Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Top Movies of all Time according to IMDB ~ #29 Saving Private Ryan (1998)

I loved this movie.  Of course, I love Tom Hanks.  

During the Normandy landing two brothers are killed in action. In another theatre of the war the third Ryan brother is killed. Their mother is to receive all three telegrams on the same day. The United States Army Chief of Staff, George C. Marshall learns there is a fourth brother, Private James Ryan, and decides to send out 8 men (Cpt. Miller and select members from 2nd Rangers) to find him and bring him back home safe.

I think I may need to watch this movie again today.

Academy Awards, USA 1999


Best Director
Steven Spielberg

Best Cinematography
Janusz Kaminski

Best Sound
Gary Rydstrom
Gary Summers
Andy Nelson
Ron Judkins

Best Film Editing
Michael Kahn

Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing
Gary Rydstrom
Richard Hymns


Best Picture
Steven Spielberg
Ian Bryce
Mark Gordon
Gary Levinsohn

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Tom Hanks

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
Robert Rodat

Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
Thomas E. Sanders
Lisa Dean

Best Makeup
Lois Burwell
Conor O'Sullivan
Daniel C. Striepeke

Best Music, Original Dramatic Score
John Williams

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Woodstock ON ~ Nerd Teas

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I have not been to the Nerd Te@s store but my son works in Woodstock and he brought me a few packages of tea to try.  I just tried Apple Chai herbal tea and it is a delicious blend of apple, hibiscus, rosehip, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, black and white peppers, clove, and nutmeg.  It brews up as a delicious fragrant relaxing tea and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  It is caffeine free and high in antioxidants.  A 50g package sells for $8.00.

I still have Orange Creamsicle Rooibos and Sweet Watermelon Oolong to try.  But which will I try first?  I think perhaps I'll have a cup of Orange Creamsicle while I read some interesting articles on their blog.

Check this company out . . . online or in store.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Top Movies of all Time according to IMDB ~ #24 It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

If someone suggested that I've watched this movie 100 times, I would not be surprised.

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This is the perfect Christmas or any other time of the year feel good movie.  George is constantly frustrated whenever he tries to follow his dreams . . . to go to school, to travel, to leave his home town . . . 

Finally, after one more hit of bad luck, George Bailey wishes he had never been born.  With the help of an angel-in-training, George comes to realizes how important he has been in the lives of his family, friends and community.  He realizes he really does have a wonderful life.

Academy Awards, USA 1947


Best Picture

Best Actor in a Leading Role
James Stewart

Best Director
Frank Capra

Best Sound, Recording
John Aalberg (RKO Radio SSD)

Best Film Editing
William Hornbeck

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Top Movies of All Time according to IMDB ~ #23 The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Silence of the Lambs (1991)

I absolutely hated this movie. I hate creepy scary why-did-you-make-that-movie movies.

Somehow it won five Oscars.

Academy Awards, USA 1992

Best Picture
Edward Saxon
Kenneth Utt
Ronald M. Bozman

The Silence of the Lambs became the third film in Academy history to win the "Big Five" Academy Awards for producing, directing, acting, and screenwriting following It Happened One Night (1934) and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975).

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Anthony Hopkins

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Jodie Foster

Best Director
Jonathan Demme

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
Ted Tally


Best Sound
Tom Fleischman
Christopher Newman

Best Film Editing
Craig McKay 

Monday, November 6, 2017

Top Movies of all Time according to IMDB ~ #20 Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

Star Wars:  Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

I can't say I am a huge fan of the Star Wars franchise . . . but I do like it quite a bit.  I think it is very clever.  And I can't believe I never questioned why the first movie was called Episode IV.

It has a great and swashbuckling story line and great special effects, especially for the times.  "Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a wookiee and two droids to save the universe from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader."  I stole this from IMDB because I couldn't have said it better myself.

I think a wet dreary autumn day should be devoted to watching all the Star Wars movies while curled up in a quilt and popcorn.


I like that . . . the story of a boy, a girl and a universe . . . 

