Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Fabric Galore

I'm very bad. I'm turning out to be an on-line shop-a-holic. How do I stop? I was so happy with my gorgeous Drawing Room Collection fabric by Anna Maria Horner, that I had to buy me some more. This time from her new Garden Party Collection. Oh joy on fabric. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with theses one: a table runner for my dining room; a fall jacket for Elisa; some pillows for my living room; cushion pillow for my trunk at the end of my bed. Oh so many gorgeous possibilities!


A little fall jacket for Elisa:






For my trunk at the end of my bed:



A table runner for my dining table:







And perhaps some pillows:






Oh how I wish I could sew. My mother will have to teach me one day. She's the ultimate seamstress in the family:




I have also ordered on-line a few easel albums (in blue, pink and cream/black), from Creative Imaginations. Check them out, they're just the cutest things ever! I couldn't decide which colour I wanted, so, well, I, uh, bought them all. Smile. My favorite scrapper/artist is Christine Middlecamp (if you haven't already noticed LOL), and she has made an album using the blue easel, you have to take a look at it, it's beyond beautiful. I say this alllll the time, "oh to have an ounce of her talent".


This is Christine's cover. I just love the photo frame look of this easel album. She's done such an awesome job. You must visit her website to see the rest of this masterpiece.



By Christine Middlecamp (using Creative Imaginations Easel Album):



Speaking of shopping, we're taking a road trip to Buffalo. We're going to do some shopping for the kids. Well that's what I keep telling myself. But in reality, I'll probably be doing more shopping at places like Target, and Michaels for some scrapping goodness that I can't buy here. But don't tell my husband. We're taking the kids, and I'm really hoping they'll behave in the car. It'll only be an hour and a half drive, but crossing the border on a long weekend may take forever. I better remember to stock up on snacks, drinks, games, and all that jazz to keep them entertained.


Xavier goes back to school this coming Tuesday. Two words. Thank God! He so needs school to keep him busy and tucker him out. He's been a handful this summer. It'll be nice to have a two and a half hour break.


Until next time, my friends,

Francesca

Sunday, August 24, 2008

"Let's Go to the Ex, Ohhh Baby"

The Toronto National Exhibition is here for two weeks. The Ex brings so much excitement with it. It also brings with it some sadness which marks the end of the summer, as well as the beginning of school.

I remember when I was growing up, there was nothing more exciting than going to the exhibition, aka the Ex. It meant going out with the family and cousins; eating all kinds of junk food, candy, popcorn, coke, cotton candy, french fries, ice-cream galore; riding all the rides over and over again, the Polar Bear Express was the ultimate favorite; the haunted house which always almost made me pee in my pants I'd get so scared; playing games, the Birthday game was a hit; and of course the loud music pumping that you can feel in your chest; the tons of people; kids running and screaming, boy oh boy, there is nothing like the Ex. I have such fond memories of going there and I only wish I had some photos of those times, but unfortunately we do not. How crazy is that.

Once we got older we just stopped going. I don't know why. We just did. It's been about 15 years since I've been to the Ex. Imagine that. Last night reminded me of how much fun we had, and allowed me to rediscover that joy I felt as a child through my children. Xavier and Elisa had so much fun. Xavier eyes were ablaze with joy. He played some games, the dart game was especially fun for him, and he won four prizes in all. He's an awesome big brother and gave them all to Elisa. My little girl was so behaved. She watched all the goings on and was a complete angel. She LOVED the carousel and sang and laughed through out the whole thing.

The highlight of the night was Domenic winning a battery operated motorcycle for Xavier. I've never seen Xavier more excited in all his four years! By the time he won it Dom had a posse of men behind him cheering him on, and the booth guy giving him all kinds of tips on how to shoot the ball. It was an almost impossible game. But Dom finally did it. I think Dom was more excited and proud that he was able to win it for his son. We all cheered and clapped and even the booth guy gave him a high five. It was soooo fun. I'm so happy that I got to experience the Ex through my kids and with my kids. It's so rewarding watching them have fun and laugh, and just being together. It was the kind of day I wish we could have everyday. It was 10:30pm by the time we left, so needless to say, we were all exhausted and ready to go home.

I'm so happy I have some photos of the day to share with the kids when they're older. They're absolutely priceless. I'm going to try and do a photo collage of these. I got some awesome shots and I won't be able to pick just a two!!!!


The entrance to the Exhibition. The famous Princess Gates.


Time to buy tickets. Thank goodness we brought tons of money with us cause we went back twice for more ride tickets.


The famous Haunted Mansion. Dom and Xavier went on this, and Xavier had his eyes closed the whole time!!


Elisa and Xavier enjoying the Carousel, OK and I did too!!! It was all soo pretty!

The Toronto skyline with our famous CN Tower. We have such an awesome city.

Father and Son after winning the ever famous Mini-Motorcycle.

Lots and lots of junk food galore!!

