Thursday, May 30, 2013

Trip to Niagara Falls

Should we pull a Thelma and Louise?  That's what we were thinking.

Natasha and I went to Niagara Falls for a meeting about our Moonlight and Mistletoe
Retreat on Oct 25 - 27.  It started out great but went downhill fast.

The short story is ....Do not deal with the Best Western Plus Cairn Croft Hotel in Niagara Falls.

The employee we dealt with months ago is no longer working for the company.  After a long
day of sorting out a near disaster we took a few moments to go to the falls while the contract
with Ramada Plaza was being drawn up.

Laurie Salter at the Ramada Plaza helped fix up our little problem.  Many thanks to the full day she spent with us.  None of us had these plans on the agenda for today.

The great news!  I think the Ramada Plaza will be a better location.  Everything happens for a reason and sometimes you just have to roll with it.  (you can tell this is 12 hours later)


Doesn't this look like a nice pool for our PJ and Pizza Pajama Party.  Woohoo!!!!






Monday, May 20, 2013

Getting Ready For Christmas



Moonlight & Mistletoe
A Stamp & Scrap Getaway

Oct 25-27

Best Western Cairn Croft Hotel, Niagara Falls

This is our 3rd Annual Weekend Retreat

Your hosts are Denise Donald and Natasha Byrne

Popular Niagara Falls Location

Your family will be so happy that you went away for the weekend and began making plans and preparations for the Perfect Christmas.

I hope you will join us!



It's official...Natasha and I are once again hosting our annual Christmas Retreat.  This year, we decided to move our location to scenic Niagara Falls, selecting the Best Western Plus Cairn Croft Hotel as our venue.
The weekend promises to be full of laughter, fun, friends and well, a teeny tad of disorganization (Natasha and I are your hostesses after all...lol ;))

We sure hope you will join us!  This year spoil yourself with the convenience, comfort and amenities offered at the hotel.  Enjoy the Indoor Tropical Courtyard, large indoor heated swimming pool, two large whirlpool hot tubs, fitness facility and close proximity to the Falls and the Niagara One Outlet Mall.

Your weekend will include 2 nights accommodations, complimentary wi-fi, free parking, Friday night PJs and Pizza Patio Party, Saturday and Sunday Buffet Breakfasts plus $40 in additional meal allowance.  Enjoy generous personal crafting space, on-site store, use of cropping tools and stamp sets, welcome gift, one complimentary class, product demonstrations, door prizes, optional creative classes (fee) and the company of great friends.

Bring your own projects to work on or choose from a variety of optional holiday themed classes (fee applies for each optional class you choose to participate in).  We promise there won't be a shortage of things to do! And, when you've had enough of crafting (I know, who ever gets enough, you're wondering), take a plunge in the pool, relax in the hot tub or get some Christmas shopping done outlet-style.

Registering for your Moonlight & Mistletoe Weekend Getaway is easy!  We require a non-refundable $150 deposit due upon registration to secure your spot.  The remaining balance is due by September 15th, 2013.  Payment may be made via Paypal, Cash, Cheque, Visa or Mastercard.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions regarding this incredible event.  I am always just an email or phone call away.


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Friday, May 10, 2013

Winner of the gift basket!

For the last 14 days on my blog I have been highlighting my trip to Fiji and celebrating the
Retiring List of products from the current 2012 - 2013 Stampin' Up! catalogue.
To win you just had to place an order with me during the time I was away on holidays.
Each day another item was entered to the gift basket.
And tonight Shannon Wood helped me draw the name of the winner.....
And .....

The Winner is......

IRMA

Woohoo!!!!!

Irma will get this basket of goodies delivered with her Stampin' Up! order.

Thank you to all who placed orders while I was away.  A special thank you to all my blog
followers for supporting me and making me feel like I was never away.
I am so blessed to have so many great friends.

Stay tuned for details on my upcoming open house to celebrate the NEW catalogue that you can begin ordering from on May 31, 2013.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Bula! 1 day.....

