Sunday, October 12, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

I had planned to post photos of the Cranberry Festival that we attended yesterday, but we ended up getting caught in a downpour to end all downpours. Fortunately this happened after we'd had our pancake breakfast and we had a giant golf umbrella. I felt bad for all the vendors who were frantically trying to keep their stalls dry as buckets of water poured down from the tops of their tents. It was unreal. Anyway, in lieu of new photos, I give you an old favourite.

I wish my fellow Canadians a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING
We are having our feast today and our house will be fully of family, friends & dogs. We jokingly refer to this day as the Festival of PIE-we tend to have several pie choices, come dessert time!

As is my tradition, I am posting this harvest prayer. I am not religious, but I do love the sentiment.

Harvest Prayer 
(Anonymous 17th Century Sermon) 

 Please be gentle with yourself and others. 
We are all children of chance, 
And none can say why some fields blossom 
While others lay brown beneath the harvest sun. 
Take hope that your season will come. 
Share the joy of those whose season is at hand. 
Care for those around you. 
Look past your differences. 
Their dreams are no less than yours, 
Their choices in life no more easily made. 
And give-
 Give in any way you can. 
Give in every way you can. 
Give whatever you possess. 
Give from your heart. 
To give is to love. 
To withhold is to wither. 
Care less for the size of your harvest than for how it is shared, 
And your life will have meaning 
And your heart will have peace

Friday, October 03, 2014

Whistler 2014

I keep meaning to post about our trip to Whistler three weeks ago, but things have been so busy I'm just getting around to it now. We had a fantastic time and the weather was spectacular-sunny but not hot. We had meals out on several restaurant patios so that Indy could be with us. We hiked an amazing hike, which I would love to tell you more about, but I am writing an article to submit for publication, so for now I'm not sharing photos or details. 

We rented a canoe and did some paddling on Alta Lake, giving Indy his first canoe experience. He was so good-he lay down in the middle of the boat and just popped his head up to see where we were going. I had fully prepared myself for the possibility of our canoe being overturned if he decided he needed a swim (he is a Lab, after all and swimming is his bliss) but he was content to just relax and enjoy the ride. The only time we thought something might happen is when a flock of Canada geese were taking off from across the lake and Indy heard them honking. That immediately got his attention, but fortunately he just wanted to see them, not go after them. 

I don't usually shop when on holiday, but this time I saw a few small things I wanted. The Canada Home shirt was something I had pinned on Pinterest ages ago and happened to come across in this lovely little shop called 3 Singing Birds. I also found a beautiful handmade style mug at Starbucks and couldn't resist. The grey bamboo bird scarf spoke to me at June van der Star's booth at the Farmer's Market and I had to have it. It's super cozy. Lastly, I wanted a t-shirt with mountains on it because I love my mountains. I love that it's orange!

We stayed at our favourite hotel, Summit Lodge & Spa. I'd won a 2 night stay in one of their deluxe suits and they did not disappoint. The room was beautiful and spacious and super comfortable. If you ever travel to Whistler, I highly recommend staying there. We've been guests at Summit twice now with Indy and have nothing but glowing things to say about our experiences there. The service is impeccable. The staff left these sock monsters tucked in every nook and cranny of our room as a joke. It was pretty funny. I gathered them all up to get a group photo on the back of the couch.

The food in Whistler is always amazing. I had a Thai Salad from the Brewhouse one day and a rockfish taco and a chicken taco from La Cantina Urban Taco Bar. The rockfish taco was fantastic! I have never had a fish taco before, but this one was super crispy and light and the pico de gallo on top was just a party in my mouth. *SO* good! We had take out pizza one night from Avalanche Pizza because we'd had it the last time we were in Whistler and enjoyed it so much. They even delivered it to the hotel for us, which was super nice!

We were there for 3 days, a short holiday, but one of the best we've ever had. It was so relaxing and I'd purposely picked a weekend where there wasn't alot going on in the village, so it was much quieter than the last time we'd been. (Crankworx weekend in August was nuts!) Whistler in mid-September was perfect for us and we both felt this was the best vacation we've ever had. We love Whistler so much that every time we're on our way home, we're already trying to figure out how long it will be till we can return. I don't think we'll ever get tired of it-there's just so much to see and do and it's so incredibly beautiful there.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Final Sneak Peek for October!

Thanks for all the kind words about the Hallowe'en Box. It was great fun to make and I hope you'll give it a try. 

Here's the final sneak peek for October:

Get the full picture here.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Sneak Peek #2 for October!

Yesterday was so much fun! Thanks to everyone who left such kind comments over on the Paper Artsy blog. They are much appreciated!

Here's a sneak peek of my second project:

Can you guess what it is? I promise, it's really cool! 
Click here to see the tutorial.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Sneak Peek #1 for October!

It's that time again!! I'm the guest designer on Paper Artsy's blog this week! October is my favourite month, Autumn is my favourite season and Hallowe'en is my favourite holiday. What does that add up to? Some really fun designs over the next three days. I am really excited to share them with you! 

Here's a sneak peek of what's in store for today: 

Want to see more? Click here to be transported!

Friday, September 19, 2014

We Have A Winner!!

The lucky winner of a free copy of Stampington's new magazine, Bella Grace is...

Roben-Marie Smith! Congratulations! 
I will be in touch with you for your mailing address shortly!

Thank you to everyone who entered. I wish I had copies to send one each of you. If you didn't win, you can still visit this post from Stampington's blog to enter more Bella Grace giveaways!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Studio Table

So Seth is hosting another peek into our artistic community's lives. 
Today we're sharing what our studio table looks like.

This is mine. I promise it really does look like this 99% of the time. I'm a bit of a neat freak in the sense that when I am finished working for the day, I clean up. I can't stand coming into the studio and finding a mess. It blocks my creative flow. I like to start with a clean slate every morning. I like having everything where it belongs because I spend less time looking for things and more time actually working. I've just been away on vacation, so I am in between projects, otherwise I would have purposely left it in work mode & snapped a photo.

Under my iPad & paper cutter, is an old phone book that I use to glue on so my work surface doesn't get sticky. I also use it to remove ink from stamps when I am done using them. I've been using the same phone book for years now. I have two more stashed away for future use, since they've quit making them.

The brown rectangle you see is one of those thick cardboard place mats you can buy at the dollar store. While it's hideously ugly, it also serves to protect my work surface.

To the left of this worktable, I have a computer desk where my laptop sits. I often pull out the keyboard tray to use as an extra surface when I need a place to put stuff.

So...there you go! To view more work tables, head over to Seth's blog. He'll be adding links until Saturday.


P.S. Today is the last day to enter to win a free copy of the fabulous Bella Grace. Click here to read my review & leave a comment on that post to be entered. I'll be drawing the winner tomorrow morning. This contest is open worldwide. Good luck!