Saturday, 29 September 2012

Secret Mommyhood Confession Saturday #38


I'm about to put my foot down and insist that Terry buy a pony for our little girl.

I can't take it anymore.

Lane is in full "I want a pony" mode.

She is convinced through her own delusion that her daddy will buy her a pony.

That he will walk in the door after work with a pony.

"We need to make pajamas for my pony mommy.  So pony doesn't get cold at night," Lane insists.

"My pony will live outside and then when it's winter, we'll hide the pony until it's not cold outside anymore.  Then we'll find the pony."

"Link has a pony on Zelda.  See mommy? People have ponies!"

"Daddy will go to the pony store and pick out a pink pony for me."

And so on and so on....

This girl has it all planned out.

When confronted with the problem that we don't have enough money to buy a pony, Lane says this, "Go to the bank and they will give you money for a pony."

What about: Where will the pony go potty?  Our house isn't equipped for Pony Potty.

Lane says: "We'll have to get a really big potty!"

And what if daddy doesn't buy you a pony?

Lane: "That's OK, he can buy me a helicopter instead."

OY!

So Terry - get a second job at the Sev down the street.  You wouldn't want your little girl to stop loving you now would you?


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Thursday, 27 September 2012

Project Project Runway #10 - I Get a Kick Out of Fashion


This week's challenge:

"Yea, it’s time for a fun, slightly out-there challenge.

Design a new costume for the Rockettes. It needs to be versatile enough to wear year round (i.e. not a Christmas costume). It needs to look good up close and far away. It should also look modern." (Courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)

I had a tough time with this challenge because I didn't get the benefit of going to Mood - twice.

I just don't have very much sparkly fabric in my current stash.  Wha?!! I know - you would hardly expect that of me!

Anyway, here's what I came up with:


As you can see, I added the drama by using a bold print.  On this scale, it looks even bolder.



Then I added the sparkly by using a decorative star and a few jewels on the ends of the large fringe.


Here's Sally doing her best Rockette's kick! Hmmm dolls aren't very flexible. 


Anyway, I think it turned out OK.  It'll definitely be different from everyone's.  I like the way the big fringe moves.  And I sewed some booty short underneath the whole thing to make sure that all her parts were covered. 

It has green so it could be used in a Christmas show I guess.  But she looks more like a hula girl than a Rockette.  Ooooops!  Oh well, maybe they'll have a summer themed show that this would be perfect for. hehehe

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Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Wednesday Weigh In: Gwen or Billy?


No change in my weight again this week.

But I have another cold.

GRRRRR....

I've just had my ass kicked by colds this year.

I'm in a "lay around the house" sort of mood this week because of the latest snotty nose and hacking cough situation.

Good thing lots of good music has come out lately.

So, here's my dilemma this week:

Gwen (as in the new No Doubt CD that came out yesterday)?
Or Billy (as in the new Billy Talent CD that came out a couple of weeks ago)?

I love Gwen.  I love her style.  I love her crazy voice.  But, unfortunately, I'm not in love with this latest CD.  :(  Too many slow songs - not enough No Doubt pep. But Settle Down and Push and Shove might make up for the other songs.

Hmmm....

Now Billy Talent on the other hand - LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!  They didn't stretch themselves too far from their previous work, which is totally fine with me.  Did I mention that I LOVE LOVE LOVE this new CD?  Yeah... LOVE IT!!

I know that none of you really care about my musical tastes - and isn't this supposed to be a weigh in post?  Oh well.  I don't listen to anything cool or indie or anything else that I see on other blogs that I'm assuming is fantastic, but I'm never gonna listen to cuz I don't fit the demographic of anyone cool or indie or whatever anyway... blah blah blah... I mean, Megadeth is usually my favourite band (not cool at all) but they haven't released anything remotely listenable in a long time... soooooooo....

