Monday, August 31, 2015

Six Word Saturday Even Though It Is Monday

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2014

Six Word Saturday

Describe your life or current situation using exactly six words.


I know I'm alive.  Everything hurts.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Baby Deer

I am playing with the Creative Sketches August Sketch challenge 2015. I really had fun working this amazing sketch.


The Corny Conductor

The conductor on the Port Stanley Terminal Rail train was very amusing . . . unless you are a very grown up 7-year-old.  I used these funny photos on a layout created using a sketch from ScrapMuch?


A two-page sketch challenge . . .

Three sketch challenges in one blog post!  What could be better than that?  I chose to do the two page layout posted on the Stick It Down Blog.  Here's my interpretation of this excellent but simple sketch . . . 


Dinosaur in Cave


These paper piecings are handmade using scrapbook-safe materials.

4" x 5"

$3.50

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Laughter

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2014

Today's Writing Prompt: Laughter

List as many things as you can that make you laugh . . . in one minute.


Hal
Greg
Tim
Cameron
Austin
Taylor
old movies
dumb jokes
prat falls
Lucille Ball
Sheldon Cooper

Wow one minute really goes by quickly.

Dinosaur Standing on Back Legs


These paper piecings are handmade using scrapbook-safe materials.

5" x 6"

$3.00


Friday, August 28, 2015

Alone

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2014

Today's Writing Prompt: Alone

What's an activity that you prefer to do all by yourself?



I love to read.  My favourite time to read is any time I have to sit and wait for something, when I need a little down time . . . and it is the greatest way I know to relax and fall asleep at night . . . unless the book is really good or there is just a couple more chapters left.

Dinosaur Running


These paper piecings are handmade using scrapbook-safe materials.

3.5" x 7"

$3.00

Shoes

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2014

One Word Wednesday: Shoes

Yeah, I'm playing around with some different kinds of weekly prompts.  That's your prompt for today.  Shoes.


I really don't think I have too many shoes.  In fact, I think I don't have enough.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Stuck Sketch Challenge for August

It has been a great week for sketch challenges in my studio.  Sketch challenges equal lots of scrapbooking going on.  Scrapbooking makes me happy.  This August 15 challenge sketch on the Stuck blog also makes me happy.

Here is my take on the challenge:


Only You Know

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2014

Today's Writing Prompt: Only You Know

What is something that only you know?


If I told you, then we all would know.

Creating with Paper & More Word Challenge

Creating with Paper & More blog had an August Word Challenge and here is what I came up with using the word brothers . . . 


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Voting

MONDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2014

Today's Writing Prompt: Voting

We're getting into voting season, judging by the number of fliers and door knockers showing up on my porch.

Why do you think it is that some people don't vote?



I just don't understand it . . . but here is why I believe people do not vote . . . 

1.  Lazy or apathetic or they don't believe their vote matters.
2.  Would rather watch The Bachelorette than learn what the issues are.
3.  They believe that not voting is a form of protest.
4.  Don't understand that it is a matter of civic responsibility.

That's all I got . . . and they are all dumb excuses.

Sketch Challenge from ScrapMuch?

No you are not seeing double.  The colour scheme and theme for this layout was from Scrap Around the World . . . 

But the sketch is from the ScrapMuch? blog.  I have not seen a sketch from them that I haven't loved yet.

So here is my Paradise layout again.


The Voice

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2014

Sunday Story: the Voice

There you are, walking down the street, minding your own business, when you clearly hear a voice yell, "Help! Let me out of here!"




Believe it or not, we actually had one of these boxes at one time.  We would turn it on and hide it in a cupboard and think we were truly hilarious.  Yep . . . 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Mood Board Inspiration by Scrap Around the World

The minute I saw the mood board on Scrap Around the World's blog this month, I knew what photos I was going to scrapbook.


You can't go on the beach with your shoes and socks on . . . LOL . . . 

Six Word Saturday!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2014

Six Word Saturday!

Describe your life or current situation using exactly six words.


working my dreaded to do list

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Sketch-y Friday with a great sketch from ScrapMuch?

I really enjoyed working with the sketch from the ScrapMuch? blog.  

I also loved this day and spending time with two of my favourite grandsons.


Success!

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2014

Today's Writing Prompt: Success!

What's one success you've had this past week?


Do I only have to say one success because I've actually had a couple this week?  Nothing really over the top exciting but successes nevertheless. 

