Thursday, December 31, 2015

Hard to believe tomorrow a new year begins.

So if you are like many, who make goals or New Years Resolutions to get fit, eat better or lose weight…then I would advise you to eat all of those boxes of chocolates you received for Christmas today before the clock strikes 12, lol.
Unless of course you are putting it off until Monday ;)

I hope you all ring in the New Year with family and friends….or just sit back and enjoy the evening with a warm drink and a movie…either way sounds perfect to me.

Tonight I will be celebrating at home, with my family and a few friends over.
But I will also be reflecting on this past year at all of the blessings we have had.
I have a family who is healthy, happy and so loving…as well as a new addition to our family…my son in law.
Yes, I am a lucky lady and am so blessed :)

I hope when you reflect on the past year, you feel just as lucky and blessed as I do.

Tracy :)

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Documenting my blog

I have always wanted to print out my blog. 
So I thought I would give it a go.....not realizing how long it would take, or how much paper I would need.
Each month takes almost 100 pages…per month!
See this stack of blog posts...this is only 2 months worth, January and February for 2010.

I have a long way to go. 
Look at how cute Sebastian is. 

He is such a good kitty... Unlike his crazy puppy brother. 
When I went to take Oscar for a walk today, I noticed stuffing all over the floor. 

Poor BooBoo stuffy. 
So I played fetch with him for a long time before taking him for a walk. 

I wish I could bottle some of his energy. 

Can you believe tomorrow is the last day of 2015!!!

Tracy :) 

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Pet Sitting

Well look at this cutie :)
This is Oscar, my daughter and son-in-law's puppy.
They are away on a trip so my SIL's sister and I are taking care of their animals

Remember how I said he was a cutie…well he is…but a hyper active cutie.
He loves to jump up on everyone and likes to nip on things.
Today he got my mitt off of my hand, then picked it up and ran away with it….little stinker.

Even though Oscar gets a lot of attention due to his demand for it….Sebastian is just as loved.
He is hiding under the kitchen table waiting for the demon dog to come in from outside, lol.

I picked up some training treats and have been trying to get Oscar to sit and stay.
He is understanding the sit…but not the stay command so much, lol.
He is also very excitable when going on his walks…but he was so good today when I walked him.
He let me put on his collar without jumping crazily and even walked beside me for the walk…so proud of him :)

I haven't been on the internet that much lately…hence no blog posts from me..or me visiting all of your blogs.
I have just been enjoying the holiday with my family and friends, relaxing and eating too much sweets (and lots of pop) and yummy junk food.
I know one of my New Years goals for 2016

Hope you all had (having) a wonderful Holiday :)

Tracy :)

Friday, December 25, 2015

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas

From my home to yours, I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas :)

Look who received a selfie stick, teehee
We had some fun with it :)

Since I had to flip the camera….not the clearest photos.

But never the less….we had some laughs, and these photos documented this :)

You know, we love Christmas morning in this house.
Even though we are all adults, we were awake bright and early this morning :)
We have a few neighbours with very young children….found it funny to see that their homes were still dark when we got up, lol.

This is our traditional Christmas morning breakfast…apple and strawberry turnovers…yummy :)

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas spent with those you love <3 p="">
Tracy :)

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Christmas entertainment

Feeling's about time.
Watching a few of our favourite Christmas movies helps :)
What is your favourite Chistmas movie?

Hope you all have a creative day :)

Tracy :)

Monday, December 21, 2015

Gifts Wrapped

Gifts are wrapped…well, most of them are done ;)

You know you have gone overboard (yet again) on gifts for your family, when it takes all day to wrap them.

I spent yesterday making gift card holders…which I will share, once I take photos.
Today was spend putting some card kits together for gifts…I think I may make myself one as well ;)

Hope you are all ready for the Holidays and have a very Creative Day :)

Tracy :)

Friday, December 18, 2015

Unity Stamps and AngieGirls

I didn't share my most bestest shopping goodies from our trip :)

I love these Angie Girl images created by Angie, love, love them…can you tell ;)
The girl with her head down reminds me of my daughter Kristy..they have the same hair style.
Then there is this girl holding the hot chocolate…I know most will say she is holding coffee,  as I don't like the taste of coffee, mine is holding hot chocolate ;)

See the girl sitting down reading the book. Now she reminds me of my daughter Heather..who loves to read.
And the girl with the long wavy locks with the hat…well, she looks like my daughter Ashley on her honeymoon…I have a photo to prove it, teehee

 I had placed this big order with Unity stamps quite a while ago and decided to get the free delivery, by getting them shipped to the border.
Great idea right…..
Well because this sale was so big, they didn't get shipped out in time for Wayne and I to pick them up when we went on our trip, last month.
They just happen to come in the day After we came home.
Not Unity's fault, I just thought that they would have been in, from how long they took from previous orders I had placed.

