Saturday, April 30, 2011

Did you watch?


Where you up in the early hours of the morning watching the wedding of the century? 
Did you ooooh and aaawww at the gorgeous dress?


No, I didn't wake up at 3am to see the royal wedding unfold. But I did wake up in time to see Kate step out of the car. 
She looked gorgeous didn't she?
She kept it simple and so elegant. The lace covering her arms was gorgeous and the veil was perfect.
I also loved how she carried herself. Princess Diana seemed extremely nervous at her wedding and didn't smile as much as Kate did at hers. Kate seemed very happy and relaxed; and that's how every bride should be on her special day.





Sigh, I could stare at wedding pictures all day.
They make me long for the day Mike and I will be celebrating out wedding.
Will Kate's dress inspire me? Maybe a little. Her dress has some of the same characteristics that my mother's had.
Anyway, I have a busy busy day ahead of me. 
A busy busy week more like it...but do come by tomorrow for a special announcement concerning Mike and I.

Until then...

All pictures taken from

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Har Har

Hey Guys,
As you can tell by the lack of posting, I'm totally swamped this week but just had to share something with you!

My fiancĂ©e e-mailed this to me because I'm always sticking myself with anything and everything pointy...

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Morning!

Let me start off by telling you all that Easter is my favorite holiday of the year (yes it even beats Christmas)!


Fun Facts

When taking a bite into a chocolate bunny, 76% of Americans prefer to bite off the ears first. 5% eat the feet first and 4% eat the tail first.
In the old days pretzels were associated with Easter because the twists of the pretzel were thought to resemble arms crossing in prayer.
The White House has hosted an Easter egg roll every year since 1878.
The tradition of giving eggs at Easter time has been traced back to Persians, Egyptians, Gauls, Greeks and Romans, to whom the egg was a symbol of life.
And here's a good one...
In medieval times a festival of egg-throwing was held in church, during which the priest would throw a hard-boiled egg to one of the choir boys. It was then tossed from one choir boy to the next and whoever held the egg when the clock struck 12 was the winner and retained the egg.

Now for a little Easter DIY

Fave Crafts posted this cute tutorial on how to make some festive garland.
Find the instructions here.

Easter Egg Cookies Recipe

"These festive cookies are loosely based on the Greek Easter specialty koulourakia."
Don't know what koulourakia is? Click here to be enlightened.
Head on over to My Recipes to learn how to make these Easter Egg Cookies.

I hope you all have a wonderul Easter Sunday filled with family, friends, and lots of chocolate.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Printable Freebies

I've rounded up a few goodies for my readers!

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"It all started with baby peas. Recently, I posted how to create tiny pea pod pendants, and the very next week I found a vintage peas seed packet among my ephemera stash."

"So I went about scanning and modifying it to create a little gift packet to hold the necklace for placing in a gift box. (Feel free to snag the image below for yourself!)"

Cathe's creativity didn't stop there.
Since the Pea Pocket, Cathe has been designing and printing many more pocket designs.

And the best part is, she's giving them away for free!
"They make great little note card envelopes, pockets for small supplies, party favor holders or gift card wrappers."

To see the original post, more pockets, and assembly instructions please visit Cathe's blog.
Don't forget to leave a little thank you note for her hard work and generosity! Blog

"Free Apothecary Labels for your bottles designed by Cathe Holden of  Just Something I Made. Once again, Cathe has put together some awesome vintage designs for labeling your products.  Two colors are available: Cream background and multi-colored. Use our Full sheet labels to cut out labels and print."

apothecary labels

apothecary labels

I found this Victorian Easter card and Treat Bag topper on Pixel Booking.
Aren't they cute?

Sing Spring Treat Bag Topper Digital Scrapbooking Freebie

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Places I want to visit: France

On my list of places to visit, France is in the top five.
I want to walk down an old French street and smell freshly baked bread.
I want to eat  a real croissant in a real French bistro with my cafe au lait.
I want to get my picture taken by the "Tour Eiffel'!


Yeah, I wanna be in the girl in that picture.


Did you know...

- At one point in time, France made it illegal to sell faceless dolls?
- France is the most popular tourist destination in the world?
- The Phamtom of the Opera was written in France during the 18th century?
- France has earned the most Nobel prizes for excellent literature?
- France was second to America in using electricity?

Fun Fact- Gustave Eiffel not only built "Le Tour Eiffel", but also the Statue of Lady Liberty. He modeled her face to look like his mother.

Click the images to enlarge and print out your own Eiffel Tower!



So if anyone needs a French interpreter or tour guide...give me a call!
Have a Happy Monday

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Let's visit the sugar shack!

I don't know about where you come from, but here in Quebec spring is all about the sugar shack.
It's a place where friends and family get together to eat a maple syrup inspired brunch.
From your great grandma to little 2 year old johnny, the "Caban a Sucre" has something sweet for everyone.

I wanted to share some sweet tooth highlights with you!

This was my little "brunch date" since Mike is back at school.
We even shared our bread with each other.

So we always start off with pea soup and bread...

Then move on to ham (with syrup), hot dogs (with syrup), eggs (with syrup), and so much more sweetness!

Before we end our meal with sugar pie or pudding au chaumar the servers bring out these crispy "pancakes".

Of course syrup is drizzled on top...what else would you expect?

The texture of these pancakes is hard to describe. 
They are crispy and soft at the same time.
Does that make sense?

Coffee and sugar are served throughout the brunch.

Milk and sugar are a MUST in my coffee cup!

Once the plates are cleared and our tummies are filled, you can either enjoy a stroll through the woods or ride in a horse drawn carriage.

Have a lovely Sunday everyone

Thursday, April 14, 2011

DIY Glitter Vase

I went to the mall the other day and fell in love with a gorgeous vase.
It would have been perfect for a small kitchen table but the price tag made me walk away empty handed. 
I could still picture the pretty, glittery vase in my mind while driving home. Then it hit me. 
"Hey, I bet I could make my own!"
So off to the dollar I drove.

Vase = 2 dollars
Glue = 1 dollar
Self Adhesive Gems = 1 dollar
Glitter Packet = 1 dollar
Total = 5 dollars

First, I washed the vase and inserted my hand inside so I could have complete control.

Then I swirled glue around the vase sparingly since I knew I would be doing several layers of glitter.

Then I sprinkled on my first color of glitter and let dry.
(You can do several colors or just one)

Then I swirled on more glue...

And sprinkled on my second color!

I continued this process of gluing, sprinkling, and drying until I was satisfied with my vase.

I let my vase sit for a few hours before decorating with these self adhesive gems. They are tiny enough to go unnoticed by big enough to catch the light and sparkle!

These pictures really don't do the vase justice. A camera can't really catch all the sparkle and beauty of this vase.

See my tutorial on "Cut Out and Keep"