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November 8, 2012

An Attitude of Gratitude

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On November 1st, 2012 a friend of mine started a very interesting blog. It is entitled “An Attitude of Gratitude” Each day she publishes an inspirational message to encourage thanksgiving and creativity. A Bible verse and a technique are posted with each message. I have been following this although I got behind at the first. Today I will publish the first seven days now that I have completed them. I started by creating a 6 x 6 paper bag album. This is the cover that I made using papers from Canvas Corps.

Cover of journal

My challenge for Nov 1 was to use a colour that I didn’t usually use. I chose red which I incorporated into the background. I journaled about things that give me joy.

Nov 1

On Nov 2, I was challenged to make more of the moment and use circles or squares to create the page. I used circles and put a clock face on each one. To make the most of each moment we need to move slower and take a deep breath.

Nov 2

In Nov 3 we were encouraged to use free hand drawing to exemplify creativity. I started by decorating a pocket page. I answered questions about creativity on the backs of three tags and popped them into the pocket.

On the opposite page our challenge was to do a free hand drawing. I drew a picture of my hands working on a quilt. I thank God for the creativity He has put in me.

creativity 2

Nov 4 was a day to focus on the verse “A time to every purpose”. I used a tree stamp and stamped the tree in the four seasons. I used my pens to colour in the leaves, flowers and snow flakes.
Nov 4

Nov 5 For this page I used spray inks for the back ground and then stamped over with archival black ink. I then tried to use a wet brush to lift off the centre of the flowers. It didn’t work too well, so I painted in the petals and put Stickles in the middle. The verse reminds us to give thanks to the Lord.


Nov 6 We reminded to be thankful for the technology that makes out life so much easier. For the page, I started by spraying the background with green. The kraft paper already had words running across. Then I used a mask to over spray with red. While the mask was still wet, I turned it over and stamped the other side of the page. Then I put my message on craft paper and wrote the verse and title with white pen.

nov 6

I really enjoyed working on this project this week. Watch next Thursday for me to upload the next week. Please comment and let me know what you think of what I have done here.


October 22, 2012

Join Me On A Journey – Step Eight

I finished my notes about my paternal grandfather. That completes all my grandparents. I have written a page about each of them, listing the things that I remember about each of them.

This week I will go back to the beginning and fill in the vital statistics for each one. I will search my family records for places and dates for births, marriages, deaths. I will also include baptism and church confirmations where I can find them.

At the same time I have been continuing to play with colours and create some art pages in my journal. In this one, I did a washed background of gelatos. I put a foggy sun in the sky and included a stock of wheat to remind me of Manitoba. I stamped on a house to represent the house my grandfather built and the reminder that a house should be built on a firm foundation. My grandfather built the house around 1920 and it still stands today.

MAnitoba 1

The image isn’t very clear but the overall effect was kind of foggy, like an early morning haze.

I would love to hear the stories you are remembering about your grandparents. Be free to include them in a comment.

October 8, 2012

Life is Wonderful and Busy

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Well for those of you who have been following this journey, I say I am sorry. I have missed a couple of weeks. It has been a busy time for us. My daughter and I took a week for ourselves. The men looked after the children and we attended a couple of crafting conferences. With a 9 year old boy, a 2 year old girl, a 1 year old boy and a baby on the way, there will not be many times in the next few years that we can get away together. Gramps went and helped keep house so that dad could go to work. It all went very well. Meanwhile Lisa and I attended Crop and Create put on by Scrapbooks and Cards Magazine, here in Ottawa. Then we went to Toronto for a few days to attend the Craft and Hobby Association Creative Conference. Marjolaine Walker from Twelve Stones joined us and we had a great time.
The next day I was up to Petawawa to celebrate our youngest grandson’s first birthday. Then on Sunday we were off to Bath Ontario where we received out ministry licenses from the Independent Assemblies of God. We worked for many years and were very pleased to finally reach this goal.

licencing 2012

As you can see I have been very busy but even with that I have still found time to craft. I have been knitting twisty scarves to sell at our senior’s center. I was not sure how I would like knitting these but I am enjoying it immensely. There are so many different yarns and colours to choose from and they are really very easy to make.

twisty scarves

I also completed a quilt for my grandson’s birthday. It has dinosaur print cotton on the top, stripped ruffle on the edge and the back picks up the green in the pattern in flannel.

working on micheal’s quilt

My daughter and I are making everything for his room out of the dinosaur decorated cloth. The room is going to look so cute when we are finished.
dinosaur print

Join me again on Friday when I will have the eighth installment of my “Join Me on a Journey”.

Please comment and let me know what projects you have been working on.

August 10, 2012

Step One – Join me on a Journey

Well the journey has begun. We are going to compile all the information we can find and remember about our grandparents so that we can introduce them to our grandchildren. This is a great way to honour those who went before us.Elsie Sear, James Patterson, Evelyn and Elizabeth

Today’s step is to decide what we want to use to record our information. My final goal is an album but I need a place to record information as it comes to me.

There are several different ways you can go here. The most important thing about choosing an option is to have everything in one place and to choose an option that you are willing to commit to. I have listed a few here but you may think of others.

    1. a simple notebook or scribbler with one person’s name at the top of each page. This is easy and you can carry it with you.

