Friday, December 21, 2012

Not an Octopus and a Very Merry Christmas to YOU!

Where has the time gone? 


I’m not an Octopus - I could sure use the extra 6 arms these days.  I feel like these elves (this silly little ornament is at my Mr’s school and each year begs me to take a photo and add some funny captions)  I feel like time is out of control.  So today I protest - put my foot down and just spending an hour with YOU before I sign off for the holidays to enjoy with my family. 

Every time I turned around to post here I found another kind deed to do, another event to take part in, another friend to be spending time with.  Here’s an overview of what I planned to blog (and perhaps will have an opportunity to re-visit in January)

1-Osoyoos Times Concert 2012


Thats my Mr performing at the event my church hosted this past Sunday night.  It was an excellent event, not just bragging here - but it was because of all of the 8 musicians who blessed us with their talents.  We did something unique this year by inviting people from the community to bless us with their own choice of songs so there was great variety of styles!

1-Christmas OCC 2012

Sonny Black performs “Blue Christmas”

We were all treated to everything from Jazz, Rock, Folk and Blues.  We had a full house of 100 people!  Thank you to all those who made this possible and for YOU who braved the very snowy and icy conditions to make it here.  It was totally worth it and we are thinking of repeating this venue around Valentines (I’ll keep you posted!)  Thanks so much to the Osoyoos Times Newspaper for coverage of our event!



One has to go jump around in the snow and stay fit especially when we are busy so my friend Janice and I went “Dashing Through the Snow” on Wednesday. 


I tell Janice - “Suck it up, Buttercup! (or cupcake)”

I have been blessed to mentor to Janice over the past couple of months.  I could not ask for a more wonderful and joyful person to “pour into”.  Janice is a delight to be around.  We do things like pray together - for our church, our lives, our husbands.  We work out. We bake.  We craft.  We learn to be frugal.  A huge part of our time together is marriage oriented and I find as I mentor to her, I’m being mentored back.  I’m a far better one-on-one mentor than any group setting.  I think I can sew more value into one person than groups. 


She ASKED for it!

I like Janice’s terrific sense of humour.  So when she and I wriggled out of a big workout last week at the gym, we only clocked about 3/4 hour at the gym, this week I not only made us run “the loop” (one hour) - I fashioned festive bells for us as an additional audio incentive for our run and I included some hill runs.  I think she actually appreciates my torture!

And by the way, Janice TOTALLY blogged me on her last post as well….

Like Janice, I’m surrounded by good friends, like my friend Mel O who is like a sister to me.  I don’t know how I would have made it through this season without her love, support and help.  I ♥ you with all my heart.

My sister Nina - you rock my world.  You are part of me.

Judy, thank you for all your ♥ and encouragement. 

I thank all my online friends too - you know who you are!  Debbie, I’ve loved hearing your voice in “real life” and Valinda I don’t know what I’d do without your constant companionship online. Janmary and Eileen  and Kelly I could go on and on!

Thank you to the Silhouette Plus Forums, I  LOVE you people and hope to spend loads more time with you in 2013!

1-Hannah Montana Skates

I wanted to blog my Thrift Shop buys, the latest of are these Hannah Montana skates, BRAND SPANKING NEW with the sticker still underneath.  Ok, nobody is going to see them way out here, and besides they were $5 and are way better constructed than my old white ones!

1-Rosehip Tea (6)

I wanted to blog my handmade gifts.  Two of my favourites (which I only just got blended and packaged) are this Rosehip Tea which is made of hand harvested wild rosehips, apple bits, marigold petals,clove, dried pineapple, peach, plum, ginger, lemon and orange zest.

1-Vanilla Sugar (2) 

Vanilla scented sugar!  Its super simple to make this, just takes time for the flavors to meld. 

And I really wanted to share a bit of inspiration with you. So this is what is laid on my heart at this time:

Great blessings belong to those who work to bring peace.
God will call them his sons and daughters.

Matthew 5:9

Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

AND I wanted to tell you I’m now listed in the blog directory of FANCY LITTLE THINGS


A warm and wonderful, inspiring and uplifting blog - just click the preview to be transported there.  Why not consider joining up, its FREE and a beautiful place to visit!

