Saturday, December 5, 2015

All Wrapped Christmas Special. Weekend #1

Only 3 weekends left until Christmas. Each weekend we will feature an "all wrapped up" Christmas weekend special. Here is weekend #1. Special ends Dec 5th at 3pm!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Country Store Christmas 2015

After our event ended tonight, while the store was quiet, lights were all twinkling, and carols playing I took a periscope video of a quick tour of the store all decorated for Christmas. Our Open House officially begins tomorrow until Saturday with Santa Photos, Hot Chocolate Bar in the cafe and #homeroutes concert Saturday night. So come explore GSIB in person this Christmas. 🎄 My favorite time is at the store during Christmas and before I turn out all the lights. I love the feelings it emenates and adds that true Christmas magic into the season. Enjoy the tour! 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Christmas Open House Nov 19-21

Mark your calendars our Annual Christmas Open House is coming up soon! Good old fashioned Christmas Country Store Style. Last year we had over 13 trees. Wonder how many we will fit this year! 🎄😉 
By October 30th I'm ready to pack up Halloween and get the Christmas boxes unpacked!!
We have lots planned for our Open House. Decorating begins November 12th. So if you love Christmas and want to volunteer your decorating talents and come help, let me know!
November 18th we will be ready to welcome our Bloomin' Members to our exclusive members night party!
November 19th is the official kick off to the weekend. Santa photos with Kendra and our special Hot Chocolate Bar are on the evening of Nov 20th and then a Home Routes House concert with Dana Cooper from Tennessee on the 21st. That is one jam packed weekend GSIB style!
So come check out our "Country Christmas" in our old country store! New gifts, Christmas decor and handmade goodness are all planned!! 🎄

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Explore A Country Store This Fall

Whoohoo! So much happening this fall at the store starting next week!! First up, my monthly email newsbud is done! If you subscribe to my newsbud, be sure to check your inboxes shortly! LOTS happening at GSIB over the next few weeks (and until Christmas)! Super excited!! I ❤️❤️❤️ fall & Christmas! 😀 If you want to subscribe to our newsbud, you can subscribe using the email newsletter sign up on my GSIB Facebook page or go to 😉

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Gone Scrappin' In Bloom (GSIB) is located in a 1939 heritage general store in the Parkland Region! GSIB offers fresh flowers, scrapbooking supplies, gifts, handmade items, local wares and specialty cafe. GSIB owner Kelly Hunter, loves the holidays and goes all out with style, decor and events during Halloween & Christmas! 
The annual GSIB Spooktacular Event takes place from October 23-30th, starting with a Home Routes House Concert and includes Halloween kids costume portraits, Ladies Shopping Night and homemade fall harvest lunch specials featuring local foods, delicious baked treats and the favorite pumpkin stew inside a pumpkin. This fall, take a journey to GSIB to warm up with a hot latte or caramel apple cider, shop for Halloween decor and unique finds. 
Then comes the big "Holiday Flip" Kelly says. "This antique brick building gets completely transformed with Christmas magic! The store goes through a glitter & tree explosion overhaul and with big thanks to many local volunteers, they help get the store looking its best, just in time!" Their annual GSIB Holiday Open House is November 19th - 21st. The store is FILLED with Christmas trees - too many to count - home decor, handmade & local wares, ornaments, gifts, antiques and lights shimmering everywhere. It is truly an experience to walk into this old country store all decorated and filled with wondrous things! "It is like what I would imagine a toy shop at Christmas to be like from years gone by, but with more goodies for adults!" says Kelly "Plus, you may just time it right when Santa Claus is in the shop, sitting in his favorite rocking chair, ready to hear what you would like for Christmas!" Open house weekend features another Home Routes Concert, Santa & Me Photos, Hot Chocolate Bar and more. If you can't make it during their holiday open house, there is plenty of events happening throughout the season, such as Baking Cookies with Mrs. Claus, dinner and creative nights or just stop by anytime to explore and shop! Just a few of the items you will discover are Children's books, stocking stuffers, gourmet food items, holiday fresh flower arrangements and winter greens.
Explore GSIB this holiday season! Gather with friends, browse the shop, go crafting on Wednesday nights or just sit at one of the cafe tables sipping locally roasted java! A cozy and inspiring atmosphere to gather, shop, eat, dance and create! 

Located in Rossburn, which is just 20 minutes from Russell or 40 minutes from Clear Lake on Highway 45. Open Monday and Tuesday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Wednesday & Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 9 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Explore, Discover, Enjoy! Twitter and Instagram @gonescrapnbloom

Monday, January 12, 2015

2015 A Whole New Year

Last year my One Little Word was enjoy. The previous few years had been a struggle with health issues, realizing I have limits and I can't do everything. I was tired. 2014, I was feeling more healed and refreshed, health wise and mentally. Ready to re-discover forgotten joys and bring more things back into my life that I enjoyed. Refuelling the passion and most importantly helping me be much happier for my family. 
Enjoy the little things and get back to simple. 
Life is too short. I am proud of what I have accomplished. And there is always the need to remember "enjoy" and keep doing that. It was a great word for me. 

Now heading into 2015 I have chosen STRIVE! 
Definition & goals:

* strive to make great efforts to achieve or obtain success business wise and continue to try to better balance business and family for my husband and children. 

