Saturday, 13 May 2017

Saturday This and That . . .


I have always been a crafty person, and by that I don't mean cunning or deceitful, I mean crafty as in one who likes to create something new by using my hands and found objects, etc.    I am going to what is called a "Crop" today with my friend Sheilagh. It has been a very long time since I have gone to one of these.  Probably 3 or 4 years!   A "Crop" is when  bunch of paper crafters gets together and spends the day crafting and catching up with each other.  I am relatively new to this, having only ever done this once before.  I'm not really up on the lingo, etc.

I spent half of yesterday trying to figure out what I was going to bring/do.  Then I decided that I would make myself some kind of album. I had purchased a bunch of black paper lunch bags a long time ago to make an album with.

 And then never got around to making the album.  So I decided that I would make a paper bag album.  I searched for a tutorial and found one on You Tube, and followed it to make an album.  I thought it would be best to put the album together first as I wasn't sure I would have access to the internet where we are going. I know I have my phone, but I have never used anything but free wifi on my phone and I don't know how to get online otherwise.  DUH.  That's me.  And you all thought I was technologically saavy!

 Here it is. I used some of my precious water-colour paper for the cover.

This is what it looks like from the side.  There is a front and back cover and four inner pages to decorage along with Several little pockets.


 I've got some really nice papers that I have been waiting to use, so I am bringing them along as well as what I think I might need.   I have it all packed up like I know what I am doing . . .

 But really I don't.  I suppose as I go to more of these, I will be more sure of what I need to do.  In the meantime, this is it.  What I am bringing.  I do need to make myself a packed lunch too and grab a couple of drinks to take along because I don't drink tea and coffee, but hopefully I will have thought of everything and not spend the day like a lemon sitting around watching everyone else, although to be sure there will probably be a bit of that going on.  Nothing is more exciting than watching a bunch of crafters doing what they do best!

So that's my Saturday sorted.

 I usually do my baking and shopping on Saturdays, but not this week. I did my baking yesterday.  Nothing too special, just a cake and some biscuit/cookies. I guess I had quite a productive day yesterday in one way or the other.  And I did my knee exercises also.  I am just working through the pain.  Making myself walk and do my exercises, no matter how much it hurts.  I am trying to see it as a positive thing, this knee malarky, no matter how annoying it is.

We started watching "Anne with an E" on Netflix last night.  I am a huge fan of the Anne of Green Gables books.   Of course I was born on Prince Edward Island and I have spent many summers there through the years as my ex in-laws lived there, and my middle son lives there with his family now.  Anne Shirley is a Canadian National Treasure.  I was of two minds as to whether I wanted to watch the show or not.  I had heard some very unkind things about it on FB, but we decided that we would watch it, and we watched the first episode last night. 

Don't worry, I won't be giving away
any spoilers, just in

We quite enjoyed the first episode.   I thought it was beautifully filmed.  Its in HD and so the picture is really, really clear, and I thought the characters were very human and the little girl who plays Anne is quite brilliant. Well, all of the characters so far are quite brilliant.  And we haven't really seen anything yet that we didn't like.

I have been to the Green Gables house many times through the years.  I believe that a lot of the filming was actually done on the Island as I recognised the landscape in quite a few scenes.  I do know, however, that a lot of the filming was also done in other locations, but for now, I was quite happy with what I saw.  It is a lot grittier than the Megan Fellows version, but we know from reading the books, that Anne had not been treated very nicely or kindly in her life prior to coming to live with the Cuthberts. 

So, for now, we are quite happy with what we are seeing.   In fact, we found it quite charming, so I am glad that I ignored the nay-sayers and we took the plunge. I have been to Charlottetown to see the play, Anne of Green Gables at the Confederation Centre.  I laughed and I cried.  It was really special.  When I was there, there was a replica of the Green Gables House in the lobby, completely made of candy.

 I do confess, I have never been in the house itself.  Only seen it in driving by.  I have been to the house which is the birthplace of Lucy Maud Montgomery in New London, however, and I found it to be quite fascinating.

 I think that Prince Edward Island has to be one of the most beautiful places in Canada to visit. I have always loved it there.  The scenery is spectacular and there is quite a lot to see and to do.  I've been to there many, many times through the years and it has always been a place I loved to see and to be. It holds quite a large chunk of my heart.

And with that I better leave you with a thought for the day, as I have to go and get dressed and make ready for my crafting day!

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 In The English Kitchen today  . . .  Queen Elizabeth Cake, very moreish indeed!

 Have a great Saturday!  I hope your day is filled with lovely things and people you love.  Don't forget!

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  1. Good morning Marie, though it will probably be much later before you have time to see who has been visiting ! I hope you have a great fun day today, with great new ideas being shown amongst you all, it's great to exchange ideas....Like you I loved Prince Edward Island, and I have even been to Anne's house ...... It was during a long weekend visit from Halifax, the scenery on the way up was just spectacular I agree with you when you say it's a lovely island.......enjoy your day. God Bless. N xx

  2. Good morning Marie. I hope that you have the most fantastic day. I used to love going to crops but I hardly ever paper craft now. I am anxious to see your photos. Unfortunately we are having a worse than third world internet day. It has taken 43 minutes for me to read your post and reply. Not one photo loaded.

    God bless you and keep you always.

  3. Sock it to them, Marie! I'm sure you won't be at a loss.
    Lovely Nova Scotia houses - sometimes see them for sale in weekend

  4. Your book looks PERFECT!

    Going to try and watch Anne.

    :) Have FUN!

  5. The popularity of scrapbooking has died down a bit here, but there are still many places you can buy materials or take classes it even. I love seeing how others put their pages together. It takes a lot of time but has wonderful results. Crafting of all sorts take my fancy and I've many projects waiting for me to start or finish up. Finding time to do is my problem, but hopefully things are calming down a bit. Hope you have a wonderful time !

  6. Do you know, PEI is the only province I've never visited. Now isn't that dreadful, living just next door. All the people that I have met from there have been lovely and the scenery looks to be stunning, and yet visit, I never have.

    I hope the crafting went well? I loved the album you made. Just lovely. You are so talented Marie. I did my first birthday party in my own store as PC Cooking School Coordinator this afternoon. It went well. I had forgotten how excitable 7 year olds can be! And how grateful I am to have a day off tomorrow after working six days straight! Hello to Todd and a cuddle to Mitzie and much love to you. xx

  7. Thanks Sybil! I always tell people that they are missing out on some of Canada's great gems by only visiting from Toronto onwards towards the west. I mean, Toronto is just a big city. Been there many times myself. The Maritime provinces have so much more charm! And, yes, I know I am biased! xoxo

    Thanks Suzan, apparently there has been big problems world wide about the Internet. I have always thought that if any group wanted to stop the world from going around, the key would be to use the internet and disturb it! Where would we be without it! xoxo

    I think you will enjoy Anne with an E Monique! We watched episode two last night and are just as inthralled! I had a great time! xoxo

    I did not know you were a scrap booker Pam! I am not surprised that you are however. You blog is a bit like a scrap book I think! Love and hugs! I hope you have time to do some real-tim scrapbooking soon! xoxo

    Oh Noelle, hyou need to put it on your bucket list, especially as you live so very close to it now! So happy you are enjoying your new job! I think I would enjoy it also! Love and hugs to you and Steve! xoxo

  8. Bunny, I had a great time! I love the supplements to the Newspaper. I know some don't, but I really enjoy them! xoxo


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