Saturday, September 14, 2013

It's a.........

...pitcher!



I'm still not sure how I'm going to pack it (in my CARRY ON - EEK!!!), but I love the super bright cheery colours!

And here's some of what we saw yesterday:


We hopped the Trolley to Old Town, San Diego




And saw some old Victorian Era houses while were there.


We stopped by the jail just before heading out.

And then we went back to the hotel to rest our tired feet for a while before finishing off the day with:


And it was SOOOOOOOOOO good!!!

It was our first time at the Cheesecake Factory (BAZINGA!) but it won't be our last!

Happy Stampin'!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Shelli's Home!! (and other stuff)

If you're a Stampin' UP! demo, you probably know that Shelli was in a pretty serious accident not that long ago. If you haven't been following along, you can read all about it here.

It was so wonderful to see Sara on the bus in San Diego and have her mention that her mom was home - YAY!!!

And speaking of San Diego:

Lindsay and I left at a somewhat more reasonable hour than we did when we travelled to Utah in July:


When we arrived at the hotel, our room wasn't quite ready, so we left our bags with the bell hop and went to explore a little bit (actually it was more like eat lunch, since by this time it was 4:30 p.m. Toronto time and we'd been on the go for 11 hours!).

We went to the outdoor mall (it has FIVE levels!) and did a bit of shopping. While hanging out in the Coach store, my phone rang and the hotel called to let us know our room was ready.

When we arrived in our room we found:



We hung out in the room for a little bit and then decided to do some more exploring. We're staying in the Gaslamp Quarter, so we walked a few blocks up and a few blocks over and ended up at TGI Fridays for dinner - HAPPY HOUR!!!

After dinner we walked a little more and then shopped a little more and headed back to the hotel to find:


PILLOW GIFT!!!!

Come back tomorrow and I'll show you what it was!

Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Fly Away!

I'm flying away to San Diego this morning (in fact, I've already left for the airport!) and I wanted YOU to be able to fly away too, so I thought I'd better share Stampin' UP!'s Butterfly Bundle offer.

Just click on the picture below to start shopping and saving!

And while you're there, don't forget to check out the NEW ITEMS added to the clearance rack (including individual stamps and stamp sets!)


Bundle ItemPage in CatalogueDescriptionRetail Price15% Savings PriceAmount Saved!
13531190
183
Butterfly Bundle (Clear-Mount)
Papillion Potpourri Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Bitty Butterfly Punch
$39.90$33.92$5.98
13531290
183
Butterfly Bundle (Wood-Mount) 
Papillion Potpourri Wood-Mount Stamp Set
Bitty Butterfly Punch
$44.90$38.17$6.73


I'll "see" you when I get back from San Diego!

Happy Stampin'!

Friday, September 6, 2013

It's the MOST wonderful time...of the year!

I posted this as my Facebook status on Tuesday and a friend couldn't believe that I was thinking Christmas carols so soon after labour day!!

I don't know about you, but around here (southern Ontario), the kids don't go back to school until AFTER labour day - making it the most wonderful time of the year (for me) as I as get my house back, can set my own schedule (all my kids are in school full time) and have a quiet house. Shhhhhhhh...

All that being said, Christmas is my most FAVOURITE holiday and I just loved doing a Christmas in July class this year! Since I quick expedited my order, I was even able to introduce brand new stuff to my students!


Did you miss it? Were you away at the cottage enjoying the lake? Did you wish you could be there but just couldn't find a way to squeeze it in to your busy summer schedule?

Well, then I have good news for you! The entire class (with step by step instructions) is now available as a tutorial for just $2.95!

Pop on over to my Tutorials page and check it out!

And did you know? If you come to class, there's no need for taking notes! After class is over, I send a copy of the tutorial to each of my class participants - cool, eh? It's a great added value!

Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Get your stamp on!


