Monday, 31 December 2012

A Ghastlie Christmas: The 5th Mini Quilt

I may be off my nut, but I absolutely needed to change up these mini Christmas tree quilts by the 5th one or I was going to go completely bonkers.

So I took the very odd Ghastlie Family Reunion fabric by Alexander Henry and made a very odd little quilt.

I won this fabric from Alidiza who was hosting her giveaway on my bloggy friend Kristie's blog OCD: Obsessive Crafting Disorder. (Check out the Ghastlies quilt that she made - so awesome!)  I won the fabric in October and by the time I got it, I couldn't get anything together for Halloween.

But people (even strange ones like the Ghastlies) have their family reunions at Christmastime, so I went with it.

I used the creepy tree fabric for the .... creepy Christmas tree.

I used the ornamental white and black and the black and grey for the Christmas tree decorations and the ground.

I used some vintage dusty rose coloured lace that I scored at the Thrift store for the frame.

And of course The Ghastlies in all their weird glory for the edging.

They are so delicious aren't they?

I ran out quickly on Saturday and got some silver and black sequins to sew around the Christmas decorations.  I think that was the added touch this quilt needed.

This was a present for Logan and Lane's godparents.  I think they will appreciate the oddness of this family and welcome The Ghastlies into their home.

Yup, it's definitely a good thing that I'm done sewing these for this year.  I have lost a few screws along the way I'm sure.

Everyone have a terrific.... er ... I mean Ghastlie New Year's!!!!

Sunday, 30 December 2012

Mini Christmas Tree Quilt #4: White Tree

Since I have sent 4 of the mini quilts out and everyone has opened up their new handmade gift, I figure I should share the 4th one with you.

This time I went with a white tree and a blue background.  Gotta change these up or I'd get bored.

In the end, I have made 5 of these for handmade gifts.  I'll show you the fifth one tomorrow. 

Of course, I had to finish 4 of these before the mailing cut off date.  So I've had these ones done since December 12th.

Check em out all together. :D

The top left one is the one I've shown you above.

If you'd like to see close ups of the others here where to clicky:

Top Right: Mini Quilt #2 made with pom pom trim blogged here

Bottom Left: Mini Quilt #1 made with gold bling blogged here

Bottom Right: Mini Tree Quilt #3 made with blue vintage fabric blogged here

The final quilt was just finished today.  Oooops!  It's really different and will be wildly received by our friends tonight at a holiday get together (at least I hope it will be since it's so strange).  I'll reveal it tomorrow.

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Merry Christmas from The LT Experience

I know it's a day late, but we were busy celebrating yesterday.


Merry Christmas everyone!

Friday, 21 December 2012

Food Friday: Reindeer Noses

Late on Tuesday evening I was busy surfing the Internet when I realized that I hadn't yet thought of anything for the kids to bring as a treat for their classmates to celebrate the holidays.

Uh oh...

But never fear.  A quick Google search and a ton of Pinterest surfing later and I found these babies.

Reindeer noses.

I got the printable from Mum Of All Trades.  Check it out here.

I sized the printable to print 9 per page and cut them all out.  I used 8 Maltesers* for the regular reindeer noses and one gummy berry for Rudolph's nose.

* I hear the Maltesers are still called Whoppers in the US

The poem reads:
I wanted the perfect gift for you,
But couldn't decide just what to do!
I almost sent you a dozen roses...
But instead, here's a bag of reindeer noses! :)

So cute!

They were a hit at Lane's party yesterday and sure to be a hit at Logan's party this afternoon.

(I almost blanked on getting the teacher's a gift as well.  What is with my brain being so fuddled lately?  I ended up reading somewhere that teachers like edible gifts or gift cards - so I got the teachers gift cards to the Dollarama.)

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

The Tree

Did I mention that we put up the tree last weekend?

Looks fake doesn't it?

But it isn't! We went to the tree lot and picked out a good one.  It smells of delicious pine in our livingroom.


What you don't see in this photo is that Terry is covering the spot where the kids put the bulk of the ornaments.  While we were decorating I got the ornaments ready. The kids decorated and I put Terry on spacing duty.  He took all the ornaments from the one spot the kids put them on and moved them up top. :D


Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Iron Craft #25: Let There Be Light

This week's challenge:

" We would like you to make something using lights. Any light will do, candles, lamps, Christmas lights or other light source." (Courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)


This was super simple for me. 

