Pumpkin Spice to my Latte

Wednesday, October 27, 2021
It's the wonderful Janice's turn to host our latest Little Red Wagon challenge and she's calling Outside! Jan is looking for any and all creations dealing with the great outdoors, animals in their natural habitat, weather, scenery, etc. 

I have spent a great deal of time outdoors this month. In fact, I've been away every weekend! It's a bit much given how busy work has been although the time away has been fantastic and has provided a much-needed break. I've been camping, to two retreats at two different camps up north and took the past two days off work as vacation days in order to spend time further up north to go hiking. It's been quite a month! November will be busy with the Christmas countdown on, but I'll be home more which will be nice as well. 

One of my favourite treats on a cool day this time of year is a pumpkin spice latte. I've had the MFT Sweater Weather stamp sets for a while now (and have inked them up in the past) and thought this challenge would be a perfect opportunity to pull them out. I'm not so sure that a polar bear sporting a cardigan while sipping on a pumpkin spice latte surrounded by a buffalo check sky background would be considered a natural habitat so I'm hoping that Jan looks past those creative liberties and notices the snowdrift and birch trees! I saw a similar card layout on the MFT website so need to give credit for that.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see the Girlfriends' Outside creations - and then link up your own projects!

Thoughts and Prayers

Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Our latest Little Red Wagon is Flutter By and it's being hosted by the incredibly talented Chrissy. It's starting to get chilly here in Central Ontario (Canada) and I think we've seen the last of butterflies in this part of the world. However, Chrissy lives on the opposite side of the world and I'm wondering if the butterflies are starting to come out for her! 

I used a few products that I've had for years and years! The large butterfly and coordinating butterfly are Cuttlebug products and the little butterflies and sentiment are from My Craft Spot. I've still kept all my My Craft Spot products from when I was on Kimberly's design team and love to pull them out from time to time. They were perfect for this challenge! 

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to check out the rest of the butterflies showcased by the Girlfriends - and then flutter to the link up your own butterfly creations!

Geo Pro Makeover

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

It's the talented Imke's turn to host our latest Little Red Wagon challenge and she's chosen the theme "A Wreath for all Seasons". I have different wreaths that I hang on my front door for most seasons - although I have flowers in summer but no wreath. However, my project involves a summer wreath. 

As you may remember, I purchased a small new-to-me trailer (caravan) in June and spent hours and hours giving it a facelift. Most of the work included painting and papering, although I did make a few d├ęcor items. I was going for an English cottage look in order to walk inside and feel a sense of peace. Mission accomplished! I really do find the trailer a place where I can rest and recharge. One of the items I made to decorate the trailer is a little plaque with a wreath and I've chosen to share that today as an excuse to finally post my trailer pics!

To create the little plaque, I took an oval piece of pine and layered it with some of the wallpaper I'd used in a few spots in the trailer. I used some sandpaper to lightly distress the edges and then applied a small amount of antique wax to the edges as well. I took some floral vine and wove it into a little wreath before adding a final touch of twine and hydrangea petals. 

I've affectionately named my trailer "Barb". Apparently, she was previously owned by a couple of women who I believe to be a bit older than I am given the stories I heard about them. I was also told that they were an absolute hoot and that drew me to the trailer, knowing that it had been a place of love and laughter. I'm assuming that one of the women was named Barb as, when the keys were handed to me, the name "Barb" was on the keychain. The name stuck! I've since been gifted a new woven keychain with the name Barb as well as a "Barbara" notebook which I use as my travel log/journal when I go away camping. 

There was nothing wrong with the trailer when I purchased it although I found it rather dark and wanted my happy place to feel light, airy and happy! This is why I went for whites and soft florals. 

Here are some before and after pics to see Barb's transformation. 




Murphy Bed / Couch:


Another view:

And a few more after shots:

And finally, a view of the trailer itself. I was fortunate to spend time in my trailer for one last getaway over the past weekend. Here's my home-away-from-home surrounded by our gorgeous fallen autumn leaves!

Thanks for enjoying my project with me! Don't forget to head over to Little Red Wagon to check out the other wreaths and to link up your own projects! 


Happy Birdie Wishes

Wednesday, October 6, 2021
I'm hosting at Little Red Wagon this week and I'm continuing my theme of 80's hits, this time with Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want to Have Fun". Basically, I'm looking for girl-themed projects of all kinds. I'm fine if you reject the gender binary too! 

My daughter loves frills and jewels, pinks and purples - as well as hummingbirds! I made this card for her back in the summer. It's one of a few cards I made well in advance for our Little Red Wagon challenges. Not because I was super organized but because I misread the challenge themes and ended up working way ahead! It all works out though as this has been a particularly busy start of term as our students transition back to in-person learning. 

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see the rest of the Girlfriends' creations (which I'm sure they had fun making!). Then link up your own paper projects so I'll know to pop by your blogs to see what you've created. 
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