Monday, 15 August 2016

Canada Day Fun

Is it too late to post Canada Day pictures? No.... ok good! 

The weather was perfect for spending the day out in the sun so we headed down to the Legislature Grounds here in Edmonton. It really is so beautiful and all the fountains just add the perfect touch for summer. We grabbed treats from food trucks, splashed in the fountains and listened to some live music. A pretty great morning. 

After that we headed to a friend's BBQ and ate some super delicious food and then enjoyed the fireworks. It was such a great day full of family, friends and sunshine!

Grateful Family: A Mini Album Class

Grateful Family
Mini Album Class for Treasured Memories 
Saturday, August 20
10:00am - 1:30pm

This class is also available as a take home kit. For all the details, pop on over here.

Monday, 8 August 2016

Comfort & Joy: new card class at Treasured Memories

Comfort & Joy
Tuesday, August 16
Find class details here.

It's only August, the weather is hot, the sun is delicious and before I know it Christmas product starts arriving in the store. For me that means one thing... get my butt in gear for creating holiday classes. It means sitting outside in the sun dreaming of my holiday and sketching card designs. 

I have my first Christmas class of 2016 coming up at Treasured Memories and I'm excited to get people started on their holiday creating. You can follow the link above to sign up for a class spot of for a take home kit.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

The ones that love us.

Product: Simple Stories: pattern papers and stickers, Bo Bunny & Crate Paper: alphas, Studio Calico: doily, American Crafts: "love"

This layout was created for Creative Scrapbooker and published in their Summer 2016 issue. I am so grateful that I was asked to contribute for this issue and even more grateful that they keep asking. The call for this page was "layout with movie quote". I used a quote from Harry Potter from Sirius Black that really resonated with me. This is the first photo, the first page that I created of my Dad since his passing. It was the first time I could even think about it. When I got my issue I just held the page open and cried. 

Creative Scrapbooker, formerly known as Canadian Scrapbooker but they now have print available in the USA... and that's freakin' awesome!

You can find my work on page 55, I got the whole page!!! 
You can also see 2 cards I designed on page 121.

Friday, 22 July 2016

Fred Penner Magic ♥

Fred Penner @ The Children's Festival
Where: St. Albert
Date: June 4, 2016

I can not even begin to express how excited I was for this and for the chance to take Anna to see him perform. I remember him from my own childhood with such fondness and can still sing all the songs. He began strumming his guitar and I literally had to bite my lip to focus so I wouldn't burst into happy tears. He sang some of my favorites: The Cat Came Back, It's Ain't Gonna Rain, The Bump, Celebrate Being and he closed with You are my Sunshine. That one got me, I couldn't keep my emotions in check any longer and I cried from pure joy and respect. 

After the show we went and stood in line for a photo op. I shook his hand and said thank you for making music... almost lost it again but I managed to keep my emotions in check. He and his music truly are magical! 

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Evening Walk

As I mentioned in my last post, we've been putting a big focus on exploring and getting outdoors this summer. It is mostly Anna & I during the mornings but these photos are from an evening walk with all three of us in St. Albert. I love their trail system and it's only 15 minutes from our place. 
These trails lead you through lush greens, singing birds, beautiful sunsets and once again I forget I am in the city. I feel happiest when surrounded by these things. 
This particular night our path lead us along the Sturgeon River and to a gorgeous rail bridge, an outdoor fitness park and a playground. It has something for all of us. 

Where: Red Willow Trail in St. Albert
Date: June 1, 2016

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Product: Jilli Bean Soup's Mushroom Medley

I have been making a very big effort to get out, go exploring and find adventures in our own backyard. There is so much to do and see in the city. My goal this summer is to do just that... get out and discover. 

Goal: Explore
Where: Anywhere
Why: Because summer (and life) is too short to sit around and be bored, there is so much to see. It also makes me so much happier and leaves lasting memories for all three of us.

Maybe you'll discover something here that you didn't know about. Maybe you'll be inspired to go discover and explore yourself. Here's to new adventures!

Where: Kinsmen Park
Date: May 6
Cost: nothing
What we brought: picnic dinner (and runners next time as the sand makes all other surfaces slippery)

At the beginning of May Anna & I had a picnic / park date with our good friends Lisa & Lucas. We both packed up meals for our families and met at the Kinsmen Park where we spent the evening eating olives, Cheetos and maybe perhaps sneaking a G&T in a to-go mug. We climbed on equipment, refused to go down the spiral contraption (me) and watched two kids get to know each other better. 

"Is Lucas a boy mom?"
"Yes Anna, Lucas is a boy."
So... Auntie Lisa doesn't have a girl?"
"Nope, just Lucas but he loves to have fun just like you and I am sure he loves the park."
"Hmmm.... Ok."

"You're right, Lucas was fun. They also had cheesies"

On our way home the two of us pulled over and went for a little walk across the river on the LRT bridge. I asked her if she wanted to go home to bed or to go see the sunset. She had no trouble choosing that one.  It was beautiful and I love these little moments of exploring. We talked about how beautiful the sunset was, we watched a beaver and she told me about the boy in class that doesn't listen.  They are some of my best and favorite times with her. 

Anna: "Mom, can I tell you something?'
Me: "Always."
Anna: "R doesn't listen to the teacher very good. But you think he's bad. S is even worse! He never listens, for real."
Me: "He can't be worse than R?"
Anna: "He is."