Monday, 31 August 2015

Iron Craft #17: F Is For...

This week's challenge:
"Let's get back to an alphabet challenge and cook up some projects that start wirh the letter "F". (Courtesy of Just Crafty Enough).


I decided to go with an easy one this week. Balancing a new job, summer activities with the kids and creative pursuits have proven a little too much for me lately. So flannelette it is! :)

Actually, for those in the US it's just flannel. I have no idea why they call it flannelette in Canada.

Anyhoo.... Logan needed new jammies. Most of his pajama sets are turning into shorts. They started out as pants. Honestly they did. The boy just keeps growing and growing.

Several weeks ago we went to the fabric store and Logan chose some flannelette that he liked. I washed it and then it sat on my cutting table. Iron Craft was the perfect spur to get me going.

I made this pajama set:


As you can see, the race cars is the "F" part of the project - Flannelette. The green is just a t-shirt knit. Both a super soft and comfy. Logan has worn these pajamas once already and said he had a good sleep because they were so soft.

Yay!

So there you have it! I actually got off my butt and finished a project. Phew!

To see all the other "F" projects from the Iron Crafters, please check out the Flickr Group.

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Iron Craft #15: So Wee...

This week's challenge:

"think small, work in miniature, make something tiny…" (Courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)

Oh dear... those who know me know that I never really do anything small.

But this couldn't have come at a better time.

 I started a full time job after being a stay at home mommy for 8 and a half years. Whoa! That was a change! I'm still working on balancing my work time with my creative time. So a small project was needed.


Ta Da! I bought a 6" by 6" cross stitch canvas and made this cute kitty cross stitch.

The kids insisted that I make the kitty black like our kitty Mathilda. Although if you ask me, this kitty is much more intelligent than our curious cat. ;)


I think I may do a series of the "smart cat" cross stitches and hang them all together someplace in our house. They are so cute!

To see all of the tiny projects from the Iron Crafters, please check out the Flickr Group.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Iron Craft #14: Blue Skies

This week's challenge:

"We haven’t had a color challenge in awhile, so let’s celebrate those lovely summer blue skies. For this challenge we want you to make something where the prominent color is blue. It can be anything from the palest blue grey to a bright cyan to the darkest midnight blue." (courtesy of Just Craft Enough)

I have been working on a ton of birthday presents and custom orders from friends lately, so thankfully one of those involved some blue! :D

Lucy! From Peanuts.


(Actually... the pattern I had for Lucy called for a red dress... but I've never seen Lucy wear a red dress....?)

 I sewed several expressions on Lucy's face and finally ended up with this one. Not exactly happy about it, but it captures her well enough. I had tried closed mouth, open mouth (like when she's yelling BLOCKHEAD at the top of her lungs). I tried slit eyes and bead eyes. I tried eyebrows and no eyebrows. Nothing made me happy. Everyone else I've shown her to seems to think that she's great though. So I stopped worrying about it.

She was the last in a series of Peanuts characters that I made for a friend to give for a birthday present to a boy who has recently discovered the Peanuts through a school animation project. Cool!

I made Charlie Brown first, then Woodstock and Snoopy and finally Lucy. :D






To see all of the blue project from the Iron Crafters, check out the Flickr Group.

My Lucy project is on Ravelry here.




Thursday, 9 July 2015

Lane's Birthday Party 2015

Here are a few scenes from Lane's birthday party this year. We had her party early as usual because it's impossible to get a hold of her friends in August when he real birthday is.

We convinced her somehow to have her birthday party at our house instead of shelling out a ton of dough to have a birthday party elsewhere. I'm torn between whether that was a good idea or not.

It rained. And most of our plans were outdoors. And it wasn't just a little rain. It was full out thunder and lightening and pouring drenching wet. :(

We moved most of the party indoors and were able to sneak outside in between downpours to smack around a pinata and throw a few water balloons.

Might just have been easier to pay the moola to have the party elsewhere. A bunch of hot, sweaty little kids in a house with no air conditioning didn't exactly make for a pleasurable time for the adults. The kids didn't seem to notice luckily and Lane said she had a great time.


Terry braved the weather and bar-b-qued hotdogs for the kids. They sat on a picnic blanket in the living room to enjoy their lunch.


It stopped raining just enough to smash the guitar shaped pinata. We filled it with candy from the Bulk Barn. A friend suggested that we divide the candy into separate bags so that everyone would end up with the same amount of candy and the candy wouldn't end up in the muck and grass. That was a fantastic idea!


Then the kids all threw water balloons at the target. It wasn't nice enough to have them throw the water balloons at each other.