This is my daughter's boyfriend Devin and their new puppy, Yoda.  Isn't he just the cutest.  
This is their first little one and I had to laugh as they picked Irv and I up from the airport and 
they were tired because little Yoda kept them up on his first night home.  lol
I'm looking forward to many cuddles with Yoda.  
As you can see my blog post says 1 day....til I'm home but I'm home.  I am all messed up as far as days go and my calendar is messed up too.  So this is your last day to get your Stampin' Up! orders in before the draw for the beautiful door prize basket on Friday night.  


Check out this card that I made using MDS in the airport on the way home.  With MDS you don't need internet once it's all downloaded on your laptop so it's perfect to take with you on a trip.  
Even more cool, none of the products ever retire.  



Mother's Day is coming soon.  This is a gorgeous stamp set and it is part of the basket you could win. 
We should be almost home now.  I can't wait to see everyone.  
Enter to WIN -  A Basket filled with Stampin' Up! Retiring product
How to enter? - Simple, just place a Stampin' Up order with Denise Donald between April 24 and May 8
How to order? - Through my online store at www.denisedonald.stampinup.net and enter hostess code TWXMWQP9  The hostess name for this event is Nadi, Fiji   (Your order will be shipped right away, directly to you so you won't need to wait until I am home for delivery)
or  by phone 519 209 4961 OR email craftdbear@rogers.com
The draw will take place on May 10 at a workshop at my home.  Winner will be announced here on my blog on May 11.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Bula! 2 days.....

We will be leaving today and beginning the long journey home. It will take us 3 planes and two days travel.   I am looking forward to seeing all of my family and friends.  Irv and I have enjoyed this trip of a lifetime.  A trip to Fiji was on Irv's bucket list so now he wants to go to the Arctic.  I told him he would be taking that trip without me!  lol
Thank goodness the Stampin' Up! incentive trip that I am trying to earn now is a Western Caribbean Cruise.  





Enter to WIN -  A Basket filled with Stampin' Up! Retiring product
How to enter? - Simple, just place a Stampin' Up order with Denise Donald between April 24 and May 8
How to order? - Through my online store at www.denisedonald.stampinup.net and enter hostess code TWXMWQP9  The hostess name for this event is Nadi, Fiji   (Your order will be shipped right away, directly to you so you won't need to wait until I am home for delivery)
or  by phone 519 209 4961 OR email craftdbear@rogers.com
The draw will take place on May 10 at a workshop at my home.  Winner will be announced here on my blog on May 11.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Bula! 3 days....

 The grill at the pool.
 Lots of handmade jewelry and souvenirs to buy
Lunch at the pool.  I miss Heinz but the Sweet Chili Sauce is delicious.  

Another gorgeous sunset.  As you can see today was a hard day.  lol
How about another item that is in the huge gift basket.  
Place your Stampin' Up! order with me before it's too late.  Only 3 more days for your chance to enter. 

Enter to WIN -  A Basket filled with Stampin' Up! Retiring product
How to enter? - Simple, just place a Stampin' Up order with Denise Donald between April 24 and May 8
How to order? - Through my online store at www.denisedonald.stampinup.net and enter hostess code TWXMWQP9  The hostess name for this event is Nadi, Fiji   (Your order will be shipped right away, directly to you so you won't need to wait until I am home for delivery)
or  by phone 519 209 4961 OR email craftdbear@rogers.com
The draw will take place on May 10 at a workshop at my home.  Winner will be announced here on my blog on May 11.

Bula! 4 days....

Yesterday was the huge share fair.  This was my swap card.  It uses the Best of Butterflies stamp set, French Foilage stamp set, pool party, Calypso Coral, Primrose Petals, crumb cake, and very vanilla.
Of course many thanks go to all the people that helped me create these cards.  I designed the card, Diane cut all the card stock, I stamped and Irv sponged and put the dimensionals on.  Woohoo!!!
All of the swap cards were put on sample boards so that we could take photos of them.  
500 women trying to take pictures at the same time.  A little taste of what's to come at convention when there are 5500 women trying to take photos.  

4 days til I am home so 4 paper daisies to add to the huge gift basket.
Place your Stampin' Up!  order with me to be entered in the draw.

