Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Custom orders galore!

I'm sorry, I hate to break it to you, but you don't have the best neighbours ever. I do. Does your neighbour invite you over for wine and Glee? Does your neighbour make the best chocolate chip cookies ever and does she share them with you? My neighbour does.

My neighbour also supports my creative endeavours and placed a custom order for some of my cards. She's giving bundles of my cards as Christmas gifts! How cool is that? To see all of the cards, you'll have to visit my Facebook Page. But here's a sneak peak...

Thursday, August 12, 2010

A new creation...

My friend ShelleyAnne and I decided it was time for pretty things. Lucky for us, it was all "Make and Take" at Scrapbookers' Paradise! We made this mini folding scrapbook type thing, similar to the mini scrapbook I featured in an earlier post (the ones that fit into a small jewelry box). So, feeling crafty, I came home and decided to make one for my little sister (her birthday is coming up). I made it to hold pictures on hand-made tags and a gift card, so it's scrapbook/gift card holder all in one!

Want one? Visit my Etsy shop and send me a convo. I'd be happy to customize one for you!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


A lovely person named Lisa recently contacted me on Etsy to create some gift certificates for her store (which you should check out!). She was delightful to work with and gave me creative freedom with the gift certificates. Here they are...

Friday, August 6, 2010

The end is near...

The month of August, to me, has always raised the "half full or half empty?" debate. It means a month of summer holidays is behind us, and a month ahead of us. So do we have a whole month left? Or do we only have a month left?

Either way, I'm getting school dreams again. I've started dreaming that I'm back in the classroom and I go through a regular day at work. Normally, I hate these dreams. During the school year, having a school dream and then waking up and having to do it all over again is pretty depressing (and tiring!). Having school dreams during the summer is a bit better; at least I don't have to get up in the morning. I can laugh in the face of the dream as I roll over and let the early morning summer breeze drift in.

That being said, I have been thinking about school more and more. I'm teaching based on a theme this year. With my eights, we're going to look at the curriculum through the theme of Truth. With my sevens, we're doing the same, but with the theme of Value & Perspective. I've been trying to find some really awesome novels to do with both grade levels that have these themes. Even short stories. Any suggestions?

I guess I want to make some headway before we go back to work, but my brain just isn't out of summer mode yet. Maybe I'm a glass-half-full kind of gal.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

A Trip to O-Town

I went back to my hometown of Ottawa at the beginning of the month to visit with my dad, my baby sister (who is not a baby, but in her 20s...I'm in denial), and my very best friend in the whole wide world. I had an absolutely wonderful time and I wish I could have stayed longer, but I was starting to miss my husband. Because my rambling on isn't nearly as fun as looking at a few photos, here's my trip in pictures!

Arcade Fire was playing at the Ottawa Bluesfest. It was a fantastic concert!

We also saw Metric at Bluesfest. It was in the middle of a heatwave, so I have all respect for anyone who gets up on stage to perform!

Jump for joy at the Parliament Buildings!

Sugar Mountain is my favourite place to go in Ottawa. They not only have every possible candy, candy bar, and Pez dispenser ever, but every Jelly Belly flavour known to man!

My little sister and I spent a day at the spaaaaaah!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Canada Day in Blackie

We went to Blackie, AB for Canada Day. This was the fourth time we've been to the Canada Day festivities, and they never disappoint.

John, former chuckwagon driver Doyle Mullaney, Jason, and Micah

Mom and I came in first place for the Horseshoe Throwing Competition. Whoop whoop!

Local kids in the Canada Day Parade

This is what the promise of candy will do to a child.
If you have a tractor, you can be in the Blackie Canada Day Parade!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Etsy Craft Night

Last night, the Etsy Alberta Street Team met for Etsy Craft Night. I got my butt aaaaall the way up to the NW, and ended up having a lovely time as we made birthday cards for the elderly. A big thanks to Darcy and Lindy for all the hard work they put into this night. And thanks to whoever made those awesome cupcakes!

I had a great time making cards with three lovely and captivating ladies: Sue, Georgia, and Stephanie. We discovered our shameful love of WalMart (don't judge us) and our strong dislike for aspartame (I felt sick that night after the Diet Coke with Lime I drank).

We made a bit of a mess...

This is Rozzie. I bought earrings from her for my best friend. She's a cutie!

I went a little punch-happy with my butterfly punch. Stephanie says I should make a mobile out of them. It would be hypnotic.

Georgia the Photographer. She's delightful!

One of the birthday cards I made.

Millarville Farmers' Market

Last weekend, my friend Koren and I went to the Millarville Farmers' Market. I think we had one of every free sample that was going (which is the whole point of going, right?). It was an absolutely gorgeous day, and totally worth getting up early in the morning.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Amanda's Cards

Part I of IV of a custom order for work colleague. She's pretty awesome :)

Thursday, May 27, 2010


A friend of mine gave me flowers for my Confirmation last weekend. Isn't it amazing how much flowers can lift your mood? Needless to say, I want these puppies to last a while! Especially since it's snowing here.

I took the flowers out of the bouquet in which they came, and I put them into glass jars (you know, the ones you save because they seem so useful but you have a whole drawer full of them and you're starting to wonder when "Hoarders" will show up at your door), and old diffuser bottles. They're currently brightening my dining room!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Quilted Cards

My mom is a quilter. And a damn good one at that. She has a way with fabrics and an eye for colour. She knows the best blocks to use with certain patterns and colours. Above all, every quilt she makes is made with love. She's made a few pieces for Victoria's Quilts - a non-profit organization that makes quilts for women with cancer.

I don't have her talent with a needle and thread, but darn it, I'm good with paper! Needless to say, my mom inspired me to make some quilt block cards.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Why baloo2662?

Ok, so I realize that I have one of the most ridiculous Etsy usernames ever. I really only created it to buy pretty things from Etsy, but then a friend suggested I try to sell some of my paper wares, and I didn't want to lose my positive feedback, so I was stuck with it.

Where does it come from? Well, the 2662 is "ANNA" on the telephone. Anna Baloo is a nickname my husband calls me (or just Baloo). Did he know it was the name of an obese bear on "The Jungle Book"? No. He did not. People ask this of me all the time. I do not resemble Baloo the Bear...at least I hope not!

My husband started out by calling me Anna Balana (everyone called me Anna Banana, and he wanted to be original). Then it was Anna Balana Baloo. Then it was Anna Baloo, and then it was just Baloo. Of course, he's created more variations (Baloober is a new one of which he is fond).

Sadly, I am not the only Anna Baloo, as the Etsy username "annabaloo" was already taken when I went to initially sign up. As was "annabanana" and "annabalana". I felt "annabalanabaloo" was just too long. "baloo" was also taken. I would later discover baloo's Etsy shop, and that she is also on the Etsy Alberta Street Team. Needless to say, this causes quite a bit of confusion during our team chats! So I try to go by Anna.

The username isn't the greatest, but I've been told that since it rhymes it's easy to remember. And, hey, that's all I can really ask for!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

How to Make Perfect Pizza: Part III

Step 10: Mushrooms (I prefer fresh, my husband prefers canned. He won this round).
Step 11: Put on that taco beef you were making earlier.

Step 12: Cheese it up (mozza)!

Step 13: Bake at 450F until cheese and crust is golden. ENJOY!