Thursday, September 30, 2010

Spooktacular {Mantel}

Today I share my {mantel}. 
Really it's the top of an antique piano.
The piano my husband bought 6 years ago and said...if nothing else, it's a nice piece of furniture!
I tend to agree. 
A nice piece of furniture...and my {mantel}.

Truth be told, today I really wanted to share the witch costume I made for my daughter.
But...sadly, it's not done yet I haven't even that will have to wait!

I spent my lunch break perusing the aisles at one of my favourite haunts...
I was looking for...wait...I can't even remember what I was looking for...but I came out with some spooktacular labels (by Martha Stewart)!
As I was driving back to work, I remembered some old bottles I had almost donated to Goodwill...because I was tired of storing them. Thank goodness I didn't, because they turned out to be perfecto!
I 'borrowed' these from my bathroom!
A little peelin' and a little stickin' and voila...
My little crow is perched atop some antique books in the perfect hues... to a sparkly cast-off pumpkin purchased at the second hand shop ~ topped with a whimsical Halloween hat. Sweet.
I cut out my own bats...but me thinks me flock needs more...
What do you think...should I add more?

My Halloween {mantel}...ready for a little spooking!

~ theresa~

I'm linking to these fabulous partays!
Fall Festival @This Blessed Nest;
Fabulous Friday Finds @ Frou Frou Decor;

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


This weekend I accomplished something that was not even on my radar a mere year and a half ago.
I put myself out there. I set a goal. I pushed myself.
I. Did. It!
Let's travel back in time about a year and a half. I participated in my first woman's run. 
It was hard. Really hard. 
I had a sore ankle. I didn't want to drop out because of that sore ankle.
I should have.
But I didn't. And I finished.

I finished my first 5 km race. With the help of some of my dearest friends. I could not have done it alone.
Definitely not.
A good friend is someone who can convince you to do something when you're doubting yourself.
 Then came more races. The Run for the Cure; The second annual Woman's Race; Canada Day Race...all completed with the slightest of improvements.

Then came the biggy..."Let's do a 10km race. It'll be fun. If you can run for half an hour, you can run for an hour. It's in BANFF. In the beautiful rockies. It's a weekend away."

Sign. Me. Up.

That was 9 months ago.
I had lots and lots and lots of time to train. I did. For a while.
Then summer came along. 'Nuf said!
Before I knew it...race day was three weeks away. YIKES!
Then 2 weeks...still hadn't run 10 consecutive kilometres. Uh-oh!
Then 1 bad can it be?!

Time to head to the majestic Rocky Mountains with a truck load of girls!
My right-hand gal and I caught up for nearly 5 hours ~ all the while trying not to disturb the scholars in the back who click-clicked away on their laptops.
Wish I had a picture of that!

Then the sun set. The chatting continued. It got dark. It rained.
We missed our turn.
Didn't even see the small green sign that said 'Banff'...missed it completely.
We talked about signage. Too little signage for such an important turn.
We decided we should write letters.
We won't.
In the dark. In the rain. In the construction...we drove...and drove...and drove...with no place to turn around.
Then finally...a break in the road and a sigh of relief. We were back on track!

Checking in to our hotel proved to be another challenge.
We drove up a mountain...and down a mountain...up a mountain...turned around on the mountain...found a hotel.
Went to check in. No reservation.
No good.
Then the ever-clever Ashleigh asked the ever-important question, "This is the Tunnel Mountain Resort, right?" WRONG.
Explains why they had no reservation for us!
Cross the street. Check in. Crash.

Countdown to race...12 hours...or less. YIKES.

Woke up early. Ate breakfast. Enjoyed Starbucks. Fought stomach cramps. Good times.
Fueling up with Starbucks.
Thankful that the race organizers were prepared!

Picked up the t-shirts...

And picked up our race bibs. No turning back now.

Sore hamstring = runner turned cheerleader!
That is the look of fear....a yellow bib = 22 km. GO ALEX!
Picked up the beer tickets. Yes. Beer tickets. If you run 10 or 22 km - you deserve a beer! Reasoning that makes sense to me!

It was a blustery day. We returned to the truck and huddled for a little pep talk.
My 120 Pound Journey...check it out here. SO inspiring.
Being moved to 'do it'.

Time to head to the start line. More stomach cramps. No good.
High Fives all around.
Bring it on!
Still smiling!
The view from our vantage point.
And we're off...
Tick. Tock. Tick.
And then the runners begin to arrive...and our runner-friend turned cheerleader/photographer was ready.
Thanks Ashleigh:)
Janie set a PR (personal record) - ZING!

