Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Magic of Page Kits

The Magic of Page Kits

Through the magic of page kits you can arrive at the crop with only what you need -- no kitchen sinks.  You can set up quickly and you are ready to scrap.

Planning is the key.

Step 1 - Photos

Take the time to organize your photos by date and event.  If you are doing the organization challenge, you are already done or working on this.  This will save you hours of searching for photos. 
Put the photos for each event in individual bags or page protectors.  You can re-file unused photos after the layout is complete.

Step 2 - Accents

Pick you accents first to insure that the paper you choose will match both the photos and accents.  Don't add any "lumpies" that can damage your photos to the bags.  Make a note of them on an index card or post it note and then pack the lumpies separately

Step 3 - Papers

The "experts" suggest you pack at least one base paper and 2 or 3 patterned papers.  You may change your mind or decide to use only one or two papers, but the selection will be available.  I like to have 2-3 cardstocks and at least 3 patterned papers.

Step 4 - Fibre

 Fibres include washi tape, ribbon, thread, jute, twine . . . 

Step 5 - Tools, ink, paint

Write a list of required tools on an index card or post it note and add to the note to your page kit.  When it comes time to pack your tools for the crop, you will have a handy reminder so you don't forget any important tools.

Step 6 - Sketches

There are so many great sketch sites online and of course I recommend my books for inspiration as well. 

Step 7 - Journaling

If you know you will want computer journaling done for your layout, do it know or make sure to leave room to add the journaling later.  You can also print out any poems, lyrics or quotes you think you might use.

The trick here is to travel light and get lots done. 
Through the magic of page kits, you can make this happen.

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Mackies in Port Stanley and Walking ON Lake Erie, 2014

So we are trying to give Spring the hint to hurry up and get here by rushing our first spring ritual of the year at Mackies in Port Stanley.  They were open on Family Day so off we went . . .

The only thing better than Mackies fries with ketchup is . . . 

. . . orangeade and . . .

. . . Mackies fries with their special sauce . . . sooooooo goooooood!!

 Big Beach

Little Beach


Friday, February 21, 2014

Oven Roasted Vegetables

A recipe has been passed around the internet today for Oven Roasted Vegetables.  The photo looked good.  The recipe sounded good.  So I decided to make it for supper tonight.

I changed a few things . . . surprise . . . !!!  And it was delicious!!  This recipe makes enough for at least six hearty diners.  I served it with roast beef and apple crisp for dessert.

Here goes . . .

1 bundle of asparagus, cut in half
1 small package of snow peas
2 medium yellow squash (which I couldn't find), cut in large chunks
1 zucchini (so I added a second zucchini), cut in large chunks
1 small package of baby carrots
1 package of grape or cherry tomatoes
1 small bag of baby red potatoes, cut into wedges
about 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp of rosemary
1-1/2 tbsp of basil
steak seasoning (I used Mrs. Dash)
salt and pepper
1-1/2 tbsp garlic salt (I used a couple of garlic cloves well chopped)

Prepare the vegetables and place in a large bowl.  Drizzle olive oil over and then add seasonings.  Toss the vegetables so they are well coated with oil and seasonings.  Pour into a deep baking dish and cover with foil.  Bake for 1/2 hour at 450F.  Remove foil and cook for 15 minutes or until veggies are tender.

The original recipe is at

My favourites were the asparagus and tomatoes.  Hal loved the potatoes best.  Austin ate everything but the tomatoes.  Taylor particularly enjoyed the carrots and asparagus.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Oddball Square: Aussie Map . . . sort of

This square was supposed to be of a map of Australia but I chose to do a maple leaf instead to represent Canada.

Here is the link to the pattern ->

Only 12 more squares to go before I start putting this huge blanket together.

Afternoon Tea Party to benefit the Pink Scrappers Relay for Life Team

One of our ways of raising funds this year is that we are hosting a bunch of mini events.  Last Thursday was Deb's turn and she decided to host an afternoon tea party.  Everyone showed up all beautiful and dressy and Deb did a beautiful job decorating the house.  She had hoped to have 6-8 people attend and was totally overwhelmed when 20+ people wanted to attend . . . LOL . . . but she made it work and we had a marvellous time.

You may, or may not, have heard this about me but I am mechanically challenged.  In other words, I'm a klutz.  Deb was in hysterics watching me trying to rip of sheets of wrap to cover the sandwiches.  The funny look on Annie's face (to my right) is that she is trying to untangle the last sheet I cut.  So sad.

And the lady in the enormous pink hat is our host.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Spacecraft, Aircraft and Luggage

Alien & Spacecraft





Small Suitcase

Large Suitcase

4 piece Travel Set

Monday, February 10, 2014

I just can't believe it . . . two more knitting finishes . . .

Another oddball square!!  This one is called Applied Triangles and you can see the pattern at

I also finished another mystery knit-along dishcloth.  The name of the cloth is Valentine Hearts and you can find the pattern at