Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Is This What Crazy Looks Like?

The neighbours might be talking about me.  They might be saying, "We always thought she was a bit off but now we know for sure."  Yes that might be how it goes when they see me out on my walk with the pups.  Here's the story.

Lady has a bad leg.  It has been getting progressively worse.  She is an old girl of 14 years and the two medications she is on don't seem to be giving her much relief. In the last year we have shortened the length of her walk significantly.  Unfortunately this has shortened Maggie's walk also.  Might I add that Maggie needs her walks because she is a fatty.  But it is really hard to leave one behind.  Either way, one dog is missing out on something that they need.  Lately I have had to carry Lady home.  She would just stop walking and sit down on her sore leg.

So I decided to take the plunge into crazy and buy her a pet stroller.  We gave it a whirl in the house and she seemed quite happy in it.  Then Maggie wanted a turn and Lady followed along until it was her turn again.  Today we took it out for a spin around the neighbourhood.  I took Rob along in case I had troubles keeping Lady in it and managing Maggie on the leash at the same time.  Well it went super smooth.


I let her out three times to sniff around and feel like a real dog instead of a "baby".  On the third time out she just sat on the grass waiting for me to put her back in it.  She seems happy as a lark to just sit looking out and spend some time sniffing the air.

Now Maggie can enjoy some longer walks and Lady doesn't have to be left home alone away from the pack.  It's a win win!  I may be subject to some drive by mocking but I'm okay with that.  I don't mind looking a little bit cray cray if it makes a better life for my pups.  :)

Jen

Monday, May 15, 2017

Tiny Knitting

I took a break from knitting yet another baby blanket to knit a baby hat!  Look how tiny it is in newborn size!


The yarn is a wool, acrylic and nylon blend but is so soft that it almost feels like a cotton.  Lisa has a thing about wool being itchy so I know that she'll feel good about putting this on her little one's head.

Now I'm making one in the next size up... baby.


This tiny knitting meant a trip to the good yarn store to buy tiny needles.  This granny thing is a lot of fun!  I am thinking of making some in  the premie size to donate to our children's hospital.  A future project for my charity knitting.

Jen

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

To the Baby Department!

It has been a long time since I've hung out in the baby department.  I forgot how much I enjoy it.  I love the colours.  I love the patterns.  I love that everything is so tiny.  I've been picking up some essentials and some non essentials.


Washcloths and a towel and burping pads and bibs.


Some little spoons for a little mouth.


A little hat with a pair of booties and mittens.  Little hangers, some in tardis blue!  And just incase Little Blueberry enters the world with an immediate need to read a book... I'm gathering a library of sorts.


The world of baby has opened up for me!  While thrifting I found the Mickey Mouse dish for $1.  It was brand new and I love that it has three separate compartments that are nice and deep.  I also thrifted the Peter Rabbit book for $1.

The flannel burping pads and bibs are handmade.  I found them at the Butterdome Spring Craft sale.  All of those baby booths that I used to walk on past were fully investigated. It was so much fun!

Lisa is 17 weeks along and we find out at the end of the month what the gender is.  Then I'll be looking for baby clothes!  Yay!

Jen

Friday, May 5, 2017

Just Random ~ This and That

We are enjoying a "summer" day here in Alberta.  It feels so foreign.  It was still snowing two weeks ago.  I did catch myself complaining about how hot it was today.  LOL  I'm not really a hot weather lover and 29c is out of my comfort zone.

I've been knitting.  I finished the Tardis blue baby blanket.


Now I've started one in pink... just in case.  I am really loving this yarn from Estelle.  It is a 50% washable wool, 40% acrylic and 10% nylon.  It is so soft.


Rob celebrated a birthday.  This card from Lisa perfectly describes her feelings for him.  She will forever be a daddy's girl.


I'm feeling grateful to have these on my kitchen table.  Oh yellow.....


So I've been trying to move on into 2007 and actually use my iPhone.  Texting still seems long and tedious but I have found the perfect motivator.  My emoji!!  It's like stickers for the cell phone!


I have an update on my Canadian Geese.  Although I haven't been over yet this week, last time I checked in I could see that not only is this goose being left water, but some kind of grain also.  People are kind and it makes me realize how much our wild life and nature mean to many. You can see just how tiny her spot really is.  Imagine having cars parked on each side!


I'm starting to feel some scrappy mojo coming on.  It could be just in time for National Scrapbooking Day tomorrow.  I know I'm getting ready to play with paper when random items I see on my travels seem like the perfect scrapbooking supply.


Here we have:

~Paper doilies that were placed under our fancy ice-cream dishes at Joeys.  My family all know to quickly hand over the doily before food gets slopped on it.  And... why does everything taste better when it is served with a doily?

~The packaging from my new cell phone cover along with the bag it was given with.

~An advertisement postcard.  I'm loving the colours and paisley pattern.

