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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween Everyone! We hope you are having a fun weekend.

Today we want to share a halloween wall hanging idea from one of our design team members, Audrey Yeager. This is how she did it...

"I made this wall hanging by take a 8x10" canvas board and covering it with pages from an old dictionary using Mod Podge. I then painted the edges black and added some glitter while the paint was still tacky. I used a piece of paper from the 6x6" Spooks pack and cut out some elements from the border strips. A ribbon on the bottom and another stapled to the back for hanging complete this simple project!"

We hope this will get you excited for next month. November we will begin featuring the projects our new design team has been busy creating for you.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

It's Big - It's Orange...

People's creativity constantly amazes - and sometimes scares me.  Take the humble pumpkin for example. 
Halloween pumpkins can be a thing of wonder, or just plain funny.  Enjoy.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Party Time

We hope you have been creating some SEI projects to link up this month. If you didn't, be sure to create something for next month.

1. Add a link to your SEI project on our blog by clicking on the button at the bottom of this post. Your project must use at least one SEI product to participate.
2. Link back to us by adding this button to the bottom of your blog post.

3. Check each other's projects out and be sure to leave lot's of comments.

You have until October 31 at 11:59 pm MST. So, let the party begin!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


How fabulous is the colour of this car!!  It belings to a friend of mine and I sooo badly want it sitting in my driveway.  Hmmmm..... I must buy a Big M and go on a surf trip!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Paper Straws

I think that this summer it is all going to be about paper straws at our place.  They remind me of soda shops and bobby socks and an era where life was simpler. 
Hot days, cool drinks, sun kissed skin.....

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I think these Ada And Darcy Straws will be my first purchase.

Wednesday Wedding - Home On the Range

Cherries and hay bales - just perfect.

Styling -  Duet Weddings
Photography - Jose Villa

More Layout Ideas

We hope you're ready for some more Spooks layouts! First up, since Halloween is right around the corner, we thought we'd show you a layout that is perfect for this time of year. Doesn't that house look like one where you would like to go trick-or-treating? We love how Pia cut around the top of the headstone to tuck in the picture. This works great when you don't want your picture to completely cover up a pretty design.

Next up we have another Spooks layout. Yes, we said Spooks! You may already know but we really love to think of different ways of using our paper collections. Those sweet little sheep baby is counting are actually beadazzleds. They iron-on to different surfaces and have a great texture and shine because of the layer of beads on the top.

Our next linky party is coming up soon. We hope you have been creating some fun layouts and projects of your own to share!

LOVE This Cake

Seriously.... who cooks stuff like this?  Brilliant.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Cafe Love

 "Unattended children will be given espresso and a free kitten".

So reads the sign on the wall at Rowena Parade Corner Store in Richmond.
I laughed out loud when I read this and will definitely be visiting just to meet the people who obviously share a similar sense of humour to me.
Check out  Little Eats review and I'm sure you'll be dropping in too.

Saturday, October 23, 2010


It was Surfer Boy's 40th birthday during the week and tonight we are taking 40 family and  friends to see his favourite movie.  It may come as a surprise but his favourite film is the 1956 musical -
Not the movie anyone was expecting - except his family who are responsible for him knowing every word and song.  Coming from a family with 4 sisters he was bound to be influenced and I for one am rapt that we are seeing this and not his second favourite film - PLATOON.

C.K. Dexter-Haven, a successful popular jazz musician, lives in a mansion near his ex-wife's Tracy Lord's family estate. She is on the verge of marrying a man blander and safer than Dex, who tries to win Tracy's heart again. Mike Connor, an undercover tabloid reporter, also falls for Tracy while covering the nuptials for Spy magazine. Tracy must choose between the three men as she discovers that "safe" can mean "deadly dull" when it comes to husbands and life.(IMDB)

Shop Love - Taylor Gourmet

I am particularly in love with the use of old packing crates for the counter sides - we've been contemplating similar and it's great to see it here looking fabulous.

images found here

Nearly There

Well we've managed to move our staircase without too much drama although I will admit I was close to chucking the whole thing. We're anticipating that within the next couple of days we will be clear of council for the foreseeable future - you can imagine how pleased I will be about that.
Surfer Boy even managed to find a place for the fridge in the re-design which pleases me muchly.
Me thinks we might get this thing built after all.

Don't Show Surfer Boy

Thursday, October 21, 2010

3rd Thursday: Birds of a Feather

Club SEI's November kit features Birds of a Feather. This collection of papers and embellishments was designed especially for club members. Click here to see what club members can make with this kit. If you aren't a club member, you can still sign-up.

