Sunday, January 30, 2011

Winter fun

I can't believe I forgot how much fun sliding is.  We headed to the hill yesterday since it was so nice out and since J loves to slide.  We shopped around for a sled and found one.  Unfortunately it didn't work well.  we also picked up a crazy carpet.  If you like winter activities, it is best to shop early as our choices were pretty limited. 

As you can see from the pictures, the short crazy carpet would work best for one person.  I finally put J on my lap and then we took off.  Did I mention we ended going down the hill backwards?  Yes, 2 seconds into it and the crazy carpet spun us around.  D said he could hear me laugh all the way down.  Did you know that going down the hill is much more fun than climbing back up?  Yes, it is true.  J was brave and pleaded to go down the hill by herself.  We decided to let her and she loved it. 

Hopefully, we can get out again before the winter ends.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

What was I supposed to do?

I couldn't just leave it there.

On the search for a mirror today that I could paint, I saw this little store called Wishes as we were driving.  I had never heard of the store but decided we should stop so I could check it out.   Needless to say I  felt like a kid in a candy store when I walked in.  It's the type of store that you have to spend time to actually see all there is.  Here are some of my finds.  I also picked up a little doll bed for Juliana (not pictured).  I will be heading over again next weekend to see what else I can't live without. tee hee.

 You will see a lot of this stuff in little photoshoots this summer.

I left the bed post in the picture so you could see the size of the chair.  Isn't it the cutest?  Yes, you could say I have an obsession with chairs. HA!

A little hard suitcase for $9.  I plan on using it as a picnic basket.  Picture it sitting on a white & red checkered table cloth.

More decorative items for $15.  I will use the little glass container for a tea light candle.  I love that it has a lid.

The steal of the day has to be this little metal doll highchair I picked up for $13.50.  I looked on Etsy when I got home and there is one for sale for $50.  I think I got a great deal.  You just don't see them everyday.

Friday, January 21, 2011

a patch, hat, scarf and a winner

Ever have one of those weeks were you felt you didn't get much accomplished but didn't seem to stop?  It was one of those for me.  This evening it is storming and it is a winter wonderland out there.  It's the perfect night to update the blog.

I have a little story to tell....

On Tuesday evening as Juliana was lying in bed trying to fall asleep she noticed one of her stuffy bears had a hole in it.  She didn't call for me to come see instead she just started crying.  We ran to her room to see what was the matter.  This was not a familiar cry. She proceed to tell us that stuffy bear had a hole.  I have never witnessed a little one so heartbroken.  She was truly worried about her bear.  In between tears she hugged and kissed it.  She asked over and over if stuffy would be okay.  I almost shed a tear seeing her in such grief. 

When I was able to calm her, I explained that we would put a patch on stuffy the next night.  In the meantime we would put a bandaid on.  She was fine with this.  Bear got a bandaid and within 10 minutes she was asleep.  I somehow escaped the whole "what about a patch for stuffy talk" the following evening. 

On Wednesday while she was in the tub, she asked about a patch.  Ugh...a  patch.  Where am I going to get a patch?  I open the closet door and dig out a shirt she has outgrown, run to the kitchen to cut a piece from it.  The last thing I want her to see is me cutting up a shirt.  No good can come from that.   As she is laying in bed that evening, she again asks about the patch and says she wants to see it.  I am sure she wanted to see if I was bluffing...hee hee!  I grab the patch and bring it to her while she is laying in bed and guess what?  She recognizes the shirt (patch) and now starts crying because her shirt is "broken" and why did I cut it.  After she calmed a little, I told her I would pick her up from daycare on Thursday and we would go shopping for a new t-shirt.  She has forgiven me for cutting her shirt and is pretty tickled she got a new one in return.  I can't believe all this and she isn't even 4 yet. HA!

Here is teddy with a hole

removing the bandaid.

getting the measurements for a patch.

All better.  Everyone is happy!

                                                                    The end.


I have finally completed my first real crochet project.  I am really surprised at how much I enjoy it and how relaxing it really is.  Here is a hat and scarf that I made for J.  Notice the little pockets on the scarf.  I am quite proud of them.  Is that wrong? hee hee!

Oh before I forget, the winner of a print is Cathy, Kirsten, Kim and Jenn. Way to go girls!!!  Let me know what you would like.                                                                                                                                

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A little giveaway

Is anyone still out there?  It's been a little while since I have posted.  I have been learning to crochet (yes, it's true) and have been doing little projects.  I will post them in a few days.  I thought we could have a little fun so here goes.  I am sure you probably are aware by now that photoshop and I have a thing going on *blush* so I thought I could do a print for one of my readers.  These are just a couple of samples and the winner can customize what they would like it to say and choose the colours of the letters and background.  If you go a few post down on my blog you will find a couple more samples.  I will send an you an 8x10 that can be framed.

