Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Something from Stephanie... her ETSY store. She has decided to take her beautiful creations and kits of things online and you can find it if you click on the following link...

StayFunny Designs

Congratulations Steph! Am Very Proud of you!!!



Sunday, January 24, 2010

Organize me!

I need to confess something...

I have often been told the following "I just don't have time to scrap" by my customers who love to shop but when it comes to the crop part...well. Lets just say I am sure that my products have found good homes but maybe not into a scrapbook. And ladies - I sympathize, I do. Between running the business, being a mother and a wife time is a prescious commodity. However there are nights that I am just staring at the tube or playing a silly computer game.

I pause now for the gasps that will echo from Kanata to Rockland.

In all seriousness, my biggest excuse not to scrap was my lack of space at home. I have a very tiny condo that doesn't give much room for 2 adults, an active and growing 5 year old and a fluffy cat. However this morning I had an epiphany. I could re-arrange my bedroom to accomodate the spare 6' table that was languishing without purpose at the back of my store. I suppose my original reasoning was that I didn't have enough space to have the studio I dreamed of (damn you t!m) but how realistic was that? I know ladies who scrap on their lid of their deep freezer for cryin' out loud.

So now I have no excuse. Emma sleeps through the night, bless her heart. My DH has set times he games with his buddies in the evening so there is no possible reason for me NOT to scrap now. I spent most of the morning rearranging and cleaning up my bedroom (and feeling all of 9 years old doing it) and now I have my 6' table and a good chunk of my personal scrap-stash at home and set up. I even snitched one of the clip it ups and have used up every clip on their and still need more. I am a bit squished but it's more space than my ladies have when they come to crop.

I just have to be more organized and things will get done.

I think I will go right now.



Thursday, January 21, 2010

Not about scrapbooking, but just love it none the less...

Recently, in a large city in Australia , a poster featuring a young, thin and tan woman appeared in the window of a gym. It said, "This summer, do you want to be a mermaid or a whale?"

A middle-aged woman, whose physical characteristics did not match those of the woman on the poster, responded publicly to the question posed by the gym.

"Whom It May Concern, Whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, sea lions, curious humans.) They have an active sex life, get pregnant and have adorable baby whales. They have a wonderful time with dolphins stuffing themselves with shrimp. They play and swim in the seas, seeing wonderful places like Patagonia , the Bering Sea and the coral reefs of Polynesia .

Whales are wonderful singers and have even recorded CDs. They are incredible creatures and virtually have no predators other than humans. They are loved, protected and admired by almost everyone in the world.

Mermaids don't exist. If they did exist, they would be lining up outside the offices of Argentinean psychoanalysts due to identity crisis. Fish or human? They don't have a sex life because they kill men who get close to them, not to mention how could they have sex? Just look at them ... where is IT?

Therefore, they don't have kids either. Not to mention, who wants to get close to a girl who smells like a fish store? The choice is perfectly clear to me: I want to be a whale.

P.S. We are in an age when media puts into our heads the idea that only skinny people are beautiful, but I prefer to enjoy an ice cream with my kids, a good dinner with a man who makes me shiver, and a piece of chocolate with my friends. With time, we gain weight because we accumulate so much information and wisdom in our heads that when there is no more room, it distributes out to the rest of our bodies. So we aren't heavy, we are enormously cultured, educated and happy. Beginning today, when I look at my butt in the mirror I will think, ¨Good grief, look how smart I am!¨


While it may fiction or not, as reportedly it occurred on the other side of the world, I applaud the sentiment that beauty is diverse, varied and can be found in each of us.

Now where is my chocolate...


(Special thanks to Wanda who brightened my day with this)

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Loving Film Strip

Hey there folks!

Ok - long time no blog I know. As my Diva Stephanie picks out a word to define her year, if I were to pick one, it would be 'Organize'. I need to organize my life so that things move more efficiently, smoothly, more cost-effectively...etc etc. Anyone have any tips?

So - lots of stuff has happened in the last month since I posted, but I want to show off some of my creativity. Here is one of the Tim Tags I completed (I actually got all 12 done in time for Dec 31st, and even got them submitted to tim in time for the draw but he had the poor taste to pull someone else's name. The cheek!) and then I did an 8"x8" layout (my first one ever I think) for a friend moving to Toronto. You can see the Tim influence I am sure, but I loved doing it and I loved being able to spend time with another friend (thanks G!) while making it, and using her stamps too!

Emma's Tag

My 8x8 layout

I am also taking a class of Steph's early in Feb - her All About me and my Bucket List 2 PG LO - and one of those items will be to become certified by Ranger U, hopefully in 2010, but I will accept it that it will happen in its own time. I am glad I have this photo of the LO as it will likly become one of the submission pieces as part of the application process.

as for blogging here - I don't want to make any promises other than I will do my best and that I want to do more than once a month =). All part of that whole 'organize' thing that I have going on.

hope you enjoyed it!