Thursday, July 19, 2018

Cottage Work and Fun

I love retirement and I love that my husband is retired as well.....it means we get to spend so much more of our time HERE!!!!
But what many don't know is owning a cottage is like owning another house....or in our case 3 houses as we have 2 cottages at the moment.


So one of our big jobs we wanted to do was pressure wash the decks.
I kind of rolled my eyes when Wayne wanted to buy a pressure washer...I just thought, oh another toy for him to play with.
Plus I thought the decks looked fine...he treats our deck every 2 years.

Well I have to admit I was wrong!!
Look at the difference here!!!
I was so impressed with how it looks, it looks like a new deck.


So he did the camp walls...and again such a big difference.


And the patio blocks as well...look at the difference!


We (when I say we, I mean Wayne..well Kristy helped) had to make a new top for our septic and we found this little guy in it.
Every time we tried to move him, he kept hopping back in. Finally we moved him far enough away that by the time he came back we were finished and he got to go back into his home.


Now onto deck #2.
This deck hasn't been treated as many times as our deck, so the difference was even more dramatic.
The pain was doing each side of those pickets....that took a lot of time.


We had trouble getting the water going at the second cottage.
Wayne tried everything...1st by changing the less expensive parts, then we changed the sand point.
And lastly we needed a new pump.
This is the first year that both camps had water trouble...so nice that they decided to give us problems in the same year, lol.


We enjoyed our Canada Day weekend.
The whole family was out and 2 of my daughters brought out treats.
Kristy brought out these cupcakes and Ashley brought out a cake...but that was gone before I was able to get a photo, lol.


Early one morning I heard a loud motor and was scared it was our pump.
So I went on the deck to check where the noise was coming from....it was on the lake by the pipelines.
I see these lights and at first think someone is on the pipeline having a party.


Then see a firetruck driving down our private road.
They were getting water from the lake for their pumper trucks.
They came by about 5 times.
I later found out a transport was on fire on the side of the highway.
So glad it wasn't someone's home or cottage.


Sawyer loves it at camp...especially since grandma and grandpa let him have treats, teehee.
Don't mind my camp hair...I actually was so frustrated with how frizzy it was, I got wayne to cut it, lol.
Don't worry though, I just went to the hairdresser for a professional cut and I have to say, it looks so much better now.


Look how happy this little guy is.
First time he came up this summer he went straight to the water...in the rain, lol.
The second time when Ashley and Tyler came to camp, Sawyer was so happy to see me..but then he looked over my shoulder at the lake and actually Gasped!!!
Then he ohhhed and awwwed that I took him down at to the water....he loves playing in the water and in the sand.


Sawyer also likes to throw the tubes into the lake.
He does not like to go on or in them though, lol.


After a hard day of working and swimming these two beauties (Kristy and Heather) took in some rays.


Yes more photos of Sawyer.
But he is just so cute...and he sure has my heart.


Ok back to work.
A couple of winters ago while wayne was plowing our driveway he hit my bird bath and broke the base in about 4 pieces.
He welded them up and you can't even tell.
But it has seen better days, so I suggested we just paint it.


Now look at the difference!!!
What a bit of paint can do...now to re-plant it...as I use this as a planter, not a bird bath.


I am so shocked at the blueberries this year.
If you follow my blog for the last 8 years (wow), then you know I love to pick blueberries.
It is something we look forward to every year.
But this year they are so early.
I can't believe how many and how big they are already.
I never eat when I pick, but knowing it was to early, I had to try these.
The first week they were kind of sour, the second week they were a bit tasteless, last week and this week they taste better, but not at their peak yet.
Next weekend they should be tasty....lets just hope the critters don't get to these ones in our yard before I do.


Enjoyed an early fire.


Didn't enjoy these wasp nests though.
I am the wasp/hornet terminator of the family.
Wayne has a high sensitivity to them...he doesn't need an epi pen, but he does swell up majorly and needs to take something for it.
So I am the one that takes care of them...funny thing is, I don't mind.
I have yet to be stung well taking care of any nests...even though one got in my hair during this one.
See that hole in the wall..that is where they were coming in.  There was a lawn chair hanging up there and the nests were behind it.
We have taken care of 8 nests so far this year.



