That right there, is the look of hard work!

22 km later...way to go Alex!
Beer time.
Cheers to great friends and taking risks!
With our races under our belts, it was time to relax and enjoy the Rocky Mountain air.
Dinner. Shopping. Coffee. Wine.
22 km's will do this to a gal - just sayin';)
A well deserved coffee...complete with good conversation.
And so our weekend drew to a close.
And what a weekend it was.
Thanks friends:)


Monday, September 27, 2010


An ode to our beautiful new addition. {Dick & Jane style}
Charlie. Chocolate Labrador.
Seven months old.
 Love. At.First.Sight.

  Here, Charlie.
Here, Charlie.
Look here.
 Pull, Charlie!
Pull, pull.
 Shake-a-paw Charlie.
Good dog Charlie. Good dog!
 Sit, Charlie.
Sit. Sit.
 Wait Charlie.
Sit and wait Charlie.
Jump Charlie.
Jump high Charlie.
Jump. Jump. Jump.
Chew Charlie.
Sit and chew Charlie.
Good dog Charlie.
Good dog.

Welcome Charlie.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Pumpkin-y Goodness

Today, after a weekend in the Canadian Rockies (more on that later;) I am celebrating fall. The crisper air. The richly-coloured leaves. The cozy feeling in our home.
When my mind turns to thoughts of fall I can't help but think of cozy desserts! Desserts that fill the house with the scent of pumpkin spice and our tummies with pumpkin-y goodness!
Enter...Pumpkin Tarts!
To be honest, I'm not sure where this recipe came from...but it is a favourite in our home.
*Edited to add: A fellow blogger found these tarts on Bakerella's site - mystery solved!
Try them, you'll love them!

Begin by cheating just a little...when you pull out your frozen pie crust and let it thaw for 10 minutes!
Roll it out a little thinner than it comes, and use either a circle or a pumpkin cutter to cut out your tart shells.

Press the cut-outs into a mini-cupcake pan, paint the edges of each shell with egg whites...and set them aside.
You'll also need...
8 oz. Cream Cheese
1/2 cup Sugar
1 Cup Pumpkin Puree
3 Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla
1 tsp Pumpkin Spice 
(1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp ground ginger, 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves, 1/8 tsp nutmeg)

Mix all of the above ingredients together.
 Fill each lil' tart 3/4 full with the pumpkin mixture.
 Bake @350 for 12 to 15 minutes.
Top with a dollop of whipping cream.

I'm linking up to these fun parties...
 Motivate Me Monday @ Keeping it Simple.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Merci! Grazie! Mahalo!

I think one of my most important roles, as both a mother and a teacher, is to help draw the leader out of every child. To help build responsible citizens. Proactive. Kind. Courageous. Confident. Tenacious. Organized. Balanced. Open-Minded. Responsible Citizens.

And so, as a mom, I am eternally grateful for those people who do the same for my children. How do you thank someone for helping your child find the leader within? 

With Thanksgiving in Canada only a few short weeks away, it's time to start thinking about saying 'thanks' to the teachers.

So...I set to work ~ because we all know there is nothing better than a heart-felt, handmade gift;) And...nothing worse than staying up all night the night before and then having to work in the morning!

I gathered up my mish-mash of stamps; scrapbooking paper; spray adhesive; ribbon; the letter 'z' you'll see:); a clipboard; and spray clear-coat.

I used those mixed-up stamps to create my own subway artish using the word thank-you in many languages. I went to the experts at
I chose words because I liked how they sounded!

I used spray adhesive to attach the stamped paper to the clipboard...because the clipboard matched my colour scheme, I left a border on the top and the bottom exposed. In my little mind, the paper seems less likely to tear if it's away from the edge. I covered the paper ~ and exposed border ~ with a Krylon Glossy Clear Coat.

 From the paper scraps, I cut out a circle and attached the letter 'z' ~
for Mme. Z {my kiddies attend French Immersion}. I added ribbon in complimentary colours...

I had my boy write a thank-you note to his teacher...before he began we talked about some things that his teachers do that he is thankful for (brainstorming in teacher-speak!). He chose what he wanted to say...we clipped it in...and...

As the season of Thanksgiving draws near, it's important to remember this...
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.  ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy

How do you say thank-you? Mahalo? Merci?


I'm linking up to the Fall Festival @ This Blessed Nest. 
Whatever Goes Wednesday @ Someday Crafts.
Show off Your Stuff Party @ Fireflies and Jellybeans.