Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Happy Wednesday!

Hi Everyone! I have taken so many photos lately and I thought I'd share.  This will show you what I've been up to the last few weeks!:-)  

On the last Thursday of every month we have our team meeting where we share ideas for growing our business, learning new stamping techniques, make and take projects, card swaps and recognition for everyone's accomplishments.  We always have a super good time.

 Kathy and Leigh.  Leigh comes every month, driving over an hour each way! Thanks Leigh! I love that you are always a part of our meetings.xo

 Leigh and Carmen.  Carmen is Leigh's first recruit and we're so glad she's a part of our 'Serene Stampers' group!
 Beth holds up the snowflake we made as one of our make and take projects.  We just used foam sheets with the snowflake die and the fabulous Big Shot Machine.  Then we layered our snowflakes, using a brad in the centre and then added lots of glitter!
 Each month we take turns doing demonstrations.  This month Leigh demonstrated how to make this beauty.  Love the 'faux' burned edges too!
 We had a big snowfall a couple of weeks ago - the last time this area got this much snow in one swoop was back in the 50's.  Roads were treacherous.  I was glad I work from home, lemme tell ya.  I was even more glad when my husband got home!  Fortunately the weather has gotten really warm and all the snow is GONE! YAY!
 Gagetown has a great event every year called "Christmas in the Village" - there are a lot of talented folks who open up their homes and businesses to the public to sell their arts and crafts.  You can find everything from pottery to homemade jams.  The day was absolutely beautiful and perfect for walking around.  I found a few fun items for some friends and family on my Christmas list.
 So pretty, with the river running alongside the village.

 Santa was greeting everyone at this home.  There was a Christmas tree inside the house that was MASSIVE! I have no idea how they got it inside.  The ceilings are vaulted and the top of the tree touched the ceiling.  It was stunning.

 We were told of a little spot, called the Gagetown Fruit Farm, that served lunch, along with their artisan breads, baking and fresh apple cider.  It's all run by a young husband and wife and they're certainly doing a good business - the place was packed the whole time we were there!  I bought a loaf of pumpkin fennel seed bread that was incredible.  For lunch Russell had a roast beef biscuit and a fun carrot salad that was made with all different colour carrots, cut into thin strands - it was so good! (Yes, my sweetie shared!)
 I had a delicious French Onion Soup.  We also had glasses of cold Apple cider and then shared a mug of hot apple cider.  Happy happy moments...LOL  We can't wait to go back - which will be in the spring, as they close over winter.  We'll be counting the days...

 I also had some of my items for sale - candles, tile coasters, greeting cards and brooches and hair clips. 
 Stephanie, a lovely demonstrator in my group,  also had items for sale.  She has been so busy creating this season and has been participating in lots of craft shows.  Her cards are fabulous and I loved her display!
 My friend Sara had her little shop set up with gorgeous items made with wool spun from local sheep (and llamas), including some of her own.  A lot of work went into these beautiful scarves and hats!
 Some of my candles.

 This is another home that's open during "Christmas in the Village".
 Cute signs are set up all over Gagetown.  We really enjoyed ourselves.
 Time for PMS night! Held on the last Saturday of every month, my friends come over for pizza, music (or martinis) and stamping.  I always make home made pizza using Jamie Oliver's recipe - it's soooo good.  Here's Joanne, colouring her heart out...

 My hubby usually 'hides' when all the girls come over but we managed to snag him for a photo.
 Good friends = good times!  We had a blast!
 This weekend I am doing a birthday party for a little girl turning 6.  She and her friends (10 of them) will be stamping some cute little projects - I'll post photos next week.  These are the invitations I made.
 This is a really cute template with My Digital Studio.  I ran the card stock through the Big Shot with the dots folder and added Dazzling Diamonds and ribbon.  Cute!  All the party info. is on the inside.

 I've also had some friends who have recently had babies so I whipped up some of these cards on My Digital Studio too, then I used the dryer sheet technique that I recently demonstrated in our stamp clubs.  I was quite pleased with the final result.
 Look what arrived yesterday!!  Is life good or what?!!!  This all belongs to my customers so I'll be getting it ready to be picked up/delivered.  I'm still waiting my big pre-order (Occasions and Sale-a-Brations) to arrive, which should be tomorrow.  Which is actually a good thing, otherwise nothing on my to-do list would get done *wink*

If you are on my mailing list, you would have received my 12 days of Holiday Helper projects.  This was one of the cute tutorials.
I used an old window I found on the side of the road a couple of years ago!  I loved how this turned out! The flip side of the window is white and I'll turn it into a 'welcome' year-round piece after Christmas.
 Since the weather has been so warm and mild, Russell and I have been taking advantage of it and getting our house decorated with lights and evergreens.  Here I am peeking out of the loft of our barn as I get ready to pass down all the boxes of Christmas decorations to my hubby.

 We bought this massive wreath at the Farmer's Market in Hampton.  It's perfect for our barn!

 Yesterday I met up with my dear friends, Deb and daughter Becky (and Lamia and Neina) to go get our Christmas trees.  We had such a good time!  This is the tree Deb chose.  We cut it down the ole' fashioned way, taking turns with the saw.  Then we give it a good push and 'crack' both tree and myself came crashing down! LOL
 Here's the tree I picked.  Becky and I put Lamia's hat on top so that we could find it when we came back with the saw...LOL

That's it for me.  I hope you enjoyed all my photos.  I'm going to be really busy over the next little while (as I'm sure we all are!) but will try to post again soon!

Enjoy the day &

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