I won't torture you anymore with all that. Let's just call my Gwen vs. Billy contest a draw and listen to my really favourite song this week (not new or cool at all... well maybe a little cool) instead. :D



**** If you can't be bothered to go to a store to buy CDs or you have a vendetta against iTunes - check out Rdio. I stream both of the CDs I mentioned (and my fave song) all day long from my collection on Rdio.

**** If you want to see the songs I'm really listening to go to my Rdio profile.

**** If you want to see how much cooler Terry is than I am, check out his Rdio profile.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Iron Craft #19: Fall Colours


The challenge this week:

"While deciding on this next challenge theme I realized we hadn’t done a color theme in awhile. I looked out my window and saw the touches of yellow, red and orange starting to appear in the trees. I love those warm colors of this season, so that is you challenge, make something using the colors of fall." (Courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)

Since it's Thanksgiving in a couple of weeks up here in Canada, I thought I would make something for the holiday using fall colours.


Ta da!

Thanksgiving placemats!



I made them using maroon, burnt orange, yellows, browns and greens.  All fall colours!




And they have little chicks on them!  Adorable!



I got the idea and pattern for these placemats from a book called Scrap Basket Crafts.

I appliqued the chicks on the background and learned a new embroidery stitch (the daisy chain) to make the chicken foot prints.  I also sewed tiny seed beads onto the bottom as their pecking grain.  

The backs are made some a vintage piece of burnt orange corduroy that I had no idea what to do with.  So pretty!

I think they will make a lovely addition to our Thanksgiving spread.  I just have to work on two more so that the whole family can have one.  The kids have already claimed these ones. :D

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To see all of the Iron Crafters in their fall best, please visit the Flickr Group.

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Project Project Runway #9: It's All About Me



This week's challenge:

"Create a textile and modern runway design based on your own cultural heritage. You can use other fabric, but your textile should be the star of your look. Do not design a national costume." (Courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)

So.... a lot of the designers on the show took this challenge very loosely.  I didn't.

As you may know, I'm half Chinese.  I grew up mainly in this culture. It is my main influence.

I took the main colours I love in Chinese culture (in fabric pen form) - orange, gold and yellow and designed a piece of fabric.


The design is loosely based on the Chinese braid that I've been practicing lately.  Meant to symbolize the family core (the red) and how the strands (gold and yellow) of family move in and out amongst each other, but always come back to the middle. 


As for the design of the outfit, I wasn't as successful on this small a scale.



I will always remember the Chinese fans that my great grandparents had in their store - Hong Kong Imports back in Lethbridge Alberta.

So I tried to be not to literal and make some fan blades on the front of this dress.



Unfortunately, if I added more fanning, it would have been an inch thick.  I used the fabric pens on the back of some corduroy so they would leak through too much.  Not exactly the nicest fabric to work with for this project.


Anyway, Ariel looks pretty good.  And I have all sorts of stories relating to my cultural heritage to dazzle the judges with this week, so I think I'll be safe.



 And look at that back!  I love the little gold thread detail!

To follow all of the Project Project Runway Designers, please visit the Flickr Group.


Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Wednesday Weigh In: The Last Day of Summer


Hmmm once again there is no change in my weight.

I'm starting to get frustrated, but at least I've stopped going up. :D

So here are some fashion pics from last Saturday.

I'm calling it "the last day of summer" dress since Saturday was the last really warm day we're going to have this year.



With that said... I'm so happy that autumn is here.

I can't wait for the house to smell like cinnamon and apples and cranberries and nutmeg and pumpkin.  I love the food and I love the colours and I love the fashion.

Autumn is definitely my favourite season! Bring it on!


Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Cornmaze 2012


This past weekend, we decided to head on over to the Corn Maze for the afternoon. 

So much fun!



I love this family photo.  It's my new favourite photo!




We checked out the petting zoo.



Meet Bond.... Logan Bond.  He led us through the maze with his super spy senses.



 

We conquered the hay bale castle.



We went on a horse drawn sleigh ride.