MONTH-LONG OBSERVANCES

AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Month
All American Breakfast Month
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Month
Baby Safety Month
Be Kind to Editors and Writers Month
Better Breakfast Month
Bourbon Heritage Month
Cable TV Month
Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month
Children’s Good Manners Month
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
Chili Peppers and Figs Month
Classical Music Month
College Savings Month
Eat Chicken Month
Ethnic Foods Month
Fall Hat Month
Fruits and Veggies More Matters Month
Go Wild During California Wild Rice Month
Great American Low-Cholesterol, Low-Fat Pizza Month
Gynecology Cancer Awareness Month
Happy Cat Month
Healthy Aging Month
Hunger Action Month
International Guide Dog Month
International Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month
International People Skills Month
International Self-Awareness Month
International Square Dancing Month
International Strategic Thinking Month
Jazz Month
Leukemia & Lymphoma Awareness Month
Library Card Sign-Up Month
Marriage Health Month
Million Minute Family Challenge
Mold Awareness Month
National Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery Month
National Apple Month
National Backpack Safety Month
National Bed Check Month
National Blueberry Popsicle Month
National Chicken Month
National Childhood Injury Prevention Month
National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
National Cholesterol Education Month
National Coupon Month
National Courtesy Month
National DNA, Geonomics, and Stem Cell Education Month
National Food Safety Education Month
National Fruit and Veggies Month
National Head Lice Prevention Month
National Hispanic Heritage Month
National Honey Month
National Little League Month
National Menopause Awareness Month
National Mind Mapping Month
National Mushroom Month
National Organic Harvest Month
National Osteopathic Medicine Month
National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
National Papaya Month
National Pediculosis Prevention Month
National Piano Month
National Preparedness Month
National Prime Beef Month
National Prosper Where You are Planted
National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
National Recovery Month
National Rice Month
National School Success Month
National Sewing Month
National Sickle Cell Awareness Month
National Skin Care Awareness Month
National Yoga Awareness Month
One-on-One Month
Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
Passion Fruit and Peach Month
Peas and Radishes Month
Pleasure Your Mate Month
Read-A-New-Book Month
Reunion Planning Month
Reyes Syndrome Awareness Month
Sea Cadet Month
Save the Koala Month
Schoolhouse Triangle Project Month
Self-Improvement Month
Shameless Promotion Month
Sports and Home Eye Safety Month
Subliminal Communications Month
Update Your Resume Month
Whole Grains Month
Women of Achievement Month
Women’s Friendship Month
World Animal Remembrance Month 

WEEK-LONG OBSERVANCES
1st Week
Child Injury Prevention Week
International Enthusiasm Week
National Nutrition Week
National Payroll Week
National Waffle Week
Play Days
Self University Week

2nd Week
International Housekeepers Week
Line Dance Week
National Assisted Living Week
National Suicide Prevention Week
Popeye Week

3rd Week
Balance Awareness Week
Build a Better Image Week
Constitution Week
Indoor Plant Month
National Child Care Week
National Clean Hands Week
National Farm Animals Awareness Week
National Farm & Ranch Safety and Health Week
National Flower Week
National Love Your Files Week
National Rehabilitations Week
National Singles Week
Pollution Prevention Week
Prostate Cancer Awareness Week
Substitute Teacher Appreciation Week
Turn Off Your TV Week

4th Week
American Massage Therapy Week
Banned Books Week
Deaf Awareness Week
Equal Parents’ Week
International Women’s E-Commerce Days
JRR Tolkien Week
National Adult Immunization Week
National Dog Week
National Keep Kids Creative Week
National Roller Skating Week
Remember to Register to Vote Week
Sea Otter Awareness Week

5th Week
Fall Astronomy Week
National Chimney Safety Week
World Hearing Aid Awareness Week

September 1st
Building and Code Staff Appreciation Day
Calendar Adjustment Day
Chicken Boy’s Day
Edgar Rice Burrough’s Birthday (1875)
Estee Lauder’s Birthday (1908)
Johann Pachelbel’s Birthday (1653)
Mary Had A Little Lamb Published (1830)
National No Rhyme (Nor Reason) Day
Padma Lakshmi’s Birthday (1970)
Responsible Dog Ownership Day
Rich Tips Test Day
Toy Tips Executive Toy Test Day
Yvonne de Carlo’s Birthday (1922)

September 2nd
First ATM (1969)
Great Fire of London (1666)
Labor Day
National Beheading Day
National Blueberry Popsicle Day
National Lazy Mom’s Day
Salma Hayek’s Birthday (1966)
US Treasury Established (1789)
V-J Day

September 3rd
Bathtub Race Day
First Professional Football Game (1895)
Great Fire of London (1666)
Sarah Orne Jewett’s Birthday (1849)
Skyscraper Day
Treaty of Paris Signed (1783)
Waffle Day

September 4th
Another Look Unlimited Day
Great Fire of London (1666)
Island of Manhattan Discovered (1609)
Newspaper Carrier Day
Oatmeal Day
Paul Harvey’s Birthday (1918)
Peter Rabbit’s Birthday (1893)
Richard Wright’s Birthday (1908)
Rosh Hashanah
Syd Hoff’s Birthday (1912)

September 5th
Be Late for Something Day
Bob Newhart’s Birthday (1929)
Cathy Guisewite’s Birthday (1960)
1st Continental Congress Assembled (1774)
Great Fire of London (1666)
National Cheese Pizza Day

September 6th
Do-It Day (Fight Procrastination)
Great Fire of London (1666)
Jane Curtain’s Birthday (1947)
National Lazy Moms Day
Read a Book Day

