Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Taking a Break

Recently, I have been pondering blogging.  Although I have been blogging since 2009, there have been times when I have considered slowing down or even stopping.   As of late, my scrapbooking creativity has been at an all time low.  The mojo has been missing.

I made the decision to step down from my DT position at CSI.  It is hard to scrap when the creativity and mojo just isn't there.  I can't say enough "good stuff" about Debbi and this amazing group of ladies.  If you are looking for tons of inspiration and the warmest and most supportive scrappers you will ever find, here is the place.  They are wonderful.  So now I am officially a retired detective.


And so, I have decided to take a break from blogging.  I'm not sure how long I will be gone.  Time will tell me if I really miss this spot. Who knows, maybe a break will help the scrappy mojo to return.

But for now, you may find me running around my community with Rob taking photographs....


....or sitting in my backyard knitting a dishcloth for the Etsy shop.


Have a great summer all!

Jen

Saturday, July 6, 2013

"Visitor"

There is a new case up at CSI.  A crisp palette that I really enjoyed.

I love this recent photo of Sophie.  She belongs to Lisa's boyfriend Steve.  Lisa explains her relationship with Sophie as "love/hate".  Sophie made it very clear when Lisa moved in that she was still Steve's number one girl.  LOL




Still enjoying playing with clean lines.  Wonder how long this will last?

Hopefully I'll make it down to the studio to create one of these days.  Rob is home for a bit, the weather has been amazing and the days are flying by.  Time to soak up every minute of summertime.

Jen

Friday, July 5, 2013

Finding Treasure

Thrifting is a relatively new passion of mine.  There is something that is just so much fun about heading down to the thrift shop to look for treasure.  You never know what you might find.  Some days are a total bust but then other days you get the big reward.  This week I found my best treasure ever!

Behold the lamp....


Here's the story.  I loved her from the moment I spotted her.  I admired her.  Walked away and then returned to admire her some more.  She was priced at $5.00.  Her shade was ripped and worn but that would be an easy thing to replace.  I came home without her but decided to drag Rob down to the shop for his opinion.  Well, Rob doesn't always see the beauty in the old relics the way I do.  He doesn't quite get what makes me so happy about this find.  But, the decorating is always my department and therefore I get final decisions.  ;)  So the lamp came home.  Oh, and it was half price on housewares so she cost me $2.50!  Score.  :)

We bought three lamp shades before we found the right tone.  It is a Wal-Mart special at $6.  I figure if I ever spy a better one, I am fine with donating this shade to charity and losing the $6.  I think I did pretty good for a total $8.50 investment.

So what do I love about this lamp?  Well, I love the painted flowers.  I love the autumn colours.  I love the glazed effect at the top and bottom of the base.  I love the circular gold band around the bottom base.  I guess it is circa 1970 something.  I can see it sitting in someone's living room many decades ago.  Maybe in a room filled with harvest gold furniture or maybe that awesome olive green that was so popular back then.


I wanted to place my new found treasure in the living room so I could admire it more often throughout the day.  Rob opted for a basement home.  What?  LOL  After photographing it upstairs, I realize that it is a bit too light for our decor, so in the basement it will stay..... for now anyway.  Who knows, down the road I may have furniture that would suit it better.  I love the mix of old and new in a room.  It gives it character and originality.

I'll leave you with a photo I took this morning of one hungry little one. "Feed me Mama!"


Have a great weekend!

Jen

Thursday, July 4, 2013

No Buy Challenge ~ June Update

Better late than never, so I figured that I had better finally gather my thoughts on last month's scrappy diet.



It was the easiest month and the hardest month.  Easy because I wasn't scrapping because of my elbow, but hard because boredom and no creative outlet usually leads me to the LSS for some creative shopping!  LOL  I know that if I had not been doing the challenge, I would currently be looking at a pile of pretty much unopened shopping bags and feeling overwhelmed.  And so for this reason,  I am thankful to be on this challenge.

The best part of the month was when I received some happy mail from Michelle.


