Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A Pinterest Creation for the Holidays

Since the summer time I have been on the website Pinterest. If you have never heard of this place, go and check it out! It's more addictive than Facebook and Twitter (although I never did get into the whole twittering? tweeting? twits? fad) Basically, Pinterest is your online cork board where you can bookmark photos, recipes, crafts etc to easily find later. It's a way more fun version of your "favourite" list really.

Anyways, my biggest problem is that I spend ages "pinning" all these really cool things to do, but have found that I don't ever go back and try any of them. So far I've made a few recipes (Salted Chocolate chip cookies have changed my life!) but never yet have I tried a crafty project....

...Until today!!

Oliver and I taped down (well, I taped, he ran all over and scrunched them haha) garbage bags to the floor to make a little work zone and brought out some acrylic paints, distress inks, glimmer mists, stickles and paint brushes and set to work for a crafty morning.

I found this "Pin" a couple weeks ago and thought it would look super cute as something to hang on the wall during Christmas as part of our decorations.

Oliver loved having his feet painted and I left him up to his own devices with some paint brushes and a tin foil plate full of paint. I'm not sure if I'm crazy leaving a 2 year old in charge of paints and paper, but he had a ball and now we have a fridge covered in his artwork :)

I picked up some canvas from Michael's and first sprayed it with Apple Glimmer Mist to give the white background just a tiny bit of colour and sparkle then went around the edges with green and brown distress inks. Oliver stamped his feet down to make the reindeer's faces and then I went back with a paintbrush and freehanded the antlers and nose. While the red paint was still wet I sprinkled some loose glitter onto it to add some extra glitz to their noses. Using Holly Stickles I added the year to the bottom corner. Et Voila! Our very first Pinterest Inspired crafty project complete!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Tied Up with a Bow

Remember awhile back when I bought that big bahama mama bag of bargain buttons and Oliver discovered what an amazing sound they make hurled at top speed across the floor?
Well we had another incident similar to that yesterday....

Someone who will remain nameless *cough cough* my two year old *cough cough* found my drawer upstairs where I keep all my spools of ribbon and "decorated" our house with it. I should have known something was going on, the house had been too quiet for too long...
It was more funny than anything else and it kept him busy for twenty minutes or so, so I let him run around the house dragging his ribbon behind him!

It was definitely easier to roll up a couple spools of ribbon than pick up and find hundreds of buttons!

Friday, November 11, 2011

A Day of Remembrance

Another November 11th has arrived and with it arrives the remembrance and thanksgiving of all those who have, and continue to serve, our country. The sacrifices of those before us, as well as the men, women and their families of present will always be felt and should always be remembered and appreciated even beyond the boundaries of today.

Though Remebrance Day is only one day a year, we truly do need to remember to be thankful to our troops each and every day.

So to everyone in the Armed Forces and to their families I say Thank You!

This year Oliver and I stayed home and watched the Remebrance Day Ceremonies on CBC as they were taking place downtown Ottawa at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. I was in tears (as always) when the Silver Cross Mother lay her wreath in memory of her lost son. At 11:00 when silence fell and the haunting melodies of The Last Post and The Piper's Lament was played I was surprised that even Oliver stopped what he was doing and remained still and silent. it's funny how even children, no matter their age, can still pick up on the importance of a single moment.

Because of where we live, our backyard is usually right under the flight path of any aircraft that are part of the goings on at Parliament Hill. So throughout the ceremonies and afterwards we had helicopters, biplanes and jets flying over our house in formation on their way to Ottawa. A sobering site to see, 7 helicopters flying over in formation, and loud! It's also a pretty cool for a 2 year old little boy when seven "hah-wee-ca-ca's" fly over his house ;)

Friday, November 4, 2011

A Blog Hop Newbie!

Hey There! You must be arriving here from Pat's Craft Corner Blog! Welcome to the next blog that's part of YCU Blog Hop! If you're just stumbling across my post now, head over to Young Crafter's Unite to find all the details about the Masculine Card Blog Hop, and start hoppin' and commenting for a chance to win some great prizes!

I will admit this is the very first Blog Hop I've ever taken part in, as a blogger and as a hopper too! I'm pretty excited to be a part of it all :)

So without further ado, I would love to share my masculine themed card that I made!

I used some of the more boyish patterned papers from Echo Park's For The Record line and used Kraft paper for my card base. The baker's twine was too white when I wrapped it around the card, so I coloured it using Vintage Photo Distress Ink to "dirty" it up a bit!

I'm also using this post as my entry for the third YCU Challenge

I hope you enjoy it, don't forget to leave a comment here and then head over to EFRAT'S Blog Next! Thanks a Bunch for Stopping By!!