Friday, 30 May 2014

School BBQ 2014

Every year the parent's association at the kids' school puts on a huge bbq/fundraiser.

Every year - my kids go crazy looking forward to it.

This is the third year we've attended and it's still the social event of the school year for the kids.

Some highlights:

It's totally funny comparing these photos to the ones from the BBQ last year - they are very similar...


There are ketchup faces in both sets of photos.


This year the kids got to check out a police car. Uh oh... what did those hoodlums do now?!! The nice police officer put them in the back of the car. I'm guessing they had better haul these two downtown for questioning hehehehe



We had to continue the tradition of daddy wearing silly Lane hats at the BBQ. Last year he was wearing Lane's princess tiara.


The kids may be a bit bigger, but they still had fun sliding down the big inflatable slide.


Making funny faces while eating? Check.



And Lane the firefighter.

Some things never change and yet it feels like so many things have changed in the year since we've been to the BBQ.  Have you seen the size of my kids?! They just keep growing.


Monday, 26 May 2014

A Pokeball for Pikachu

Even though it is widely known that Pikachu doesn't like to hang out in his Pokeball, Logan insisted that I make one for his Pikachu.

So I found this pattern on Ravelry and set to work making one.

I used the basic idea of this pattern and figured it out for the size of Logan's Pikachu. Then I decided that I wanted to add only one zipper instead of 2. So I basically made the top and bottom half and the button. Then I attached it all together with the zipper in the middle.



It worked pretty well.



Of course, it's not as round without a Pokemon inside, but it still resembles a Pokeball.


Now if only Logan could get Pikachu to stay inside the ball.

The little guy keeps trying to escape!





Pika?

(link to my Pokeball Project on Ravelry)

Friday, 23 May 2014

Boots

The other day we were wandering around Petland. We're prone to doing that as a time killer and because Lane is so in love with animals of all kinds that she needs a little lovin' time every now and again.

There was a cat there with black fur and white paws. I told the kids the story about the friend I had when I was Logan's age who had a cat like that and they named him Boots.

I thought it was an amusing anecdote, but the kids were too busy fawning over this particular cat that they barely heard me... or at least didn't show any outward signs of paying attention to me.

Kids are strange.

And this post really has nothing to do with Boots the cat - I was just thinking about that when I typed in the title of this post.

I'm kinda strange too eh?

Anywho....

On with the real post...

About the boots...


The boots survived the terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad winter!

Lane and I put fresh flowers in them this morning and they are looking pretty good. And Logan busted a hole in one of his rubber boots a couple of weeks ago, so I have a new pair to nail up there. I'll get to it soon, but right now I'm itchy smitchy and sneezy wheezy. Is it just me, or is the allergy-causing junk in the air especially bad this year? Oy! I want to bathe in Calamine lotion. Ugh - I can only handle a little bit of outside at a time.

Not that I'm complaining - I will never complain about it being too warm and summery ever again. After this winter, it could be a scorcher every day until the end of time and I'll just keep my mouth shut and be grateful :)

Oh boy this post was kind of all over the place today. Sorry about that. It's Friday. It's finally warm outside. And the hay fever is making me goony.



Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Crocheted Elephant Lovey

Last week I was browsing around Ravelry trying to find the perfect gift for a new baby. One of my dearest friends is having a baby in July! So excited! I wanted the perfect gift.

That's when I came across a new trend in baby accessories called a Lovey.

Apparently these little baby blankets attached to a toy plushie are the latest thing. They are very cute, so I thought I'd give one a whirl.



Because the parents are waiting until baby is born to find out gender I figured that an elephant would be great for boy or girl.

I used yellow as the accent colour instead of the more traditional blue or pink.

I think this lovey turned out lovely heheehehe.



I used this pattern. It crocheted up in about 2 days. Really simple and straightforward, but oh so cute!



When I shared my new found interest in loveys and my new project on Facebook on the weekend I was happy to find out that loveys are magic.