I'm not sure why this isn't in Celsius, but this was the temperature one day here at camp.
It has been so hot here and I am loving it.....way better than snow and cold.
I have even been in the lake swimming a few time....and it takes a real hot day or me working up a sweat to get me in the lake, lol.

Well that is all from me at the lake so far.
The whole family is coming up this weekend again and I love that we are lucky enough to live in such a beautiful country and so lucky to have these cottages for out family to enjoy our time together and to make so many wonderful memories together.

I will be sharing some crafty projects very soon.

Tracy 💗💗💗 

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

We all need Space to Grow..art journal page and process

I have a few groups of friends who are into art journaling and we like to challenge each other to encourage us all to art journal more.
This group of friends is new to art journaling and this was only our 3rd challenge!

The theme of this challenge was to have a black background and "Space"
Here is my take on this challenge that Denise came up with.



















For my black background I used Dylusions black paint and applied it with a make up wedge.
I then wanted to add a cool background, so I splattered white paint, dry brushed and I also stippled the white paint.























I used a poppy stamp from Penny Black and coloured it up with my Copic markers.
I also cut the top off of some of them so they could face the opposite way that they stamped.






















I used the word "Space" as the other ladies used space like outer space.






















Here are all of our pages together.
I just love everyones take on these challenges!


















I was making this page while my friends were here...I'm thinking I created it during National Scrapbooking Day...yup, always behind I am, lol
Because my friends were over, I would sneak in my scrapbook room and do a bit of recording.
So here is my process video on this page.

If you would rather watch it on my YouTube channel click the link "Tracy's Treasures 24"



Thank you for visiting me today :)
I hope you all have a very creative day.

Tracy 💗💗💗

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Happy Fathers Day

Happy Father's Day to all of you Father's out there and to those men who have been a big part of a child's life.
Today we celebrate you!

My grandson Sawyer and I made his daddy a card for Father's day.
It is similar to his mommy's card for Mother's day...but hey, he is only 1 1/2 yrs old so had to come up with a card that will keep his attention and that was in his artistic range ;)
I cut the letters with my Cricut and tacked them on the card while Sawyer used my Tim Holtz paint daubers to colour the card front, then I removed the letters and outlined them as they didn't pop as much as I wanted.


Now to honour all of the Father's in my life.
The first one being my husband.
Thank you for being such an awesome dad!
Each of our daughter's have a place in your heart and each have a bit of your personality and quirks 💗


Thank you to my dad for raising me to be who I am today.
I miss you and wish you were still with us 💗


Thank you to my dad (yes I have 2 dads). Even though we don't see each other as much as we would like to, that we sure have a lot in common and share the same passion for creating and our love of honey 💗


Thank you to my father in law who treated me like his own daughter and I miss you every day. 💗


Thank you to my son in law for being such a caring daddy to my grandson. 💗


And lastly...here is Sawyer creating his daddy's Father's Day card.
He looks like he is having so much fun.
I think he is just happy that grandma actually let him play with her crafty goodies instead of just letting him re-arrange them in my craft room, lol.


Here is the inside of the card.
I used the masked letters for the inside of the card.
I also put this photo of Sawyer creating his card, inside of Tyler's card.


Thank you for visiting me today and I hope you all have a Happy Father's Day.

Tracy 💗💗💗



Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Where have I been.

It has been 10 days since my last post...and here I used to post every day!!!
Yet again, I am playing catch up.
With Wayne retired now, we are able to spend more time at our camp/cottage.
Which is so nice as our summers are so short.























These Lady Slippers or Moccasin flowers are a bit rare in our area, so we get very excited (ok, I get very excited) when we see them in our yard.
Wayne makes sure that when he mows the lawn that he avoids them.

This is the view from our deck.
The dock extension hasn't been put in yet.
Wayne had to weld the wheel on it this past weekend.


We are so happy to see that the loons are back at our little lake this year.

