Tuesday, September 20, 2011

leaving on a jet plane

On Thursday I leave for Calgary.  It's picture day for my kids, it's the Book Fair at both their schools, it's harvest time on the farm.  But I'm flying to Calgary. (sigh).  I hate flying, but I love teaching, so I have to take the great with the bad.
It's actually not that I hate flying altogether...............I just hate flying anywhere without the ones I love.  Got it???

I can't wait to see everyone that I've met over the many years I've been in this business.  It's been a few years now since I've seen most of them and it's exciting.  It's like a huge school reunion.......but I'm the only one that's really out of the loop (most of them work together for the magazine).  Click here to see the event I'll be at.

This gig is definitely different than my other ones.  Usually I'm a "closer"; a "teacher"; a "social butterfly" hired to keep everyone happy and busy and scrapping and laughing -- yeah, that's me.  I'm usually specifically hired for that last job.  This time..............I'm represently a fabulous company who manufactures fabulous trimmers (etc.).  I'll be demoing their latest baby (The 12" Titanium Bonded TrimAir Trimmer).............wowzers.........and creating some pretty cool stuff with some pretty cool chicks!!!  Always love that part......the face-to-face connection with people / new faces.  So, I'm brushing up on my Westcott fact sheets and checking all the lists twice.  No kits this time.  No tools this time.  Just ME.  Smalltown ME in a big city.  Love it.

Check back next week for photos (hopefully someone takes some).  I'm trying to go with just a carry-on this time.......yikes!!!
I'll let you know how that goes.  (hahaha)

{from the farm},

Thursday, September 15, 2011

self-timer ME

Just linking to the fabulous Lizzy Kartchner's blog today.  She's having a little "self-timer" photo challenge thang over there and I thought it would be fun.  I have about a hundred of them already on my computer, and I took a few more the other day.  Take the challenge and link your best ones here as well.  Can't wait to see them.  Then head over to Lizzy's blog to see them all.

And here's some layouts (from years past) to get those creative juices flowing this weekend.  I think it's time you put those housework clothes away and spend a whole day crafting.  (Hey.....why don't you take that self-timer photo to prove it, too).  hahaha.

Have a great weekend.
later alligator {from the farm},

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

a little birdie told me

a super cool chick told me to play with my photos
on this super cool free website.
i've played.
i love.
still playing.
thanks, friend.

{from the farm},

Monday, September 12, 2011

3 cheers for ...

About a year and a half ago, I submitted my application to be part of a Canadian stamping company, myStampBOX.  Fortunately, my application was accepted and I became a Design Team member for them.  I have been invited for the past 3 terms (6 month terms) to continue to be part of the DT and continue to create layouts, cards & projects for their blog & gallery.  Well..........today mSB introduced the newest Design Team members for this coming term.  I am sooooooooooo excited to share with you that.....

I have been invited back!!!!!!!!!!

I am incredibly pumped to part of this team and honoured to be asked to continue the journey with them.  I have met incredible woman & talented scrappers while being on the team and I know that this term will be equally SUPER.
WELCOME to all the newest DT members.
Now...Let's get stampin'.

Check out these links and share the good news:

{from the farm},

Friday, September 9, 2011

farming 101 // big read // cool photos

This is what my view has been for the past 16 years during the harvest season here on the farm. 
My name is Jill Hildebrand and I drive a combine.
(Hello, Jill).
We usually don't start combining until the dew is off the grass in the morning (by the way......for you followers/readers that don't know; that's a combine driving towards me and I am driving the exact same thing and taking a photo at the same time).  Seriously people........some people have told me at certain scrapbook conventions that they have never seen a combine, let alone been IN one.
So.........here we are combining wheat.  In this particular field, the wheat has been swathed so that it's in long rows in the field.  We pick up the swaths with a pick up header and the grain is held in the combine's hopper until we can unload the grain into the semi.  These machines are incredibly big & noisy.  They are worth A LOT of money (no pressure, eh), but are essential for life on a grain farm.  I spend an average of 10 hours/day in my combine.  There's a radio.....but I tend to sit in silence (sigh).  I love it this way.

In this photo (below), we are actually straight-cutting wheat.  It hasn't been swathed so it's still standing in the field.  We put a different header on the combine (called, ironically, a "straight-cut header) and we cut the wheat down at the same time that we pick it up.  Waaaaaaaaay more productive, if you ask me.