Wishing you all a great weekend with some time to celebrate paper!

Jen


Thursday, April 27, 2017

How Do They Decide ? ~ A Canadian Geese Story

Well it is springtime in Alberta, which means that we are still wearing our winter jackets, there is snow on the ground and each day it threatens to snow or at least it rains a bit.  But... this doesn't stop the Canadian geese from coming back in March.  I love spotting pairs of geese.  Some are still milling around together and some are already sitting on eggs.

I know that they return to the same nesting spot each year.  So, how do they make that original decision on where a good nesting spot would be?  Around here, the lucky ones hang out at our cemetery.  There aren't too may humans to bother them, there is a great pond to swim in and best of all, the staff keep baggies of food to feed them in the office.  Frequent visitors know to go in and ask. These geese get really excited to see humans, after all there could be a snack involved.  It is a really beautiful spot to live.  I consider these geese to be the "upper income" geese.  Then there are the "lower income" geese.  These are the ones you see nesting on the side of a busy highway next to a shallow slough.  Why hang out there when there has to be a better spot and why return each year to the same crappy location?

This year I have spotted a pair in the worst spot ever!  Mama is sitting on her eggs, on top of a low juniper shrub,  in a small curbed area in a parking lot right next to a parking stall.  I mean the nest is about a foot away from where a car would pull in and park.  The building houses Rob's chiropractor and many other businesses and is somewhat busy.  It just makes me sad.  Papa hangs out on top of the roof of The Superstore, which is one building over, or sometimes he hangs out in The Superstore parking lot.  Why choose to nest there?  How are those goslings going to stay safe and not get run over?  Where is their water source?  Upon chatting with an elderly lady who lives in the old folks home nearby, where Rob's mother lives, they have been nesting there in previous years.  Don't they want a better life?  ;)  The geese who hang out in the better parts of town have ducks for neighbours.  Today Mama had a crow sitting next to her nest and last time I visited it was a seagull.  So sad.


I was laying in bed the other night thinking that the owners of the building should barricade that one parking stall off so that this poor family can have some peace and quiet.  I'm clearly not the only person who is worrying for this couple.  I spied a plastic Cool Whip container filled with clean water sitting near the nest.  A makeshift water source supplied by a human who doesn't realize that the female will briefly leave the nest to eat and drink.  Papa will keep the eggs warm while she is gone.

I will continue to visit the nesting area when I'm in the neighbourhood.  I'll keep you posted.  I guess it could be worse.  Each year we hear stories on the news of couples who decide to nest on a roof top or the balcony of a high rise.  No worries though, we call in the firemen to rescue the babies.  It is just what Canadians do to protect the Canadian geese.  I guess it is true for all living beings that life is not as easy for one as it is for the next.

Jen

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Oh Johnny

I saw John Mayer last night in concert for the third time.  I seem to think when I saw him last in 2010, I did a post and named it the same.  LOL  I do love me some Johnny.  He just gets better every time I see him.  It took some time but I finally dragged Rob into my world of Johnny and now he too is a fan.  We were lucky enough to get fifth row seats on the floor.  We stood through the show but it was well worth it.


So we finally got to see the new Rogers Place in Edmonton.  We are late to the game.  Yeah we don't get out much and never went for the community viewing when it first opened.  I was really looking forward to seeing this beautiful piece of artwork in the Ford Hall.  An amazing mosaic by Alex Janvier.  It almost seemed disrespectful to even walk on it.


While waiting for the show to start we took our obligatory concert selfie.  I think we might be getting just a bit better at the selfie photograph.... I think.


My newest favourite song, Emoji of a Wave, was played.  Very exciting as he hasn't played it in every show.  Score!


We got to see the John Mayer Trio live and they played a cover of a Jimi Hendrix song, Bold as Love.  Score!


It was a really fun night.  Now if I could only convince my little brother, Andrew, that John Mayer is amazing.  It will never happen.  LOL

Jen

Monday, April 17, 2017

It Has to be Tardis Blue

I've just started knitting a baby blanket for Little Blueberry.  I have to say that it is special,  knitting for an expected grand baby.  "Each stitch was stitched with love" and all that mushy stuff seems to actually hold true.  We went to the good yarn store and bought the quality yarn.  It is 50% washable wool and 50% acrylic and it is so soft that I am loving every stitch except... for the colour.  ;)  I bypassed all of the awesome soft baby neutrals for this!


Yes, Tardis blue at the request of the Dr. Who loving Lisa and Steve.  But what if it is a sweet, delicate baby girl?  Oh well, she will learn to love Dr. Who in time.  The nursery is planned to be a space theme with lots of Tardis blue.  Apparently space will allow them to tie in some Dr. Who themes.  I know nothing of Dr. Who so I couldn't tell you.

The good yarn often has to be rolled since it comes in skeins.  Luckily, Rob doesn't mind the task.  I find it finicky and boring.


