Thursday, December 03, 2009

Seriously Tia

I've said it before and I'll say it again but this little girl truly amazes me; the depth of her spirit and the strength of her great determination is an inspiration to me every day that I am privileged to be holding her little hand through this life we are living.

Monday, November 23, 2009

New goodies

I managed to find a few spare minutes this week to get some new packs of goodies up, and re-release a happy little holiday pack in My store. Just in time for some good Christmassy creating!

We are still going a hundred miles an hour here as we continue packing and preparing for our move coming up, man, a family of 5 can seriously accumulate too much "stuff" living in the same place for 6 years and having unexpected career developments, a little one with some super sensory/anxiety troubles, and just the ins and outs and adventures of "Life" to stand in the way of regular organizing and purging.
I Love that the end of this adventure means a fresh new beginning for us in a beautiful happy yellow house, and a lot of better solutions for keeping things simplified and in order, but I do have to admit that the journey is definitely wearing on us at the moment. Like Dory the fish says " Just keep swimming..."
Got to keep on keeping on for now!!!
( said with fist pump and as much positive "Go Go" energy as I have in me)


Friday, November 13, 2009

More Fun with Hamby

My Natural Beauty; Tiara... this kid has that extra sparkle that just comes right from her heart. This page has flowers made from my pencil sharpenings, and visual "flow" directed with strips of torn fabric and the awesome little hambly kraft sticker strips. This background was just the perfect amount of silver dandilions to give me plenty of room for doodly writing and showing off Tia's sweet face while still leaving me the white space I like to have so my eyes can rest......too much info from my design brain there probably but that's how it goes!

Created on the Hambly Kraft paper with silver dandilions, little transparent flowers made from overlays cut up, and lots of the cute hambly stickers on here

"I Love My Life" using hambly background papers and all sorts of Kraft cardstock stickers and bits, and of course a bunch of messy happy paint!

These are my Button flowers made from Kraft journaling spots

And my journaling surrounded with all of the lovely bits!

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Didn't they tell you?

It's ALL about the Dress!!!

This is a layout for My playtime as hambly's November guest DT girl...TONS of fun!!!
The background is just a piece of cardboard that was on my table with some of it's top paper ripped off; I Love the contrast of the pretty lace and design bits that I chose to tell this story and the rough rugeddness of the cardboard- the fact that it kind of doesn't belong is what makes me Love it! I must have used this as apalette at some point cuz it was partially covered with this great drippy thick blotchy white paint which gave me a perfect starting place!

You can check out my Gallery over at the Hambly blog for a few more peeks as I play this month!

Monday, November 02, 2009

Enjoy the Journey

a page in my Random Art Journal.
"Tick-Tock goes the clock, time keeps tickin' keeps on tick-tockin'...the time is now; Enjoy The Journey!"
I don't think there has ever been a season in my life where this doesn't speak to me. No matter the circumstances , no matter how crazy busy or upside down things can get I try so very hard to remember that if I can enjoy the journey and just take the ride through life with as much joy as possible then Every day is a gift, every day holds something I can learn and though they pass to quickly I can know that I held on to the moments with as much gratitude as I could muster.
I wish the same to you my friends.
Background page is a mixture of different inks and pencils on plain cardstock, and my clock is created with blue wire, sewing clasps and a snap, jute string for the centre and the rest is pretty self-explanatory...a mish mash of whatever was speaking to me.

Enjoy the Journey,

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Paint Crew

What is painting without a bit of indoor graffiti?
And mine speaks the truth!
Happiness was here indeed, as the college and career students from our church came over for the night last week to Bless us with their skillz!

It was so incredible to see how fast things can come together with a whole crew to help. We cracked open that can of "chocolate Fondue" brown, turned up the tunes, and before I knew what had happened the girls had facial hair, and our room was as cozy as can be...strange combo I know, but hey, it worked!A huge huge thank-you to all of you Rawkin' peeps for your time, and for your fantastic happy fun energy here in our home!!!