September 7th
Al McGuire’s Birthday (1931)
Ann Beattie’s Birthday (1947)
Chrissie Hynde’s Birthday (1951)
Google Commemoration Day
Grandma Moses Day
International Angel Day
Julie Kavner’s Birthday (1951)
National Feel the Love Day
Neither Rain Nor Snow Day
Queen Elizabeth I’s Birthday (1533)
Salami Day

September 8th
Antonio Dvorak’s Birthday (1841)
Bald is Beautiful Day
Farmers’ Consumer Awareness Day
International Drive Your Studebaker Day
International Literacy Day
Jack Prelutsky’s Birthday (1940)
King Richard I’s Birthday (1157)
National Date Nut Bread
National Grandparents Day (First Sunday after Labor Day in September)
National Hug Your Hound Day
Pardon Day
Patsy Cline’s Birthday (1932)
Potato Day
Prairie Day
Virgin Mary Day
World Physical Therapy Day

September 9th
Hugh Grant’s Birthday (1960)
International Lace Day
Leo Tolstoy’s Birthday (1828)
Mario Batali’s Birthday (1960)
National Boss/Employee Exchange Day
Stand Up to Cancer Day
Teddy Bear Day
United Colonies renamed United States (1776)
Wonderful Weirdos Day

September 10th
Bill O’Reilly’s Birthday (1949)
Chris Columbus’ Birthday (1958)
Colin Firth’s Birthday (1960)
Karl Lagerfeld’s Birthday (1938)
Sewing Machine Patented (1846)
Swap Ideas Day
T.V. Dinner Day
World Suicide Prevention Day

September 11th
Creation of the Internet (1969)
D.H. Lawrence’s Birthday (1885)
Harry Connick’s Birthday (1967)
Libraries Remember Day
Make Your Bed Day
National Day of Service & Remembrance
No News is Good News Day
O Henry’s Birthday (1862)
Patriot Day – World Trade Center Remembrance Day
Remember Freedom Day

September 12th
Alfred A. Knopf’s Birthday (1892)
Maurice Chevalier’s Birthday (1888)
Mushroom Days
National Chocolate Milk Shake Day
Popcorn Day
Video Games Day

September 13th
Blame Someone Else Day
Claudette Colbert’s Birthday (1903)
Defy Superstition Day
Else Minarik’s Birthday (1920)
Fortune Cookie Day
International Chocolate Day
Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day
Milton Hershey’s Birthday (1857)
National Celiac Awareness Day
National Peanut Day
National Urban Eden Day
Positive Thinking Day
Roald Dahl’s Birthday (1916)
Scooby Doo’s Birthday (First cartoon debuted)
Stand Up to Cancer Day
Stella McCartney’s Birthday (1971)
Uncle Sam Day
Walter Reed’s Birthday (1851)
Yom Kippur

September 14th
Clayton Moore’s Birthday (1914)
First Department Store Opens (Opened in 1848 by Alexander Stewart)
Johann Michael Hayden (1737)
National Cream-Filled Doughnut Day
Robert McCloskey’s Birthday (1914)
Star-Spangled Banner Written (1814)

September 15th
Agatha Christie’s Birthday (1890)
America’s Day for Kids
Big Whopper Liar Day
Felt Hat Day
Greenpeace Day
International Coastal Cleanup Day
International Day of Democracy
International Dot Day
International Eat an Apple Day
James Fenimore Cooper’s Birthday (1789)
Make A Hat Day
National Hispanic Heritage Month (Begins September 15 and ends October 15)
National School Backpack Awareness Day
Penicillin Discovered by Alexander Fleming (1928)
Robert McCloskey’s Birthday
Tomie de Paola’s Birthday (1934)
Tommy Lee Jones’ Birthday (1946)
UN International Day of Democracy

September 16th
Anne Bradstreet Day
Beer Day
Collect Rocks Day
H.A. Rey’s Birthday (1898)
John Knowles’ Birthday (1926)
Mayflower Day
National Play-Doh Day
National POW/MIA Recognition Day
National Stepfamily Day
National Working Parents Day
Robin Yount’s Birthday (1955)
Stay Away From Seattle Day
Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day
Trail of Tears Commemoration Day

September 17th
Anne Bancroft’s Birthday (1931)
Citizenship Day/Constitution Day
Constitution Day
Ladies Auxiliary VFW Organized (1914)
John Ritter’s Birthday (1948)
National Apple Dumpling Day
Pledge Across America Day
Time’s Up Day
VFW Ladies Auxiliary Day
William Carlos Williams’ Birthday (1883)

