Wednesday, January 8, 2014

It Was So Cold Yesterday…...

"Everyone together now"

((   How Cold Was It?   ))

It was so cold …...people were trying to see just how quickly things would freeze outside.

Local news station put a wet t-shirt outside and it literally froze in less than five minutes.  Stiff!!  

A man squirts boiling water from a water gun outside and as water is shot out, it freezes instantly. 

Not to be outdone, I had to try my own test of how cold it was outside. 
Something I thought made a little more sense!!


Not chilled

Really chilled




Didn't take long to chill ( I mean CHILL) my wine - minutes.  
And that's a good thing!



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Monday, January 6, 2014

Wacky Weather

First a snow storm.

Then an ice storm.

Have you ever heard of a "frostquake"?

(Known to experts as cryoseisms, frostquakes happen when moisture that has seeped into the ground freezes very quickly. It expands and builds up pressure, causing the frozen soil or rock near the surface to crack, emitting a sound that people have likened to a sonic boom.)

Well, I hadn't.  That was next. 

Which brings us to today.  

Information from Environment Canada and provided by CBC says….

"Temperature could drop to -40 C with windchill by Tuesday morning"

"Tomorrow is set to be the coldest January 7th ever they say. By a long shot." 
"Environment Canada predicts it will be -25 C tomorrow morning. That would smash the current record cold of -20 C, set back in 1968 (Environment Canada has been recording temperatures at our local airport since 1960.)"  "And that -25 C will feel worse due to a frigid wind chill. Environment Canada said it could feel as cold as-40 C in the wind, just three degrees shy of our all-time wind chill record, set on Jan. 19, 1994."
Hopefully the power won't go out again.  That wasn't fun - at all.  
Hello Spring?  Can you hear me?  
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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Until Next Year


I've taken down Christmas 2013!

It's been a busy weekend and very productive. 

It can't be any other way - I'm an Elf!  

Image from GoodHousekeeping - Great Magazine

 If you're reading my blog for the first time, welcome!  If you've been one of my amazing followers and blog friends (love you all..and thank you) you may remember that I worked at a magical store called "The Elves Workshop".  I was one of "The Elves".  I worked there for many years and it truly was an amazing experience.   We sold everything "Christmas" and then some.  Besides all that was Christmas we had items such as mirrors, lamps, table decor and anything else that would help make any house a home.  Hostess gifts were a big seller.  Entertaining items would fly off the shelves.  We were known for our Christmas trees and fabulous decorations.   People would come from miles around to see what the year was showing.  What was new.  What they could purchase to add to their collection of Christmas decor.  Many would ask for "The Elves" to make something special for them.   Whether it was for a gift, mantle, wreath, two foot fully decorated Christmas tree, possibly spruce up an older piece they wanted updating or perhaps a couple new bows for their outdoor house lights.  We were there to create the magic, and we did.  She taught us how.  Myself, I was like a sponge.  I was young and I wanted to learn.   I thought this woman was a genius.  She could create magic in an instant.  I wanted to know everything and how to do everything.  I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to have learned from one of the best.  That's not only my opinion but the opinion of many in the business.  Not only did we learn how to decorate, we learned how to un-decorate.  Hmmmmm?  Is that even a word?  We learned how to put ornaments on a tree and how to take ornaments off a tree.  There is a way you know.  Who would have thunk?  We learned if it came out of a box, it went back in that same box.  She showed us how.  We learned how to put lights on a tree, how to take them off and package them up - neatly.  We were taught that if you take a few extra minutes putting your Christmas decor away it will not only save time when putting it back up the following year, your Christmas decor will LAST!  You've spent good money on your decor so take care of your investment.  Great advice!

It's "The Elves Workshop" way.

My way.

This is what I was taught, how I decorate and un-decorate.

Her name was Lois Stanger and she has been helping to decorate Heaven for a few years now.

Thank you Lois!




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Friday, January 3, 2014

Summing Up Christmas







And to Marianne….
Here is the pinecone you asked for
It graced my mantle





To my dear friend "Pixie"



Thank you!

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Sunday, January 6, 2013

What To Say?

So much time has passed since my last "real" post.  I don't want to go into why I haven't posted anything because it doesn't really matter in the scheme of things.  You can tell a sad story and someone always has one worse.  You can tell a "hero" story and someone always has one better.  I'm not the kind of person who looks for a "Oh my goodness, poor you" or "Oh my goodness, you're amazing.!"
Let's just say....life is interesting and throws you curve balls.  We all do what we need to do!

There are a few people I want to thank for standing by me.  They have kept in touch, sent e-mails, and never asked for anything more than letting me know....they are there!  Not that I expect anyone to take time out of their busy day, and lets be honest ....we are all busy!  I really want to let them know I haven't forgot about them and they mean the blog world to me.  You guys.....really do!  From the bottom of my heart, Thank You!!!!

Di....you're the best.  I was beside myself when I opened your card at Christmas.  A card that came across the pond at what I believe to be the most wonderful time of the year!  You don't know how much that meant to me .....  and I shared it with everyone that came to my home over the holidays.  Love you!
Thank you!!!!

Gay, Tony, Kay and Bella....you've always been there for me!  A BIG Thank you to you!  Love you guys too!

To all my followers, I won't disappoint.  I'm planning on coming back - bigger and stronger.  I just need a little more time.  I've got some really great things coming, I promise!

