Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Iron Craft #15 - Goodnight

This week's challenge:

"this challenge is all about sleeping. Make something to wear or take to bed, make some bedding or make something for the bedroom." Courtesy of Just Crafty Enough

I didn't have much time to do this project because Terry has taken his two weeks summer vacation during this time and we've been heading to the beach, to Tinkertown and just plain enjoying our short summer.

But Lane really needed jammies. All of the ones she had were hand me downs from Logan and a lot of them were either too hot for the summer or she was already growing out of them.  The next set of hand me downs are all very boyish two-piece jammies.

So I thought this would be a great time to make Lane her first nightie.

Made out of a Little Mermaid bedsheet and some red trim. Super easy to make up - it took me only about a half hour to make. There is a little elastic at the back for snugness.

Logan caught wind of my pajamas making venture and declared that he needed new ones as well. So I whipped up these the next day.

I had some Sponge Bob fabric kicking around in my stash for the short and shoulders. The grey is just the knit that I use in abundance to make potty trainers for the Etsy shop.

Here are my cute models.

Lane complained a bit that the jammies were difficult to walk in because they were so narrow. Not that she needs to walk in them, but I thought I'd try another pattern I had in my head - a simple t-shirt dress type assembly.

Here is a video of Lane twirling in it.

Sunday, 28 July 2013

3rd Anniversary

It was our 3rd wedding anniversary on Wednesday.

I kept thinking about how wonderful that day was. Definitely the most happy day of my life.

Happy Anniversary to my awesome husband. You are my life, my love, my partner, my better half, my everything. I'm honored that you chose to spend the last 13 years with me. Phew! That's a long time! But it seems like only a short piece of our journey together. There's a lot more in store for us! I can't wait.

A photo of Terry and myself from one of our 1st dates (almost 13 years ago!) Those 2 goons in the photo had no idea what kind of awesomeness was in store for them! Happy anniversary again babe.

So we went back to the beach on Wednesday and had a swim and hung out under the amphitheatre where we got married. It was sort of intentional and sort of a "gotta hide from the passing rain storm that blew up while we were swimming" type of thing.

  Here's to a bunch more anniversaries babe!


Thursday, 25 July 2013

Meet Dave the Minion

I have felt a little like Gru from Despicable Me these past few days.

You see... I've been creating a minion of my very own. Or rather a minion for Logan.

It all started when I noticed that the kids were obsessed with the minions. And frankly, they are the best part of those movies... sorta... actually... I really like the entire movies. But anyway...

I looked on the toy store site and saw that they were selling 10" plush minions for $26.99!  ACK!  Too expensive for my blood. Especially since both kids would want one.

So I grabbed my yellow fleece, an old black t-shirt of Terry's, some blue knit and my trusty bag of poly-fill and came up with this:

Everyone meet Dave - he's Logan's new minion.

Not bad eh?

Here is a photo of the store brand one for comparison:

Since my version of Dave is Logan's minion, he doesn't have a G fro Gru on the pocket. Instead it's an L.

The making of this minion was fussy work. The eyes are sewn on by hand and the goggles are stuffed a bit extra to look like actual goggles. I struggled with the mouth. I tried open mouth with some teeth and tongue which didn't work. Then I tried a small smile. I finally tipped one end of the mouth up into an impish little smile and it looked the best. It's amazing what a tiny little off placement will do for facial expression.

Dave's arms of fully posable. Oh the wonders of pipe cleaners! The hands were a serious struggle as well. I must have done about 7 hands before I got 2 that would work. And then after I had sewn them on, Logan pointed out that minions were not like traditional animated characters that have 4 fingers - they only have 3! ACK! So I ended up redoing them again.

Anyway, Logan really loves Dave. He even saw the store brand one and said that he liked mine better because it is softer and has an L for Logan on it.  Yay!  I'd say that's a win. And I made Dave for about $8 and he's a full 5" taller than the 10" one at the store.

Wish me luck while I attempt to make Stuart the one-eyed minion for Lane.I'll definitely show you the results in an upcoming post! :D

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Wednesday Weigh In: Running Along

Well I've done it. I've gotten to the last week of the couch to 5K program and I'm still running along.

I can run for 30 minutes straight without stopping. Of course, I run extremely slow (I've been outpaced by dudes WALKING thier dogs), but whatever... I'm still running along at least 3 times a week for 30 minutes each time.

I've been using a new program on my phone called Map My Run. It tracks your route through GPS and gently reminds you when you reach each kilometre. 

I can run about 3 kms in 30 minutes... so yeah... super slow...

