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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Our Tiny House Then and Now Project Life Scrapbook - #5

Hello Everyone!
Here are the final 2015 pictures from my Project Life by Stampin' Up! scrapbook of our Tiny House (aka cabin).  Our Tiny House is a float house, which means water access only.  It is 20 minutes up the lake and so far away from everything.  We have no electricity, cell service, or internet.  Because I have to keep my business going while we are up there, we purchased a cell booster and battery power.  So now we can link up our cell phones in the evening for an hour or so just to keep in touch.  
It is so quiet, you don't hear any man made sounds at all, and the evening skies are amazing with the stars you can see.  We often sit out and watch for falling stars and satellites.
Now, on with the show ......

Here we are doing renos on the "poop deck" which is at the back.  We sit out there and have breakfast every morning.

Ahhh, this was the most amazing day of the whole 3 years.  The new composting toilet!  No more hauling around port-a-potties (which was the original one from way back when we owned the cabin before!).  Life is GOOD.  Lol

And a new fridge that works and keeps things cold.  So cool !!!

The following picture is not part of the Tiny House scrapbook, but it is some pictures I had laying around that I felt the need to put into a page.  This is hubby, Ted, and I from then (1977 the beginning) and now (well almost, it was 2012).

I hope you have enjoyed this journey from then until now and the renovations of our Tiny Cabin.  There are still some projects to do, and we have been planning all winter.  I can't wait to get back up there soon and start enjoying the serenity again.
Have a crafty day!  Glenda Mollet

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals - Tues Feb 9 - Mon Feb 15, 2016

Hello Everyone ....

I hope you had a great Family Day.  Here in British Columbia the first Monday of February has been designated as Family Day, and it is a day to spend with family.  The weather here was amazing, we usually don't get sunny days in winter, Port Alberni is known for it's winter fog that arrives in November and leaves in March.  But yesterday, and today as well, it is gloriously sunny and warm.  We did get to spend time with our local son and his family (including our grandchildren).

But today is Tuesday and that means new Weekly Deals from Stampin' Up!  Here are this week's ....
(click on the picture to go to my online store and order yours today)
As you see, the Blossom Bunch Punch is on sale this week.  This punch is from the new 2016 Occasions Catalogue and co-ordinates with the Grateful Bunch stamp set.
If you would like to order the Blossom Bunch Punch, EMAIL ME as I have a special this week to offer you that goes along with it - Canadian stampers only please.

I recently created the following card using the Blossom Bunch Punch and Grateful Bunch stamp set ....

I will also send you a card kit and instructions to complete this card when you purchase the punch and take advantage of my special offer.  Don't hesitate too long, this is only available this week Tues Feb 9 to Mon Feb 15, 2016.  Email me today!

Have a super crafty day!  Glenda Mollet

Monday, February 8, 2016

Our Tiny House Then and Now Project Life Scrapbook - #4

Hi again.  After a few days of card sharing, I am back with pictures of my Project Life by Stampin' Up! scrapbook from our Tiny House - aka cabin.
Here are some 2015 pages. In 2014 we re-decked the float, did some renos inside, and made a propane locker.  In 2015 we did some smaller decking areas (we call it the "poop deck" hahaha a left over from our sailing days), and the best thing of all, a new composting toilet.  Yes, it is the little things that make me happy!

Hmmm seems I still have one picture to add to this page! 

Yes, I spend a LOT of time in the water.  It is so clear that you can see down about 20-25 feet to the bottom!

New kitchen cupboard courtesy of our friend Tom and Cindy.  And new flooring in one half of the cabin!

We had the most annoying Loons this year. There was two of them and they kept squeeling and squeeling.  They sounded like dogs in pain.  Very un-nerving.

We had so much fun again in 2015, despite the heat.  There were a few days when the thermometer on the front deck pinned at the highest temperature which was 50 deg C!
One more post coming with the remaining 2015 pictures that I have done. Still more to do, but that will come when we head back up there in May.
Have a crafty day!  Glenda Mollet

Friday, February 5, 2016

Stampin' Up! Easter Bunny card share

Hello Everyone!
On page 46 of the new Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalogue, there is a picture of a cute Easter Bunny tag.  I loved this tag so much, I decided to turn it into an Easter Card.

