Archives for October 2015

Halloween craft: Making a Halloween Village

halloweenhouses1A few weeks ago, I was in Michael’s with the boys and Nicholas picked up all these Halloween house kits in the clearance section. He said, we should make these and I was so floored that I quickly put them into the basket.  So last week, we all sat around in or PJs and each one picked a house to assemble.

halloweenhouses2Nicholas picked the Ice Scream Shop and with a little help from Leao made this masterpiece above.

halloweenhouses3I was stuck with the largest structure. I think it was because I let the others choose first.

halloweenhouses4Apollo chose the Tricks or Treats shop and he even put real candy inside.

Leao had the Spooky doctor house. Which he claims came out the best but I kindly reminded him that we were not in competition.

It was really fun and took quite some time and now we have them displayed in the kid’s hang out room (no longer play room because  I have been informed they are too old for play rooms!).

I hope you all have a fun Halloween and a great weekend!


Happy Birthday Bernadette!

bernibday1Today is my sister Berni’s birthday. So yesterday I decided to make her card (yes, cutting it close – I agree).  I love using digital stamps for the flexibility of making custom sizes. I figured I wouldn’t waste paper and cut out extra. I used the print and cut feature on Silhouette to make it happen.


This is a Mo Manning image and versatile. I like using it for birthday cards but will definitely look for more uses in the future.

bernibday3I used my Copics to color her up and will be mailing it off (late) with a bunch of fun goodies I put together for her.  I hope she likes it.

It’s cold today but I am being rather productive so that is making the day zoom by fast.

I hope you all have a blessed day.


Happy Birthday Mummy!

mummyHappy Birthday Mummy!!

This is a very old picture of my mum and I. I wonder what was so funny?

Today is my mum’s birthday. Although it’s been eight years since she passed on, I continue to feel her presence daily in my interactions with the boys, when I spend time in my garden, when I am creating in my craft room and especially with my decisions on how I chose to live my life.

I try to do my best to keep her spirit alive for my boys through talks.  I don’t want it to be taboo to talk about people that have passed on. I welcome the questions, even if at times they are difficult. I have even slowly resumed my genealogy quest which brings back photos and more stories to share with them.

How do you let go of someone so important in your life? I can’t. I miss her dearly and continue to go through an array of emotions from anger, sadness and some days I even find peace with this major loss.

I know I will not stop celebrating her many achievements or her birthday. So today I will pause a little longer to remember that on this day, the most amazing woman in my life was born.

Love you,


Belinda’s Book Nook Review: Never, Never by Brianna Shrum


Title: Never, Never
Author: Brianna Shrum
Copyright: September 22, 2015
Genre: fiction, fantasy
Format: book  Pages: 368

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

James Hook is a child who only wants to grow up.

When he meets Peter Pan, a boy who loves to pretend and is intent on never becoming a man, James decides he could try being a child—at least briefly. James joins Peter Pan on a holiday to Neverland, a place of adventure created by children’s dreams, but Neverland is not for the faint of heart. Soon James finds himself longing for home, determined that he is destined to be a man. But Peter refuses to take him back, leaving James trapped in a world just beyond the one he loves. A world where children are to never grow up.

But grow up he does.

And thus begins the epic adventure of a Lost Boy and a Pirate.

This story isn’t about Peter Pan; it’s about the boy whose life he stole. It’s about a man in a world that hates men. It’s about the feared Captain James Hook and his passionate quest to kill the Pan, an impossible feat in a magical land where everyone loves Peter Pan.

Except one.

My Thoughts:

OK, so a few weeks ago I told you about my excitement about two pre-ordered books arriving on my doorstep. I love books but there is something absolutely special about getting a book the day it is released and actually reading it then.  I had heard about Never, Never on another book bloggers’ site and decided I wanted to read it. Growing up, I have seen numerous movie adaptations of Peter Pan, and there is even another currently in theaters called, “Pan”. But none take the story from the perspective of Captain Hook. So the synopsis had me hooked (come on, you know I had to do it at least once).

The book drew me in at the start and then slowed a bit and then picked up again…  I was consumed by the story, and had a deep need to see where the story would go. I really loved the way the author developed Hook’s character. It made me understand why Hook was the way he was. In the typical story, Peter Pan was so easy to love. But in this story, I found myself drawn to Hook and wishing him well. I also think the author did a great job of developing the world of Never Never and filling it with key characters.

Each day, I would go to pick-up, an extra 5 minutes earlier, to squeeze in more reading time.  So when I tell you I am only giving this book 3 butterflies, you might scratch your head and say, “Why?”. Well let me explain: All of the things I previously wrote about this book is true. However, the end of the book was a let down, in that it left me with so many unanswered questions, and it felt rushed compared to the pacing throughout the rest of the book. So for those reasons I am giving this book 3 butterflies.

I will be back soon with some more reviews.

Happy Reading!




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