A good friend of mine linked me to this article which outlines how to use a lovey like a magic tool to help your child sleep through the night, self soothe and even get off that pesky midnight feeding. WOWEE!!! I hope this lovey will have such a calming effect on the special new arrival when he/she comes into the world. :)

(Link to my project on Ravelry)




Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Iron Craft #10: "B" is For... Blossom!

This week's challenge:

"For this challenge we are going to continue with the alphabet game. This time we want you to create a project based on the letter B…" (Courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)

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This one was easy to find inspiration in - only because Buttercup and Bubbles of the Powerpuff girls were already made.

Blossom was next!



Blossom actually was the most difficult to make. The only pattern I could find for the Powerpuff girls was the one for Buttercup. I modified it for both Bubbles and Blossom.

Basically I changed the colours and made the body exactly the same. The hair was tricky. I made a little hair helmet and shaped the bangs the way they are in the cartoon. Then I strung a pile of orange yarn back to resemble Blossom's long hair. Then I made a big bow for the top of her head and her barrette for the back.



The barrette is black with a red heart in the cartoon, but Lane insisted that the barrette be pink. She's the boss, so I went with pink.



Sugar, spice, and everything nice
These were the ingredients chosen
To create the perfect little girls
But Professor Utonium accidentally
Added an extra ingredients to the concoction--
Chemical X
Thus, The Powerpuff Girls were born
Using their ultra-super powers
Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup
Have dedicated their lives to fighting crime
And the forces of evil 




Blossom, commander and the leader 
Bubbles, she is the joy and the laughter 
Buttercup, she's the toughest fighter 
Powerpuffs save the day... 
Fighting crime, trying to save the world 
Here they come just in time, the Powerpuff Girls 
Fighting crime, trying to save the world 
Here they come just in time, the Powerpuff Girls 
Powerpuff! 

Woo!
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To view all the "b" words ... er... crafts... please visit the Flickr Group.

Monday, 19 May 2014

Crocheted Running Armband


Before I show you my latest crocheted project I'd just like to thank everyone for entering my Sew Mama Sew Giveaway last week. April won! I will be sending her Fat Quarters out to her tomorrow morning. Yay!

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And now for my latest project. It was my turn in the crochet project rotation so I decided to make something that I really need.

I made a running armband last year that I liked quite a bit. It went with me on all my runs last year and at the beginning of this season. But it was becoming a little worse for wear. When I run, I sweat - A LOT! And the light coloured armband didn't stand a chance. :(

Time for a new one. And now that I'm into crochet, why not try to crochet one?


Turned out pretty cute eh?

As you can see, I used the ends of my pastel coloured yarn so my armband ended up being all sorts of colours.



I think it makes running easier and more fun if you have something bright and exciting to wear. Or at least that's what I try to convince myself of.



This is the pattern that I used on Ravelry.

It was straight foward and easy to follow. Even included instructions to make it fit your current music player (which in my case is my phone).


I tried it out on Saturday morning and it worked like a charm. The pattern also had instructions if you wanted to add an extra pocket for your keys, money, etc. I figure that the pocket I made is deep enough to hold a key and some money if I wanted to bring that along, so I didn't add that extra pocket.


The strap wraps around my arm twice which makes it nice and tight. It doesn't slide as much as my first fabric armband did. And if I ever lose weight and gain tons of muscles, it'll grow or shrink right along with me. Yay!

Here is the link to my project on Ravelry just in case you wanted to know more crochet details about this particular project.



Friday, 16 May 2014

These Kids!


This morning at 7:00 am I heard the familiar pitter patter of tiny feet coming from Lane's room. Everyday, no matter if it's a day off or not, little Lane wakes up and runs to our room where she wakes us up. We have trained her to recognize the "7" on her clock in her room and she's not allowed to bug us until then.

I was about to drag myself out of bed when that pitter patter moved down the hallway to Logan's room. It was a Professional Development day at his school so he normally sleeps in.

Lane quietly woke up her brother and they both quietly went downstairs.

I was left in bed wondering what they were up to. I had gone to bed early last night because I wasn't feeling so well. I was pretty sure that Terry had left for work this morning thinking that I was feeling well enough to watch the kids today, so he wasn't downstairs. What were they up to?

