Saturday, November 24, 2007

Christmas Countdown Advant Calendar

This is an advent calendar made from a cookie sheet and matchboxes. The cookie sheet was painted with crackle paint and each matchbox was covered with Cosmo Cricket papers and has a magnet on the back of it so it will stick to the cookie sheet. The boxes contain candies and small gifts to be opened on the days leading up to Christmas.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Cosmo Cricket Creations

This kit was awesome!!! When I'm working with scrapbook supplies that I totally love everything comes together so easily and this was the easiest kit ever! The garland was made by using mod-podge on the bare naked chipboard shapes and decorating them with fibers, ribbons, ink and paint. I then braided rafia to make a long swag. I attached the decorated chipboard shapes and tied red checked ribbon to it, then draped it over greenery in my kitchen window.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Giving Thanks

In a country as blessed as ours is, we often take our wealth for granted. It's so easy to fall into the trap of comparing ourselves and what we have with what other people have. We feel that we need more when in reality we are blessed far beyond what we need or deserve. If we could just focus on how generous God has been with us, we would be so much more content. We have plenty to eat, we're safe, warm and dry and above all else we have the love and support of our family and friends. I hope that today people will take the time to focus on how much God has done for us and realize how rich we really are. As you meet to feast and watch football with family and friends, don't forget to give thanks to the Lord for all he has done for us. May the Lord give you and your family peace and happiness this holiday season and help you to focus on how blessed you truly are!

Family Ties

As I was trying to go to sleep last night I began thinking about my wonderful family. Last week I went home to Michigan to attend my Uncle Gerry's memorial service. It was a sad occasion, but it was so incredibly good to be around these people once again. They make me realize how lucky I am to be part of such a loving and caring family who truly loves each other and would do anything for each other. When I was a little girl, we all lived within a few miles of one another, but as time has passed, people have retired to warmer climates, people (including myself) have moved to other states, and people have gotten busy - too busy - and consequently it has been a long time since we've all been together in one place. After the memorial service, my aunt treated us all to a beautiful dinner at a restaurant nearby, then we went back to dad and Nell's house to visit for awhile before everyone went home. We stayed until late that evening - I don't think anyone wanted to leave because it was just so good to be together again. We laughed and we cried together, and we reminded each other of all of our favorite old memories and funny stories. I thank God for putting me in this family and for putting such wonderful role models and loving, caring people in my life.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

In Memory of Uncle Gerry

Last week I traveled to Michigan to attend the memorial service of my Uncle Gerry. It was wonderful to spend time with family that I hadn't seen in years and also to be able to see Kristin again after three months. Uncle Gerry's memorial service was wonderful too. There was an honor guard who did a short and very interesting presentation and there were family members and old friends who spoke. I only knew one side of my Uncle - the family man and handsome younger brother of my dad. It was interesting to hear his colleagues reminisce about the businessman and friend that they knew. I always knew Uncle Gerry was very successful in the telecommunications industry. He was the Vice-President and General Manager of AT&T Australia, then VP and General Manager of AT&T Canada. After he retired from AT&T he was recruited to join Comstat International where he was Vice-President of Europe. But at the memorial service I learned from his co-workers that Uncle Gerry helped shape the telecommunications industry as we know it today. I learned that many of Uncle Gerry's ideas were incorporated by AT&T and later were copied by all the other telecommunications companies and became standard operating procedure for the entire telecommunications industry. His friends also spoke of how intelligent and highly respected my uncle was. It made me so proud to be part of his family. He will be missed by many.

Friday, November 9, 2007

It's Hard to Say Goodbye

My uncle Gerry lost his battle with cancer last night. He had been courageously dealing with cancer and the side effects of his treatments for over two years, but the end came quickly and suddenly. Uncle Gerry was my dad's youngest sibling. Dad was 16 when he was born, and he was very special to him. He was a very successful businessman in the telecommunications industry, but I will always remember him as my handsome and very "cool" uncle.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

November Design Team Layouts

I absolutely LOVED everything about the Creative Scrap Shack's November kit! The papers were almost too pretty to cut into! The colors and textures were so rich and beautiful that I couldn't get enough of them. For my altered project I painted, decoupaged and distressed some wooden pumpkins that I used as centerpieces on tables for a dinner I was hosting, and then as a fall decoration on a small table in my entryway. I also made three fall layouts - and still had paper left over for altering a small box and adding the rest to my "stash". This was the best kit yet!