Friday, February 16, 2018

Team Meeting

Monday was team meeting night and we do this once a month.  We talk about Stampin' Up!, new products and ideas, techniques and any kind of discussion around Stampin' Up!  It's great fun, lots of laughs and ticket draws too.

I demonstrated how to cut and score a fancy fold card as you can see from the bottom picture below.  

Here are a few of the teams swap cards including the one with the stand up or pop up that I demonstrated.






From left to right top are Doreen, Sue. Middle are Monique and Andrea. Bottom is Willie and Denise.  

I'm always looking for new team members and Sale-A-Bration is a great time to join. No commitment!

Joining now means you can get the starter kit for $135. Plus $30 free in more Stampin' Up!  PLUS you get additional two sets valued at $132 more. That's $297 in product for $135. You pick the items you want in your kit!

This is the best time to join the team!  Call me!


Thanks for visiting today! 
Denise Donald
Craft D Cave



Thursday, February 15, 2018

A Very Cute Birthday Card

So I'm starting back into the design mode and today I'm giving you a beautiful embossed birthday card with a little panda friend.


The embossing on this card was done using the Layered Leaves Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder  by Stampin' Up!   The Panda is from the Party Panda's stamp set.  
I used Calypso Coral cardstock and the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up!  

Thanks for visiting today! 
Denise Donald
Craft D Cave

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Lunch With My Valentine!

Monday is always a busy day around our house as its my one day off and Irv has lots of his medical appointments.

It was  such a sunny day that we took the time to have lunch at one of my favourite spots in Simcoe, that Irv hasn't had the chance to try yet.  

I had great soup and and the belly buster egg salad sandwich and Irv had an all day breakfast. We had a really excellent meal and we were able to sit in the sunlight and thoroughly enjoyed our view of downtown Simcoe.




Irv is now doing more walking with the assistance of his walker and just needs the wheelchair for long distances.   He is so eagerly awaiting the arrival of spring and having no snow so will give him a chance to go short distances and build up his endurance once more.   The walker is essential for his balance as the stroke seems to have thrown his normal balance out the window.  But he says it is way nicer to have the walker than  the wheelchair.  He also feels bad that I have to push the wheelchair and lift it in and out of the car.  But I really don't mind at all.   The walker is lighter to lift in and out of the car but it doesn't fold down as nice as the wheelchair.  Of course the real challenge is when we need the walker and the wheelchair for options, there is no room for anyone else in the car except the two of us.  The benefit is that I can't buy many groceries or fit much shopping in the car, but you'd be amazed how much crafting supplies I can make fit.  

Let's hope more of the snow will disappear and give him the chance to walk around downtown Simcoe or Port Dover for our next lunch date.


Thanks for visiting today! 
Denise Donald
Craft D Cave

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Saturday Night Class

This past Saturday night we had a class full of eager card makers in Woodstock.  With the weather forecast being so poor we were not quite sure of what the turnout would be but we had anticipated 11 ladies for the class and had eight show up.

What a great night that was and we discovered that the weather actually improved for the ride home to Port Dover.

It was nice to meet some of the ladies from Woodstock who have attended classes previously with me but I hadn't seen for a while.

Here are the happy card makers!  We ran two different groups to keep the card making moving and sharing the tools is much easier when there's four ladies to a group.







We had a great evening of fun and I hope it can be done again next month.  My mom would sure love it if I need to add another class a month for Woodstock and I would love it too.    I will let you know but thankfully the weather is getting better and travelling is less hazardous and more enjoyable.

Until next time ladies!  I'll see you next month. Watch for great new card designs!


Thanks for visiting today! 
Denise Donald
Craft D Cave

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Let The Games Begin!!

Let the games begin!  Every two years our family hunkers down to do some serious television watching.  We aren't a big sports family but the Olympics draw as moths to the flame!

Wether it's Winter or Summer Olympic Games, every two years we watch them intensely.  From distant places around the world, we join in regardless if it's local in North America, or foreign land, the Olympic games are exciting for all.  

I'm not really sure why the Olympics attracts but it does.  I think it's because not just having football or hockey or baseball, we get all the other sports from the Olympics.  Nowadays even the amateurs seem to have regular grants which provides them with the funds to train for the Olympics but they still are amateur nonetheless.

Here's a  few photos I took of Irv and JJ this morning as we watched the 5:30 AM Olympic special coverage of the opening ceremonies.







So for the next two weeks we will be mixing work with Stampin' Up! with TV coverage of the Olympics.  We always cheer for Canada but some of the other nations get some of our support as well. 

 Thankfully, with the time difference in Korea, it means we get to watch the primetime coverage at night and don't have to spend hours during the night like other times.  We don't really want to watch reruns and we can watch the live events being carried by the CBC and giving us good Canadian coverage.

So let the games begin, we hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

Thanks for visiting today! 
Denise Donald
Craft D Cave





Thursday, February 8, 2018

Here comes the winter weather again

Don't put the snow shovel away just yet. Tonight is going to start off with a dump of snow.