Here is my progress for the past few weeks, with the notes I added to my phone for each workout:

July 1, 2013: Ran 3.32 km Time 35:02 Pace 10:34 min/km
Note: Well folks - I did it! I completed the couch to 5k in terms of time running by running for 30 minutes straight this morning! Now I just gotta build up my muscles some more and work on picking up the pace to actually run 5k in that time. So far I'm running only about 3k instead. Slow but steady right?
July 4, 2013: Ran 3.04 km Time 32:11 Pace 10:35 min/km
Note: stepped on several crunchy bugs and it felt good. Don't judge. 
July 6, 2013: Ran 3.14 km Time 30:06 Pace 9:35 min/km

July 8, 2013: Ran 3.04 km Time 30:44 Pace 10:06 min/km

July 9, 2013: Ran 3.33 km Time 30:09 Pace 9:03 min/km

July 12, 2013: Ran 3.12 km Time 30:03 Pace 9:37 min/km
Note: Friday night run past several backyard bbq parties. brutal.

July 14, 2013: Ran 2.99 km Time 30:09 Pace 10:55 min/km
Note: Terrible. I was out paced by a guy WALKING his dog. Which is fine. I know I run slow. But did he have to turn around and make a point out of it to me? Asshole. Was feeling down the entire rest of the run.

July 15, 2013: Ran 3.03 km Time 31:00 Pace 10:15 min/km
Note: I swear if I didn't double bra it I'd be knocked out by a wayward boob during my run. 


Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Iron Craft #14 - Vive la Iron Craft

This week's challenge:

"Since Bastille Day (July 14th) falls during this challenge period, I decided to make this challenge about all things French. Create something that is French, inspired by France or using the color of the French flag (blue, white and red)." (courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)


When I think about French inspiration, my thoughts always turn to food.  Mmmm.... I was actually thinking about learning how to make homemade poutine.

But the weather was not going to cooperate.

We have no air conditioning. And it's been hot. Way too hot to be learning how to deep fry potatoes and make gravy.

So I too advantage of the only rainy cool day we had during this challenge and went to something lighter.

Cream puffs!

As you can see I took advantage of the cool day and made key lime pie as well. But that's more Florida than France... so we'll concentrate on the cream puffs.

Yum yum yum.

Here's how I made them:

2 packages instant vanilla pudding mix
2 cups whipping cream (It's called heavy cream in the US)
1 cup milk
1/2 cup butter
1 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup all purpose flour
4 eggs

1. Mix together vanilla pudding mix, cream and milk. Cover and refrigerate to set.
2. Preheat oven 220 degrees C (425 degrees F)
3. In a large pot, bring water and butter to a rolling boil. Stir in Flour and salt until the mixture forms a ball. Transfer the dough to a large mixing bowl. Beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each. Drop by the tablespoonful onto an ungreased baking sheet.
4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown. Centres should be dry. (not sure how you're supposed to tell, but that's what the recipe says)  I read in the comments that to make sure puffs don't depuff, inset a toothpick hole in each after taking them out of the oven. This allows the steam to escape without deflating the puff. It worked pretty well when I tried it.
5. When the shells are cool, either split and fill them with the pudding mixture, or use a pasty bag to pipe the pudding into the shells.


C'est un masterpiece!

You can sprinkle them with icing sugar to make them look all pretty as well.

Nummers and Yummers.

Yay food challenge!

To see what the other Iron Crafters came up with for inspiration en Francais please visit the Flickr Group.

Friday, 12 July 2013

Bubble Party!

Bubble Party!

Recipe for Bubble Stuff:

- 12 cups water
- 1 cup Dawn Liquid Dish Soap (I have read a bunch of places that Dawn or Joy are the best for bubbles)
- 1 tablespoon Glycerine
- I mixed all these ingredients in a large container with a lid so that the bubble stuff can be stored outside without getting bugs and rain in it.

You can buy Glycerine at the pharmacy. It's funny because when we went to buy the glycerine, the cashier at the pharmacy said, "Let me guess - you're making bubbles!" Haha... I guess when you walk into the pharmacy with two children and purchase glycerine, that's the automatic assumption.  She was correct!

The Large Bubble "Wands" are made with two wooden dowels (purchased at the Dollarstore) and string. One string is tied between the two dowels at the "top" - this string is shorter. The second string is then tied between the two dowels with a sag in it to make a longer loop (u-shape). You then put your wand in the bubble stuff with the wooden dowels together. Then slowly pull them apart and the bubble stuff and the wind (or your movement) will do the rest. The trick is trying to close off the bubble once you get it that big. It's so much fun trying though!

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Smarty Pants and a House-versary

As if getting her a new big girl bike wasn't enough to convince me that Lane isn't a baby anymore - she can spell her name now!