Rides we weren't bave enough to go on!

This is a photo of the princess gates from behind taken on our way home. So pretty!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Remember



This is my Remember page dedicated to my maternal grandparents, Felicia and Sebastiano Chiaramida. This is the only photo my mother has of her mother. Unfortunately, my grandmother died when my mother was only 9 years old. So, needless to say, this photo is near and dear to my mothers heart.


I finally used some of my artCHIX Studio goodies, like the wings, the brocade border, the photo of the Madonna at the top, and a transparency underneath the 'remember' flower centre. I also used a sticker 'Italia' from Cavallini and Co., and flowers from Petaloo, the Italian Wines Collection paper is from Scrapbour (http://www.scrapbour.com/), and the Cirque Quad, and Tape Measure paper are from 7 Gypsies.


Can't believe I still have the energy to do this tonight. I'm running on adrenaline, and let's face it, lots of cups of espresso! On to another page.... boy, I'm on a roll.







Tuesday, August 19, 2008

When Boredom Strikes..

When boredom strikes, I go shopping! Yup, that's exactly what I did.

Let me start from the beginning.... Domenic has been working around the clock these days, which leaves me absolutely no time to scrapbook. All my time and energy has been spent running after my two little ones and trying to stay sane. When I don't get at least an hour to myself during the day I begin to lose my mind, my patience and all hell breaks loose. I need my "ME" time to just be in my own head, with my own thoughts and reenergize. Lately, I haven't even had 10 minutes to myself, let alone an hour. So, let's just say, I'm just about ready to go to the looney bin, straight jacket and all. Smile. Don't get me wrong, I adore my kids, but being with your kids 24/7 is enough to drive anyone batty!

So, here's where the shopping comes in. I've been getting really bored not being able to create. I've also been getting a little bored with my embellies and wanted to experiment with a new "something". So, I went to my LSS and bought things I don't normally buy:

Souffle 3-D Opaque Puffy Ink by Sakura
Metallic gel-liner by Staedtler
3-D Paint, in Crystal, Metal, Gloss and Glitter by Pebeo

I also wanted alcohol inks but Elisa was getting fussy in the store so I got out of there before she started whining and whailing. It was bad enough she sent her cookins flying and her water bottle splashing. It wasn't a pretty scene.

I want to add some new dimenion and texture and colour to my pages. I love trying new products and testing out different techniques. It keeps from becoming bored and stale.

Speaking of shopping, I also did some more shopping at Anna Maria Horner's on-line shop. Her fabric from her new line, Garden Party is just fabulous, with deliciously rich colours. It made me smile and I just couldn't pass it up. So I got me some fabric goodness coming to me! Can't wait for it to come. Not sure yet what I'll do with it, but I have a feeling it might be a little something adorable for Elisa. Maybe a fall jacket.

My time is up, Elisa is waking up and Xavier is getting restless. No time to play with my goodies. Maybe just maybe in the next few years! Smile. If Domenic doesn't get a "normal" job any time soon, I'll be a old lady before I get another project done. Frown. Ah, but that's a whole other issue. Later on that..

Hasta lo huego, amigos!

Francesca

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Mums the Word...

I am back. Back from the deep depths of hell called the stomach flu. It all started with Xavier throwing up allllllllll over the place: in his bed (twice), in the hallway trying to get to the toilet, and on his carpet in his room. Then, a couple days later, I got the bug, and the barf-a-thon continued. Then if it wasn't bad enough, just as both Xavier and I were starting to feel better, Samson (our 95 pound German Sheppard) barfed allllllll over my kitchen floor. I cannot tell you how sick and tired (no pun intended) I am of cleaning up vomit.


Today my mother offered to come over and help me do a big clean-up to disinfect the house! Thank heavens for moms. What would I do without mine? This woman can do anything, and a million things at once, with her eyes closed, and her hands tied behing her back. My mom is a tank, nothing stops her! If only I had an ounce of her stamina. She had this house in ship-shape in no time, without even breaking a sweat!

Speaking of moms, here is an awesome photo of my maternal grandparents. My mom raves how fabulous her father was and tells us all kinds of stories about him. Like how he was illiterate and didn't even know how to spell his own name, he would mark his name with an "X" when he had to sign something... but despite not being 'schooled' he was as smart as a whip and a gentleman.


My grandmother on the otherhand, we don't have many stories of her except for the fact that she died in her early thirties, probably from a heartattack. My mother was only 9 years old at the time, so she has limited memories of her mom. It was very hard for my grandfather and the kids without their mom and eventually he remarried.


This is the only photo my mother has of her parents together. It's a picture taken on their wedding day. A photo she treasures. And so do I. This will be one of my next projects. This is Felicia and Sebastiano Chiaramida. I have to ask my mom the date of this photo.




I haven't yet done a heritage page, but I'm going to give it a try. I have some awesome Graphic 45 papers I may use.