The weekend that we put up the tree fell a little later this year than normal.  We didn't put up our tree until last weekend.  We always get a real tree and put it up the weekend after Logan's birthday. 

But we wanted some sort of decoration before we brought the tree in since we were all feeling the Christmas spirit already.

So I went to an unlikely source - the garden.

I grabbed our tomato cage from the summer. It obviously wasn't being put to good use right now, and it was perfect for this craft.

I grabbed some spare garland and some lights from the dollar store and voila!

A mini Christmas tree!


It may look like a tangled mess in the light.  But it looks really pretty in the dark.

I taped the top to make the tomato cage into a pyramid shape.

Logan loves to plug it in every evening.  He has even taken to putting the small wrapped gifts under it hehehe

  And of course when I was taking pictures of it next to the big tree on the weekend, Logan had to pose with it.

To see all the lovely lights the Iron Crafters came up with, check out the Flickr Group.

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Ice Skating

Today we went ice skating.

It was the first time ever for Logan and Lane.

They were awesome.  No tears, no falling and a lot of smiles and laughter.

And an added bonus - our friends came by the Forks in Winnipeg with their very excited doggie and had a hot chocolate treat with us.

A perfect winter day.

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Secret Mommyhood Confession Saturday #40

I admit - I had a big ole gaping massive traumatizing fail this week when I couldn't get it together enough to take decent photos at either kid's Christmas concert.


The hugest, most gut wrenching, awful mommy fail for the ages.

Let's take a look at exhibit A:

We got a spot in the front row.  Awesome for taking pictures right?  Nope.
All the other parents who didn't get such nice seats crowded to the front. When I used my flash, all my camera would take a photo of is a bunch of backs of parents heads.

So I turned off my flash and got blurry... blur... blur... fuzz...

At least I don't have to blur the other kids' faces out.  Already done.

Logan is the short guy dead centre. Hiding behind a giant kid in a vest.

I decided to try a different tactic - taking a photo of the lovely filmed concert that was displayed on the big screens next to the stage.  Certainly with the video camera doing all the focusing for me, I should be able to just point a shoot right?


Exhibit B:

Sigh... it looked better on the wall.


Flash forward to a few days later. I knew that I needed to up my photo taking skills for Lane's Christmas concert.  It was her first pre-school concert.  I had to make memories dammit!

Yeah... so.... Exhibit C

They were in the school gym this time.  Nice and bright and no parents crowding the stage.  My flash would surely work now?

Nope.  Devil eyes on all of them.

And they were so cute in their jammies with their stuffies in their hands.  (I totally know why teacher had them holding their stuffed friends - don't think I don't realize that it was to prevent these little ankle biters from putting their fingers in their noses during the performance.  Well played teacher... well played.)

Ok. The flash didn't work.  Maybe I'll try no flash again.

Exhibit D? E? F?  who cares - it's all a huge mommy fail anyway...


What a miserable low down fail on my part this week.

The concerts were super adorable though.  I guess you'll have to take my word for it.

At least I was able to get it together for this festive picture today.

Even if I'm the only one in festive gear. *sigh*


I'm sharing this confession over at All Work and No Play Makes Mommy Go Something Something.  Share with us?


Tuesday, 11 December 2012

This Day Brought To You by the Number 6

Oh my gosh.

My little man is 6 today.

He is still the smartest, funniest, most awesome little boy in the whole world.

Here he is at his Christmas concert last night.  So handsome.

As I was reading over all the posts for Logan's 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th birthdays (I have had this blog for a long time!) I noticed that I've never really posted his birth story on here.  What?

So here we go:

I had just graduated with an Arts degree from the University of Manitoba in 2003. I had been dating Terry since 2000.  I was thinking that I might go in Law School, but first I needed to pay down some of the students loans I racked for the past 4 years. 

I went to my yearly check up with my cardiologist and he noticed that I had just graduated.  I was also doing really well health-wise.  He asked if I wanted to have kids.  I was a little surprised.  Having kids was something that I had kind of convinced myself that I wouldn't be able to do.  He informed me that if I had a baby soon, I might just be able to pull it off.

I went home and told Terry.  We thought and thought about it.  It was a little early in our plans to be having kids.  But this might be our only opening to have kids.

I met with my family doctor and told her the news.  She referred me to the most awesome high risk obstetrician ever - Dr. Carol Schneider.

