Saturday, April 21, 2012


Some people wonder how I come up with my inspiration.  Truely, there is no one thing.  It maybe something someone says in passing.  Perhaps something catches my eye and my imagniation gets carried away with it.  What I can tell you is that it is usually my children or other children that really get me doing something.  Most of my incitation designs have come from parties that my children would LOVE to have.  We could have a party every day the way they think.  I wonder where they get that from????  I also love to hear from fans.
So what's your most favourite source of inspiration and what are you crushing on lately?

The Perfect T

So I have fallen deeply in love with my Silhouette machine!! I only have the SD, but am constantly amazed at the things it can do. Thankfully I have no shortage of imagination (it keeps me up at night). So, in order to keep up with the vivid and active imagination of mine, I take it to the Silhouette and get creative. I have been busy with tags for parties, invitations and gifts, but recently, I discovered heat Transfer!! (insert Angels singing) I am convinced that there is nothing I can't do with it. I started by putting pretty little designs on the litte girls plain t-shirts. Then I thought - wow, I could make Birthday shirts for the birthday child with cute little sayings. They are so adorable. Then one day a flash of lightening hit, ok, so maybe it was just someone turning on the lights, when I realized, with this stuff I can replicate children's drawings onto their shirts!! So I did. My son hasn't taken his off - except to have it washed. He is so proud that he can show off his art work.

This is such an amazing way to keep your child's art work where it can be seen (and should be seen).  Check out my Etsy shop or my Gabry Rd. shop for more details.  Great for grandparent presents too.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

I Spy

 It all started out with a surprise birthday invitation.  Three pages all stamped with offical CSIS letter head and stamps.  Very intriguing.  My boy was invited to a birthday party at "The Deifenbunker"  For those of you who aren't familiar with the place, it was built during the "Cold War" by John Deifenbaker, the Prime Minister at the time.  It was a top secret building that would house all the important government officials in the event of a nuclear attack.  The building is now used as a museum that chronicals an important time period in Canadian history.  Also, a fabulous venue for a Spy birthday party for a bunch of 6-9 year olds.  I was very curious how this would play out (and had never been to
 the Deifenbunker) so I tagged along.
Serious spy training

The Tunnel

We were met at the main entrance by our guide who promtly ran the kids through
Basic Training exercises, and then we were ushered into the building that where our mission would take place.  The children were suited up, picked "secret agent" names and were told about how to be stelth like and super quiet.  We were on the lookout for Agent X.  We were guided through rooms which were still set-up as they would have been.  The children were able to get hands on with the equipment, looking in drawers and touch things they have never seen before (you know, like a typewritter).

The children took their mission very seriously. Ducking and dodging to keep out of sight from the secret agent.  The guide played it up too. 
The two and a half hour event was well received by the children.  They all were talking about having their next party there and who they would invite. It was fabulous for children who have great imagination.
The orginal model of the building.

A party is 12 children for $140.00.  You will need to supply the cake and you can bring food.  There is also a pizza delivery option that was not mentioned to the birthday mom, but you may want to ask.  Also, two things you should know is that for the younger children it can be a little scary, especially when they first walk in 2. there is a lot of walking.  4 floors up and down.  Be prepared in comfortable shoes.  Finally, there is no pre-party set-up.  You may want to leave the loot bags in the car and give them out when you leave.  You will have to carry things around for a while.
They captured the spy and he didn't want his picture taken.

Definately a fun event for, those spy loving kids who are up for a little adventure. Have a great time.