Friday, December 31, 2010

My Top 10 {Blog} Moments

Over the past year I have made a conscious effort to blog more.
I've taken the time to create tutorials while I craft.
Opening my blog each morning and reading the comments and checking my 'stats' has become a part of my morning routine...and something I look forward to.

New Year's is always a good opportunity to look back at those things we are most thankful for.

Today, I am taking a peek at my top 10 blogging moments of 2010.
They're in no particular order...

#10 -  I joined my very first blog party...Metamorphosis Monday over at Between Naps on the Porch.

#9 - I was featured for the first time! Kellie at This Blessed Nest took a liking to my Fall Rosettes...and so began my obsession with anything and everything rosette! Since then, I've visited each and every post over at This Blessed inspiring and real!

#8 - I reached 45 followers! This is BIG for me!! I started with 3...all of whom I know personally! So, to know that 42 others are following my little corner of the blogosphere because they WANT to, makes me very, very happy!

#7 - I stumbled upon the 'stats' button on my dashboard! To my surprise I watched my page views grow from 2000, to 5000 to a whopping 10 000+! This is also BIG for me!

#6 - Jen from Tatertots and Jello featured my piano bench. You have to know that T & J is one of my favourite blogs...her craftiness is amazing, she creates such beautiful things. So, when she featured me, I was OVER THE MOON!!

#5 - I learned about using Facebook to feature my own posts...which generated more traffic.

#4 - I stumbled upon my favourite places to visit in can find them on my side bar. Thanks for all the inspiration ladies!

#3 - I've learned about giveaways and the people who sponsor them. I'm waiting for my first 'win' {fingers crossed}...but I've made a few purchases from those I've learned about through giveaways. Keep 'em coming girls!

#2 - When someone at a craft show asked me if I had a website, I paused for a moment...and the said, "Yes, yes I do!!" So, I gave her my blog address!

#1 - My number one blogging moment of 2010...not a 'moment' per se...but...
I am so very grateful for each and every person who reads my blog. 
I hope you'll keep coming back in 2011!

Wishing you a healthy and happy 2011, filled with family, crafting and memory making!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Favourite Holiday Memories - A Photo Gallery

In our house, we look forward to the holidays for many reasons... escape from routine, visiting with family and fun, fun, fun!

This little photo-gallery is full of highlights from our holidays.

Dr. Ava is on call.
Switching goalies on the pond that Uncle Joe cleared for us.
Staying warm!

We needed instant replay to determine whether or not it was a goal!
Fireside picture time!
One of our favourite traditions ~ the Christmas stocking.
Santa delivered!
Elle's catching a quick hug fromGido!

Our goalie-girl!
The things we endure to feed the reindeer!

Apparently goalie pads are for more than stopping ringette rings and hockey pucks!
Our little family!
Cousin time at the rink.
Not one for being cold, Ava opted for warming the bench!
After a bout of viral pneumonia...he's baaack!
Classic Canadian Christmas

  Soon it will be time to get back into routine and to pack away the decorations for another year.
I'll be ready for it...because I'm content with the fact that we made memories this holiday season.
Memories that we will cherish for a lifetime.

What's your favourite Christmas memory?

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

5 Crafts 'Til Christmas - Frozen Wreaths

This time, 5 Crafts 'Til Christmas has taken on a new twist.
Our original plan do it at your house, I'll do it at mine...then I'll blog about it so our kids can see each other in action.
Together...but apart...250 km apart.

But this time, we're not apart!!
We've arrived 'home' for Christmas!
This time, the cousins are crafting TOGETHER...not apart!
L.O.V.E. it!

Steph and I enjoyed rummaging through the projects linked up to Saturday Soiree #31 at a little lovely.
We were especially drawn to these Ice Candles, linked up by Elizabeth and Co.
So festive!
So beautiful!

Keep in mind, ours were created by 4 to 10 year olds!
A thoughtful gift for their Baba!

Here's what we used...
- 8 plastic containers
- frozen cranberries {that appeared freakishly large!}
- Poinsettia leaves
- orange slices
- water
- heavy items {to hold the inner container down}
- candles {for later}
 The little ones 
{who are clearly in desperate need of tubbies - we're on holidays, cut us some slack!!} 
created two of their own.

And the bigger ones set to work on their own.

Ready for the 'freezer'.

Since it's -20ish (degrees Celsius) 'round these parts and Steph's freezer is full of yummy baking, we put our candle wreaths on the deck...they'll be frozen in no time!

Now we wait 'til they're frozen.
We left them out overnight...
Steph and I hosted dinner at her house tonight, we made soup and scones.
Soup that I'll write about in the new year.

We decided to set up a little display on the front porch with Baba's special gift front and centre.
We thought it was beautiful!
Unfortunately, the bone-chilling wind extinguished the candles before Baba she didn't notice the little beauties waiting for her by the front door!
Oh well...we'll deliver them to her porch on Christmas Eve!
Perhaps we'll add a little greenery and ribbon before we deliver!

~Merry Christmas~

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Anthro on a Shoestring

Before I knew any better, I went out and bought this little beauty from Anthropologie.
I had to have it. No ifs. No ands. No buts.
Since that day {and I'm happy to report} I've come to my senses!
 {That said, I do love this necklace...with a dress, with jeans and a t-shirt...}

Now, I go to Anthro not to lighten my wallet, but for different reasons.
I now go to enjoy the smell {oh, the lovely smell} and soak up the ideas.
I reframe my thoughts from, "I need that."
To..."I can make that."

So,I saw this.
 L.O.V.E. this.
$198 L.O.V.E. this?

I can make that.
So I did {sorta,'ll see}.

1. Cut one circle from felt {you'll glue the 'petals' to this later}.
2. Cut about 5 more out of whatever you want the rosettes to look like.
An old wool sweater in my case.

3. Fold each circle in half. And again.
Okay, these are clearly NOT form a wool sweater!

{I didn't take pictures while making the necklace, and I had this one on file.}

4. Glue each 'petal' onto your felt circle.
Repeat until you're satisfied with the look of the rosette.

5. Once you've made the four rosettes, attach each to one piece of felt.

6. Snip an old necklace {purchased at Goodwill for 90 cents} in half.

7. Glue to either side of the rosettes {that have already been attached to one another}.

8. And...voila...

If I replaced one of the rosettes with some peach-coloured, airy fabric, I'd have a necklace very similar to the one from Anthro.
Not for $198.
Maybe 198 cents.

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