Friday, October 28, 2011

My Digital Studio: Christmas Cards

Well I'm sure you've started to notice that I frequently end up posting something that I've created using our fabulous MDS program. If you don't have one yet yourself contact me today and I'll be more than happy to let you know how you can order one! Trust me once you have the program the possibilities are endless!!!!

Anyway, that's not what this post was going to be all about :D I want to share 2 different cards that I made using my MDS program. One is going to be our (my husband and my) Christmas card, and the other my Mom and Dad's/family's Christmas card. So here they are.. now if you have any questions feel free to comment and I'll do my best to answer them. If need be it will be a separate post, if further explanation is needed. Enjoy!

I know it seems early to be thinking about Christmas cards but it was one thing I could already get crossed off of my list of things to do since I had an idea! :)

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Decisions, Decisions...

Well, this is what has been on my mind lately :) Baby related decisions that need to be made, what color should be paint the baby room.. what pattern am I going to use for the quilt... am I going to do the same pattern for the boy side and the girl side of the quilt... what stroller are we going to get... what car seat are we going to get... where are we going to get our dresser/change table from... and on and on and on.

It's amazing how many decisions you need to make for all the little things. Most of them don't particularly need to be made today. But for instance the stroller, since the one that I would like to get is some what more expensive that means if I know forsure that is what I want I can start watching for sales on it, and hopefully save some money that way! The baby quilt is something else that I should get started on sooner rather than later, because I know it's going to take some time to get it finished. Especially between all my other projects that I have got on the go. It seems like it never ends! :)

Maybe it's kinda dumb/crazy to think about all this baby stuff so early on, seeing that I'm only 15 weeks, but at the same time I guess you've got to some time. The fact is it seems like these last 12 weeks have just flown by, I seems like we just found out the other day, and now it is already the end of October.. before I know it it will be the middle of April already LOL :)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Upcoming Event... My Digital Studio

If you are like me and love using your MDS program you'll be excited about an even that is coming up in November. So make sure you mark the 4-7th of November on your calenders!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Christmas Keepsake Special Offer

As a special offer related to a recent advertisement in Woman’s Day Magazine, the Christmas Keepsake Box--left over from a recruiting promotion incentive in July--is available for demonstrator or customer order from now until December 31, 2011 (or while supplies last). This box is an ideal gift, and is perfect for getting new customers papercrafting in time for the holidays. Unlike the original offer in July, this Christmas Keepsake Box does NOT include the Pines & Poinsettias stamp set.

Special Offer Details:
  • Orders can be placed as demonstrator, customer, workshop, or online orders.
  • There is no minimum purchase required.
  • The Christmas Keepsake Box includes written instructions, but the following supplies are not included:
    • Pines & Poinsettias stamp set
    • Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker
    • Real Red  Stampin’ Write Marker
    • Wild Wasabi Stampin’ Write Marker
    • Adhesives
    • 3/16" Corner Punch
    • Paper Cutter
    • Paper Snips
    • Needle
    • Glue gun

Item # Name Price
129024 Christmas Keepsake Box $19.95

If you would like to order one of these let me know today and I will be happy to do so. Or you can order through my online shop. Don't wait, because there is only a limited quantity available. 

Christmas Keepsake Box

Our Weekend

So this past weekend we went on a little road trip... a surprise trip! My Mom's birthday was on Thursday, so on Friday we went up to surprise her. It was a challenge to keep it a secret but somehow we managed, and it all worked out. When we got there we parked on a neighbor's yard, had my brother come pick us up. We had him park his truck in the shop, got out. He went to get Mom, telling her that he had something for her in the shop and she needed to come look. She comes to the shop, he's telling her to come in a little further. Then when she was past where we were hiding I popped from around the corner and said "Hi Mom". She spun around, her jaw dropped and she's like "ALISE" A huge surprise, but it was awesome!

