Sunday, December 21, 2014

Pixie Girl

Remember last summer when I thought I would try my hand at drawing?
Even though I need soooo much more practice, I decided to colour up a few of the girls that I drew back then.
I didn't realize how much I have missed colouring with my Copics.

Now don't laugh, I have never claimed to be an artist, but I did have fun (but was also frustrated) drawing my girls.
This one was inspired by My Creative Bliss. I just love her girls.
I was thinking of giving this little Pixie long hair, but decided to add a fun colour instead :)

I am going to have to pick up a Momento black marker to outline my images.
The marker I used to draw her, bled when I added my Copics to it…see by her one eyebrow.
I did a test run, and it seemed to be fine until I added a couple of layers to her.
The background I coloured using my coloured pencils.

I hope you all had a very Creative Sunday :)

Tracy :)

Saturday, December 20, 2014

No tags needed

Today Wayne and the girls braved the stores and went shopping for my Christmas gifts.
They went first thing this morning and said it wasn't busy.
The girls kept on me about giving them my list.
Honestly, I don't need anything…but did come up with a thing or two :)

All of our gifts are wrapped and we are all ready for the holidays ;)
I think this is the perfect wrapping paper for Wayne's Christmas presents.
I didn't even have to put name tags on them as his gifts are the only gifts wrapped like this :)
Perfect for my husband who enjoys hunting.

Talk about not having gift tags on your gifts, Ashley doesn't use gift tags on her gifts either.
But for aesthetic reasons ;)
I was at her house, admiring her tree and how the gift wrapping matches her tree and the stockings that she has hanging from her mantel, when I realized her gifts didnt have any tags on them.
I asked her why she didn't have gift tags on her presents and how is she going to know which gift is for who.
The reason she doesn't have gift tags, is because it takes away from the look of the beautifully wrapped gifts.
But what she did do was write the names on the bottom of the gifts where you can't see them. That way  she knows who gets which gift and it looks more presentable under her tree.
I love Ashley's eye for detail :)

I hope you all had a very Creative Saturday :)

Tracy :)

Friday, December 19, 2014

Friend Tradition

This may sound like an odd tradition to some.
Every year my friend/SIL Sharon and I are usually finished our Christmas shopping by now and head to the mall.
Not to shop but to enjoy watching everyone else hustle and bustle through the stores, all while we sit and enjoy our, hot chocolate for me, coffee for her, and we bask in the knowledge that we are finished with our shopping….yes, we have a bit of a sick sense of humour, lol.

We didn't make it to the mall this year, for one thing there wasn't anywhere to park.
But we did enjoy our early dinner….had to beat the dinner rush ;)
Every year since I can remember, Sharon and I go to Swiss Chalet for the festive special.
Sharon had a coupon for this cheese bread appetizer.
Oh my goodness this is a heart attack waiting to happen, look at all the butter on the plate.
But it was ohhhh soooo good.
Sharon doesn't like tomatoes or green onions, so I loaded up, that counts as a vegetable…right?!

Tonight was Friday Night Scrapbooking, but we cut it short.
As Sharon and I were both colouring, we were also yawning away.
She left at 8:00 as she was so tired, lol.
Wayne couldn't believe she had left so soon, she usually stays until at least 11:00.

I hope you all had a Creative Friday :)
I did colour up a few images, even though it was a short evening.

Tracy :)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

A Sneak Peek at my Journal

I love adding washi tape to the edges of my pages.
I know you want to see the journal I am working in.
I am not quite ready to share the inside of it yet…but soon, I promise :)

But what I will tell you is that I needed a journal to hold at least a whole year.
I usually jump right in to something and then later, let it slide.
So this time I decided to give it a trial run.
I had this planner already and it fit 2 months.
Perfect…..I can start the brand new journal in the new year :)

I was at the vet a bit earlier to pick up Luna.
But they let me take her anyway :)
Heather and I stayed home all day to keep an eye on Luna.
I brought up her litter box and shut the door going downstairs.
Not only was she spayed, she was also de-clawed.
Now before you all go judging, and telling me what an awful pet owner I am for getting this done.
If we didn't get her de-clawed, we wouldn't have adopted her.
So (even the vet agreed) give her a loving home or not….Give her a loving home was the winner.

