch over them, and keep each one safe in body, mind, and spirit.

Go Blue Go!

You still have until midnight (CST) to enter the giveaway posted here.  I'll draw a winner tomorrow morning.  Good luck to you.

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

A few cards

 Go here to enter the giveaway.

We are in the middle of a busy weekend here.  Seems to be a recurring thing for us.  Tonight we'll be taking kicking off the Advent Season at church with a fun family event.  I'll be leading worship with some friends.  We'll be rocking out to upbeat, energetic Christmas tunes, like you've never heard them before.  The kids love them, and have a ton of fun dancing and singing along.

I have a couple of cards that I've not yet shared and thought I'd do that today.
Another Scrapbook Nook card from Danni & Leah's card class

Isabelle's birthday card - there's a pretty cool pocket inside that held her b'day $$$

Darwin's birthday card - no $$$ inside for him though :)
Hope you're in the middle of a fun weekend.  Thanks for stopping by! Pin It

Friday, November 25, 2011

Meet the Birthday Boy

This guy makes my life so full.  He's my partner in this journey called life.  He's supportive, giving, caring, funny, intelligent, a lover of golf and football, a hard worker, and mentor to his colleagues.  He's one of the best dads I know and the perfect piece to our Funk family puzzle.  I love him immensely, and consider my life richly blessed because of him.  Things have been super crazy for him these past few months with work, and today is no exception.  In spite of the busyness of his day, I wish him the very best of birthdays.  My prayer is that he'll know the love of the Father, and experience the very best this day has to offer as he works with pride and with integrity to provide for his family.  May he know just how much all of his girls are crazy for him.

Happy Birthday honey!
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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Working on a few things

Today, I thought it might be fun to show you the beginning stages of what a layout looks like before completion.

Here's the layout I mentioned yesterday as it looked this morning. 

Here's a little peek at what it looks like now.  Unfortunately I can't show you the completed layout until next month.  It's a surprise, I have yet to reveal *sneaky, sneaky*

And here is the makings of a Christmas wreath I'm going to make today.  I'm pretty excited about it, I had so much fun making the Fall one, that I just had to tackle a Christmas one too.
This one will be a gift.  And this time I'm going to create a step by step for you.  You'll see first hand how easy it is to make one on your own.

Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!

And a happy, happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Christmas Tags

I had a chance to do a little creating yesterday.  I made a few Christmas tags with Echo Park Christmastime papers.

I started a layout also, but now I am stuck.  The design just is coming together as I had planned.  I have to fit a lot of journaling on the page, and want to keep it hidden.  It'll come to me.  For now, it just sits there scoffing at me.  I think part of the problem also is that I'm a little preoccupied in my mind.  There's a lot to accomplish in the next few days and only me to get it done.  Plus there are so few hours of sunshine during this time of year, that simply taking photos of projects can be a challenge.  You must complete the project on one day, and wait until the next day to photograph it.  Well at least, that's how I must do it, because projects take me so long.  Alas, it's called life right?!  Sometimes things chug alone smoothly, and other times you fight just to keep your head above water.  It helps to take time to connect with my maker, asking Him to reveal His will to me.  Asking him to take off my plate those things that are not important, or can be done at another time, or by another individual.  I thank God for his his willingness to be an active participant in my life.

Hope you're in the middle of a  fulfilling week friends, whether or treading water, or putting on the life vest to help you stay afloat.  May you see God at work around you, and know that what you are doing matters.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

An apology & a giveaway

I really have nothing new to say or post for you today.  I apologize.  Between working, and volunteer stuff, and Isabelle's birthday I have not had any time to scrap in the past few days.  I'm really missing it, but know that first things must come first.  I love that quote Denzel Washington uses in the movie The Great Debaters "we do what we gotta do, so we can do what we want to do".  He said his own father use to use that line on him and his siblings as he was growing up.  I have no complaints, life is good.  This, is simply our busy season. with 3 birthdays, Christmas and our anniversary all in the same 30 day period.  It's time to buckle up and prepare for the ride.

I had a fun bit of news yesterday.  Another one of my layouts made Top 3 over at Two Peas in a Bucket, in two  of the three categories.

How about I offer a RAK to make up for my lack of substance today?  I'll put together an assortment of scrappy goodies, and do a draw for a giveaway at the end of the week.  Simply leave me a comment letting me know if you'd like to win a little something scrappy, and ensure you're a follower.  Easy peasy! 

Thanks for popping in today.

