Friday, 23 December 2011

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Merry Christmas

Wow, where have the last two weeks gone???
In a flurry of staff parties, church functions, wrapping, mailing, baking............but I think I am almost ready! Just a bit more wrapping and baking and then take time to relax and enjoy the season.  My oldest daughter is coming for Christmas so I am pretty excited about that!!

I did not make any new Christmas quilts as I have so many now, I don't have room for them all, but here is a tour through what I do have out. They vary from around 20 years old all the way to two years ago I think were the last ones I made. Remember, you can click on the photos for larger views.









This is my newest art girl, had to make a Christmas angel or two, or three, or maybe four?


 And this little cutie is the ornament I recieved in the exchange at guild last night, that top yoyo is maybe the size of a shirt button....adorable!


On another note, I have been watching where my blog traffic comes from and I notice a few from other countries. I would love to hear from you and find out what led you here and what you enjoy creating!

Merry Christmas and much love to all, thank you so much for supporting my blog these first few months!

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Coasting

Really tough to share stuff with you right now as most of creative adventures are for gifts!
But here is a bit of a peek of my Doodle December Art Journal, and a semi clean art space.......a rare thing!


and these babies are pretty much ready to sign, address and send! They still need a verse stamped inside but I think I will do that as I sign them.






Last weekend was our first staff Christmas party of the season and it was a Casino night with a Gangster theme...........I was the only flapper!



Hope everyone is staying warm and moving into the Christmas season slowly and peacefully, making time to enjoy it as you go about your preparations.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

What I have been up to.....

While there are still numerous projects I can't show yet, I have been working on some non-Christmas projects.

I consider myself a baby artist and love to experiment and learn lots of new things so.......

I am taking an online Mandala class and these were drawn from simple templates provided by the instructor
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and this is an almost completed one, my first foray into watercolour crayons, hopefully more practise with smooth things out! There is still a class to come on how to do the finishing details, so I will post that once that happens.



And I am also taking an advanced She Art class, and am learning to add eyes, nose and mouths to my girlies.
So this is my first completed one from this class!


Thanks as always for visiting my blog!

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Friday, 11 November 2011

Remembering

In Flanders Fields
Poppy photographed on the First World War battlefield of the Somme near the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing.
by John McCrae, May 1915

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Flanders Poppy on the First World War battlefields.

http://www.greatwar.co.uk/poems/john-mccrae-in-flanders-fields.htm


Miss you Dad

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Santa's Worksop

Winter is settling in here


So I have been hunkering down, staying warm and working on these:


The large ones are for the mitten tree at church, the little ones are for the nursery at the hospital, all are just awaiting their pompoms.

At guild this week we tried this fun technique with the Lil' Twister template,


These little gems are made from 5" charms and make a great border all lined up in a row. I bought  this template and the larger Twister template that uses 10" layer cake squares and can't wait to dive into my fat quarter stash and play!

Been working on lots of other quilty and mixed media projects but Santa won't let me show them and spoil the surprises!!

On a personal note, would really appreciate your thoughts and prayers for my husband Bruce and his family as their dad spends his final weeks in palliative care in hospital in Prince George. Thanks

Saturday, 29 October 2011

It's a Sketchy Challenge

October's entry for the "It's a Sketchy Challenge" at


Remember, you can click on the photo to see a larger version!

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Crop til You Drop

And crop we did from last Friday evening through till Sunday afternoon, but unfortunalely is was a nasty cold that made me drop, not a lack of photos or inspiration!


Sandy from http://shop.scrapbookingfanatics.com/ was there to make sure we never ran out supplies.


That is my messy spot on the corner, does it look like I lack for supplies? Still made sure I visited Sandy multiple times a day!


This is my project from Saturday afternoon's "Corregated Alterations" class taught by the talented Stepheny Fenton from High Level.

I didn't complete my Jamaica album like I had hoped but I am very close!

Be sure to pop by tomorrow and view my entry for this month's Sketchy Challenge at http://canadianscrapbooker.ca/?page_id=1058


Thursday, 20 October 2011

Punkins!


I am SO not a Halloween person, but I love me some funky punkins!

Edit:
By request:
How to funk a punkin.........
I painted them white with gesso, let that dry, then spraypainted through some stencils I have. Finally sprayed with walnut ink and wiped it off, to stain them "not so bright white!"
A little messy but easy-peasy!

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Progress

First real progress since I first posted this project back at the end of August. My family was just overwhelmed by the canvas so I decided they needed a house. Lots to do still but I am excited to be working on it again! (The shine is wet mod podge)

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Thanksgiving in the Caribou

Did the annual 1000km drive to BC for Thanksgiving. This year was in 100 Mile House where my youngest sister now lives. It was a beautiful fall drive through the mountains that I miss so much!!

Sunrise on Saturday, beautiful, crisp fall morning


Good day for a ride on a new mare


Sunday gave us a chance to go for a quad ride (my first!) 


