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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.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

What's your word for 2010?


Every year fo rthe past three I've chosen a word to focus on for the upcoming New Year. Last year I chose the word metamorphosis
This year, in an attempt to react more graciously towards others I've chosen the word 'lovely'.
Definition: 1love·ly
Pronunciation: \ˈləv-lē\
Function: adjective
Inflected Form(s): love·li·er; love·li·est
Date: before 12th century
1 obsolete : lovable
2 : delightful for beauty, harmony, or grace : attractive
3 : grand, swell
4 : eliciting love by moral or ideal worth
synonyms see beautiful
— love·li·ly \ˈləv-lə-lē\ adverb
— love·li·ness \ˈləv-lē-nəs\ noun
— lovely adverb

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Chance to win!


Giveaway Alert!
Hi, everyone! Just a quick post to alert you all to a giveaway!

You'll be especially interested in this one if you're a Ranger/Tim Holtz fan! Dawn and Kim from Wild West Scrap Divas are giving away a bunch of Tonic & Ranger products:

1 Tim Holtz Paper Distresser
1 Tim Holtz Tonic Scissors
1 Inkessentials Craft Mat (large)
1 Bottle of Crackle Accents
1 Bottle of Glossy Accents
1 Bottle of Matte Accents
1 Bottle of Sepia Accents
1 Pack of Ranger Embossing Pens
1 Ranger Craft Bucket
1 Perfect Pearls Naturals Kit
1 Tuscan Garden Alcohol Ink Set
1 Bottle of Blending Solution
1 Mini Mister Block
12 Mini Misters

Just follow the steps below and this awesome prize could be yours!
1. Check out their blog {http://wwscrapdivas.blogspot.com} and become a follower!
2. Tell your friends on the net about their giveaway on your blog, facebook, myspace or twitter!
3. Leave a comment here on their blog to let them know what you did to spread the word {be sure to include a link}!

Once they reach 100 subscribers, they'll draw the winner!

Good luck, everyone!

Monday, December 28, 2009

ahh!!!....


So here we are ...survived another fun filled Christmas. I spent the last couple of days in my pj's, relaxing, knitting and watching a ton of great movies and I've started the day off with these delicious 'Dreamy Creamy' scones and home made marmalade my dear friend and neighbour, Laura, made for me. Paired with some steamy, hot, spiced Khristmas Koffee and that's just about as good as it gets! I'm off today to catch some after Christmas sales but I hope you've found time to relax and enjoy everything around you!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

good will towards everyone....


Thank you to every one who pops by my blog every day and shares in this part of my life. I appreciate you,your comments and just knowing that you are there! Have a wonderful, blessed holiday season with all you hold dear and remember the reason for the season!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

How To Make a Baby Rag Quilt









I searched high an low online on how to make a rag quilt so I thought I would post how I made mine. I have two new grandchildren due in 2010 so I thought I would make some last minute quilts for them and give it to their parents at Christmas.
Off I headed to my local sewing store and was I ever pleased to find out that flannel was on sale 2 meters for the price of one!!

For one rag quilt you will need:
I meter flannel in print (45" wide)
1 meter flannel in coordinating print (45" wide)
3/4 meter white diaper flannel (45 " wide)
rotary cutter and mat
metal ruler
cardstock to make template
The photos above coordinate with the steps in this tutorial.
1. Start by making a template out of cardstock. MIne was a 6 inch square. Use a rotary cutter to out 42 squares of each fabric and keep the metal ruler on the edge to ensure exact cuts.
2. It's a good idea to create a table with word processing program on your computer that measures 6 squares across and 7 down so that you can plan your color design.
3. I made the front and back exactly the same for ease but you can do whatever you wish. Each square goes like this: Place right side down on the table, place lining flannel on top then place wrong side on top creating a 'sandwich'.
4. Start sewing the squares together using a 7/8 " seam allowance, placing wrong sides together as these open seams are what creates the 'rag' part of the quilt. Sew around the outside leaving raw edges showing.
5.The wrong side will look the way you would think the right side should look.
6. Once all the squares and rows are sewn together, take a sharp pair of scissors and make little snips on every seam and all the way around the outside edge.
7. Wash and dry a couple of times, trimming any loose threads until the seams are really fuzzy.
8. The finished quilt should measure a little smaller than 36 x 42 inches oor about the size of the bottom of an average playpen.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Wild Card Wednesday - Dec. 16/09

Last minute easy Christmas gift ideas!

