Thursday, May 15, 2014

Jo vs. The Pin : Mother's Day Card

Lately,  I have been OBSESSED with banners & flags and more subtle colours.  So when I set out to make Mother's Day cards for my Mom & Mom-In-Law, this pin was a natural starting point. 

I love everything about this card, and lucky for me, I have most of the materials!  (All Stampin' Up)

I used all the same colours: Cherry Cobbler, Crushed Curry, Basic Black, Old Olive & Pool Party. 

But, changed up the embossing to the dots folder I had- and used a plain black ribbon instead.  (Note though- I LOVE the striped Stampin' up thread, and it has been added to my MUST HAVE list!)

I also used the Mother's Day stamp from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" Set, punched with the "Modern Label Punch" 

I LOVED the result! (Hope the Moms did too!) 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Better Late Than Never?!: Easter 2014

We had a TON of fun Easter Weekend

Saturday, Mom, Zoey and I headed to Promise Land Farm for an Easter Egg Hunt and to see some animals.  Of course, Z had a blast, playing with the animals & other random activities.

And of course, the Easter Egg Hunt, which was a bit of a free-for-all, but what can you expect, really?!

J, My Dad & Uncle Scott spent most of the weekend working outside on my new garden retaining wall & path, but did take a break to enjoy a few HUGE dinners at our new dining room table (which I am totally IN LOVE with!)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Jo vs. The Pin: Easter Eggs

Note: Although decorating Easter Eggs may seem like a toddler-friendly activity, it isn't.  I learned the hard way... as always!

There were a few pins I have been DYING to try for easter!

I wanted to make BEAUTIFUL deep coloured eggs like THIS PIN


And then turn them into a colourful centerpiece like THIS PIN  


The result... not so bad, if I do say so myself.... although the colour on my eggs seemed to fade/ marble over time (I did them a week ago) 

Up close (and not quite as nice looking) 

With Z, I wanted to try the character eggs like THIS PIN 

She chose princess & Minnie Tattoos..  This was relatively easy, but the simpler and smaller the tattoos... the easier it was.  And, as always, practice makes perfect.   And then, of course, we added glitter, and jewels, and pretty much anything else she could get her little hands on! 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Happy 3rd Birthday Z!

Hard to believe my little Boo-Boo is 3 already.
We had a pretty low-key day.
J and I blew up 100 balloons the night before, and put them in her room so she woke up to a balloon overload.
We went for a swim, went to the Belleville Home show & topped it off with dinner out and cake.

Fun at the home show

Dressed up for dinner

The cake... oh the gross cake.  I asked Z what she wanted- and time and time again, she asked for "pink cake"  So, I made her pink cake:

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Maple in the County!

We decided to check out Maple in the County, a local festival featuring Prince Edward County Maple Syrup Farmers.
To accommodate  people & pupsters, we decided to tour Three Dog Winery & Sugarbush which featured a 3km hike through the sugarbush, a marshmallow roast, fresh goodies, and was, of course, dog friendly.

We had a great time, although I think my poor pregnant body will be paying for it for a bit...

What wasn't on the website, was the fact that the hike was 3kms in and 3kms out... ok... 6kms. no big deal...

What we failed to consider was the fact that there has been about 1,000 feet of snow this winter, and the trail would hardly be plowed.  SO... what appeared to be a nice walk- was actually a little precarious.  Most of the way, we had to watch our step because the snow was about 4-5 feet deep, lol.

It was interesting... at least I got a good workout! And Z had a great time running around and testing all the sap!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Stella Family Christmas Tree: 2013

This is the first year we are hosting family Christmas, AND the first year we are actually allowed a REAL Christmas tree. (When we lived in a condo, Christmas Trees were not permitted due to insurance/cleanliness reasons) 

We decided to take a short drive out to Barrett's Christmas Tree Farm to pick one out, so we packed up my car with some snacks, our snowpants and the pupsters, and away we went! 

Zoey wasn't too impressed at first, but the promise of hot chocolate got her moving :) 

Post- Tree cutting... Tree got bailed & we had some Hot Chocolate and shortbread cookies!

And being the intelligent people we are.... we securely fastened the tree to the car via the windows.... ooops... 
Car doors wouldn't open and we had to climb in the windows.  At least everyone had a good laugh at our expense :P 


And of course, the most fun of all, decorating the tree! 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Belleville Santa Claus Parade: 2013

Last weekend, our little city held it's annual Santa Claus Parade.  
For a small city, it was a HUGE turnout, and the weather was perfect! Thank goodness it wasn't this weekend! It's getting COLD around here!! 

Zoey had a blast!  She caught on pretty quickly that pretty much everyone in the parade was giving out a treat of some sort (ugh...and we are still rationing her Halloween candy)  The pupsters liked it for the most part- getting a TON of attention from all the kids!!