    2. A three ring binder would work well. With this option you can add more pages and dividers as you get more people and information.

    3. A recipe card box with one person on each card. Again this is simple and easy to use. Cards can be taken with you in your pocket and then refiled when not being used.

    4. A computer file. Not as portable but if you are used to computers, the information is then easy to tranfer into other products when you are ready to make your album. Changes are easy to make. If you go with this option, please remember to back it up each time you make changes.

    5. If you are creative you may want to make an art journal or handmade album to put your information in. You can be decorating pages as you are adding information.

    6. A box where you can put all the slips of paper that you have written on. You can organize them into piles later when you start to write about each person.

Again the main thing is to have a special place to put everything so that you know where to get it when you want to add information.

Please leave a comment and let me know what you have decided to use for your initial information storage.

Looking ahead. Next week I will tell you which option I chose and we will begin to talk about memories.

December 26, 2011

Croptopia After Christmas Sale

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12 Days of Christmas - day oneMerry Christmas greetings.

Now that the rushing around is over it is nice to sit back and work on my seasonal memories. From Christmas to New Year’s Day is my time to reflect on the year and the best way for me to do that is to create layouts about my experiences 2011. I can really make a dent in my stash in these 7 days. So I was thinking this is a great time to offer to you the opportunity to build your stash at great prices. I discussed my idea with Matt and he OK’d me to go ahead with my idea. So here is our gift to you:

From now until midnight on January 1st 2012 you can take 40% off all instock products on our website. How to order:

1. If your browser works with our website just enter you information and the porducts that you want. I will send you an invoice that shows you final total and will request your payment and shipping options.

2. If you browser does not work with our website just copy your order into an email and send it to us. I will send you an invoice that shows you final total and will request your payment and shipping options

For this sale all orders will be charged regular Canada Post charges on all orders, regardless of size and will ship as soon as payment has been completed.

This sale includes all new and old products. Stock up now while you can.

December 22, 2011

Merry Christmas

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I love the Christmas season. It is so much fun to decorate the Christmas tree and put my Christmas village out. Yesterday I made my shortbread, ginger snaps and double chocolate cookies. Today I will go out to the malls and feel the Christmas rush. It is all part of the Christmas season.
Best of all is remembering the Reason for the Season. The baby Jesus who arrived to save me from my sinful ways. Christmas is just the beginning of Easter. “For God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten son that whosoever believeth in Him should not parish but have have ever lastingl life” Thank you God. Thank you Jesus. I love Christmas

September 1, 2011

New Maya Road Products now instock

We are pleased to announce that we are now selling Maya Road in our Croptopia Online Store.

Carline Lau and Susan Irvine

This weekend I was introduced to some of the new lines from Maya Road. Cariline Lau, one of the owners of Maya Road was in Ottawa to teach classes at Multicrafts Wholesalers. She is a wonderful teacher and had so many ideas for using the new supplies. At right you can see a picture of both of us.

We learned how to make flowers from ribbons and zippers. I used a glue gun for the first time in years and have the burnt fingers to prove it. I showcasing many of the techniques that I learned at our Croptopia Pink, fundraiser for CIBC Run for the Cure, on September 17th, 2011. Check out our website to get all the details and see the new products.

These are the Zipper Trim Flowers we learned how to make at the class.

February 4, 2011

Craft and Hobby Conference

I had a good time at the show. There was so much to see. The show was quieter than usual but for me that made it easier to get done what I needed to.

I love the new lines from SEI and purchased the assortment packs for all of them. I also ordered the whole line of one that will be great for all our country fairs in Ontario. We will be featuring sei in our classes and make and takes at Croptopia IAWAH this spring.

I also ordered the whole line of My Little Shoebox. They wonderfully creative designs have been a hit the last two seasons and this year’s offering will be even more popular.

Have you seen the new stitching tool from We R Memories? I will be demonstrating at all the events I attend this spring. Watch for me.

As I get the images, I will be posting them here and on our store website.

Good Intentions

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I had such good intentions when we started out on our holiday. I was going to post everyday. Things just don’t always work out. We realized on the ship that it would be just too expensive, as we were paying by the minute and the connection was slow. I also found that I was far too busy.
We had a wonderful time on the cruise. There was lots to do on the ship and we had some really interesting ports of call. On board we played team trivia every day. It was fun to try and guess at the answers that we didn’t know. I particularly liked the name that tune and show trivia because they held it in the 2 for 1 Martini bar. I discovered chocolate martinis. Yum.
We were on the Norweigen Star and the food was great. We ate dinner in the main dining room most evenings but sometimes we just went to the cafeteria area and the food there was just as good and different every day. I liked that if I wanted dessert, there was always on available that was made without sugar.
We went ashore at each port. At several we took a shore excursion. In Cabo San Lucas we drove dune buggies across town and out into the dessert. It was amazing fun for someone who is not so young anymore.
In each place we went there were markets with vibrant coloured hand crafted items. I wanted to bring it all home but had to keep thinking about the room in my suitcase. I settled for some small musical instruments for the grandchildren to play with when they visit Granny.

January 16, 2011

Day Three

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We woke up to a cool sunny morning here in Miami. We will join the ship at around noon today. We are full of expectation and thoroughly relaxed today. We look forward to what God has for us in the next few week.

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