And I didn't fall off this time!



We inspected the pumpkins - or rather, made faces in front of the pumpkins.



2012

 And the kids indulged mommy by letting me photograph them in the same spot I took our Christmas card photo at back in 2010.

2010
 They've grown up so much in 2 years!

Friday, 14 September 2012

Food Friday: Roasted Tomato Salsa


OK - so this recipe might be one for just the adults.  Neither of my kids would even taste it. 

 


Roasted Tomato Salsa

Ingredients:
4 tomatoes - I used tomatoes from the garden!
garlic coarsely chopped - to taste (half a clove or less)
1/4 cup onion coarsely chopped
Jalepeno pepper to taste - I used the canned stuff and only put in a little bit
vegetable oil - about a tablespoon
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
a pinch of salt
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
fresh cilantro to taste - about a tablespoon

 


 Method:
- Preheat the broiler
- Core tomatoes and chop tomatoes into quarters
- place tomatoes, garlic, onion, jalepeno pepper in a medium baking dish. Drizzle with vegetable oil
- broil about 5 to 10 minutes, or until the outsides of the tomatoes are charred
- remove vegetables from heat. Remove jalepeno stems (if you haven't already). 
- in a food processor, chop the vegetables
- transfer to a bowl and mix in cumin, salt, lime juice and cilantro.

(Because garden tomatoes are very, very juicy, you might need to strain some of the water out of this salsa.  Choose the consistency you like by getting rid of some of that extra juice.)


Then enjoy it with some chips, or on homemade chimichangas like we did last night! (OOOOOPS! I thought I had showed you the recipe for my beef and bean chimichangas on a past Food Friday post, but when I went to link to it - it wasn't there!  I'll definitely remember to put it up for next Friday!)


Thursday, 13 September 2012

Project Project Runway #8: Starving Artist

This week's challenge:
"On the show the designers had to use craft supplies to decorate t-shirts to sell on the street. The money they got from their sales was the only budget they had for fabric to create fall looks including outerwear. We are not going to send you out to sell things for your fabric budget. Really how much do we really spend on fabric for these designs anyway? Your challenge is to create a look for fall. We would like you to challenge yourself and include outerwear in your look. Time to start practicing sleeves designers!" (courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)

Sleeves?  You mean I've been doing sleeves this whole time and I didn't have to?!! hehehe

Fall fashion just happens to be my favourite!  But I think living in Winnipeg gives me a bit of a different idea of "fall look" than the designers on the show.  You could never get away with a sleeveless coat here in Winnipeg in the fall.  What the heck was that? And the judges loved it.  Really? A long vest? I'll never figure those judges out.

Anyway, here's what I came up with:


Do you know how difficult it is to sew skinny pants for a pint sized doll? I must have broken them 3 times at least pulling them onto Amber.  It's a good thing I designed the top and the coat to be longer, because the top of those pants are a mess.



With the said, I did concentrate on finishing this week.  I tend to overlook (or not care about) the finishing details of an outfit.  You must have noticed that I really don't hem much and leave most of my edges raw.  This week, I worked on some of that piddly stuff.  It's late in the competition - I gotta up my game! hehehe


 Look, you can even open the coat and see the top.  I did a puffy necked black top. The judges will probably call it boring, but whatever.  The coat is the star of the this outfit for sure!  I love this plaid coat on Amber.  I wish it came in my size.  Of course, I was still too lazy to change the thread on my machine, so it has an "interesting" purple thread detail along the edges.  Ooops!

I paired the outfit with this boot from the Lord and Taylor Accessory Wall

This outfit will definitely keep someone warm in real fall weather!

To see all of the Project Project Runway designs this week, please visit the Flickr Group.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Wednesday Weigh In - New Beginnings


No change from last week.

Oh well... at least I didn't go up in weight with all the excitement around here this past week.

Logan started grade 1!  Because he is a little anxious and sometimes needs a little break during the day, I have him coming home for lunch.  It's turned out to be a great time for him to decompress and get ready for the afternoon.