I waited in bed and listened and played on my phone a little.

Logan brought his sister downstairs, turned on the lights, turned on the computer and TV, connected the Chromecast and launched Plex. He then turned on Lane's favourite TV show "Littlest Pet Shop" to the episode she was on. When he got all that ready, he went upstairs and climbed onto the counter to retrieve Lane's sippy cup. He filled it half with juice and half with water just the way Lane likes it and took it downstairs to her.

By this time I was really wondering what was going on and made my way downstairs to find Lane chillaxin on the couch with a full juice and her favourite blanket. Logan was hanging out watching TV with her.

They had secretly planned all of this the night before. Logan had instructed his sister to wake him up instead of mommy because mommy wasn't feeling well.

I texted Terry to tell him what I had just witnessed and to secretly check to see if he had something to do with planting this idea in Logan's head. He was as surprised as I.

I admit, I cried a little when I realized how sweet and considerate my children are.


These Kids!

I think I'll keep 'em!

(This photo was taken on Mother's Day last Sunday. They are posing with their brand new bikes).

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Crazy Pants

What do you do when you have a pretty pile of Fat Quarters arrive in the mail and you realize that you don't have to make mama cloth out of them?

That was just my dilemma this past couple of weeks.

I got this lovely package in the mail:


So gorgeous and perfect for making pretty mama cloth for the shop. But now that I've decided to close the shop and focus my attention in a new direction, I have the fabric free to make any number of new projects.

I chose a few of these fabrics to give away to lucky Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Week winners.

And the rest?


Easy, breezy, colourful, fun, summery pants!

Pants are kinda boring as I've stated many times before. I need a way to jazz them up. And since I might be working in an office later on this year, I realized that now is the last chance I'll have to wear whatever I like all day long. Might as well have fun and wear my style!



These red and green ones are my fave.

I used some knit from my fabric stash for the tops of both pairs. I find they hang better and fit better around the waist (that is no waist in my case) if made in knit. The bottom are the fat quarters sewn together to make a striped patchwork kinda deal. The green and red ones I made with a wider leg and feel really breezy and nice to wear while dropping the kids off at school, walking to story time, getting a few groceries, etc. All the mommy things that I'll be doing this summer. I'm sure these pants will be awesome while camping in the evenings when it gets a bit cooler outside and longer pants are needed.

Definitely my style eh?

Terry calls them my crazy pants. Not sure if that is an endorsement to wear them more often, or if it's a thinly veiled insult? I'm guessing he wants me to wear them more... yeah... hmmmm... even though he sometimes makes the circus music noise when he sees me wearing them... and asks me to juggle things...

Hahaha. If anything he knows that will make me wear them more. So that must be his end game. I'm going with that.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Crocheted Fruit Themed Baby Block

Remember those baby blocks that I crocheted awhile ago?

I have been making a little headway in crocheting the appliques to decorate each block.

The first one I have done is fruit themed. I did a different fruit for each of the 6 sides.





Cherries.

Pumpkin

Strawberry

Apple

Watermelon

Pretty aren't they?
I'm so happy with the way these are turning out. I am currently working on a seasons themed block, an animals themed block and an insects themed block. Hopefully they will turn out as nice as this one did.

I'll keep ya posted!

A link to my profile on Ravelry just in case you'd like to see the crochet details about each of these appliques and keep up with all my projects. Add me if you'd like! :D

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Sew Mama Sew May Giveaway Week

It's back!

I love May Giveaway week brought to you by the lovely and talented people at Sew Mama Sew.

And of course I am going to participate again this year.

For the last two giveaways I've been sharing my stash of child themed vintage bedsheet fabric. This year though I'm going in a new direction.

My youngest is starting kindergarten in the fall and that leaves me free to go back to work. Finally! Right? It's been a long 8 years of stay at home mommery. I love my kids to pieces, but I need a change.