Bath a dog who loves nothing more than to play in a nice big mud puddle!


Cuddle some kitties


and enjoy a great meal together.


For all of these things, I am truly thankful.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Quilting for Slave Lake

On May 15th of this year a wildfire raged through the town of Slave Lake AB, destroying homes and property and leaving over 700 people homeless.
A group of quilters have formed with the mandate of having a quilt for every child and one adult quilt per household lost. They also want every family to have a table runner for Christmas.
Our guild, Valley Peacemakers, had a sewing day this past Saturday and produced these beauties!

These are "20 minute" table runners........mine took 2 hours, one must allow for much visiting as well! About a dozen were made, with about a dozen more in the works.
Most of us have kid's lap quilts in the works as well, with the extra motivation to have them done in time for them to be received by Christmas.

Our group also finished a quilt for a member who is palliative with breast cancer. She wanted to finish this quilt for her son before she passed. The binding and label were finished on Saturday and delivered to her on Saturday afternoon. She passed away on Sunday afternoon. RIP Cheryl, we will miss you dearly.

Quilters have huge hearts <3

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Furry Kids (aka Furples)

Yesterday was the one year anniversary of the day we said good bye to our best friend, companion and protector. It would have also been his 13th birtday.
Max had been with us through the girls' teens, our move to Peace River, Bruce moving to working night shifts, and the addition of Sully. It completely broke my heart as he was very precious and special to me and the first pet I ever had to put sleep.

We recently added Stella (right) to our family and together with Sully they are a crazy mischievious pair who greet me at the door and make me smile every single day.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Mini Retreat

Well, I had a rather long and involved post started on my impromptu swim in the Peace River (don't ever, ever rock the boat!) but it was lost somewhere in cyberspace. I take that as meaning I was not meant to tell that story!

I will, however, tell you about my fun little weekend quilting retreat. A couple times a year one of my besties comes over on Friday and stays till Saturday night and we just quilt our little hearts out. It usually involves our favourite food groups, pizza, chocolate, liquorice and chips......as well as assorted "adult" beverages. We usually take a little road trip to our favourite little LQS "Seams Easy" as well.

 

Aralee, assisted by our two studio assistants, (who really really love the liquorice component) worked on tracing and fusing lots of the pieces of the new Buggy Barn Applique pattern "Farm Fresh".

I worked on the lovely little red, white and black number on the design wall. I got the top completed and will show you once I get it quilted. You get a much more intimate look at the mess that is my sewing room than I had intended but I know lots of you have similar looking ones!

A little update on a previous post, I am loving my new job and having more time to persue my creative endevours.
I am off to bake some cookies to take to work (and some for Bruce too!)

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Getting Sketchy

There comes a time in your life when you are finally completely comfortable in your own skin.




My entry for the new Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine monthy challenge:  
                               
"It's a Sketchy Challenge".

http://www.canadianscrapbooker.ca/?page_id=1058

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Time for a change

This summer I have taken some time to look at my life and the stress in it. I have come to a point where I need to make some changes as my stress levels are starting to create some health issues. That being said, I tend to be my own worst enemy. I am a perfectionist, have very high expectations of myself (and those around me!), and seldom give myself a break until whatever is needed is done to my satisfaction. I believe that is my personality type but realize there is alot I can do minimize it.


All that being said! Tomorrow is my last day at my current job, which has me working a 6 hour day, 5 days a week. On Sept 6 I start a new job, still in the hospital but in a different department. It will be 2 full days and one half day a week with 2 full days and one half day off !!


I am planning on a whole lot more creative time as that is truly what makes my heart sing! That is indeed my "bliss" and will go a very long way in managing my stress!


Last spring I took Christie Tomlinson's (http://christytomlinson.typepad.com/) "She Art Girl" online, mixed media class. Well, I have become somewhat obcessed with them! These are the few I still have, having given some away already.


This is the one I am currently working on and will be the first thing I finish on my new found days off! The background has been started, but is awaiting many more layers!



I lost my oldest brother to cancer in June so I really want to make this one in his memory. It is based on this photo of all my siblings taken 6 years ago (while he-lower right-was still healthy and full faced!).

We are off on Thursday for a much needed 5 day camping trip to Spruce Point on Slave Lake! Have a great "labourless" long weekend everyone!

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Always Room for Creative Growth

I have been taking a class at http://www.bigpictureclasses.com/ called The Motherload. All summer we have been warming up with weekly prompts to get us ready for the actual LOAD (layout a day) marathon in September.
This week's lesson was about discovering our personal style. It is not something I have ever stopped to analyze and I found it quite interesting. The picture below is not normally how I scrapbook but is really quite reflective of my personal style.



Welcome to Pieces of My Heart!

I have been wanting to do this for a long time and the time finally feels right. It will be an ongoing work in progress but I hope you enjoy sharing bits my life with me.