It also means that I am walking to that school 4 times during the day.  And on Mondays and Fridays I'm dragging Lane along with me to pick up and drop off the boy.  Good exercise!

Here he is on his first day of school.  It was pouring to the point where I messed up the battery on my phone because the water soaked through my pocket and my phone and drenched the poor battery.  Oy!

And then Lane started pre-school this past week. What a different experience these two kids are giving their poor mum in pre-school.  Lane is raring to go.  I dropped her off and she was fine playing and trying to learn the other kids' names and make friends.  I cried all the way home.  But there were no tears from her!

Today I dropped her off for her second day of pre-school and she was so busy playing that she just said, "Bye mommy, you can pick me up at lunch." I was dismissed.  No walk of shame for me while my child is in school crying.  Nope.  Instead I cry. My little girl doesn't need me.  Boo hoo hooo.

At least she makes an effort to be excited when I come pick her up.  But all the way home, she talks about what she will do in pre-school the next day.



There she is on her first day of school.  So cute!  And not a baby! (as she is quick to point out).

I'm not one to be left out with these new beginnings either.  Did I tell you that I'm taking an exercise class on Monday evenings?  In my effort to continue with my weight loss goals I decided that an exercise class might be just the thing.

I started this past Monday and it was awesome!  I felt so good.  And, although I'm a little stiff today, I feel great to be doing something extra to keep with my goal.

How have the new September beginnings been treating you these past couple of weeks?  I hope all is well with you all!


Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Iron Craft #18 - All For Me

This week's challenge:

"Jenny over at A Mom and 2 Things has been telling me how she has been looking forward to school to start, so she has a little time for herself. I’m sure a lot of other moms out there are feeling the same way. So, this week I’d like all the Iron Crafters to make something for themselves. Soon we’ll all be busy working on holiday gifts, so let’s take this two weeks to be a little selfish." (courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)

So I made something that I've been putting off for quite awhile...




A fabric covered bulletin board for my studio/laundryroom.



I know it was a super simple project, but that still doesn't mean it was going to get done anytime soon unless I was given this opportunity.



I glued my favourite fabric to a cork board and then duck taped it into a frame that I picked up from the thrift store.  Retro cool eh?



And it hangs over my ironing board - since I'm always in front of it anyway.

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Monday, 10 September 2012

How To: Logan's CD Curtain


Well it's been all summer, but Logan and I have finally completed his CD Curtain.

Phew!


Isn't it fun?


Contrary to the amount of time it took us to complete this curtain, it's actually very easy.  All you need is:
- leftover CDs that you're not going to use anymore
- ribbon
- paint
- small toys that your kids aren't playing with anymore



We started by painting the CDs with blue and green paint to match Logan's room colours.  We decided the we wanted 4 strands with 6 CDs on each.  So we had to paint 24 CDs.



When they were all painted and dried, we used some blue and green glittery ribbon to make the actual curtain strand.  We collected 24 little toys that Logan wasn't playing with anymore.  The ribbon gets tacked to the top of the closet. Then I just pulled some ribbon through the hole in the CD and kept it in place with one of the small toys. (Like the photos above). **** Be careful not to measure the ribbon and cut it until you're done.  I just let it hang and cut it to the length I wanted after the toys were attached.  They bring the length of ribbon up quite a bit and I would hate for you to be short.  This glittery ribbon is expensive! ****




That's it.  Cut the ribbon at the bottom and repeat for the remaining curtain strands.

Cute and fun for a kids' room!

Logan had an awesome idea to embellish his CD curtain.  He wanted some of those glow in the dark starts to stick to the CDs.  I ordered some off of eBay and pasted them on each side of each CD.  It looks really cool at night all glowing and mysterious.



Logan's room is almost done.  As soon as I finish his window curtains, I might be willing to do a little bloggy room tour if anyone is interested?