Thursday, December 31, 2009

The End of a Decade...

Staying at home tonight on New Years has been quite an interesting night. There have been many programs on TV today documenting the end of a decade. This got me thinking what a BIG decade this has been for me. These past 10 years I have seen a lot of changes. I was accepted in to the PDP program at Simon Fraser University, I graduated from PDP. I retired from my First job at Second Look Day Spa in Coquitlam Centre. I began teaching and was able to purchase my first car. I then travelled to Australia for 6.5 weeks with a good friend at the time. I then earned my first teacher's contract, and was able to save up enough money to purchase my first condo. I then lived there for four years. In that time. I dated, and then met that special someone, my current husband Andrei. I was accepted into my Master's of Education program at Simon Fraser University. We dated and then got engaged. I then sold my first place, to buy the house we are currently living in. We got married, and now here it is 29 minutes and the end of a decade. I really can't believe it! I hope the speed of the last three years of this decade are not an indication of the speed of the next 10 years. This was a memorable decade for me lots of good times! Lots of memories, and character building! Looking foward to what is instore in the upcoming decade!

Happy New Year!
All the Best in 2010!
Peace and Happiness for you all!

Sweat Treats Swap Items

I have volunteered to host a swap on my favourite message board. I decided to chose the theme of cupcakes, as I received quite a few cupcake scrap goodies for Christmas. Including the Cricut Sweet Treats cartriage, Hero Arts Cupcake clear stamps, and the Hampton Arts Christmas Stamps, this past Christmas. They are fun to use, and I had a lot of fun creating these projects!

I also learned lots about the cricut today, while creating with my Mom. We were exploring one of her new cartriages she got for Christmas Wild Card. This was a cartriage, I would not have considered buying. But, after having some fun with my Mom and hers, I would definitely consider getting this one. Or borrowing hers a lot!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

"Let's Get Crafty" Episode #1: Scraproom Tour

Finally, I have been able to create a video of my scraproom.I used my new camera. However, I am really disappointed in the quality of the video. The program that I use to convert the file has made the video not as clear as the original format. If you want to watch this video you will need to mute the music on my blog first.

Updated: If you checkd out the video, please be sure to check out the new one! With a lot of frustration and a BIG thank-you to my friend Miguel. I was able to create a clear video without too much time. Including the uploading and editin. Phew...I knew it had to be possible. But,it took Miguel to lead me to the way. I am very happy with the results, and hope to film more of these in the future.

Christmas Celebrations 2009

Andrei and I had a wonderful first married Christmas this year. We are developing new routines, and enjoying the time we had together. Andrei worked nights on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, so we had to work around his schedule. However, that did not interfere with having a wonderful time with friends and family.

Christmas Eve we headed over to Andrei's parents for our celebration. We had an early supper and opened presents and then Andrei headed to work at about 7:00. It was a fabulous time because Attila and Gabriela came for Christmas this year. So, we were able to chat and get to know each other much better.

Christmas Day Andrei returned from work. He slept and I headed off to my Mom and Dad's for brunch. Grandma was there and we chatted and spent quality time together. I returned home to spend time with Andrei. We had bubbly apple juice and opened our stockings by the Christmas tree. I sent Andrei off to work, and then I celebrated Christmas with the Mulschlegels. I missed turkey dinner this year, but was able to pull off a fun gift exchange and lead the turkey basters for a Christmas Sing Song. They were strong, as it must have been the extra performance at the wedding this year.

Boxing Day we celebrated the Sanderson Christmas. Grandma returned in the morning. We had a yummy brunch and then opened presents in the early afternoon once Andrei woke up from night shift.

Both families spoiled us, as we got some lovely gifts. I am pretty excited about my new craft toys, and can't wait to start playing with them. I will post some of my creations in the next couple of days.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas Village 2009

I am busy finishing off last minute projects, and then I will be giving my room one big scrapping overhaul! It is time for a clean up! I can't wait to see the desk and parts of the floor again! However, creativity involves mess! At least in my world it does. I wanted to share a You Tube Video I just posted of the holiday village my class created out of paper bags. They did a fabulous job!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

12 Days of Christmas...

Can you believe it? There are only 12 days till Christmas. I certainly can't. I have been playing in my scraprrom today, while watching the snow fall from the scraproom window. It is great to be inside and be cozy in a warm home. Busy weekend this weekend, as Andrei and I went to one of his coworkers for dinner on Friday night. Then yesterday, slept in and then did some Christmas shopping with Julie. We had a good time. Then I came home to get ready to meet my friends from my Master's program. We met for dinner. It was very pleasant to see everyone and share master's program stories. I can't believe that some of us are done, and that some of us are close to being done. As of this summer it will all be over for me!

I have been enjoying some scrap time in my room today. With no homework it feels good to just relax, but some how it is almost more exhausting because I am use to being so ridiculously busy. But, I think in the next few minutes I am going to go outside and shovel the driveway. So, I will have I will be busy doing that for a little bit.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Christmas Cookie Advent Calendar

I really enjoy creating with the friends I have met on the message boards. It is a great place to be inspired to create, as well as share projects with one another. This was one of those creative swaps, that I couldn't miss out on. There were thirteen of us who signed up and we each had to make two squares. I was assigned number 7 and 17. Yes, that is right 17. However, I had done number 18. But, Dolly who had not completed her squares, so we just switched up the numbers/ All thirteen of has created the same squares for everyone. We sent them to Gloria, who swapped them all out. We received 25 squares back all uniquely decorated by the group.

Our job was to then take the cookie sheet and create the calendar. I had to buy the cooke sheet, red spray paint, and magnets. All the other supplies I had. I am very happy with the effect.

The December was made with the Mickey Font and the cricut. I then used the cuttlebug to emboss the letters. I used Inkadoo Christmas Flourish with the essential glue pad and  Martha Stewart peridot glitter for the red strip that is behind the letters.

Two 12 x12 sheets were needed for underneath the dates. My Bind it All 1/2 inch corner round worked very well for finishing off the paper corners. I am very pleased with the results. This is a Christmas treasure for many years to come!

20 Days Till Christmas!


December already! I can't believe it. Amongst report cards, coursework, and my final assignment. I can't believe that Christmas is quickly on its way. I thought I would write a quick post to share that the content of my report cards are now written. I just have to edit them, and then I can had them in for approval on Monday! Very exciting to get those out of the way. Now, I just have my final project to work on, and then once that is complete I will be able to say I am finally ready for the holiday spirit.

We have had our Christmas Tree up for almost a week now. But, I haven't had time to put the decorations on it. I receive my first Christmas Card in the mail from my Aunt Jo-ann. Mine are made and ready to mail out. But, I won't do that till next week sometime. I will be sending wedding thank-you cards and Christmas cards all at the same  time. I have projects to post too, but too busy to do that now.
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