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

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