Monday, June 26, 2017

Super Sunday!!

Another successful crop day!  We are going to offer Saturday and Sunday Crop days once per month instead of just Sundays. This combination lets people fit a crop day into their busy schedules and makes it easier for us to run the crop over two days instead of one. All the set up and tear down can be spread out so we aren't as exhausted. Lol!

Here are a few photos. 

This last one is my mom doing wedding photos from Laryssa's wedding.  Sorting and selecting the right photos isn't always easy!

From the archives..... A simple photo frame and some great paper and words to live by. 

Thanks for visiting today! 
Denise Donald
Craft D Cave

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Saturday Crop

What a great day!  I work Saturdays until 3pm so Irv stood in as host until I got there. 

By all accounts he did well!  The weather was pretty good until the afternoon and evening storms ran through Port Dover starting at 5pm. 

In the harbour area today we had the Port Dover Tug Boat races and other fun. The town was really busy. 
However we had lots of cropping going on at the same time!  No spectators though! But just as intense!  Lol!

Sunday should be just as much fun!  

Here is another one of the less formal photos from the wedding. The best man and two groomsmen were absent. Big group. 11 groomsmen in total. 

Thanks for visiting today! 
Denise Donald
Craft D Cave

Great Team Meeting.

Other than Irv having technical difficulties with Zoom, the meeting went well. Lots attended Irma and Andrea's home as they hosted the meeting. Their hospitality was fabulous, as usual. 

We had a Kid's card theme for our team card swap. 

Here they are!!

A very talented group of ladies and the group is growing. 

Today is All Day Crop as is Sunday.  

Here is a photo of Laryssa and the girls travelling to the wedding in the limo bus. The air conditioning wasn't working well and the girls were very hot. 


Thanks for visiting today! 
Denise Donald
Craft D Cave

Friday, June 23, 2017

Team Friday

Here we are on Friday again!  Rainy day but humid. Finally got the customer newsletter out last night. A little late but we had to get all of our July Event dates settled. Trying to spread them out a little but also keep some consistency. Lol. Not easy. 

Team meeting tonight and we usually do a themed swap card as part of our agenda. The theme tonight is a "kids card".  I wanted to make a card that a child could find a little interactive so I made this one. Top photo is card and bottom is where the slider pulls away to show a message. 

This card can have whatever message you would like so the possibilities are endless. 

My team are very creative so I'm looking forward to seeing what they come up with!!

I'm getting closer to starting a line of tutorial videos and I might just do this one. 

I also do a make n take project and tonight's is really something.  It's a secret until the team see it tonight. I'll post it tomorrow. 

Thanks for visiting today! 
Denise Donald
Craft D Cave

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Why did I do it?

Why did I schedule two Crop days the day after team meeting. Lol!   Originally I had a Saturday between them but some people need a Saturday for All Day Crops. We are trying something new this Crop weekend. Irv is going to be there Saturday while I go to work from 9 until 3. I'll get there around 3.30 until we finish. Hopefully everything works out well.

But I realized this morning that everything has to be done tonight (Yikes!) for the next three days of events. At least next month will have separation between events. Lol. 

Here are the three wedding cakes I had to bake and prep at home on Thursday and then decorate at the hall on Friday night, the night before the wedding. We couldn't transport them fully decorated so we had to haul all the decorating supplies along with clothes and other wedding projects in the car with us on the day before the wedding. The cakes are three different flavours. Vanilla, carrot cake and butter pecan. All double layers. We were at the hall until 11.30pm when hall staff had to close the hall for the night. They were super helpful and understanding. 

By all accounts the cake was fresh, moist and delicious!  Thank goodness!

Thanks for visiting today! 
Denise Donald
Craft D Cave

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Wedding Brain

It's very strange but I think I'm suffering from "Wedding Brain". Lol!

I have been so focussed on the wedding for months and months that I'm still thinking about planning for it.  For example, I was in a store last night after work looking for something and I kept finding items that I thought "would look good at the wedding".  I realized I did that on Sunday and Monday too when it hit me last night about what I was doing. 

I've never had this happen before. I hope it eventually goes away before I accidentally buy something I don't need. Lol!

One thing we are all struggling with is a shortage of photos from the wedding. Laryssa asked everyone to not take photos or post to social media as she wants the professional photos to be posted. Seems like a lot of people listened!  

But here is one of JJ asking his cousin Kevin to stand in for him by wearing JJ's jacket. 

Here is one of our new family!  6 of us now!  Sorry JJ. The tree is camouflaging you.
Photo credits to niece Karen Blumenstock. 

Thanks for visiting today! 
Denise Donald
Craft D Cave

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Team Meeting and Crop Weekend

Hey everyone!!  Back to work today. My monthly team meeting is this Friday and then we have a two day Crop here in Port Dover.  So it's a Stampin' Up! Weekend ahead!

I also hope to get into my Paper Pumpkin kit from las week. Super looking summer theme of melons in summer colours!

Our town is still undergoing lots of construction and this is hopefully the last year the main road will be torn up. They have been doing a section of the main road for three separate summers and I think patience has just about run out with the townsfolk. Several accidents in town caused by side roads all being congested.  For those coming to the Crop you have to detour a little bit to get to the hall if coming through downtown. 

However the beach area is starting to really take shape again. Our benches are all back on the pier so you can sit again to watch the harbour or sunset. This shot was in the morning. 

The shot below was 8pm. The storm actually missed Port Dover. 


A great place to have that after dinner Timmy's!  Or just to sit and talk. 

Here's a great shot somebody posted to Facebook over the weekend during the storms here. It's a double lightning strike. 


We have a number of amateur photographers who post regularly to a Port Dover specific group on Facebook. The shot above is towards the fishing docks from the pier just a 90 degree turn from the bench photos above.  We are pretty lucky to have this talent pool post photos like these. The little bird in the bottom right of the photo is the watermark of photographer Robert Irvine.  That last name isn't very common and Irv likes to watch for Roberts posts. 

Thanks for visiting today! 
Denise Donald
Craft D Cave