Monday, October 26, 2009

Make Your Own Bias Tape

This may not seem like a useful tutorial, unless, like me, you are making sweet little hobo bags for your grandchildren for Christmas, and you are faced with yards of teeny tiny strips to make long narrow ties...then this information becomes of paramount importance! Believe me, it works like a charm - I made the first bag without the benefit of this little trick, and the then next 3 with...and I am a much happier seamstress now.

Is it Possible to Get Enough of these Books?

There is a link to view the Coralie Bickford-Smith designed Penguin Classics in greater detail...these books seriously make me happy. Here is the link:

The latest ones, seen above, are now available in the UK, and I have managed to find 5 of them at my local Chapters (Canada) for a paltry $14.99. In chatting with a sales person there, these books are wildly popular with upwards of 60 units per title being ordered. There are only a trickle of titles remaining from the first set - Kamoops and Sherwood Park are good locations for picking up some of that first set. What a find.

I tried to surprise my niece with a title from the latest offering - me thinking that with a new pregnancy, work, and distance from the city, that I could delight her with a copy of Little Women, in the mail. But no way jose...she was all over the new ones, and had one that I did not find...blast, as Sarra would say. Sorry Royall, but I sure did try.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

My Iranian sister

Isn't this pretty? My sister-in-law, while on vacation on the Caspian Sea this last month, created this birdie in the sand. As a graphic designer she has designed book jackets and posters etc. She is lovely and super talented. I miss her:-(

We need our burdens lifted from time to time...

Click this link to see a sweet, tender video about the Saviours love for us.

Monday, October 19, 2009

CM Love at Pigeon Lake

Just came home to some very sad personal news...truly tragic. I have upset sons, reflective and heavy hearted - not in our own family but close friends. Can't delve into that, but it has kept me thinking tonight about what I do with and through CM. I've been at my CM Pigeon Lake retreat (2/year) where not only do I work on my family's albums, stories and histories, but I have forged friendships with my peers and clients, that have been very long lasting, and important to me in my life in and outside of CM. Many of these ladies are dear friends that I have known for years long as 15 years or so. I love them, and appreciate them. We have so much fun together, and we learn from one another. We laugh a lot all weekend, and this last one was no exception. It's balm to my soul and this Sunday evening, with my own heart heavy laden for dear, dear friends...I have drawn on that balm from the weekend. I hope that this week, I will be able to share some of that comfort and love with my friends who are hurting tonight. I am very thankful for my business, for the blessings it has brought in the form of lovely friends, as well as completed albums.