Irv and I subscribe to a Facebook page called "Currently in Port Dover". There are many avid professional and amateur photographers who take great shots in the Dover area, most particularly of the pier and the lighthouse area of downtown Dover.  We enjoy many of those,  particularly great evening shots where we get to see the beautiful skies wihout having to go outside.


Credit to Dennis Rowling Studios



 For Irv, who is at home most of the time, it's especially lovely to see these photos.


 Talking about what's new in Port Dover, what do you think these new signs mean?



We expect to see these signs with the new bylaw, which essentially says you can't keep your cars on your lawn.  Nor boats or recreational vehicles.  You can park only as many spaces as you have in your driveway.   We can be sure that more storage facilities will the crop up for all the boats and RVs that can't sit in your driveway all season long.
We think we own our own homes and the land they are on but somehow these bylaws come along and we lose a little more of our freedom to do what we want with our little piece of land. 




Thanks for visiting today! 
Denise Donald
Craft D Cave

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

A Bright Star Has Past Away

A dear friend of mine and Irv's has passed away.  We did not know Carol very long but she was a good friend and we wish we had gotten more time to spend with her.  Carol attended the crops that I used to offer at the scout house in Port Dover.

Carol was always there with a smile and a kind word to all around her, offering suggestions and enjoying the company that comes with the crops.  She would tell tales of all her activities through Port Dover, especially her writing club.  When Irv's health declined last summer it meant I had to stop doing the crops. We missed speaking with her at the crops but she came to the house to visit with Irv and myself when Irv got out of the hospital.




Here's a photo of Carol winning the ticket drawing at the end of one of the crops.  Unfortunately we just received the news that Carol passed away about two weeks ago.  Well you know she enjoyed those crops and we never did do them for the money.  We always had the crops for social and fun times. 

Carol was a well read person and she enjoyed writing as well.  Soft-spoken and great to listen to.  

Our upcoming Good Friday crop is going to be dedicated to the memory of Carol.  Many of you who attended our Port Dover crops met Carol and enjoyed her company and we will all miss her. 

A bright new star in heaven is watching over us above Port Dover. Thank you Carol for letting us know you for just a short time.  Please rest in peace.


Thanks for visiting today! 
Denise Donald
Craft D Cave



Craft D Cave layout

What a beautiful day,  Blue sky with white fluffy clouds actually can see the sun for the first time in days.  Last week I did a family time with my mom, Kareen and Diane.  We all agreed to do a 12 x 12 page layout but it was of your own choice. I haven't scrapbooked in a long time so it felt really good to get something accomplished in one of my scrapbooks.  Here's what my layout looks like.




No photos yet just placeholders for pictures need to be placed in all of my albums not just the new page.  I have so many pictures but fortunately I won't get anywhere near the number of scrap books that I need nor the layouts.  

Seeing beautiful photographs framed beautifully and preserved forever make me real proud of my hobby.  Just sticking photos in page protectors without any Journalling means we forget who in the scene. The way my memory is I can't always remember, through the years, what time and place that something might be.  It's like that extra piece of a puzzle that just stumps you.  You just know that it goes somewhere and doesn't quite connect with the other pieces.  Journalling with photographs helped put all the pieces together and makes one happy album!

Hope you get to play with some scrapbooking sometime soon!


Thanks for visiting today! 
Denise Donald
Craft D Cave

Monday, February 5, 2018

Good Neighbours

We are fortunate to have great neighbours.  The tree in our front yard turns out to be some sort of a sycamore tree and sheds really long nasty looking black spores or seedlings and it makes one heck of a mess on our street.  Our closest neighbours raked six large leaf bags for garbage pick up back in the fall for us.    Irv's health problems left him unable to do anything around the house and he especially can't do any sort of raking or collecting of these leaves.  It was so nice of our neighbours who took it upon themselves to clear our front yard.

The neighbour on the other side has generously offered the use of his snowblower, complete with electric start, to keep our driveway clear. 

The friendly people of Port Dover look out for each other, especially in a time of adversity. 




It's good neighbours, like ours, who make a friendly community.  More and more people are moving away from the big city and choosing to live in smaller communities, which is why Port Dover is growing.  Granted it's a tourist destination in the summertime but even in the winter here are events like the polar dip which bring people to town. 





Thanks for visiting today! 
Denise Donald
Craft D Cave

Saturday, February 3, 2018

New High Rise Buildings in Port Dover

Our little town of Port Dover is certainly getting bigger.  Two new projects have been forwarded to regional Council for consideration as part of the Port Dover/Norfolk County planning system.

One project in particular is a pair of six story apartment buildings which will house around approximately 100 units and will be located on the east side of the bridge and will give us some sort of a skyline on that side of the coast.

The other project is a hotel with conference section which is sorely needed in the Port Dover area.  This multi use function hotel would be able to provide wedding reception and also convention facilities.



Here you can see the artist rendition of the hotel as designed and you can see there is a viewing section on the very top level which we presume will give you a great view out over the lake.  Any new building must conform to the zoning and parking regulation.  I believe the hotel will have parking for 350 cars and the hotel would be a major employer. 

