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Looking Forward to Mixed Minded Workshop Event

It's been a crazy week at work, returning from a five day long Leadership seminar and four day weekend.  It's basically catching up with all the emails that piled up.   But I can't complain, it was a short week and it's the weekend again.   Tomorrow is Play Day for me with the Mixed Minded Workshop event.  Although,  Claudine Helmuth is not coming to the event I'm still excited with the workshops I've chosen.

BOLD AND DARKmeets light and delicate Instructor - Lois Sander
Saturday May 28:  9:30 to 12:30  In this workshop, you will learn the basics of lettering with an edged pen.  The star of the show will be the Pilot Parallel Pen, a delightful and easy-to-use lettering tool.  You will be introduced to two alphabets that you will apply to a charming little book that you will construct yourself. This treasure will then be finished off with a simple hand stitch, and some beads and fibers along the spine.


Encaustic 101
Instructor - Nancy Donaldson

Saturday May 28: 1:30 to…

wee bit wednesday v47.

<center><a href="http://www.myleighashley.com" /><img src="http://i616.photobucket.com/albums/tt244/leighbenner/weebitsbutton-2.png"; width="350"; /></a></center>{one} what’s the worst date you’ve ever been on?None. They were all perfect LOL!

{two} if you could be any other person for one day, who would it be?My son....I get to go to school and play with my friends without a care in the world.

{three} what is your favorite kind of cheese?I love Provolone cheese and marbled cheese.

{four} do you remember your 1st grade teacher?No! 

{five} who is the first person you call when you have a bad day?My son.  Just hearing his voice and his stories melts the bad day away.

{six} were you ever in a school talent show?Yeah and I think I'm trying to forget about it.   LOL!  I remember doing Billy Joel "For the Longest Time" with my friends in high school talent night.

{seven} who is your favorite fictional character?Lara Cro…

Young Entrepreneurs

It was such a beautiful day yesterday, the kids were hanging outside for most of the day, it started out with chalk drawings on the sidewalk and moved to setting up a drink stand.   Unfortunately, there was lack of lemons in the parents inventory, so they started out selling the ice cold water for 75cents and we quickly persuaded them to knock it down to 25 cents a cup.  There was team work with setting up the stand; advertising and marketing.  One of the parents rescued the effort by supplying ice tea and muffins.  But as you know....half of the profits were consumed by the entrepreneurs.

In the end, they had their share of the profit and they all had fun.

The Brenda Photo Challenge: Theme-May Flowers

You know the saying "April showers bring May flowers".  We certainly had our share of April showers this year and although our garden is north facing, we do get our May flower blooms but a little later than everyone else.  I know I was only supposed to post 3 flowers, but I'm "shutterbug" and there are so many flowers to share.



Here's a link to all other May Flowers snaps from The Brenda Photo Challenge
For those in Canada - have a nice long weekend during Victoria Weekend! For those in the US - hang in there....one more week for your Memorial Day weekend!

wee bit wednesday v46.

I've been out of town all week and now catching with blogging.  It's the long weekend in Canada, what can be better than that.  
Happy Victoria Weekend! Here is my wee bit questions for this week!
{one} do you watch the history channel? if so, what’s your favorite program?No.  I like Discovery Channel better.
{two} what is your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?Read a book and listen to the rain drops.
{three} what does your dream house look like?A detached house with a little foyer and a nice, big garden at the back. 
{four} what state were you born in?N/A.  Was born in the Philippines
{five} do you have a change jar? if so, what do you use it for when it gets full?Yes! It's vacation fund.
{six} what’s the first website you look at when you get on the computer?My blog - http://marissadw.blogspot.com
{seven} what is your favorite breakfast?Weekend breakfast is French Toasts with sausages or bacon.  If I'm really hungry both.  During the week, my oatmeal with granola cereal.
{…

My Walkabout in Montreal

After three days of rain and sitting through all day presentations and work exercises, I decided to go for a walkabout in Montreal.   It was a little late for shopping but managed to go to Indigo and enroute to St. Catherines...I just had to take this photo of this church on Rene Levesque.


   Then off to Vieux Montreal (Old Montreal).

Lego Store Grand Opening

Last Saturday, we checked out the Lego Store Grand Opening at Sherway Gardens, but it was ridiculously busy that we didn't really end up going to the store.  The waiting time was 1 1/2 hrs.  The line extends up to the centre of Sherway Garden..


However, Aidan did manage to contribute to the building of the 8-feet tall R2-D2 during the 3-Day Grand Opening Celebration Weekend and received the Achievement Certificate and managed to meet the Lego Master Builder.



Have been trying to post this since Sunday but the network connection at the hotel is extremely slow (32-50 Mbps)....talk about rotten spoiled.

In the Thick of Things....

