and,

an attempt to grab creativity amidst the chaos.

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Not Dead Yet

Though come to think of it,
at least then I'd get a nap...

Does it feel like a long stretch of this since last we met?




Well rest assured
things are still happening here



It's summer after all.


There's been garden harvesting


Big girl road trips with friends


that involve Harry Potter on audio book
and barf bags for curvy roads
(Me. I had the barf bag)


Adventures that culminated in surfing=
totally worth it!


Also campfires AND


the point of campfires?
S'Mores



There's also been some blooming...


with graduations from kindergarten 

and the literal kind.

Also mucho swimming.


And don't forget soccer,


endless park time,



There was that time Canada had a birthday.



But mostly...


No actual making.
Just being.
Longing for the making,
but trusting it will come...
later.

Later gater. 

Friday, May 29, 2015

Little successes

Just hanging out?


Or does your world have you running 
in circles these days?


School is winding up over here, so life is full of
school-centric activities and celebrations.


I look forward to sitting in more fields when things wrap.


In the meantime I'm celebrating the smallest of victories.


Yu and I made and sewed heart patches on some
treasured leggings. 


A pair for her and a pair for her sister

She 'helped', thus the mad stitches. 

Cheers to more madness 
and staying in stitches. 


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Seagulls? We'll take it!

Happy Long Weekend Folks!


This project has been endless and tedious.
It's also boring, debatably ugly,
but essential and super practical for good times.


We inherited this swing from a neighbour who was moving. 
The roof was all deteriorated due to sun exposure. 
It's our reading spot in the weather. 
Rain or shine, so it needed a new cover. 
I looked for cute fabric- but sadly failed. 
Black it is.
ACDC would approve.


Underneath it's a little more exciting. 
Pom pom's, twinkle lights etc. 


And then...the same thing happened with a playhouse.
I didn't take a before picture,
but it needed some love.


I debated many things, in about 5 minutes.
And then with such a small childless window,
used the only exterior paint in the garage.


Then stuck on some geometric shapes 
and polka dots. 


I'll have to add some rainbow curtains
and some interior chalk paint so they can 
go nuts inside. 

But that we'll call phase 2.
And,
who knows when that will happen!!

Until then...



Tuesday, May 5, 2015

This Weird Moment

Things here have been cruising along in the land of weird.


I mean, I don't think it's normal to dress up like
bumblebee related creatures and march in a parade...


but why be normal ?
Someone else is probably taking care of that job.


Life is green here. 


The flowers and sun make everything better. 

This is hardly a 'make' proper...
but I've been framing and shelving things above other things.



This little collection is over our bed.
Just above some twinkle lights.
Very high school. 



This one is on the parallel wall.



This one lives in Nu's room.
She has a Zebra thing and the cross stitch hung 
in my room as a kid.
My grandmother made a boy and girl set. 



Who knew there was a cross stitcher in my past?



I've been making some rainbow hats to sustain 
Yu's heartbeat. 


We made this one together 
(thus the very wiggly stitch line)
And then she completely rejected it.
Thank goodness Nu scooped it up. 



This little one has no lack of decisive opinions.



And this one?
Ohh I get glimpses of her grown up self already.
Hey Life!
Slow down!







Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Greedy Growing Gardening

We are at it again.
The big one grifted me.
She was too sick to go to school...
and then...
let's call it a mental health day.


So I put her to work !
We made another garden bed in our boulevard.


We've had this arbor for years but it needed 
a face lift so I sanded it and repainted it
before we replanted it.


I'm loving the contrast between the wrought iron
and tumbling out flowers.


We've strung some solar twinkle lights 
through this eventual flower canopy


Their are lots of places for wee and grand bums


Another little addition to our respite



It keeps growing and growing!!


I may have officially run out of room!


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Cloudy with a Chance of Spinning.


I've  been dreaming of this dress for awhile


Sort of.


I fell madly deeply in love with this fabric.


Especially this turquoise colour.
Swoon.


So I ordered it on line without a plan of what to make
(classic-me-move)
And, then found I had too little. 
SO since I had ordered two colours I made the bodice 
out of the grey.

I made one of my favourite patterns 

which is reversible

So double swoon.

My favourite part is the flutter sleeves,
but because I was sewing in a rush,
late at night, bleary brained. 



I forgot to sew them between the two layers
and decided not to unpick.
So sigh, no flutter sleeves.


It was originally imagined for this middle girl,
but the big girl loved it too.


And, of course the littlest one had to get in on the spinning
when the camera came out!


The only challenge with this dress is it's a little tricky
to put on and take off because of the cute fit.



Even though my kids insist I'm murdering them each time
I try and get it off their heads-
the clouds, the twirl, the cuteness...
totally worth it!!