Sunday, 17 January 2016

Cave Spring

I'm excited to return to work on my Niagara-on-the-Lake vacation scrapbook.

For sure one has to include wine tasting from their time in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

I enjoyed a wonderful dinner while there and had enjoyed an amazing wine from Cave Spring. The problem was that it couldn't be purchased outside of the restaurant. So what's a girl with a taste for a particular wine to do? Why hunt down the winery of course.

Armed with the Internet and a GPS, and not afraid to use either, I located the winery within an hours drive and enjoyed a lovely tasting. I scored myself 8 bottles of the elusive vintage. Alas only two bottles remain.

The sketch for my layout came from Scrapmuch?, and was designed by Laura Whitaker. I earmarked it right away for my Cave Spring memories. The price list was the perfect replacement for the suggested stacked pictures.
I had a great time with embellishments. My goal was to keep an earthy vibe. I accomplished this with a very basic mixture of fibers and colours.  
I laid a tangerine coloured paper flower on a circle of burlap, inserting behind the flower some burlap leaves inked with green to match the matting behind my photos. The top of a Cave Spring wine bottle top became the center of my flower. I loved that the flower had words on it like the accent paper on my layout.
This is another wonderful button given me by the friend I spoke of yesterday. She has the most unique buttons I've ever seen. I tied gold embroidery floss through the button and glued it to a brass oval. I love it!

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Xavier's 1st Birthday

Boy meets cake.
Boy touches cake.
Boy tastes cake.
Boy wears cake.

That pretty much sums up little Xavier's experience with his very first 'cake smash'. When all was said and done it was off to the shower. Nothing but a good hosing down would help his icing and cake adorned little body.

The sketch is from Stuck?! and designed by Laura Whitaker. I thought it perfect for telling the progression of the boy meets cake story, sort of a top to bottom pictorial.
I am so fortunate to have a wonderful friend who, just this week, gifted me with hundreds of buttons. She wanted them to go to someone she thought might use them. I can't wait to show her how a sampling of her buttons became a bouquet of birthday balloons.