Monday, October 12, 2009

crazy times

A feature wall and a new pocket door all going in at once thanks to my incredible in-laws

It is one of those crazy times in life where you know you will look back and chuckle and say "
man, that was CRAAAZEEY!"
We have boxes packed up to store until we get to the next house, we have rooms pushed to the middle to receive some pretty paint, we have a bathroom half ripped apart because it is getting a makeover, and family popping in and out to help with the crazies...EVERY spare minute of EVERY day we are doing this thang and OMGoodness we are exhausted! if I even let myself begin to tell you how exhausted we may actually possibly be, then I would be admitting it and might stop long enough to actually realize it and run the risk of slowing down...we DO NOT HAVE TIME for slowing down so I am admitting NOTHING! What I am going to tell you is that I am Loving the bits as it gets finished around here, I have to do the multiple walk bys and to catch a few happy glances just so I can feel all happy and good about it before I go back to whichever Rubbermaid bin I might be packing up.
It's all coming together and that RAWKS!!!

Friday, October 09, 2009

Dreamy pages

A quick inspiration share today.
Here are a couple of pages I have done with the new Dreams take Flight goodies

First is "angel Boy"
I may live in a very very pink world here at our house, but lucky for me I get to be a proud auntie to some precious little boys and I LOVE these little drippy, drooly, happy wiggly pictures of sweet baby Kane, he truly is a little bundle of Joy 100%.
As soon as I started going through his little 3 month session to edit I KNEW I had to do something with these two shots, this kit was just the thing I needed!

This one is called "Summer Friends"
This friendship truly is a gift from heaven in so many ways, and both of these girlies are such radiant wonderful people. These are two girls who know how to use their imagination's and how to explore with open hearts and muddy toes...I Love it!!!
This kit is about the possibilities that are waiting for us just behind the next cloud, about sharing a positive message with the ones we Love to scrap about, and about having the freedom to Dream your best dreams and make them come true!
Sooo... for some more awesome inspiration from the talented Scrap Artist Design team check out these great pages too!

"Dreams Fly" by Danielle Donaldson
"Freedom" by Lili

"Peace and Tranquility" by Alice
"Possibilities" by Gabi

"Possibilities" by Lili
Thank-you ladies and all of the other fantastic designers that have done such a fantastic job sharing their wonderful stories with this kit.

peace and dreams to you all

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Dreams Take Flight

Here it is!
meet my current project; Dreams Take FlightAs the guest Designer over at scrap artist this month I couldn't imagine a more free and dreamy theme/ color palette to inspire the Dreamer in me as we get into the crisp crunch of fall. It's the time of year where I get excited to pull out my favorite boots, cuddle up under the best fluffy blankets we have, and get into my pile of books... or just take some cozy time to enjoy my own "freedom to dream"

Come and check out the whole big collab kit available for October only!

ETA: This kit and alphabet have now been moved to my store


that is the sound of my life zooming.....whooooosh, see there it goes again!
So. I am realizing this morning that I very rarely update my blog and am being a total blog slacker lately as I scroll down my neglected blog and through my recent facebook updates ( when I actually take a minute to update either) that I MUST be busy!
A sure sign is the lack of kid/life photos being is obvious that my life as of lately is not being lived with a camera in hand as it so often is. Don't get the wrong idea I'm not actually mad wild paparazzi, well Ok maybe a bit, but I usually do pick up my camera once or twice a day and capture a little slice of life around here. Instead I have been painting, and tearing out old trim, and giving away things I am not using often enough, doing some guest art here and there and then squishing and hugging and loving little girls, and it starts all over the next day...
I know, I know, everyone's life is busy, but me, I like a little but more of a chilled out pace, I am a chilled out kinda gal.
Even though I do know that my silly chilly way of life will grace me with it's presence again before we know it I am going to pretend just for today that all is chills-ville and just to make me happy here is a random selection of photos from the last couple of months....Lots of Tia because she loves the camera and just a few of our other girlies because they are far too busy enjoying the fall to stop for me to grab pictures of them!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

For all of you scrappers...

...Come on out and grab the deals while you can!
Little Dreamer is having a store wide Fall sale and EVERYTHING is marked down 25-35% !!!
It hasn't been feeling much like fall around here , in fact it has been Hotter than it was for most of the summer, but with the long cold winters we get in Manitoba, I'm definitely not complaining!

