Monday, September 11, 2006

Skating Scrapbook for Auction

Thanks for taking a moment to take a look at this scrapbook that I made to benifit a figure skating club in Newfoundland.

The book is 8x8. The book is made from all designer papers and is from a smoke-free home. Most of the pages have sewing on them. Some of the page didn't scan very well because they are bordered in white.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Week 3

Here is the run down for week 3's challenge :

The challenge is to do a page about a household object. It can be a sentimental object (a child's toy), a heritage item, an everyday usable item... anything goes! Just have fun and lets see what everyone comes up with!
Layout must have picture (1 or more), title and some journaling of some type.

Here is my entry... I hope I stay for another week...

Thanks for looking. If you would like this layout and would like to vote for it in the immunity challenge,

go to

become and active member, then vote for your fav on Sundays!

Thanks, Lori

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Introducing Ian Randall Hallett

My Brother and Sister-in-law, Kevin and Laura welcomed thier newest addition this afternoon just after lunch time. His name is Ian (not sure how to spell Randall) Hallett. I think he is just adorable and can't wait for some more photos.

Kevin and Ian

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Scrapbook Survivor - Week 2

Here is challenge #2 for the Scrapbook Swede DT Survivor Challange.

Link to Scrabooking Swede

Some moments we remember collectively as a local or global community—like when we heard the news that Princess Diana was gone or when we first saw images of planes crashing into the World Trade Centre. There are other more personal moments that we remember just as vividly. Both of these provide wonderful opportunities to paint a picture of who we are and where we came from.

So here’s the challenge: Think about some life-changing moments in your own life. Try to remember where you were when you first heard the news or saw pictures of the event. Using as many of the six senses as possible, describe in detail what you recall. Build a scrapbook page around your impressions. The result will be a snapshot of experiences that have shaped your life and the world around you.

Here is my entry... and I have made it to the next round.. SWEET!!

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Scrapbook Survivor - Week 1

Here is my LO for week one. I am crossing my fingers that I don't get eliminated this round as 7 people will be leaving.. YIKES.

You can see this LO and the others that are in the contest, in the gallery at Scrapbook Swede as well..

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Scrapbook Survivor

Here is a Contest that I will be taking part in...

Scrapbooking Swede is proud to announce an exciting contest that will get your creative juices flowing and challenges to set your mind free...

Welcome to“Scrapbooking Swede Design Team Survivor”

To enter and participate in Scrapbooking Swede “DT Survivor” contest, you must upload one or two of your best 12 x 12 layouts and/or altered items into the “DT Survivor” section of the gallery, no later than midnight PST on August 10th. Your layouts and/or altered items must show your creativeness and style. They must be 12 x 12. Everyone who enters their layouts and/or altered items in the gallery by midnight PST on August 10th will automatically become one of the contestants. After you upload your 12 x 12 layouts and/or altered items, you must send an e-mail to listing your name, user name, layout and/or altered item titles. This information will be posted in a special section of the message board so everyone will get to know each other better and so we will also know who the participants are. On August 12th we will announce the first “DT Survivor” challenge. You will have one week to complete the challenge and upload it to the “DT Survivor” section of the gallery by midnight PST.Every week thereafter on Sunday ~ only the contestants, will be given the opportunity to vote someone out, in a protected forum that only they will have access to. Voting will only take place on Sunday and failure to cast your vote before midnight PST will result in the loss of your vote. The same day we will have the forum members vote on their favourite layout, and this might save you for one more week.

Depending on the number of contestants playing, this will determine how many get voted out each week, until we are down to the final 10. Once there are only 10 contestants remaining in the Contest, only one will be voted off per week. During the elimination process, I will ask 6 players who were voted off during the game to be our judges, and to announce who will become our “DT Survivor”.

Just like the series, there will be random challenges for immunity, which will give you a chance of not being voted out for the following week. We will announce the winner of all challenges during the contest. We will also be giving random challenges throughout the game for various prizes, so participation is extremely important. Any and all Challenge announcements will be posted on the board, so make sure you keep checking back. Failure to upload the challenge layout by the posted deadlines will result in disqualification.

The winner of the “DT Survivor” contest, as chosen by the jury, will be part of our new Design Team and will also receive a $50 gift certificate from Scrapbooking Swede.

Second place will receive a $35 gift certificate and a spot on the Design Team and
Third place will receive a $25 gift certificate and be part of the Design Team.

Good Luck everyone, and most of all, have FUN!


The Swedest things Blog

Monday, March 06, 2006

Some Vacation photos

This is when we first got to Whistler. It was about a two

hour drive from Vancouver because of construction, rain and snow.

