Friday, September 09, 2016

Five for Friday

Well, we've had quite the exciting week...

1. First of all, we had with our Back to School Feast on Monday.
We made homemade pizzas and while they was baking in the oven,
we had appetizers (a new addition to the feast!)
While we ate the appetizers, we all went around and shared 
things we were looking forward to in the coming year,
as well as prayer requests.
Then, we prayed for the person to our left... and timed it perfectly
for the pizzas to be done!

And of course, we needed to finish off our meal with cake!

 2. Jonah started Grade 9 on Tuesday afternoon.
Austin went to school with him on Wednesday morning, but he's signed
up for a Culinary Arts Vocational program for his first semester of Grade 12, 
and starts officially there today.
We met with Sage's teacher on Wednesday morning and she started on Thursday,
in Grade 7.
How is it that my baby is in Junior High?

I guess this is the last year all three will pose like this for me.... unless
Austin really enjoys Culinary Arts and returns for a semester next fall 
(which is an option for graduating students to come back for one semester.)
I guess we'll see.... just like we'll see what the year ahead holds!

And, at Jonah's request, we invited some friends to come and 
play Laser Tag with us last night.

The perfect way to kick off the new year, don't you think?

3. And I have some exciting news...
After substitute teaching for the past 7 years, I decided that it was time
to go back to work full time.
I thought that I could maybe try to find a teaching position,
but that idea didn't excite me very much.
Then, as I was browsing a local job find website, I saw an ad
 for a kitchen designer for Decor Cabinets, here in Morden.
And I thought: "Imagine getting paid to design!"
So I wrote up a resume and cover letter that stressed my passion for 
creating beautiful things and applied for the job.
I had an interview two weeks ago and on Tuesday this week,
they called and offered me the position!

I am beyond thrilled and start on Monday!
So, this will definitely be a new chapter for me and for my family,
but I think it will be very good.

4. A few weeks ago, Cameron took Sage horseback riding with some friends.
Upon their return, he suggested that Sage make a card to thank them.
I can't remember what I was doing when she went to make her card the other day, 
but I didn't have time to join her.
I told her she could use whatever she liked and she came back upstairs with this card:

Isn't it fabulous?
I swear I provided no guidance -- she is incredible!

5. And lastly, I have a card that I'd like to share for this week's
I also made it using this week's fabulous colour combo from the

I also added some grey into my card, to give it more of a "black and white" effect.
I decided to use my Colour Pop Butterflies stencils and stamps to make my card.

I started with two panels of white cardstock and stencilled/stamped the butterflies in 
three shades of grey on the one and in aqua mist, hawaiian shores and tropical teal
and harvest gold and summer sunrise on the other.
Then, from the coloured panel, I diecut the Mat Stack 5.

I stamped the sentiment (from Choose Joy) and 
adhered the diecut over the black and white panel with dimensional adhesive.

Thanks for looking!


Lynn said...

I am so thrilled for you and your family Sage. Such exciting times. My Collin would love culinary school. Can't wait to hear all about it! Sage's card is amazing...she has an excellent mentor in you! Can't wait to hear all about your job!

Diana K said...

I'm so excited for you, Leigh! You are one amazing and brave woman, to go out and get want you want like that. So happy for you. I don't "follow" anyone in cardmaking, but I come to your blog every morning to have a visit and see what you've been up to. Thanks for all the fun and creativity that you share. It's my little dose of medicine to get my day started. Truly. P.S. I am so jealous of your handwriting (the chalkboard and cake)! P.P.S. Sorry that this comment is almost as long as your post. :)

lainey said...

Leigh, you have such a beautiful family and they all look happy to be going back to school! Congrats on the new job - I'm sure you'll be an expert at designing kitchens, and yes, how wonderful to get paid to do something you love! Which brings me to your butterfly card which is absolutely stunning!

*Vicki* said...

So happy for you and your family!! :) Sage did such an amazing job with the horse card! Love that background! Your butterfly design is amazing I love the popped up colored panel!! Happy weekend!

Krisha said...

What an exciting week for your family, so many blessings!

Sage's card is fantastic, what a great eye for composition. And your card is beautiful, I really like the way you used the layer with the butterfly images.

Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog and leave a comment.

Megan Carroll said...

Hi Leigh! Sounds like a great week! I am so happy to hear about your new job, it sounds wonderful and I wish you lots of success!!

Linda said...

Fun pictures of the kids getting ready to go back to school. And congrats on your new job. Your MIM card is lovely course I Love butterflies. And Sage's card is awesome.

Colleen said...

What a fun post to read! How do these kiddos of ours grow up so fast? I have a senior grandson and seems like just a few days go I was rocking him to sleep!! Your card is awesome, Leigh, love those butterflies and how soft the "black" is for off the page!! Fabulous!
And a big congrats on your new venture in life! Good luck!!

Audrey Pettit said...

I love your Friday posts! They are always so fun! I think it's just the most adorable thing that you guys have a special going back to school feast, with matching cake! And special huge congrats on your new job! That is SO exciting, and I know you are going to kill it! Love seeing the cards from you and Sage, too! Both super awesome with the stencils! Really love that spotlight technique you did with the butterflies!!