We love all of the great calendar and countdown ideas that come with the kit. However, some club members might want to do something completely different, like make some holiday projects. That's what we did! We made this layout, card and goodie bag with some of the contents of the kit.

Happy 3rd Thursday!

Monday, October 18, 2010

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Angelina Jolie (born Angelina Jolie Voight; June 4, 1975) is an American actress. She has received an Academy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards. Jolie promotes humanitarian causes, and is noted for her work with refugees as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). She has been cited as one of the world's most attractive people, as well as the world's "most beautiful" woman, titles for which she has received substantial media attention.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

Though she made her screen debut as a child alongside her father Jon Voight in the 1982 film Lookin' to Get Out, Jolie's acting career began in earnest a decade later with the low-budget production Cyborg 2 (1993). Her first leading role in a major film was in Hackers (1995). She starred in the critically acclaimed biographical films George Wallace (1997) and Gia (1998), and won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the drama Girl, Interrupted (1999). Jolie achieved wider fame after her portrayal of video game heroine Lara Croft in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), and since then has established herself as one of the best-known and highest-paid actresses in Hollywood.[7] She has had her biggest commercial successes with the action-comedy Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) and the animated film Kung Fu Panda (2008).[8]

Divorced from actors Jonny Lee Miller and Billy Bob Thornton, Jolie currently lives with actor Brad Pitt, in a relationship that has attracted worldwide media attention. Jolie and Pitt have three adopted children, Maddox, Pax, and Zahara, as well as three biological children, Shiloh, Knox, and Vivienne.

* 1 Early life and family
* 2 Career
o 2.1 Early work: 1993–1997
o 2.2 Breakthrough: 1997–2000
o 2.3 International success: 2001–present
* 3 Humanitarian work
* 4 Relationships
* 5 Children
* 6 In the media
* 7 Tattoos
* 8 Filmography
* 9 Awards
* 10 References
o 10.1 Notes
o 10.2 Further reading
* 11 External links

Early life and family

Born in Los Angeles, California, Jolie is the daughter of actors Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand. She is the niece of Chip Taylor, sister of James Haven and the goddaughter of Jacqueline Bisset and Maximilian Schell. On her father's side, Jolie is of Slovak and German descent,[9][10] and on her mother's side she is French Canadian and is said to be part Iroquois.[11][12] However, Voight has claimed Bertrand was "not seriously Iroquois", and they merely said it to enhance his ex-wife's exotic background.[13]

After her parents' separation in 1976, Jolie and her brother were raised by their mother, who abandoned her acting ambitions and moved with them to Palisades, New York.[14] As a child, Jolie regularly saw movies with her mother and later explained that this had inspired her interest in acting; she had not been influenced by her father.[15] When she was eleven years old, the family moved back to Los Angeles and Jolie decided she wanted to act and enrolled at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, where she trained for two years and appeared in several stage productions.

At the age of 14, she dropped out of her acting classes and dreamed of becoming a funeral director.[16] During this period, she wore black clothing, dyed her hair purple and went out moshing with her live-in boyfriend.[15] Two years later, after the relationship had ended, she rented an apartment above a garage a few blocks from her mother's home.[14] She returned to theatre studies and graduated from high school, though in recent times she has referred to this period with the observation, "I am still at heart—and always will be—just a punk kid with tattoos".[17]

She later recalled her time as a student at Beverly Hills High School (later Moreno High School), and her feeling of isolation among the children of some of the area's more affluent families. Jolie's mother survived on a more modest income, and Jolie often wore second-hand clothes. She was teased by other students who also targeted her for her distinctive features, for being extremely thin, and for wearing glasses and braces.[15] Her self-esteem was further diminished when her initial attempts at modeling proved unsuccessful. She started to cut herself; later commenting, "I collected knives and always had certain things around. For some reason, the ritual of having cut myself and feeling the pain, maybe feeling alive, feeling some kind of release, it was somehow therapeutic to me."[18]

Jolie was estranged from her father for many years. The two tried to reconcile and he appeared with her in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001).[14] In July 2002, Jolie filed a request to legally change her name to "Angelina Jolie", dropping Voight as her surname; the name change was made official on September 12, 2002.[19] In August of the same year, Voight claimed that his daughter had "serious mental problems" on Access Hollywood. Jolie later indicated that she no longer wished to pursue a relationship with her father, and said, "My father and I don't speak. I don't hold any anger toward him. I don't believe that somebody's family becomes their blood. Because my son's adopted, and families are earned." She stated that she did not want to publicize her reasons for her estrangement from her father, but because she had adopted her son, she did not think it was healthy for her to associate with Voight.[20] In February 2010, Jolie publicly reunited with her father when he visited her while filming The Tourist in Venice.[21]
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