I'll be spending lots of time in the next couple of weeks knitting away.


In other knitting news,  I started and completed this baby blanket before I even knew that Lisa was expecting.  Not sure who will end up with this one.  It would be good for a boy or girl.  I love this colour.  I tried a new pattern.  I love the look of it.  It had lots of purling and I did seem to do quite a bit of ripping back.  But in the end, I am really happy with the result.


Our recent dumping of snow is melting and it is feeling warm out so it just seemed fitting to have some yellow tulips on the kitchen table.  An Easter Monday half price sale made them hard to pass up.


As tradition goes, Thomas received his Easter parcel from us on Easter Monday. When he was three years old and the parcel arrived, he asked his mom if the Easter Bunny had sent it.  I remember this every Easter.  It was the cutest thing.   These days, it's all about sharks and chocolate of course.


I'll leave you with a photo of Thomas on Easter morning.  That bunny looks delicious!


Jen

Saturday, April 15, 2017

There Were 5 More

This old blog of mine has been ignored.  It's time to try to catch up and post what I have been creating for Treasured Memories.  There where five more created, however when I went to photograph them just before heading off to drop them off, my battery became exhausted.  I'll try to remember to post them when I get them back from the store.  There has been lots of new product at the store with all of the new CHA releases.  It is always a fun time because we get lots of DT kits to play with.

First up is a new paper company called 49 Market.  The papers are terrific quality.  They are so thick. The style reminds me somewhat of Prima.


I loved this new Kaiser Craft line with it's beautiful watercolour effect.



I used a sketch from Citrus Twist for this page.


This Echo Park line "Once Upon A Time ~ Prince" is an all time favourite of mine.  It was the perfect collection to scrap this photo of Thomas with a knight in shining armour.  I just love it when you find the perfect photo for a new collection.


I used this sketch from Page Maps.


One more of handsome Thomas.


Another sketch from Page Maps.


Lastly, I designed with this new Prima line with rose gold foil accents.  Very amazing collection.


And the second LO.


I used another sketch from Page Maps.


I have some new Carta Bella "Toy Box" that I am really looking forward to playing with.  I have the perfect photo of Thomas!  Wishing you all a happy and creative weekend.  :)

Jen

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The "Granny Club"

I've been waiting patiently... very patiently.  I have wanted to be a part of this club for quite some time.  It's a great club.  You get to cuddle little humans and sniff their heads and take in that new baby smell.  You can spoil them and not worry about following all the rules that you made yourself follow with your own children.  When they get older and exhaust you, you can just go home and get some quiet time.

Here are the soon to be parents.  October 16th is the promised date.


Meet "Little Blueberry" at 12 weeks.


Why this nickname?  When Thomas was in the womb I named him "Little Peanut".  The night that Lisa and Steve gave us the news, we all thought she was 7 weeks along, when in reality she was only 5.5 weeks along.  At 7 weeks, they are the size of a blueberry.  From that night on, I referred to this little one as "Little Blueberry".

It's a very exciting time for our family.  Every time I see a baby, I get excited again thinking how we will soon have one in our family too!  I'm so happy to be joining the "Granny Club".  Not sure what my official name will be, "Granny Shaw" or "Granny Jen".  Rob will be "Poppy"... or maybe "Grumpa".  ;)

Jen

Monday, April 10, 2017

How to Make a Little Boy Happy

I always say that children and dogs are what make life worth living.  Here's a good children story.

Rob has been taking up the hobby of building Lego for the past couple of years.  His biggest build to date is the Death Star from Star Wars.  It was huge and a somewhat complicated project.

Last year while we were getting our house painted we met our painters little boy.  He came down to view Rob's Lego collection and was quite taken back by the Death Star.  Rob knew then that one day when he was ready to give it up, it would go to this little guy.

Last weekend Rob met up with him and his mom.  Mom knew the plan but it would be a surprise for the little fellow.  Rob asked him if he could help him move a box out of his car.  When Rob opened up the box, he simply said, "It's yours."  The photos snapped by his mom tell the rest of the story.




He has it proudly displayed on his dresser along with his other Star Wars Lego.  He was already deciding which friends he could trust around it.  LOL  Such a cute little guy.  I wonder if when he is older he will take it apart and build it for himself.  It is these small moments in life that are truly to be treasured.

Jen

Saturday, April 1, 2017

New Online Store

Just popping in with some scrappy news.  My awesome LSS, Treasured Memories,  has now opened an online store!  I can tell you how terrific this store is as a brick & mortar operation... and now everyone has the same availability to its awesomeness!  Orders over $50 ship free in Canada during the month of April!


They keep up with the newest goodies available.  There is still new product coming in from CHA!  Go and take a peek.  :)

I'll be back soon with some pages that I have recently created for the store.

Jen

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
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