Saturday, December 27, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
It’s been a long time since we’ve had a white Christmas in Vancouver. There was so much snow that cars got stuck and were abandoned in the middle of the street.
Here is a photo of a quiet street in our neighbourhood. Not a single person in sight.
Before dinner, we goofed around. This could be my brother, but he is not. This poser is my brother’s best friend, Eugene. I said if he posed for me I would blog it. So here it is.
Jon made a wonderful turkey. Moist and juicy with an herbal rub. Look at how golden it was! Mmmmm... I love turkey.
Our version of the “blast chiller”.
After midnight mass, we decided to pose for a quick family photo. Not all that quick as I was trying to figure out the features of this camera. It took a few tries, but the photo turned out well. There were a few photos of my sister and dad doing a weird dance, but I deleted those.
Jon and I took a walk to Kensington Park and watched the big and little kids hurtle down the hill with their toboggans, magic carpets and plastic bags. Jon, unfortunately, still cannot participate in those activities, so he was restricted to watching.
We did find this snowman and decided to take a picture with it. We cannot take credit for this snowman. It was already there when we arrived. It was a great snowman. It even had a carrot nose. Thanks to the person who took the time to roll up this dear Frosty.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
A layout about our 1st Christmas as a married couple. Do you recognize the photo? I used it for this year's Christmas card.
The patterned paper is from Basic Grey, one of my fave scrapbooking companies. The papers were not even Christmas themed at all, but I love how it all came together. Ribbon & letter stickers are from another of my fave lines, American Crafts.
Hope you're having a wonderful Christmas.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Since we live in a condo, our strata laws state that we cannot have a live tree, only artificial. As a kid, my family always had a real tree, so this was a disappointment.
Jon always pulls out his Christmas “shrub” just in time to “save the day” (his words). It’s a sad excuse for a tree, but, under the circumstances…it will have to do. Jon loves this shrub. He relishes the moment when he can pull it out of the box and put in a place of honour. Jon’s idea of the place of honour is the TV.
The bright side of this tree/shrub…It complements the Yule Log on TV.
We will be going to Mass tonight followed by dinner (yay turkey!) with my family. Mmmm.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
J and I went to the Sutton Place Hotel with friends to enjoy the delightful Chocolate Buffet. It was the same yummy buffet I remember back in July.
When we left, it was snowing! Lots of snow! It rarely snows in Vancouver, so what was going on here?
Ever the voyeur, I took some photographs of our snowy adventure home.
The slowing traffic along Burrard Street.
We were travelling quite slowly. I managed to take photographs of the Lights of Hope display at St. Paul's Hospital.
Monday, December 22, 2008
I feel my cards have just so-so lately and this was a great opportunity to get my card-making and craft mojo back.
Here are the cards we made:
I love the button on this card. I don’t usually like working with buttons, but it gives this card a sweet touch. We used a pre-cut card called "Fresh-Cut Notes". This card is so quick and easy. It took minutes to make.
This card is a pocket card. Now, why didn’t I think of that? We used a really cute set called “Punch Pals” and stamped the background and sentiment.
Afterward, when I got home, I decided to make variations of this pocket card.
A peek inside the pocket. It's a perfect card to tuck a gift card.
Colleen has amazing projects on her blog. Check it out! Also take a look at her calendar of events if you are interested in taking a class with her.
Stampin' Up! has several promotions going on right now. We just took advantage of the free shipping promo which goes until December 23, 2008.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
I stamped and heat embossed the image using the snowflake acrylic stamp set by Inkadinkadoo and the sentiment from a retired Stampin’ Up! Set. Then, I added some gems for contrast and extra bling. A ribbon completes the picture.
Monday, December 15, 2008
We really enjoyed seeing such talent from professional bakers and high school students.
Even gingerbread celebrate with turkey!
Something new this year. We loved the gingerbread cut-outs.
You can’t catch me…
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Before...a big mess. Junk everywhere.
The boxes which contained the shelves to hold all my craft supplies...courtesy of Ikea.
After…organization. I’m happy. Very happy. Finally! I am not using the kitchen table anymore. I can leave my supplies out and J will not complain. Love it!