In order to get ready for this big change I am going to be closing my Etsy shop. Everything that is for sale in the shop will remain listed until expiry. I'm working on clearing out all of the items I have on my cutting table, so there will be a few new listings in the next couple of weeks. If you were waiting to purchase an item, now is the time! I am having a "Free Shipping to Canada and the US on all my eco-products including potty trainers, mama cloth, make up scrubbies, nursing pads and upcycled toy hammocks. No need for a coupon code, just enjoy the deal while it lasts! There is a bit of a deal on shipping to worldwide destinations as well.

OK enough with the advertisement. I just wanted to show you that I am no longer collecting those pretty vintage sheets to be made into toy hammocks, so I don't exactly have them available for this giveaway.

But no worries! I have something I think you'll like just as much:


Hmmm it could be Michael Miller... or maybe Robert Kaufman? All I know is that it's 100% quilters cotton and it contains my favourite colour - orange! These 4 fat quarter are still unwashed as I have not figured out what I'm going to do with them. I had originally bought them to make mama cloth out of, but since I am no longer sewing for my shop, I don't need to. And I have used a lot of what I have making other projects, but have found these ones too precious to just cut into. HELP! Take them off my hands before I sit them on my shelf and stare at them forever without actually making them into anything.



So pretty.

All you gotta do is enter in the Rafflecopter thingie below.
My giveaway is open to residents of the earth.
It will run until the Rafflecopter thingie tells me it's over (sometime on May 16th, 2014)
The Rafflecopter thingie will select a winner randomly and I will notify as soon as possible and send it out on the 20th of May.



And after you're done entering my little giveaway. Check out all the rest of them linked over at Sew Mama Sew.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thursday, 8 May 2014

String Quilt Beginning

Have any of you ever made a string quilt? This is my latest project. I have been working on the 224 blocks slowly but surely. I like the scrapbusting pattern for string quilts. Here's hoping mine turns out as lovely as the examples I've been looking up lately.



This is going to be a long project. Going to take my time and really learn some new technuques with this one. I'm looking forward to it! :D

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Iron Craft 9: Inspired by Art

This week's challenge:

"Challenge #9 is one we have done in the past for Project Project Runway, but I don’t think we have ever done it for Iron Craft. This week we want you to find your inspiration in a piece of art. Your project does not need to be an exact copy of that art, but the art should be a jumping off point for what you create. Make sure to show us the art that inspired you!" (Courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)

When I was little My great grandparents owned a little shop next to their Chinese food restaurant called Hong Kong Imports. It was a shop full of treasures from the Orient. I love hanging out in there and a lot of our house was decorated with art from that shop. What I remember most were the wall hangings that featured really colourful, intricate flower designs in needlework.

Similar to these:



Link to Trish Burr's website

We had some hanging in our house in round frames. So beautiful.

My needlework is not half as good as this, so I didn't bother to try. But I took this inspiration and tried to infuse its beauty into an everyday object using patchwork.


Colourful flowers on an ivory coloured background. Similar to the original works of art in our house, but infused with my own style and strengths.

And I get a pretty new pillowcase out of the deal! :D



The flowers were made using scrap cotton that I paper pieced into hexies. I hand sewed them together and then down onto the ivory background. It was something fun to do while I was watching TV after the kids had gone to sleep.


All of my favourite fabrics and colours are in there. The focus in the artwork I always thought was the colourful palette and the bold florals. I think I captured that pretty well.


This pillowcase is almost too pretty to sleep on. Looks like something I could buy at a designer housewares store for mucho money. This pillowcase only cost me a few dollars.


I backed it with black and white damask fabric which seems to be a serious trend lately. Bold and floral - I think it keeps with the theme I was going for.

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To view all of the artwork inspired projects from the Iron Crafters, please check out the Flickr Group.

Monday, 5 May 2014

Sheldon The Crocheted Turtle

Everyone meet Logan's newest little buddy!

This is Sheldon the Turtle.


Sheldon was really easy and quick to make. And oh so cute!


I made him using this free pattern. Luckily I chose a stiffer yarn for the head and legs (Bernat Handicrafter Cottons). It made Sheldon's head stand up perfectly without too much sewing in place.




Look - he even has a little tail. I love this little guy.

**Link to my Sheldon project on Ravelry**