Friday, July 4, 2014

Checking In...

Hey there! Long time, no chat...

We're plugging away here, trying to balance the chaos of renovations with the laid back schedule of summer... we've been having gorgeous weather for most of the spring, and I'm loving the time I am able to spend outside enjoying it with my girls.

This last couple of weeks we've been wrapping up some of the projects that were only mostly completed before we tackle the biggest renovation we've ever tackled; our kitchen. Doing that room will actually entail finishing three rooms, since the spaces all directly impact one another. Oh, and did I mention we're building the entire thing (read: cabinets) ourselves?

We might be crazy.

We might be really awesome.

I'll let you know.

And no, I'm not forgetting that I haven't shared our bathroom projects with you yet. Every morning that I step into the shower, I am aware that I have to do that post...

Something I've done here and there as I have an hour to spare (so... twice in a month, it appears...) is grab my kids and my camera and practice taking passable photos.

Wanna see some?

That's my beautiful girl, who just loves to pose. It's almost comical how this girl gets into having her photo taken, but thank goodness she's patient and enjoys the process while I learn what I'm doing...

She had the idea to go sit in the tree, and look how cute it looks! I can't believe how grown up she's getting to be... I blinked!

And this little clown:

She is also a poser... in a completely different style. Also patient, thankfully!

Here is one from her Snow White Birthday shoot...

She apparently likes to look lost in thought...?

And here's her truer personality:

Well, she'll keep you entertained, anyway...

And here they are, loving sisters that make my heart swell:

Goodness I could squish 'em!

Hey, speaking of photos - make sure you head over to the Chickaniddy Blog for a fun photography contest and giveaway!!

Have a great weekend, friends!

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Visit Me at Chickaniddy...

Hello friends! I'm just popping in to let you know that I have a project over on the Chickaniddy blog, with some of the other ladies... it's time to share what we did with this month's sketch!

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Calling all Scrap Hoarders...

Hello friends!

It's my turn to post over at Chickaniddy today, and I'm sharing a way I came up with to use up all those tiny scraps you just can't let yourself get rid of... you know the ones I'm talking about! *wink*

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Happy Birthday To You...

Hello my friends! I'm back on the Chickaniddy blog today with a new project for this month's colour combo. There's some projects from a couple of the other girls too!

If you've ever spent time on my blog, you know how I feel about stamping my own background patterns... It's my favourite thing to do when I'm in the craft room. The irony is the amount of patterned paper I collect, of course, but for me, nothing beats sitting down with a few stamps and some ink and making magic.

So you can imagine I was just waiting for an opportunity to do just that with my Chickaniddy stamps! Each of the 2 collections has its own stamp set, so I combined the flowers in both sets to create my background. 

This month's colour combo was perfect, so I set to it!

And now I want to stamp one in all kinds of new colours!

Thanks for peeking in, as always! I know we don't see enough of each other these days, but I sure enjoy when I can stop in here!

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Sneak Peek...

Hey guys!

I just wanted to let you know I have a couple of bonus projects over on the Chickaniddy Blog today! I had the chance to create some layouts to share... I hope you'll stop over there to check it out!

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Snow White Party - Josie turns FOUR!

I haven't blogged about a birthday party in a long time! It occurred to me while I was getting this post ready that I didn't ever blog Emma's fifth birthday party... don't worry, you didn't miss much. We had a Princess Party, and it was weeks after we moved into our new old house. It sort of got thrown together in a hurry, and it really wasn't one of my favourites.

Lucky me, I sort of got a do-over!

Initially, Josie (FOUR?!) wanted a Spiderman or Super Hero party. I was trying to push her gently into the direction of "Super Josie" where we could have a lot of fun - at least, according to Pinterest, we could! She was pretty insistent on Spiderman, so I was doing my best to figure a way to put a girly twist on things. I just wasn't feeling it.