Where ever you are in your day, I hope you're enjoying it.
Wishing you many wonderful creations!


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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Second Blog Candy Winner!

The Candy.....




&


The Winner....




renaissance.lady



I was thrilled to see that I had so many entries for my second Cuttlebug Blog Candy.  There were 161 Inlinkz entries and 18 more via e-mail.  Thank you to everyone who entered and Congratulations
to renaissance.lady, the lucky (e-mail) winner.

Please send me your information and I will get your Cuttlebug to you.



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First Blog Candy Winner....

The Candy.......







The Winner....








Congratulations


#8


Kay Hammock

This is such a beautiful bracelet!  Kay, I hope you enjoy wearing it as much as I've enjoyed being able to offer it to one lucky person! 
Please send me your information (Thecraftyelf@hotmail.com) and I will get your gorgeous bracelet out to you.

Once again....Congratulations!  


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Thursday, March 1, 2012

GOOD LUCK!

Thank you to everyone who has visited, left comments and joined in my blog candy giveaways!  I am gathering all the necessary data,  making the draws and announcing the winners of both the bracelet and Cuttlebug this weekend.  I wish you all - good luck!!
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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

WOYWW


Not much to share on my desk, sorry!  It's been an interesting few weeks.  So much has happened ....and all at once!



When family and friends are in need of help....we respond!  That's what we do.  It's the right thing to do!   I'm doing what I can to help and I believe I'm making a difference.   Sometimes you can't do anything but wait and that's the most difficult of all, you feel helpless.  My decision to put blogging aside for a couple of weeks and help out has been difficult, but necessary.   I know you understand.  I haven't gone anywhere, I'm still here.  I'm just so happy I am able to help and it feels so good!

Wishing you many wonderful creations!

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

WOYWW

 One of the many things WOYWW is responsible for is showing us all how quickly time flies!  You gotta wonder, are there any other days in the week?  Sometimes it doesn't feel like it ....does it?!!

I'm busy painting ceilings and walls so that's been keeping me away from my craft table lately.  Sadly I don't have anything in the way of paper, stamps, glitter or glue to show you today but I will share my evening project.  It's an afghan I'm crocheting for my new great niece, I'm trying to get it finished before the baby shower. 



If you are curious about the acronym WOYWW or why I'm sharing a picture of my afghan, click on The Stamping Ground where you'll find several others just like me doing the same.  I'm not going to tell you anymore, you'll just have to visit the link above yourself and join in some fun and escape to many different places around the world. 

Last week I wasn't able to visit everyone ((sigh)) and I'm not sure I'll be able to this week either.  I've got my "honey do" list to look after first before I can once again get back into my regular crafty routine.  I'm going to try do my best though, I promise.

Where ever you are in your day, I hope you're enjoying it.
Wishing you many wonderful creations!
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Monday, January 23, 2012

More Blog Candy!

Look what's up for grabs!  The wonderful Helena from Helena's Boutique has made it possible for me to offer another stunning bracelet as blog candy.  You don't want to miss out on this one....trust me



This bracelet is stamped 925 (92.5% pure fine silver) and is Tiffany inspired.  This is a quality bracelet and measures 8" in length.  It's absolutely gorgeous!

Here are those pesky rules but necessary to make it fair for everyone!

1)  It would be awesome if you became a follower!
2) Please visit Helena on facebook and leave a comment saying you saw her gorgeous bracelet on The Crafty Elf's Blog.   Helena is so generous and always happy to offer some nice "bling" for my blog candy! 
3) Post my Blog candy on your sidebar with a link back here.
4) Add your name to the cute little blue guy at the bottom.




Good Luck!
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Come On....Cut It Out!

Snappy title isn't it? 

Actually, Cut It Out is the theme over at Less Is More.  Chrissie and Mandi are the wonderful Diva's (they like being called that, I promise) of a weekly challenge that is so popular it now has over 1200 followers.  It's worth the visit.  This week they are looking for some kind of hole or aperture in your card!

Needing a card for a friends birthday today I turned to a couple of challenges to help get me started.  Here's what I came up with.

I ran a piece of white card stock through a crimper, punched out the design using a real estate tag punch and for the flowers I used two different sized flower punches.   Each of the flowers were finished off with a tiny pearl embellishment and stickles to add a bit of sparkle.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts and the ink is Tuxedo Black from Memento.

I'm also entering this card into Pixie's Crafty Snippets Challenge  where you use snippets of paper to create your cards.  This weekly challenge helps to use up all those little pieces of leftover paper (snippets) that keep piling up and never seem to get used.  Great idea isn't it?

Where ever you are in your day, I hope you're enjoying it.
Wishing you many wonderful creations.


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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Seeing Spots...

...is the name of the embossing folder I used from Cuttlebug.  It's a nice change from the Polka Dot folder, certainly gives a different look.  I quite like it though.


I used one of my new daisy embellishments from K & Co and cut out a thanks sentiment using my Cricut and Opposites Attract cartridge.  It all came together quite nicely to create a lovely thank you card.   I love to give hand written notes of thanks to people especially when they don't expect it.  The card being hand made also makes for a nice personal touch to the occasion.  

Where ever you are in your day, I hope you're enjoying it.
Wishing you many wonderful creations!
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