It's taken almost a month to recover from that little glass of spilled water on my laptop but I am finally back, well as close as I'll ever be right now! Thanks for your patience!
Let's start off with a mini album I made as a Guest Designer for Clear Scraps. The clear album was intended to be a banner but I saw it as a mini album capturing our Christmas traditions.
Here is my cover - I absolutely adored the size of this album too. It was small enough that the project could be quickly and easily completed but it was large enough to include a medium sized photo.
Supplies (for album): Clear Scraps (acrylic album); ribbon (source unknown); My Minds Eye (pattern paper); tags (source unknown); Basic Grey (red poinsetta pattern paper, chipboard alphas); Making Memories (mini alphas); Spellbinders (star dies); American Crafts (pen for stitching)
Here are the filler pages.
We start the Christmas season with our various advent calendars - ummm over the years I have collected a few! Each year it is a surprise to see what delicious morsel lies in the drawers of the calendar. My youngest daughter loves putting all the puzzle pieces together to create the wintery scene.
Next is the giddy anticipation of opening the boxes of Christmas decorations. Each girl has their own "special" ornaments that they lovingly place on the tree.
We often receive cards and special meaningful gifts from relatives abroad. No matter the item, my girls have these spontaneous joyful faces! And yes, sometimes during the days leading up to Christmas the excitement is too much - yes, we ask them to read about the Christmas story. Even though it is the holiday season, homework must still be completed.
No matter how many times we decorate the tree, each girl is excited and almost overwhelmed to put their first ornament on the tree. Daddy often is standing within arms' reach. (Mommy would too but who would take the photo?) I also cannot forget our tradition of reading the Christmas Story advent calendar. Each day we read a mini book telling us the story of baby Jesus and the reason why we celebrate this wonderful season.
I always take a fun "head shoot" of the girls sometime during the Christmas season. Even though they have their "moments" they do really love each other. Our head shot poses vary from year to year and it is something they come up with.
How can I forget pictures with Santa? This is the first year that my youngest has not been scared by Santa!
Each girl makes a quick Christmas craft to share with close friends. Last year we made reindeer candy canes. We also always paint one ornament for the tree.
Each year we try to come up with new ways to dress our table. Last year we made placecards using upbeat non-traditional colours. As well, no wintery day is complete without the "haute chocolate latte" devised by Moi! This is a family favorite for sure and is rarely available any time other than the holiday season.
Our last tradition is making sugar cookies. My recipe is tried and true. Each girl invites 2-3 friends who come and decorate cookies. It is a great time for all and one that is filled with many Kodak moments!
Thank you letting me share my Christmas traditions! And if you are not familiar with Clear Scraps, you need to run over to their blog NOW. Their products are high quality, super versatile and fun fun fun!!!!!
On New Year's Eve, I accidentally spilled a glass of water all over my laptop. Yeah, I had that pit in the stomach, nausea and vomit feeling, almost immediately in fact. I let my laptop dry out but it was not working great. To add insult to injury, I realized that I had not done a full backup since December 1 AND I had not moved my photos over onto my external hard drive. To say I was freaking out would be an understatement.
(And that is why this blog has been sorely neglected!)
Luckily Best Buy was open on New Years Day. Dominic brought my laptop into The Geek Squad. After alot of deliberation, we purchased 2 new laptops. Yes 2!!! We were planning to purchase a laptop for the girls to do their homework on anyways but what was unexpected was the purchase of a Mac. I have been trying to run the Mac through its paces but right now I am waiting for my copy of Mac Office and Mac Photoshop. Just a gut feel but I am pretty sure the Mac will work out ;-) I have had a blast working through my email and photos and am very excited about going whole hog with Photoshop.
If you have a Mac, I would love to hear from you! And wish me some luck so I can do some posting!!!!!