Enter to WIN -  A Basket filled with Stampin' Up! Retiring product
How to enter? - Simple, just place a Stampin' Up order with Denise Donald between April 24 and May 8
How to order? - Through my online store at www.denisedonald.stampinup.net and enter hostess code TWXMWQP9  The hostess name for this event is Nadi, Fiji   (Your order will be shipped right away, directly to you so you won't need to wait until I am home for delivery)
or  by phone 519 209 4961 OR email craftdbear@rogers.com
The draw will take place on May 10 at a workshop at my home.  Winner will be announced here on my blog on May 11.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Bula! 5 days.....

Yesterday we visited the Farmer's Market.  It is open on Fridays and Saturdays.  
We talked to many of the farmers who said things weren't too good but they all still smile and they are so kind and good.  
Lots of coconuts.
Just like at home there are all different religions in Fiji. 
We visited this temple where they have more than 1000 Gods but we couldn't stay long....
because I was having trouble with "silence"  
This is one of Church's in one of the villages.  Our tour guide sang to us in here and I could have sat and listened to him sing all day.  This picture only shows part of this church.  It is a large church with different sections to sit in.  The ladies sit in one section.  The men in another.  The children and guests in another.  The leaders in another section.  Church is mandatory.  It is twice on Sunday and once on Wednesday.  If you don't show up then someone will come with a broom and get you up to get to Church.  
Our farewell dinner 
There was hand made bead necklaces at each of our spots.  
Some children sang for us.   All children learn to sing.  It is one of the father's responsibilities as the leader of the family to teach their children how to sing. 
So beautiful.

Our last pillow gift. Some beautiful Fiji beauty products.  Sad to see the end of the Stampin' Up! Fiji trip.  Irv and I are staying a few more days but we are saying good bye to many of our friends.  We will see them again at convention in July.  

Now I know you have been anxious to see what I am adding to the basket today.  Only a few more days to get your order in.  Only a few people have placed an order so your chances of winning are really good.  See below for details on how you can WIN this basket. 


5 days until I am home:  5 pieces of paper
(2 pieces of 12 x 12 Lucky Limeade, 2 pieces 8.5x11,
1 piece of designer series paper)

Lucky Limeade is retiring and it's one of my favourites.  
However, that means new colours are coming.
Here in Fiji there is pool patrol.  Each day if you are lucky enough to spot the pool patrol then you can get a prize.  So two days ago I got the Colour Coach 2013-2015 In Colour Cards


Enter to WIN -  A Basket filled with Stampin' Up! Retiring product
How to enter? - Simple, just place a Stampin' Up order with Denise Donald between April 24 and May 8
How to order? - Through my online store at www.denisedonald.stampinup.net and enter hostess code TWXMWQP9  The hostess name for this event is Nadi, Fiji   (Your order will be shipped right away, directly to you so you won't need to wait until I am home for delivery)
or  by phone 519 209 4961 OR email craftdbear@rogers.com
The draw will take place on May 10 at a workshop at my home.  Winner will be announced here on my blog on May 11.



Bula!!! 6 days....

Yesterday, we started our day by doing some service work.  Irv and I and about a hundred other demonstrators and spouses went to the hospital to help them do yard work, clean and paint.
All of these poles were sanded and painted.  A few hours and it was all done.  It was amazing
to see how so many hands made such a great difference.  The people of Fiji were so
appreciative of the help.
Another gorgeous sunset....  I have to pinch myself to remind me that this is really where we are staying.  Irv took this photo and it looks like a poster you would buy but it's the view we get every night.
A little dinner after sunset.  Sunset happens around 6pm every night.  Very early.
And of course another pillow gift.   This box is full of goodies that I don't think I am allowed
to show you.  Stamp sets, paper, embossing folder that are in the upcoming catalogue.
It won't be long now until we can order from the new catalogue but until then....
Here is another item that is retiring.  Don't worry, it's just the side panel of these grid paper
sheets.  There will be new grid paper sheets.  Thank goodness as I would call these sheets
one of my essential tools.


6 days until I am home  and 6 pieces of our 13 x 17 grid paper.  
These sheets are a great work surface.  The grid lines help you to line up all of your papers so nothing is crooked.  I don't know about you but I need all the help I can get to make sure things are straight.  