Luna loves to go on the top of the cupboards during dinner to be with us.
Whenever we are in the kitchen this is where she goes.
I was scared she would try today and I didn't want her to hurt herself.
So I gave her some soft food (a treat for her) as we ate, hoping to deter her from going up there.
It didn't work.
When she was ready to come down, I tried to help her, as I was scared she would rip a stitch.
Well she wouldn't have none of that and got down just fine on her own.
I guess the stairs won't be a problem for her :)

I hope you all had a very Creative Thursday :)
Oh by the way, I found my mini inks.
They were on the converted pool table, front and centre.
I looked there twice yesterday, lol

Tracy :)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Early Morning with Luna

My day started out early…too early.
Of course the early morning snow plow was out, so Wayne shovelled for me..but I have a 4x4, so I would have just rammed it over that little snow bank ;)
The reason for the early morning outing……our Luna had to get spayed today :(
She is an indoor cat, but the agreement we signed in order to adopt her, was that we had to agree to get her spayed.
Mind you, we would have got her spayed even without the agreement.

When I got back home went home for a nap…I am not a morning person.
I later brought Kristy to work and had some mail to drop off at Ashley's.
Ashley was at work, so I made myself at home when I got to her place.
I enjoyed my lunch and  drank her one and only can of Coke, teehee.
I also enjoyed some loving from her kitty, Sebastian  :)

Kristy got off work at supper.
Even though I had dinner cooking in the oven, when I saw a sign for Deep Fried Pickles at Pizza Pizza…I just had to try them.
I honestly tried to talk myself out of getting them, especially since I had dinner at home.
But I was still waiting for Kristy and I had a great parking spot right beside Pizza Pizza…and well, I already ruined my healthy day with a Coke, so what the heck, right ;).
I have to say they were flippin delicious!!!

The vets office said they were going to phone me with how Luna was doing.
I couldn't wait any longer and phoned them.
They told me she is doing well, and I can pick her up at 1:00 tomorrow.
When I told them that I missed her and want her home now, they told me I could come and get her at noon tomorrow….I think I may go even earlier than that ;)

I hope you all have had a Creative Day :)
I was hoping to work in my journal tonight, but I have been searching for my mini inks.
I have looked everywhere…but I bet they are right in front of me.

Tracy :)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Burnt Nipples

Yes you read that correctly.
I was going to make these Pretzel Hugs today.
I guess I left them in there a bit too long, as you can see, they got a tad overcooked.
I thought that even though they were a bit over cooked, maybe they would still taste okay.
Nope, they were pretty hard….even though Wayne still ate a couple and said they were fine.
This guy never complains about my cooking, lol.

Now let me show you the steps on how to make them properly.
First tip….don't walk away from the oven ;)
Put all of the pretzels on parchment paper on a cookie sheet (or baking sheet)
You can also use regular pretzels, I like these square ones, as they are fun.

Then unwrap a heck of a lot of these hugs chocolates.
Like the money shot ;)

Place one hug chocolate on each pretzel.

Another money shot…haven't you missed those ;)

Set your oven at 200 heat these up for about 6 minutes.
Now here comes the hard part…don't leave the oven.
Watch that the chocolate softens, it doesn't melt flat.
Then take them out of the oven and put a candy on the top and flatten out the chocolate as you do this.
Oh by the way…..these are Kristy's
I got a bit upset with mine, so I took a can of Coke and watched a movie ;)

I did make an awesome pulled chicken for supper in the crock pot.
I also made 5 minute fudge after supper.
So I think I redeemed myself from the burnt nipples, that I threw in the garbage by the way ;)

I hope you all had a very Creative Tuesday :)

Tracy :)

Monday, December 15, 2014

My Faux Chocolate Turtles

Every year I make home made "Chocolate Turtles".
My friend Myra and I have been making them for over 10 years now.
This year we had a bit of trouble finding a day that worked for us, plus Myra wasn't feeling up to par.
So I told her not don't worry about it, we will try again next year :)
I have my own chocolate moulds and could have made them by myself, but I guess my heart just wasn't in it this year.

So I came up with a much easier idea.
I had pinned this recipe long ago, but when I saw that Lisa had made them, I just had to give them a go this year :)
These are so quick and easy.
Place a rolo on a pretzel…I used these fun square pretzels :)

After putting them in the oven for 3 minutes at 350, add a pecan to the centre and push slightly to squish the roll down.

Seriously, these taste as good as they look :)
I also put them in the freezer to solidify so I could package them up.

I know my dad and step-mom are going to be a bit disappointed that they aren't going to receive my turtles this year.
But that is how life works out sometimes.
Maybe I can trick them by putting the Rolo chocolates in these cute gingerbread boxes I bought from Dollarama, teehee.

I hope you all had a Creative Monday :)

Tracy :)