Academy Awards, USA 1978

Oscar Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
John Barry
Norman Reynolds
Leslie Dilley
Roger Christian

Best Costume Design
John Mollo

Best Sound
Don MacDougall
Ray West
Bob Minkler
Derek Ball

Best Film Editing
Paul Hirsch
Marcia Lucas
Richard Chew

Best Effects, Visual Effects
John Stears
John Dykstra
Richard Edlund
Grant McCune
Robert Blalack

Best Music, Original Score
John Williams

Special Achievement Award

Ben Burtt (as Benjamin Burtt Jr.)
For sound effects. (For the creation of the alien, creature and robot voices.)

Oscar Best Picture
Gary Kurtz

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Alec Guinness

Best Director
George Lucas

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
George Lucas 

Friday, November 3, 2017

Black and White Photo Challenge

Did you get nominated for the black & white photo challenge on Facebook.  I did . . . and it was fun.

Here's the challenge:

Seven days, seven black and white pictures that explain your life. BUT NO HUMANS, NO EXPLANATIONS. I was nominated by ___ for the 7 day challenge. I nominate ___ .

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Making Red Pepper Jelly

As wedding favours my soon-to-be daughter-in-law decided on little jars of honey and sweet red pepper jelly.  We spent a wonderful afternoon making jelly to put in these teeny tiny little jars.

Sweet red pepper jelly is delicious with a soft cheese (like cream cheese or goat cheese) on crackers or baguette slices.  Would you like the recipe?

And here they are all decorated . . .

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Scrapbooking finishes in October 2017

I was only able to attend for half the day at a crop in October.  I did managed to get a few pages done.  I spent more time shopping and visiting . . . sigh . . . 

The first photo is from our wedding in 1983.  The rest of the photos are of our vow renewal in 2015.

See more ski caps at

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Monday, October 30, 2017

Art Journal finishes in October 2017

I have been following a Facebook group called Art Journal Prompts for a while and just started following their 2017 prompts.

#1 is Your Word for 2017

and #2 Texture

As you can see, my plan is to take each prompt literally.  I used paint and then a coating of crackle and lots of fine glitter.  Fun and simple.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Union Burger

My grandmother and I were out doing some serious shopping when we realized it was way past lunch time.  We decided to try I talked her into trying Union Burger.  I'd heard mixed reviews but, like usual, wanted to find out what they were like for myself.

Nanna said she really enjoyed her lunch but could only eat half.  She wrapped up the rest to take home for later.

I did enjoy my lunch as well.  The 1/4 pound combo is $4.99.  The burger is okay, the fries are pretty good, the decor is rather eclectic and the staff is excellent.  I don't know that I would go again to eat there because, although the music was good, it was way TOO loud.

They also need to go after the contractor that put in their windows.  There was a puddle of water under each window.  That's just wrong.

So next time I need a snack I may just pop back in to Union Burger.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

#*+@+#%^!! Roundabouts!!!

Despite the title of this blog, I actually love roundabouts.  They make sense to me.  They are safer than intersections.  Traffic flows smoother.

And that is why I don't understand the number of people I hear complaining about them.

I'm going to assume that "those" people just haven't taken a moment to figure them out.  Not that they actually require a lot of figuring out since there are lots of arrows and signs to assist you around.

And yet we watched someone absolutely crawl around the new roundabout at the bottom of Talbot Hill this morning like they were driving on eggshells.  Apparently my passenger watched someone drive around the roundabout in the wrong direction the other day.  Here's what is actually cool about that . . . no one ended up in an accident because they could actually see what was going on because it is a roundabout.

The City of St. Thomas has lots of resources on their web page to help you make sense of roundabouts . . . although the map they speak of is apparently missing (maybe it is something about my computer???).  Check it out

Sunday, October 22, 2017

2017 Craft Space Organization Challenge Take 2 ~ Challenge #10

So how did you make out with Challenge #9?

I didn't realize how far I was behind in organizing sketches and technique ideas.  I'm all caught up now!

Are you ready for Challenge #10 ~ The Final Challenge?