I did manage to get in the fall spirit a wee bit and have a few new things up in the store ( finally!)
Here are my bits, one brand new and two re-releases, and I have lots more in the works for some fun guest stuff coming up in October, so be sure to check back soon and see what's up :)
Happy Creating to you

Friday, September 18, 2009

A little free online lesson to share

Hey there peeps, Today I am the guest blogger over at the CK blog,
There's tons of fun info and ideas shared there all the time, it's definitely one to add to your bookmarks.
Come on over today and check out my lesson on EXACTLY how to make this layout in just one hour!!!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Be radiant, Go strong into this day!

...a message me and my girls have been discussing today...the ability is in each one of us, it is a CHOICE to shine!!!

go forth in all your beauty my fine friends

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Kindergarten baby

Our baby girl started school this morning. In that cute new backpack is a cabbage patch kid to hug in case she "feels tears coming" and a little framed picture of mommy "to see"...sigh, I Love having little people to admire and hug and giggle about, they are just so very fantastic!

Anyways, She was so excited that she got up this morning and drew a little picture for her teacher, requested pea soup in the new soup thermos for her first lunch, and got all prettied up in her new knee highs and sweet sweater. Such a funny little monkey she has been so excited and then came the tears when it was time for me to get her settled at her little table. The thing with baby #3 is that I KNOW she will love it, she will be totally fine and she is more than ready for the fun that she is about to have. So I am not having tears in the van this time. Amazing since I thought sending my littlest one would make me sad...but no. The days will go by so fast and I will have her little arms around me every second day for this year anyways, next year when she goes every day I might feel differently, but for today she is our newest school girl and we are so proud of her :)

So are her big sisters who were both very eager to show her the ropes and get her settled where she needed to be

ETA: I had to come back and share how happy she was at the end of the day. Little Bella says it was her BEST DAY EVER! look at this sweet little happy face after school...

Monday, August 31, 2009

Go me!!!!! ...are there Sea snails?

we always seems to have waves when it comes to efficiency around here, sometimes fabulously radiant "high tide" where we are managing to do everything and do it fairy fantastically, and then sometimes we go for the oh so low-on-the-organized-and-efficient-side-of-life wave...
dude, we are like burrowing down in the ocean bottom sand with the sea snails right now......are there sea snails??? I dunno, maybe I just made them up, but you get the idea.

Today I jumped back on the meal planning bandwagon once again...don't get all excited now, cuz I know I'll fall off in a month or two when life needs attention more in another direction, but for today we are STOCKED!!!!!
I couldn't even fit all of the bags in my superstore sized cart and the bag hangedy hooks were missing too, so it was a fabulous balancing act to get it all out to the van.
But, OH, SO worth it!!!
The menu for our coming suppers this week is...

Lasagna, Cesar salad and garlic bread
Garlic pork steaks, fresh Manitoba corn, and roasted baby potatoes
Perogies and koulbasa with a coleslaw salad
tortellini with 4 cheese sauce and fresh baked buns
Toasted tuna melts and pea soup
french toast, hashbrown patties and french toast ( because breakfast is ALWAYS yummier at supper time!)
I am deciding to chatter about this so that I can look back and remember how good it was to do it right, and do it all over again next time the efficiency is at low tide. Aaannnnd so that I can tell you that I picked up this book last week and it totally inspired me, great buy, worth the money, check it out!

Monday, August 17, 2009

wings of freedom

This canvas is a reminder for me, and for my girls, hung right in our upstairs hallway outside of all of our bedrooms where we begin our day.
I believe that it is so true;
We all have such beautiful potential within us if we can just stretch open our freedom wings and believe that we can each take off in all of the beautiful ways that we were made to fly.
Having said that though, in walks self doubt and a few good ol' bummer days to Rob us of our freedom...that positive mind set is easier said than done right?

So here we go;
a bright reminder hanging in our hallway right at eye level!
on this project I used a 16x24 canvas, brushed with cream and blue acrylic paint, then gel medium with old book pages, masking tape for texture, india ink and spray inks to build up my background. Then onto the yummy toppings; words are drawn in regular black uniball pen, painted with watercolor paint and highlighted with white charcoal, wings are painted with white watercolor, vintage bird card, prima flower stem, 7 gypsies keyhole and other goodie bits are all a part of the Kenner Road kits this month!May you spread your beautiful wings of freedom my friends, your potential is unlimited!
Take flight in faith.