8.03.2015

Something Unexpected...


The other day Ethan and I came home and there was a canoe leaning against the garage...along with two paddles. We have wanted a canoe pretty much since, ever. Ethan had been helping out a friend and colleague this summer with some creative projects and this friend ended up setting us up with a canoe! A canoe, two paddles AND three life jackets!


To say we were excited is an understatement. We had to take it out right away to "test" it out. 


We started out by putting it in at the dam at Lake Kawaguesaga and then paddled into Lake Minocqua.





I have to admit that I was a bit nervous paddling among the bigger and much faster bread of boats and may have shared a few choice words with Ethan along the way but it was all good in the end.





We survived and Ethan has assured me that we will choose some calmer waters next time!




Zoey is pretty excited about owning a boat. Just like her Auntie Bailey!

I handed my camera over to her at one point which meant plenty of Zoey "selfies" were on the camera! She took all of the following photos:





So much fun! Feeling thankful for big and little kindnesses. 
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Birds of a Feather Design Team & August Kit!


I'm so excited to share that I'm officially a "Scrap Chic" at Birds of a Feather Scrapbook Kit club! With the approaching school year (that's sadly almost upon us!) it means that I will have a bit more time for holing up here at home in my craft room and crafting again. I have to admit that I am looking forward to this part of the start of school...but I will certainly MISS having Zoey around to hang out and have fun with!

That said, I'm super excited to get started in on creating with the Birds of a Feather scrapbooking kits! The one for August is already in my hands and I've been itching to play with it ever since it landed on my doorstep! To see a listing of everything that's included in this month's kit check out the complete detailed listing here. For my scrapbook friends that enjoy chatting in an online forum type of setting, be sure to check out the Hen House for some chatting fun and to stay up to date on all that's happening at Birds of a Feather and what's coming up for the next month's kit. We need to liven this place up!

I've had the past few days off of work here and I've enjoyed the down time as I was working non-stop leading up to this little break and needed the time to chill. We took advantage of our time together as much as we could with a day of swimming and another one canoeing and also bit the bullet and purchased a much needed washer and dryer. Yippee...we finally have a working set! The past few months Ethan and I have come up with some interesting ways of finagling our old set to get by. It will be so nice to go into the new school year with the knowledge that we will be able to wash and dry clothes whenever we wish!

Off now to go do a load of laundry since it's back to work for me tomorrow! Hoping to do a little crafting yet this evening too! 
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7.27.2015

It's a GIVEAWAY! *UPDATED w/WINNER!!!*

Congratulations to Kelly Massman! You are our winner for the cardmaking kit giveaway! 
Blogger Kelly Massman said...
So far this summer, my favorite memory came from this past weekend-our first nephew to get married had his wedding! It was FABulous! thanks for a chance to win--looks like a fun kit!
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Please send me an email at: livelifecreateart(AT)yahoo(DOT)com with your contact info. so I can pass it along to SEI! Thanks to everyone that entered!



 

I am so excited today to be hosting a giveaway for SEI! I got to choose what kit I would like to give away and I chose the August cardmaking kit featuring the Daydreamer paper collection. I love the colors but also am loving the birds and feathers theme that is throughout the kit. There are some really beautifully patterned papers in this kit as well. 

The winner of the giveaway will receive:

16 cardstock papers (12 x 12)
glitter paper
sticker sheet
4 specialty envelopes
8 card bases and envelopes
shaker pack
sundries (I love these!)
die-cut pack
instructions (which you may or may not choose to use!)

Okay, here are the details on how it is that you can win this beautiful kit...

Leave a comment below in this post sharing a favorite summer memory from this summer! My favorite memory for sure this summer is getting to go to Delta Lodge with my family for a week. We made some wonderful memories there together.

I will choose a winner randomly (by a drawing) and announce them here on the blog on Monday, August 3rd.

Good luck and thanks for participating in the giveaway!

7.21.2015

Some SEI Project Sneaks...


I had some fun creating this month's projects and wanted to share a couple of quick sneaks before they are up fully on the SEI blog here this month.


