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I Love Sundays!

Another fabulous Sunday with the family!  Ever since we started setting aside Sundays to do something special with the family they’ve become awfully wonderful.  And while it’s not always easy coming up with something we all want to do, AND that sticks within a small budget, it’s worth a little work finding things.

Today we headed down to the Saskatoon Farmer’s Market for some early afternoon treats.  Baked goods, home made ice cream, and greenhouse produce – always a hit with our family.  Then we hopped in the car and headed out to the Forestry Farm Park and Zoo for an outdoor adventure.  Because, let’s face it…  taking a four year old and a 17 year old to the zoo together is ALWAYS going to be an adventure.  LMAO  Especially with Damon and I along for the ride.  😉

We made a snowman (yes, at the zoo).  Made a whole row of snow angels.  Had an hour long snowball fight (it lasted nearly the entire time we were there).  Found a huge branch on the ground buried under the snow and made a bunch of wands from it.  We wrote in the snow.  Cast spells on one another.  And giggled at the baby lion cubs as they climbed on their mother.

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Scraptastic Saturdays – OH DEAR!

Well, it’s official.  I’m addicted to designing.  Today I’ve got another freebie for you.  A mini-kit I call “Oh Dear”.

My first kit mainly contained commercial use (CU) items from other designers that I’d coloured or retooled…  just to kinda test the waters.  But with Oh Dear, I built several elements from scratch.  Now that the design bug has bit, I’ll likely be looking for a shop soon, where I can bring you kits on a regular basis.  So stay tuned for that.  🙂  But until then, here’s “Oh Dear”.  Just click to download.  And enjoy!

If you are up for a challenge, check out the Plum.  I’ve got a mini-kit challenge posted there, featuring Oh Dear.  You only have until Tuesday at midnight to play though, so you better hurry.  The challenge is posted here:  http://www.polkadotplum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=4915

Enjoy a freebie or two?  Then you’ll want to check out Sugar Pie Scrap’s blog come the ninth.  There’ll be an four seasons blog train rolling through that day in honour of Enchanted Studio Scraps birthday.  Crystals kit is really lovely, so you won’t want to miss it.  Just head on over to http://sugarpiescrapping.blogspot.com/ to check it out and download it.  She’s also released a new kit this week called A Fresh Start that is really something.  The embossed papers in it are absolutely fabulous.

That’s it today.  Take care everyone, and HAPPY SCRAPPIN’!

Today’s Joy

Wanna know where I found today’s joy?  It was in something unexpected, that I’ll admit started out as a chore.

I host scrapbooking challenges at both PDP and ESS, and I normally love creating things for them.  But the date kinda snuck up on me, and this afternoon I suddenly realized that I needed to have a wordart piece finished, uploaded, a layout built around it, and all of it posted by tomorrow.  ACK!  That’s more stress than fun.  And seeing how my focus is “personal joy”, stress is rather contrary to that in most every possible way.

With this stress hanging over my head I began looking through my photographs hoping for some inspiration to strike.  I find it nearly impossible to create anything worthwhile when it’s forced.  Muse is essential for me in the creative process.

Stumbling upon a series of images I took at the Forestry Farm Park and Zoo back in September, everything started rolling.  And soon I had created, not only a wordart, but an ENTIRE mini-kit.  Even better?  This mini-kit (unlike my first kit) is almost completely created using original elements.  Items created from scratch, by me.  Only a button and a bow were designed using CU products from other designers.  Not too shabby for my second kit.

I have to admit, I’m super excited about this one.  I really do think it’s beautiful.

With my first kit I had a lot of trepidation, and I was concerned about whether anyone would like it, download it, or use it.  This time?  I KNOW it’s a good kit.  I’m very proud of it…  and it all centers around my photography.  This kit was created with heart.  I can’t wait until tomorrow when I can share it with the world.  Until then?  We have to make due with one of the photos that inspired the kit.

Sika Deer

Sika Deer at the Forestry Farm

We are members of the Saskatoon Zoo Society (I think I’ve mentioned this before).  For $60 a year you get free entrance into the zoo (still have to pay parking at the park)…  so for avid zoo goers like ourselves, it just makes sense.  We like to make it out there once a week.  It’s fun to watch all the babies grow throughout the Summer, and even better to watch how active all the animals become in Autumn and Spring.  We even head out there in the middle of Winter when it’s -35.  Yep.  We’re die-hard zoo goers.  LMAO

Anyway…

The last couple of times we’ve got, the Sika Deer have been very interested in their human visitors.  It’s actually a little odd considering how standoffish they normally are.  But we won’t complain, as it’s given Lily-Ann the chance to be very up close and personal with a species she’d never have the chance to otherwise.  So here she is, feeding one of the yearling deer.

the wee girlie feeding a Sika yearling.

Lily-Ann and the Sika Deer

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