We met with the high risk doctor to see if she would this challenge on.  She was more than enthusiastic to help us and gave us the go ahead to start trying.

So we tried... and tried... and tried...

Not that it wasn't fun, but we were getting pretty stressed out. Almost 2 years went by.  Things were becoming dire.  My window was closing and fertility aids were out of the question.  It's difficult enough to have a baby with a heart condition, but the risk of having more than one baby was definitely too dangerous.

I admit - at this point, I lost hope and needed to run away for awhile. Terry and I separated and I moved back to Alberta for 5 months.

Realizing almost immediately that running away was a horrible idea and that Terry and I were soul mates who needed each other kids or no, I moved back.

Two months after moving back, after relaxing and accepting our fate - I became pregnant.


The pregnancy was easy. I had gestational diabetes (so no Slurpees - ACK!) and I had high blood pressure right at the end.  But Dr. Schneider was with us through the whole thing.  On December 11th, 2006 I went in for a now weekly check-up and the doctor informed me that she didn't like where my blood pressure was going.  I already was going to put enormous pressure on my heart during labour, I didn't need high blood pressure on top of that.

So she sent me upstairs. My water was broken at 5:00 pm.  I went into labour at 6:00 pm and had Logan in my arms at 10:10 pm. I had him completely natural without drugs.  I blew out my pulmonary valve completely that day but it was totally worth it!

And it turns out that you don't really need a pulmonary valve to have a baby anyway. Because as you know, at my next check up, my cardiologist looked at the results of my tests and gave us permission to have another one. :D

So Logan is the baby I thought I would never have, but really really wanted.

And I'll end the story there because I'm crying too much to see the keyboard.

I love you so much little man!

Happy 6th Birthday Logan!!!

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Logan's Birthday Party

Can you believe that my little guy turns 6 on Tuesday?

Someone hold me....


He is growing up so fast.

So fast in fact that he's old enough to invite all of his little friends to a birthday party at the movie theatre and not tear the place apart, or spill a single thing.


It's true.  The day started out a little rocky, with Lane having a bit of a potty accident and taking out one of the Angry Birds shirts.  Good thing I had extra. It would have been a shame if Lane didn't get to wear her shirt along with all the other boys and girls at the party.

Then we went to pick up the cake.  I had ordered the Angry Birds cake last week saying that we'd pick it up today. Somehow the girl taking the order translated that into "I'll pick it up on December 16th."

OY!  So the cake that we planned the entire party around was a no-show.  We had to buy a generic cake and go with it.  Good thing we had bought Angry Birds candles and cake plates at the Party Stuff, so the kids didn't even really notice a difference anyway.

All the kids loved the Rise of the Guardians movie. They were all giggling and trying to catch the snowflakes that were falling in front of their 3D glasses.

The party room was chaos, but that's expected.  Nobody got hurt.  Nobody spilled anything. 


And the birthday boy came home a very happy (and slightly overstimulated).

Double win!

I guess if you're still reading this, you'll want to see photos.

I don't have permission from any of the families to put up photos of their children, so here are some of my babies from the party.

Here is Logan before the party playing with his new Angry Birds Kinex set that mommy, daddy, Laney and Maya the cat.

Logan enjoying his "Angry Birds" cake. All the kids really loved their Angry Birds shirts. I'm so happy I put in the effort to make them :D

And Laney in her second Angry Birds shirt of the day. Probably giving her a white one to wear first was a bad idea now that I think of it hehehe Navy blue was a much better choice.

Terry and I high fived that one once we were in the car coming home.

We survived another one!

I'm gonna need a whole year to trick my brain into thinking that throwing another birthday party is a good idea hehehe

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Christmas Lights

We always wait until after Logan's birthday to put up our Christmas tree, but that didn't stop us from partaking of some Christmas cheer this weekend.

We drove all the way across town to check out the Holiday Lights at the Red River Exhibition Park.

I know... they are always the same only rearranged slightly.  It's still magical though to see the kids' faces light up as bright as those pretty twinkling bulbs.

We stop at the Timmie's, grab and hot chocolate and some Timbits and head on over to the park.  We stay toasty in the car and drive through the course oohing and aahhhing over all the pretty Christmas themed lights.


Logan was into it.  Especially the pigging out on the donuts part.