I went to an art journaling class at Paper Passions in London and had a great time.  Gelli plates and lots of paint were involved.  Both make me very happy.  And I am very pleased with the pages I did.

I have our plans pretty much finalized for our long weekend.  That has been a bit of a chore but I think we are going to have a good time. 

And the biggest success of all . . . as of August 25th Hal and I will have been married for 32 years.  What do you think about that?  LOL.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Mom Memories

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2014

Today's Writing Prompt: Mom Memories

Describe an activity from your childhood that you always remember doing with your mother (or a mother figure.)


I remember quite a few activities with Mom and Nanna.  Camping, road trips, canning, cooking, knitting . . . and that list is from my notoriously bad memory.  Sitting on the back porch.  Gardening.  Pets.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Disappointment

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2014

Today's Writing Prompt: Disappointment

What has been your greatest disappointment in life?


I've had a few disappointments in my life but I just push forward and onto something else.

I was disappointed that I couldn't learn to do ballroom dancing.  But at least I tried.

Grated Carrot Salad

Grated Carrot Salad



2 servings

Preparation 5 min
100 calories per serving

2 carrots 200 g
** 4 tsp Classic Vinaigrette (Recipe) 20 mL
2 tsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed 1/4 lemon
1 pinch salt [optional] 0.1 g
ground pepper to taste

Method

Peel the carrots, then shred them using a large-holed grater. Put them in a third bowl. Pour the Classic Vinaigrette over the carrots, add the lemon juice, then season with salt and pepper. Toss to combine.
Serve.
** I substituted a low-calorie balsamic dressing.

Warm Quinoa and Arugula Salad

Warm Quinoa and Arugula Salad



2 servings

Preparation 10 min 
Cooking 15 min
420 calories per serving 

3/4 cup quinoa 140 g 
1 1/2 cup water 375 mL 
1 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 23 mL 
2 tsp lemon 1/4 lemon 
2/3 bunch arugula 100 g 
3 tbsp fresh mint, chopped 9 g 
1 pinch salt [optional] 0.1 g 
ground pepper to taste 
60 g feta cheese, light, cut into small cubes 

You may serve this salad warm or at room temperature.

Method

Cook the quinoa in the water.
Meanwhile, clean the arugula, chop the mint, then put them in a salad bowl. Pour the oil and lemon juice in a small bowl, add salt and pepper, then beat using a fork until the mixture is well emulsified.
Add the quinoa to the salad bowl. Pour the vinaigrette over the salad then toss well. Add the Feta cheese,adjust the seasoning, then serve.

Japanese-Style Chicken Skewers

Japanese-Style Chicken Skewers



2 servings

Marinade 1 h
Preparation 15 min
Cooking 10 min
190 calories per serving

1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 dried chili peppers, minced 0.4 g
1/2 tsp coriander seeds, coarsely ground 1 g
1/2 tsp ground cumin 2 g
ground pepper to taste
1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce, low-sodium 23 mL
2 tbsp white wine 30 mL
1/2 tsp sesame seed oil 2.5 mL
2 tsp honey 14 g
1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed 1/2 lemon
4 chicken thighs, boneless, skinless, cut into 2-2,5 cm pieces 260 g
1 3/4 tsp sesame seeds 5 g

Metal skewers are needed for cooking.

Marinate
Mince the garlic and chili pepper, then put them in a bowl. Coarsely grind the coriander seeds and add them to the bowl. Add the cumin, ground pepper, soy sauce, white wine, sesame oil, honey, and lemon juice. Cut the chicken into 2 to 2,5 cm pieces and put them in the marinade, mix well, cover, and let stand in the refrigerator at least 1 h.

Grill outdoor or in the oven
When ready to cook, place the chicken pieces on to metal skewers. Cook on a medium grill for about 6-8 min until the pieces are nicely coloured, turning the skewers a couple of times. Alternatively, put the skewers on a baking sheet under a preheated broiler 7-10 cm from the heat for about 6-8 min, turning the skewers a few times.
Meanwhile, put the sesame seeds in a small pan and heat over medium heat a few minutes, with some stirring, until lightly coloured.
When the chicken is ready, sprinkle with the grilled sesame seeds, then serve.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Evil

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2014

Tanka Tuesday: Evil

It's time for the next installment of Tanka Tuesday!

Tanka is a form of poetry similar to haiku. It's short, and the lines don't need to rhyme. The just must have a set number of syllables: 5/7/5/7/7.