Happy Holidays from: wildcardwednesday.blogspot.com

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Part Two - Wild Card Wednesday - Dec/ 9/09

n part two of this 4 part series I continue to show you how to make a holiday planner to help keep you organized through the Christmas season. Visit wildcardwednesday.blogspot.com

Part One - Wild Card Wednesday - Dec. 9/09

In part one of this 4 part series I show you how to make a holiday planner to help keep you organized through the Christmas season. Visit wildcardwednesday.blogspot.com

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Shop Etsy for Christmas!


Check out some of the new gift ideas we've added to our esty shop like these knitted ruby slippers for a new baby girl!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Wild Card Wednesday - Dec. 2/09

On this video I show you how to make matching bag, tag and card for your Christmas wrapping. Visit: wildcardwednesday.blogspot.com

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Wild Card Wednesday - Nov. 25/09

Part Two in a four part Christmas series. In this episode I show you how to make a gift card holder. Visit wildcardwednesday.blogspot.com

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Wild Card Wednesday - Nov18/09 ...a day late! ...winner announced!

Part one in a four part Christmas series and the winner is announced from last week!!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Wild Card Wednesday - November 11/09

I'm back with giveaways!!!!.... and I also show you how to make a box of 20 Christmas tags! To be eligible for the draw leave a comment here.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

H1N1 and Happy Halloween!





Our Halloween Saturday started out with my husband lining up at 7:00 AM at the immunization station located our local mall for the H1N1 vaccine. I joined him at 10 Am for a total wait time of 4 1/2 hours. The crowds throughout the city have been unbelieveable . I tossed around the idea of getting the shot or not but because I was in the high risk group and had pneumonia a couple of times last winter I thought it would be a good idea and I'm glad that I did because they are now very short on the vaccine in our area.
The rest of the day was filled with getting ready for our craft sale and ended with our grandsons coming over to trick or treat. I was dressed as an angel and they were all dressed from the cat family. A lion, a jaguar and a tiger...oh my!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Wild Card Wednesday - Oct. 14/09

Bling! Bling! This baby card is done with a really cool glitter technique!
Visit wildcardwednesday.blogspot.com

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Wild Card Wednesday - Oct. 7/09

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! On this episode I create a funky, whimsical Thanksgiving card using Stampin' Up products.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Scrapbooking at Monica's Place #28

On this quick video I show you how to make an easy Thanksgiving Photo journal just in time for Canadian Thanksgiving!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Clearance at Stampin' Up!!!


CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THESE AMAZING SAVINGS!!!

Go Pink for October!!!



Come along and join me in the Pink For October blog to try to raise awareness for Breast Cancer one website at a time.
The Pink for October 2009 campaign is about blog and website owners showing their support for breast cancer awareness by turning our sites pink for the month of October.Click here to join along!

Thanks for the responses!



So sorry if my post sounded desperate but that was not my intention. I was just curious if my posts were of any value to anyone and it appears that they are so thanks to those of you who voiced your opinion and I'll keep posting!!!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Wild Card Wednesday - Sept. 30/09

On this episode I create a fabulous card using the aluminum foil! Visit: wildcardwednesday.blogspot.com

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Wild Card Wednesday - Sept. 23/09

Boo! On this episode I create another Halloween card using a ghost stamp on a transparent card! Visit : www.wildcardwednesday.com

Saturday, September 19, 2009

I *heart* this journal!!


I simply love this journal and many others from La Vida Bella & Company.
These would be awesome to use for art journaling.
I might just have to think of a good excuse to get myself a present!...lol!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Wild Card Wednesday - Sept. 16/09

On this episode I create a Halloween card using the Stampin' up catalog for inspiration

Scrapbooking at Monica's Place #27 -Part Two

On this second part I show you step by step how to create a 'HOPE" mini word book.