Lane didn't have a nap during the day and ended up falling asleep for most of the drive to the lights.  Then I woke her up to tell her we were finally there, and she scowled at me while I snapped her picture.

She brightened up a lot once she saw all the hearts in lovers lane right at the beginning of the drive.


One family tradition done - onto the rest of 'em (after we celebrate Logan's birthday of course).

Friday, 7 December 2012

Mini Christmas Tree Quilt #3: Blue Christmas

I didn't want to get bored with making all these quilts, so I decided to change it up a bit with this one.

This one is blue!

And it's my most favourite yet.

Hmmm OK so it's super hard to see this really well when the photo is taken outside.

I even waited a week for there to be a sunny day to take a picture and this is what I get.  Oy!

I really need to learn photography.


Luckily, I took a photo of the quilt before I put the back and binding on it.  I used blue patterned Christmas fabric for the tree.  I used red vintage Christmas fabric for the decorations and borders.  I also found some icy blue vintage lace to put around the edges.

I used silver ric rac to accent the decorations on the tree.  You can sort of see the shiny stuff in the photo below.

This is my favourite.  It's going to be difficult to part with it.

But I think Terry will thank me for sending it away because every time I see it I want to break into song:

I'll have a bluuuuuuuue Christmas without yoooooooooou
Decorations of reddddd on a greeeeeeeen Christmas tree
Won't be the same babe if you're not here with me....

Yeah - I'm a crooner! :D

The next one is almost done and it is a white (snow covered) tree with a blue background.  Ooooh

And if you missed the first two I made, check them out here and here.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Angry Birds Birthday Party: The T-Shirts

We took Logan on over to the Safeway on Sunday to choose a cake for his birthday party.

Since we hadn't really thought about a theme for this particular birthday party, I figured it was a good chance to see what he was thinking.

We've arranged a birthday party at the movie theatre this time around.  The kids are going to see Rise of The Guardians.  Not sure if I wanted to attempt this theme, so I was happy when Logan decided on an Angry Birds cake.

I can do that!

So here are the first of the party favours for Logan's Angry Birds Birthday party this year.


12 Angry Birds!

They are so angry!

I started out by going to the local Giant Tiger and picking up 12 t-shirts at a super awesome price (2 for $4). 

*** on a side note: why on earth is the Giant Tiger trying to kid itself with these "GT Boutique" bags? What? GT Boutique like it's some kind of upscale place.  Be what you are Giant Tiger - the place to buy milk and hams! Dammit!

I then put together 12 patches made out of felt.  I freehanded the pattern from my Angry Birds Perler beads pattern.

Then I hand sewed the patches and machine sewed the patches onto the t-shirts.

Logan is super impressed.

Well... maybe not in the photo ....

But he's super impressed in this photo... or he's having some sort of conniption... not sure.


This birthday is shaping up!

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Guess Who's Coming To Town?



Lane got right up on Santa's knee and proceeded to list off the things she wants for Christmas using her fingers for easy counting of course!

Logan was a little shyer but still got his list out very quietly.



Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Iron Craft #24: White

This week's challenge:

"I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m dreaming of a white Christmas. Last year we had an almost snowless winter in Minneapolis. Some people might think that is great, but I like snow and winter. It looks beautiful and makes everything feel so cozy. Anyway, since I’m thinking white I thought I would make this challenge a color challenge. Make something where the prominent color is white." (Courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)

I've been wanting to plant an indoor herb garden for awhile now.  I've ordered the organic seeds and have finally planted them last week. 

Now to decide how I'm going to get them the proper amount of sunlight. 

The sun comes in beautifully along the side of our kitchen.  That is where I've put a big fern inside a macrame plant hanger (remember I made it myself?)

So I thought I would continue with the macrame theme to put the new herb garden along that same window.

This week I made a mini plant hanger in white!  I actually used some white yarn that I picked up at the thrift store for 99 cents.  And I have enough to make 5 more of these bad boys to hang all along that side window with a different herb in each.

The mug I also picked up at the thrift store for 99 cents. 

Here is is hanging in macrame central (my laundry room/studio)

I used a ring at the top and only 2 kinds of knots.  I'll put up the tutorial for this particular mini plant hanger on Macrame Monday next week.

Once my herbs get more established in their starter pots, I'll transplant them to these and hang them in the window.  I'll be sure to share the progress on here with you all of course.

If you'd like to see what all the Iron Crafters have made in white, please check out the Flickr Group.