Friday, 30 November 2012

This Moment

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Work in Progress

I haven't been doing any quilting lately because I've really been enjoying the instant gratification of a quick project.  Sometimes I just need something quick to make me feel accomplished.  Does that sound weird?  Sometimes life is stressful and it's nice to have finished something!

So this week I finished a quick little wreath that is now happily hanging on my wall.  Such an easy project.  Tear strips of fabric and wrap them around a wreath form.  The tearing of the fabric feels oh so good!

And an up close shot of the adorable holly
I wish this little girl could play happily while I work, I guess she's too young yet.
One of my goals for Christmas is to have two dolls made, with clothing.  One for each of the girls.  One doll is mostly finished and one is in the cutting process.  Plus I need to finish the clothes.  I have never made a doll but I was given this pattern.  My mom made this exact doll many times when my siblings and I were little.  It's fun to be re-creating it!

So cute!  Mine won't have the cheeks, those scare me a little!
And the dresses are being made from vintage sheets.  I adore the large flowery patterns and surprisingly orange is becoming a favorite color!

Linking up with Frontier Dreams and Freshly Pieced.  Take a peek at all the wonderful projects!

Monday, 26 November 2012

Corners of our home

We are spending some time in our little Maine home by the sea.  We'll be heading back to Canada next weekend for a few weeks but we'll be back in this space for Christmas.  So I wanted to get a head start on decorating.  I know..I know, a little early.  Take a look around!

I have to pack most of our breakables into this hutch, otherwise the girls are all over these items, which are my favorite!

Found two years ago, waiting for me at the local Goodwill
Hazel couldn't stand the idea of waiting to get a tree.  So I splurged on this little one, just to keep her happy for now.
This sweet little Christmas coat just barely fits Violet.  We'll keep it on display this year to remind ourselves of how little she is.
Elfie, elf, elf (as he's been named) has been found rock climbing.
And here he is sewing.  I sure hope he gets the dolls done for the girls!
So there you have it!  There will be much more to show, I'm sure.
Have you started decorating?

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Gratitude Sunday

{Sunday's heartfelt tradition. A time to slow down, to reflect, to be grateful. A list of gratitudes.}

If you would like to join us, see below.

Our gratefulness feeds one another.


~Throughout the week I've felt grateful for:
Eating healthier.  We never really ate all that bad but we are really trying now.  Hoping for some behavioral changes as one of the results of healthy eating.
The wonderful Thanksgiving meal my mother made.  We drove 10 hours to be with them and it was well worth it (although we did miss my husband).
Talking about the meaning of Thanksgiving with my 3 year old.  She really seemed to understand.
Loving more grown up conversations with the 3 year old.  I think she has a really good grasp on the solar system at this point!  Ha!  Her questions amaze me.
New books about her interests.
Decorating for Christmas.  A bit early and we'll be back in Canada for two weeks between now and the big day but I just can't help myself when it comes to Christmas decorations.
Christmas music...enough said!
Parents around the corner.  The girls have been fighting all week but grammie and grampa stepped in and took Hazel for an overnight!  Relief for this mama!
The wonderful wildlife outside our window that came to lick all the peanut butter off our gifts.
Have a fantastic start to your week!  I hope to be back with some fun happenings soon!

Friday, 23 November 2012


I spent a lot of time Thanksgiving day thinking.  Thinking of course about what I am grateful for but also allowing myself to really feel some emotions that I try desperately to block.  I am finding every day to be a challenge.  And maybe that is the way it's supposed to be.  But it doesn't feel right.  Honestly, many days I am waiting for the day to be over. 

My daughter Hazel has been a tough one, basically since the time she turned one.  Everyone (including her physician) tells me that she is a normal challenging three and a half year old.  But I find the screaming, constant whining and fighting with her sister to be draining.  I don't know what to do anymore.  We have been in Maine visiting family and unfortunately we had to leave hubby behind in Canada for work.  Without him little Miss Hazel is even more disruptive.  Yesterday I thought I was going to completely lose my cool.  This makes me feel super guilty.

Here she is with her favorite big cousin
For the sake of this family I've decided that something needs to be done.  The general feel of the house is becoming negative.  Even Violet is whining and showing signs of physical aggression toward her sister.  What to do?  I just don't know.  I've started with this book Simplicity Parenting.  So far I am really enjoying it.  It seems as though the first step to a calmer, happier child is to strip everything down to basics.
So this morning I started with toys/books.  They are now in the car on the way to Goodwill, and I have a feeling Hazel and Violet will never know what is missing!  Will this result in better behavior?  Maybe, maybe not but it will help with clutter which tends to equal chaos. 
I'm not completely happy about venting here.  But I figure if there are people out there that can offer advice on the "spirited child" than it's worth a shot.
Now on to a few holiday photos;
Bird seed pine cones, Hazel and I start each Thanksgiving making these.  We made ten and hung them in the bushes next to our house.  This morning there are just two left, stinking squirrels!
A simple, wonderful meal provided by my mom.  The best Turkey dinner yet, possibly because we tried to keep it simple and less hectic for Hazel's sake.
Oh that tryptophan is so good!
I hope you all enjoyed your holiday.  I can't believe that Christmas is on the way.  Can't wait!

Monday, 19 November 2012

"It's Reindeer!"

I hadn't planned to start our Elf on the Shelf adventures so early.  It's before Thanksgiving for goodness sake!  But the timing was too perfect.  Here's our "elfie" story. 

All four of us were folding laundry in the bedroom yesterday when we looked out the window and saw these girls;

There are four of them...I think two were very young.  In fact, we usually have one or two deer pretty close by in the yard.  But we hadn't seen them for about a month.  Our yard is attached to a 1000 acre park that seems to be FULL of animals!  I worry that the deer will be hunted, especially this time of year.
They are pretty tame.  We were able to go outside and almost coax this little one over to eat a carrot.  We were able to watch for a good half hour.