ANDANDAND (like one of the kids being annoying and trying to fit it ALL IN AT ONCE) - I am buying Margaret Feinberg’s Wonderstruck book today - its my gift to myself!  If you do one good thing for yourself, this should be it.  I’ve previewed a goodly section and it had the effect of re-awakening my joy!   RIGHT NOW is the time to purchase her book as you will also qualify for $300 worth of “extras”.  Just click HERE to check it!

AND finally. 

I could not leave without blessing YOU, dear blog readers, without giving you a FREE GIFT from my heart to yours!  So I am releasing my Festive Doodles for you to enjoy.  These are for your personal use - they are beautiful “digital stamps” or elements!  These could easily be “traced” for use with your Cameo or Silhouette SD  Enjoy!



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come here to download!


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  1. Awwww, your blog made me blush! hahaha Gotta love those snow dashing photos - I think we drove every dog in the neighborhood to the brink of insanity! But hey, at least they didnt chase after us (although that could be an exciting workout incentive as well)
    Merry Christmas to the bestest Mentor-friend-soulsister-prayerbuddy-wonderwoman-in-disguise EVER! Hugs and squishes!

  2. Thanks so much for the Christmas Doodles. Hope your time crunch lessens as the holidays get closer so you have lots of time for family and friends. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and all the best in 2013.

    1. Have a Merry Christmas, Donna! hope it is filled with love and wonder!

  3. Barb, you're so cute! I can just imagine you dashing through the snow with jingle bells on!

    If you find a way to grow those extra arms, let me know. I could sure use them about now. Christmas is coming too fast!

    I hope you have a very Merry Christmas! You can catch up on your blog when it's over. My blog has been down on the to-do list. Not urgent enough. :) Thanks for being my friend!

    1. keep writing and working on that blog! you can do it :)

  4. THANK YOU ;~} Happy Holidays

    1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Crystalnva!

  5. Looks like you and Janice had tons of fun while dashing through all that snow ;) Blessings to you this Christmas!

  6. Thank you - these are lovely (and very useful for Mail Art) Merry Christmas from Florida!

  7. Very Happy Holidays and thank yoy so much for the doodles

  8. i cant get it from this link :(

  9. Thanks a lot for the cute doodles and HAVE A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS

  10. Good morning Barb:)
    WOW!I don't know where to start!!! SO much to see.:) LOVE your little elves ornament and the funny captions!!! hehe

    So happy your church event went so well and so many were able to show up to enjoy it in spite of the snow.:)

    I agree...the jingle bells on your shoes are SOOO YOU!!! Leave it to you to find a FUN way to inspire MORE of a workout!!:) Janice sounds like she is a LOT of fun too!

    Thank you for mentioning me too along with your many friends.:) I don't know what I would do without your constant companionship online either my dear friend!:)

    I LOVE your skates!! COOL that you got them at a less expensive price.:) I can just see you on the ice with your Hanna Montana skates with the Jingle Bells attached.:) There would be NO doubt it was you out there.LOL

    Love your handmade gifts too. How DO you find the time?:)

    Thank you so much for sharing your CUTE as can be doodles!! How SWEET!!

    Here is wishing you and Miles a VERY MERRY AND BLESSED CHRISTMAS!! :)

    Huge hugs and LOTS of love,

  11. Merry Christmas to you TOO!

    (Confession - I may be slightly jealous of Janice!)

  12. Bonjour Barb,
    Je vous souhaite un très Joyeux Noël, warm, festive, greedy and accompanied with what is always very welcome...surprises !
    Your home-made gifts are beautiful particularly since you've prepared them with your heart.
    I, never thought of putting vanilla seeds in sugar ! Just a pod which smells good but has no taste when using it...Guess what i'm going to do from now on ! And i'll come back to note the ingredients you put in your so original tea.
    Don't forget to remove the sleigh bells while you'll, surreptitiously, set down your presents at the foot of the Christmas tree ! :D
    I'm now going to have a look at the "Fancy Little Things". I love the idea !
    C from Paris :) ♥
    PS Rather than an ugly octopus, think about a goddess with several arms. ;)

  13. Thanks once again for sharing.

  14. Can't wait to hear what you think about Wonderstruck-- email me at & let me know. Hug to you & Happy New Year!



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