Thursday, December 1, 2011

A Twist on the Advent Calendar

So little time to craft lately, but i wanted to do a special little advent calendar for Jason's kids...something that kind of matched the one that my kids use...

This is not reusable...but it's different and i wanted to try it out... I made 24 little "sour cream" containers and crimped the ends with my crimping tool.  I used the Stampin' Up digital files for the 25 Days of Christmas stamp set, and set them on some smaller scalloped squares I cut with my NEW Silhouette Cameo...freakin' love it, BTW!  

I used the same papers from October Afternoon that I did when I made my kids' advent calendar and taught this class.

Today is the day!!! I know they will have fun opening them up to see the treats inside!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

All Smiles

The last year has not seen too many blog posts, as my life has been upside down, and finding a new normal has been a challenge at times.  I miss blogging, more than that, I miss crafting and creating and having fun things to blog about.

Although it isn't crafty in nature, I certainly have something...or blog about.  I wear a big smile around these days, largely due to how happy I am when I'm around Jason.  An amazing guy, with an amazing set of beliefs about life and how to live it with integrity and character.

Everyone that knows me knows how much I love to have fun.  There is no shortage of fun and laughter with Jason!  Paddle boating in November in Canada with a hat and mits...FUN!

Thinking back over the events of the last year and a half make me shake my head sometimes.  To think that life can go from one extreme to the other in such a short period of time is kinda crazy.  Then I look at the direction that my life is going with the kids now, and it gives me such a sense of accomplishment.   Great things happen when we put our energy into making them happen!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Gone So Long...

I know it has been forever since I will likely be some time until I do again.  I have so many things to share, I have done the occasional crafting here and there in the last 8 months since I have been a single mom...but NOT MUCH!  I still have birthday photos from Lawson's first birthday that I never shared, and now I have his second birthday and Nalley's fourth...and the Christmas quilt I finished last year and the list goes on...but I don't have the time to sit and go through the photos, much less edit them or blog about guess I can leave it till "one day".

Life is VERY HARD as a single, now working, yes I went back to work...Mom of two very little ones.  My day starts at 5 a.m. to get up and tiptoe around while I make myself a cup or three of coffee and get dressed, make up on, breakfast (maybe) and lunches packed, before I wake up the little ones who are inevitably cranky and un-cooperative.  Then we're off to drop them at daycare and endure a few tears before I rush off to work...  Then while at work, I have a great, and very rewarding job that I really enjoy, but it too is busy and full-paced.  Then off to pick up the kids and hopefully (but not too often) feed them a healthy meal before doing baths, play time, cuddles, snacks, stories, and then bed.  By then, I too am ready to climb into bed, but alas, I have to do the dishes, laundry, vacuum (maybe), get clothes ready for the next day...and start all over again...

My sweethearts make it all worth while, and my amazing in-laws and friends have made it a lot easier...but at the end of the day, I'm flying solo...and it sucks!  It is hard.  There, I said it!  I am notorious for saying, "I'm okay, doing good!" when asked by my friends...I just hate to complain, and I HATE to ask for help.  Thankfully, most people know that about me and don't wait for me to help, they just pitch in and DO IT!

The reason I'm telling you all this is not to make you feel sorry for me, or get any sympathy...I don't want it...but I want to be REAL and not pretend like everything is good or fine in the life of a single, working mom...cause it's not.  It is tough, day-in and day-out.  It does get easier as you find a routine, but  when your kids are sad or sick or hurting it is a hard row to hoe!!!

These are the reasons I get up every day and put on my make up and a smile...they are the reason I still believe in the power of love.  I am learning that our suffering will consume us, and in the same way LOVE and forgiveness will consume us if we let it.  It is not easy.  It is not fun.  Many days I wish I could wake up to my old life...I wish I could give my kids a home that wasn't broken...I wish I could give them things I cannot.  But I am quickly reminded of all that we DO have...and I am thankful for it.

We have a home, with clean water, a car to drive, plenty of food and clothes, and toys...and I have a good job.  We have our health, and the LOVE of family and friends...and God!  We are truly just takes a little perspective...doesn't it?

Friday, February 18, 2011

New Look, New Beginning

It has been so long since I last posted, not because there is any shortage of news in my fact there has been an ABUNDANCE of drama.  But I have a new look on my blog today...and it is a new beginning in our lives.

The main purpose of this blog as it began was to keep all of my friends and family back home up to date of the goings on in our busy life here in Canada.  It has progressed to include a great deal more of my creative side and the goings on of my business, Magnolia Designs and my quilting and scrapbooking hobbies.  As such, I have tried to keep the details of our personal affairs to a minimum, since it is a public forum and lots of the people that visit I do not know at all.

However, since I do still try and keep my peeps up to date, I do share some of our personal story.  So I should update the blog to include that on New Years Day, my husband Shayne decided to leave our marriage.  That desicion as well as some of the other details of the story came as quite a shock to our family.  We have been trying to deal with these circumstances with dignity and honor, so I will not share any other information.  The kids and I are doing very well, all things considered.  We have an AMAZING group of friends and family here and back home that have held us up in our weakest moments.  Were it not for this wonderful group of people and the love and strength of our MIGHTY GOD, I don't know where we would be right now. 

We carry on...the blog will continue, although likely at irregular as a single parent is B-U-S-Y to say the least.