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Random Love

I've got nothing but bits and pieces left of Crate's Random line.  It was most definitely my favorite CHA release this summer. I'm hoping that I'll still be able to knock out a few more cards with the remnants.  I think this is the last layout I'll be able to create with it.
Théa said the tile of the layout should have read "Beautiful girls...and one handsome dog" lol.

Hope the week is off to a good start for you.  Thanks for taking the time to pop in today.

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Happy 12th Birthday Isabelle

It was 12 years ago today, after 36 hours of painfully, exhausting labour that our first baby girl entered this world.  Today will be spent celebrating her, in all her beautiful, athletic, saucy, intelligent, funny, sarcastic, lovable self.  After church, it's lunch, then shopping with grandma, capped off with dinner out, and cake with extended family.  My life changed forever the day I discovered I was going to be a mother.  This girl has brought us so much joy in her short life.  Watching her grow into a fine young lady is a pure privilege.  There have been many tears, much heartache, and several moments of wondering if I am on the right track with the mothering thing to be sure.  It's a job I wouldn't trade for anything in the world, though.  It comes with the good the bad, and the ugly.  But all of that is secondary to the incredible way a child fills your heart to overflowing by simply existing.  I saw this quote on Pinterest recently by Rajneesh "The moment a child is born, the mother is also born.  She never existed before.  The woman existed, but the mother, never.  A mother is something absolutely new."  Happy Birthday my girl,  thank you for making me a mother.  I hope you love your day, and that twelve will be a sweetly fun year for you.

Created using Handmade: Studio Calico's November  kit.  Buttons, felt and pin from my stash.  This photo was taken last summer when we went to pick up Isabelle from camp.

Thanks for stopping by today.

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

My personal alphabet

I saw this on my Nook friend Deanna's blog this past summer.  I've changed it up a bit, and thought it would be fun to share here. 

The ABC's of yours truly.
(A)ge: 37
(B)ed: Kingsdown, Queen size
(C)hore that you hate: dusting, vacuuming...okay pretty much all of it.
(D)og: a miniature poodle named Wilson.
(E)ssential to start your day: c.o.f.f.e.eeeee
(F)avorite colour: purple. It makes happy.
(G)old or silver: silver
(H)eight: 5 feet, nothin!
(I)nstrument you play? none really.  I sing, does that count for something?
(J)ob Title: CEO of these four walls, lol.  And newly hired at Winnipeg's #1 Scrapbook Store.
(K)ids? 3 girls Isabelle(11), Théa(9), Eden(8)
(L)ive in: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
(M)other's name: Dorothy, but she always went by Sheridene as an adult
(N)Nickname? Sher, but only by those really close to me.
(O)vernight hospital stays: with each girls' birth.  As a kid I always wanted to have an overnight stay I really wanted the Jello.  We never had that in my house growing up.
(P)et Peeves: irrationally slow drivers, crumbs  in the butter, people who park unnecessarily in handicap spots.
(Q)uote from a movie: "You gotta do what you gotta do, before you can do what you wanna do" - The Great Debaters (with Denzel Washington)
(R)ight or left handed: right
(S)iblings: one brother, Delyle(36)
(T)op 40 or County? Top 40 all the way. 
(U)p at what time? 6:30 am
(V)egetable you hate: brussels sprouts.  I had no idea they were spelled like this, with an "s" at the end of brussel.
(W)hat makes you laugh?  The Modern Family show, dh often, my kids  frequently.
(X)rays you've had: only dental ones.  I've had braces and two retainers in my early teens.
(Y)ummy dish you like to make:  two family faves are Broccoli Chicken Casserole, and Fiesta Chicken Soup
(Z)oo or Art Gallery? Zoo, it's more interactive,and besides, that's where the monkeys are :)

Thought it was fitting to have a personal layout.  I think this is the last one I did back in Sprin.
Have a wonderful Saturday friends,

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Jazz Beauties

Théa and her best little dance buddy were over the moon happy to be sharing the stage at the Canadian National Dance Championships (CNDC) this year.  Their group performed a Jazz number clad in sparkle, and shimmer, with bright pink boas.  They were so cute, smiling from ear to ear while working out every move they had learned, and rehearsed for weeks.  I snapped this shot of the two of them after the performance.  Seeing them all made up like this in their 'stage faces' makes me a little nervous about how quickly the day will arrive when they want to look like this all the time.  For now I'll just continue to enjoy the two of them in all their nine year old glory, no make up, no costumes, just good old fashioned giggles, girly talk, and fun.
This has been quite the week, and the weekend isn't going to slow down either.  A date with my mother-in-law on Saturday, and celebrating Isabelle's 12th birthday on Sunday.  Gosh I can barely believe it's been that long already. 

