Monday, June 18, 2012

Booths, Dance, Dinner, Great Big Sea. It has been quite a weekend.

What a weekend!!!l  As you know I had my first booth at the Fresh Ayr Festival and it was a success. Some people coming to a class, new customer contacts, and some sales.  All in all a good weekend.  

Me posing in my first booth ever, and I now see that wearing shorts with my apron looks interesting from the front.  LOL  

Cash and carry table.

On of my volunteers, Marissa, playing Vanna LOL

I made a banner with the new In-Colors.  Quite happy with how it turned out.

My other volunteer, and upline extraordinaire, Denise.  Playing shy with the camera.  LOL  (Payback Denise for some of the other unflattering shots of me on your blog, bwahahaha!!!!)

I love how my Cookie Monster topper turned out.  Thanks to Dawn for the idea.

Loving the new Dahlia buttons.  So gorgeous!!!

And of course, Stampin Up! fabric, to die for!!!

Display board Denise lent me!!!

And this cool guy walking around with his stereo on his back.  And a hot sunny day made it perfect.

A big thanks to Marissa, Alexa, Laura, and Daniel for helping out with the booth and doing take down. Another thank you to Jamilla, who took time out to visit my booth and gave me a special give for having my first booth ever.  Jamilla is my upline x 2, she is Denise's upline and Denise is my upline, we are one big happy family at Stampin Up!!!  And a really really huge thank you thank you thank you to Denise for helping to run the booth, lending me tables, display boards etc, (I am still working on my collection of stuff) and of course take down.

I was unable to stay for the whole day because it was also Amanda's Dance Recital day, the date and time were different from other years, so there was a scramble in terms of what to do with my booth, do I stay and skip the dance recital.  But my volunteers saved the day and I was able to have the booth and see Amanda's Dance recital.  Which was of course AMAZING!!!!

And every year Amanda gets flowers from her Beppe and of course her dad for a job well done.  A quick pic of some of the flowers.  Gorgeous!!!

Yesterday was Father's Day, a day in which Dave was thoroughly spoiled with breakfast in bed, a do nothing day, followed by a dinner that I made.  On the menu was BBQ steak and garlic shrimp, roasted red and sweet potatoes, south west salad, and for dessert home made cherry pie (somebody else did the home-making on the pie, I was too busy)  

And after dinner Dave and I had a date watching Great Big Sea in concert.  I have been a fan of Great Big Sea for many years and seeing them in concert has been a long time wish of mine.  And for Mother's Day Dave gave me two tickets to their concert.  It was at the Whistle Bear Golf and Country club and was a fundraiser for Cambridge Memorial Hospital.  And of course the boys of Great Big Sea put on an amazing show, both Dave and I can't wait to see them in concert again soon.  Will be watching their tour schedule closely.

A perfect night to end a perfect weekend.

Needless to say I am a little tired today.  And after getting everybody out the door, breakfast into me, laundry started, looking around my house thinking what happened??  Followed by some customer calls, I went into my studio to this!!!  Looks like I have some cleaning and tidying to do.  LOL

Thanks for stopping by and visiting my blog.  Keep watching for some of my upcoming classes.

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Sunday, June 17, 2012


Yesterday and the days leading up to it have been a blur to say the least.  I will post more on how well my booth did later this week,and Amanda's dance recital.  My camera is somewhere in the chaos that is my home.  LOL  Just had a nap, getting ready to make dinner for Dave and then off to see Great Big Sea in concert (one of my awesome Mother's Day gift)  

I saw this on a blog I follow.  Since I am a tad whipped from this past week thought I would do this for fun.  

Age - 43
Bed size - King 
Chore that you hate - I would have to say is scooping up "dog bombs" from the yard after a real snowy winter in Southern Ontario.  yep, pretty nasty.
Dogs - 1, Golden Doodle named Dalwhinnie (yes, she is named after a brand of Scotch)
Essential start to your day - Showering and eating breakfast, if I haven't had either one of those,  it is not a happy world around me.
Favourite colour - Depends on my mood, sometimes blue, sometimes red, sometimes pink,I am a crafter and all kinds of color can rock my world.  Today, I love blue.
Gold or silver - Silver
Height - 5' 6" 
Instruments you play - I don't play any
Job title - Tough one, I have many jobs which include Mom, Wife, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and maid, laundress, Taxi service (lots of that), chef, baker, party planner, etc.  
Kids - 2 girls Laura (16 years old), Amanda (14 years old) and 1 boy Daniel (11 years old)
Live - Ontario, Canada
Mother’s name - Sita
Nicknames - Don't have any
Overnight hospital stays - Delivery of all three kids of course, when I broke my leg in 1995 and had to have surgery, D & C for retained placenta after Amanda in 1998, and of course other procedures that were just "day trips"
Pet peeves - Whining and complaining, chronic liars, people lacking personal responsibility, camping lol,  
Quote from a movie - "You see that couple here?  Well, he's having an affair with the babysitter and she can eat a pound cake in under a minute"  Aunt Jet to Sally Owens pointing out that "normal" people aren't always "normal"   From one of my fav movies Practical Magic
Right or left handed - Right
Siblings - 1 older sister
Television - Supernatural, Hawaii Five-0, Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures, Bones, NCIS, 
Underwear - Depends on my mood and what I am wearing,
Vegetable you hate - Brussel Sprouts (little balls of satan I tell you!!!)
What makes you run late - Trying to get "one more thing done" before I have to leave.
X-Rays - Dental, when I broke my leg and numerous times after the surgery to make sure I was healing properly. 
Yummy food that you make - I like to think I'm a pretty decent cook and baker
Zoo animal - Dolphins are my fav but not many zoos have them, other one is monkey

Thanks for visiting my blog and keep checking for some crafty goodness.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Catalogue Launch at my Booth At the Fresh Ayr Festival


I will be having a booth at the Fresh Ayr Festival this year and everyone is invited to come and check it out.  Ayr is a beautiful town here in Southern Ontario, we are about an hour west of Toronto, just outside Kitchener-Waterloo. Every year in June we have the Fresh Ayr Festival, lots to see and do, numerous vendors, the Ayr Idol Contest, a Youth Art Contest and more.  