We did a swap where I sent journaling cards and items for layering, in exchange for cuts from Michelle's Silhouette!  I am so thrilled to have some of these amazing diecuts that I see popping up on everyone's pages lately.  I so appreciate the time and effort that went into cutting all of these images.  Thank you Michelle!  :)

This past month had me thinking about my scrapbook magazine buying habits.  Since I am trying to use scrappy dollars more effectively,  I have been pondering just how much creative inspiration I am getting for dollars spent.  Years ago, before I discovered the online scrapbook community,  the magazines were my lifeline to creativity.  I would pour over a new issue taking notes on techniques I wanted to try and colour palettes that inspired.  This was before sketches were the rage and so I would examine the design of pages, breaking it down into a sketch in my head so I could copy the design.  I loved seeing the advertisements of new paper line releases and loved the profiles of scrappers, especially when they showed their studios.  Yes, these magazines were worth their weight in gold!

Fast forward to the present.  The computer gives me all of this inspiration and more on a daily basis.  When I do buy a magazine, I may bookmark a couple of pages where something sparks my interest and then eventually file the magazine away and forget about trying whatever it was I saw.  Although I buy fewer magazines than in the past, I know that I am not getting my money's worth out of them.

So in the interest of making use of these magazines in my studio, I have a plan.


I am going through each magazine and clipping out the things that inspire me.  I will put the clippings into this journal, might even add a little washi tape to make it look pretty.  ;)  I will take notes on what I am planning.  Hopefully this will motivate me to actually put some of these idea onto pages.  It will also feel good to clear out some room in the studio by getting rid of the magazine collection.

I know that some days do call for a trip to Chapters, a look through the newest issues and then some time sipping a Starbuck's latte while looking through my purchase.  At least I will know that there is a better chance of actually putting inspiration to page thanks to my journal of ideas.

I'm at the half way point of the No Buy Challenge!  Six months down ~ six months to go!

Jen


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Introducing.....


... our newest arrival to our backyard!



Isn't this little one just the cutest?  Finally got my first peek today and he is not too shy.  Still not sure how many there are.  All I know is that the peeping is getting louder and I love every minute of it.


Jen

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

A New Case ~ CSI #78

I am totally in love with the palette at CSI this week!

It was perfect for scrapping this photo of the female Swallow who lives in my backyard this summer.
I couldn't resist calling it "Dream".  It just looks as if she is daydreaming about something.

I am happy to report that the baby Swallows have arrived!  Mom and Dad spend their days trading off flying back and forth for food.  When a parent returns to the house, I hear the peeping of  the little hungry ones.  I have yet to see them and hope I get the chance before they are on their way.


I am feeling a shift in my scrapping.  Wanting a cleaner more controlled look.  Cleaner lines, less layering and carefully placed embellishment.  Hmm.  Wonder if this will last.



I used this sketch from Page Drafts.


Well our weather hit a hugh high today at 39c with the humidity level.  I had physio for my elbow and the AC was not working.  :(  I'm glad I was there earlier in the day before it heated up even more, especially since the beginning of each session requires wet heat treatment for about 10 minutes.  But.... the end reward is ice treatment for 12 minutes.  :) I wanted to run off with that huge wet towel full of ice!  ;)  Anyway, a storm has just rolled through and the heat has broken.  Tomorrow will be much more bearable.  This house doesn't have central air so there is a strategic daily procedure that goes into keeping it as cool as possible.  Luckily, Rob got the last portable AC at our Costco last week.  It takes the edge off.

I realize that I am overdue with my No Buy Challenge report for June.  No worries,  I haven't forgotten. Life has just been getting in the way lately.  I'll post it very soon.  :)

Stay cool!

Jen

Monday, July 1, 2013

Happy Birthday Canada!

We are 146 years old!  Here are a few images of celebrations.

Mountie, Safety Bear & me

Canoe ride

Helping hand

Exotic bird

I love to boogie... crazy dancing bird

"Thanks for holding the umbrella.  This was the wrong day to wear my cloak."

Sand carving

Tacky tourist ;)

Children at Play

Proud to be a Canadian

Raspberries

Yellow love




~Jen~
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