Our neighbour brought over the chalkboard for the kids last week. Lane has been busy practicing and she figured it out. She was so proud of herself and we're all proud of her too!

Such a big girl. I can't believe she'll be 4 in a few weeks.

PS: today it the 4th anniversary of us buying and moving into this house. I love this home so much and can't believe it's been 4 years already. Remember our little Logan on moving day? I cried a little when I re-read that moving day post. OMG! So emotional.

 PPS: Today is also 7-Eleven Day! Free slurpees for all! It's always easy to remember our house anniversary because just before this cute picture of Logan was taken, he spilled his free slurpee all over the lawn. Having the two awesome events on the same day is a very good thing!

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

A Big Girl Bike

My baby girl is growing up so fast!

We got her a big girl bike last week and she's already buzzing around our block almost every evening with daddy.

Her bike is pretty pimped out. It's a fairy bike with streamers and leaves and flowers. We took the bell off her trike and put it on her big girl bike as well.

I think her readiness to just go is helping to spur Logan on to letting us take his training wheels off. He can't be beat by his little sister!

Daddy's getting plenty of exercise trying to run along beside this speed demon.

She's only got 2 gears - 1) sleeping 2) going full speed.

Friday, 5 July 2013

Summer Activity: Painted Rock Buddies

It's always tricky to plan a lot of summer activities for the kids while they are home from school.

It's especially tricky when you have no air conditioning at your house.

Can't take 'em to the mall every single day... so what to do?

Go on Pinterest... that's what!

I was thinking about what I was going to do earlier this week when I decided to browse Pinterest.  Up came someone who was pinning a bunch of painted rocks.

And that became the perfect summer activity.

I gathered up three buckets and took the kids on a nature walk. There isn't really an abundance of rocks in our neighbourhood, but I remembered there were lots along the train tracks... and the train tracks just happen to be beside the 7-Eleven - WIN!

I got a Slurpee and the kids got some awesome rocks. Yay!

And then we got down to painting.

We're painting outside of course because it's way too hot inside. The shade made for a pleasant and creative morning.

Lane made some awesome new rock buddies. Notice the black cat in the top row. She's a pretty good painter for being 3 years old.

Logan made some awesome new rock buddies. Notice the turquoise one-eyed alien in the top row. He's my favourite.

And even I made some awesome new rock buddies.

We posed them for a group shot.

Then we took them and placed them in various parts of our garden. (More photos of them to come in a future gardening post).

Also this week, we went to the wading pool and the library to sign Logan up to the Summer Reading program. All free activities! woo!

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Irn Craft #13: How Many Laney Bugs High Are You?

This week's Iron Craft Challenge:

"It seems like we are all super busy this time of year, moving or not, so your challenge this week is to give yourself a few hours with a needle creating something. The needle you choose it up to you, it can be a knitting needle, sewing needle, embroidery needle, tapestry needle, punch needle, felting needle, quilting needle or any other needle you can think of." (Courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)

Sooooo.... I was totally going to design a new tattoo and then get needled for this challenge... but that was too expensive.

Instead I came up with this - A growth chart for little Laney. We call it the How Many Laneybugs High Are You? chart.

I tried to make this growth chart as if it were to become an heirloom piece.  The Ladybugs (Laneybugs to my little Laney) and the vine and leaves are made from Lane's old baby clothes. Hopefully she'll want to keep this chart and pass it down to her kids.

I spent almost every evening these past two weeks hand stitching all the elements down and applying a gazillion buttons.

It was fun to remember some of the things we were doing when Lane was wearing some of the clothes that were turned into Laneybugs. Above: The bears were feetie pajamas and a pair of little pants. Below were another pair of feetie pajamas and a pair of rainbow pants.

I used a pink and white chevrons pattern for the background on the front and for the back of the chart as well. It was a yard cut in half.  I use ribbons for the hangers.

The coloured clothespins are for measuring. The pink one is how tall Lane is and the green one is how tall Logan is. He's a bit jealous that I haven't made one of these charts for him. I'll have to put one for him on my list of stuff to do.

Lane is a pretty good model.

It looks pretty cute in her room with her fancy rag rug that I made and her fancy strawberry curtains and change table converted to a dresser (also both made by me and the change table revamp was another Iron Craft project from last year).

As I said... Logan was feeling a bit left out, so here is a photo with both of them. Awwww.....

What do you think? Will it stand the test of time and be a keeper? Or maybe it's too "on trend" for right now with the ladybugs and chevrons that it will be too out of style to pass on? Either way, I'm sure Lane will enjoy it in her room for awhile :)


To check out all the other Iron Craft stitchery, please visit the Flickr Group.