This is at the top of the Whistler Gondola. It was very cloudy/foggy that day so you can't see the peak very well.

I will upload more later.. the children want supper.. geesh..


Back from Vacation

Yup I am back.. it was an interesting trip. Vancouver was warm.. and there were flowers and trees in bloom.. how odd for Feb/March.

Then it was off to Whistler and it was great! But I hurt my knee and couldn't ski. I don't really find skiing fun but I have been really trying to find the fun in in. I have taken lessons and stuff but seriously coming down a mountain like Whistler is pretty terrifying.. I fell after about 2 minutes on the hill.. We went to the top of the Gondola (likely a mistake) and the powder was deep and I wasn't used to it at all and fell a few times.. Once was a big wipe out and I had people on the chair lift above me asking if I needed ski patrol...

I got up and continued down a bit.. Bawled my eyes out went a bit more.. Cried went a bit more.. As you can see NOT FUN.. So I got down to a lift that would take me back to the gondola and took that down. Todd was incredibly patient and stayed with me the whole time and was very encouraging and not pushy.. So that was my skiing experience

The rest of the trip for me consisted of shopping, doing laundry, hot tubbing, drinking, and getting a massage.. so you don't really have to ski or board to have fun in Whistler!

Monday, February 13, 2006

Sassivivor LO - Advice... please!!

Okay.. I think I am done this week's layout.. I used the colour Green, Patterned Paper and Ribbon as my three things.. There is something I don't like about this but can't be sure what it is.. This contest is important to me so please be brutally honest.. what does this need??

i can only post this in my blog until the contest week is over..

So PLEASE tell me.. what do you think??

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Sassivivor Week 2

Okay.. week two is here.. I will be working hard on this is the criteria

If you want to check out the store that is hosting the contest it is at

Upload layouts to either the Sassavivor Week 2 category or the Sassacraft Play Along by 11:59pm EST on Wednesday February 15th.
COLOR: Orange Purple Green
TECHNIQUE: Stitching Inking / Distressing Mixing and Layering Patterned Paper (minimum of 3)
EMBELLISHMENT: Metal (there has to be a lot of metal, not just a couple brads!) Ribbon Flowers

As far as I know right now I will be using Green, PP and Ribbon as my Required elements.. of course, I am female so this is subject to change at a whim.. haha

Sassivivor! Week 1

Yes.. someone has found a way to combine two of my favorite things.. Survivor and Scrapping!

I am thrilled I made it through week one without getting voted off. Week 1's Challange was to create a layout from the sketch, use the colour blue in some way and use a quote from Maya Angelou. My layout is shown here.

New and exciting.. or not

Well it has been a few days since I posted anything here. I am at work now and have some time to write so I will. I actually like my job and am very lucky that my hubby gave me the push to get a job. It is nice to get out and talk to.. well.. I guess they are adults.. haha. I work at a Chrysler Dealership as a part time receptionist. I think they should make some sort of reality show out of this place.. haha.. call it The Dealership.. I have new stories every night after working.. it really is an entertaining place to work.

My mom is visiting from Halifax this weekend.. I think I can write that now as the surprise should be over.. haha.. if not.. Hey Aunt Elaine.. surprise! haha.. It is my Aunt's bday and my Mom and my other Aunt are here to surprise her. Then tonight we have an engagement party to go to and tomorrow we are heading up to Newmarket to visit my Grandma.. so it is a busy weekend for me.

What else is new... hmm I am not sure.. Curtis got his hair cut this week. I should post some photos as it is so cute... he looks like a a boy again. Cambria hasn't been feeling well.. she brought home a notice last week about strep throat and scarlet fever in school.. the next day she had bright red cheeks and a rash on her face which is symptomatic of scarlet fever. I took her to the doc and he said it looked like it but she was missing one component.. the fever part... he put her on antibiotics anyway and now a week later she is feeling like crap again.

Hopefully she is feeling better tomorrow so she can go visit Grandma with us.

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Swap Items

If you are part of the Basic Grey Swap on Canadian Scrappers and DON"T want to see stuff before you get it.. then don't look here.. haha


I was challanged on Scraptivity! the other day ( to get me scrapping.. my challange was to make a LO with Patterened Paper, Ribbons and Eyelets and to upload it by Saturday... It is Saturday but the Site seems to be down so I am putting it here for now and will put it up at S! when I can.

I am quite thrilled with how this turned out.. It might be my favorite ever!

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Merry Christmas!