Happy Friday friends.  Thanks for popping by.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Another Publication

A friend of mine turned me onto Scrapbook News and Review recently.  It's an online crafting magazine that is loaded with inspiration.  According to them each issue is jam packed with dozens of articles, technique tutorials, and hundreds of layouts, cards and projects!  We also have sketches, product reviews, digital templates and a rockin' mixed media section.  It really is worth the time to grab a cup of coffee and take in all the eye candy, learning a thing or two along the way.  I submitted a card I created for their "Welcome Home" category this month, and it was selected for publication.  Yay!  I can't show you the project, unfortunately, but wanted to share the news.  I'll be sure to share it with you once the 30 days are up.

It's been a long week here.  Dh has been out of town for 3 days, and work, the kids schedules, and volunteer duties have kept me very busy.  I feel like I'm dragging my feet around from one day to the next.  I think the lack of sun has something to do with my demeanor also.  We've not had sun for the past 2 days.  It would seem as though we likely won't have any for the next few either.  I'm a person who can be easily affected by the weather.  I don't like that fact, but it is what it is.  When it's grey and rainy I feel sleepy and apathetic.  When it's cold and slushy, I stay in, and watch too much tv, and on the few days of the year when the sun shines in all it's glory, I have a ton of energy, am very productive, and have extra bounce in my step.  I miss the sun.  Not only would I feel more energized, but I could also photograph the few projects I've completed to share with you.  I have a little time tomorrow, so I'll try my best to capture a shot as best as I can, sun or no sun.

For now, how about an oldie of dh and I.  The photo was taken last year about this time in Banff.  It is so gorgeous there, the mountains never fail to captivate me.  We'll be back there again in less than two weeks.  Can't wait to get away with just my guy for a little R&R.

Happy Thursday friends, hope it's treating you well,

♥ S.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Summer Fave

Do you ever have that photo that you love so much you insist on scrapping it more than once.  I've been known to do that.  I don't think there's anything wrong with it really.  This photo is definitely my summer fave of the girls.

It's a rare opportunity to get the three of these girls in front of the camera, at the same time, and smiling.  I wish they would look this much 'in like' more often, lol.  The sun was at the perfect spot in the sky to capture some great lighting shots just before pulling out of the parking lot, after picking the younger two up from camp one evening in July.

I put this layout together the other day, but already know that I want to scrap it again using Crate's Random papers.
Using Studio Calico Classic Calico papers and embellies, and butterflies, alphas, and cardstock sticker.  Other: office tags, Amy Tan washi tape, Smash stamp, Lilybee tiny alphas.

Thanks for stopping by friends, hope all is well in your corner of the world.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

One Sweet Neighbour

Meet Kristine.

She's my neighbour, and the mother to some of my girls' best little buddies.  We've been acquaintances for several years already, but have never spent any time together on our own.  As it turns out we ended up buying houses on the same cul-de-sac last year.  What a treat.  It is so delightful to be able to just walk across the sac with a cup of coffee in hand to sit and visit with her for a moment or two after the kids have been dropped off at school.  Or have her and her hubby stop by one evening for a glass of wine out on the deck, as we watch the kids play in the kiddie pool.  Such a gift I tell you.  The best part is that her family loves Jesus too, so we truly are 'the village' to each other as we celebrate the triumphs of our children, and proud parenting moments.  And have each other to lean on, on emotionally charged days when we're left wracking our heads with frustration .  We're still navigating the uncharted waters of new found friendship, learning the body language and tone of the other, and when to push and when to simply listen.  Scripture says, "Ointment and perfume delight the heart.  And the sweetness of a man's friend gives delight by heart and counsel".  That is truly the case with this lovely woman.  I count myself as blessed to have her in my life, and look forward to many more shared experiences in faith, love, friendship, and parenting together.
The journaling is hidden in a little pocket that's revealed when you pull on the green button on the right hand side of the photo.  It should be noted that she hates this photo, but has graciously allowed me to use it :)  Product: Pink Paislee Vintage Vogue papers and embellies, Websters trim, and buttons from my stash.

I pray you know such a friendship in your life.

