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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.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

SOSL Week #6 Challenge

***UPDATE!!!
I was picked as Guest Judge Kolette Hall's favorite in this week's challenge!
Woo hoo! Go here to see what she had to say!!!
For our final week of the Summer of Scraplovin’, we want to go out with a bang! This week is time for you to strut your stuff, for you to shine! The challenge is to create an altered item that the main subject is YOU! This can be a mini-book (2 pages minimum plus front cover), a framed project, a canvas piece, or any other altered creation. We want to see your passion in this project. Give others the chance to know you – whether it be your attitude, your spunk, your traits, anything really that just a nice little view into what makes YOU! We want to be able to see depth and creativity as well as originality in your creation! While a photo of yourself is not required, we would like to see one.
For this challenge I chose to make a mini book called Me,myself and I. I asked my family members to come up with a word for every letter in my name that best
defines who I am.
I used Maya Road Chipboard album and
all of the stuff I love.(Click on the pics to see them closer)

The journaling reads:
M is for Mighty
I have been on death's door twice and I live a new normal life with chronic pain - yet still I rise!- and I am happy. Mighty me!!

O is for Organized
I cannot rest or relax amidst clutter so I've had to train my right brained self to become more organized!

N is for Nurturing
I love to take care of my pregnant clients, my friends and my family but more importantly, I'm learning to love to care for myself.

I is for Idealistic
For me there is no dream that cannot be realized if you just believe.

C is for Creative
I love the arts whether it be singing, acting, cooking, sewing, knitting, writing or scrapping! I wish I could do it all everyday!!!

A is for Authentic
I've always tried to live an authentic life and I've always been a free spirit , I'm anxious to see who I'm going to be and what I still have to learn. We are all unfinished masterpieces!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Cupcakes on Martha Stewart

For those of us who love to craft and cook this is so awesome!! I'd like to try to make the cake for a baby shower!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Autumn card: A tribute to Monica

I was so thrilled when I saw this on YouTube from Sweden!!!

SOSL Challenge #5


This week's challenge is entitled
It's all about the Polka dots AND Pictures Inspiration!!
This week they wanted to see polka dots on your layout. It can be patterned paper, your own hand made polka dotted background paper using paint, just go with the dots and use your imagination!! They would like to see you use the picture above for some inspiration on your layout...

This is yet another page in the alphabet book for my grandson where the mayor's son was brave enough to have a 22 month old as his ringbearer. He did an amazing job too!!
My inspiration was the green and pink in the picture which I picked up in the pp from Turner's tie and from the pink roses in the picture. I used Pebbles Inc. I Kandee dots for dimension. The journaling reads: Turner was so proud to wear his new black "toat".

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Blog Candy - Want some???


For a chance to win everything in this photo,go to Xtina's blog. She does some amazing work!!
Here's what the winner gets:
- 4 different kinds of vintage bookpages
- 6 strips of Magic Mesh
- 4 Paper Frills
- 6 Paper Doilies
- 12 different kinds of vintage tickets
- 4 journalingcards from Prima
- 1 very good chocolate
- 4 tags from Panduro
- 5 seal prints in different colors
- 8 pins
- 9 bling flowers for Petaloo

Camping- {revisted}






We went on a wonderful 4 day camping trip back to our favorite spot, Wabamun Lake Provincial Park. This used to be our favorite family spot but we hadn't been camping for about 15 years because of my back problems but with our new deluxe B.Y.O. air bed it was so wonderfully comfy and we had a great time!!
We walked along the lake, talked, rested, and recharged.
We even found time to make some art journals from an old phone book!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Need a good belly laugh?!


Click here.
Laughter Chain: Try Not to Laugh

This is guaranteed to make you smile or more likely - to laugh out loud. Wait until around 1:00 minute in, and then again around 2:10 in for laughing like you've never heard.

Friday, August 8, 2008

SOSL Challenge #4


For this challenge you will need the BACK SIDE of a picture frame. You know the wood or cardboard backing that has the stand part so your picture frame will stand by itself? That is what we will be using. Doesn't matter what color it is because we will be covering the front and using it as your "canvas"! Don't worry, if you don't have a spare back side of a frame, you are allowed to use a 8x10 piece of chipboard, wood, corrugated cardboard, or whatever you can come up with that is sturdy and will essentially stand by itself!
NO CARDSTOCK ALLOWED FOR THE BACKGROUND!!
Here are 2 pics of my dd and dil at their respective Mother Blessing ceremonies that I facilitated. I made this for my doula office.
For the background, I layered recycled phone book pages and painted them because my frame cardboard was really flimsy!
I used stickers as a mask and then peeled them away to reveal the title.For the journaling I used a stick fountain pen and India ink.
The journaling reads:
Trust Birth
Let go of fear.
Be present, Sing, Moan, Dance.
Feel deeply

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Refreshing Mint Sun Tea



We are having such a heatwave here in the Edmonton area so I decided to make some delicious sun tea this afternoon. It is still brewing outside on my patio!!
For a change I followed this recipe from GardenGirlTV !

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Great to have a handyman!!



I am so excited!!! My closet has been a disaster area and with my chronic neck pain problem, I have been finding it very difficult keeping my clothes organized so my husband reorganized the whole thing. Check it out!!!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Coconut Lime Muffins with *Raspberry Filling


I had some leftover limes from mojitos so I was blog hopping looking for a recipe for Lime Muffins and I came across this one at Two Fat Als. They are so yummy and delicious!! Problem is I then had to find a use for the leftover coconut milk so I made some coconut rice. And then I thought...hmmm Curry Chicken would go so well with this!...so although I am still in my pyjamas and it's 4:00 pm, I have a plethera of great food to eat so come on over and join us for dinner...I promise to get dressed!
(*Although this recipe calls for Raspberry jam I used some Rhubarb and Strawberry jam I had on hand and they were still delicious!)

Saturday, August 2, 2008

{rEcyLed} Gratitude Journal



This is my most favorite thing right now! I was inspired by Candy to make this. For the cover I used cardstock and covered it with a favorite card I had that was stuffed in a drawer and I added a stiched emblished heart and covered it with modpdge. The inside pages are just paper 'stuff' I had that I didn't want to throw out!!
Check out how to create this Consciously Thankful journal of your own. I love mine!!

Heritage Days 2008




We just returned from the Heritage Days festival in Edmonton at Hawrelak Park with my daughter and her family. I am so thankful that the weather held out and it turned out to be a really pleasant afternoon after all. We sampled foods and listened to music from all over the world! My husband treated himself to a 'mango on a stick' glazed with a lemony sugar and cinnamon glaze. He loved it. (I'm not a big mango fan.) I always find a special treasure and this year I purchased some sandals from the Kenyan pavilion and some fantastic smelling incense from India.It's like a three hour trip around the world. I love my finds!!

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