Tuesday, May 22, 2012

new life

a new life for an old board book (tutorial is on its way)

a new life for an old bed sheet

a new life found in our begonias 

a new life for our backyard...we dug our vegetable garden this weekend!!!!!

the best kind of new life... a new cousin!!!!!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

busy bee

busy hive
princess and the pea

work in progress:: three little pigs
I have been working on these softie sets ($20/set) for the Mayfair that I am participating in on May 26th. 
Okay, I know that I am biased but I must admit that I am totally in love with each of these sets.  No flashing lights, buttons to push, rules to follow or batteries to install, just plain old fashioned imagination and creativity required.  

Each piece was hand embroidered lovingly by me whilst watching the entire of season 1 of Community on Netflix....hilarious!  

In an ideal world I imagine children sitting quietly on their bedroom floor building stories and houses and little make-believe worlds for these pieces.  My own kids have been BEGGING to play with these sets (ah the forbidden fruit) and I have actually  caught Anthony rifling through my sewing stuff trying to find them the other day....I have them very well hidden!  

I think I am going to work on some woodland creatures next but I also have 3 billygoats gruff on my mind.... I think I'll leave that decision up to the kids. I just may end up with an entire set of Ninja turtles!

Friday, May 11, 2012

keeping track for the keeping track challenged

I am always writing down the cute things that my kids say and the always take note of milestones met on the calendar.  I can never find the tiny scraps of paper I have written these cute words on nor can I ever find the milestones written somewhere on some calendar that I shoved who knows where.  I think I may have found a solution to this problem that will literally allow me to document milestones and cute events for the next 14 years!
Okay, I know this looks and sounds a bit crazy but I think it is really going to work.  
For each child I found an inexpensive recipe box and filled each one with 365 index cards, each card having 14 lines.  
I dated each card with month and day but NOT the  year .The years are going to be represented on each line on the card.   
My intention is to write a one-liner capturing an important event, milestone or cute saying for each day of the year on it’s corresponding card.   Since there are 14 lines on each card you will be able to use each card for 14 years.  
Are you confused?  Here is a sample.

At the end of 14 years I will have hopefully filled each card in the box.  I think it is going to be so much fun to go back through the box and remember all of the little details we had forgotten.    I only wish I had started this when they were babies, then I wouldn’t have to pretend I remember exactly when they took their first step or said their first word...oops!     

Monday, May 7, 2012

the verdict is in!

Yes, we all know that i am trying to "simplify" my life.... I'm not sure that I even know what that is supposed to look like anymore.  In an attempt to figure out what is actually "complicating" my life I have been omitting certain activities to see what kind of impact they are having.  This kind of sounds like trying to figure out if you have a food sensitivity, doesn't it?

Last week I took a break from blogs (including my own) and Pinterest .
This was a hard one!  I realized that I waste A LOT of time reading blogs, lurking facebook and pinning and really do need to limit myself....I would get so much more done in the evenings.  I whole-heartedly missed posting the goings on around here though.  I felt the need to go back to paper journaling for the week and it just didn't feel the same.  So the verdict is obviously in.... dump lurking but keep blogging. I think we all could have predicted that outcome!

This past week took me by complete surprise.  I seemed super sensitive to noticing growth all around me.

1. Ava with her first loose tooth.....and yes I cried (ugly cried) when she showed it to me!

2. Anthony with his new big boy haircut....I swear he instantly aged


3. My "little" cousin Emma moving to Europe....moving!  

sorry about the blurry pic Em, lets blame grandma's lighting!

4.  Our terrarium farm is growing like crazy....we will soon be harvesting mini carrots and strawberries

5.   both kids made HUGE improvements in skating this week....well, Ava made improvements in actual skating skills and Anthony's had more to do with attitude adjustments,  but growth all the same!

6.  Ava can swing super high without a starting push....this also made me cry!

7.  business growth....new green thimble products.    These are pencil rolls that I will be selling at the Mayfair held by the Westdale Children's School on May 26th.  They are going to be $10 and will come with a handmade notebook.  Throw them in a tote bag, head off to the park and spend the afternoon colouring....we do!

With all of this growth last week I felt old, I felt like life was moving way too fast and I couldn't get it to slow down.  How is it that I have a daughter old enough to be losing teeth?  How do I have a son able to play by himself in the backyard?  I get really choked up thinking about how quickly time flies  but I am ever so glad that I have this space to share these moments with you  because in some small weird way it helps things slow down just a little bit.