And this is the first year that I will be having a booth there.  And I am soooo excited.  I will have a free make n' take, there will be a door prize, retired Stampin' Up! product at a discounted price.  AND you can get a brand new Stampin' Up! catalogue for free with any purchase, AND free shipping on all orders this  week right through to Sunday, June 17, so if you can't make it to the festival but would like to place an order you can!!  Just contact me at: for free shipping on any order this week.

Details are as follows:

WHEN:   Saturday, June 16, 9:00 a.m-4:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Fresh Ayr Festival, Victoria Park, Ayr, Ontario

For more information on the festival you can check out their website HERE:

Don't forget the free shipping on all orders for this week, even if you can't make it to the festival, just fire off an email to me.  Any orders that I receive from today, June 11 to Sunday, June 18 will have free shipping.  So if you can't make to Ayr Saturday, you can still take advantage of this fabulous offer. 

Monday, June 4, 2012

Saturday's Make N' Take

Saturday was Crop for The Cure in St. Jacob's.  And a fabulous day it was.  I got to catch up with some friends that I haven't seen in a while, and made some new friends as well.  Good company, good food, and lots of laughs with ladies I love.  Denise and I had a booth and I didn't really get to leave the booth much other than eating and going to the wash room,  it was a busy day, which was a good thing.  Denise and I donated 20% of our sales to the Crop for The Cure who donates all their proceeds to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation..  In total Denise and I were able to donate just over $73, thank you to all who were able to purchase from us.  Every dollar counts.  

I designed the make n' take for our booth and it was a hit.  It was this cute corner bookmark.  I had three samples with three different colour combinations, my yellow centre and green ribbon ended up being confiscated by Denise.  LOL  

See how perfectly this bookmark fits on the corner of any book or  any Stampin' Up! catalogue.

Supplies used were as follows:

Paper:   Crumb Cake 81/2x11 CS (#120953), Very Vanilla 8 1/2x11 CS (#101650)

Stamps:  Layered Labels (#127072 clear mount) (#127070 wood mount)

Classic Ink Pads:  Gumball Green (#126861), Raspberry Ripple (#126859), Daffodil Delight (#126944), and Early Espresso (#126974)

Markers: Early Espresso (#119680), Daffodil Delight (#119677),  2012-2014 In-Colour Marker set (#126856)

Ribbon:  3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon in Gumball Green (#126848), 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon in Daffodil Delight (#126872), 1/2" Seam Binding in Daffodil Delight (#125583)

Tools: Simply Scored Scoring Tool (#122334), Simply Scored Diagonal Plate (#125586), Scallop Edge Border Punch (#119882), Color Spritzer Tool (#107066), Big Shot Die Cutting Machine (#113439), Apothecary Accents Framelits dies (#127003)

If you have any questions on this project or would like to host a class or workshop feel free to contact me at

Thanks for stopping by my blog.  And have a fabulous day!!!

Friday, June 1, 2012

New Catalogue and More!!!

Today is such an exciting day.  New Stampin' Up! catalogue day.  I have had one in my hot little hands for a few weeks and now I can share with the rest of you.  You can see the catalogue online by following the link in the sidebar to the right.  If you are like me and need an actual hard copy of the catalogue contact me today and I will set aside a copy for you.  You can reach me at:  I am not sure how they do it, but each new catalogue that Stampin' Up! releases is always better than the one before.  Just keeps getting better and better.  

And just when I thought things couldn't get better they announced some new promotions for this month.  

First is for those interested in signing up as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  If you want to build a business or want to join as a hobby demonstrator to supply your crafting needs, now is an amazing time to join.   In addition to getting  the Your Way Starter kit, which you can get up to $225 in value for only $125.  For the month of June you can get select products from our Takes the Cake suite for FREE!!!  YES!!!  That's right, up to an additional $60 in product for FREE!!!  How sweet a deal is this.  You can see the PDF flyer for this special promotion HERE.  And did I mention the shipping on all Starter Kits is FREE!!  

And things just keep getting better and better for hostesses as well.  During the months of June and July in addition to our regular amazing hostess benefits, they have an added bonus of even more free product for hostesses that have a workshop or class with sales of $575 or more.  They will be receiving an additional $60 towards free product.  For example, with sales of $575, the hostess gets $150 towards ANYTHING in our current catalogue AND 1 item 50% off.  AMAZING!!!  You can see the new benefits chart here

Tomorrow Denise and I will be a vendor at the Crop for The Cure in St. Jacob's.  Tracy and her family do an amazing job hosting this annual crop where all proceeds go to breast cancer research.  Denise and I will be donating 20% of our sales to Breast Cancer Research.  Such a worthy cause, especially at this crop where we remember and honour friends and family who we have lost to this disease.