Yes.. Merry Christmas.. you read that correctly! It is Christmas at my house today.. the Purolator man came and brought my delayed Christmas present/stop smoking incentive (5 weeks now btw)

So, I am typing on my brand new Dell Inspirion 6000 Laptop.. WOOHOO.. I have wanted one for so long it just seems sort of unreal that I actually have one.

I am having a ball surfing tonight I haven't even had my nightly popcorn.. haha..

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Which is better?

I did this digital layout and I am not sure which I like better, the black and white or the colour.. hmmm... Any thoughts?

Tuesday, January 24, 2006


I noticed today that I don't have a lot in here about Cambria.... I guess because Curtis is with me all day and is infront of my camera more.

So this is all about Miss Cambria who is GROUNDED!! The Crime.. not preparing for a test and subsequently failing it. I explained to her that she is not being grounded for failing the test but more for not studying, not telling us about the test and just not being prepared. She said she studied right before the test.. well that didn't work so well. She got 9.5 out of 20 and it was on Provincial Government.. I didn't know some of the answers myself.. haha

So, she is grounded for a week from all her electronic shtuff.

TODAY she got to go Snowboarding with school and from everything she told me it was a great time even though she fell A LOT!

I am hoping to get out to the hill next time and get some photos so I can add them here.

TOPS update

BLECH.. is all I can say.. I am up 2.4 pounds from last week so I am at 150.4.. NOT GOOD..

I made a few goals yesterday at the meeting and am pretty proud of myself today as I have met two and am working on #3

1. Exercize - I copied a bunch of Yoga shows that were on this morning and did one.. woohoo (see post on Yoga and Curtis to come later)

2. Fruit - I am HORRIBLE when it comes to fruit.. I may have eaten 2 peices of fruit in th past two months.. eek.. so my goal was to eat 3 fruits in a week.. today I had 1 cup of Orange Juice.. apparently it counts.. WOOOHOO

3. Food Journal - I have breakfast and Lunch completed.. supper is a Lean Cuisine seeing it is a work night so that should be easy..

ohhhh I just remembered the last one.. DON"T EAT POPCORN AT WORK.. we have a machine and it is SOOOO good.. but it is soooo bad.. so I will not eat it tonight.. yikes.. !!

Tag, you're it!!

Tag you're it!
I am stealing this from Patti's Blog. The idea is if you are a blogger and are reading this one, you are officially IT and you need to fill this in on your blog.. haha Cute isn't it??

Four jobs you’ve had in your life

Being a Mom (self explainitory)
Avon Lady (a great job)
Deloitte & Touche (I was recruited straight from College as I was the top of my class)
Brampton Chrysler (reception)

Four movies you would watch over and over
Top Gun
The Incredibles
Dunno.. I am not a movie person.. :(

Four places you have lived

Summerside, PEI
Cole Harbour, NS
Newmarket, ON
Brampton, ON

Four TV shows you love to watch:~
Gilmore Girls
One Tree Hill

Four places you have been on vacation:
Australia - kind of vacation
Wistler (next Month)

Four websites you visit daily:~

lately as my puter is being built
My Blog
Other's Blogs (they are a little addicting)

Four of your favorite foods:~
Roast Beef with all trimmings

Four places you would rather be right now:

hmm on a beach
on vacation
in bed sleeping
playing on my new laptop.. haha

Four bloggers you are tagging:

Anyone who is reading..BUT.. specifically

Concider yourself Tagged.. now go forth and BLOG!!

Crappy Winter

Yeah I am sure some people would think it is a great winter because of how little snow we have gotten.. but I was hoping to get the kids out sledding and playing a bit more (as I write this it is snowing like an SOB right now)

We had a couple of centimetres snow on Friday night so Sat when we got up it was pretty and white, but it warmed up quickly and it went away. I am attaching some pictures of the snowman that the kids and Todd built.. I suppose I could just say that the kids built as Todd is the biggest kid in the bunch.. haha

Rice Krispy Truck

This is the truck that Curtis made today at preschool.. and NO I am not a meany for making him take it home first so I could get a photo.. haha.. I let him eat the outside of the cutter peices and we dipped it in icing and put candies on it.. haha.

Today was a good one at preschool. The story that Mrs. P read was one of Curtis's favorites. Speedy Little Race Cars. He can actually 'read' the whole book! So as Mrs. P was reading I could see his lips moving or saying it right out loud. I bet that is the story that he will be requesting tonight at bedtime.

Monday, January 23, 2006


So.. I am getting my laptop! My hubby is the BEST I tell you... I am getting the Dell Inspiron 6000 and I am bouncing.. can't wait to get it..

I just checked my Order Status and this is what is happening right now.. I will update as new information becomes available.