I love the way she is peeking out of the hole in the designer paper.  I added the Bow Paper Clip to her ear just like it is on the tag.  This is made with the Friends and Flowers stamp set by Stampin' Up!  It hasso many cute stamps in it to create all sorts of friend and flowers.  Here it is ....
You can click on each of the pictures above to go direct to my online store for more info, or to order your very own set.
Here are the supplies I used:
   Stamps:  Friends & Flowers, Teeny Tiny Wishes
   Paper: Whisper White, Lost Lagoon, Pink Pirouette cardstock, It's My Party designer series paper
   Ink:  Mint Macaron
   Markers:  Pink Pirouette, Wink Of Stella - Clear
   Other: Pool Party Glitter Ribbon, Lots Of Labels dies (biggest one), Banner and 2-1/2" Circle punches, Decorative Dots embossing folder, hand held stapler, Bow Paper Clip

I used the "negative" side of the Decorative Dots embossing folder just to be different!
Have a crafty day!  Glenda Mollet

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Timeless Butterfly cased card

Hello everyone!  Thank you for visiting today.  I hope you have had a great week so far.
Here is the card I have to share with you today .....

I cased this from Sandi MacIver over at Stampin With Sandi.
I love all of the cards Sandi makes, and I case a lot of them.  This one is so beautiful with the Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper.  I don't know what I will do in June when this paper retires.  Guess I better make good use of it until then!
I used Basic Black and Very Vanilla cardstock along with the designer paper, and a bit of Gold Foil paper adds the bling to it.  The Gold Thread adds some sophistication and elegance, as does the simple sentiment (from Cottage Greetings stamp set) that is embossed in white embossing powder.  There is a vellum butterfly under the gold one to add some depth.

Have a crafty day!  Glenda Mollet 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals - Tues Feb 2 to Mon Feb 8, 2016

Good crafty morning everyone!
Today is Tuesday, and that means more Weekly Deals from Stampin' Up! 
Here are this week's Weekly Deals available only for 7 days at a 25% discount ....
Click on the picture to go to my online store for more information, or to place an order!

Hope you have a crafty day!  Glenda Mollet

Monday, February 1, 2016

Our Tiny House Then and Now Project Life Scrapbook - #3

Hi everyone!  Here is the second half of my Project Life by Stampin' Up! scrapbook pages from our Tiny House (aka cabin) in 2014 ....

See the scrapbooking supplies on my lovely orange kitchen table!

Our neighbour grows the most amazing tomatoes!

Yes there is a story behind my poor finger - see below.

By the time the summer of 2014 drew to a close (in late September) our Tiny House was looking much happier.  A new deck made a huge difference and it actually came up almost 3 inches from the waterline by getting rid of the old waterlogged decking.
Our last trip up there, we decided to do some cleaning of the beach area.  The lake is behind a dam that feeds the paper mill in the town, so the level rises and falls huge amounts each year.  The water was way down, so we had the opportunity to clean up lots of dead wood and rocks from the beach.  Hubby and I were moving a HUGE rock.  It was so big we both had to lift it.  Well, it slipped out of hubby's hands and I was not fast enough to get my pinky finger out of the way before it went down.  When it hit the ground, it hit another rock and my finger was squished between them.  Let me tell you, it was painful!  I "might" have said some very bad words.  Of course, with no electricity, we had no ice, so it just got blacker and blacker and hurt like the devil.  It was over 6 months before my fingernail was normal again.  Oh well, love those scrapbooking moments. LOL

Have a crafty day!  Glenda Mollet

Friday, January 29, 2016

Our Tiny House Then and Now Project Life Scrapbook - #2

Hello everyone!  I am back today with the second installment of my Project Life By Stampin' Up! scrapbook of the purchase and renovation of our Tiny House (aka cabin).
Here are some pictures from 2014 ....

The Mollet flotilla of boats, and the poor cabin before the new deck was begun.

We had to do the deck in stops and starts all during the summer.  We could only work on the parts that were in the shade, and only in the mornings.  Then it was swim time.

Having a float cabin has its advantages, and definitely disadvantages when you have scrap to get rid of.  We can't just take it ashore and leave it because we only own up to the high water mark.  So we had to take the old deck boards home.  But that's ok, it makes great firewood for camping.

The cabins are lifted up off the deck on 4x4 posts, and they all needed to be replaced as well.  I was the official "taker out of the nails person".

The front and side looking real good.

The old fridge (original to the cabin) was not working well.  Each month Ted had to clean out the jets for the cooling system (propane) and encourage it to work again.  Then we installed a new stove!  Not that I cook all that much up at the Tiny House either.  LOL

My hubby, Ted, is truly amazing.  He can do anything I dream up.  I laughingly tell him I didn't marry him for his money, I married him for his fixabilities!!!  Usually I break things and he fixes them.  But now with our Tiny House, we spend all winter dreaming up renovations and things to build, then we make them a reality in the summer months.  Yes I help him with most of the projects and I am getting pretty handy with hammers and saws. Ok, I am getting really good at swimming and suntanning too!  heeheehee
We can only work part of each day as it usually hits 40 deg C by 11 a.m.  Then we spend the afternoon lazing around, puttering and swimming.  Then do a bit more "work" in the evening.  I can't tell you how much I enjoy this piece of heaven and I can't wait until we have it safe enough, for the grand children to come up.  They are still a bit young, but the time will come!

