Sunday, March 29, 2009

Me

In response to Creative Therapy, Catalyst #53, "What’s something you wish you could do? (Something you know how but are too afraid to try.)"


The quality of the post is not very good but wanted to get it up anyway!

I used the following products: Prima, "Flirty Little Secret" pp, Sassafrass border, Heidi Swapp white numerals, Amy Butler butterfly, Thickers both black and white alphas, Graphic 45 black border at bottom of photo, square clear bubbles (dollar store), Basic Grey stamps, and I'm not sure who the ribbon is from, but I also bought it in yellow. I have a feeling it might be Prima, but not sure!

The journaling reads, "Courage: to love with abandon, to climb the highest mountain, to dance like nobody is looking, to let go of fear and to live life fully".

I did some shopping this weekend. But I'll fill you in later. Right now gotta catch up after not having my computer for three days! I (aka my son, OR husband, not sure yet), got a NASTY virus (although don't know any that are nice), and I'm finally back!!!


Thanks for visiting.

Francesca

Thursday, March 26, 2009

More Scrap Goodness

Oh I cannot wait to get this gogeous kit in the mail. It's called the Carnival Kit, from Retrospection blog put together by Christine Middlecamp. Take a look at all it's goodness:




This is why I really enjoy the kits Christine puts together:

- they're jam packed with wonderful most current product

- gorgeous patterned papers

- endless supply of alphas, embellishments, rub-ons,

- you even get stamps

- not to mention an outline how to put together a mini using the kit contents with detailed instructions (for those of us who don't have time/energy or capabilities to think up grand masterpieces like hers) Smile.

Just take a look at the cover she created with the Carnival Kit. Double Freaking FAB-U-LOUS.


I love scrapbooking, and I love being creative, and I'm going to love working with this kit. And my husband is going to really love the price tag!!! Oh well. You only live once right! Smile.

Happy creating one and all.

Francesca

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Girls Just Wanna Have Funnn!

It's sooo much fun having a girl. I love that she gets to wear pink. I love that when I shop for her there's miles and miles of racks of clothes. I love how cute she looks when she wears skirts. I love her pink, flowered sketchers.





She loves to push her pink stroller around. Even if there aren't any of her 'babies' in it. I loved watching her play and enjoy herself on this beautiful spring day.



She's loving Elmo, and Big Bird these days. Big Bird going for a joy ride with little 'mommy'.




Learning to ride her little trike! She can't yet fully reach the pedals but she certainly tries. She doesn't easily give up. That's what I so love about her personality. She's a go-getter. And she doesn't let her brother, or any other boy to get in her way of what she wants. How's that for spunk! That's my girl, just like her mom. Tough as nails, but sweet as sugar. Smile. Right Dom? Laugh.



The three muskateers! The three trouble makers. The three stooges. The three amigos. Max, the big cousin, over on a rare occasion without his mom. Waiting to go to the movies with Dom and Xavier, to see, 'The Watchman'. Boys night out. Elisa trying to caputre the perfect shot. This is the cutest photo of the three ever. Just love it.
We have another beautiful spring day today!
Elisa is hanging out with Maria, and Xavier is playing ball with Quinn! Our neighbours, aka my lifesavers.
Have a beautiful day!
Francesca

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Spring Is In the Air

Spring is in the air and the kids know it!
The weather is changing, the snow is gone, and the sun is shining.
It's still chilly but you can smell spring in the air and it feels good after a very long winter.
The kids are so happy to be outside and not have their limbs freeze off. Smile.
We took some of their toys out and they've been enjoying themselves reaquainting themselves with their bikes, trikes, strollers, and all that fun stuff.
Here are a few of our first spring shots.







I'm so happy that the weather is getting nicer and that all our neighbourhood friends are all coming out of hibernation. It'll be nice haning out with the 'Strathmore' gang and getting reaquainted!
I'm off to do tidy up my scrap space. It needs a good overhaul. I have tons of stuff out of their 'spots' that need to be put back. I can't create when I everything is in a total mess. It clutters my brain. So, off to declutter my friends.
Have a great night.
Francesca

Sunday, March 15, 2009

My Babies Remembered

Here is my response to creative therapy catalyst #53, "Create a piece of art around a memory or occasion that has no photos."


I have wanted to do this for a very long time, and this prompt has given me the perfect opportunity to finally create something concrete for a time in my life that I have no photos for.

I never really knew how to do this, but creating a page dedicated to this time is the perfect opportunity for me to finally make it real. Finally document what could have been. Document something that many people do not know about me. Finally, document it, to prove that it happened, they existed, they were real and not just a figment of my imagination.