So Port Dover may have its own skyline.  Perhaps we can go down to the new Dairy Queen when it opens and sit and enjoy a peanut Buster Parfait or sit and contemplate the new building.


Thanks for visiting today! 
GDenise Donald
Craft D Cave

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Georges Restaurant

Many many years ago, Irv found a restaurant in Cambridge by the name of Georges.  It was a Chinese food restaurant located in the downtown core of what was then known as "Galt" now Cambridge. Over the many years of enjoying the food,  George's added an addition to the restaurant.  Irv and his brother Steve, felt that they must've added the addition all by themselves based on the amount of food they were buying.

The favourite take-out order was known as an 18 for one which was basically Soo Guy Almond, Sweet-and-Sour chicken, chicken fried rice and egg roll.  Back then the order was a whole $4.50.  I found out yesterday that the new price is now $17.50 that's a big jump over the years.

After many years, the original owner, George, passed away and the new owners stayed with the old tried-and-true recipes to keep Georges as unique.

Irv has been going to Georges for the last 48 years. Not every week or every month and not as often over the years.  Since our move to Port Dover we have unfortunately discovered it's too far a trip to Cambridge just for George's.





This photo was taken on JJ's birthday and that you can see we went to George's.  I'm pleased to say that Laryssa and , and extent, David are continuing the tradition.  Laryssa lives closest to George's in the southwest area of Kitchener and manages to get to George's once every week or two weeks so the old tradition has been passed on to Laryssa.  It's been a while since I have been to George's with Irv so it was great food and a great fun night out.
Irv introduced me to George's many years ago when we first met and we both liked it.

I know a number of people who have been going to George's like me and Irv over the years and it's nice to see that a family run restaurant that is so unique with great food.

Keep going George's! Can you keep it going another 48 years for another Donald generation to enjoy!


Thanks for visiting today! 
Denise Donald
Craft D Cave

JJ's Birthday! The big 21

Yesterday was JJ's 21st birthday.  21 years since was born and entered this somewhat crazy world of ours.  It's also Australia Day. A much warmer climate. Lol. 
Officially he uses John or John James on occasion but he's still my baby.  We had a family birthday dinner and went to movie last night.

Here's a photo at his second birthday. He has always loved chocolate cakes. 



His taste has varied over the years but chocolate cake has always still the favourite.

Today is a warm day celebrate on as these freezing colds are making life miserable.  

This week we got a new start in Stampin Up! Newsletters and notices. You'll see more of us now that Irv is stable. 
A few people have asked if Paper Pumpkin kits qualify for Sale-A-Bration rewards. They sure do! 3, 6, and 12 month subscriptions do.  That's a great way to reward yourself. Ask me about Paper Pumpkin. You'll be happy you did!


Thanks for visiting today! 
Denise Donald
Craft D Cave



Still More Boxes

Eighteen months ago we moved to Port Dover.  Glad we did. It's a beautiful town with nice people. When we moved to the smaller house we discovered we had an unusual number of boxes of stuff still to unpack.  It's a chore that seem endless.

Here is a sample of the boxes that got packed in the last few days.



It's getting hard to find places store what was in the boxes. We have given a away a few tables and chairs but the remaining boxes are lots of smaller items. More personal with some, others are practical, and a few we give away. 

It's interesting to see what each box contains as we sort through the flotsam on life.  LOL

Knick knacks, souvenirs, and the like. I find I also have a "few" boxes of craft items. Those items go back into the expanding craft room. Floor to ceiling is the best way to describe my craft room(s). 

Lots more boxes to go through as it's a winter chore. Eventually I'll get there.  It may our second year here. LOL!


Thanks for visiting today! 
Denise Donald
Craft D Cave

Friday, January 26, 2018

Time to update! LOL

Well it's about time. We haven't updated the blog since about the end of November. Irv has been dealing with complications during December and January. It has taken me a while to get back to the routine and my Stampin' Up! business but finally we are starting again with our newsletter and the blog.

We have Sale-A-Bration underway and the Occasions catalogue which provides us with a great new set of products and opportunities to earn FREE product for every $60 spent within the Sale-A-Bration catalogue. The time is right to make that special purchase and get the extra products free. 

Irv and I have been spending more time this week to catch up on our website and blog to stay in touch with you, our customers, and will be spending more time over the next few weeks getting back into our routine.  


A couple of days ago we issued a newsletter that includes new classes through February and we will be updating our newsletter once a month rather than several times a month.  This way we will give you more information just once a month and give you reminders throughout the month about our classes and sharing of information from Stampin' Up!

Irv is still at home as his disabilities don't allow him to get out of the house much because of his balance and because he finally lost his drivers license. After five hearts and one stroke, they finally decided to take Irv's license.  He hasn't driven since July already anyway. So  no big deal for us as I wouldn't let him drive anyway.

Well that's enough for now I will get back to talking to you tomorrow.

Thanks for visiting today! 
Denise Donald
Craft D Cave