Thursday, 30 May 2013

School BBQ 2013

Last year after we went to the annual school BBQ the kids wouldn't stop talking about it.  So this year we knew they would be so excited to go.  And boy did they have a good time!

Some highlights:

Ketchup Face!

Seriously I'm trying to eat here.

Back from face paint

I'm a cute princess kitty

This slide is huge!

But my brother helped me slide down


Cotton Candy kids

Booger Wars!

Throw the bean bags until they stick to a vest

Galactus held her own against the big kids

Princess Daddy on the sidelines

Fire truck!

Firefighter Loags

Fire Fighter Lane
And Terry played around with his new phone and got a bit of a video from Booger Wars.

It was a fun evening!

Sunday, 26 May 2013

My Garden - Mid May 2013 (In Photos)

Outgrown and overabundance of rubber boots turned into planters
Starter herbs in the greenhouse

Garden turned over and ready for planting

4 Tomato plants in their favourite sunniest spot

Tree Angels hung up to help our poor apple tree who is going through hard times

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Iron Craft #10: Home Is Where The Heart Is

This week's challenge:

"make something for the home or something using that uses an image of a house or is house shaped." (Courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)

I was thinking about what I was going to make for this challenge while walking into my bedroom.  My eyes rested upon our "seen better days" quilt.  I hand sewed this entire quilt using old clothes and scraps while I was in university. It was something to keep my hands busy when I wasn't doing homework.  I finished hand sewing it in 2003 after I graduated.

I was beautiful and pristine and one point.

See? This is the quilt after being on our bed for almost 4 years.  The baby is Logan at only a few months.

Then the kid grew and we had another one. And they learned how to pull themselves up on our bed by grabbing handfuls of my hand sewn quilt and pulling with all their might.  No match for a quilt made from worn out clothes.

Now it looks like this....

Eeep! And yes, that's Maya the Cat's favourite handout. I even caught Lane pulling the batting out of the quilt by the chunkful yesterday.  Grrr....

I've patched it a few times, but it's time for a new one.

So for this challenge I got started on a new (much stronger) one. Now that I've learned a thing or two about quilting, it will be made much better. Although our current one is 10 years old and has been through 2 rambunctious babes and a kitty, so it's time for retirement.

Check out all the blocks I've made using various patterns with houses featured on them.

There is the School House block.

Schoolhouse Block

And the Country House block.

Country House Blocks

And the Home Sweet Home block.

Home Sweet Home Blocks

And the Log Cabin in a Field block.

Home Sweet Home (top) Log Cabin in a Field (bottom)

I'm making 5 of each and there are a total of 6 different "houses" that I want to make.  We're missing House on a Hill and House in a Field blocks from this bunch.

They are all different widths so that they don't end up in perfect little square lines on the quilt. Hopefully I'll be able to do the math and make it all come together.  I'll keep you posted with the progress! :D

And to see all the cozy home projects the Iron Crafters have come up with this week, please visit the Flickr Group.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Don't Tell Her It's a Baby Bonnet

Well... I give up! 

I decided to make a bonnet as Lane's summer hat again this year.

I know she's probably getting too big for the ole bonnet, but you see....

She has REALLY big hair!

I'm mean - really big!

Last year we tried a baseball cap.

This is what happened.

Her big hair would get all crazy and the hat wouldn't stay on. It would just pop off every time those curls had their way - which was all the time.

(That's us checking out the eclipse last year with our funky eclipse glasses if you're wondering)

In past years, the bonnet worked so nicely.

At the beach in 2010.

At the Red River Ex in 2011.

So here in 2013 we're hoping it will work again.  I let Lane pick out the Tinkerbell fabric and the purple and pink ribbon. It stays on in the wind with a cordlock and
her big hair is no match for the awesomeness of the bonnet.  Yay!

Just don't tell her that it's a baby bonnet!

If you'd like to make a bonnet for your little one I have the tutorial with free pattern download available:
In size 1
In size 2

Do you want it in size 3 - 4?  Now that I've made Lane's today, I could totally whip up the pattern if there is any interest?

Saturday, 11 May 2013

We Have a Winner!

Ooh boy this week has been super fun!
You guys have really cheered me up with all your silly jokes and stories.

Thank you so much to everyone who entered my Sew Mama Sew Giveaway.

I've drawn a winner :D

Yay for Raina!  I've contacted her and she's already gotten back to me with her info.  I'll be shipping the package out on Monday morning.

And while I was digging through my scrap bag trying to see if I had any Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles left for the giveaway (I didn't have a scrap boo hoo) I found some Raggedy Ann and Andy fabric and also a square of the Peanuts Hockey sheet that I sold a few months ago.  So I'll definitely be adding that to the winnings as well. 

Thursday, 9 May 2013

How The Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day Changed My Career Path


It happened in 2008. Sew Mama Sew was having their bi-annual giveaway day (er... week). I was just settling into being pregnant again and had some time on my hands to sit down and enter a pile of the giveaways.

And I won!

I won a set of mama cloth.

I did not even know what that was.  Maybe you don't either.

Mama cloth is handmade cloth pads and pantyliners.

I won some pantyliners in all sorts of sizes. I wish I had the website that I won them from. I tried searching for it, but it seems to have been offline for awhile now. (Edit****: There is a new person giving away some handmade mama cloth this time around yay! Check her out here.)


I waited until after Lane was born and then tried them out. Why not right? I am all for eco-friendly changes.