Scrapbooking at Monica's Place #27 - Part One

On this episode I show you a Tim Holz inspired mini book and I talk about the Cards for Kate drive.
I also demo how to make the word mini book in episode #26
For more information about cards for Kate go to :
jennifermcguireink.typepad.com/
Visit: doulanana.etsy.com

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Welcome Back Whitney!


Never mind what the critics are saying...she has overcome the odds! This is such an emotional performance to her mother. Welcome back Whitney!!!
Check out her performance on Good Morning America here.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Wild Card Wednesday - Sept. 09/09

It's harvest time! On this episode I create four mini cards using the added element of acrylic paint! Visit met at wildcardwednesday.blogspot.com or doulanana.etsy.com

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Scrapbooking at Monica's Place Episode #26- Part Two

In part two if this 2 part episode I give you some great ideas for mini books! Visit my etsy shop at: www.doulanana.etsy.com

Scrapbooking at Monica's Place Episode #26 - Part One

Mini books!! In part one of this part episode I give you tips on how to get organized to make your mini books or any scrapping projects easier and more efficiently. www.doulanana.etsy.com

Anyone want to buy me a present??


I really want this book but I can't justify spending $45.00 on it.
If anyone out there has read it would you please let me know if you like(d) it and anything else I would want to know about this cookbook. I am so a sucker for presentation!!!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Wild Card Wednesday - September 2/09

School Days! School Days! On this episode a create a card using back to school elements. Visit me at www.wildcardwednesday.blogspot .com

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Pickled Beets



Today I was kind of bored :(..... Due to the fact that I have Strep Throat I cannot visit my family and most important my grand babies!...so... I decided to do some things around the house. I started by making myself a delicious breakfast of Cinnamon French Toast and it was yummers and then I went on to pickle some beets.
I also added some new items to my Etsy store also called Nana's Place so go by and check them out. Hope you are having a productive day!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Harvest Time.....





I can't believe that summer is almost coming to an end. I went out to check on our tomatoes and they're just about ready and I need to harvest my herbs so I think I'll make some yummy pesto so I can enjoy a taste of this summer sunshine in the middle of winter.
Pesto Recipe from my dear Italian friend Teresa
1 large bunch of basil, leaves only, washed and dried
3 medium cloves of garlic
bunch of parsley leaves
one small onion
roughly 3/4 cup Parmesan, loosely packed and FRESHLY GRATED
A few tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil

Start chopping the garlic, onion and parsley along with about 1/3 of the basil leaves. Once this is loosely chopped add more basil, chop some more, add the rest of the basil, chop some more. I scrape and chop, gather and chop. At this point the basil and garlic should be a very fine mince. Add half of the Parmesan, chop. Add the rest of the Parmesan, and chop. In the end you want a chop so fine that you can press all the ingredients into a basil "cake" - see the photo up above. Transfer the pesto "cake" to a small bowl (not much bigger than the cake). Cover with a bit of olive oil, it doesn't take much, just a few tablespoons.
You can set this aside or place it in the refrigerator until you are ready to use it or freeze it or saute it in a pan and blend in the blender. Just before serving give the pesto a quick stir to incorporate some of the oil into the basil.
Use as a pasta toping.
Makes about 1 cup.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Wild Card Wednesday - August 26/09

On this episode I create a simple Birthday card using the Big Shot and some circle punches.
Visit:
www.wildcardwwednesday.blogspot.com

Sunday, August 23, 2009

The wedding of Sheena and Curtis







The wedding was storybook perfect in every way! There are some amazing things that I learned after 3/3 successful marriages of our children.
1. Never under estimate the power of ritual, tradition and the opportunity to celebrate your family both old and new, friends and loved ones.
2. Take time as the parent to rest in between the ceremony and the reception not only to regather yourself, but to also reflect on the beauty and wonder of the day.
3. Cherish your family and friends and be sure to tell them how much they mean to you
4. Offer guidance to the couple wthout taking control of their wedding...this is their day to be shared in the way they want it ot be.
5. ....and the most important of all Accept help for the preparations, rehearsal dinner etc.from those who offer.
I know it made all the difference for my enjoyment. I had a fantastic time! Thank you to my wonderful friends and family!
Congratulations Sheena and Curtis! We love you!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Wild Card Wednesday - August 19/09

