The gifts I'd leave beneath your tree,
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
The gifts I'd leave beneath your tree,
Friday, December 21, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Twice you ask? Yes, twice.
I was on track - backgrounds done, images dyes in tea and cut out (almost all), words printed, cut and dyed and a tree image altered and printed.
Then my sewing machine died and my little guy got really sick. I can still hear his little tiny voice apologizing (??) for being sick in the middle of the night as I stripped him and the bed. Poor little guy. My heart still goes out to him thinking about it.
The pages were quickly set aside with a deadline looming. I checked the site for updates and hoped I could pull it together in time.
My original idea had been to sew the acetate to the pages. That was before my machine broke down. I am not a whiz with the spray adhesive. My test page looked awful (No, I wasn't being hard on myself - it looked sticky and gobby).
Time to figure out something else. Think, think, THINK.
I headed in another direction which I wasn't entirely sure of, however, I kept working madly.
My little voice kept saying no, no, no! I ignored it. Phew! Finished.
I set the pages aside to dry.
A couple of days later ... I took out the pages and they were a mess. There was NO WAY I could submit them in good conscience. Don't believe me? Here take a look yourself.
I sat and stared at the pages with growing horror. I had to start over. I was officially late a few days already. Should I or shouldn't I?
I did. It made me really late (Sorry, sorry, sorry Chrysti) but I feel much better about my contribution to the book.
So that's what I have been up to. I'll post pics of the new pages soon. Just working up the nerve.
Friday, December 14, 2007
I have been so consumed by my skinny book that I didn't have time to fuss and fret this month.
I did 13 cards in just over and hour. That's lightning fast speed for me. Unfortunately, I didn't get a picture of one of my cards but I can tell you what I used to create them.
Due Date: 14Dec07
Rubber Stamps: Stampendous, Gel a Tins
Ink: Versafine - Majestic Blue
Paint: watercolour - blue (I'm sure it has a proper name but I've no idea)
Embossing powder: Diamond Sparkle
The meeting was in full swing when I arrived.
We had a new face this month. Yay! Welcome Sandy!
Participants for this month were:
Traders: Martha, Hope, Florence, Diana, June, Susan V., Marissa, Daniza, Ludgera, Mary, Kris, Sandy and Cori
Beverly, Jacqui, Susan W. we missed you! Come visit again. OK?
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
You can see the cover here.
Thanks to my friend Kenny for taking the photos for me.
In Order of Apperance
Page 1: My page.
Page 2: Denice O'Heron
Page 3: Amy Smith
Page 4: Jamie Vowell
Page 5: Jane Melohn
Page 6: Kim Tedrow
Page 7: M. Kathleen Hendrix
Page 8: Joanie Hoffman
Page 9: Annie Yu
Page 10: "Inner Guidance Dance" by Gena Lumbruso
Page 11: 'Originality' Kristin "Krissy" Chadwick
Page 12: Katelyn Thomas
Page 13: Chrysti Hydeck
Page 14: "The Old Schoolhouse" by Mary Foreman
Page 15: Seth Apter
Page 16: "Create" by Laura Melohn
Page 17: Susan Goodell
Page 18: Tina Shoaga
Page 19: Mary Franzenburg
Page 20: Tamara Randi
Page 21: Florence Brick
Page 22: Nici Derosier
Page 23: Beverley Teichrob
Page 24: Ellen Gray
Page 25: Jane Altshuler
This page wasn't bound into the book as it is very thick. I guess it was to hard to punch through. I'm going to try to find a way to add this page to my book. Wish me luck!
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Onto the 505 streetcar (it came first), I love taking the street car. We meander through the downtown to our destination. We decide to walk down to Queen Street via the Eaton Centre.
I've walked through the Eaton Centre many, many times but it's all new with a toddler. I loved that it was almost devoid of shoppers as we strolled. (Merry Christmas to one and all. lol.) He loved the reindeer and Santa's sleigh. I was dazzled by the Swarovski Christmas Tree. What can I say? It's a well known fact I am drawn to all things shiny. We all enjoyed looking at the window displays. What is it about Christmas displays? They just seem brighter, happier and joyful.
Out of the Eaton centre and onto the street. Where we patiently waited for the light to change and were almost struck by a car. As usual, the driver was speaking on their cell phone, their passenger, merrily driving along while not paying attention. I would have wrote the license plate down but it happened so quickly. After safely crossing, I stopped and gave my son a BIG hug. He wanted no part of it - tough kid, momma needed it.
We stopped to check out the Bay windows, they were gorgeous. For just a moment I was transported back to the magic of childhood. I was getting all nostalgic but was quickly returned to reality by an impatient toddler. Maybe he'll be impressed next year.
We arrived at the Arcadian Court for breakfast with Santa. They had elves, a balloon artist, an musical entertainer, face painting, colouring books and food. Oh and a really huge Dora that terrified him.
We met up with my friend, her husband and her adorable daughter. It was so fun to meet her. They brought our little guy a gift. (ohmygoodimsoembarrased) Why didn't I think of that? I was born without the proper girl gene. I even forgot their Christmas card. Can you spell L * O * S * E * R ?
We headed back to our table to have breakfast and wait for the big guy. My son and I got matching snowflakes from one of the ladies who was face painting. I tried to get him interested in the singing but he wanted to sit at the table with us or maybe it was the balloon reindeer.
Then the moment arrived. Santa! Santa! Santa!
We lined up to get a picture with Santa. He was a little wary but no crying this year. He was thrilled to get a little yellow bear and a candy cane. All in all, it was a fun event. We plan to go back next year.
Thursday, December 06, 2007
I'm really looking forward to it, even though my son has loudly announced he doesn't like Santa.
While I'm there I going to check out the interactive holiday windows. Here's a little promotional blurb:
The Bay is spreading festive cheer among children, adults, and even
technology buffs, with the latest Christmas window technology from IBM. For the
first time ever, the Bay's famous Christmas windows could include your image.
Using new technology from IBM, a high-tech sensor will capture the image of a
passers-by and project it into the window. The results can also be printed on a
4x6 holiday postcard compliments of the Bay. The windows at both the downtown
Toronto and Vancouver locations are using the IBM developed technology as a part
of their Christmas displays. With its hi-tech sensor capability, the system
reacts when it senses a customer touching the graphic display.
I'm curious to check it out and see how people are responding to it.
I also really excited to meet up with a friend from work at the breakfast. We have never actually met but have known each other for years.