jaye’s spot

Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Hallowe'en and Some Freebies!!

I'm not even going to waste time with chit chat tonight, lucky you. There are some sweet things I want to show you, yes some of it is shameless plugging for one of my fave places, Scrap Orchard but you will be getting something free out of it.
Speaking of Scrap Orchard, what do you think of my blog? It's from Irene Alexeeva's line of blog couture and I just love it!!

Okay on to the goodies I was previously talking about (so much for no idle chit chat huh?) Some of the Designers from Scrap Orchard are having a spookilicious blog train. All you have to do is visit their blogs to get your treat.....no tricks. It's that easy. If you click on the announcement below you will be taken to the Scrap Orchard blog and that will show you the way to collect the goodies. They should all be up by midnight, some may be up earlier.

DIY Bingo is back at Scrap Orchard for DSD on Nov. 7. Go on over, download your 'card' decorate it up and post it in the special gallery so you are ready to play. Chats and challenges are other fun things that will be going on Nov. 7 as well, so get ready!!

Speaking of treats, it was my turn for the Friday Freebie over at Sunshine Studio Scraps. If you hop on over to their blog you can get my mini kit Candy Corn, for free. If you go back a few posts (I think to Sept. 25) there is the matching alpha that inspired the kit as well. Just click on the image to be taken there to download.

So all in all not too bad is it? You get some great treats and I blogged, lol.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Busy Busy Weekend

ok, can I catch my breathe?  I will need a weekend to recover from my weekend.  B~man had a hockey game tonight at 8:30.  This was ‘the’ game as it was against his old teammates so pumped up is a great word.  Good game, physical (not in a dirty play kind of way) and ended up in a tie.  B~man played great!!


In a few hours I will be getting up to make some sandwiches and getting crackers and cheese together as we are off to a soccer tournament early in the morning.  It is supposed to be freezing cold to boot…..not a happy camper am I.  Doesn’t help that I don’t particularly like soccer.  The home and another hockey game, but this one is on home ice.


Sunday I have a Breast Cancer walk and then home to take B~man to hockey practice.  Somewhere I need to do laundry, clean the house and just relax.


Let’s not forget that I won’t be home next weekend either as we leave for a hockey tournament.  So, guess the house isn’t going to get cleaned next weekend either, lol.


Someone send me the house cleaning fairy quick!!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving and a little Reflection

Just want to wish my fellow Canadians a belated Happy Thanksgiving. Hope you all enjoyed time with family and friends and filling up on all the delicious food that comes with holidays.

Mine was uneventful.........we were in the arena on Sunday so we missed the family dinner at my brother's house :(. Although after hockey I packed B~man and his friend up and we headed over so they could have one final swim for the season (my brother cranked the heater up) before the pool was closed. It was very pretty as you saw the steam rise from the water and he had the blue lights turned on. It was cold outside so I watched from the window, not sitting out there, lol. My mom took pity on us and we had a turkey dinner on Monday at their house. Just a small turkey breast and of course the trimmings. It was the four of us, my parents, B~man and I but a wonderful time and I got my turkey.

So here comes the reflection part and if I babble just skip down as I do have a minikit for you, lol. As I look back over the past year and all the changes that have happened in my life I wonder if I'm further ahead, stuck in a rut or where exactly do I fit in as far as plans go. If I think real hard I can see gains but also see setbacks. It seems that once I think things are settled something comes along and unsettles them. Now I'm not complaining (maybe I am a little) but I think, no I know I'm ready for things to even out. Things have been very up and down since 2006.........yep the year the big 'C' entered my life, but I'm really hoping and feeling that 2010 will be the year things finally turn the corner for me. I can feel little things that give me that indication. B~man is very settled and happy, I renewed the lease on my condo for another year, my health is good as in no sign of the big 'C' returning (risk has gone down substantially as I hit my 3 year mark)..........so it's there I know the silver lining is just hovering above me. I need one more thing to materialize and I know I'm on the road to truly leaving the old life behind and settling into my new one.
Now to bore you with another reflection. This past year has also shown me hurt in a people sense. In terms of when you realize a person really isn't who you thought they were. I've always been a pretty good judge of character and am also very perceptive but I guess standing back and looking from the outside as opposed to the inside I saw. It's disheartening but I will chalk it up to another life experience and not let it affect things I enjoy or who I am as a person.

