and,

an attempt to grab creativity amidst the chaos.

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Block Party Fun Fun

This year we decided to try something new.


With fellow neighbours we organized the first block party


our neighbourhood has ever had.


Amazingly we had about 200 people come, dance,
play games, make art and climb on a firetruck.


t was pretty amazing to meet so many new faces.
We had a camp sing a long, smores, a scavenger hunt.
And more.


We threw the invite wide and folks came climbing out 
of the woodwork. 



And with the block party behind us,
I can't believe summer is over.


I feel like we were just getting the hang of things. 


School starts next week.


I think that means less ice cream.

No one likes less ice cream.











Sunday, August 9, 2015

Merry Happy Rockin' Summer

Hi All!


We've been on a bit of a summer adventure.





We're still making things


In fact, quite a lot of things...


for our upcoming block party.


We're making silly games like 
tic tack toe frisbee


Lot's of sustainable signage



And fun prizes that can be used year after year.



Even Giant Jenga!!


Which may have started as a fun kids
project for the block party...



But I'm not going to lie:
I think it's going to be a fun grown up
drinking game too!


There has also been the usual:
Swimming, popsicles, trips, fun.


Our boulevard garden continues to delight us.


And the local butterflies seem to agree 


I'm headed back to the pom pom sweatshop


Hope to see you there.






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...