Monday, July 21, 2014

Summer Adventures and Addicted to CAS #43

How has YOUR summer been so far? 

Mine has been an adventure for sure.  I enjoyed almost a month away at the coast spending time with family.  The coast is so different from Osoyoos - I revel in what each of our location offers.  I also enjoy being with my kin, you know? 

michelle and me

The first bit of family I was blessed to share three whole entire days with was my sister in law Michelle. She and I and my beautiful nieces spent our time poking around thrift stores, cooking, hanging out and even doing crafts.  I got to see what life is like in Surrey.  I was certainly pampered!

I don’t have photos, however my Mr and I attended the 1st birthday of our handsome little nephew who turned 1 - and got to see more and more family!

Maggie and Me

Then I had a nice time with my sister in law Maggie.  She took me out for  a day out in Mission, lunching at the Blackberry Kitchen (Num!)  and then we caught explored the local thrift stores hitting many sales.  I found some pretty things (clothing items) for next to nothing (which is good as my hero husband is on strike in his school district) 

Me Mel and Nina

And then my one and only sister Nina scooped me from the coast, brought me home and we drove up and spent an overnight with my daughter Melanie and met Fancy, the closest thing to a grandchild as I’m likely to get anytime soon.  At least this little puppy is cute as a button - smart and playful.  So much fun I would have liked to sneak her home in my purse.  She’s that small! 

So, I feel all filled up in my heart for now.  A person should have a good dose of summer family connects to make it memorable.  Thank you to each of you who made my time very special.

And now that I’m home and settled in again…

I decided to attempt a challenge card for fear I would not remember how Winking smile 

Addicted to CAS #43 - code word CELEBRATE!

I tried to keep it simple -




“Light Bright” designer paper by Colorbok, stamp - Basic Grey 

The stamp was actually a little boy figure, but I turned it into a girl because this card is going to a girl.  I created the “CELEBRATE” using layers of vinyl and cardstock cut on my Silhouette Cameo.


My today’s 1 small THING is this inspiring bit written oh so long ago by Robert Louis Stevenson (though entirely relevant today)

My Task

To be honest, to be kind;

To earn a little and to spend less;

To make upon the whole a family happier for his presence;

To renounce when that shall be necessary and not to be embittered;

To keep a few friends, but those without capitulation -

Above all, on the same grim conditions, to keep friends with himself -

Here is a task for all that a man has of fortitude and delicacy.

Thanks for Visiting!


  1. Looks like you had an awesome time with SIL's and family the nieces loved the crafty times together. And Mom probably loved your company...more than words can say. Glad to have you home and blogging again and card making the card.

  2. AnonymousJuly 23, 2014

    Sounds like you had a perfect months vacation how lovely to catch up with family, sounds like you had a blast. Love that cutie pie on your celebration card and those fun little eyes made me smile.Thanks so much for joining us at ATCAS and do hope we will see you again.


  3. Oh how clever to "alter" the Boy image into a Girl Barbara, and those googly eyes are such fun !! Thank you for joining us at the ATCAS "Celebrate" challenge - Sylvia.

  4. Nice to see all the pictures, put faces to names. I've eaten at the Blackberry Kitchen before too! ... and strolled through the park.


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