Have a lovely day friends,

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Pinterest L♥ve

 eta: I'm being featured.  Check it out here.  Thanks so much Francine for contacting me, you've got a great thing going on over that at Craft Gossip dot com.

Now back to our regularly scheduled programing....

Have you joined the masses yet?

I was bucking the trend for a long time.  I do that.  Not sure why.  Every time something emerges as a trend, or on the fast track to popularity I tend to not want to jump on the bandwagon.  Sort of silly, I realize this, especially when I end up giving in eventually anyhow (Facebook, iTunes, misting, sushi).  I don't always though (smoking, Twilight, Harry Potter, Project Life).  Pinterest falls into the fore mentioned category.  I can't remember what exactly it was that pushed me over the edge, probably something, someone had pinned that I just had to see more of.  Once I visited their home page, that was it, I was hooked.  There is just SO. MUCH. INSPIRATION. in one place.
If I'm in need of a laugh I go to my "makes me laugh" board and pull up pins like these:

When I'm looking for something new and delicious to cook or bake I check out my "tasty temptations" board for recipes like these
Cream cheese crescent rolls

Broccoli, chicken crescent braided bake

Made this Lasagna soup on Saturday -yum.

Or creative projects I'd like to try someday

Paper towel roll cut up.
Or in need of a little scrapping/design colour inspiration

See what I mean?  So much inspiration.  If I've piqued your fancy you can check it out for yourself here.

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Some cards to share

Not sure if I mentioned the card class happening over at My Scrapbook Nook in a previous post or not.  Leah, and Danni have put together a class using the My Mind's Eye 6x6 paper pads, and some wonderful embellishments to match.  Each day there is a card (or two some days) posted with detailed directions on how to put it together on your own.  So fun, especially since I hadn't made cards in a long time.  My Mind's Eye is one of my favorite manufacturers.  I find their product so easy to work with.  I loved  both Danni, and Leah instructions, and gorgeous cards.  Although I stayed pretty close to the original design I did personalize each of them to reflect a little more of my own style.  Here's what I came up with

And here's how they were shipped off to AubreyLaine, the winner of my 100 posts giveaway.
I hope she likes them.
 Thanks for popping in, have a great day friends,

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

A Good Deed Repaid

So often we hear of the negative and hurtful contributions of mean spirited people in this world.  It's a rare occasion when stories of kindness are shared.  If you're local to Winnipeg, you may likely have heard of this story already.  I was so moved when I heard about it, I knew I just had to share it here.

A semi-retired Winnipeg couple is breathing much easier these days after the help of a perfect stranger.  Please take a moment to read the story here.  I promise it will restore your faith in the common goodness, and acts of kindnesses of the people around you. 

That extension of yourself is exactly what Jesus is talking about in Luke 10:27, when he said "love your neighbour as yourself."

Have you taken the time today to really see the world around you?  Is there a way you can make someone's day a little brighter?  Is there a simple act of kindness you could extend into the world around you? 

Be blessed today friends,

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Friday, November 11, 2011

We will not forget

For many  November 11th means little more than a day off of school and work.  For some it's the day they officially begin  their Christmas decorating/shopping.  But for many, it is a day to stop.  To consider.  To remember all that was sacrificed by so, so many.  To give thanks, and be grateful for all those who went ahead.  Those who gave it all, and forged the way for us, you, and me in North America to have the  freedom that we have today.  Some lost their lives on the field.  Some  lost their lives along the way, and returned home little more than empty shells of who they once were, reliving the battle in their heads, and hearts daily. 
For all the brave men, and women who gave everything they had for the future of this great country, 
I say Thank You!  
It hardly seems enough.  
Thank you, thank you, thank you.  
I will never forget.  
I will teach my children to do the same.  
We, will never forget.
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Thursday, November 10, 2011


A quick card to share today.
The tag is from on office supply store, covered in a Vintage Vogue paper, and the butting is from my stash.
Made with the lovely Vintage Vogue papers, and embellies by Pink Paislee that I won at Leigh's fun crop back in October.  My card supply is running low, so this was a quick and easy one to add to the stash for a last minute pick me up for someone in need.  I should probably be working on Christmas cards, but it would seem I'm leaving them a little late this year.  To be honest I don't give out too many anymore.  I use to always print a family photo card for friends and family, but haven't done that in a few years.  What's your Christmas card tradition?  Have you been working on anything crafty?  If so link me up, I'd love to have a peek.