September 18th
Agnes de Mille’s Birthday (1905)
Air Force Birthday (1947)
Chiropractor’s Day
First Edition of the New York Times Published (1851)
Hug a Greeting Card Writer Day
James Gandolfini’s Birthday (1961)
Jimmy Fallon’s Birthday (1974)
June Foray’s Birthday (1920)
Mushroom Picking Day
National Aging Awareness Day
National Attention Deficit Disorder Awareness Day
National Cheeseburger Day
National Rehabilitation Day
National Respect Day
World Water Monitoring Day

September 19th
International Talk Like a Pirate Day
National Butterscotch Pudding Day
National Women’s Friendship Day
National Women Road Warrior Day

September 20th
America’s Day for Kids
Clean Up the World Weekend
First Railroad Station Opened
National Punch Day
National Tradesmen Day
Sophia Loren’s Birthday (1934)
Upton Sinclair’s Birthday (1878)

September 21st
Big Whopper Liar Day
Bill Murray’s Birthday (1950)
Boys’ and Girls’ Club Day for Kids
H.G. Wells’ Birthday (1866)
International Banana Festival
International Day of Peace
International Eat an Apple Day
Miniature Golf Day
Puppy Mill Awareness Day
Rob Morrow’s Birthday (1962)
Tiffany’s Founded (1837)
World Alzheimer’s Day
World Gratitude Day

September 22nd
American Business Women’s Day
Andrea Bocelli’s Birthday (1958)
Autumnal Equinox
Band-Aid Invented (1920)
Car Free Day
Dear Diary Day
Elephant Appreciation Day
Fish Amnesty Day
Hobbit Day
Ice Cream Cone Invented (1903)
National Centenarian’s Day
National White Chocolate Day
Tom Felton’s Birthday (1987)
U.S. Post Office Opened (1789)
Wife Appreciation Day

September 23rd
Bruce Springsteen’s Birthday (1949)
Dogs in Politics Day
Checkers Day
Earth Over Shoot Day
Euripedes’ Birthday (480 BC)
Great American Pot Pie Day
Ray Charles’ Birthday (1930)
Restless Legs Awareness Day

September 24th
Beer Days
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Birthday (1896)
Festival of Latest Novelties
First Toy Store Opened
Jim Henson’s Birthday (1936)
National Bluebird of Happiness Day
National Cherries Jubilee Day
National Public Lands Day
National Punctuation Day
National Voter Registration Day
National Woman Road Warrior Day
Native American Day

September 25th
Aida Turturro’s Birthday (1962)
Gold Star Mother’s Day
Mary Poppins Debuted in 1964
Math Story Telling Day
National Comic Book Day
National Museum Day
National One-Hit Wonder Day
National Women’s Health and Fitness Day
Shel Silverstein’s Birthday (1930)
William Faulkner’s Birthday (1897)

September 26th
Dog Scouts of America Day
George Gershwin’s Birthday (1898)
International Rabbit Day
Ivan Pavlov’s Birthday (1849)
Jane Smiley’s Birthday (1949)
Johnny Appleseed’s Birthday (John Chapman born in 1774.)
Shamu the Whale Day
T.S. Eliot’s Birthday (1888)
World Maritime Day

September 27th
Ancestor Appreciation Day
Answering Machine Patented (1950)
Ask a Stupid Question Day
Crush A Can Day
Gwyneth Paltrow’s Birthday (1972)
Hug a Vegetarian Day
Meat Loaf’s Birthday (1947)
Samuel Adams’ Birthday (1722)
Thomas Nast’s Birthday (1840)
World Tourism Day

September 28th
Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival  (Also called the Moon Festival)
Ed Sullivan’s Birthday (1901)
First Airport Opened
Fish Tank Floorshow Night
International Lace Day
Kids Day
Love Note Day
Michelangelo’s Birthday (1573)
National Family Health & Fitness Day
National Good Neighbor Day
National Hunting and Fishing Day
National Museum Day
National Public Lands Day
National Walk to Work Day
READ in America Day
Save the Koala Day
World Rabies Day
World Heart Day

September 29th
Confucius Day
Gold Star Mother’s Day
Greer Garson’s Birthday (1904)
Miguel de Cervantes’ Birthday (1547)
National Attend Your Grandchild’s Birth Day
National Coffee Day
Poisoned Blackberries Day
Scotland Yard formed in London (1829)
U.S. Army Established (1789)
VFW Day

September 30th
Barry Williams’ Birthday (1954)
Blasphemy Day
Deborah Kerr’s Birthday (1921)
Fran Drescher’s Birthday (1957)
Johnny Mathis’ Birthday (1935)
National Mud Pack Day
Safety Pin Invented
Truman Capote‘s Birthday (1924)
Thanks Jane!