They deserve to be remembered. They deserve their memeory to be preserved. My babies deserve to be remembered, and their memory recorded. My two babies I miscarried. One at 12 weeks, another at 10 weeks. The two most incredibly difficult times in my life. To be so excited about being pregnant, and to have it all snatched away, and to never know why. It's awful. What made it even more difficult was not having any photos of my pregnancy, let alone any ultrasound photos.

Now when I think back, not having any photos, it's almost like it never happened. What babies? There's no proof of them, no record of them, no tombstone that I can go to to grieve. But they did exist and not just in my imagination. They were real. They lived in my belly. They were my babies regardless of what people say. This has been very cathartic for me. I have finally given my babies a place to be, a place to exist, a place I can visit to remember. It was real. If only for a short time.

Thanks for looking.
Items used: ArtChix Studio collage (eggs), and wings; Tim Holtz paper (blue background), distress ink, distress glitter, crackle paint; Martha Stewart alhas; old book pages; Deserres canvas inchies; glass glitter; Jenny Bowling pp; sheet music.

Francesca

Learn to Swim

In response to Creative Therapy's Catalyst #52, "Tell us about something you’ve always wanted to learn".


Oh to know how to swim, and feel free to float away in the water, to feel peace and move with the waves. That is the ultimate freedom. Being one with the water. Drifting away with the rhythm of the waves. Wouldn't that just be awesome to do that. I've always wanted to learn. Not really sure why I never did. But it's never too late, and I might just take a swimming class! Do they exist for adults??? Imagine me in a class with a bunch of 6 year old. Laugh! How funny! My sister and I joke about us all the time not being able to swim and fooling around in the shallow end with the kids. So damn funny. However, I never felt the urge to learn as strong until after our trip to Punta Cana. I'm determined to rid myself of panic when surrounded by water.

Thanks for looking,

Francesca

Friday, March 13, 2009

Fun in the Dominican Republic

So, we're finally back from our first 'family' vacation in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

It was pure heaven. The weather was divine, the grounds were beautiful, the people were super friendly, and we were so happy to have escaped the winter blahs...

Here are a few photo collages I put together or our week at the Sirenis Resort:

The Beach:

The beach was just absolutley spectacular. It was warm and shallow, and just divine. Salt water has a thing about soothing the body and the soul. There's nothing like it in this world. Oh to live by the ocean and be able to walk along the waters edge, or take a dip every single day. Unfortunately I can't swim. Well. Not that I can't, I just don't know how. So, I wade in the pools and just play by the waters edge. Such a shame because I so desperately just wanted to jump in head first and float away and just 'be' and enjoy the water surrounding me. Any water above my waist and it sets me off into a panic. Yeah. One thing I must definitely learn to do is swim. I must create something for Creative Therapy, their catalyst this week is to, "Tell us about something you’ve always wanted to learn". How incredibly fitting after this trip.

The Pool:

The pool was incredible. There was a deep end for swimmers, and a shallow end for toddlers (and mom who likes to wade in pools. laugh). Within just a few feet of our 'spot' by the pool, under a palapa, we had the bar and the all day buffet. By mid-week Xavier was going to the bar and asking for 'strawberry daiquari', and Elisa was drinking Pina Coladas. The bartender was so sweet and always friendly with the kids. We came equipped with rubber duckies, and boats, beach balls and all sorts of floating devices to keep the kids entertained. And they had an absolute blast.

The Resort:

The resort, well what can I say except, absolutely beautiful. The grounds were extremely clean and very well kept. The outdoor washrooms were just as clean and sweet smelling as the ones indoors. No joke. The variety of tropical plants, flowers, and trees were just out of this world. We were surrounded by an abundance of palm trees loaded with coconuts. One gardener climbed up the tree, cut down some coconuts with his 'huge' knife, and let us drink the coconut milk right from the coconut. When we were done he took the coconut back and made carved out a mug out of the actual coconut. It was so cool. We sat by him and watched and took pictures of him whilst doing it. Needless to say we gave him a nice fat tip for entertaining us like that. And we even got to take the 'coconut' mug home.

The people were friendly, the weather is guaranteed, and the food was pretty damn good too! It was a great week and we will definitely be going back next winter.

Now back to reality. Snow. Work. Cold. Cleaning the house. And oh my gawd the piles of laundry! Yikes. Frown.

Adios amigos. Hasta lo huego.

Francesca