Hi! Welcome to my blog! My name is Jacquelin and I am from Victoria, BC on sunny Vancouver Island. I am a mom, wife, doula and love all things crafty. I started this journey in 2012 - my year of transformation (the start of it, anyway!!)- getting healthy and fit and finding a balanced life. I hope you find inspiration and a few laughs here and that you come back and visit my blog again soon!
Hey everyone - I have started a new blog called My Year of Transformation - all about the fitness and health adventure I have begun! I hope you will check it out and follow me www.myyearoftransformation.blogspot.com !
Remember my vow to make real changes to my lifestyle this year? Well it has been going pretty well, but today I got the best news and an incredible opportunity! I entered a fitness makeover contest at the Body Dynamics Headquarters Training Studio, and I WON!!!
I won a year of personal training, support, studio and bootcamp classes with the most amazing trainers ever!!! I am still in shock! This is exactly what I need to kick my butt and get my fitness on!!!
I will be followed all year - and yes- that includes telling the world my weight and measurements - the size of a very short football player - and sharing my journey of change! It means a committment of epic proportions, and I am ready!!
The trainers there are amazing and I am looking forward to working hard, learning about myseelf and challenging myself to get healthy and stay that way! WOW! I still can't believe it, and I sure there will be days when I regret it, but for now I am savouring the moment! I cannot wait to see what this wild ride will bring!
I love Prima and the first of their winter lines is really fantastic! With a name like Songbird you can expect lovely soft colours and birds and butterflies!
Shabby wooden tickets and tags:
If pinks and soft pastels aren't your style, you may wish to try out Nature's Garden - soft blues and green with a vintage nature feel:
Or how about some Lady Godiva Flowers:
And these Art Tiles are fabulous:
More to come from Prima and many other companies - I love all the new inspiration that comes with fresh ideas from all the manufacturers and their designers! be sure to check back for more sneak peeks as CHA draws closer!
I finally succumbed to the trend. . . so many scrappers are choosing "one little word" for the year - and then taking time to intentionally focus on that word and what it meand for them in their life at this point in time. I love the idea - hate being too trendy, but I felt that I wanted to pick a word this year, or maybe it chose me!
So, my word is CHANGE. Trying to make changes in my life, working on processing all the changes that have happened for me in the past while, and really taking charge of what I want to be different in my life. I've discovered that being intentional is pretty darn cool, and that I should do it more often!
If you could choose one little word for this year, what would yours be?
Yup - its that time again - CHA is just around the corner - with all the latest and greatest products from the scrappy world. Our first sneak peek is from one of my fave companies - Webster's Pages!
The new Sunday Picnic collection comes in a classic style - the lovely vintage look we have come to love and expect from Webster's (above), as well as a new Clean and Simple look perfect for the scrapper who loves the patterns and beauty of Webster's, but not necessarily their vintage groove.
Finally a peek at one of my favourite indulgences - those unique and oh so fabulous trims that I just can't get enough of!
Seriously yummy! Keep following for more sneak peeks in the days and weeks to come as we get closer to the Craft and Hobby Association show in Anaheim, January 29 - February 1st!
I promised to post my 12 Days of Christmas layouts as I completed them, so here they are as promised:
Day 4 focused on Christmas Decor - I took photos of some of the special ornaments and decorations that Have found their way onto my tree and around my various homes for as long as 30 years! ( Yes, that makes me feel very old!!)
My Day 5 task was to create a layout based on seasonal song lyrics. I was so happy to be able to find a cool way to scrap my fave photos from last Christmas - Joshua as the miserable shepherd in the Christmas Eve Nativity play. After fighting with the other shepherds over the crooks, jockeying for position around the baby Jesus, and pretending to smoke hay from the manger ( a crowd favourite), Josh finally settled for looking completely bored! This year he was NOT a shepherd.
It is really great to have the kits all ready to go ( we prepped them in the days before Christmas) - makes completing layouts relatively painless - and I am only 4 days behind!
Happy New Year! Can you believe we are officially in 2012? I can't. Time is zipping away - even more reason to make the very best of each and every day.
Resolutions anyone? I always have a few, and this year I am ready to make some significant changes to my lifestyle - including Moving More and Eating Well! You'll notice I didn't say lose weight or diet. So done with that. We are talking lifestyle changes here - in the interests of my health and general outlook on life! That is the focus of my resolutions - especially since I was keener and quit biting my nails before Christmas! ( They look fabulous, by the way)
I am always nervous about putting it out there - that I want to make some changes - because what if I, you know, fail? But the reality is that this is not a quick fix or a short trip - it is a journey of tiny steps and a million choices good or bad. I am getting some help from Cathy Zielske - and a class called Move More, Eat Well from Big Picture Scrapbooking. And I am pretty damn excited about the whole thing.
So hopefully I won't bore you too much with posts of my journey, which I will of course be documenting. I figure most of us are making changes of one kind or another pretty much all the time, so maybe we can learn from one another. And don't worry - I will still be posting layouts and tips and photos and all the other mundane details of my wonderful life - so be prepared to be amazed, or somewhat interested.
Oh - I have one more resolution - to allow more pics of myself to be taken - so her is one from today - went for a lovely walk with the family - and Em took my first picture of 2012!
So here is to resolutions, and change and companions on the journey - feel free to share your resolutions here and join me in a Happy New Start 2012.
Saying goodbye to a busy, crazy, chaotic, wild, and unique 2011! Cannot wait to welcome a bright and shiny New Year - full of hope, goodness and fresh perspectives!!! Happy 2012 to you all - and may it bring many blog posts from me to you!!
I know, I know, I have been MIA, but I have good reasons! Health and life got int he way once again and so I haven't been near my blog for a while! However, I have been doing a bit of scrapping (thank you Big Picture Scrapbooking for the 12 days of Christmas Class!). Just wanted to share a few layouts of the sights and sounds of Christmas at my house! Please note - I shopped my stash for all of these - nothing was purchased - love using up the older stuff I have kicking around!
Here is my Day One Layout! ( I finally got a half decent family photo for Christmas! At least everyone is mostly looking and smiling!!)
Now for Day 2: ( Still trying for that perfect night shot of the tree - I need a tripod!)
And finally, Day 3: (Time for the annual gingerbread house making extravaganza!)
Stay tuned for the next layouts in my 12 Layouts of Christmas! I hope you all had a very Happy Holiday and are ready to ring in 2012!