On this episode I create a unique sized thank you card. Visit me at: wildcardwednesday.blogspot.com

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Winner Announced! Scrapbooking At Monica's Place - Episode #25

I announce the winner for the Christmas mini book kit. Thanks to everyone who entered!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Wild Card Wednesday - August 12/09

On this episode I create a card for a expectant momma!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Wild Card Wednesday Aug. 5/09

There is nothing like two peas in a pod! On this episode I create a really cute baby card for twins. Visit me at: wildcardwednesday.blogspot.com

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Wild Card Wednesday - July 29/09

Life is a bowl of cherries and I create just that using Stampin' Up products! Come visit my blog at: www.wildcardwednesday.blogspot .com

Monday, July 27, 2009

I so-o-o want to live in a gypsy wagon!!


Check out this link. It just makes me smile!!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Wild Card Wednesday - July 22/09

Wedding Bells!!! On this episode I use Stampin' Up supplies to create a wedding card

52Q #29


Q- Do you have a recurring dream?
I have a recurring dream that I live in a castle and that I'm royalty. I even can smell the dampness of the castle in the dream.

Friday, July 17, 2009

A Cover for my 52 Q's from a pizza box!!


We have Pizza 73 for supper and I decided not to throw out the box but recycle it into a 3- ringed booklet for my tags. I used Ranger distress inks and torn paper to create a collage and then a big, bold flower and chipboard(that I sanded and inked) for my title. I love how it turned out!

52 Q#28


Q.- What are your favorite days of summer filled with?
This summer, because this past winter was so-o-o long, my favorite days are filled with as much sunshine, love, friends and family that I can fit into them!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Scrapbooking at Monica's Place #25

Giveaway to thank my subscribers!! Christmas in July!! Leave a comment for your chance to win!!

Friday, July 10, 2009

52Q #27


Q- What have you found lately?
Today I was searching all over for an important legal contract and I found it!!
I used office supplies to create my tag(that is made with graph papered card stock) and I also had fun making the mini file folder. The 'words' are peeking through a 'window' from a business envelope and underlined with a yellow highlighter pen and of course I couldn't forget the paper clips and staples!!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Scrapbooking at Monica's place#24

On this episode I create a birthday card using household bleach for a unique background.

Wild Card Wednesday - July 8/09

On this episode I create a Stampin' Up card using embossing and distressing techniques.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

52Q #26


Q- On my walls I would write...

On my walls I would write, and have written....'my home is a manifestation of my soul....'
It was wriiten on the first wall you see as you enter our home.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

...and the wiNNer is???





...Jesse for the best roasted marshmallows in town. "It's all in the stick", stated the winning roaster. A fun time was had by all on our camping trip. Great food. people, weather and relaxation!!!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Wild Card Wednesday - July 1/09

Here is another Wild Card Wednesday ( a little early because I'm going out of town) where i create a cute baby card using Stampin' Up products.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Wild Card Wednesday - June 24/09

This is the first of weekly episodes where I create a card using Stampin' Up products.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Big Crumb Rhubarb Coffee Cake


I made this Big Crumb Coffee Cake from a recipe I found on smittenkitchen
Check them out as they have some pretty amazing recipes.
My review would be to be sure to use butter and not substitute margarine.
My husband's review of the cake was simply "Mmmm-mm-mm-mmm-mm!"

52Q #25


Have you had a hug today?
I JUST this minute got a big, beautiful hug from my cutie pie,sweet smelling, 15 month old grandson who just awoke from his nap!

Monday, June 22, 2009

NEW STAMPIN' UP BLOG!!


I've just created a new blog and video tutorial using strictly Stampin' Up products and every Wednesday, which will be forevermore called Wild Card Wednesday, I will create a new card!

Go here to check it out and all other new Stampin' Up promotions!!!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

52 Q #24

Name something you don't understand, but you want to...
One thing I don't understand is the law of Physics but the older I get the more intrigued I am with learning more.

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