Have a crafty day!  Glenda Mollet

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Customer Appreciation Dinner - Spinach and Strawberry Salad Recipe

Last night I held my Annual Customer Appreciation Evening and Dinner for all my wonderful customers.  Everyone is invited and we have so much fun!

I provide Bacon Wrapped Date appies, Lasagna, Spinach and Strawberry Salad, Baking Powder Biscuits, and desert squares.  In the past I bought the lasagna and deserts, and made everything else.  Because of allergies, my hubby was unable to eat any left over lasagna,  So this year, I made the lasagna as well!  A lot of work, but my fabulous customers are so worth it.

The recipe for the Bacon Wrapped Date appies is HERE IN THIS POST.  If you scroll down my blog, on the left side is a list of tags, then find the Recipes one, and it is there, and I will be pinning this one there as well as I have been asked for the salad dressing recipe.  I did still purchase the desert squares because I really don't like to cook, and attempting to bake along with everything else, was overwhelming to me.  Oh well, maybe some day!!!

Here is a picture of the lasagna before it was cooked, and our grandson helping me by rolling all 4 lbs of bacon worth appies (you cut each bacon piece in half, so you can imagine how many we made, the container to the back of the picture was full!) ...

Here's the recipe for the salad .....

Strawberries - sliced
Pecans - can toast if you like
You can also use feta or goat cheese if you like
3 tbsp strawberry jam warmed
3 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
Using a whisk, stir the dressing until it blends together well.  The jam being warm really helps in this.

Hope you enjoy it, it is one of my favourite salads.  I don't like eating raw spinach, but its great in this salad.

Have a crafty day!  Glenda Mollet

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Our Tiny House Then and Now Project Life Scrapbook - #1

You asked for it, and here it is.  I finally took pictures of the pages of my Project Life scrapbook of our cabin (aka Tiny House).  We owned this cabin way, way back and sold it in 1992 when we moved away.  We re-purchased it in 2013 when the owners decided to sell it.  
It was like walking back in time.  There had been virtually no work done to it since we left in 1992.  The walls, floors and ceilings were the same paint job we did in 1990.  Guess that was good paint we used.  I opened the cupboards (which were the same) and looked at the dishes, pots, pans, cutlery, etc.  It was all the stuff we left there.  I had been missing a casserole that was a little special to me as my Mother-In-Law and I had gone to a pottery shop where she lives and purchased it.  She is still alive (just celebrated her 96th birthday) but the pottery shop is gone.  Well, there it was in the cabin cupboard!
The sleeping mats our boys had when they were in Cub Scouts were there with their names still on them.  It was truly an amazing experience.  On top of that, it was every bit as tranquil and relaxing as we remembered it being.
I still have some pictures from "then" to put in it, and some "now" from the end of last season as well.  But here are the 2013 pages and one page of "then" first  .....

This is the "then" page with pictures from 1992.  That was our son who is now ahem "older"  LOL

Some flashback pictures of the unchanged inside

More flashback pictures

And the renovations begin.  First, a new ceiling .....

Always time for sunshine and swimming.  Lots of heat on the front deck as well.

Then we started on the wall refinishing.  Also pictures of our dinner spot.

Our son, Phil, came up to help with new anchoring lines and new flotation underneath.  Yes this is the same son who is in the "then" picture with our puppy Popi on his lap.

The sunsets are spectacular.

Project Life by Stampin' Up! is an amazing scrapbooking system.  It comes complete with inserts, embellishments, and overlays to pop into the sectioned pages.  All you do is slip your photos in the pockets, then fill the remaining pockets with inserts, journalling pages, and embellishments.  Voila!  There you go.  No electricity required - we have no electricity, internet, or cell service at our Tiny House.  I print the pictures at home and do the filling and journalling there.

Well, that's it for today.  I will be back again on Friday with pictures from 2014.
Have a crafty day!  Glenda Mollet

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals - Jan 26 to Feb 1, 2016

It's Tuesday, so that means new Weekly Deals from Stampin' Up!

Here is the picture of the deals available this week at a 25% discount (click on the picture to go directly to my online store for more information, or to place an order).

I would be happy to place an order for you any time (if you don't already have a demonstrator) in Canada!  EMAIL ME and we can do that for you.

Have a crafty day!  Glenda Mollet

Monday, January 25, 2016

Botanical Garden Bundle card for Sunshine Club Ladies

Last Wednesday morning at the local over 50 club Stamp Crafts, we did a great card using the Botanical Garden Bundle.  