Look closely and you can see my Sizzix Big Shot. An early Christmas present to myself. This machine is amazing, but more about that in another post. For now, I want to enjoy my space before I have to hit the books for another semester.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
I made several of these accordion folded cards for Christmas mailing. The front of the cards vary, but the greeting inside is all the same.
I tried to keep it simple, using very little embellishment and basic techniques.
Rather than writing out a long Christmas message, I wrote a short note. Then, I resized the photo and the note to fit the size of the card and printed them at Costco. Super-quick and easy.
Send me an e-mail if I don't have your current address.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
I wanted to share this layout of George the rabbit from a few years ago. We were amazed that George cooperated for this photo. Too cute!
Off to find some stocking stuffers!
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
I don't think we will be putting up decorations in our tiny space this year. We've just got too much stuff to organize. We're still purging, reorganizing and minimizing.
Soon, I'll have photos of my new scrap space (provided J fulfills his end of the deal). :)
Saturday, November 22, 2008
NKOTB in Vancouver!
Donnie, Jordan, Joey, Danny and Jonathan!
We took a step back in time and acted like we were pre-teens again. (Steph was 8.) It was us and the New Kids singing all their old hits and some of their new ones at GM Place.
Random things I heard throughout the evening:
"I still have my New Kids bed sheets."
"My New Kids T-shirt still fits."
“Jordan has the Right Stuff."
I said, “I love the New Kids so much I married someone named Jonathan!” LOL. (Not true, honey!)
I think the best was when my cousin, Sonia, told me (in a slightly drunken state), "I touched Donnie Wahlberg's a**"
Fun times...but I don't think I want to be 12 again.
Monday, November 17, 2008
One year! We made it, baby.
It's been an unbelievably crazy first-year of marriage. Let's see...how do I sum it up?
Well, four months and two days into our marriage, Jonathan was in a very serious accident. See post here. He is doing well now, but not 100% and certainly not in the same place he was before the accident.
I started a new job and decided to fast track my learning by taking two courses per term. I think I'm crazy...or darn near close.
Happy Anniversary! Here's a link to our photo gallery. Relive those wedding memories.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
The US election has dominated the news for most of this year. Democrat or Republican? Obama or McCain? Sarah Palin spends how much on clothes??!?! Since I'm Canadian, I can't vote, but the debates, rhetoric and media have been quite interesting.
My dear friend, Rebecca, directed and stars in the movie Swing Vote, a comedic take on American politics.
What happens when pillow talk turns to politics? What would happen if we reached across the aisle? A timely, innovative, daring and thought-provoking comedy, Swing Vote challenges the American political system, exposes moral hypocrisy and questions our sense of American values. Swing Vote is a modern twist on Lysistrata meets The Wedding Crashers: sexy, relevant, intelligent and down right hilarious."
The film will be screening at several theatres. Check out the site for a theatre near you.
Friday, October 31, 2008
This is a scrapbook layout of her 6th birthday - back in the 80's!!!
A more recent photograph. Who's who??
Happy Birthday, Stephie. Love, Ate Sheila & Kuya Jon
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
On a recent trip to VanDusen Gardens, we came across these scarecrows keeping watch over the vegetable patch. They weren't very scary...just hanging out, I guess.
Monday, October 20, 2008
A children's story come to life.
One of my fondest memories of George is during Halloween when I brought home a pumpkin to carve for the company pumpkin carving contest.
Being naturally curious, she took a sneak peak. Good thing she didn't try to eat the pumpkin!
Here's a close-up. Love the spider.
I love this time of year. Lots and lots of orange -- everywhere!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
for family and friends. For good health and happiness.
It was a busy weekend. Birthdays, Thanksgiving, meeting up with friends we hadn't seen in a very long time. It felt good to reminisce and catch-up.
Here's a glimpse of an album I made for my friends expecting their first little one.
It's a quick and easy way to start documenting those precious family moments.
The album is a "My Word" album by Bo Bunny. There are several different albums offered like Love, Beach and Travel.
The albums are easy to decorate and have lots of space for photos and journalling.