Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Card Patterns #150

I had a chance to play along with Card Patterns sketch 150 this week.

I used Prima Romantique paper and two different Memory Box dies(that I've had for awhile) to create this card:

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Movie Update

This weekend I had a chance to see a couple more movies, Moneyball and Hugo.

I enjoyed them both but really preferred Hugo.

Moneyball is an interesting look at the differences in player budget between professional teams and the unfairness that it causes.

Hugo,directed by Martin Scorsese, is based on The Invention of Hugo Cabret. The story really brings focus to the importance of art and imagination. The setting of the movie is well worth seeing it on the big screen.

Hugo- a thoroughly enthralling movie
My Week with Marilyn
Midnight In Paris
Girl with Dragon Tattoo
The Descendants
The Artist
The Ides of March
Moneyball - interesting look at the money behind baseball
The Woman in Black
The Iron Lady - an interesting look at Margaret Thatcher,Meryl Streep is amazing as usual
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - a complex,spy story set in the early 1960's requiring much attention to follow
The Help - a wonderful movie
Sherlock Holmes - love Robert Downey as well as Guy Ritchie's approach to filming
Adventures of TinTin - cute movie

Have you seen any of these movies? what did you think?

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Thinking of You

Happy Sunday!

Today I'm sharing a card I created for this week's CAS-ual Fridays sketch challenge:

I'm trying to use stamps and papers I have but haven't broken into yet. This card uses Romantique paper by Prima and Papertrey's Botanic Garden stamp set. I also broke into the Papertrey ribbon I'd been hoarding,lol.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

On January 28, 2012

I'm currently

Listening to Storage Wars

Just finished eating pizza

Drinking diet coke

Wearing jeans and an asymmetrical top.

Feeling a little crappy as allergies are acting up today.

Weather is very snowy!

Wanting to do some redecorating but can't decide what to start with.

Needing to exercise more.Photobucket

Thinking that my word for 2012 should have been finish instead of document.Photobucket

Enjoying food gawker where you can feast your eyes on yummy food like this:

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Papertrey January Blog Hop Challenge

This month, in honor of the new year, Papertrey is challenging us to pick our favorite 2011 project from 2011 and share it with everyone. Then to to create a second card that is inspired by the 2011 project.

My favourite 2011 PTI project is this card I created in September using the banner builder die and stamp set:

 I decided to create another project using the same banner builder die set but  layered them up more.  I also used the butterfly, tiny tags, scalloped border and heart border dies along with PTI's library ledger papers. The card itself uses Ocean Tides cardstock.

I'm lovin' the banner and pennant trend! How about you?

And thanks for stopping by!

Little Red Wagon Challenge #117 - Winter Wonderland

This week at Little Red Wagon Joanne has selected the theme of 'winter wonderland'.

So I decided to use my winter village embossing folder to create this card:

You can't see it well in the  photo but I've added glitter  to each of the gently falling snowflakes.

Of course if you really want to know how I feel about those snowflakes, here it is:

Anyway, why don't you dig out your winter themed items and link your creation up at Little Red Wagon, we love to see what you create!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Making Memories Matter Charity Crop

On March 10th, my friend Kathryn and I are hosting a crop in support of Lisaard House, a cancer care hospice.

It is being held in Waterloo from 9 to 5 and we still have lots of room if you want to attend, we'd love to see you there!

Please click here for more information and the registration details.

If you have any questions or if I can help with your registration at all, please e-mail me or leave a comment.

Monday, January 23, 2012

100th Table Top Tuesday

I'm linking this little table top vignette to Marty's 100th Table Top Tuesday:

It is a collection of items I've found at antique markets/thrift stores along with a favourite seasonal snowman.

Thanks for stopping by!

Yearning for Spring

Spring is still a long long way off so this week's list is of things to do to pass the time until spring:

1/ Purchase spring bulbs.

2/ Take photos of said bulbs.

3/ Apply a funky finish to said photos.

4/ Publish on blog.

Hey, I have to amuse myself until spring somehow!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

2012 Movie List

Happy Sunday!

I've decided to update my movie list throughout 2012 with a brief opinion. And I had a chance to see a couple this weekend,The Iron Lady and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. I also added a brief opinion to a few I saw over Christmas.

My Week with Marilyn
Midnight In Paris
Girl with Dragon Tattoo
The Descendants
The Artist
The Ides of March
The Woman in Black
The Iron Lady - an interesting look at Margaret Thatcher,Meryl Streep is amazing as usual
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - a complex,spy story set in the early 1960's requiring much attention to follow
The Help - a wonderful movie
Sherlock Holmes - love Robert Downey as well as Guy Ritchie's approach to filming
Adventures of TinTin - cute movie

Have you seen any of these movies? what did you think?

