Wednesday, January 25, 2017

What's Up With January?

After the busyness of December,  January always seems like a really slow eventless month.  Not that there is anything wrong with this.  Sometimes it is good to be still.  But with this quietness, the blog becomes quiet also.  Here's a glimpse of life this month.

January started off with two new blooms on my peace lily.  If that isn't a promising sign to a new year, I don't know what else is.


We have started up monthly game night with Susan and Richard.  We get lazy and forget to get together and play Aggravation. (A problem with two introverts. )  We play as couples and Susan keeps an ongoing score of the winning team.  Yeah, it's the Shaws!  ;)  We always have dinner together for this event.  This time we ordered in Chinese food.  It had been ages since we had it and it was so yummy!


Thomas got his first guitar from his father.  Like father like son.  I think he looks like a little John Mayer here.  It's the stance.


Rob got me flowers!  These beauties are still alive and I'll be sad to see them go.  I love the simple arrangement and calm palette.  He is a really good flower picker!


Thomas turned seven on the 20th!  He had a very busy weekend.  There was a birthday party with family and school friends.  We got a video of the chaos and it brought us back to our "hosting kids birthday party days".  Yikes!  So after a Sunday skate with his parents,  he looked like this.  Andrew refers to it as his "hangover".  LOL  We are heading out for a visit in April and I am so excited!


For the past few days we have been living in a winter wonderland, literally.  It is frosty and beautiful and the snow is sparkling and the skies are blue.  Plus it isn't even frigid.  Here's a peek from my front door yesterday.  Each day the frost on the branches grows thicker.  It's amazing!


As far as crafting goes, I've lost my scrappy mojo.  I have ideas rolling around my head but nothing is getting done.  I've been stuck in a knitting vortex once again.  I blame it on Vanna.


Her wool was "buy one get one free" last week at Michaels so Diane and I stocked up for baby blankets.  I'll post a photo once I get further along.  The wool pictured is the colour combination for Diane's crocheted blankets.  She has four close friends who are pregnant so she has been busy creating gifts.

Hope you all are having a wonderful beginning to your new year.

Jen

Sunday, January 15, 2017

CSI Case File #222

Well there is a new case up at CSI to be solved.  I totally love this colour palette.

Here's my page.  I mixed some new Echo Park with some very vintage Basic Grey.  Remember "Figgy Pudding", "Boxer" and "Lily Kate"?  They are still amazing to this very day!




It's actually the frosty twigs that I find beautiful, the "fosty" ones... not so much.  ;)

My Evidence:  chevron, snowflakes, pearls, stars, decorative border, bow, stamps and glitter.

My Testimony:  I documented something about winter.

Here's the sketch that I used from Let's Get Sketchy.


Hope you'll give this case a try!  :)

Jen

Sunday, January 1, 2017

A Birthday Celebration at CSI

CSI has just turned five!  They are on their 221st challenge.  Wow!  Debbi has invited all retired detectives to help celebrate by playing along this month.

Here's the case.  I was super excited that this case even came with a sketch to use.


Here's how I solved the case.




My evidence: grid pattern, circles, fruit, enamel dots, leaves, stamped phrase and string.


My testimony: document a birthday, used inspiration words sweet and delicious, mixed handwriting with phrase stickers.

These challenges always get me to use up older stash.  For this challenge I mixed some newer Jillibean Soup paper with some vintage Basic Grey Urban Prairie.  The palette was exact!

I'll be playing along again in mid January.  The palette is awesome!

Jen

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

The Last of 2016

A new year is almost upon us.  So it's time to do some scrappy catch-up.  Here are the last six pages that I created this year.  These were done for Treasured Memories with new collections from BoBunny and Pink Paislee.  They were all done using sketches from Kristine Davidson's sketch books.  They really are amazing resources to have on hand.







Happy New Year and may many happy scrappy times fill your days to come.

Jen

Friday, December 23, 2016

Holiday Greetings

I've been a bad blogger this past month.  December is a busy month but in a good way.  There has been family get togethers and we have already had our turkey, eaten the leftovers and made soup!  We celebrated our Winter Solstice last weekend.  It enabled us to see everyone,  as well as free them up for spending time with the other side of the family this weekend.  It's a win win.  As well, I've been keeping up on my December Daily which I will share in the new year.  Yes, I'm behind on my posting.  I still have six LO's to share that I did last month.  All in time. :)

My real reason for popping in was to wish you all a very Merry Christmas with all of your loved ones!  I hope that Santa is good to all and that the new year brings you joy!

I'll leave you with some images from my December.


Fun times at the Butterdome Craft Fair.


At Fort Edmonton Park.  They took one look at us and crossed the road!


There was lots of baking going on this year.  Yesterday I made over 100 cookies for Rob's office.


Maggie was desperate for a spot to lay down when the house was full.


Lady is always under the tree.  She thinks I put it up for her comfort and enjoyment.


Thomas enjoying his Lego advent calendar.


Ready to open gifts!


Lisa and Steve.


Diane and Eric.


Around the table.


In the small town that Lisa works in, they put this huge tree in the middle of an intersection on the main street.  People drive around it.  They also play music at this spot 24/7.


There was also time for a quick visit to my favourite yarn shop, just around the corner from the huge tree.  ;) Bring on the knitting in January!


The view from my front door.  It's dark around 4:30 pm these days.  I love the long cosy evenings!

Merry Christmas!

Jen


Sunday, December 11, 2016

Santa Visit

Someone went to visit Santa.  Yes my grand puppy, Jack, went to PetSmart to visit the big jolly guy.  So cute!


I wonder if Maggie and Lady would be up for it?  Hmmm  Would Rob be up for the humiliation?  LOL

Jen

Saturday, December 10, 2016

It's Christmas Time

I've been MIA lately.  I've been busy.

The knitting needles have been clicking away knitting up nine pairs of mittens for some of the girlies at Rob's office.

I've sent out a few Christmas cards.



I've been doing some Christmas baking.




I even made gingerbread for the first time in about five years.


I had forgotten how time consuming it is!


We went to the Butterdome Craft sale.


We went for brunch at Fort Edmonton Park.


I've also been scrapping with some new goodies from Treasured Memories.  I'll be back soon to share my pages.

Hope your December is going well.

Jen


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