Many of us have fallen victim to the lure of scrapbook swaps among local and online groups. All the hours, material, creativity, and postage costs make these items difficult to purge. But let's face it . . . not everything is YOUR style, you are NEVER going to use some of it. It's time to make S.P.A.C.E.

SORT: Keep only what you love.  If the colour or style does not make you smile, it must go.  Keep only what is significant to you - don't keep the soccer page swap items if your kids are into hockey and dance.  Sort into: KEEP, TRASH, SELL, DONATE

PURGE: Pack up the DONATE pile and give it to a beginner scrapbooker who might appreciate these items.  Throw out the TRASH pile.  Bag up and assign a price and your initials to the SELL items and put them directly into the garage sale box.

ASSIGN: sort your KEEP items into categories, theme, holiday, colour, whatever makes sense to you.  

CONTAINERIZE: Store your keepers in page protectors by theme in binders, or get them into giant ziplocs to create page kits for your next cropping session.

EQUALIZE: next time a swap arrives in the mail, take a few minutes to toss or give away what you know you'll never use, create a page kit for your next cropping session, or put in a page protector in your swap binder for storage.

At one point in my scrapbooking life I participated in a ridiculous number of swaps.  Not any more . . . So I can say that Challenge #10, for me, is done.  

I'm off now to get some serious crafting done . . . 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Scrapbooking finishes in September 2017

The fan paper piecing is available at

Helen challenged us to create a card while we were at Windswept.

Most of the leaves on the page are paper piecings which I distressed.  You can find them at

I love this adorable little duck paper piecing.  You can buy your own at

This spooky tree can be seen at

Love the jack o'lantern paper piecings?

You may recognize this layout idea and awesome paper if you are a fan of Close to my Heart.

This layout was made using the papers and embellishments from a recent swap.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

2017 Craft Space Organization Challenge Take 2 ~ Challenge #9

You may recall that Challenge #8 was organizing your paper cosmetics.   I have a rather large collection although I am pretty sure there are lots of you with even more.  But mine ARE organized.

So I am more than ready for Challenge #9 . . . 

Inspiration for scrapbook pages is everywhere.  But what is the best way to organize it so that it's actually USEFUL?

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First consider cutting up your magazines and idea books, and only saving the ideas that you really plan to use. Magazines and idea books only sit on your shelves, they aren't really useful. It can take hours to go through your books to find the one layout you remember. Having your ideas in a condensed form, arranged in a way that makes sense to you is much more effective.  If you are able to cut up your magazines, here are some ideas for arranging them:
  • theme (holidays, birthday, babies, pets, travel etc)
  • number of photos used in the layout
  • journaling ideas
  • colours
  • quotes
  • techniques

Now that you've decided how to arrange them, where to store them?  A few ideas:
  • a composition book or some other kind of sketchbook: you can sketch in here and adhere page ideas into it It's also portable, so you can take it with you to crops!  
  • an index card box: adhere your ideas to index cards
  • idea file folders. Place your ideas inside file folders and label the index tab.  Store in a portable file box.  Add categories as needed.
·       binder with page protectors: tuck clippings into the page protectors

If you have decided you are NOT cutting up your magazines . . . 
SORT: Make sure that the magazines and books are still relevant to you. If you are holding onto magazines more than a year or two old, REALLY make sure they still interest you. Sort them into piles: KEEP, DONATE, SELL, TOSS

PURGE: Trash the TOSS pile.  Arrange immediate drop-off or pick-up of the DONATE pile. Bag up and assign a price and your initials to the SELL pile.

ASSIGN: sort your magazines/books by title/date of issue, and consider storing your books and magazines down low due to their weight.

CONTAINERIZE: store in boxes or magazine holders.

EQUALIZE: Consider getting varied colours of post-it flags, and setting up categories for ideas. Each time you get a new book or magazine, flag the pages you like according to your system, s
o that you an easily see from the outside of your books which one might have an idea applicable to the project you are working on.

Only one week left of our challenge . . . how's your space looking now?