I just love this bundle, and the co-ordinating designer paper is truly amazing.  There are sheets where all the decorating is done, and you just have to cut it and use it.  But then there is this design where the artist has left parts of it un-decorated so you can use your imagination.  The leaf centers and some of the flower centers are added using the Botanical Blooms stamp set and the colours of your choice.  Here is what the paper looks like ....

I cased this card off of Pinterest from Claire Daly, then I embossed the Cajun Craze flower with the Elegant Dots embossing folder.  There are lots and lots of cards around made from this wonderful bundle, and I have not seen one yet that I did not like.

Have a crafty day!  Stampin' Smiles  Glenda Mollet

Friday, January 22, 2016

Project Life by Stampin' Up! and our Tiny House

Hello Everyone!
Not all papercrafters are scrapbookers, and I know that from personal experience.  But sometimes it's nice to put pictures onto pages and memorialize them.
I have not scrapbooked a lot in my papercrafting career, but there are some things I felt I needed to capture in a special way.
Recently I created a scrapbook of the ongoing renovation of our "Tiny House" (aka our cabin) on Powell Lake in Powell River, BC.  This is a float cabin with water access only and it is our tiny bit of heaven.  There is no cell / internet service unless we hook up and start our cell booster, there are no phones, and you can only arrive there by boat or plane.  We purchased our "Cabin" back in 1990 when we lived in Powell River, and our children were young.  Then layoffs affected my husband's work and we moved way, way up to northern British Columbia and we had to sell to friends of ours.
Speed jump ahead to 2013. We were once again living on the southern coast of BC on Vancouver Island and we received a call from the people who purchased the cabin and they had decided to sell it.  We had kept in touch over the years and told them if they ever decided to sell, we would like first refusal.  Hmmmm who in their right mind would refuse this golden opportunity, NOT US!  We jumped at the offer and bought back our cabin.  After 23 years it was a little "tired" so we had some renovations to do. 

It's the ugliest cabin on the lake, it's made from 2 very old office trailers.  But with scenery like this, it is heaven.

The first summer we spent doing inside ceilings and walls and installing a new stove.  
The second summer we redecked the outside.  That was a HUGE job and took us all summer.
The minute we bought the cabin I began to take pictures of everything.  It was like walking back in time when we first entered it.  I had been missing a casserole and could not find it anywhere.  Lo and behold, there i was!  Along with pots, pans, dishes, linens, bedding mats, etc.
Then I began my Project Life Album.  There is also no electricity at our "Tiny House" (which is what we now call it LOL) so everything had to be done during the day, and I did all of it, except for printing the pictures) at the cabin.  

Enough babbling on, my point today is, that you can scrapbook anytime, any where with the  Project Life by Stampin' Up! system.  Here is a video by Stampin! Up! on how this system works. 

Our Tiny House does not look quite so tired any more, but we sure were after all those renos.  It is wonderful to be able to look back and see the changes.  It makes all the work worthwhile.  I also added some pictures from way back in the 90's when we first owned it.  Maybe I will share them, along with the scrapbook pages in blog posts every once in a while.

Have a crafty day!  Glenda Mollet

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Stampin' Up! Botanical Gardens Suite and Color Me Irresistable Paper

Hello Everyone!
This is the second card we did during this month's Monthly Stamper Club.  I uses the most awesome suite in the new Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalogue called Botanical Gardens.

You can order the Botanical Garden Bundle consisting of the Botanical Blooms stamp set (Photopolymer), the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies, and Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper at a 15% discount from purchasing them separately!  Isn't that a great price?  Only $64.25 Canadian, and you qualify for one FREE Sale-A-Bration Item too!  This card uses the Hello stamp set from the Sale-A-Bration brochure .
There are lots and lots of amazing cards made using this suite of products all over the internet. I have been sharing a few of the ones I made recently.
Here are the supplies I used to create this card:
Stamps:  Hello
Ink:  Soft Sky, Memento Tuxedo Black, Melon Mambo
Paper:  Whisper White, Soft Sky, Pear Pizazz, So Saffron, Rich Razzleberry, Blushing Bride, Color Me Irresistable designer paper
Other:  Dauber, Sponge, Circle Die #6 (counted from the center out), Botanical Builder Dies, Rhinestone Embellishments, Wink of Stella Brush - Clear

To do the background piece of Color Me Irresistable paper, you sponge it lightly with Soft Sky ink.  I didn't do this completely, I did it so there was various "levels" of colour. Because the dots are embossed, the ink does not stick on them and they remain white.  This is called Emboss Resist Technique, and I love how Stampin' Up! has done the hard work for you on this paper.  I used the Wink Of Stella Clear brush to put sparkly glitz to the Rich Razzleberry center on the big Blushing Bride flower. 

I cased this card from Nicole Tugrel on Pinterest.

EMAIL ME if you have any questions, or would like to place an order.
Have a crafty day!  Glenda Mollet
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