And let me tell you, they were fantastic! Especially since I was a girl who gets a rash from wearing any sort of plastic-ey manufactured stuff. 

I was encouraged to start making them for myself and to share my discovery with anyone who would listen.  So I figured it out and began sharing this revelation with anyone who would listen. And listen people did much to my surprise.

My version of mama cloth was well received. So much so that I started selling sets of my handmade versions.

And now the sets I sell are my biggest and best sellers.

I sew stacks and stacks of these things each week and will continue to do so into the future.

Thanks to Sew Mama Sew's Giveaway Day I am now known as the Pad Lady and have switched my career path to the "Pad Lady" track hehehe

Maybe next time I have a giveaway I should offer up a set of Tawny Bee pads and start the whole process again?

***** You can view my current stock of mama cloth in my Etsy shop here. ****

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Don't Be a Liz

Participating in the Sew Mama Sew giveaway week is so much fun!

I freely admit that I've spent way too much time in front of the computer these past few days entering way too many giveaways (well... maybe not TOO many - there can never be TOO many right?)

A few years ago when I decided to participate with a giveaway of my own I went a little cray cray.  I actually thought that I could respond to each and every one of the comments on my blog with a sincere reply.  Yeah... well after about the 400th comment I quickly (well maybe quickly after 400 is not the proper word) changed my mind.

Anyway, while I was on this crazy mission, I came across a lovely entrant named Liz. At least that's what her email said that her blogger profile was called.  I quickly hit reply and started formulating a lovely response to her comment. That's when I realized that something was amiss.

Liz was a no-reply blogger.

My email program grabbed her name and put the no-reply address behind her name "Liz ("

Boo :(

And since my email program thinks it's smart, every single no-reply commenter is now labelled a "Liz" and that's what appears in the "from" column. Doesn't matter if you have a blogger profile name listed in your comment, it still comes up as Liz in the "from" column.


So I implore all of you who want an honest shot at winning some of the terrific prizes that are being given away - DON'T BE A LIZ. If you win and you're a Liz we won't be able to get a hold of you to let you know. And if you are a Liz then please put your email address in the comment somewhere. I've had almost a quarter of my comments come back as Lizes. EEEP!

There are ways to find out if you are a Liz - the easiest being to post a test comment on your own blog and see what comes back. There are other methods that you can Google I'm sure. 

Signs that you may be a Liz:

1) You may be a Liz if: You recently switched your blogger profile to Google+ (I did this once and ended up losing my entire blog for 3 days - so maybe being a Liz isn't so bad)

2) You might be a Liz if you don't receive any responses to any of the comments you place on your beloved blogs (starting to think you are hearing crickets on the Internet?)

3) You might be a Liz if you have awesome dance moves like this:


Friends don't let friends be Lizes.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Iron Craft #9: I've Got a Notion

This week's challenge was a fun one:

"Let’s do a materials challenge. This time we want you to source the supplies for your project in the sewing notions section of the craft store. We’re talking about buttons, bias tape, rick-rack, zippers, snaps, ribbons, trims and so on. Take one, two or more of these items and make them the star of your project." (courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)

I took my good ole Michael's coupon (and spent about a half hour deciphering when exactly I could use it and for what. Oy! They make those things impossible to redeem).  Anyway, I took my coupon and bought a pile of ribbon with it.  Then I went over to the dollar store and bought a whole bunch more to match (cuz you know the coupon wouldn't let me get that many without putting the kibosh on the whole thing).

And I made these!

Ribbon pouches!

A quick tutorial in photos for you who want to know how I made them:

- lots of different colours and sizes of ribbon (I prefer grosgrain because it's a bit thicker to work with)
- fusible interfacing - a rectangular scrap
- lining fabric - same size as interfacing
- a small piece of fusible webbing (wonder under or hem tape)
- a plastic snap
- a decorative button if you want

Time Needed:
- These took me about 2 hours each. The weaving is kind of time consuming.

Skill Needed:
- Basic, some sewing required.

1) A rectangle of fusible interfacing - glue side up. Cover with ribbon. Pin down onto cardboard (or directly on ironing board if you want).

2) Measure the short length on your rectangle. Cut several ribbons that size and pin to the fusible webbing in a row.  Iron with the paper backing on the other side.  Peel the paper backing off and cut the ribbons apart so that they are individual strands again.

3) Weave through the longer pinned ribbons and pin the ends.

4) Iron the fusible interfacing and the webbing on the ribbon down to make a piece of "fabric"

5) Cut the lining fabric to the same size as your new piece of ribbon fabric. Place the pieces right sides together. Sew along the two long edges and one short side. Turn right side out and press.

6) Fold the bottom (sewn) short piece up to make the right sides face each other about halfway up to make the bottom part of the pouch.  Sew along both edges. Turn right side out and press.

7) To make the flap I just folded the corners into the flap and sewed along the edges. I'm sure there is a better way, but this way worked fine.  You could also fold the edges into a flap shape on the outside and sew along the centre seam as well.

8) Apply snap.  For the pink and brown one I used a plastic CAM snap.  For the green one, I sewed a plastic snap onto it. Apply decorative button if you'd like.

Logan and Lane have already claimed these pouches and have been filling them with all sorts of treasures.  Yay!

To see all the other glorious "notions" from the Iron Crafters please visit the Flickr Group (haha see what I did there? Boo to bad puns.