Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Caring Cards - Project Completed!

Disclaimer:  This post is back dated to December 24, 2013. Written on January 11, 2014, midnight.

It's the morning of Christmas Eve 2013 and I finally finished the Caring Cards I had committed to do as part of  DOcember.

To read the complete info on what these Caring Cards are all about, read it here.

Here are the 31 cards plus an additional 6 not photographed but is on the original blog post.

These cards made it with the last batch of Calgary Seniors' Resource Center's Adopt A Grandparent Christmas program that ended on January 9, 2014! What a great relief that they could still make use of it even though I was 2 weeks behind than what was originally agreed upon on. I have a valid excuse which is university finals. That and procrastination -_-

Below are proof that the cards made it!

The Christmas bags the seniors will get along with the Caring Cards!

Here are some of my faves from the cards I made:

My fave among the bunch that I made. It's so simple and it reminds me of cross-stitching.


Materials used: 

Note: Because I lugged around these materials to 4 different places, there are some missing from these pictures.
  • Kraft and white 4" x 5.5" cards
  • ribbons
  • glitter glue
  • stickers (3Ds, foil and my favorite new discovery in the world of stickers - rub-ons!)
  • glittery felt and Christmas designs cut outs
  • scrapbook cardstock
  • glue (hot glue and liquid white glue)
  • scissors
  • paper cutter
  • colored pens
  • red buttons   
Huge thanks to 4 of my friends who contributed to this project! This was my first time attempting something like this and I was totally overwhelmed on where to start. Couldn't have done it "on time" without you gals! Success!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Live your dreams to the max!

7 pm was the cut off for the Christmas Day draw for Lotto Max. I reached the convenience store counter at 7:02 pm. Nooooo!! It's the end of the story right?

Not quiet :)

After hearing the commercial on the radio an hour earlier, I had made a mental note to hurry with the project I was currently keeping busy on, postcard writing, so I can be on time to buy my ticket.

6:50 pm rolls around and my head snaps up from my desk and panic sets in. Where did the time go? And surely, when there is panic, self doubt and negative thinking is guaranteed to not be far behind.

Self doubt is debilitating especially when one has this conversation going on in their head:
  •  "You're not going to make it on time. Might as well just wait for the next one."
  •  "Why go out in the cold when you're nice and cozy at home? And it's dark outside! What if you get attacked? Is it even worth the effort and danger?"
and my favorite...
  • "Don't kid yourself. It's not like you're going to win anyway!"
Recognizing that this was exactly the negative thinking I was trying to rid myself of, I hurriedly put on my winter layers of scarf, jacket, pants, toque and mittens to drown out the negativity. When I entered the bedroom to kiss my bf goodbye, I looked at how cozy he was and longed to shed my layers and cuddle in the warmness that is him and our cat.

I told myself NO! I have to go! I have to do this!

Even when he said be careful out there (not that we live somewhere dangerous) his words of warning played right into one of my negative thoughts, I still went out.

There were so many obstacles just to get out the door but I did it!

My inspiration?

Besides being this girl...
...I was sick and tired of giving up!

Even if I don't make it on time, I still overcame my self doubt and squashed and kicked the negative conversation to the curb where it belongs. As for the being attacked, well I have to trust the universe and myself. If it is my time to die, then I will drop dead no matter where I am anyway.

These last few days has taught me to be strong and to believe in myself. ^_^ Slowly I am getting my confidence back and along with that comes inner strength to fight for my well being.

So what was the outcome of tonight?

Well, as I said I reached the counter 2 minutes after the cut off.

But a miracle happened.

The lady in the counter had printed one ticket just before the cut off. She's allowed to print one just for this very reason. When she told me this I was surprised and beyond ecstatic! While she was ringing me through, a customer behind me overheard this and asked if there were any other tickets available, but there wasn't. For a few seconds I had entertained the thought that I should give her mine because it's Christmas and all but I said no. I deserve this ticket after all that work. And selflessness is just another thing I will have to work on. But not today. One thing at a time.

So the moral of this story is: Show up! Be committed. Even when something looks doubtful, just do it anyway. You never know there might be a reward at the end of your hard work. Life is full of surprises to help you live it to its fullest.