Patti said...

Oh Leigh so many wonderful things you've shared!! Congratulations, my friend, on your new position! What delight, blessing and excitement you must feel. They will be so happy they selected you!!

Wonderful pictures of your kiddos! They are GREAT KIDS! friend!!

Sage, you are a rock star!! I've know for a long time that you have inherited your Mom's wonderfully creative genes!! Your card is not only awesome! it is really going to bless the recipient! : )

Leigh your card.... beautiful!! The perfect take on this challenge!!


Imke said...

Congrats on your new Job ! Wonderful cards from your both and you did a great job with Danielle´s technique Challenge this week.

artful-notions said...

Leigh, I'm so happy for you! Your new job sounds like a dream, and I know you'll do well! You are so creative, and your colors are ALWAYS an inspiration! Love these cards, and Sage's too, just beautiful, all. Once again, clever coloring! And your family is growing before all of our eyes. Wonderful memories!

Helen F. said...

Leigh, this post is full of wonderful news! Congratulations on your new job ~ it sounds very exciting.
Great photos of the kids and Sage is totally rocking this card making :-)
And last but not least, Leigh, your MIM butterfly card is GORGEOUS!

Karen B. said...

Beautiful cards by both of you!

Happy Dance said...

How wonderful we live in the digital age; we can document with more photos than we could in the 'film' era. Time flies by. My baby turns 37 this year...I swear it was yesterday he started kindergarten! Your family is lovely, and they sound like wonderful young people. Thanks for sharing your back to school pix with us. LOVE Sage's card! She's talented just like her incredible mother. Congrats, too, on the new job! It sounds like a wonderful expansion of both teaching and crafting! And your butterfly card is delightful. The grays, aqua, and yellows are so pretty. But then, all of your cards are lovely!! Have a wonderful weekend, and rich blessing for Monday! Bev

Kay Miller said...

Leigh congratulations on your new job position! It sounds like a dream come true and I'm so happy for you! You are such an awesome mom! Your back to school dinner sounds like so much fun! Sage's card is amazing! She's got talent for sure! Love your card with the beautiful butterflies! Gorgeous work from both of you!

Wanda Cullen said...

Love seeing and hearing about your family! They look so happy! Sage is quite talented and must have her mama's creative genes. :-) Your card is beautiful and I love the variation on the spotlighting technique! Always happy to see your creations in the throwdown gallery!

Kris said...

How exciting for you and your family, Leigh! Congrats on your new career path, hope it fills you with joy! Our son went to culinary school as part of his senior year, and we have had many awesome meals since! Sage did a beautiful job on her thank-you card; I so enjoy seeing her creativity bloom! The Choose Joy is my absolute favorite stamp set, and your card is perfectly gorgeous! Thanks for sharing :)

Mona Pendleton said...

Wonderful and exciting post Leigh! Great family photos and memories! Beautiful stamping projects! Love the horses and butterflies! Hope you have a great weekend!

Diane Jaquay said...

Congratulations on the new job, Leigh, it sounds very exciting! Love your card and Sage's card!

Lisa Elton said...

Cute photos of the kids, boy are they ever growing!! Best of luck on your new job, I know you'll knock their socks off!! BRAVO to Sage on her fabulous card, great background!! And your butterfly card is extra pretty!! Have a great weekend!!

Bobby said...

Congratulations on your new job, Leigh. It sounds like it would be a lot of fun. It's great to see your creativity has rubbed off on your children. A card maker and a chef. Good for them. I love your card and the movement of the butterflies.

johningridfriesen said...

You are beautiful Leigh in so very many ways! and you have a beautiful family!!!

Marcia Hill said...

Beautiful cards from both you and Sage and congrats on your new job exciting!

Celeste Goff said...

Wow, congratulations on the new job Leigh! You are totally going to rock that design position!

Vickie Z said...

Love how you went from craft to color- fun!! Congrats on the new job! So glad you joined us at CTD!!

Joyously Noelle said...

Very lovely card! And congrats on all the excitement at your house!

Kathy Mc said...

So much exciting news, Leigh! Your kids are growing up so fast and so busy. Sage sure was a quick study following in your creative footsteps. Love her thank-you card! Congratulations on your new venture, Leigh. I'll miss seeing all your awesome cards every day though as I doubt you'll have time to juggle that too.

Birgit said...

Congratulations Leigh on your exciting news! It sounds like a wonderfully fun opportunity. Sage's card is so sweet. I can see your gift for creating has definitely been passed down. How fun that you get to create together. Have fun with your new job!

Joyce said...

So wonderful to hear all your news. Congrats on the job. I think you will be amazing. I cannot wait to see the kitchens you design out of paper (LOL). And, your kids are growing up so nicely--can't believe how big they are already.

Marisa said...

You have had quite the week indeed!! Sounds like ours! Congrats to your kids - how wonderful to get a chance to do the culinary gig and Sage did a great job on her card! A HUGE congrats to you on your new job too!!