Normally I would avoid being in the midst of traffic when a big event requiring road closures occur (ie.Toronto Marathon).  Unfortunately that was not the case today.   I had to fly out to Montreal via the Toronto Island Airport.   Needless to say, it's right smack in the middle of the Toronto Marathon.  After a busy morning with swimming; picking up soccer uniform and info and lunch, Wallace and Aidan tried to drop me off the Island airport, but there was too much gridlock and there's no road  from the east to get to Bathurst and Lakeshore without going around the city.    It didn't take much pursuading from Wallace - where he suggested to  take the shuttle from the hotel Intercontinental hotel (usually it was at the Royal York Hotel, but it was moved for the duration of the Toronto Marathon).  With two hours still on the clock before my flight and already at Lakeshore and Bay, I hopped out of the car and trekked through the Skywalk until I came across the Intercontinenta…

Friday the 13th

Lucky or not...we're lucky and happy to be celebrating our  Anniversary today!
Happy Anniversary, Wallace (88888)!

Wee Bit Wednesday v45

Have been out of town the last couple of days and got home last night, so I haven't been posting much.  Today’s Wee Bit questions! Grab a button and linky on up, friends! Happy mid-week to you!
<center><a href="http://www.myleighashley.com" /><img src="http://i616.photobucket.com/albums/tt244/leighbenner/weebitsbutton-2.png"; width="350"; /></a></center>{one} what profession have you always admired?Teachers.   I've always admire how they manage to take care of 20 students or more.
{two} what would the title of your memoir/biography be if it was written today?MDW's Love. It would be about things I love.{three} how far do you commute to work?15-20mins (3 days a week); 45-60mins (once a week). One day a week and Working from home once a week.
 {four} are your earlobes attached or detached?Not sure....how can you tell.
{five} do you eat the unpopped kernels of popcorn at the bottom of the bag?Nope!
{six} what is the s…

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there!

 I'm truly blessed to have an opportunity to be a Mom and watch this guy grow.
Missing my mom.

Take me out to the Ball Game

I remember the days when my dad used to take us to the Jays game.  Last night, we went to a game - Jays vs. the Tigers through my company social club.  I used to know the Jays players and since I haven't been religiously following them, I'd be lucky to know or remember a player.   Let me see, John MacDonald did really well last night driving in the runs.  There's Mike McCoy...Junel....Rajie Davis...

It was a great game - Jays won 7-4, but it would have been 7-1, hadn't it been for the Tigers rallying for a comeback on the 9th inning.   It was fun all the same....we also came up on the jumbotron at the beginning of the game.



I Won....

How funny is this? I was just checking Carmi's blog today and totally oblivious that I won her Crafter's Companion - Peter Rabbit Giveaway. She had to send me a note today, to remind me. It seems a lifetime since I put in my comment on Carmi's blog for the giveaway.





MarissaDW said...I love that there's a Canadian Give-away. I love Peter Rabbit samples. Pick me, please! You know how to reach me. LOL!. MarissaDW http://marissadw.blogspot.comThanks, Carmi!

Wee Bit Wednesday v44.

<center><a href="http://www.myleighashley.com" /><img src="http://i616.photobucket.com/albums/tt244/leighbenner/weebitsbutton-2.png"; width="350"; /></a></center>{one} when was the last time you used a pay phone (if ever)?It's been quite awhile.
{two} did you ever fail a subject in school?I didn't fail, but I did horrible in my Finance subject.
{three} where do you go to get your favorite hamburger/cheeseburger?Lick's Burger
{four} have you ever served jury duty?Yes.  Twice.
{five} how old were you when you moved out of your parents’ house?I believe I was 27 years old.
{six} what is your favorite color to wear?I love white and black or black and red
{seven} do you have a pair of shoes that you wear all the time?Yes, this black ankle boots with 1 1/2" heels
{eight} do you enjoy talk radio?I didn't used to.  But now I enjoy it.
{nine} if you could turn one unhealthy food into a healthy one, what food would it b…

The Royal Wedding

For those of you who know me, I love my sleep and only wake up at the crack of dawn, if I really, really need to (ie. for a morning flight to Montreal for work; scheduled art class and for Aidan).  Okay, I made an exception to wake-up for the Royal Wedding, although I had my PVR scheduled to record 3 to 4 channels. 

It was a grand affair!  I love the wedding dress - it was simple yet elegant with the lace.  What a true craftmanship. 

Creative Every Day Theme for May: Big

I thought I'd start of the month of May with the Creative Every Day Theme for May a collection of photos depicting BIG and Large things:

Some tips and other ideas:
Paint big! Tack sheets of paper to the wall and get painting. Add more sheets as needed.Dream big! Write down your 5 *big* dreams. Take one small step towards one of them.Get out in nature where you can feel small in a big world.Take photographs, looking up at large things. Or make small things look big with the angle of your shot.Take big risks with your work.Free associate in writing about what the word "big" means to you.Take up space with your body, your attitude, your work. Act big instead of small.Create a mural or draw an extra large chalk drawing (get help from friends or children!)Write large and loud.Draw with large, sweeping strokes. Get your whole body into the action of it.