Here is the view of our camp/cottage from the lake.

We needed a new sand point.
We actually needed it last year, but with Wayne's carpal tunnel, we waited until he had the operations.
It is so nice to have full water pressure again!!
The pipe was 18 ft in the ground, so it was so nice to have this machine to do the hard work.

Because we were on a downhill, and both men needed to be working on the sand point, I got in the loader to make sure it didn't go anywhere.

Last year my daughter's and I all painted rocks and then placed them around the trails we walk at camp.
I went looking for them.
I found Ashley's the first weekend we were up, and last weekend I found Kristy's.
I have yet to find Heather's or mine...I would love if I saw them in someone's flower bed.

We have been looking after this little cute boy a lot.
Yes, Sawyer was wearing a warm jacket with a toque as it was pretty cold out that day.

He loved this day as I took him for a wagon ride to see the loader and dump trucks at the bottom of our street as someone was getting a load of gravel.
Then we walked down the side street as they are paving it, so he got to see lots of machinery.
I said he has this in his blood as his grandpa, great grandpa, great great grandpa and uncles have all owned a gravel business and ran big equipment.






















We had Sawyer for the weekend as his mommy and daddy went to Toronto for a wedding.
Looks like Sawyer thinks grandma Tracy's scrapbook room needs a re-vamp too, lol.
I love this little guy to bits....but there is a reason we have children when we are young....I needed a long nap once he went home, lol.


















How cute it this!!
The other day when Wayne and I went to his favourite store (Canadian Tire) I saw this van and it put such a smile on my face!!
I love this!!

So there we are all caught up...at least I think so, lol.
I will be sharing some fun creative projects that I did while I was up at camp.
I have a bit of a problem though, as my laptop needs an upgrade and won't upload my iphone photos to it, until I do this upgrade.
I don't like this upgrade as I don't like the video editing program it has.
I tried it on Wayne's laptop and it is kind of hard to operate and has less or different features than mine has.
But it needs to be done, so I can post photos to my blog.

I have used the app on my phone to post to my blog...but I don't like to do it from my phone as it is harder to type than on a keyboard...as least for me it is.

Okay, enough of my rambling and I hope to keep up to date on here.

Thank you all for visiting and I hope you all have a very Creative day.

Tracy 💗💗💗

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Listen to Your Heart art journal page

A few groups of my friends and I have some ongoing art challenges.
Some are new to it and some have been doing it longer than I have.
My friend Sharon came up with this challenge, the theme of this challenge was "Love" and to use "strips"

Can I say how much I love how this page turned out!!
When I look at this page, I see me!
I have always said I really don't have a specific style as I love all types of styles.
But this page has inking, and stamping, a heart, burgundy and contrast...so much of what I love!!!
I do have to point out that this page was inspired by an art canvas I had seen on Pinterest "here"
















Let us start with the process.
I inked the whole page with distress ink and then stamped it with a script text in the same colour ink.
I love the subtle look to this background.















Then I did what I love to do and that is to ink the edges.
I used 3 different colours of ink to give it a old aged look.
Inking does take a lot of time to do, but it is soooo worth it.
I then added some stamping here and there.






















I love how this colour pops off of the page.
This heart started out as a white piece of cardstock and I coloured it with spritzes and inks.
I also did some stamping on it with the same script stamp as well as stamping with some flowers and other odd and end stamps, and of course I inked the edges.






















Here is another look at the inked edges as well as the ripped part of the page.
I added some of the same spritzed paper behind the rip for some more pop to this page.






















Wondering where the strips came into this page?
I used long stamps as my strips as well as a strip of key washi tape on the top left and bottom right of the page.



















I also inked where I was going to place the heart for more depth.
















Here is the completed page!























Here are all of the art journal pages with this theme "Love" & "Strips"
I love how they are all so different, but using the same themes! 

And look...I did a process video!!!
If you would rather watch the video on my YouTube channel...just click on the link "HERE".


Thank you so much for visiting me on my blog today :)
I hope you all have a very Creative Day.

Tracy 💗💗💗