Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Holiday Cheer: Christmas Card Class

Holiday Cheer
Christmas Card Class

This is a card class that I will be teaching at Treasured Memories on November 5 from 6:00pm-8:30pm. The details can be found here, but I am loving these papers from Simple Stories' DIY collection. 

The blog this week has been very much about business but I promise you a Disneyland Adventure tomorrow... until then.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Layout Love Tuesday

Product: transparency: Studio Calico, pattern paper: My Mind's Eye, "you are loved": Crate Paper, enamel stickers & corner chipboard: My Mind's Eye

I love square photos, LOVE them. I have mine printed at London Drugs and it makes me even happier that not only do they print 4x4 but 5x5, 6x6 & 8x8 also! I have my 12x12's printed at Costco- for $5! London Drugs is a higher price tag than other photo labs but the quality is generally quite good and for now no one else prints 4x4's (local, that I have easy access to). I try to print only my favourites and then cut down 4x6's for the rest. For this layout I started with a 4x4 photo and then cut down my papers to the same. I created an 8x8 square and then added the photos, and embellishments. The design is simple and minimal but I think it looks great and is something anyone can do. I like that a lot!
Happy Tuesday Friends!

Monday, 27 October 2014

New Card Class at Treasured Memories

This is my newest class at Treasured Memories, I will be teaching it this Saturday at 10:00am. There will also be class kits to purchase to create these 6 cards at home. You can check out all the details here

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Lemon Dill Zoodles

Most of my meals come together out of the blue. I am constantly making thinks up by incorporating ingredients that I like and know go together. This recipe was one of those, it's light, fresh & good for you!

Lemon Dill Zoodles

2 cups zoodles
 (Noodles made from zucchini. I used my mandolin to cut these.)
0.50 Cup mixed peppers
1 Tbsp Fresh Chopped Dill 
Olive Oil
half a lemon 
1 tbsp cream cheese
salt & pepper

- place zoodles between paper towels and press out excess water
- add zoodles, peppers & 1 tbsp olive oil to frying pan. Toss to coat in oil and season with salt & pepper. 
- cook on medium for about 5 minutes. Longer if needed, you are just trying to heat everything up. You don't want to overcook the zoodles or they go quite mushy
- lower heat, squeeze in your lemon juice, add dill and cream cheese. Toss to coat and melt the cream cheese.
- plate and top with parsley
- serve immediately
- Enjoy!

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Layout Love Tuesday

Product: pattern paper: My Mind's Eye, Teresa Collins, Pebbles, cardstock: Bazzill, alphas: American Crafts, embellishments: Crate Paper, Teresa Collins, My Mind's Eye

Monday, 20 October 2014

California Adventure: part 2

We purchased a 5 day park hopper pass (we are able to bounce back & forth between Disneyland & California Adventure) and this is Day 1 in Disneyland and it was MAGICAL. The park is decorated for Halloween until Oct. 31 and part of the reason I chose this time of year to go. It really is magical. The sights, the sounds, the hustle & bustle. We were all in awe. I have been before and even I walked around like it was the first time. 

At first Anna was nervous about being with & hugging the characters but that wore off fast! We bought a signature book and she became an experts at asking the various characters & princesses to sign her book. She ended up filling two! She was always excited and had the most amazing expressions and she met someone new. 

The details, Disney loves their details. The goodies available blew me away each time I saw them! 

Our favourite rides from toady were Big Thunder Mountain Railroad & Splash Mountain. Anna loved roller coasters, we all squealed and threw our hands in the air!

Splash Mountain. Awesome.
We got soaked and Anna was quite upset that her shirt was "ruined", it was +35 so it took no time to dry and she forgot all about being upset.

There is a parade each day in the park and it is wonderful. Anna practically waved her arm off. At one point she asked if she could stop waving. 
We also stopped at the Mad Hatter shop to buy Cory & Anna their first pair of Mickey ears with their names embroidered on the back. Anna of course chose princess  and Cory chose pirate ears.

Meeting the characters was amazing. One of my personal favourites was Merida, 
she captured the essence of that princess SO well!
(the picture of Minnie is from day 2)

Anna's favourite princess is Cinderella and meeting her was beyond amazing for her. I will never forget her reaction when she came around the corner and saw Cinderella standing there, smiling at her. She gasped the largest gasp and then turned to us in shock. I got goose bumps. These pictures make me so happy.

We purchased a Photo Pass before we left on our trip and it was the best purchase we made. For less than $100 we have over 700 professional photos. The photographers are throughout the park, they take multiple images, check to make sure they captured a great shot, they have you pose in different ways and many locations have you do "random" poses and then when you go look up your photo it has been edited like the one in the bottom left corner. Fun!

This picture pretty much sums up Day 1. 

Disney Adventure to be continued...