Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Family Story: a new class at Treasured Memories

This is a new style of mini book for me. First it's not vertical & second I have never done a book this size. The finished size is 6x12 and it is a gatefold finish. I have it close with magnets and the belt buckle acts as a handle. I wanted to do something new, something to get my creative juices flowing and move in a new direction. I am so happy with how it turned out and it also doesn't hurt that these papers from Simple Stories are gorgeous!

This book is perfect for family photos from now or those treasured heritage photos we collect from years gone by. I have only enough product for 11 kits whether they be in class or purchased to create at home. I am teaching this at Treasured Memories on Saturday, September 12 from 10am-1pm. You can see more photos and get all the details here

Monday, 31 August 2015

Hello Hello! !Hello!

I am back. I am excited. I want to inspire you. 

The time since I last wrote has been full. I went back through photos trying to find one to add to this post and couldn't believe how many I had or how much had happened. Here's a little peek...

Anna graduated from Play School, complete with a little ceremony and everything.

We went on three trips, 2 of which were tenting.

We chased sunsets.

I worked... a lot.

Anna left the house in the morning, knocked on the neighbors door and then came back in for supper.

We grew a garden.

I booked a surprise trip in September for Anna & I.

I missed my Dad and have spent many days & nights looking for signs of his presence. 

I started seeing a naturopath. 

I started a path to being healthy & fit. It has been a struggle & littered with personal speed bumps.

Anna has developed quite the sass. Some days adorable. Some days awful.

I have strengthened friendships. I have let some go. 

I ate too many hotdogs, but loved every one of them.

I made a goal to drink a green smoothie every single day.

Cory & I sat outside, alone, at night, drinking wine.

I spent too much time on my phone.

I discovered audio books, driving & running will never be the same.

I rowed a boat & paddled a canoe. I floated in a lake and soaked my feet in a river.

My car broke down & I fixed it myself.

I learned how to make pickles.

I am ignoring the fact that tomorrow is September 1.

I am completely ignoring the fact that my baby starts Kindergarten in 9 days.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Self prescribed timeout

Hello Friends.
I have been doing a lot of thinking. 
I have been avoiding a lot of hard emotions and feelings.
I have been trying to "get in touch" with myself.
I have been avoiding work.
I have been saying yes when I should be saying no.
I have been stuffing my grief deep inside when I should be letting it have it's time.
I have been angry and I have been barking. 
I have been feeling guilty for one reason or another.
I have been trying to be better. 
A better friend to myself, my body, my soul, my heart. 
I am trying to realize that I just cant do it all.

All of these feelings or lack of feelings have left me completely run down. 

I need to put aside a few things to make room for what needs my attention now. For right now that means self care, family time, bringing ideas and inspiration to life that light a fire inside me. It doesn't mean trying to blog, thinking of and executing blog posts has gone from enjoyable and inspiring to absolute dread. For those of you that come often or every day I know you have noticed a decline here and I don't want to feel guilty about that. 

I am taking a self prescribed time out. 

I will be gone until August. Not sure when exactly but I do know I will be back. I love to be here writing and sharing... just not right now. Have an amazing summer friends.

I value each and everyone of you that support me and read my story. I will not completely disappear, you can come follow along with me, my summer and my inspiration on my Instagram feed, my handle is nadinekaren. 

Until next time.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Layout Love Tuesday

Product: all product is from various companies that I put together for the May month kit for Treasured Memories. Check out the kit- The Sweet Life. 

Tip: for this layout I created the arrows using left over letter stickers. For the 'v' portion I cut apart an X and then used a lower case L  for the body.

Monday, 11 May 2015

Being Anna Rae: 4.5 years old

Anna Rae
Age: 4.5

- you go to playschool 3 days a week, play soccer twice and go to hip hop on Tuesdays
- you love mashed potatoes & veggie meatballs
- you told me you have a boyfriend and his name is Kristoff
- you got very upset when I told you you couldn't marry Daddy
- you love animals and nature
- you have the kindest heart
- you wear a skirt or dress everyday
- you give the very best morning snuggles
- you love to draw pictures of people
- you love to collect rocks
- you want to be a princess when you grow up
- you have slept through the night for a month now (finally!)
- your favorite show on TV is Wild Kratts
- your play friends: Jenna, Lizzy, Lucy, Evelyn, Alex, Scarlett
- your room is always messy
- you get frustrated easy & are quick to stomp
- you love Lego
- you are already asking when we are going camping
- you tell me: "I love you 99." or "I love you more than Cinderella."
- you always ask Daddy what color jersey he is cheering for so you can cheer for them too
- you asked me just yesterday how babies get into tummies (sigh)
- you have the best laugh
- sometimes I feel like you & I have a secret club
- I thought you might pass out from laughter when I made a play dough butt
- If I sleep in you come & tell me "I'll let you have coffee if you get up." 
- you amaze me every day and teach me so much about kindness

Friday, 8 May 2015

Saying Goodbye

Last Saturday my family gathered to say goodbye to my Grandpa. He past away on April 24 at the age of 92. He lived a long life that was full of trials I can't imagine but it was also full of so much happiness & so much love. He immigrated from Poland as a very young boy, he grew up & worked his finger to the bone. Giving and giving, helping to be a part of building our province. He worked hard until he could no longer give anymore. He married my Grandma almost 60 years ago, how amazing is that. 60 years. He raised 5 daughters, most likely the hardest work of his life. He had 10 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. 

Loosing him was hard, I cried and cried for loss. For death. For no more second chances. For no more "I should go before it's too late" trips. Death is final. I cried hard for my Dad, this all felt too soon, too much to deal with. I cried hard for my Mom, who too has no father now. 

As they opened the doors to carry my Grandpa to the hearse, it rained the prettiest rain. They stepped outside and the rain stopped. A good friend reminded me once that this rain is the angels sharing your grief. I smiled when I saw the rain. At the grave side service I was struck by a moment that was absolutely beautiful. The sky was black, all around us were black clouds that promised rain. There was a part in the center of those black clouds that allowed the sun to shine down onto us. As we stood there placing roses on his casket the warmth from the sun could be felt on our backs.  It shone like that until we all walked away, then the clouds closed and the rain came. I smiled again and said goodbye. 

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

New Card Class & Kits at Treasured Memories

I have been busy designing and creating. First up is my newest card class for Treasured Memories. I am IN LOVE with these papers from Jen Hadfield's Cottage Living collection. Second, I have created a new Disney inspired mini book (you can see my first one here) using the Say Cheese 2 collection from Simple Stories. These papers are amazing, the pops of gold foil are the perfect addition to their collection. 
{Wrapped up in Bows}
Thursday, May 21
6:00pm - 8:30pm

Disney Adventure
Disney inspired mini book kit available for purchase at Treasured Memories. These kits have all the product, photos and instructions that you will need to create this fabulous book for all your Disney vacation photos. You can call the store at 780-414-1540 to have yours set aside.