When we went on this last trip, I knew they were in and was so excited to pick them up.
Disappointedly they couldn't find my package :(
I was so scared that they had lost it, or shipped it back, as I didn't pick it up right away.
They knew we wanted to get back on the road…as we were there 6:00am.
They reassured me that they would find it, and I could pick it up on our way back home that Sunday.
I have to tell you I was pretty relieved when we got there on Sunday and my parcel was waiting for me :)

I hope you all had a very Creative Day.
Being as it is Friday Night Scrapbooking I will :)

Tracy :)

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Snow, fudge and satellite down.

We had wet snow all day today. 
Even though it is beautiful, not the safest to drive in, I was driving a lot today. 
I had to go to the post office to mail off my Christmas cards...which most of them were leftovers from previous years. 
I sadly didn't get to make any Christmas cards this year :(
Before mailing out my parcel, I had to do some baking. 
Fudge anyone? 
Now aren't these containers so cute. 
I added these tags and wrote what the contents are on the back of them.
Wayne, Heather and I love Survivor and have from the first season. 
but got a scare when we couldn't get reception because our satellite dish was covered in snow. 
We had to go out and sweep it off....twice!
But survivor was Awesome tonight!!

Hope you all have a creative day :)

Tracy :) 

Monday, December 14, 2015

Christmas Recipe Cards

I know I should be working on my Christmas cards…heck they should be in the mail by now.
But instead, I am altering some recipe cards to be used for Christmas.

My daughters love to bake and get excited when its Christmas baking time.
They plan out which yummy treats to make for the staff for where they work, or for Christmas get togethers with the family and sometimes to give away as gifts.

This year they decided to write them all up on good ol' fashion recipe cards…well, with a twist :)
You know that they had to be creative with them, right ;)
Kristy told me how she wanted the cards decorated…and I went to work.
We kept them simple, yet fun…at least I think so and they love them :)

I am so happy for a new week to start.
Last week was full of doctors appointments, dental work and a few visits to the emergency room.
Don't worry, we are all fine.
Here is to a week of Christmas prep and enjoying a healthy family :)

Hope you all have a very Creative Day :)

Tracy :)

Saturday, December 12, 2015

I hit the Jackpot

I hit the jackpot in Pine City Scrapbookers when we went through there :)
I just love this store/retreat.
It is one of the last Scrapbooking stores that I know of….I still have to travel 6+ hours and cross the border to get there….but it is always a treat when I do :)

I picked up quite a few dies this time.
I have so many ideas for Christmas cards now, I don't know which one I will choose to make…yup, still haven't even started on those.
I thought those circle dies with the image in the centre were lovely and LOVE the one with the deer and how its antlers take up 1/2 of the circle.
Also can't wait to cut out those trees and teacups.

Onto My Day:
Being as it is the 12th of December, it is the day we put up our tree.
I know many of you mentioned that you enjoy putting your trees up early because you enjoy looking at the lights every night.
I am right there with ya.
There is just something so peaceful about looking at the tree lights in the quiet of the evening.
But I like the anticipation of the season, so that is why I like to wait till now to put up our tree.

I hope you all have a very Creative Day :)

Tracy :)

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Crafty shopping trip Day 2

More shoppin' shoppin' shoppin'
My Target haul….
We don't have Target here in Canada anymore, so the girls enjoy going to one, and I enjoy checking out their Target spot :)
I love this Coke t-shirt, it is so me.
I picked the colouring book up in a small shop in Burnsville Mall.

Then to Michael's.
I just love the fabric used on this cosmetic bag….which will probably be used as a pencil case or for embellishments.