Instead of throw the rings around the bottles outside, we had to do it inside. Not much room but still fun!


We also had to do the Pin The Candle on the Birthday Cake game inside. The kids did a pretty decent job.


Barbie Cake!


Lane blew out the candles.


And opened presents while it was pouring outside.


Then some of the girls got to watching Katy Perry and Taylor Swift videos on TV and enjoying some snacks. The other kids played toys and had pretend sword fights with Terry in the basement while the parents were coming to pick them up.


When all was said and done, there wasn't much mess to clean up, but our house was a hot hot hot 29 degrees C. Yowsa! So when Logan came back from the birthday party that he went to, we all went to Mongos Grill to cool off in their air conditioning and enjoy some noodles.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Iron Craft #13: Words, Words, Words

This week's challenge:

"Oh, it’s the halfway point for Iron Craft ’15. Wow, time has gone by fast this year. Let’s take a little break and have an easy challenge. Create a project that uses text in it. This one should be a snap for all of you creative Iron Crafters." (Courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)

Somehow - when someone says it's going to be a snap, that's when I get all freaked out and can't think of anything.

Thankfully, inspiration hit when we went on a road trip to the International Peace Gardens. The garden is on the border between Manitoba, Canada and North Dakota, USA. It was a beautiful day and a fantastic destination.

When we were coming home, we had to go through the border. That's when I realized that I haven't anything pretty to hold our passports.

That needed to be fixed ASAP.

So I made this:


It's my new "Let's Go!" passport holder. (Although, I thought it sounded better en Francais).


It holds all of our passports snug and snaps up nicely.

Incidentally, I was showing my new creation off to a Dr. Who fan and apparently the phrase Allons-y (Let's Go!) has some sort of significance - purely unintentional, but kinda funny. Everything seems to relate to that show somehow.

To see all the Iron Craft masterpieces this week, check out the Flickr Group.

Monday, 6 July 2015

A MidSummer Night Garden Party 2015

It's that time of year again! Garden party time!
  Garden Party

Tawny Bee will be participating in A Midsummer Night Garden Party in St. Boniface again this year. It's such a fun, relaxed, delicious time. You really should come.

 Here are the details: 

Where: 273 Enfield Crescent, St. Boniface, Winnipeg 

Time: Wednesday July 8th, 2015 at 5:30pm - 8:00pm

 Join some amazing local artists, beautiful garden and fun!

 Participating Vendors:
  NancyBloklandPottery - pottery and gifts
A Pinch of Creativity - hand created cards, journals and more
Tawny Bee - handmade dolls, crochet and sewn items
Cloverleaf Art and Fibre - fibre creations
 CLW Creates - Dishcloth Goddess an knitted things
Oakhorn Shop - knitted maps, live music
Anita's Garden Art- ornamentation for your garden
Soga Artisan Soaperie - handcrafted soaps 
Paper Girl in a Plastic World - artisan cards and paper art 
Shut Ur Pie Hole - wonderful, deliciousness in a jar 
Twisted Kopper and Coin Rings - coin jewellery 

 Bring your knitting, spinning, crochet, looming, needle work and a lawn chair. Come relax and visit in a beautiful garden setting. 

 Rain date is Wednesday, July 15th

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Team LT Does the Red River Ex 2015

Some photos from the Red River Exhibition this year:


What?! We're just at the beginning and the kids already want foot massages? Hehehe.


Lane was a big girl this year and got up and down off the horsey all by herself.


Will he do it? To tell the truth I didn't think Logan would go through with jumping off a platform onto a big cushion. The age restriction was 8, so I thought that he might be a little young for it and my mommy brain was so worried.


HE DID IT!!! He was so proud of himself for conquering this adventure.  He couldn't wait to go to school and tell all his friends and classmates that he conquered The Big Jump.


We bought a cheap 12 ride pass and the kids went on several rides by themselves. It was awesome! Here they are on the roller coaster.


On the race cars.



Lane went on the kite flyers by herself.


Terry took the kids on the very wet water log ride.


Bumper cars. Logan is finally big enough to reach the pedals and steer (although barely).


Terry took Lane on the bumper cars.


Funhouse.


Then we watched the stunt dogs. They even jumped into a big pool which was highly entertaining to a certain little girl who is obsessed with puppies.


Of course we looked at the farm display.


And played some games and won some prizes. Logan has a Minecraft sword and Lane has a pink horsey.


Something new this year was a fun hand washing station. The kids had a great time at Sudsy's. And they were washing their hands, so I didn't argue.


I don't know if I'd be comfortable washing my hands with donkey spit. But who am I to judge?


A great time was had by all!