While they were cleaning eachother up Hazel declared that they must be Santa's reindeer.  And I thought to myself, "aahh this is the perfect night for an elf to show up on our front porch."

So after the deer wandered off we went inside to get dinner.  Just as we finished the front door rang.  And guess who was on the front porch with his book?  Elfie (Hazel has named him)! 

We are so excited for Christmas time now!

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Gratitude Sunday

Today I am linking up with Taryn at Wooly Moss Roots for gratitude sunday.  Take a look!
I have been busy lately but tired.  Oh so tired and haven't felt like blogging at all.  But knowing that it is Sunday and also Thanksgiving week, I felt I should post what I am grateful for.
An early (very early) start to the Christmas season.  We are in a new country with different traditions and wow they start early here. 
That I now have this wonderful bum shot to tease her with when she is older.  I smile each time I look at it.
A warm heater in the car after sitting outdoors for 3 hours to watch the parade.  And then a warm, cozy bed.
My daughter's giving nature when we saw a father of a friend standing on the side of the road begging passerby for money.  She didn't even wonder why he was asking but just understood that we should help.
Watching her become more of an independent child and less of a baby.
That I still do have one younger babe to cling onto for now!
That Thanksgiving week is upon us!  A long drive home on Tuesday and we'll be welcomed by family.
My husband can't make it home for Thanksgiving with us but he'll drive down to see everyone next week.  He works so hard and for that I am grateful.
A new pre-school, which equals (hopefully) better learning experiences, new friends and the right fit for her.
Time to work in my craft room is producing great results.  Can't wait for gifts this year!
Have a great week!
P.S. doesn't this look like a fun way to go?!

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Plaid Friday

Have you heard of plaid friday?  It's in place of black friday...that scary day after Thanksgiving when people are out to kill in order to get what they "need" for Christmas gifts.  Plaid friday is about buying local.  It's about supporting all the wonderful, smaller, neighborhood shops rather than the big box stores.  These little shops are usually using wonderful materials and not the plastics and who knows what else of the big box stores. 

This year I am trying.  Trying a handmade and local made Christmas.  Plus I'll be shopping on Etsy for the things that I absolutely cannot find in my area. 

For starters I recently purchased this kitchen set from Elves and Angels (I'm not affiliated in any way, just love their product and they are Maine made).

I know two little girls that will absolutely love it!  Along with some locally thrifted cookware.
I'll be posting about some other local finds as well as what I'm making for Christmas in a future post.  I'm so excited that the making/shopping has begun!
Will join the plaid friday movement this year?

Friday, 9 November 2012

So so proud


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{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Christmas Already?

I can't believe we are approaching that time of year again already!  I absolutely adore any and all preparations for Christmas.  This year I decided to join in on a few online ornament swaps.  The ornaments have to be hand made.  I thought I would share one that I put together over the weekend.  It's a bit of a tutorial but since I forgot to take pictures in the early stages you'll have to use your imagination.
Here is the finished product.  Reminds me of those wonderful (and very breakable) ornaments my grandparents had when I was little.  You know, the ones with the little scenes.

So to start you need to make the wool shell.  I used white wool roving but I'm sure it would look great in any color.  The process I used to make the shell is called wet felting (which I don't have pictures for). 
I wrapped the wool roving around a symetrical rock that we found in the yard.  Wrap the wool as evenly as possible, otherwise it will come out lumpy in some spots and thin in others.  After you have wrapped the wool around the rock you wet the whole thing with warm water.  Add a small drop of dish soap.  And then the fun part is rubbing (felting) the wool.  I vigorously rub the wool with my hands so that it's very soapy. 
You will start to feel the wool shrinking and that is when you know the felting process is working.  I rinse the whole thing under the faucet.  Squeeze out the excess water.  I then place the rock/wool in the sun for a day or so to dry.
The next day once the wool is dry I just cut an oval in the wool, easily done with kitchen scissors.
At this point you can remove the rock and gently reshape the wool.
All that's left to do is pick decorations for your little scene.  I found miniature trees etc. at our local craft store.  I'm going to look for some mini deer to add for the next one. 

When I finished I threaded a small bit of yarn through the wool at the top.  This way it can be hung from the tree! 
If you try making one of these I would love to see a link/picture!  

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Gratitude Sunday

Joining up with Taryn again for Gratitude Sunday
This week I am grateful for so much.  The main things being that my friends and family are safe after the horrible Sandy came for a visit.  I wish those still recovering from the storm all the best.  It is hard to think about all of the trivial things I am thankful for when so many are still doing without.  But I am thankful, all the same.  Here's my list:
Since the big storm struck we have seen almost nothing but rain.  So happy that the rain held off a bit for my little pink poodle and little pink owl to enjoy themselves.
A large yet cozy house to spread out in.
The threat of a Nor Easter.  What can I say, I do love a bit of snow!
New muscle slowly being built from time spent at the dreaded gym.
This delicious soup that helped with our nasty cold symptoms (however fattening it may be).
Finding the biggest Christmas craft fair I have ever seen.  Over 450 crafters!  I was in my element.
Hubby joined me for day two at the craft fair and found some adorable things!
Little bits of color that remain in the garden.  A few weak, yet still beautiful roses left.
A head full of crafting ideas.  I am finding inspiration everywhere lately and it makes me so happy.  I love dreaming of all the things we can make with our own hands.
Coffee, tea, anything toasty.  (I kind of love this picture).
And finally my little poodle and owl for being just how they are!
Have a good week everyone!

Friday, 2 November 2012

This Moment

this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.