For more about tanka, see the original post here.

Today's tanka prompt is: evil.


I have seen evil
I have felt it.  I cannot 
understand evil.
I cannot do evil because 
my heart will not allow it.

Recipe: Red Pepper Ratatouille

Red Pepper Ratatouille



2 servings

Preparation 10 min
Cooking 20 min
120 calories per serving

1 yellow or red sweet peppers, cut into 2 cm-wide strips
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 onions, finely chopped
3/4 cup canned tomatoes (diced)
1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
1 pinch salt [optional]
ground pepper to taste

Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook the garlic and onion 4-5 min until lightly coloured and soft, paying attention not to let them burn.

Prepare the peppers: Cut them lengthwise into 2 cm strips. Sauté 4-5 min, then add the tomatoes.
Cook over low heat, covered, 15-20 min until the peppers are soft. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Plan

MONDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2014

Today's Writing Prompt: Plan

Happy Monday! What's your plan? For the week, for the month, for the year, for life...

What do you have planned?


In the "real world" it is August 2015 . . . which means time to celebrate our 32nd wedding anniversary.  We are going on a road trip.  It is still in the planning stages.  That's all I'm going to say until we come home.  Hopefully there will be tons of stories and photos to share with you upon our return.

This week is going to be very quiet, I hope.  My plans are to attack My Dreaded To Do List, go to an art journaling class . . . and of course my favourite place in the world is Ladies' Day Out.

What are your plans for this week?


One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

A while back I took a "quiz" on Facebook to determine how many of the top 250 movies of all time. I had actually seen. I scored 100 out of the 250 movies that were listed. If I was unsure about seeing a movie I didn't check it off so my score could possibly be much higher.

And then I started thinking that perhaps instead of binge watching old TV series I should binge watch movies. I decided just to take on the top 100 movies for a starter. Now I'm very sure I am going to agree with quite a few of the entries on this list but I already know I'm going to argue about a few as well.

So here is #21 of the top 100 Movies of all time according to IMDB:

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)



This is one of my favourite scenes from the movie.  I had seen One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest many many many years ago so I decided to give it another go.  I think even more of it now than I originally did.  



Jack Nicholson plays McMurphy, who wrangled a trip from the prison farm to a mental institution for an assesment.  McMurphy was sure he would have an easier time finishing out his sentence at the hospital.  I'm not going to state that McMurphy was or was not mentally ill when he arrived but, because of his rebellious behaviour, he was treated as ill.  The end of the movie was so sad and yet so powerful.  It does not surprise me that this movie won so many awards.

Academy Awards, USA 1976

Won
Oscar
Best Picture
Saul Zaentz
Michael Douglas
'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' became the first film in 41 years to sweep the major categories ... More
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Jack Nicholson 
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Louise Fletcher 
Best Director
Milos Forman 
Best Writing, Screenplay Adapted From Other Material
Lawrence Hauben
Bo Goldman 
Nominated
Oscar
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Brad Dourif 
Best Cinematography
Haskell Wexler
Bill Butler 
Best Film Editing
Richard Chew
Lynzee Klingman
Sheldon Kahn 
Best Music, Original Dramatic Score
Jack Nitzsche 

Paper Piecing: Cup Cake


These paper piecings are handmade using scrapbook-safe products.

2.5" x 3.5"

$3.00

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Six Word Saturday

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2014

Six Word Saturday

Describe your life or current situation using exactly six words.


Sometime you have to let go.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Stuck?! August 1st scrapbooking challenge . . .

You know how much I love to do challenges.  I took this challenge from Stuck?! and ended up with a two page layout of my "niece's" birthday in 2012.

Here is the original challenge:  http://stucksketches.blogspot.ca/2015/08/august-1-2015-sketch-challenge.html

And here is my layout:


I like that I was able to keep so many photos in a simple style and used two of my paper piecings for embellishment.  You can see the birthday cake at http://inmyworld-pam.blogspot.ca/2015/06/paper-piecing-birthday-cake-2.html and the bow at http://inmyworld-pam.blogspot.ca/2015/07/paper-piecing-bow-1.html

Coupons

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2014

Today's Writing Prompt: Coupons

Have you ever purchased a deal online, like via Groupon? What was it for?


I've actually used Groupon a few times and have always had a very positive experience with them.  Here are a few of our experiences:





Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Paper Piecing: Coyote


These paper piecings are handmade using scrapbook-safe materials.

