Saturday, 27 August 2016

This Is It - Retirement!

Yesterday was my last day of vacation, and that means, as of today, I'm truly officially retired.  

You're heard retired people say they don't know how they had time to work.  I'm one of them.  How easily a day fills up with so many things to do!  I don't have a to do list - I think I'd be discouraged seeing what I think would be a lengthy list.

I found lots of cute retirement images online and I'll share some of my favourites here.


















Yes, let the adventure begin.


Thanks for stopping by!



Sand


Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Kids Help Phone

I'm feeling sad this afternoon.  I don't have a card, ornament or art to share with you.  Please read on...

Please support the Kids Help Phone. Today I had a runaway at my door asking to use my phone to call the Kids Help Phone. I dialed the number for her and sat outside with her while she was waiting in the queue. I talked to her asked a few questions. Unfortunately, after 20 minutes she was still waiting and was getting frustrated.. She hung up and thanked me, then left. I called the police to make a report. Turns out there is a missing girl matching her description. I wish she had been able to speak to someone at the Kids Help Phone. I wish a lot of things - wish I had known what to do, what to say to her. Please support the Kids Help Phone - kids want to talk!.

https://www.kidshelpphone.ca/Teens/home.aspx


Thank you,



Sand

Kids Help Phone

I'm feeling sad this afternoon.  I don't have a card, ornament or art to share with you.  Please read on...

Please support the Kids Help Phone. Today I had a runaway at my door asking to use my phone to call the Kids Help Phone. I dialed the number for her and sat with her while she was waiting in the queue. I talked to her asked a few questions. Unfortunately, after 20 minutes she was still waiting and was getting frustrated.. She hung up and thanked me, then left. I called the police to make a report. Turns out there is a missing girl matching her description. I wish she had been able to speak to someone at the Kids Help Phone. I wish a lot of things - wish I had known what to do, what to say to her. Please support the Kids Help Phone - kids want to talk!.

https://www.kidshelpphone.ca/Teens/home.aspx

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

It's Quiller Time!

Here we are, part way through August, and it's a rainy day in paradise. I like the rain and how the grass and trees look so much greener than when it's dry.  Like many other cities and towns in Ontario, we and especially our farmers really need rain, however, not the potentially damaging winds.  Be sure to please stay alert, stay safe.

Now, on to some crafty bits.  I took my Quilled Creations quilling papers to the cottage last weekend and in the evenings was able to get some loose circles made, and the results are below.  Clearly not complete, but a very good start!




I was going to title this post 'One of These Things is Not Like the Other', until the current title popped into my head, which, by the way is funny becasue I'm not a beer drinker.  I do apparently remember tv ads!

Well, this is the official start to my Christmas craft making! I love love love homemade and handcrafted Christmas crafts and ornaments!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy happy crafting!


Sand




Sunday, 14 August 2016

Cottage Life

For the past few days my sister and I have been at the family cottage enjoying the quiet life.  On the day we arrived, Georgian Bay was tame, with barely a ripple.  I love how peaceful it is at the cottage. So dark at night.  Choose to do nothing or everything.

We went on a day trip to Collingwood, Ravena, Thornbury and Meaford.  Lovely and scenic!  I wish I'd taken more pics!

I thought these looked so pretty!


What a great name for a restaurant.  This is in Meaford.



The highway from Thornbury to Collingwood.  The Blue Mountains are ahead!



I couldn't resist.  This huge cup is at a gas station in Collingwood. To get an idea how big it is, check out the fence in the background.



On our second day the waves were gigantic and we had so much fun in the water.  Those were mighty strong waves!  Waste deep water and waves over our heads, resulting in us moving to shallower water.  I think we stayed in the water almost an hour and we would have stayed longer except it looked like a storm was headed our way.

Turns out the rain was headed our way, and lots of it shortly after we arrived in Creemore.  Below are a few pics from shops in town.

My fave bookstore.


Just sitting outside a cafe, enjoying a delicious cinnamon bun.

Check out the giant chocolate chip cookie!! Nope, I didn't buy it.


Same shop - giant meringues!


Getting ready to leave Creemore.  Lots of rain!


Next stop, Glen Huron.  Love the country market.  Excellent freshly baked blueberry scones. Yum!



Oh no....more rain.  We're still at Giffen's Country Market.


Beach pics from today.







It isn't often my sister and I get away so it was nice to be able to spend time together. 

Oh...and it wasn't a craft free weekend - I brought my quilling with me!


Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting!



Sand

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

A B C . . .

What a busy week!  Two doctor appointments for mom, I helped a friend at her booth located at our local farmers market yesterday, and went to my volunteer job today. And...I came home to find my order from Amazon arrived....yippee!!
The messages on my mixed media art are stamped, and I really wanted certain stamps. 

Here are the stamps - upper and lower case..



Cavallini is the brand.



No time for stamping today, but I will use them very soon. 

Thank you for stopping by.  Happy crafting!


Sand

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Elimination Diet

I saw this on Facebook and knew right away I wanted to share because I believe it's true.  Years ago, a wise woman I worked with would often say to me, 'Just let it go'.  I listened to her.  A few words with power to help heal.  

Letting go.  So simple, so perfect! 


I wholeheartedly believe this is something we can all do. 

It's easy if you try (yes, from John Lennon).



Thank you for stopping by.




Sand

Monday, 1 August 2016

Find Your Beautiful Inner Peace

What a difference a day makes.  First day of August, and first finished painting of the month! What I love about this painting, other than everything...teehee... is, I started it yesterday.  Completing a painting this fast is wow wow wow, new to me!


Sometimes I tame the chaos in the background, but for this painting I felt the need to leave it and I'm so glad I did because as the face of the angel emerged and was so peaceful I knew what her message would say.  Find Your Beautiful Inner Peace.  

Inner Peace.  Love!

I wonder what the balance of the month will bring.  I know for me, it will be more mixed media paintings.  

Thank you for stopping by.  Happy crafting!


Sand.