Tomorrow I will show you my happiest creative goodies that I purchased :)

I hope you all have a very Creative Day :)

Tracy :)

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Crafty shopping trip day one

Here are some of the goodies I picked up on our trip last weekend :)
First stop (after Cabela's) was Hobby Lobby.
I told myself I can't purchase paper or washi tape…oops ;)
But how could I not pick up this washi tape, its so pretty…and gold hearts…how could I not!

We then stopped at Jo-Anns.
I thought this "Special Delivery" stamp set from Heidi Swapp, with the Christmas stamps, would look really cute on my Christmas card envelopes (when I get to making my cards that is).

I picked the candles up from IKEA.
Ashley purchased a plant stand and Heather purchased a dresser…I wanted to grab a big item, but knew there wouldn't be enough room in the jeep for it all.

I ran into a Tuesday Morning.
I have heard such great opinions on these Precision pens.
I have looked all over for them, but could never find them.
So I was quite excited when I saw them :)
I have tried them out and they are great so far.

I was a bit disappointed in what I had found all in all :(
If you have seen my previous crafty shopping trips when we go away, then you can see why I felt this way….but then again if you remember when I shared my messy room, you know I don't need anything.
But more to share tomorrow :)

I hope you all have a very Creative Day :)

Tracy :)

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Starry Night

Completed a book :)
Every year in December I like to read a Christmas type of book, to get me in the Christmas spirit…not that I need any help in that department :)
Mind you, as you can see in the photo, there is no snow here at all. So I may need some help believing Christmas is on its way.

We took a family trip to Minneapolis this weekend,  I had noticed in Barnes & Noble, that they had these Christmas novels for a very good price!
I didn't have my cheater glasses with me, so I couldn't read what each one was about….but these types of books are usually all pretty much the same as stories go.
I call these types of books, Easy Reads as the stories are pretty predictable.
Not my normal type of reading, but enjoy them once a year :)
I bought them all!
I read one of them on our drive home…so an easy 4 hour read.

Of course we headed to Mall of America since it was a family trip, and you know we have to go there when the girls come along.

I was informed that the Pioneer lady was going to be there.
I am not a follower of hers, as you all know how much I LOVE to cook, (read that with as much sarcasm as you can muster).
But a friend of mine does and asked me if I could get a signed copy of her book…which I was going to do.
That was until we saw the line ups….crazy!!
And we were there at 7:45 am before the mall opened.
But I did pick her up one of the Pioneer Lady's new cook books :)

I will share with you the purchases I made in later posts.
Because the Walking Dead isn't on :(  We are going to start a new (to us) series, Prison Break.
Kristy has seen all of the seasons and has raved about it…so this is our new show to watch with Kristy for now :)

I hope you all have a very Creative Day :)

Tracy :)

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Planner Cuteness.

My daughter Ashley is into the planner craze…and why not, it is so fun :)
The other weekend we were working on our planners and she decorated hers for Christmas.

She made her divider with a greeting card and some pattern paper.
Isn't it adorable!!
I also love her string of Christmas lights running down the front of the planner.
And how about that adorable Santa paper clip…too cute!!!

I loved him so much, that Ashley made me one as well.
She made these ol' school….yup, just paper and hand cut with scissors.
I am going to put Jolly ol' St. Nick in my Christmas planner :)

I hope you all have a very Creative Day today :)

Tracy :)

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

December Daily

Wow, it is December already…where has the year disappeared to?!
But with it being December….that means I can share my Christmas projects now :)

This is the album I am using for my December Daily this year.
I purchased this kit from the Crop & Create event last year…but didn't get to putting it together until this year.
My SIL Sharon and I both purchased this kit and put it together on the Girl's May long weekend :)

I think this album was meant to document the days up to Christmas, I made mine go till the end of the month as we celebrate right up till then :)

Here is a video showing the pages of this mini album as well as my December Dailies from the past :)
If you would rather watch the video on my YouTube channel…just click on the link ;)
"Tracy's Treasures24"
Onto My Day:
Today I went to my friend Myra's and we made our chocolate turtles.
So yummy :)
Kristy has been bugging me to put our Christmas tree up, but I don't like it up until at least the 12th.
So I gave her a mini tree to put up in her room.
She ended up putting it down in our reading area :)

I hope you all have a very Creative Day :)