5" x 5.5"

$3.00

Astrology

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2014

Today's Writing Prompt: Astrology

What is your astrological sign? Do you exhibit any traits commonly associated with your sign?



Traditional Leo Traits . . .

Generous and warmhearted
Creative and enthusiastic
Broad-minded and expansive
Faithful and loving

Leo On the dark side . . . 

Pompous and patronizing
Bossy and interfering
Dogmatic and intolerant

http://www.astrology-online.com/leo.htm


Yeah, I think that pretty much sums me up . . . sigh . . . but I still don't believe in astrology.

Scars

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2014

Today's Writing Prompt: Scars

What sorts of serious injuries did you ever do to yourself as a child? Do you carry any scars from your childhood adventures today?



Fargo 1996

A while back I took a "quiz" on Facebook to determine how many of the top 250 movies of all time. I had actually seen. I scored 100 out of the 250 movies that were listed. If I was unsure about seeing a movie I didn't check it off so my score could possibly be much higher.

And then I started thinking that perhaps instead of binge watching old TV series I should binge watch movies. I decided just to take on the top 100 movies for a starter. Now I'm very sure I am going to agree with quite a few of the entries on this list but I already know I'm going to argue about a few as well.

So here is #18 of the top 100 Movies of all time according to IMDB:

Fargo (1996)

Why have I never watched this movie before?  It is absolutely genius.  I am in love with the characters.  William H. Macy plays a car salesman with a get rich quick scheme who uses some serious larceny to try and raise the money . . . including arranging for his wife to be kidnapped.  The only criminal more inept than Macy's character are the two lunatics he hires to carry out the kidnapping.  

If it can go wrong, it definitely will.  It doesn't help that the very pregnant sheriff played by Frances McDormand is persistent.

Watch this movie.





Academy Awards, USA 1997

Won
Oscar
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Frances McDormand 
Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
Ethan Coen
Joel Coen 
Nominated
Oscar
Best Picture
Ethan Coen 
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
William H. Macy 
Best Director
Joel Coen 
Best Cinematography
Roger Deakins 
Best Film Editing
Ethan Coen (as Roderick Jaynes)
Joel Coen (as Roderick Jaynes) 

Monday, August 10, 2015

Paper Piecing: Country Cat


These paper piecings are handmade with scrapbook-safe materials.

3.5" x 5"

$2.00

Food

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2014

Tanka Tuesday: Food

It's time for the next installment of Tanka Tuesday!

Tanka is a form of poetry similar to haiku. It's short, and the lines don't need to rhyme. The just must have a set number of syllables: 5/7/5/7/7.

For more about tanka, see the original post here.

Today's tanka prompt is: food.

 

I love food good food 
not fast food not boring food 
happy food prepared 
with care food exciting food
seasoned food and different food

Paper Piecing: Computer #1


These paper piecings are handmade using scrapbook-safe materials.

3 pieces - the monitor is 1.75" x 2"

$2.00


Avoidance

MONDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2014

Today's Writing Prompt: Avoidance

What are you avoiding?


Yeah . . . somedays are just like that . . . 

Things I avoid:

1.  Making phone calls (unless I am in the mood for a chat).  

If I just need information I don't want to be drawn into a huge conversation.  I've had days where a simple phone call has turned into a lost morning and me no wiser than I was before.  I also hate automated answering machines.  One day I called the same place about 6 times before I gave up and decided to live with the problem (whatever it was) all because I would press numbers and end up lost in the maze that is automation.  Email and chat is so much simpler.

2.  Humidity.

'Nuff said.

3.  Planning anything.

As soon as I finalize plans, get all excited and pay down the deposit you can guarantee hubby's work will manage to screw it up.  I think they have secretly hacked into my calendar and turned messing up my plans into a drinking game.

4.  People I don't like.

There aren't too many of them on my list.  But there are a few.  And they must be avoided because the alternative is that I may injure them and end up in jail.  So avoiding them is in my own best interests.

5.  Scales.

You know the chances are greatest that the numbers are not going to be good.


Sunday, August 9, 2015

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003

A while back I took a "quiz" on Facebook to determine how many of the top 250 movies of all time. I had actually seen. I scored 100 out of the 250 movies that were listed. If I was unsure about seeing a movie I didn't check it off so my score could possibly be much higher.

