Monday, April 1, 2013

Did You Ever Hear My Story About April Fool's Day?

That was the day many years ago we were scheduled to emigrate to Canada.....however!  
I couldn't do it, so the date was changed to April 2nd (today is the anniversary of the day we arrived in Canada 46 years ago)...however!  
That meant it was a Sunday that we arrived with minimal resources at the airport on that day.  What difference did that make to this young family and dog arriving to take up residence here?  Well that meant no Vet on duty to check our dog's papers therefore they wouldn't let our poor dog out of the cage he had already been in for close to ten hours.  
So who do you think got caught by the April Fool's day thing?  Yup...sure did.  Here's

What did you think of March going out like a lion?  Seems to me it came in like a lamb and left like a lamb too because we certainly had a beautiful Easter Sunday yesterday.  We had ten for dinner here and enjoyed a lovely ham, with many many vegetables (my favourite) with apple pie, ice cream and cream puffs for dessert...mmm good.  

Also now thanks to Audrey we have another lovely dessert recipe to try out. Considered one of her "go to" recipes, you can find it here on the Kraft site...easy peasy too, my kind of recipe.  Less time in the kitchen, more time here....
happy place
That of course would be my Craft Room...LOL!

You remember my new love of felt?  During the week I made up these table favours. Yes if you count them there are just nine, but I quickly made up another for our additional guest.  You can find the pattern here.

Here's what our daughter Sandra and grandson Jonathan were up to for their Good Friday crafting, and which they gave one to her Dad and one to Linda's husband.

You have to know that we are going on a Disney Cruise in September to really appreciate this and also how my husband an Linda's husband have apps on their phone tracking the days to this event...LOL!

Isn't that the cutest countdown calendar?

Now if you only knew for sure which day I took the photo, you could work out what the date of our Disney Cruise was couldn't you.

Rachel has been busy sewing lately too, but I can't share that with you just yet as it's a gift for a relative we will be seeing and she wants it to be a surprise.  Honestly though I think she's going to have a hard time letting go of it, because it's so cute!  A lovely gift to a relative she has met just once and enjoyed a lovely afternoon and evening with.

Well Linda and I have a busy week coming up with the regular Thursday Technique Class where 12 ladies are signed up to make three cards. They're going to love what they do this week using their Scoreboard, heat embossing and vellum work, we'll keep them busy.  

Then on Saturday we have our second All Day Card Class at the Independent Grocers.  I think there are two spare spots available due to some calendar conflicts having happened. If anyone's interested give us a call at the store (705-645-6231) and grab the unexpected opportunity, you will not be disappointed.  You'll receive supplies and instruction to make eleven cards in just five hours for only $40.00, great value.

Do you recall I mentioned how a customer had asked for some instruction on how to embroider French Knots that wouldn't disappear behind her work?  

Well Mary learned how to I make them and later I discovered they aren't called French Knots at all!  The way I make them, they are called Colonial Knots and here's a great visual tutorial on how they are worked. As you can see from this photo, they are lovely and raised without being bulky.  They neither wobble nor disappear behind the work.

It's never easy to create a scrapbook layout when your photos have very strong colours.  That's especially true with dance recital photos and the great costuming worn, but saying that they are usually happy colours.  

Take a look at a two page layout that my friend Edie created for her niece.  

Edie had the newspaper headline that she wanted to incorporate into the layout too, but because newspaper has such a high acidity level, the first thing to do is to have it colour copied.  Yes colour copied because if you do a black and white copy it loses the lovely newspaper look.

As you can see the colours in the photos were not only strong but extremely bold together, and yet the paper choices enhanced and calmed those photos beautifully.  Along with some bold black stickers and a title (the name of the dance) cut out on her Silhouette machine, Edie was able to bring everything together to make a powerful layout.

Another beautiful album in the works by my "one album only" scrapbooker.

I'm off now so until later...
Happy Crafting


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