Monday, 27 April 2015

Mother's Day Gifts: for the gardener

Mother's Day is just around the corner and I have a huge itch to buy garden supplies and get planting. I thought it was a perfect excuse to create a bunch of gifts for the gardener in our life. Today I am sharing one of the gift "pots" I put together and with the exception of Tuesday I will be sharing one each day with you. If you have a gardener in your life these will all make lovely Mother's Day gifts. 

To keep my costs down I purchased the majority of my supplies at Dollarama. They have an impressive selection of garden supplies and the highest priced items will only be $3. I also picked up some supplies at Home Depot an Canadian Tire. 

To create this gift pot you will need:
- Plant pot- stuff the bottom with tissue paper (Dollarama)
- decorative bird house* (Dollarama)
- garden gloves (Dollarama)
- assorted seeds (Home Depot)
- plant (this is a sunflower Anna started from a kit purchased at Canadian Tire)

*I have purchased a bunch of these decorative bird houses and am going to spray paint them various colors and hang them throughout our front tree. How adorable and colorful! So excited.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

What's stopping you?

I have this new friend that was born out of a love of donuts. She runs a very successful local business. She has asked me to bring my dream and business into hers. I am totally on board. In fact I am beyond flattered/humbled/grateful. We spoke on the phone Monday evening about business, ideas and expanding. She asked me a question that stopped my breath.

What is stopping you?

I immediately felt flustered and embarrassed. 

Her: What is stopping you? 
Me: Nothing. 
Me: Nothing but me & my own inner critic.
Her: Don't listen. Tell it to go away.
Me: uh.................

We then began a beautiful conversation about our inner critic, our insecurities and how to choose to listen or not to listen. How to accept who we are and where we've been and move forward. By conversation I actually mean she spoke and I listened. I felt at times like she must have a secret door into my brain and thoughts. How does she get this/me? The answer was because she has been there. I was not alone in my thinking and self defeating inner dialogue. She said so many things that hit home for me, that spoke to my heart. I wished I could have reached into the phone and smothered her with the hug I felt building in my chest. 

I hung up the phone, walked into the kitchen, looked at Cory and said "Who is this women who has come into my life and left me speechless." Then I started crying. Not a sad cry, a cry of pure gratitude. 

Why, as women who have the world at our finger tips, do we talk ourselves out of our ideas/gifts/talents?

Why does that monster ego creep up and tell us that we don't deserve something? Be it money, success, happiness, etc? Why do we feel guilty for wanting more? More for ourselves? 

Are we conditioned to take a back seat? To sit on the sidelines and watch others live their dreams? 

I am not sure I know the answers to those questions but I do know that I think it's bullshit. I don't want that for me and certainly not for my daughter. If I squash my dreams because I listen to the voices in my head then I am teaching her and those around me that it is OK. 

It's not easy to be brave. It's not easy to silent the voices. It's not easy to step outside of our comfort zone. It's not easy to put ourselves and our talents out into the world. It's not easy to be vulnerable. 

However, we owe it to ourselves and to the world to be great. 
To be daring and say: I can do this. I am enough. I am doing things that matter. 

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Layout Love Tuesday

All product: Chickaniddy

Treasured Memories brought in a few new companies from the January Craft & Hobby show. Chickaniddy was one of them and I love it. The bright colors make me happy and the enamel words make me even happier!

*For Layout Love Tuesday I will be sharing a layout with you each week. I have created each of these layouts because I love paper, color and photos. My hope is that you discover some inspiration here and get your own creative hands busy.

Monday, 20 April 2015

Camp He Ho Ha Getaway

Two weekends ago I headed out on my first scrapbooking retreat with the most wonderful group of ladies. I didn't know what to expect, I packed WAY too much stuff and I had such a great time! The location is about 45 minutes outside of Edmonton beside a beautiful lake. The weather was beautiful (minus a wind storm) and we were able to get outside and take in the scenery each day (and a few million selphies). I was there from Thursday afternoon to Sunday and it was SO great to have me time. I quickly realized that I need to do this more often, not necessarily pack everything I own but to get away and enjoy the quiet and stillness of not having any responsibilities. I can't even remember the last time I was away from Anna and from Cory- 2007! When I stopped to think about it I couldn't believe it. I was clearly due for this sort of adventure.
I admittedly had a hard time getting into the creative spirit. I spent the first day organizing but that was OK with me, I love organizing. I could have just walked around and sat and listened to all the stories all weekend... and ate Skor bar bites. I ended up getting 14 layouts complete and they were for me... not for a deadline or a class or a project. That was a big wow for me.
I can't thank Cathy enough for organizing this for all the ladies that attended. I know how much work it takes to organize a group of ladies and I am grateful I was included.

our dorm

the craft room



selphie after selphie

Candace, me, Karen, Lisa, Alison, Annette

a lot of silly and a lot of laughs

the whole gang

catching magic sunsets

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Be a Bucket Filler

Are you a bucket filler? 
These books need to be shared.... with everyone. They are a big deal in our house and it makes me so happy that Anna is learning about this and these books at playschool. 

What's the deal?

Bucket Filling is:
- showing kindness & respect for others

Bucket Dipping is:
- being mean to others on purpose

Anna is always asking us, "Does that fill your bucket?" These books have put kindness and respect into a tangible concept for her. She can see how her own bucket can be filled and emptied and I think that is a great thing to learn. (The sooner the better.) I really can't recommend these books and the other ones available out there dealing with bucket filling. 

Be a bucket filler friends ♥

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Layout Love Tuesday

*For Layout Love Tuesday I will be sharing a layout with you each week. I have created each of these layouts because I love paper, color and photos. My hope is that you discover some inspiration here and get your own creative hands busy.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Too da loo...

Missing from photo: our girl Lisa

I am 100% stepping out of my comfort zone tomorrow and heading out of town with this crew and 6 other ladies to a scrapbooking retreat. I have never been in the 13ish years I have been scrapbooking. I also have never been away without either Cory or Anna for this long since 2007!What! I'd say I am long over due for some ME time. 
I have 1 million things to pack... deep breath. 
I am signing off until next week, I'll be back Tuesday here to share for Layout Love Tuesday. Until then...
kiss kiss