If I had stayed home, nothing would have been accomplished and I would not be in the running for the millions of money. And if my numbers don't get picked, I still feel like a million bucks for showing up and overcoming self doubt.

Also, be kind to those you encounter. This lady and I have made small talk before and I want to believe that it had something to do with my luck. You just never know ;)

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Elf Yourself - Human Version

Countdown to Christmas: 8 days!

From our family to yours, here's us showing off our moves and getting into the Christmas spirit! Woot!!

The kitty version coming soon :)

 Thanks to the "ElfYourself" app on Officemax.

Friday, December 6, 2013

DOcember Day 3 - Caring Cards

Christmas wouldn't be the same if not for Christmas giving projects. Not only does it help out others in need, but it also gives me the warm fuzzies inside.

This year, I've been inspired by a crafty friend who makes greetings cards as a hobby. For my #27isHeaven birthday, she personally made 10 birthday cards and they turned out pretty awesome! When she invited me to come over and teach me how to make them, I saw it as a sign that this was going to be "the" Christmas project of 2013.

The six cards below are the result of our craft night. Grateful for her generosity in letting me use her supplies, I was able to learn new techniques in card making including embossing which I have now fallen in love with! Glitter and hot tools make a perfect pair.

Materials used:
  • Kraft and white 4" x 5.5" cards
  • ribbons
  • embossing stamp, hot tool and glitter
  • yarn
  • Cricut cut outs
  • scrapbook cardstock
  • glue (hot glue and liquid white glue
  • scissors
  • paper cutter
  • colored pens
Sprinkle in laughter, good conversation and sips of hot tea, card making that evening was an amazing time.

Back to the Christmas project which I have dubbed "Caring Cards" (#CaringCards2013). I have committed to making 30 homemade Christmas cards to folks who may not have a lot of family and friends to celebrate this holiday with. I bought 50 blank cards (2 sets of 25/pkg) but with exams this week, I do not want to be too overwhelmed especially since this will be my first big card making project. There was that rare burst of creative inspiration back in Christmas of 2011 where I made cards out of construction paper that doubled as envelopes to slip in the letters I wrote for friends. At least with friends I know they will love it or at least appreciate the effort. I'm crossing my fingers that it will all turn out well and the recipients will be just as understanding.

Now let's introduce the charity that's going to receive these cards. This year, I am very excited to be partnering with Calgary Seniors' Resource Society and their Adopt A Grandparent program!

A Calgary Seniors' Resource Society (CSRS) program
Having a chance to work with seniors is something I have always wanted to try. Though I will not be personally handing out the cards to the seniors as the cards will be slipped into the ready made gift bags, just the thought that the cards will bring a smile to a senior is all I can hope for.

If anyone is interested in helping me out with this project, please comment below. If you are in Calgary, we can meet up at a coffee shop and make cards together. I can bring supplies! Or if you would like to do something similar and have any questions, comment below as well :)
This project is in memory of my Aunt who passed away this fall 2013.

Monday, December 2, 2013

DOcember Day 2 - Going Postal

December 2 - Going Postal

Today's DOcember has been long overdue - catching up on my correspondence.

I am ashamed to admit that I should have sent these letters to my penpals this summer/fall. They're almost two seasons behind! The crazy part is that the letters were written earlier on but I have just not posted them. Tsk tsk!!

Also part of today's outgoing mail are 12 postcards for Postcrossing. The countries they are traveling to are: Belarus, China, Netherlands, USA, Australia, Czech Republic, Taiwan, Indonesia and Russia.

I was afraid to send them because they are so late, but no matter what, I made a commitment to send them, and it will be done. 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

DOcember Day 1 - Tree Lighting, Cocoa and Christmas Carolers


It truly is the most wonderful time of the year!

And what better way to celebrate this month full of awesomeness by challenging myself to do new things hence:

December = DOcember

This idea came to me when I found out about NEWvember on the last week of November. Not wanting to wait till next year to start, I got the idea of doing DOcember instead. We never know when we're going to expire so YOLO et carpe diem!

Today's DOcember is an evening spent at East Village.

 One of my favorite things to do during Christmas is to sing carols and drink hot cocoa! Having pretty Christmas lights on a giant tree by the riverfront as a background? Even more awesome!

What a great way to welcome December :)

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