After surprising Mom, quick popping into the house, we went to the barn to surprise Dad. He was surprised but not nearly as much so as Mom was. He must have been excited though because he called Oma and told her to come and have a look-see who was standing "here". Oma walks in and says, "I already thought so".

Then that evening it was Mom and Oma's birthday (the other Oma). Anyway since most of the family didn't know that we were going to be there, there was a few surprises for several of them. When Oma and Opa came I hid around the corner in the kitchen. Oma came down the hall when I popped around the corner and said Hi. She was so shocked... the first word out of her mouth was "WHAAAAAAAT?!"

So every once in a while I think everyone needs a surprise, since it makes their day!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Sewing, sewing, sewing...

Well that is the story of my life these last few days, and it's not getting any better either. I'm not saying it's a bad thing, because it's actually a good thing. I've got two car seat covers on order one to add to the Baby boutique's collection, and one that I still need to make for a gift. Two nursing cover-ups on order. Plus an apron that is on order and needs to be done asap. Then finally a table cloth which is a gift as well. So does it sound like I have enough sewing I need to get done??

Like I said it's a good thing because a lot of it means that business is starting to take off more and more. The bad side is that I have this feeling one of these days I'm going to be oh so sick and tired of sewing I'm going to want to throw the sewing machine away! :P Well maybe not quite that drastic.. it just means less time for any of my own stuff! :(

Int the end it's all good...

Monday, October 17, 2011

Baby/Pregnancy Brain..

.. so I've been told it's a myth, but some days I'm not to sure that Baby Brain is a myth... especially on days like today. My brothers were here for the weekend visiting, and I had several things that had to go along with them. What would you know, the stuff I was most worried about forgetting got sent along with them. The things that Mom is really going to need didn't.... ugh :(

There are days that are worse than others, honestly this morning I blame it on not being awake enough when they left, even though I'd been up for close to 45 minutes already. This is the reason I live on LISTS!!! Without them I'm sure my life would be a disaster right now! I'm also going to say that it is my own fault for not hauling out the stuff on Saturday night when I thought about it and putting it downstairs by the boys' stuff when I told them that there was a few things then needed to remember to take with them. That all being said I guess it is what it is, nothing I can do about it now, after all they've been on the road for close to 2 1/2 hours already so they are definitely not coming back to get it.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

A special card, for a special someone!

First off I'm going to confess that when I originally made this card it wasn't made intended for this "special" person. That being said it turned out so much better than I expected, that I decided it was perfect! I'm going to post the card the way it is right now, because I've been thinking about making a few changes/adding to it, just to add a little more to it... even though it's perfectly fine right now. 

The other confession I have about this card, is that it's so not in the normal color scheme that I work with. Cherry Cobbler is not usually one of the first color's I think of picking up and using when I'm working on a project, but for this it was perfect!

So there is the card, with a closer look at the front and inside. I'll try post instructions on what I did/used to create this card, sometime this week.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

Wishing all my Canadian Readers, and family a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!

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Friday, October 07, 2011

Big Shot Promotion

Something that I'm very excited about, Stampin' Up! is offering a fabulous promotion. Check out this video, then if you have more questions let me know and I'll be happy to answer them for you. You can live either in Canada or the US. Send me an email or give me a call!

Now aren't you excited? This is something Stampin' Up! has never done before so you don't want to miss out!

Monday, October 03, 2011

All the more reason to like Sauerkraut

How to Make Your Veggies Even Better For You – The Healing Properties of Fermented Foods

Everyone knows that veggies are good for you. There would be no reason to feel a pang of guilt after eating a bag of Cheetos or a candy bar if you didn’t know there was something out there that you should have eaten instead. Unfortunately, veggies are often not the first item we crave: gnawing on a head of broccoli while watching a movie is not quite as appealing as a bucket of popcorn.
While making your veggies more crave-worthy, appealing and even better for you may seem too good to be true, traditional fermentation techniques can work just short of miracles. Fermentation takes the natural health benefits of raw veggies and accentuates them with added nutrients, while increasing flavor, shelf life and beneficial probiotic bacteria as well.