ETA: I finally uploaded a bunch of projects to Two Peas the other day.   Well, am I ever glad I did.  I saw this there first thing this morning

That first layout is mine :)
So stoked, I can't even tell you.  Another layout, (the Winter Wonder one I posted on Tuesday) should actually show there too, it's been liked and bookmarked even more than this one.  Not sure why it doesn't show up there, but at least I know it should be there,  and that makes me happy.

I also got some more amazing scrappy news last night too - it's still a secret though, but I'm bursting at the seams to tell you.  Yesterday was a super duper, fun scrappy day I'll tell ya.  I'm feeling very, very blessed.

Thanks for stopping by today friends, and for all your words of encouragement.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Big Announcement...

Here's the email Sharon sent out regarding the opening of   The Brand New Winnipeg Store.

The Winnipeg - Scrapbook Cottage store will be open THIS Saturday, Nov 12th from 10am-6pm!!!
You can find the store at 166 Meadowood Drive, Unit 60 behind the Theaters of St.Vital Mall

We are soo excited to bring the store to Winnipeg, and we will be ready to help you with all your Scrapbooking and Cardmaking needs this weekend:-)
To Celebrate the fact that we are open here in the city - We are offering the following Doorcrashers!!!
Bo-Bunny Buttons and Bling packages - many varieties - Reg price $5.99, but for you they are $2.75!!
(Limit 2 per person)
Cricut Cartridges - I have a variety of different ones available - regular $79.99 and up!
but for you they are $54.99!!!! (Limit 1 per person - limited quantities)
A Surprise Doorcrasher or two...don't worry it will be good:-)
Distress and regular Stickles will be on sale for $1.99 (Regular $2.99)
The lovely Thelma, will be in the back classroom, ready to make a little purse calendar with you! This is a free Make n' take!
The New "Cottage Girls" will be helping you out in the store - make sure you let them know if you need anything!!!
If you cannot make it this weekend- No Worries, as we will be CELEBRATING our Grand Opening & combining it with a Christmas Open house on December 5th &6th....with goodies to eat, more Make n' takes and tonnes more Doorcrashers - mark your calendar for this Can't Miss Event!!!!
Loyalty Cards will be accepted at both locations, as well Gift Certificates. Our Phone number at the Winnipeg Store will be active on Saturday and is 257-2771.
We hope to see you this weekend!!!
Sharon, Kathy and the rest of the City "Cottage" Girls (that's me!)
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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Scrapping Everyday Miracles

My guest spot over at SEM is up.

CHALLENGE #10: Nothing speaks of God's miracles and blessing more than nature. God created a world full of wonders and they are all around us. In the Bible Jesus says that if the people stop singing God's praises even the rocks will cry out… Luke 19:40 (NIV) "I tell you," he replied, "if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out." Your challenge is to find His miracles in the natural world and what they mean to you. It could be through a beautiful landscape or the amazing intricacy of a flower. Open your eyes and camera to the created world around us. You may be surprised at what you find!

Scrap Twist – Re-purpose something to use as part of your layout. It could be a piece of vintage ephemera or an ad from your junk-mail. Or parts of packaging or other "non-scrapbooking" supplies. Get creative!

Here's the layout I created
The journaling is a poem by Joan Adams Burchell.
Fresh-fallen snow, untouched by man, tops bushes, fence and tree;
The strong, gusty wind, whirling it 'round, improves and enriches its beauty.
It sauntered down in the silence of night, leaving a scenic delight;
Now, in the sun, it dances and winks as we drink in the wondrous sight.
This is a picture-post-card scene - winter at its best;
It leaves a mark etched in our heart of when winter was our guest.

I captured this photo while on the chair lift in Steamboat Colorado last Spring.  The night prior we had received 12 inches of freshly fallen, powdery snow.  The trees were weighted down by the sparkling beauty, and the air around us was perfectly quiet, and as still as could be. It was a beautiful moment.  I am blessed to have been witness to it.  My re-purposed item is a piece of felt I bought to use a floor protector under our garbage can.  I used it to cut out a heart shape, and hand stitched a little burst onto it with embroidery floss.  I hope you'll be inspired to come and play along with us this month.  There's a great prize up for grabs from Designs by Diana.  Entries are due by November 25th.  Hope you pop by.  Don't forget to go and have a peek at what the DT came up with, there are some stunning photographs to see.

ETA: I just got some wonderful news in regards to this layout - yay.  I'll share as soon as I can.

Have a wonderful day friends,

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