Thursday, 18 December 2014

Month Kit Layouts

I am sharing two layouts that I created using the Hello Santa kit from Treasured Memories. I have a love hate relationship with creating with these kits. Because I am creating for the store display I am only able to use, with the exception of cardstock, the product from the kit. I have a love hate relationship with this. On one hand I love that I have to use what's available, there is no thinking. Then on the other hand I create a page and think "such & such would be perfect here" but I am not able to use it.When you purchase a kit it's different, you get to use all this coordinated product and add in little perfect tidbits. Win Win.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Around Here

The days are a mix of emotion. I feel like I go through all of them on any given day, which can be pretty exhausting. If you follow along with me on Instagram you get a first hand look at the good days and then the next bad day. I am doing my best to bring happy, joyful & peaceful moments into my days and into our days.  I have been doing my best to plan activities and keep busy, it helps remind me that there is much to be grateful for. Some day are just harder than others.
I found that fabulous "I love my Papa" shirt at Old Navy online.
The weather has been so warm and that makes for the perfect snowman.
Anna & I made Christmas snow globes one evening and it was a big hit.

Micheal, who does our snow removal & the neighbour build a snow hill for the kids (and adults) in our complex. It is pretty fabulous... and fast! We all squeal the whole way down!

I attended a Pinterest party and made a bunch of fabulous Christmas crafts, ate a lot of dips loaded with cheese and laughed with good friends. It was so wonderful.

We went to the Festival of Lights at the Valley Zoo. The weather was amazing, the lights were beautiful, the animals were the most active I have ever seen and the fire dancers were mesmerising.

Anna & I worked the Ugly Sweater crop at Treasured Memories. She stayed until Cory could come get her, I am lucky she loves it there. She crafted, decorated cookies, ate a million marshmallows, played in the photo booth and won all the ladies over with her smile.

Cory's company has a Christmas party for the kids every year. This year we went to Monster Golf and of course the big guy came to hand out presents. I may or may not know the Santa personally. ;) 

Anna got to ask Santa for a microphone. 
It's all she's asked for, let's hope the one that is on it's way arrives soon. 

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Christmas Crafting

I created this little display for Treasured Memories on the weekend. I really wanted to color the Tim Holtz bottle brush trees and see how they would turn out. I was pretty excited to say the least. I used Dylusions sprays (they have the best colors and they stay true without fading or discoloration) and got busy making a mess. I loved the trees and needed to use them for something so I found a small group of old boards, an old car and made a Christmas scene. 
I hot glued everything in place,  I glued a few trees to mason jar lid tops and then added in fake snow. Seriously so simple. Seriously so cute!

Monday, 15 December 2014

Body Art with Ink

Last Tuesday I went to meet with Steve at Kamakazi Ink to get a new tattoo. This is my fourth but it is the biggest and the one that holds the most meaning for me. This design was created as a tribute to my Dad. I knew exactly what I wanted and Steve brought it to life. My Dad hunted, my parents house has many mounts a few sets of antlers that are beautiful and that he was proud of. The antlers were a must in my design. The roses are the flower for June, that was his birth month so I knew they would be perfect as the centre. I sent Steve images of what I liked and had in mind, explained that I wanted it to be feminine and beautiful and he worked his magic. 
I love it, it is way bigger than I had imagined but after I saw the stencil on my arm I knew that I wanted it that big. It took just over 2 hours and for the most part the pain was pretty minimal. I only winced a few times. It is healing great... other than the being super itchy part. 
I can't say thank you or recommend Steve enough. 

Friday, 12 December 2014

Searching for Moments of Peace

It is hard to believe how fast a month goes by. It is still sinking in that this really is happening, that my Dad is gone and not ever coming back. There are hard days, wow are there hard days. The good days and moments of pure happiness are becoming more visible to me and I am so grateful for that. There are moments that I just stop and loose my breath. I suspect this will go on for a long, long time.

Christmas is coming, coming fast. I am excited because of Anna but there are plenty of moments of anger, anger that our lives will never be the same. That we are missing a huge part of our energy and dynamic. Anger and sadness that there will forever be an emptiness in our holidays and lives. I know that this is all part of the "process" but I find I get angry at the anger. What a mess.

I look for him, I look for him everywhere. I find that certain things catch my attention and when they do I feel a peace. I smile and say Hi Dad. Sometimes I cry and sometimes I just keep on smiling. There is just an emptiness, one I can't quite describe. Finding these small moments is such a blessing & I pray for them everyday. They help deal with that emptiness and I'll take all the help I can get.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Hello Santa: December Month Kit at Treasured Memories

I coordinated & assembled the December month kit for Treasured Memories, I also designed the layouts that go along with the kit. To see the kit contents you can pop on over to this post

These are two of the layouts that I created, I am loving the reindeer I cut out for the first layout.

Aside from the layouts-  I just can not get over how fast this sweet girl is growing. Her first picture with Santa which she slept right through and the photo from last year. 

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Guest Blogger at Canadian Scrapbooker

I am super excited to share that my cards & I were featured on the Canadian Scrapbooker blog this past Monday. You can check out the post here. Thank you to all the ladies over there, especially Kelly