The draw will take place on May 10 at a workshop at my home.  Winner will be announced here on my blog on May 11.
Enter to WIN -  A Basket filled with Stampin' Up! Retiring product
How to enter? - Simple, just place a Stampin' Up order with Denise Donald between April 24 and May 8
How to order? - Through my online store at www.denisedonald.stampinup.net and enter hostess code TWXMWQP9  The hostess name for this event is Nadi, Fiji   (Your order will be shipped right away, directly to you so you won't need to wait until I am home for delivery)
or  by phone 519 209 4961 OR email craftdbear@rogers.com

What retiring product will you be sad to see leave?

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Bula!!! 7 Days....

Catherine, Alanna and I finishing swaps in the lobby of Sofitel, Fiji!
Some might shake their heads and say, really?  But, I say it's a great tradition and
why not?  We had a great time.  It was a great conversation starter for all the people
that came over and say hi and laughed at us.  Our swaps are all done now but we
don't get to swap until Saturday morning.

I'm feeling a little home sick today so we tried to Skype with J.J. but no luck.
We have been texting with home but I was longing to see everyone today.
Apparently our dog, Gemma, is missing us.  She is not sleeping in the closet
like she usually does.  She is sleeping in front of my bedroom door at night.    I feel
bad so J.J. sent me a picture of her (she's at the front door here though).
We will try to skype again tomorrow.
On a happier note:  The flowers here are gorgeous.  No wonder they wear them
in their hair.
The weather is gorgeous.
The pool is perfect.
The people are so friendly and it truly is a piece of paradise.  I could live here very easily.

o.k. so have you placed an order?  There are still a few days left to place an order
so that you will be entered to WIN a huge gift basket full of Stampin' Up! goodies.
Here is todays item that will be added to the basket.

7 days until I am home and there are lots of flowers on this stamp but 7 of the largest one. 
You could WIN this Posy Party Builder Wheel and many other goodies. 
The draw will take place on May 10 at a workshop at my home.  Winner will be announced here on my blog on May 11.
Enter to WIN -  A Basket filled with Stampin' Up! Retiring product
How to enter? - Simple, just place a Stampin' Up order with Denise Donald between April 24 and May 8
How to order? - Through my online store at www.denisedonald.stampinup.net and enter hostess code TWXMWQP9  The hostess name for this event is Nadi, Fiji   (Your order will be shipped right away, directly to you so you won't need to wait until I am home for delivery)
or  by phone 519 209 4961 OR email craftdbear@rogers.com
Thank you so much for leaving me comments.  I have enjoyed reading your comments over the last few days and it's so nice as it's like a big hug from my friends at home.  
Bear Hugs to you all.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Bula!.....8 days


Irv and I just returning from lunch on the oceanfront and passing by the pool to get to our room.
Last night's pillow gifts...
A fabulous backpack for Irv which will be great when we go out today
and a hat for moi!  The flowers are made from Stampin' Up! fabric which is 40% off right now

Poolside and a gorgeous evening  

Now.....this will be added to the big Gift Basket.  
Place an order before I get home so you will have a chance to 
Win a basket full of Stampin' Up! goodies

8 days til I am home and 8 stickers from this retiring kit

126927 Afternoon Daydream Simply Scrappin' Kit  $26.95  (while supplies last)
Fancy and delicate with bright colours.  Layer for beautiful accents.  Acid and lignin free.
3 sheets card stock stickers 1 of each sheet design
6 sheets double sided paper: 3 of ea. design 12" x 12"
8 sheets card stock; 2 of ea. colour, 12 x 12


Enter to WIN -  A Basket filled with Stampin' Up! Retiring product
How to enter? - Simple, just place a Stampin' Up order with Denise Donald between April 24 and May 8
How to order? - Through my online store at www.denisedonald.stampinup.net and enter hostess code TWXMWQP9  The hostess name for this event is Nadi, Fiji   (Your order will be shipped right away, directly to you so you won't need to wait until I am home for delivery)
or  by phone 519 209 4961 OR email craftdbear@rogers.com


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