I'm now going to print up our Christmas photos and hopefully get at least one page done by the end of the day. Dom is out with Elisa so it may just be possible!
Happy day all..
Why is it that it's the mothers and grandmothers that get stuck in the kitchen? arggghhhh
Well, I'm glad the xmas dinners are over with, especially now that I'm at least a good 10 pounds heavier. No joke. Weep. Sigh. Cry.
Hope you enjoyed your holidays with your families and friends.
Here's to a wonderful, prosperous, healthy New Year.
From left to right: me and my little family, my brother Alex and his family, my other brother with his grandson, my sister with her (uncooperative) son!, Sam and his family (my older brothers son), momma Giordanella, the kis reaking havoc at my mom's place, Xavier and Elisa playing in a box. Yes. A. Box. Lady Olivia posing nicely and being very cooperative with me, Miss Elisa never standing still for a decent photo, Daddy's little girl getting her sugar fix, me and my girl..
The classic photo: Xavier and Elisa playing with a cardboard box, after having opened a million gifts!!! They literally ended up playing with the damned box that Xavier's skateboard came in!! Can you cope?
The Surprise: (I think the adults enjoyed the surprise more than the kids did). My kids wouldn't go near Santa aka Sebastian (my oldest brother). The adults had no qualms of sharing in the fun, and a good smooch or two... ahum... kaye!!!! The older kids (Max, Anthony and Dante) got a total kick out of it. Yeah, yeah, they so wish they still believed..!! Smile.
And last but not least the shaninigans aka the chaos: although this year it was more of an organized chaos unlike last year. The boys did a lot of wrestling, goofing around, and just generally being 'boys'. Elisa was in her own little world making her own fun, and dancing every chance she could get. The kids then changed into their pj's, and had a snack of chocolate bars and candy canes!!!!!! It's ok, it was Christmas, and extra special treats for an extra special day.
There was lots of laughter, story telling, playing games, and really just having a really nice time with family. It was yet one of the most satisfying Christmas' for me. Just watching all the kids enjoy themselves was so awesome. It brought back sweet memories of when when I was kid and the tons of fun we used to have. It was all good. And I'm glad I took a million photos to remember the event.
I've ordered a project kit from Christine Middlecamps blog, using the Christmas Cheer line from October Afternoon. I can't wait to get it and complete my little Christmas mini.
On the 25th we had another Christmas dinner at the Di Leo residence. More photos of that to follow. But now it's almost 1:00am and I can no longer manage to see straight.
Have a beautiful nigth.
Merry Christmas to me, from me! Laugh.
OK, you know I get a ton of inspiration from my fellow bloggers, especially my favorite Christine Middlecamp's, Retrospection blog. She posted some awesome links on fabrics and some gorgeous camera straps. So, you know me, and of course I just had to have them! I admit, I have no self control and I'm easily influenced, especially when it comes to all things beautiful.
I'm in the process of teaching myself to quilt and in the process of trying to get Dom to agree to buy me a new SLR camera. So, naturally, I need more fabric and a gorgeous camera strap for my yet unpurchased camera. Laugh! Yeah, I'm a tad crazy. What can I say. Smile.
So, here are a few things I have coming to my door in the next few weeks! Take a gander at the beauty...
This is my new camera strap. The one I originally wanted were sold out, so I searched out Etsy and found this great shop: Phat Straps. There were so many to choose from but when I spotted this one I just couldn't take my eyes off it. I thought I wanted something bright and colourful with flowers, but for some reason I kept getting drawn to this one. It has soft pastelle colours with a very graphic design. I love it's vintage, classic feel. There was also a black and cream graphic one that I also wanted but I had to curb my spending.. lest my husband die of a heart attack at the sight of my visa bill. Laugh....
Ahh, nothing like a little good spending to get me going...
Have a wonderful, shop-full day everyone!
I originally made these tags to attach to gifts with some ribbon, but I've just changed my mind. I love them so much I'm going to use them as ornaments on our Christmas tree!!
On another note, yesterday I tried to get a photo of my two kids together to take a nice photo with their xmas hats on! Hmph, what a joke. Xavier wouldn't cooperate, and Elisa refused to keep the hat on. These are the photos I managed to capture:
Xavier refusing to smile for the camera! As usual these days... argghhh
Ahhh, kids... you gotta love 'em.
Just think, ten more sleeps until Christmas. Yippee!!
I love the vintage, grungy feel to these tags and I love all the product on them! My only problem was using the crackle paint. For whatever reason it just sort of seemed to clump as opposed to crackle!!! I had to scrap it off and I tried again, but to no avail. You'll notice if you look closely some crackle with a lot of lumps and bumps! Huh... oh well, not everyone can be perfect like Tim. Laugh. I wonder if I was using too much, or perhaps I didn't mix the paint enough before using it. Not quite sure. Geesh, having a one-step crackle paint was supposed to be easy..!
I was going to use them on Christmas gifts, but I think I prefer to leave them on my Christmas tree where I can admire them! I just love looking and touching one of my finished products. I get such satisfaction when I manage to get a project done. Yes, a I lead a life of small pleasure.
I'm on the next one.. A snowman with lots of crackle paint, oh my! I wonder if I can manage to get it to crackle this time. Maybe I should email Tim for some advice... Laugh. Like the man has time for my piddly little troubles. Did I already mention, when I grow up I want to be like Tim.
Gotta go, my head is starting to spin....
That's all she wrote folks. Got too much around the house going on, so we'll chat later!! Laugh.
Basic Grey: and last but not least, there was tons and tons of Basic Grey product available but I only got a couple of things; the dark chocolate chipboard album and some really great rub-ons.
Ahhhhhh. Nothing better than a good shop. I call this my Christmas present to myself. Laugh. My hubby on the otherhand ain't laughing!!! He just shakes his head. Men just don't get it. Well at least my man doesn't. It's the thrill of creating something extraordinary, the joy of feeling papers in your hands, and using gorgeous products, but ultimately the pure thrill of just creating. Art for arts sake. That's what it's all about.
Today I REALLY hope Domenic will take the kids out so I can do a quick clean up of the house, and then go to my basement to PLAY. Ohh I just can't wait to go through my stuff.
OK, yeah, yeah, only another scrapper will ever really understand the thrill.
Ciao for now!
A note to my children about how excited we were to start a family. Here I tried my hand at hand stitching. I added a flower centre and a bird die-cut both from Amy Butler.
A photo of our family. This was our first day of brining Elisa home from the hospital. On the next page I created a page pocket to hold some love letters and poems Domenic 'used' to hand write me allllll the time. Man, I miss those random love notes.... good thing I kept them!
I created another little page pocket to hold all other little memorabilia like the cards that were sent with flowers, movie stubs, tickets to Stratford Festival. All the things that meant something special to us. That bird is from Making Memories clear stamp, the embossed sticker from Amy Butler, and the stamp from Kelly Panacci.
All in all, I'm glad I put this together for the kids. I think (I hope) they'll appreciate it when they're older. If anything they can laugh at how we have changed over the years... and give them a glimpse of the lives of their parents, before kids and responsibility!!!FINALLY DONE... on to my next project!
Have a great day!