* Life seems to pass by like a speeding bullet and I don't make enough time to just be with friends. This year for me personally I need to strive to continue to maintain and better build the friendships who are good for my soul, the people who we understand each other (just get each other), have fun & laughter together and bring love unconditionally into my life. I have amazing friendships that have been with me on this journey for a long time. I know they are there when I need them and have had some wonderful new friendships emerge the last little while and just instantly connect. I have missed being me. :)

* struggle or fight vigorously, make an effort, exert oneself, do one's best, do all one can do, do one's utmost... With some renewed energy I'm ready to tackle my life with more determination, perseverance and strive.

This includes Striving to find that "voice" for my blog. LOL
I have been struggling with this. What should I say, what should I share, what will people find interesting. The truth is I just need to start sharing. Begin with what I accomplished last year. Rediscovering my joy and creative spirit. Focusing on everything I ENJOY. As I keep that focus everything I strive for this year will fall into place. So here I will share my creative moments. Crafty & Arty Projects that I'm working on, my GSIB pride and joy as everything that happens there is my joy and my renewal to my spirit and of course daily snippets into my chaotic life at home. Being a mom to 3 busy and activity involved kidlets, plus both parents owing their own businesses, allows us some flexibility, but also creates mass chaos with who's with which kids and where... some days it is quite comical looking back on the day, though I wish I could say in the moment was funny too. But it's usually not. 

On my Creative bucket list this year:

* Finish my December Daily 2015 ( I did finish 2014 - YAY - big happy dance). 2008, 2011 and 2012 ended up in the works this Christmas. I don't know how but they did, but they are a "when I have time" project.

* Finish 2014 Project Life Album and work on 2015 at the same time.

* Middle Child's baby book is almost finished. I need to fill in the gaps and do my journalling.

* My Bahamas trip from 2008 is almost done. So I probably should finish that... 

I have begun crafting this past year. Re-discovering my joy for paint and mixed media. 
My number one priority this year, is to get making more projects and start attending craft shows again. I have missed this community. Loving meeting new like minded artisans and re-connecting with ones I haven't seen in a long time. It is like being in the arms of an old friend again and coming home. The point is - it needs to be fun. I need to enjoy it and I need to strive to make it a priority and make time for it.
It will be hard, and I expect some days, weeks, etc I may have to focus on other things. But as long as I am doing something creative each day - I will need it for my reminder to get back to my goal. It also helps I have a 7.5 year old that thinks art is life. What better encouragement and reminder do I need than her? She will keep me on track!

You can also find daily snippets into my life with Instagram @gonescrapnbloom

So cheers to hearing more from me this year! I promise to not be a stranger this year.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

December Daily 2013

Christmas is my most absolute favourite time of the year. One of the reasons I picked December for my wedding and was also blessed with having a Christmas baby (22nd) so we have a lot happening! A few years ago I fell in love with December Daily scrapbook notion. This will be my third attempt. LOL
First year: Digital 12x12 pages. I got quite a few done. But needed to be done after Christmas so is added to my pile of projects started. Planning to finish...
Second year: Simple Stories and pocket pages are starting to get super popular. Thought I would attempt pocket page scrapbooking with starting a December Daily project. 12x12. Started great but I got overwhelmed with trying to work on each day, we introduced Elf on the Shelf to our kids - & its crazy daily antics, add in 3 kids, and a busy holiday retail store and well - it required too much thought to be a first of many things all at once in December. So I'm planning to finish it with my current December Daily project (now that I have mastered pocket pages in other ways) LOL.
This now leads into my third attempt. Goal of course is to finish it - but we will see. No pressure on myself. However, as I begin today I am off to a much better start then previous projects.
#1 It's NOVEMBER! YAY (This is HUGE - I'm a procrastinator!!)
#2 It's not 12x12. I'm getting out of my box in numerous ways but first I've chosen a Sn@p Album. 6x8 - much more feasible for quick and easy. I love 12x12 but when doing a December daily last year - I found some days I took way took many photos and other days I was lucky to snap one.
The point of my December Daily is to capture our family traditions and magic of Christmas.
#3 I've laid out the foundation. The topics I want featured and anything extra I can include can get put in as bonus pages. At least 1 - 4 photos allowed per topic - and I know what photos I always take of.
#4 So I got creating today and have a good chunk done or planned out.
#5 Primarily using Simple Stories 25 Days of Christmas & Handmade Holiday lines & BOBUNNY Elf Magic - but also trying to use up a ton of old stuff I have been hoarding.... so this one will be quite hodge podgy. :)

I still have some work to still do over the next few weeks on it. But so excited and the creative momentum is flowing. If I get the design part done all I have to do is print my key photos to fit and voila!!

Here is my start with a few work in progress pages. Tonight I already went back and added a few more details to each page. But quite thrilled with my start...
At least my children might have a finished project to view. 6x8 is also much more easier for my kids to handle. Normally my 12x12 albums weigh more then my 6 year old. :-)
Keep checking in for more photos to come soon! I hope! ;-)
XO Kel
 Changing old metal charms with Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks.

 Getting started...
 First page. :-) Love these elves and will be a perfect compliment to our Elf on the Shelf, Jolly.
 Trying out some "see-through" page elements.

 Cover - not finished. Still a work in progress.
 This is a hidden pocket on the inside cover. The plan is to put a bunch of fun instagram photos of our elf, Jolly's antics this season.

 Showing the hidden pocket on inside cover.