Your order is currently being processed for release to the manufacturing

floor. Release is generally dependent upon approval of your designated form of payment. Credit card orders are usually released for production next business day pending availability of parts. Orders paid by cheque or lease are released upon receipt of the cheque/signed lease contract. Please allow 10 extra days for cheques that are not pre-printed.

Who are you?

So.. you all have read about the question.. who are you? haha

I know a few of the people that are reading my babble.. but it would be nice to know who all is out there reading this.. Can you shout me a 'hello' so I can say hi back.. haha

Also, if you are a family member or friend reading this.. feel free to hit that comment button instead of emailing as this will keep the comments attached to the posts so when I am looking back I can remember what you said..


Friday, January 20, 2006

Book Title.. anyone??

So I have been trying to figure out a book title for over a month and I am not getting it and it is driving me nuts! I read this book in grade 7 or 8. It was about a Native Indian boy who was becoming a man. In order to do this he had to go into the woods by himself and survive for so long or fast.. I can't remember. Then at the end (if he lives) there is a big feast and he is a man now.

The book title is the name of the boy I think it starts with A and is about 6-7 letters long.. if ANYONE can help me.. please please do..


Thank you...

It was pretty freaky! And scary as well. I was driving down the 403 towards a scrapbook store this morning when I found myself behind a slow tractor trailer (he was doing 100 but I normal travel at about 120). I was in the right lane when I normally travel in the middle so these were two odd things. I even thought to myself while driving that I should get over but then thought nah.. I am happy in this lane.. What was that about? I am NEVER happy in the slower lane.. haha.. about 5 mins after this I am driving along (at 100 still) be-bopping to the music on the stero when I see a steel door fly off of the truck that would have been in front of me had I changed lanes! It more than likely would have hit my car if not come through the front window of my car.. cars behind me were swerving left and right.. holy crap it was scary... more scary when it hit me that 99.9% of the time I drive in that lane but made a choice to drive in the slow lane.. so whoever the Angel was that was driving with me today.. Thank you!

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Brad and Matthew

So, after posting the photos below of my nephew Brad I have received a lot of comments about him. Although not all were brave enough to post them as a comment.. haha. One comment I got more than once though was that Brad looks like Matthew McConaughey. So I felt the need to do a comparisson picture.. So what do you think?

Preschool - Thursday

I took the camera to school today to get some pictures of what goes on there. I didn' want to fill this up with picture after picture so I combined some together with descriptions.. hmm kind of like a layout.. haha

Here is the first one.. Oh I also blurred the faces of the other children in the photos. I think you can click on it to make it a bit larger.

This one deserved it's own shot as it is the cars Curtis was working on with Playdoh (side note - I made some play doh last week for the kids to play with and I was actually super mom for a day!)

He has been enjoying, and Cambria too for that matter, the play doh that I made for them. It was pretty easy to make except for the constant stirring that is required.. it was quite the work out for sure!

The next set of pictures is Curtis making his train. I love this train and think it is his greatest work. Normally I try to influence his crafting and tell him where to put things.. yes bad mommy, but today I decided to just let him go to it and this is what he came up with. He pointed out to me all the things that I have detailed below. Remember to click on it to make it bigger.. also remember to comment on the blog by hitting the comment button as we will have those comments years down the road when he looks back at this amazing train!

Oh and I don't think I mentioned.. Curtis LOVES Preschool.. :)

First Day of PreSchool

Well, technically it isn't preschool it is a program that Curtis and I are going to through the Ontario Early Years (I think) which is called a Readiness Program. Basically what it is is a drop in program that has teachers there and they do teach some interesting stuff. So far we have worked on colours and transportation. If you want more info check out this site.

I will be posting here with Curtis' various accomplishments at school.. This is a picture I took on his first day.

I am actually a little late posting this as his first day was last Thursday.. but better late than never.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Printer Update

So the piece of crap printer that I got for Christmas is turning into an interesting story. I sent an email to the Lexmark people saying that I thought I was owed some compensation from this whole fiasco. A lady named Dana called me and started the ball rolling. Her concern was that the didn't have the actual printer to do any testing on.. then she say the pictures that are here in this blog.. (way down) and forwarded them to a guy in Kentucky to look at. Apparently he is the tech guy that checks out and tries to fix the bizzare things that happen and I guess that is where I fit... haha in the bizzare category, go figure!

So... what he told me is that he would like my memory stick with the pictures on it and they will give me a replacement stick. He is very interested in these pictures and in fixing them and figuring out what could possibly have happened to cause such corruption (apparently the technical word for my pictures).