All you have to do is leave a comment and I will announce the winner on Friday evening.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Quiet but good

Nothing to exciting happened with us this weekend.  It was rather quiet which is always a welcomed treat.  Today meant laundry and cleaning in preparation of the upcoming week. I spent quite a bit of time reflecting about things and where I would like to be in 5 years.  It may mean some changes and sacrifices but it will all be worth it if it means happiness at the end of  the line, right?  Anyways, I am sure there will be more to follow in the next little while.

Yesterday, J wanted to do a craft project.  Grandma was over and we decided to make some hearts for Juliana's window.  They act as sun catchers when the sun is out.  It was a fun little project using wax crayons, wax paper and an iron.  I found the project on Martha's site.  It was super easy to do.  There are lots of great projects to do on her site.

I also found this on kijiji (similar to Craigslist I am told) on Friday night for $10.  The gentleman who sold it said it was over 30 years old.  Can you believe it came with the case.  I don't think I will be able to get my hands on some film for it but I will use it for some little photo shoots in the future.

Friday, January 7, 2011

That little yellow ticket

Last night my wonderful man and I went to the local auction.  We haven't been to an auction since having our daughter almost four years ago.  It is a place we used to go frequently.  There is something so exciting  and thrilling about holding that little yellow card.  It is amazing the deals you can get if you decide when we you get there what you want to bid on and stay focused...hee hee!  There were a few items that I wanted but of course they went higher than I was willing to pay.  What a bummer.  It often seems to be the way but I did manage to get a couple of things.  I guess there are other people out there with similar taste to mine.
I am really drawn to items that have a history.  Although you never learn of that history, you know the item was once loved by someone and has probably heard many stories.  I like items that are older and could use some love.  I am always up for a little challenge and love when something old is given new life. 

The rocking chair that I bought for $20 could certainly use a fresh coat of paint but the chipping paint and the exposed wood are what drew me to the it.  I think it will stay as is for a while.  I am really drawn to the colour green lately and no shade in particular - just green. 

The old Sears scale was another find for $10 and will be a conversation piece in the future I am sure.  I hope to someday have a large kitchen with some display shelves.  Until then it will call the fireplace mantel in the kitchen it's home.

I absolutely love the following room.  I could walk in this room, sit on the couch and put my feet up.  I dream of having a room like that one day.

                                                                             Photo Credit - Better homes and Garden

This is one of my favourite Christmas gifts of this year.  It was purchased from Etsy and was in my Christmas stocking Christmas morning.  I love it.  Thank you Santa. 

Photo credit to the Etsy store owner.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

One size does not fit all - Flashback Friday

I realize it is not Friday but thought you could use a little chuckle.  Jujube's baby clothes (ones we have chosen to keep) have a way of reappearing.  It does't seem to matter how many times they are put away they just show up like magic - poof.  On the weekend I was on the computer and who should show up at the door wearing a sweater sized 3-6 MONTHS.  Yes, I said 3-6 months. 

I am sure you have guessed by now.  I am not sure how she got it on but she did.  She was pretty excited to show me.

Oh, and did you notice the Woody tattoo on the second picture. HA!  Happy Wesnesday!

                                           At 2 months old.

                                                     At almost 4 yo.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Storyboard template

I am pretty excited to have created my first storyboard template for photoshop - at least that is what I am calling it.  It was really fun to create and I would love to share it.  It is a PSD file and because of this you are able to alter it in photoshop.  you can download it here

I would love to know if it worked for you.  This is what the storyboard looks like without pictures.

And here it is when you have added pictures.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

little word for 2011

If you are following Ali Edward's, you know that at the beginning of the year she chooses a word for the year.  The word is something you would like to improve on, change or just continue doing.  It can be anything and means something different to everyone.  This year I have chosen the word "BE".  One of the girls on SNC chose this word and I was drawn to it immediately.  It really represents what I want to "be" this year.  I have created a print that I will frame in my craft/computer room and will be reminded daily.  I know I could have added so many more words to this but these are the ones that spoke to me the quickest.  Have you chosen a word?

First photos of the year

I was pretty excited about heading outside to take some photos this morning.  I had it all planned in my head.  The wheels were turning. I knew the temperature was going to be +6 degrees celcius and had the props ready.  It was a perfect day for a little photo shoot.  The sun was shinning and there was no wind.  Then "BAM" just like that, I learned that no amount of preparation matters if your little model does not feel like having her picture taken.  I figured this may happen as she was up really late last night (NY eve) and was up really early.  Althought I didn't get the big smile photos, I did manage to get these and I love them just as much.


saying goodbye to 2010

New years eve was spent with some of our family members.  We all had fun - big and little kids alike.  I love that a lot of people are including children the the New Years activities.  I think the photos clearly show how much fun was had.  It was the perfect way to end 2010 and begin 2011.

Wishing everyone well in 2011.