I also want to scarp this awesome photo of Elisa. It's a rare thing that I get her to sit still long enough to take a photo of her. I would love to use some of the beautiful Sassafras Lass papers from the Life is Beautiful - My Dearest collection. I have yet to use this. It's so beautiful I didn't want to cut it all up! But alas, I think I might go there for this beautiful photo of my little girl.





Off to get a popsicle. My stomach still feels queasy, and I don't yet have much of an appetite. Oh will this never end...

Friday, August 8, 2008

Rescued Works From Childhood







Isn't that the most hilarious thing you have ever read? Funny how things just all of a sudden come together. I made this document when I was 9 years old, in grade 3. Even at the tender age of 9, I was scrapbooking. So in retrospect, I've been scrapbooking for 28 years, unbeknownst to me! Even at the age of 9 journaling, documenting, writing, and fact finding was important to me.


Funny enough I was reading the Toronto Craft Alert blog and lo and behold there is a call for submissions for Rescued Works From Childhood, to be published by Firefly Books. It felt like this is what this little book about me was waiting for. Waiting patiently for someone to want to publish it! So needless to say, it's been submitted. Whether it get chosen for publication is a whole other thing.



I love everything about this document: It's tattered, it's worn, the innocence of the handwriting, the spelling and grammar mistakes, and the randomness of the facts I chose to write. It's so telling of what I've become as an adult, and of what's important to me. I'm so thrilled that my mother hung on to this for me. And something I plan to do for my kids with their school work. It also tells so much of the times I was living in. At 9 I was watching Knots Landing and Dallas!!!! How hilarious is that. I loved Coke, and money!!! And my favorite star was John Travolta (after all I did see Urban Cowboy at the movie theatre twice). Smile. Nothing much has changed, except I now watch reality shows and Oprah. Laugh.



Feels like another layout idea coming on....



I've been uninspired to do anything creative these past few days. I need a couple of days off from scrapping to get my juices flowing. I need to spend some time with my kids, do some reading, tending to my beautiful garden, taking some pictures, and just enjoy the last few weeks of summer that we have left.



One thing that is at the very top of my list is giving my 95 pound white German Sheppard, Samson a bath. He's stinky and his fur is looking grayish! Poor dog, don't think he's had a bath in years! I think I'll end up more soaked and soggy that he will. He's such a big galoot.



He's our furry baby.... "yan yan" as Elisa calls him.


Have a wonderful, happy day everyone!



Francesca

Monday, August 4, 2008

Ode to the Good 'Ol Days

Oh Alex, what would you do to go back to the good 'ol days of catching butterflies and playing tag???

As promised, here is my page of us! What d'ya think? Does it do our childhood justice?


I used Scenic Route patterned paper, Maya Road lace, KI Memories butterfly lace paper, Stampington and Company stickers (the nest), and a Dr. Seuss quote. The inspiration for the page came from Beth McWilliams page Wild Girl on the cover of Somerset Memories, Scrapbooking and Heritage Art.

It's holdiday Monday here in Canada and we're enjoying some really gorgeous weather. So this will be a short post... off to enjoy the day.


Thanks for peeking!


Francesca

Sunday, August 3, 2008

I Hate Mondays

Yesterday was a fun day... I got to escape from the 'famiglia' and spend the day (literally the day) at the Elmwood spa in Toronto. It was fabulous 'dahling', and extra awesome because it was all free. I went with my sister Felicia who treated me to a body polish and mud wrap, and a pedicure. Nah, she's not that nice, she just won a $500 gift certificate from a contest she entered! Laugh! She got the 'skinny' treatment and pedicure. Apprently her wrap and steam and whatever is supposed to make you lose poundage, all she got was a lot of sweat and a panic attack being all wrapped up like a corpse. I'm still laughing about it.


I guess I'm supposed to be feeling silky soft and relaxed right now...


My nephew Sam and his wife Marj came to visit my mom today. They had with them little Lukas (aka Luke who actually took his first few steps!), and their brand new little puppy Jack. Here are some pics I took of Luke. So, so cute.



After the spa, I came home and I believe it or not had some time to scrap while Dom was still out with the kids. So, I came up with this quick but cute page. Lots of fun goodies on this page: KI Memories lace paper; BamPop; a transparency; velvet brads; and cardboard that I painted with acrylic paint and lightly distressed. It wasn't until the kids got home that I realized we needed to do some grocery shopping. All we had left in the fridge was Petit Danone yoghurt, diet Coke, and condiments!!!! So off to Dominion we went. Such an exciting life I lead!



I'm now off to create my brother/sister page I mentioned earlier in one of my posts. It's taken me a while to choose my papers. Choosing the papers always takes me the longest to do. I have so much, I'm constantly changing my mind. Anyway, maybe tomorrow I'll have a finished product for you.


In the meantime, enjoy the rest of the long weekend my fellow Canadians.