Monday, December 31, 2012

A Look Back at 2012....

I always enjoy looking back at some of my creations and life happenings on this blog over the past year. I enjoy that I have this blog to keep track of my creative and crafty moments because it is very easy to forget what was accomplished or created. I enjoy seeing my sense of design and craft develop and evolve over the years too!

 I look at this blog and I have noticed over the years since I first created it that it has evolved into  a crafty journal rather than a space to share the daily happenings of my life. I tried to do this in December with my December Daily posts. But, wasn't that successful because when things got busy I didn't have the time or take the time to document everything. I want to treasure living in the momment also.

The start of the year was a little bumpy last year, so it was very easy to use my crafting as an escape from the thoughts and troubles that were happening during that time.

This year saw two big paid scrappy initiatives. The first one being the craft fair in November. Preparing for this was very time consuming. Enjoyable, but I began working on Christmas projects in the summer. I became "Christmased" out by the time the actual holiday rolled around, so I didn't even send out Christmas cards of my own. Embarassed a little by that. I do not want that to happen again.

The second paid scrappy initiative was creating a wedding album for my sister's coworker. I very much enjoyed both of these opportunities. But, I am now looking forward to returning to my own crafty projects.

 I would like to work on some of those looming projects that I have purchased with the best of intentions, but never got around to them! I also want to work on a few mini albums. I look forward to diving into my stash more and using what I have. I have lots of wonderful products, tools and things in my stash to play with and I want to use them in new and exciting ways. I look forward to the new year of creative opportunities. I also look forward to sharing these with you!

Have a Very Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

December Daily 2012 - Day 15

Today was another day full of holiday errands. We managed to get lots of our Christmas shopping completed again today! We stopped for a visit at my Mom and Dad's house too! I also worked on the scrapbook album I am completed for my sister's coworker. M LAN is to have it finished for the weekend, so he can come by and pick it up!

Friday, December 14, 2012

December Daily 2012 - Day 14

Wow! This daily posting is so much more difficult then I thought it was going to be! Especially when you are getting prepared for Christmas. Friday evening was dinner out, and then we hit the Mall. We did a decent job of getting people on our list crossed off. Surprisingly, the mall wasn't too bad! We were there until closing. I am having a difficult time coming up with an idea for my sister and her boyfriend. My sister always has high expectations for her gifts! So, it puts a lot of pressure on me! I will figure something out!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

December Daily 2012 - Day 13

Today was a very Christmasy evening. I spent the evening at my school's Christmas concert! I was very proud o my class. We sang a Holiday Hoedown! The students wore red christmad cowboy hats.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

December Daily 2012 - Day 12

I have been checking the mailbox everyday for this package to arrive! I bought these two cartridges and the Cricut Mats during a Pink Tuesday Sale. (The week of Black Friday) It was a treat because I purchased these with some of my profits from the Christmas Craft Fair that I participated in!

It is a amazing how price of Cricut cartridges has dropped! When I first received my machine the cartridges were regularly priced here in Canada at 119.95. I never paid full price! A deal was 59.99. But, I didn't pay that for very many either! I received many as gifts for birthdays and Christmas gifts and my Mom and Dad got some fabulous US sales!

The Preserves cartridge was 12.00. The Tie the Knot cartridge was 20.00. Great deal and so much cheaper than here at home! Plus, I can't even find these here at home as Michaels only carries the new release cartridges!

Very excited to use to use these cartridges and they came at the perfect time as I work on the wedding gift Album for my sisters coworker!

Redley and I also enjoyed som much needed rest by the Cristmas Tree tonight. I had a warm cup of Hot Chocolate with Whip Cream! It was delicious! There is something so relaxing sitting and watching the Christmas Tree! It reminds me of the Christmas Magic as a child with all the excitement around Santa visits and the Christmas surprises I would find under the tree Christmas morning!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

December Daily 2012 Day 11

I would live to say that I have a whole bunch more Chrismas stuff done. But, I didn't manage to do any around home. I wasn't feeling very well when I got home! I have this last little bit of Christmas decorating to do!

It won't take too long...Andrei is patient...I just have to get motivated!

Monday, December 10, 2012

December Daily 2012 - Day 10

Keeping up with these posts is very challenging! It definitely felt like Christmas at work today. Lots of children excited about the upcoming Christmas Concert on Thursday! We pretty well spent the entire day doing Christmas stuff! Crazy!

Sunday, December 09, 2012

December Daily 2012 - Day 9 Santa Photo with Redley

We took Redley to get his picture with Santa! We or a great shot this year and had a lot of laughs.

Saturday, December 08, 2012

December Daily 2012 - Day # 8

Today we managed to do a little bit of everything! I rested on the sofa with Redley, as we watched Andrei play his video games!! I did a little pinning and texting!

Later in the afternoon, I finally convinced Andrei to help me put the Christmas lights up on the outside of the house! We keep it simple compared to the neighbours a the end of the cul de sac! There is something so magical about Christmas lights on the outside of the house! it brings so much wonderful childhood memories of going looking at lights!

We then began decorating the inside! Andrei sets up our Chrismtas tree and then I do everything else! Well, except for the 5 manly Christmas ornaments that Andrei puts onto the tree!

Redley was curious about his stockings. It was amazing how he went straight to his stocking before checking out the others!