Friday, January 20, 2012

On January 20th

I'm currently:

Listening to Hoda and Kathie-Lee
Eating nothing
Drinking coffee
Wearing my fuzzy fleece housecoat
Feeling better than I was earlier this week
Weather is cold and snowy
Wanting to have my nails done like this:

Needing to clean the house
Thinking about stencilling my powder room something like this:

Enjoying browsing Pinterest

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Little Red Wagon #116 - Two Ribbons

This week Dee is challenging us to use two ribbons on our creation.

I created this card  then layered on two different colours of  seam binding.

So why don't you join us over at Little Red Wagon with your be-ribboned project?  We love to see what you create!

Monday, January 16, 2012

52 Weeks 52 Lists - 2 Lists 1 Post

Well after watching the Golden Globes last night I have a list of movies I'd like to watch:

My Week with Marilyn
Midnight In Paris
Girl with Dragon Tattoo
The Descendants
The Artist
The Ides of March
The Woman in Black
The Iron Lady
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

I've already seen The Help, Adventures of TinTin as well as Sherlock Holmes all of which I thoroughly enjoyed.

And not movies but I also will be catching up on the series Downton Abbey as well as The Borgias.

And on my To Do list:

1. Finish organizing all ribbon
2. Finish knitting a dishcloth I've had underway for too long
3. Add journalling to finish scrapbook pages.
4. Finish ironing!

Notice a theme? lol

Oh and

5. Actually get some stuff documented in my smash book!

Have a great Monday and thanks for stopping by!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Burger and Hashbrown casserole

It's friday yea!

I often find that I crave comfort food in January and what is more comforting than burger and fries or in this case hashbrowns.

I changed up a burger and fry pot pie recipe from Betty Crocker with hashbrowns and it was pretty good if I do say so myself. And it was quick to make too!

Here's the recipe:
1 1/2 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
1 large onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained(I used a 28 oz. can and upped the flour)
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 oz)
2 cups frozen crispy French-fried potatoes (from 20-oz bag)( I used enough hash browns to cover when using a 9 by 13 pan)

Heat oven to 450°F. In 12-inch nonstick skillet, cook beef and onion over medium-high heat about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef is thoroughly cooked; drain well. Sprinkle flour over beef mixture. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in tomatoes; heat to boiling. Remove from heat.
In ungreased 1 1/2-quart casserole(I used a 9 by 13 pan), spread beef mixture. Sprinkle with cheese. Arrange frozen potatoes evenly in single layer on top.
Bake uncovered about 20 minutes or until potatoes are golden brown. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
Makes 6 servings

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Little Red Wagon Challenge # 115 - Itty Bitty Yellow Polka Dot Bikini

Time for another Little Red Wagon challenge and this week it's my turn to set the theme.

I chose the cheerful  song title Itty Bitty Yellow Polka Dot Bikini as  inspiration for this week's challenge.

And I created this card using a primarily yellow background with swiss dot embossing.

But this theme is wide open, your creation could be itty bitty, yellow, polka dotted or even have a bikini on it.

So dig into those wagons and join us over at Little Red Wagon with your creation!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Random Status Update

Jan 9th at 6:51 pm

I'm currently:

Listening to the evening news
Eating nothing as I just finished dinner
Drinking water
Wearing work out clothes
Feeling extremely tired
Weather is fairly mild
Wanting nothing at this particular moment
Needing to make a start on this week`s to do list
Thinking about what to pack for Crop and Create
Enjoying relaxing while I watch the news

Monday, January 09, 2012

Rustic Apple Galette

Yesterday I decided our apples needed to be used up before they went completely bad.

Our usual standby to use up apples is to make a crisp, which we(Brittany made the topping) did, but I decided also wanted to make a rustic galette. This was made particularly easy as my Mom left some pastry in the freezer so all I had to do was thaw and roll it out.

And the filling recipe was also very easy(found here) with just a few ingredients:

4 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
About 6 apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1 tablespoon butter (optional)

I actually forgot to put the butter on, and it still tasted great!

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, January 06, 2012


Hi there,

I'm back with a card for this week's Shabby Tea Room, time flies theme to use something with wings and inspired by the following photo:

And here's my card, the Jillibean paper suited the colours of this photo perfectly:

I actually based it on a sketch from Bloggabella but that sketch is due for Jan 19th so I guess I'll have to make another card based on that sketch for then,lol.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Fruit Nut Molded Gelatin Salad

It's been awhile since I've posted a recipe and so I thought I'd share a recipe I tried over Christmas.