I am very very happy that something is happening and I wasn't just told TFB. I was on the fence about ever owning a Lexmark Product again, as I do prefer that name brand in printers.... I am now back to being a fan of thier customer service at the least.

I will post an update when I have another one.


I am so excited! I got the okay today to get my laptop.. of course there are conditions.. I have to remain a non-smoker (two weeks yesterday with only one little slip up) and Todd will buy me my laptop.. WOOHOO.. I am SOOO happy...

I had pretty much decided on a Dell (see photo below) but I think I should shop around first and see what is out there.

If any of my Blog readers (is anyone reading) has any laptop advice I would love to hear it.. Thanks so mcuh!

Monday, January 16, 2006


Well the first 'lesson' is over and I am still alive with nothing broken. My lesson was not even what I would call a lesson. I was expecting a lot more for the amount of money that we paid for these lessons.. I went to skiing years ago in NS and you had to earn your lift ticket by being able to do a few little things and this guy didn't even do that. He was like okay.. put on your skis (which I didn't know how to do) and lets go up the hill... PARDON ME?? Yup.. up we went on the carpet thingy (which I didn't know how to do) and then we are at the top and I figured there must be a little space where you learn some basics but NOPE.. he said.. okay go down... yeah whatever.. I was shocked and told him.. I don't know how to go down the hill.. hence the reason I am taking LESSONS!!... he then showed me a snowplow and came down the hill with me as I was petrified doing this and getting more pissed as we go down the hill.

I had skiied before and I think I might have retained more than I thought I had as didn't do too badly coming down the hill, however, that is not the point.. I paid to be taught how to do it not basically thrown in the water for a sink or swim situation.

The other piss off was that the magic carpet thing kept breaking down so we waited int he line for it.. it broke, we went to the tbar the line wasn't moving then the carpet was working again so we went back there had one run stood in line again and got 1/4 way up and it broke and we were told to get off and walk up.. NICE! I am already upset about the lack of instruction now I have to walk up the hill (not a big one but not the point) carrying skis which I don't know how to hold properly and nearly tripped over twice... lovely.

OTHER than all that.. the coming down the hill wasn't too bad I think I will have a good time at Whistler..

Sunday, January 15, 2006

SO Scared

So today I go for my first skiing lesson.. to say I am scared would be a bit of an understatement. I have tried this skiing thing before and didn't like the fact that I wasn't in contol.. BUT.. I hadn't taken actual lessons so I am hoping that this time if I learn it properly I can do it with more confidence.

The reason for the lessons is incentive enough to learn. We are going to Whistler (Todd, me, Jay and Clara) at the end of February.. so either I learn to ski or I will be looking for something else to occupy my time there..

That is all for today.. more later when I return.. that is if I don't have broken limbs and can still type.


Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Incredible Shrinking Husband

I did a before and after a year picture for me.. Todd's I don't need to use a year for. His is a little over 6 months in the difference and man he looks good! I am not sure how much he has lost at this point, but I know he feels better and is much healthier and that is all that matters to me.

He said the other night when looking at my photo that he couldn't see a difference in himself.. I sure do.

Monday, January 09, 2006


So today was my first day going to a TOPS meeting. I had a great time and am very confident that I can get to my first goal of 135 in the 12 weeks that I have given myself. After that my next goal is 125 but I am not sure of a time frame for that, I guess I will see after the first 12 weeks are up.. who knows I may be there by then.. HA!

I did weigh in today and it was higher than I thought I had gotten but I wasn't shattered by the number as it was me who has been stuffing my face with all the yummy lindor's and peanut butter cups and well everything else.. haha so it was not a shock

The scale at home tells me 145 and the scale at TOPS reads 148.8 which apparently gets recorded as 149.. geesh.. so I have nowhere to go but down. I will post my results next Monday after my next meeting.

I have to get my ass to the gym though.. I have to do two days a week at minimum and then I will have skiing for the next four Sundays and that will count as some serious exercise I am sure.. falling down burns a lot of calories I am sure.. haha


Conversation with Curtis

Curtis ->"Captain Underpants is Special!"

Mommy->"Really? Why is that?"

Curtis->"Because he has a cool cape"

Mommy"Is Max special too?"

Curtis->"Yes" Mommy->"why?" Curtis" Because he has a lucky T-shirt"

Mommy->"Is Mommy special too"

Curtis-> "yes" Mommy "Why"

Curtis-> " Because you are my best friend!"


*****Edited to add***

Okay.. now there is a photo of Max and Captain Underpants. When I was taking these this morning Curtis asked why I was doing it. SO, I told him I was taking a picture of them because they were special to him. His response was that I should take a photo of me too because I was special to him too.. okay.. what does he want? hahha