Scrapping News!! Ok here is where I dish on the little happenings of where I like to hang out.
Scrap Orchard--a huge product retirement sale. It stared on Sunday but is running until Wednesday. I scored some great items and plan on shopping again....gotta check the ole PayPal balance first though, lol.

Sunshine Studio Scraps--in the midst of their CT call. The hopefuls are uploading some wonderful layouts. Will be fun to see who joins the team

The DigiChick--have a wonderful workshop to help you with journaling. I don't think it's too late to sign up and I'm seriously considering it but time for me right now is something I don't have a lot of.

Now on to a little something for you. This is my portion of the Wonder Girls Collab Reflections. If you picked it up then you already have this, if you didn't, well here is my portion of the collab. Hope you like it. Just click on the image or down below for your link.

Download: Reflections

Have a good one!!

Monday, October 5, 2009

MIA but I do have a freebie for you

I know I have been MIA for the last month. I haven't really been gone, just extremely busy with going back to work. School is back in session which means my time is limited and to be honest I am exhausted when I get home.

Add to that the B~man is playing travel hockey again so we have practices and 2-3 games a week. I wouldn't have it any other way though, love being in the arena. The team and the parents are wonderful. He wasn't treated like the 'new kid' and has made fast friends. I grew up here so for me it's making old connections.

Speaking of school, he loves his new school!! B~man is enjoying walking to and from every day (granted it isn't really cold or snowing yet), I think it's the freedom to be pokey to be honest, lol. I also signed the permission form stating he may leave school grounds at lunch break which he has done a couple of times with his buddy. Tried out for and made the school soccer team as well and he has a girlfriend!!!!! I am so not ready for this...................he will be 12 in November *sigh*.

The top braces went on the beginning of September and all is well. Not quite sure when the bottoms go on, we have another appointment in a couple of weeks and will find out then. About the braces......he loves them. Yep, smiles more now then he did before but I think that's because his teeth were such a mess that anything is better. Can't believe how small and inconspicuous they are.

I just love seeing him so happy. If I ever doubted my move back to my hometown, seeing B~man so happy erases them for sure. My parents love seeing him and being closer as well, I must admit I do too. Now I just have to work on me getting a social life, lol.
Look at all of my babbling......must try to not be gone so long.

Scrapping News--just a few things going on in my fave places.
Scrap Orchard is celebrating October as Customer Appreciation Month.
If you sign up for their newsletter each week they are drawing for one person to win $25 to the Scrap Orchard Market. Not to mention all new releases are 20% as it is.
DSA has Fall Madness and the Fantasy Scrapper League going on. Go check that out for some scrapping fun.
Sunshine Studios is having a CT call. If you would like to become a Sunshine Sweetie go sign up and join in the fun.
The DigiChick is having a mega October. Each day for the month there are different challenges and prizes. You have until November 3 to complete them for the goodies. I've joined in and loving them so far.

Well that's my report on my favourite haunts and what's going on. I'm sure there is more in digiland but those are where I spend my time, lol.

Here is a template that I made and it's based on this layout: Just Smile
You can click on the image or down below for the link.

Download: Template 33

Enjoy and I hope to have another mini kit ready soon or posting my portion of one of the WG collabs..........not sure but hopefully something different from a template :)

Sunday, October 4, 2009

I am here!! Updated the blog

Yep I'm here. I have a long winded post and a freebie set for tomorrow. Today I worked on updated my blog for Fall. I love this time of year, the colours, the smells.

I am a sweater girl and any chance I get to pull on my fave pair of jeans (that happen to be tighter then they were last time I wore them) and a comfy cozy sweater I'm happy. I love the richness of the fall palette and the beautiful show nature gives us. I watched a squirrel running around my deck yesterday morning checking in the flower pots for a place to hide his goodies.

They say Spring is about renewal and new beginnings but for me that's fall. Maybe because it was this time last year when I sold the house and moved B~man and I back to my hometown and into our condo. Hard to believe it's been a year since I said goodbye to a house and community I had lived in for 14 years. No regrets, things are much better and we are happier, that's what counts.

As you can see I updated my blog.............don't you love it?!! I do, the theme is from Pixel Geek Designs over at Scrap Orchard and was sooo easy to do with the instructions that are provided. I'm already anticipating what pics to use for my winter one, lol. Any way if you want to check out what she has available here is a link to her store; PixelGeek Designs.