The process of fermentation is an ancient preservation technique that was used before canning and freezing options were available. During the process, vegetables and sea salt are combined and set out at room temperature for several days or weeks, wherein the process of lacto-fermentation takes place. During this period the starches and sugars in the vegetables are broken down by lactobacilli (good bacteria found on the surface of all living things) and converted to lactic acid. Lactic acid then acts as a natural preservative and contributes to the long list of health benefits fermented foods provide.
This simple technique is one that everyone can master. With good quality produce and a bit of sea salt, you can transform a serving of veggies into a powerhouse of intensely nutrient rich food.

The benefits of fermentation include:

1. Lactic Acid: not only a natural preservative that keeps fermented foods from going bad, but also a digestive aid that promotes the growth of healthy bacteria and digestive enzymes throughout your intestine.

2. Probiotics: the healthy bacteria created in the fermentation process that are key to the function of your internal systems. Probiotics work to maintain PH levels in the body, which is essential to the health of your digestion and helps prevent the growth of bad bacteria in your body. Probitoics also help promote the physical function of your digestive system, helping move the food through your body efficiently. Recent studies link probiotics to immune health, low cholesterol, low blood pressure, strong intestinal walls, and overall vitality.

3. Lactobacilli: the bacteria found on the surface of all living things that facilitate the creation of lactic acid from vegetable starches and sugars. Lactobacilli are responsible for making fermented foods more digestible and increasing the vitamin levels that are available for your body’s use. These good bacteria also help create many beneficial digestive enzymes as well as antibiotic and anti-carcinogenic matter. Enzymes: naturally produced chemicals that help your digestive system break down food and absorb nutrients.

4. Enzyme rich foods, like fermented veggies, can help supplement your natural enzyme production, which can deteriorate due to stress, environmental factors and poor diet. A healthy supply of digestive enzymes can help your body create energy more efficiently, stay healthy, regulate metabolism and feel less bloated or bogged down throughout the day.

5. Nutrients: good bacteria and digestive enzymes in fermented foods help create and release more available nutrients to your body. With better digestion, absorption and utilization of nutrients, your body will feel and perform better on an every day basis. Nutrients like Vitamin C (for immunity, and antioxidant function) as well as B vitamins (for energy creation and muscle function) are created during the fermentation process and readily used by the body.

My favorite dish with Sauerkraut is this:

Peel and cut desired amount of potato's place in bottom of your pan. 
Take about 3 cups of Sauerkraut, place in a strainer, pour about 1/2 cup of water over to rinse.
Dump over potato's. 
Put water in the bottom of the pan, just like you would if you were cooking potato's.  
Place a coil of Metworst on top, cook until potato's are soft. 
Take Metworst off, and mash potato's and Sauerkraut together. 
Enjoy with metworst and applesause on the side if you wish. 

I really want to learn how to make Sauerkraut now and actually found somewhere in Seattle that I could go to, to do so hmmmm :)

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Happy World Card-making Day

For those of you that are Card-makers I think today is the day you should sit down and make several to put in your card box. That way next time you need a card you won't have to scramble and make one. I have to admit I have a box with cards, and if I'm in a hurry and don't feel like making one I go to my box and take one out. Speaking of which, I think I need to sit down and make a few to add to my stash as well.

Before I sit down and say that I'm going to make cards I think I need to finish folding laundry. I actually have a confession about that. I haven't folded all my laundry in over a month, we've been living out of the laundry basket. :GASP: Normally I hate having to go to the laundry basket to get my clothes so it's usually folded a day or two after it is washed. Lately with how I've been feeling that just seemed to be WAY to much work so it wouldn't get done. Since I'm half done folding, and have got some more laundry in the washing machine, I'm going to see if I can get it all caught up. Once that is done then I'll think about maybe making some cards. It depends on how energetic I feel. So if I do, I'll post some pictures for all of you, I'm not promising anything though so don't hold your breath!