Pinterest to the rescue. She was snooping over my shoulder one day, saw a Pin of a Snow White Party (her *favourite* princess), and it was all downhill from there.

I actually didn't manage to create invites for this one. Which really bummed me out, because I had all kinds of grand plans... renovating two bathrooms back to back got in the way. I was nervous that without my usual focus (I plan these things for months normally!) I would repeat last year's blah party.

I was pretty pleased with how it actually turned out!

Above, you saw the dessert table. I really pared down the food and obsession with the theme this year, and I think it paid off. Bonus: I was so relaxed and prepared this time, I managed to fit in a trip to a neighbours garage sale before our guests arrived!

So you've seen these before, I'm sure. You can look them up (Tissue Paper Pom Poms) on Pinterest, and there are plenty of tutorials. So easy, so cheap and a quick way to add lots of impact to your decor. You can buy kits to create them, but it's insane to pay the prices for them! All of these poofs came from a total of about 10 sheets per colour (so about half a package from the dollar store). Simply put, these cost me less than 2 dollars to create - for all of them. And that's only because I wanted three colours!

The table - basically the drink and dessert table this time around!

I made up the punch and we had none left, so I'm guessing Poison Apple Punch is a win! Equal parts soda water, cranberry soda and apple juice. A healthier version would be water and cranberry juice in place of the carbonated drinks. I just sliced up apples and made sure they were poked down the sides of the dispenser to add some interest.

I also had Wishing Well Water, for those who didn't want something carbonated. I just served an infused strawberry and lime water in these milk bottles. I stole the bottle decor from something I pinned, of course!

I wanted to include the Dwarfs somehow, so I came up with the idea that jujubes look like gemstones, which is what the guys do for work. People ate them, which is all that matters!

I also saw something very similar to these on Pinterest, so this is another stolen idea (what on earth did we do before there was Pinterest?). I cheat with cake pops because I just don't have the patience - and I find the real thing to be a bit too rich for me. I just buy donut holes and dip them in melting wafers. Easy peasy.

Finally... *finally* I put my silhouette to use. I got it for Christmas, and these are officially my first project. I created the place card myself (like I said, first time I was making anything, let alone from scratch!), and then I downloaded the bows from here, and made them teeny tiny. Still easy to assemble!

For the kids, we had cupcakes, which I rolled in some sprinkles because all kids love sprinkles. This was also the first time I made cupcake wrappers - I'm officially in love with my Silhouette!

And the cake... it was actually so hot while I was working with the fondant that I had to keep adding icing sugar - which ended up leaving a bit of a powder layer on the red accents. But I'm okay with that because Josie was so excited when she saw it!

As a final touch, we raided the halloween decorations so that we could feature a poison apple next to the punch:

I made these glittered apples a few years ago to put out as a creepy decoration, and they're one of my favourite things I've glittered!

I am still working on her birthday portraits, so I don't actually have a picture of the birthday girl for you - hopefully soon!

Thanks for scrolling through! I'm so glad I managed to get these blogged so soon after the party - we're just about to head into the biggest renovation we've ever done, so I knew it was kind of a now or never thing... I will try so hard to share our two bathrooms with you before too long (as I know I've said before, of course)...

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Forever Love...

Hey guys!!

It's my turn over on the Chickaniddy blog today, sharing a wedding themed project that I created using a *lot* of foil paper. Have you tried it yet? It's seriously the most perfect foil. No, really.

So I decided to use it to bring some shine to my card - I thought it was the perfect touch!

I also learned on this project that this foil paper embosses *perfectly*. I wasn't sure if the embossing plate would crack the finish, but I had a feeling, since it's been so forgiving in my other applications. Well, it certainly didn't, and the results are stunning!

Woodgrain and foil - a perfect juxtaposition!

Also, I can't stop cutting this foil with those fine little word dies!

That's my project for you today. If you head over to the Chickaniddy blog, I show you how I created my "faux" doily behind my front label there!

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