And then I started thinking that perhaps instead of binge watching old TV series I should binge watch movies. I decided just to take on the top 100 movies for a starter. Now I'm very sure I am going to agree with quite a few of the entries on this list but I already know I'm going to argue about a few as well.

So here is #17 of the top 100 Movies of all time according to IMDB:

The Lord of the Rings:  The Return of the King (2003)

Why have I never watched this movie before?  Oh yeah . . . because I never watched the first two.  Which is weird since I own and I've watched both Hobbit movies.  I have no answer.

Well I figured I couldn't watch The Return of the King without watching the first two movies of the Trilogy . . . so Hal & I binge watched them all last weekend.  Except for the last 30 minutes of the third movie . . . sigh . . . because Hal had to leave for work.  When he came home a couple of days later we were finally able to watch the end.



These movies are exciting and romantic and violent (but not real graphic violence or I would have had to turn it off) and a story of heroes and evil and the good guy gets to win.  What more can you ask for?  The scenery was STUNNING.  The costumes were incredibly imaginative.  I just can't praise this trilogy enough.  I'm so sad I never watched it before now.

Stuck inside on a rainy summer day?  This may be the answer.



Academy Awards, USA 2004

Won
Oscar
Best Picture
Barrie M. Osborne
Peter Jackson
Fran Walsh 
Best Director
Peter Jackson 
Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay
Fran Walsh
Philippa Boyens
Peter Jackson 
Best Film Editing
Jamie Selkirk 
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
Grant Major (art director)
Dan Hennah (set decorator)
Alan Lee (set decorator) 
Best Costume Design
Ngila Dickson
Richard Taylor 
Best Makeup
Richard Taylor
Peter King 
Best Music, Original Score
Howard Shore 
Best Music, Original Song
Fran Walsh
Howard Shore
Annie Lennox
For the song "Into the West".
Best Sound Mixing
Christopher Boyes
Michael Semanick
Michael Hedges
Hammond Peek 
Best Visual Effects
Jim Rygiel
Joe Letteri
Randall William Cook
Alex Funke 

Lost

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2014

Today's Writing Prompt: Lost

Describe an object you have lost recently.


I can't think of anything I've lost recently.  Of course, that is probably just because I can't remember now and not that I don't lose anything.  

Do you know who loses things a lot?  My son, Tim.  He is constantly searching for his phone, his keys, his coffee cup . . . 

I am a creature of habit so I don't have as big a problem of losing things . . . except when I need something right away.

Hal & I binge-watched the TV series Lost a while ago.  He hated the ending.  I loved it.

My son, Greg, and his boys have been losing shoes lately.  I'm trying to break them of the habit of just leaving their shoes anywhere . . . and they are some big shoes . . . because I worry about Kate tripping over them.  I know I tripped over somebody's big shoe the other day coming in the door.  So I hide them and only tell Kate where they are.  Greg's dress shoes for work went into a kitchen cupboard the other day.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Paper Piecing: Compact Car


These paper piecings are handmade using scrapbook-safe materials.

3" x 4"

$3.50

Six Word Saturday . . . on Saturday.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2014

Six Word Saturday

Describe your life or current situation using exactly six words.


It's Saturday and Hal's finally home.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Where Would You Go?

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2014

Today's Writing Prompt: Where Would You Go?

A friend of mine is selling her home, but having trouble deciding where she wants to move to.

If you could move anyplace you wanted, where would you end up?


You've heard me say this before and my mind has not changed yet.  If I could move anyplace I wanted, I would move into a motorhome and travel . . . and travel . . . and travel.  My address would be P. O. Box ???


Books

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2014

Today's Writing Prompt: Books

What was the last book you read?


I love to read.  If I'm going to be waiting anywhere I tuck my Kobo mini in my purse.  I read every night before I go to bed.  I find that really relaxing . . . unless the book is too exciting or mysterious or whatever and then I end up reading half the night.

I just finished reading Black Silk by Judith Ivory.  I will, obviously, be blogging a book review about it at some point.  In the mean time, let me just say it was light reading.  Perfect summer on the deck reading.  A little far fetched characters.  But fun and a happy ending!  And isn't that all that matters.

Paper Piecing: Child in Sleeping Bag


These paper piecings are made using scrapbook-safe materials.

2.5" x 3.5"

$2.00

Paper Piecing: Chef's Hat


These paper piecings are made using scrapbook-safe materials.

3" x 5"

$1.50