Well I know that I've been lax in keeping you updated on things at the Sisterhood lately. Actually I didn't even tell you about the mini-crop we had! It was a GREAT theme - "T'was the Month Before Christmas". There were games, challenges and lots of fun banter and chit chat.
However it's a new month. December has arrived with all its inherent Christmas themes. At the Sisterhood, we're only posting sketches this month for challenges. We'll also be "shutting down" the main chit chatting of the board around December 15 because everyone will likely be too busy to keep up much. Never fear however, we'll be around, just not posting our "regular" schedules. The DT needs a little time off too!
Here's my sketch challenge for December. From the lovely Kristine Davidson of Creative Scrappers, I chose sketch #200.
I just saw the date on my last blog post and am ashamed of myself for leaving it lay silent for so long! I know that some of you actually follow my bits and blobs of blogging and therefore I apologize for being so laissez-faire in blogging.
Actually I had decided to take the month of October off because I was BOUND AND DETERMINED to do all my Christmas projects so I could play and have fun through November and December. Alas... being who I am, I did not finish
That's not the only thing I did in October however. We had a new addition to the family! Yes! A baby bulldog of my very own. OK, he wasn't my own. He belongs to my cousin and I "babysat" him for a month while my cousin got settled in New Zealand. It was a busy month with two two-year-old dogs in the house!
I also had a visit from two of my most favourite people in the world! My grandkids came to visit us for a week at Thanksgiving when it was discovered I couldn't go there because MY PASSPORT HAD EXPIRED. Expired like two weeks prior to the trip! Argh... Oh well, I got a great time with the grandkids out of it! So busy and so much fun. I was exhausted at the end of the month!
Murphy, shown here with his buddy Benny - right after Benny tried to chew his head off - hence the more "rugged" appearance of his fur - had a second knee surgery in November. He is on strict cage rest right now and not liking it one bit. I spend a lot of my day carrying him up and down the outside stairs for him to relieve himself and just get a breath of fresh air. He's on leash for at least two more months so this means I also get to enjoy the fresh air in the backyard. Hmm..
Well anyway, enough about me! I am nearing the end of my "list" so thought I'd share a couple of things I did this past weekend with you.
First are these adorablesnowmen!Aren't they fun? My friend Marilyn came and helped me. Who would have believed that they were such fiddly little things! In case you don't recognize them, they are battery operated tea lights that when lit, all have glowing noses. I'm not sure if I'm going to give these little babies away or just put them on my tree or leave them for my grandkids to play with. At any rate, that's what I've done this weekend.
Know what? I'm going to save the other for another day. Today is finishing with the tree. Hubby and I started yesterday but got as far as the lights. We wanted to see them at night to make sure we had enough and it seems we do. Today we're decorating. He's being such a peach this year with decorating and all that encompasses that I hardy miss my kids help... Well, that's not true at all... I miss them being around and those days when I just sat back and watched them go. Maybe next year we'll do the tree when the grandkids arrive. That should be fun.
Another layout for the grad scrapboook. We had such a GREAT time that day taking photos and just laughing. I asked the girls to "strike a pose" but the wind was really interfering! Ahh.. gotta love the prairies for messing up your stylish poses!
I did this one as part of the LO tag at Scrapshotz this month. Jamie's layout was a bit tricky for me to follow with the photos I had but I think that I did OK... you can check out the reveal in the forum here. (I hope they're done before this layout gets posted! LOL)
This was done to comply with one of the Sisterhood of Scrap's challenges this month. I started it at my monthly crop on the 8th, but didn't finish it until the 21! It says what it needs to say and will make a welcome addition to the grad scrapbook.
If however YOU can see something I can do to make it better, drop me a line! I'm not entirely happy with it and would welcomeyour feedback...
This summer, one of Gabby's expressions was "too hawd"... things were always too hard for it seemed. She had so much of the "almost 3 years old" and wanting to do what she saw other kids doing, but still much of the "2 year old" that needs help.
Watching the neighbour boys and seeing how fun it was to use the slide to come down from their tree house, yet being afraid to go up on her own, it was just "too hard". One morning her mommy encouraged her to try... she took a lot of encouragement but found that it was not too hard after all!
Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
As you can see I'm using up old kits. This is all from the Kaisercraft After Three kit I received from Scrapshotz several years ago. They have the BEST kit club! I'd still be getting them if my hoard.. uh I mean my stash.. yeah, my stash wasn't so big.
our faithful family friend who passed away from stroke on September 23, 2009. She was her self-less, loving self right until the end. Wherever she is, she's running down a long beach finding a stinky dead fish to roll in.