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my name is monica but now i'm better known as nana. i have recurring dreams about faraway places and wild animals running free. i love to create with paper, food and yarn and i love to share snippets of my life.

Friday, August 31, 2007

Soap Box Winner!!!!


I just made the draw for the altered soap box featured on Monica's Scrapbooking Place and I'm pleased to announce that the winner is, drum roll please....... Cheryl(cakvd)!
Congratulations and please email me your mailing address at bcdoula@gmail.com so that I can get this is the mail to you.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who tune in on a regular basis. Please stay tuned as I have lots more giveaways coming up in the near future!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Re: Come With Me On This Creative Journey****The Winner!! ****



I like to congratulate Adriann!! You have won this pouch for your art journal cards! I made this with a piece of fabric from my great aunt who lived to be 101. She was a very wise and wonderful woman and I thought that it was fitting to use this to create the pouch to store your cards in! Thanks for playing along even though you've already started!!

Please email me your home address at : bcdoula@gmail.com

One Little Word Challenge - Balance



Here is my take on the word 'Balance'. I used red electrical tape and stitching as my frames.This picture was taken a couple of years ago where I was literally dancing in the wind. We stopped just off the highway returning from a day trip in the Rocky Mountains and it was so windy. I just felt compelled to dance in the wind!!
My journaling reads: I have surrendered to live a more centered life. I soothe my soul on a regular basis by meditating, journaling and by taking long re-energizing baths. What I have come to realize is that it is also very necessary to honor my silly, spontaneous self because I am the most joy filled when I'm just a little off balance!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Summer Challenge at Scrap Love - Week Seven


I used acrylic paints to paint my circle for journaling and on my chipboard " I AM' letters.
I took this pic last week by mistake. I was putting on my makeup and had the camera in one hand and as I was looking down at it I pressed the button and this is what I got! I'm even in my black bra!!!...
The journaling reads:
who I Am..woman, wife, mother, daughter, sister, nana, soul soother, life long friend, witness of birth, fearful of hate, afraid of fear, moved by music and song, loves baths, the aroma of sweet peas and new babies,is awed at the sight and sound of geese fiying south for the winter,is always reinventing myself, loves being 55,saltwater taffy and baking muffins on lazy Saturday mornings,sacred road trips, hearing my children say 'love you' and smooching my sweet grandson, is still seeking new truths.

The hidden journaling behind the picture reads:
monica
daughter of marianne, who is daughter of ida, who is daughter of mary, who is daughter of addie...

Friday, August 24, 2007

Resurrecting the Champ!!

Please go and see the movie Resurrecting the Champ as my youngest son, Jesse, has a small part as a prize fighter in the movie.
Go here to check it out!! That's him in the photo with Josh Hartnett!

http://movies.yahoo.com/summer-movies/Resurrecting-the-Champ/1809732303/photos/81/2006javascript:void(0)

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Enter to win this altered soap box!



Please watch Episode 5 of Monica's Place
It is the first of a 3 part webisode and in the first episode I alter a soap box into a recipe card holder.
Please leave your name and a comment here and I will make a random draw for this altered soap box!!!
Draw ends August 31, 2007. Good luck!

Monday, August 20, 2007

Summer Challenge at Scrap Love - Week Six


be still my soul - Week 6
I can't believe that there are only 2 more weeks of this challenge left!!
This challenge we had to use 2 'clear' products and the colors green, brown, orange, white and yellow.
The is a pic of me in my bath tub is matted with brown card stock.
I used a clear button in the word 'soul' and added a white rub on on it and I printed the words 'nurture' and 'healing' on a transparency.The wide ribbon scanned a little crooked..
I used all of the required colors. I mixed yellow and green acrylic paints to make a journaling block under the word 'nurture'.
The journaling reads:
"my bath is my one oasis of pleasure and solitude that is just footsteps away. it is a time of tranquil recharging from our chaotic, demanding world.it's my 'editing' room where i can clear and free my mind."

Friday, August 17, 2007

Join me on this creative journey!!!!!



I was directed to this mini art journal challenge by Emily Falconbridge and I LOVE it!!
Please go to this link first and scroll to the bottom to get to the beginning.
Supplies needed for this project are a deck of cards, a pouch you create to keep them in(unless you win:) and your wonderful imagination!!
http://embers.typepad.com/e/mini_art_journal_challenge/index.html
I realize that it started in January but I think you can start anytime during the year. I thought that September would be a good month to begin because it is the month of transition and change. While I know that this can be a very busy time for mommies with school age children, this is such an easy challenge and it's something that you can do for yourself.
I'm asking you to please join me on this creative inspirational journey. I will make a random draw from the names of those joining me on this creative adventure and they will win a pouch that I create!!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

I love good mail!


