Thursday, June 29, 2017

Summer Photo Scavenger Hunt - 2017

It's that time of year again! Summer is here and that means doing a photo scavenger hunt. This year I'm following along with Mary-Lou of Patio Postcards who has graciously provided us with a list of items to find and photograph. 

We don't usually get into the swing of things until the school year has ended and Richard's bus driving duties are put on hold for a while. Today is his last day so we should be getting out there soon to tackle the list. In the meantime, I have one photo to share:

#1 - Something Fuzzy


This might look like dandelions growing wild in a field but this is actually what my neighbour's entire backyard looks like. Yikes! I don't have anything against dandelions but they are a bit messy in a yard.

Good luck to everyone on your hunt!

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Thursday, January 5, 2017

December Daily

December has come and gone, and yes, my life was just interesting enough to do a December Daily album even though we didn't really do anything very spectacular during the month. I've always wanted to do one of these mostly to document stories from years past, since our current Christmases are usually very quiet now.

Jen and I spent the month working together on our albums each Tuesday and then finished them up individually as the month came to an end. The majority of the pages are inspired by other December Dailies that we saw online because, let's face it, we are the queens of scraplifting. 

Here are a few of my favourite pages:



Happy New Year everyone!

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Friday, December 16, 2016

I Wish...

...that the weather was warm enough that I could be wearing my sandals...


...instead of like this, where all I want to do is hibernate inside....


Yes, the frosty white trees are beautiful to look at but after almost two weeks of severely cold weather here in Edmonton I'm tired of it. And to think that winter hasn't even officially begun. That's Canada in all its glory. 

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Saturday, November 26, 2016

So What's Up With Me Lately?

Well, it seems I'm still not very good at keeping up with this blogging thing so I thought I'd do a bit of an update post. 

First off, we decided to join the rest of the modern world and buy a smartphone. We've had a couple of phones in the past - our last phone had one of those slide out keyboards which I thought was totally amazing at the time but I'm pretty sure that that's no longer a thing to be proud of. We've never had a phone that could do the things that our new phone can do, and even though this is an older model (because it fit our budget) I'm thrilled to own it.


Richard was more or less dragged along into the decision to buy the iPhone and only had two questions about how to use it: 1) How do I make a phone call? and 2) How do I take a photo? (in case, god forbid, an accident happens while he's driving his school bus route and he needs to take photos as proof of something.)  I, on the other hand, am having so much fun learning all its features, setting up an Instagram account and playing lots of puzzle games!

I've also been knitting. Two pairs of socks...


and a Gallatin Scarf for myself...


and I just got some new yarn that is in the process of becoming mittens and a scarf for two lucky people...


Also, because I've always wanted to participate in this yearly tradition and apparently...


...there's been some full-on album preparation happening at Jen's place the past couple of Crafty Tuesdays, thanks to the inspiration found online from talented people such as Jamie Pate, Kim Jeffress and many others on Pinterest.


Finally, I just started physio this week to try and resolve a back issue that's plagued me for years. So, it's twice weekly visits to see the physiotherapist and exercises to do twice daily - but I wouldn't dream of sharing a photo of that!  

And that's what's up with me.

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Monday, October 31, 2016

Halloween...

It's October 31st and my Halloween baby is 25 today so I baked him a cake...


Long gone are those hectic Halloweens of simultaneously trying to get supper on the table for visiting in-laws, making sure homework was done, getting costumes on and face make-up done and doing my best to make sure that in the midst of all that we were having some sort of small celebration so that Chris would feel special and wouldn't feel like somehow his birthday was getting lost in all the chaos. My concern over it was for nothing - years later he said that Halloween was the best day of the year for him.

Now things are different. A simple cake for Chris to mark the day. And the focus of kids has shifted to the kids on Richard's school bus so we prepare treat bags to give to them...


... so that they feel special.

Happy Halloween! 

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Thursday, October 20, 2016

And Three Years Later...

I'm back. Because Jen and I have been scrapping lately and she tells me that I really need to put my pages on my blog again. So here's the latest...


So the story is that sometimes Jen and I like to be totally annoying to Robert to try to get a reaction out of him - which he never gives us - except for eventually making an "L" with his finger and thumb on his forehead to signify what losers we are (in his opinion only, because as part of the page above states, Jen and I are actually super cool).  ;-)  In this instance we were riding the carousel at Fort Edmonton Park and every time we passed by Robert we pretended to be screaming in fear. About the fourth time around he finally indicated we were losers and ignored us. That was it. No other reaction, not even a smile - but Jen and I sure had a good laugh.

The sketch I used is from one of Christine Davidson's Creating with Sketches books.

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Sockmaking 101

I haven't done any scrapbooking in quite a while...May 22nd to be exact, which was the day that my last assignment as guest designer on the CSI: Colors Stories Inspiration Challenge site was due. But in that space of time I've been creative in other ways.

I'm sitting here wearing handknit socks, thinking about how comfortable they are and how much I love making them. I first fell in love with knitting socks back in November 2011 when Jen and I embarked on a sock adventure together. We had some pretty hilarious moments and in the end it turned out that making socks is really not all that difficult. I was hooked. The one thing I didn't like was falling victim to Second Sock Syndrome...that feeling you get when you've finished the first sock and know that you now have to start again and do the whole thing all over, hoping that the mate to the first one will come out the same to make a nicely matched pair. 

I dreamed of knitting socks from the toe up using the Magic Loop method on one circular needle so that I could make both socks at the same time. I thought about taking a course at my local yarn shop but worried about being able to keep up and wondered how much could be accomplished in the two hours there, not mention what would happen if I ran into problems at home doing my homework. Then one day I stumbled upon an online course on Liat Gat's Knit Freedom website and knew I had found the solution that would work well for me. I bought the course and started learning some new knitting skills!


Knitting socks from the toe up lets you try on the socks as you progress to check the fit. You are guaranteed two socks that are the same since you complete the same steps on each sock at the same time. And the Magic Loop method is such a fun, innovative way of knitting in the round.


I'm still working on improving my technique and learning ways to make a better fitting sock but I'm very happy to have accomplished my goal of knitting socks toe-up two-at-a-time. I envision lots of handknit socks in my future and have even indulged in a skein of really good quality Madeline Tosh sock yarn which I'm sure will be a dream to work with.

Until next time...
Susan :-)