My sister hosted Christmas and is tradition we all brought items to complete the dinner.

I brought Blueberry Drizzle Salad(recipe here)but also wanted to try something new.

So I browsed online and finally decided on a molded gelatin salad I found at allrecipes.com.

But first I had to make sure I still had my tupperware mold I received as a wedding gift 23 years ago and sure enough I did.

I read that molded salads were more popular in the 60's and then also read a few tips, one of which was to spray the mold with nonstick spray before adding the ingredients. I did do that then let the salad sit out on the counter for 10 minutes or so before unmolding.

And here it is:

It stuck a bit in a couple of spots but overall I was happy with how it came out.

And it was quite flavourful, I'd make it again.

Here's the recipe:

2 1/2 cups crushed pineapple, with juice
1 (3 ounce) package orange flavored gelatin
1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup chopped pimento
1 cup heavy cream, whipped
1 cup diced celery
1 cup chopped walnuts

In a medium saucepan, heat pineapple and juice over medium heat until boiling. Add gelatin and stir to dissolve. Remove from heat and refrigerate until partially set.
In a small bowl, blend the pimento into the softened cream cheese. Mix the gelatin mixture and cream cheese together, and then fold in the whipped cream, nuts and celery. Pour into a 1 1/2 quart mold and chill until firm

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Little Red Wagon Challenge #114 - Warm Fuzzies

Time for our first Little Red Wagon challenge of 2012!

And 2012 sees three new members added to the team, Jan, Judy and Tammy, welcome ladies!

This week Regan has chosen the theme of warm fuzzies, or to use felt or flocking on our creation.

I dug into my wagon for a Jenni Bowlin felt bird and teamed it with some Lily Bee Memorandum paper to create this card:

So dig into those wagons for those warm fuzzie things and link up your creation over at Little Red Wagon.

We love to see what you create.

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

2012 Resolutions

Well it seems that the start of the New Year is one of the few times I actually take time to plan and so I have decided to make a few resolutions that look quite similar to last year's!

First is organization,again! I'll organize my scrapbook room(again), file my completed pages(again,) sort my papers/magazine clippings(again), organize my online photo files, the girls keepsakes, organize the storage/furnace room, closets and my clothing. And it would be really great to keep these things organized.

Second is to recommit(again)to healthful eating and exercising. Currently, on average, I get to Curves twice a week. I'd really like to get there 3 times a week and throw in a couple of times per week on our treadmill too.

Third, I have a terrific sewing machine that hasn't seen a lot of use, so I think I'll set myself a goal of completing 6 sewing projects this year.

Last year I did use my cricut more but I think there is still room to increase its usage so I'll set a goal of completing 12 items that use the cricut in 2012.

I also want to complete my unfinished projects and use up the craft supplies I already have, so I'll set a goal of completing a project/craft per month.

I'd also like to participate in more online challenges, so in addition to my Little Red Wagon challenge, I'll participate in one additional challenge per week.

I think I will be able to incorporate these goals in with my plan to document more.

These a pretty ambitious goals, so finally, I resolve to update my status on these resolutions at least once a month.

Did you make any resolutions that you'd like to share?

Monday, January 02, 2012

Word of 2012 - Document

Well, I've decided on a word for 2012 and it is Document.

I haven't done a very good job lately in documenting our lives whether in written or photographic form and want to change that in 2012.

So in addition to 52 lists in 52 weeks, I'm also going to do a status weekly update as follows:

I'm currently:

Listening to American Pickers on TV
Eating nothing
Drinking coffee with Baileys
Wearing my warm fleecy housecoat
Feeling tired
Weather is snowy and overcast
Wanting to snap my fingers and have the house cleaned and organized
Needing to get up and clean the house
Thinking that I may cave and get a Smash book to document 2012
Enjoying inspiration and ideas found on Pinterest.

Do you have a word for 2012?

Sunday, January 01, 2012

52 Weeks 52 Lists - Jan 1, 2012

Given the new year I've been thinking about resolutions and things I would like to accomplish in 2012.

I'd like to take my blog back to what it started out as, a place to share bits of my life as well as scrapbooking and cooking. I feel like I've been skimping on the life part.

And so I'm going to take part in a challenge to create 52 lists in 52 weeks.

Here's my first list:

And Steve is itching to get the tree down so gotta go!