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Something Had to Give


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So maybe you noticed a bit of an absence from me online the last two months…

…or maybe not…

…either way, I am here and have been working behind the scenes, but had to take a break from blogging.

Without sharing ALL the good, bad and the ugly details of my life…because they would bore you to tears…let me just say a few changes in my life made it such that a break was necessary.  You see, back in October, my daughter, son-in-law and two adorable sons came to live with us.  They moved here to Calgary and are STILL waiting for their home to be sold.  So we moved all the rooms around to accommodate 4 more people and started working out a new family schedule.

THEN I accepted a part time job with my sister which pinched my time even more.

THEN my daughter accepted a full-time temporary position and with my son-in-law working as well, that left me as full-time babysitter.  THAT was the straw really.  I decided I needed to embrace all the changes in our life and just go with the flow for awhile.  So some things had to be put on hold while I dedicated my days and evenings to my little grandsons.  They won’t stay this little and precious very long and I don’t want to miss it – especially when I am so blessed to have them right here at my side for awhile!

I feel with January here, and I’m no longer watching the boys every minute, I can get back to blogging. My goal is two posts a week.  The only real crimp in this plan is the fact I received a new laptop and camera for Christmas.  As exciting as that sounds, and it really is exciting, new technology and updated programs are huge obstacles for me!  It takes me 3 times longer to do anything these days as I figure out all the new technical stuff!  Ugh!!  But on the bright side, I’m hoping the photographs of the cards and projects I share will be more detailed and clear – not now perhaps, but soon!  Fingers crossed!!

So with the new Occasions Catalogue out TODAY – it’s appropriate to celebrate – with balloons:

Supplies used:

Celebrate Today sample-1

Stamps – Celebrate Today

Ink – Versamark

Paper – Whisper White, Neutrals DSP, Real Red, Pacific Point, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, vellum cardstock

Big Shot – Balloon Framelit Dies

Accessories – white embossing powder, baker’s twine, Brights candy dots, dimensionals



Categories : Celebrate Today


  1. Doris says:

    Of course your absence was noticed! You sound terribly busy, but very happy enjoying your little grandsons. This card was worth the wait. Absolutely love it…so bright and cheerful. Welcome back, and thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Phyllis S says:

    What a cheerful colorful card! Perfect to CELEBRATE!

  3. Amanda says:

    Whata happy happy card. Gorgeous and worth the wait…. Whilst you were missed…. Continue to enjoy the time with your grand sons whilst you can…special times….

  4. Barbara V says:

    So good to have you back, Natasha. GREAT card!!

  5. JoAnn says:

    I really know how you feel. I had my grand babies move in with me when they were small. I wouldn’t trade one of the hardest days for a vacation. I did however have 4 grand children. I had them for several years before they went back to live with my daughter. They are now 15 years old, 13, and 12 yrs. The 15 are twins, boys. I believe that years down the road you will look back and be glad of the decision that you have made. Don’t forget to make scrapbooks…..

  6. Pat says:

    Welcome back. I love the way you have allowed us to clicl on the catalogues.

    On another note, I had my daughter, granddaughter and their HUGE dog living with me for 19 months while a nasty divorce was happening. Enjoy it!

  7. Natasha says:

    Pat – I’m so glad to hear you like the catalogue format on the blog!! Hope to see you soon! Natasha

  8. Natasha says:

    Thanks for the boost Joann! I’m determined to write down all the cute things they say and to take lots of photos too! Natasha

  9. Natasha says:

    Thanks Barbara!!!

  10. Natasha says:

    Thanks Amanda – it’s nice to know I was missed!

  11. Natasha says:

    Thank you Phyllis!

  12. Natasha says:

    Thanks a lot Doris!

  13. Helen says:

    Hi Natasha,
    So glad you are back blogging. I miss our card classes so will rely on your blog for news of your family and inspiration for projects. Loving living in the Okanagan!

  14. Natasha says:

    Hi Helen – I sure miss you too!! I’m glad to hear you are loving your new place and retirement!!

  15. BeverlyBL says:

    I LOVE your card!! Glad you found a little time to create. Love the black and white and the vellum. Thanks so much!

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