I'll of course be sure to share them in their entirety once they are up! And just a hint of things to come...there may be a giveaway coming up here on the blog so be sure to stay tuned!

Things have been so busy here lately. With my working, Ethan doing some freelance work and Zoey attending a theater day camp/workshop for the past three weeks (this being her last week) we've all been running circles around one another! We've been determined to carve out moments for fun when possible here this summer, though difficult at times, it's something that's important for the three of us since during the school year it just simply does not happen as much as we want.

Zoey will be in three performances of the play that they've been practicing this weekend. She's had so much fun and enjoyed getting to learn more about the craft of acting itself as well as getting to meet new friends. I'm so happy that she has found something else that she is interested in and passionate about. Hoping she can continue partaking in things like this.

The summer if flying by, I can't believe we're already over half way through! There are so many things yet to try to do before we have to start thinking in school mode.

Sigh.
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7.16.2015

Sharing Some SEI Scrapbook Layouts


Here are my SEI projects for last month...with the Fourth of July weekend I got a bit behind in sharing here on the blog but they've been up on the SEI blog already.

I really had fun with these layouts. I mixed up collections a bit and am loving the corrugated cardboard circles! A very easy way to add some texture to your project is to do a bit of layering.


I used one of the punch out die-cuts from the Summer Woods collection which I LOVE...


I've been having fun printing out my photos from my Instagram account which means perfectly square photos which I'm finding fun for scrappy projects, something a little different.


Here is another layout...a pretty clean and simple one.


Single photo...a favorite. Love my girl! To see all the supplies used on this layout be sure to check out the blog post sharing it on SEI's blog!


SEI is coming out with some super cute collections lately. Have you seen the Hoo's Sweet collection yet? It's adorable! I can't wait to get my hands on it and create using it since Zoey and I both love owls!

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7.07.2015

Road Trip to the American Girl Store at the Mall of America


Sharing some photos of a somewhat impromptu little road trip we took with some of our closest friends to the American Girl store at the Mall of America location. Our girls all have summer birthdays so this was a little bonus birthday trip...and, it's just plain old fun to get to go to the American Girl store! Our drive one way to get there was just over 4 hours, we've done it once before so we kind of new what to expect this time. You can check out our past experience at the American Girl store HERE if you like. 



While visiting we made sure to make a point to eat out at the Bistro Cafe, it's always fun to eat out with your dolls and the waitstaff always makes it extra special!










I took some pictures of my meal, they have a special gluten-free menu if you have the need which I took advantage of ordering off of.



I took some pictures around the store as we browsed as well...it's always so fun to see the doll displays and American Girl had just recently had a new release of products so the girls were extra interested (if that's possible!?) in seeing what was new.







Of course the girls got pictures with the photo prop of the newest Girl of the Year, Grace.






And a definite highlight for the girls (again!) were the escalators! Up and down, over and over...so funny! We have none in our town though so I see the draw. :)



Here is Zoey with the doll she brought (Petrova) picking out which Grace doll she wanted to take home...she chose the one in the middle.



Here are the girls with their special new dolls...it's so fun getting to pick out a doll at the store. This is Zoey's second store bought doll and I have to admit, it's pretty fun getting to hand pick your doll.


At the doll salon while we were there they were offering free doll ear piercing so Zoey got her new doll's ears pierced.


And she got a package of earrings to take home too...with strict instructions to leave the dolls "starter" earrings in her ears for two days before removing and switching out for different earrings.


We stayed overnight at a hotel close to the Mall of America and the girls swam that evening and we just played with the dolls that night at the hotel and stayed up late and had snacks, etc. It was fun to have some girl time...we woke up the next morning and headed back for one more visit before heading back home.





We ate at the Bistro again before heading for home and upon leaving we ran into Blue from Blue's Clues! Too funny...this was a show that Zoey watched when she was little...around three or so! We had to get a picture!



Another photo opp presented itself when we walked by the Lego store...pretty cool storm trooper if you ask me!




We had so much fun, it was so nice getting away with friends even if it was for just a short time...it was well worth it and I know these will be memories that Zoey will not forget. 


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