The semi in the photo belongs to us as well (we actually have 2 of them).  The combine is about to unload the wheat into the semi that is in it's hopper...........however, we usually just unload "on the go".  This means that the semi drives along-side the combine while the wheat is unloaded.  A long auger carries the grain from the combine's hopper into the semi.  A little bit more scarey concept (because they are driving so close together), but again, way more productive.

It actually gets better...........my combine has something called "auto-steer" which means that it works with a GPS system and satellites.  I can push a button and the combine will steer on its own.  I still have to watch countless other things (the reel, the height of the header, the height of the knives, my speed, the flow of grain going into the header, etc.), but if I don't have to steer to keep a perfectly straight line...........wow, that's great!!!!  I actually joke that I could scrap a page in the combine because I only need one hand most of the time.
And.............like last year (when it was miserably wet & crappy), a combine can sink into a serious gumbo spot and get stuck.  It's actually a little scarey when this huge machine that you are driving suddenly starts tipping into the unknown.  I will never forget last harvest season.  This happened in (almost) every field we had.  How do we get the combine out?  We hook a huge tractor onto the back hitch and pull it straight out; backwards.  Then we drive around the hole and keep on combining.....and hope we don't drive into another (unseen) gumbo spot again. Yeah, really!!!

And to top it all off, we get to enjoy beautiful harvest sunsets like this almost every evening.  Spectacular.
Although we are extremely busy right now, I love this time of year.  I love working closely with our family; my brother-in-law, my sister-in-law, my father-in-law and my husband.  I love being involved and knowing what is going on.  I love the sights and the smells. 
Something I don't necessarily enjoy -- not being able to see my kids off the bus after school.  And not always getting to tuck them in at night.  Some nights we say prayers over the CB radio and say our "good-nights".  When I get in after midnight, I check on them and give them their bedtime kisses.  I love the responsibility & independence that our kids have learned with living on the farm.  It's different than living in the city.  I only did that for the 5 years when I attended University............but I know now, the farm-life is DEFINITELY for me.

smiles {from the farm},

Thursday, September 8, 2011

random // busy bee

I've been busy in this room lately.  Can't you tell?  It's a mess!!!

Needing to scrap the last of my "last winter" photos.  This layout showcases a photo of me & my two sisters having fun on the toboggan slopes at a neighbour's.  Just some random fun products sitting on my desk and in my muffin tins.  I used watercolour paper and some watered down acrylic paints to create the background paper.  I then stitched it onto a patterned 12x12 paper.
 Here are 3 layouts I've created recently for Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker.
 My Little Monster - product line
 School is Cool - product line
School is Cool - product line

Working on a few other projects right now...............my desk may stay looking like this for a while.  Some deadlines to meet (right in the middle of harvest time to boot).  I have all my September ones done, photos taken & sent in by email.  Now for the October ones.  Who knows.....we may still be harvesting then.  Gotta get 'em done early.  Hate having things hanging around.

Hey................and check this post out.  BIG news.................BIG BIG news.  I'm flying at the end of Sept.

tired {from the farm},

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

off to school

Daria - Grade 8
 my super-musically-talented-confident-and-intelligent-new-red-headed girl.

Asha - Grade 2
my determined-adorable-soft-hearted-stubborn girl.

Carter - Grade 6
 my highly-motivated-super-smart-determined-sporty-&-opinionated son.

 Get ready, teachers......here they come. {sigh}
insert * They had a great first day today.  I bet tomorrow will be even better.

enjoying the quiet of the house - giggle giggle {from the farm},

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

a few links

1. Go check out the mSB Blog today.  It's my turn ... and I went a little crazy with my stamp sets and decorated a little lunch for Asha (in true school spirit).  There's a few stamping ideas for the odd layout or card you're creating next.

2. Go head over to the CK Blog today.  A very good friend, Katrina (the DT coordinator for Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker) is their Guest Designer today!!!!!!!!  WooHoo!!!!!!  She has some fantastic ideas on how to use school-themed products in a "non-school" way.  Leave her a little comment on the blog to win some extraordinary Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker products.

all for today. 
enjoying the kids' last day of summer holidays.  tomorrow they are back-to-school.  back to making lunches.  back to 45 minute bus rides from the farm.  back to hanging with their friends.  yippeeeeee.

btw - if i go m.i.a. for a little while.......i'm on the combine (farming) -- takes a major priority right now.

{from the farm},