We didn't get his picture with Santa paws today, but plan on doing that tomorrow!

Friday, December 07, 2012

December Daily 2012 - Day # 7

Christmas Shopping was on the agenda last night! We decided to go hunting for gifts! Andrei made a point of showing me what he wanted for Christmas! Lol...he doesn't like surprises! So, he wants me to buy all the presents that he gets ahead of time! But, not this year!!

I found the coloured snowflakes that I was looking for before the craft fair! They must have not had them out before! So, I stocked up on different colours because I love embellishing them into Elegant Christmas ornaments!

I had a Skype chat with my friend Shannon from Alberta! It was a lot of fun! She crafted away and I tidyed up my scrap space so that I can get it ready for easily working on the wedding album!

Lots of Christmas excitement to look forward to this weekend!

Thursday, December 06, 2012

December Daily 2012 Day # 6

Today I have enjoyed a little bit of Christmas Cheer with great company! I met a good friend for dinner at my favourite restaurant My Greek Taverna. I always enjoy going out for a Greek dinner with girlfriends because Andrei dislikes Greek food. It was fabulous dinner, and I have left overs to eat for tomorrow. I love this fact too because I always seem to find it difficult to be productive at making proper lunches this time of year.

I am keeping this post short tonight, as I need to get started on the Christmas present for my sister's coworker!

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

December Daily 2012 Day #5

Day five went very fast, but ended with a celebration that I have completed my report card journey!

The day ended with a Christmas activity! Tonight was the card class I hosted! It was a lot of fun and all the members of the group had fun making them! I always enjoy seeing people who take what they have and make it their own! It is great to see others enjoying being crafty!!

A memorable part of the evening was one someone mentioned they needed Christmas Music! I was able to use my phone and have jazzy christmad music! It was a lot of fun!!

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

December Daily 2012 Day # 4

Today I am preparing for Christmas! But, it is a preparation for someone else!! I am making a wedding scrapbook for my sisters coworker! She dropped the pictures off today! Once Andrei headed off to work, I decided to get the photos organized! There were over 100 photos! Various sizes and some black and white and coloured! However, I was able to come up with a theme! It was very exciting!! I was using some of my own completed layouts as inspiration as well as Alsion Davis sketches! However, I am finding that I am able to creat Alison Davis sketches without the sketches!

This weekend I will be decorating, cleaning and scrapbooking!!

Monday, December 03, 2012

December Daily 2012 Day # 3

Well, it certainly feels more like Christmas with each passing day in December. However, everything is on hold in my own home until these report cards get completed. I am not always sure if parents really understand how much time, effort, and energy goes into these. Nonetheless, I am passionate to make sure that they provide parents with the information that they need.

The activity today that made it most feel like Christmas was the rehearsal my class had with the other Grade Four class at school. It was time to practice the actions, and lead the students to do the actions! It took a lot of organizing for the brief song that they do. But, that is will all be worth it when the classes perform in front of their audience next week.

The other job related item that made it feel a lot more like Christmas was writing the email to parents to let them know of the craft stations that will be set up the last week of school. We will also have a pancake breakfast. These next few weeks are going to fly by!

I recognize that this post is very work related...but that is where my mind has been at all day!

Sunday, December 02, 2012

December Daily 2012 Day #2

So this post is already to share! It is more serving as a procrastination purpose at this very moment! One part of my Christmas celebrations is preparing report cards for the 26 students I currently have this year! It is one of those must do December activities. But, the least enjoyed because the time spent working on them infringes on my early December activities and preparations!!

It is this work that pays those Chrismas Bills and purchases!

While on a break I completed making 36 card kits for the card class on Wednesday night! I am pretty excite about this evening! I look forward to sharing the Chrismas Spirit with others!!

Saturday, December 01, 2012

December Daily 2012 Day 1

I am going to attempt to do one post everyday leading up until Christmas Day! This is based on a scrapbooking trend of scrapping everyday for the month of December to enjoy all the little things leading up to the BIG holiday!! There are kits available for paper scrapping, but I am going to do a digital December Daily.

Today was a very busy day! So, it was a great way to start off the month because I was doing lots of Christmassy Stuff!

I went to the Christmas Craft Fair! The biggest one in my hometown! It was great going as it brings so many memories! The craft fair has been going on for many years! I went with my mom as a little girl! The Barbie clothes booth is always on the corner! I always wanted my mom to buy an outfit from there! I always admired all the clothes! She is still there only both of us look a lot older than we used too!!

I bought a key chain today! It is wrist band. It is perfect when you are carrying lots of things in your hands! Or to help your keys in your purse! I have used it a little bit today!! I love it!! I also bought some whole wheat shortbread. All the money raised went to Cancer society! After shopping we went for Greek food! Yummy!!

A visit to the Dollar Tree, and I bought this really cute gingerbread box for our scrapbook gift exchange! I pulled my friend Lisa's name and I really had fun with all this project life stuff!! It was fun discovering all the neat things that are available!! The box held the items perfectly and Shannon's 3x3 gift tag matched the box perfectly!!

The evening was a night of crafty time at Gloria's! I was preparing the card kits for the card class on Wednesday! I ran out of crafty projects, so I ended up leaving earlier than I hoped.

Had a good evening with Andrei!

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