Look what I got in the mail today! I entered a contest at impressurbberstamps.com
I wasn't the winner so I didn't expect anything and they sent me these 5 pretty butterfly cards in various pastel shades and envies and this nice thank you card just for entering! Such a sweet surprise!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Summer Challenge at Scrap Love - Week Five


Journey- Week Five
This week we were challenged to pick from certain words for our title and to use buttons and chipboard in out layout. I used clear and heart buttons and chipboard letters in my title.
I have had this picture for a couple of years and didn't know what to do with it. It is 4 days after spinal surgery and there is a definite shadow cast in the middle of it , so it's not the greatest quality,but it tells a story and I was so glad that I could finally scrap this.
The journaling reads:
"In the middle of the turbulence surrounding you, these trying times that are so hard to endure, in the middle of what seems to be your darkest hour hold fast your heart and be assured. This too shall pass, like every night that come before it..." I had a spinal fusion in 1999 and with my recovery came 5 years freedom from terrible pain-until it returned with a vengence..so, here I am constantly learning to live life to the fullest despite chronic pain. I am learning to take joy in this journey for it has brought me here, to this moment. I have "set my eyes above the mountains and lifted my head up to the sky." It's a journey to a new normal and I'm going to hang on, buckle myself in and enjoy the ride!

Summer Challenge at Scrap Love - Week Four


Free Spirit - Week Four

Week Four challenged us to use bling in a summer theme.
I used my blingy brads for this layout and I also did some black stitching around the flower.
PS I never wear this many rings at once!!...
The journaling reads:Every summer I look forward to purchasing some new treasures at our city's many festivals.Just yesterday, I added the middle finger ring and bracelet to my collection.Wearing these pieces truly nurtures the free spirit in me!

Summer Challenge at Scrap Love - Week Three


Precious - Week Three For this week the challenge was "3 times the charm". We were challenged to use 3 photos, 3 patterned papers, 3 circles, 3 other embellishments as much as you want, and at least 3 lines of journaling!I took these pics of my grandson the other day and he managed a little smile just before he fell asleep in his car seat.My 3 circles are: 2 brown brad circles and dotted circle in journaling. 3 embelishments are: flowers, little brads and ric rac, 3 pics, 3 pp's 3 lines of journaling are: Turner, you are too sweet, too precious, just too beautiful for words!

Summer Challenge at Scrap Love - Week Two


Metamorphosis - Week Two of the challenge asked us to us a pic 5 x7 or larger and a one word title only. I took this picture of my daughter when she was in her second trimester as we were rushing out to go shopping. She said she wanted a pregnancy pic . I was so amazed at how good this turned out that I now use it in my logo for my doula business!
The journaling reads:
Daughter, Beautiful, Gentle, transitioning,changing, transforming, into a beautiful Mother.
Glorious!

Summer Challenge at Scrap Love - Week One


I have been doing a challenge at Scrap Love and so I thought I would post some of my entries on my blog!
Oprah Adventure
Week one we were asked to use 3 office supplies.The office supplies I used are: date stamp(upper right corner), manila envelope, and staples (embelished with beads).
My journaling reads: "Of all of my adventures on my life's journey, the trip I took with my sister to Seattle for Oprah's 'Live Your Best Life' conference, was truly special. After fate helped me secure two tickets, i decided to take my sister, who had just been recently widowed. We stayed in the most amazing B&B that was right across the street from a magical Budhist garden, took ferry boat rides, walked, talked, journaled, cried and spent an awesome day with Oprah at the conference. We were so excited to be featured (in this photo) on her website!!Everything unfolded to be so healing for my sister and a treasured memory I will cherish forever.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

A Day at the Zoo!


I had a wonderful time at the zoo with my grandson and his mommy while his daddy was out of town. We saw all of the animals but the one that Turner loved the most was the black tailed groundhog!!Pretty funny!
I did this layout for a challenge on the Savvy N Sassy website to capture our day. There is hidden journaling behind the fiber tab.I saw the idea to make the animal print frames on another site but I didn't have a rubber stamp so I made mine from the scraps that you throw away after mounting your rubber stamps. I adhered them to the back of a cd cover and presto!!...an animal print stamp is created..for free!

Monday, August 6, 2007



Look at little Mr. Man eating his first popsicle all by himself! He is so precious and such a joy in our lives! Being a grandparent is one of the most amazing life experiences....I can't describe the feeling. It's a new kind of love that you never knew you had and I am so blessed that I have the opportunity to experience it!!!
We are off to the zoo today with his mama!

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