Sunday, November 30, 2008

Wow! 2 turkey dinners and a roast pork one in one weekend

Wow! What a wonderful weekend I have had.

It started on Friday with a turkey dinner with fellow stampers at my friend Heather's house.

The only catch for this one was we all needed to make a card with supplies Heather provided. Here is my version.
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Then we went to Ron & Carolyn's for MacKenzie's comfirmaton after party. Lovely evening guys. Thanks so much.
The gingerbread houses were an unexpected surprise.
Have fun at Disney.
The this evening after working 2 overnight shifts, my mom invited us for a roast pork dinner
It was so nice being spoiled. Thanks again everyone!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Blooming with Love

I stamped, coloured and tore these images stamped with Blooming with Love set a while ago and just had them sitting around. When my mother-in-law asked for some generic handmade cards, I though I'd try to use them up.
This didn't really work for me. I'm not sure if I wasn't in the mood or that I was trying to use up some scraps of paper.
I think next time I'll stamp the image as I need it. That way I can come up with a card I like and then reproduce it.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Snow tires or not? That is the question

Snow tires or not? That is the question.
Its only November. As I sit here in my dark kitchen (2 feet of snow covers my skylight) and mountains of snow visible from my windows I call around and find only one place in town that has snow tires that will fit our car. Do I take them or not.
This is the first winter in years that I am working full time and will have to drive 1/2 hours both ways to work on a county highway. Although hubby is not too sure because of the expense I made an executive decision based on safety and peace of mind.
Sunday morning I will have a brand new set of snow tires on my car. ps I also checked to see my CAA membership was current and will be keeping a safety kit in my car, complete with a change of clothes and a blanket. Next thing I need to get is a car charger for my cell phone. I want to prepared for those early morning or late night drives to work.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Snowy night

The snow held off for today so I did get to go scrapbook. I'll post the layouts when I get photos and some finishing touches on them.

I took Aaron out this evening to get some skates, boots, do a little Christmas shopping and stop for coffee and everytime we stopped he cleaned the snow off the car for me.

I may be staying home tomorrow if we get the snow that is forecast.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Hallowee'en Kitty

I forgot I had this photo on my camera. Our cat Kally is investigating the treats the kids brought home on Hallowe'en. She didn't find any she was particularly interested in and curled on my lap for a cuddle instead.

Christmas cards are all done

Thanks to Heather and Lizz, my Christmas cards are all done for this year. All in 2 afternoons. The first one was Heather's fundraiser last week and the 2nd was Lizz's 20 card class yesterday afternoon. Jenna was at both events with me so we have double the number of projects.
I guess the extra's we made last year for a Christmas Craft show will also find a home this year. The kids are collecting cards for the troops this week so the cards will bring Season's wishes to our men and women who will be spending Christmas far from home.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Country Living Holiday Collection Stampin' Kit
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Card stock
Ribbon and cord
Pretties Kit brads
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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Something Hopeful

Yesterday we celebrated Remembrance Day and when I went to work my boss suggested we do something more hopeful with the girls. She had the story of the girl and the 1000 peace cranes and instructions on how to fold an origami crane.
We haven't folded anywhere near 1000 but it was an excellent opportunity to spread some hope for peace.
Here is the story and an excellent video of the folding technique.
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes is a non-fiction children's book written by American author Eleanor Coerr and published in 1977.
The story is of a Japanese girl, Sadako Sasaki, who lived in Hiroshima at the time of the atomic bombing. She developed leukemia from the radiation and spent her time in a nursing home folding paper cranes in hope of making a thousand, which supposedly would have allowed her to make one wish, which was to live, or so she thought. On August 3, 1955, Chizuko Hamamoto — Sadako's best friend — came to the hospital to visit and cut a golden piece of paper into a square and folded it into a paper crane. At first Sadako didn't understand why Chizuko was doing this but then Chizuko retold the story about the paper cranes. Inspired by the crane, she started folding them herself, spurred on by the Japanese saying that one who folded 1,000 cranes was granted a wish. A popular version of the story is that she fell short of her goal of folding 1,000 cranes, having folded only 644 before her death, and that her friends completed the 1,000 and buried them all with her. This comes from the book Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. An exhibit which appeared in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum stated that by the end of August, 1955, Sadako had achieved her goal and continued to fold more cranes.
Though she had plenty of free time during her days in the hospital to fold the cranes, she lacked paper. She would use medicine wrappings and whatever else she could scrounge up. This included going to other patients' rooms to ask to use the paper from their get-well presents. Chizuko would bring paper from school for Sadako to use.
During her time in hospital her condition progressively worsened. Around mid-October her left leg became swollen and turned purple. After her family urged her to eat something, Sadako requested tea on rice and remarked "It's good." Those were her last words. With her family around her, Sadako died on the morning of October 25, 1955.
After her death, Sadako's friends and schoolmates published a collection of letters in order to raise funds to build a memorial to her and all of the children who had died from the effects of the atomic bomb. In 1958, a statue of Sadako holding a golden crane was unveiled in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, also called the Genbaku Dome. At the foot of the statue is a plaque that reads, This is our cry. This is our prayer. Peace in the world.
The following haiku was attributed to Sadako. It translates into English as:
I shall write peace upon your wings, your heart and you shall fly around the world so that children will no longer have to die this way
There is also a statue of her in the Seattle Peace Park. Sadako has become a leading symbol of the impact of a nuclear war. Sadako is also a heroine for many girls in Japan. Her story is told in some Japanese schools on the anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing. Dedicated to her, people all over Japan celebrate August 15 as the annual peace and love day.
Every day more cranes continue to arrive at the memorial from children all over the world in the hope for peace.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

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Sunday, November 9, 2008

Had a great time at Heather's GI Cancer Fundraiser

Just checked out Heather's blog and see what I found?

Eliz, Lizz, Jenna and I all enjoyed the projects.
We were a lucky table too as we all went home with a door or raffle prize.
Glad it was such a successful day.
Thanks. Great job, Heather and your team!