January 31, 2009
January 28, 2009
I caught myself doing that today and its only Wednesday! Staring at the growing mound of laundry, the unopened mail, the dirty and messily stacked dishes in the dishwasher, and the empty fridge - I sighed and thought, 'it'll have to wait another day'.
Remember, finding the silver lining in any day makes any day bearable.
January 25, 2009
Counting your blessings make them that much greater.
January 23, 2009
Instead, today I embraced the discomfort knowing it was a good sign. It was a sign that I was out of my comfort zone. It was a sign that I was moving out of the safe and secure and challenging myself. By blurring the edges a little and that is how we grow. Moving beyond the familiar, beyond the routine (which, again, I looooove) we stretch ourselves to new limits. We can prove we can do better, be more.
So, as I ventured outside the defined boundaries and felt that niggling unease, I was grateful for all it represented. We should all try something new everyday. Or at least every week. A little discomfort is good for the mind, body and soul. Try it sometime, you might enjoy it.
January 22, 2009
Having done all that could be done, the decision to allow him to rest is a decision that did not come easy. My heart goes out to the Richardsons as they grapple with a loss that can only be appreciated by those who have loved and lost a beloved four-legged family member.
We were blessed to have Lerie live with us in our home for a short time and I recall that time fondly, even the picking up of stray hairs that seemed to linger for months after he and his family settled in their new home. Tears have been shed for Lerie, including my own. He is already sorely missed. And he will be forever loved.
Good bye Lerie boy.
January 20, 2009
January 17, 2009
Anyways gotta scoot, I'm babysitting two handsome little boys for my best friend tonight while her and her hubby go to dinner and while my hubby has a boys night watching the Barrett Jackson auction.
supplies: patterned paper & date sticker is scenic route, solid is SU! cardstock, ribbon from a jumbo pack from costco, flowers are prima, clip & brads are making memories, as are gems I think, and rub-on is from fancy pants design. The pen and ink are both unmarked :)
January 15, 2009
And my card:Even though I'm not a fan of the orange and pink combo, I liked how it turned out - simple & sweet.
Thanks for looking and Happy Friday!
Supplies: The cardstock and paper were from my scrap piles again, which are excellent for cardmaking, but not for tracking paper sources. The two flowers are from Prima, the orange brad is from Making Memories, the Birthday Wishes stamp is from Stampin' Up's 'sincere salutations' set, and the rub-on beneath the greeting is from Fancy Pants Design. It's hard to see in the picture but the greeting has also been embossed with Stampin' Up's iridescent ice powder. Edited: The ribbon is from a jumbo pack I picked up at costco.
Photo from http://www.msnbc.msn.com
Just look at all those people standing on the wings of a sinking plane. Incredible.
Remember to always count your blessings. Life is too short to do anything but.
January 13, 2009
Here's the inspiration source from Kristina:
And here's my take on it:Sorry, I didn't track the products on it ... the strips are from my scrap piles. The white cardstock might be Bazzill. The greeting stamp is from Stampin' Up and the rub-on might be from KC&Co. Not sure about the gems. Anyways, I hope you like it!
January 12, 2009
I know everyone has 'one of those days' every once in a while. Well, today is that day for me. Awoke to feeling icky and to 15+ cms of snow on the ground. Driving around to the doctor's office and work was slow and sticky and - for me, in a standard - that also means it was a little stressful. It was a busy day at the office, packed from end to end. Followed by still feeling icky, a trip to the gym, a couple of fruitless errands, home to supper, dishes and a shower. By the time I finally sat down it was:And, for the record, I REALLY REALLY dislike the long days during the week. I know its the price to pay for a post-work workout. Still, somehow, 8:24pm seems a little too late to be finally sitting down. And even then, I was sitting down to more work.
On the upside: my brother-in-law dropped by and plowed the piles of snow out of our looong driveway ... so already tomorrow is off to a much better start!
January 8, 2009
January 7, 2009
Seriously, for stampers, card-makers and scrapbookers this is a BIG deal. Well at least for this scrapbooker it is. After perusing the pages, I settled on just a couple, which I've pre-ordered through my local scrapbooking store (LSS), the Paperie. I wanted this one and this one and this one too ... but decided on these two for now:
Misty Swirl Background
This is gonna make a super card background!
Favorite Journal Clear Designs
I can't wait to use this one on my version of Project 365
January 6, 2009
Its my version of the Med Salad at one of mine and Des' fave restaurants, the Casbah. We love to go there on any occasion, but especially after work on a warm summer day and enjoy this fresh salad with a glass of the house red vino. Yum-o!!! We love it so much, I came up with this close replica to enjoy at home.
There is no written recipe, its really just a guesstimate each and every time - so feel free to adjust to taste:
Colleen's Take on the Casbah Med
(serves 2 large salads)
4 cups of mixed salad greens (or spinach, or arugula, whatever is fresh and available)
10-12 olives (I use the unpitted mixed ones from the supermarket deli)
Sun dried tomatoes (maybe about a 1/3 of a small jar, oil packed)
2-3 ounces of feta cheese
2 tbsp of pine nuts, toasted
Balsamic Vinaigrette to taste (recipe follows)
Toss first five ingredients in a large salad bowl. Add vinaigrette just before serving. Toss and plate.
And there you have it folks, easy-peasy. If you want to make it prettier for presentation, reserve a few of olives, tomatoes, and feta to put on top of the tossed and dressed salad. Recipe can be easily double and tripled too, which I did for the above pic.
(makes about a cup)
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 1/2 tbsp of grainy/coarse Dijon mustard
2 tsp honey
1 clove of finely minced garlic
pinch of salt & pepper
2/3-3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Mix everything but olive oil together first, in a small bowl. Then stream in EVOO slowly while whisking to combine.
January 5, 2009
Isn't he just the sweetest? My handsome nephew Logan on his christening day.
So, tonight I am finally sending these pics to print. Uploading as I blog. And, I might add enjoying what was perceived to be a tedious task. I get to relive some of the best memories ... like this:
mmmm, Grimaldi's pizza in Brooklyn anyone? Order is good.
January 4, 2009
I hope you too can say a big happy hello to 2009.