Wednesday, 18 October 2017

42/52

"A portrait of my girls, once a week, every week, in 2017."

Bridget: Happy Mail - new Star Wars stamps for your collection! (Thanks, Opa)

Claire: ready for the Brownies Enrollment Ceremony where you got to be a helper and welcome all the new girls to your unit. You were so excited, and a little nervous (as usual).

Inspired by The 52 Week Project at Practicing Simplicity.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Rustic Pumpkins

Autumn means pumpkins and when I saw the pattern for these rustic pumpkins over on Meg's blog, I knew I had to make some.
So simple and quick to work up (they are made holding two stands of yarn together), they are the perfect addition to my fall decor. Not that I decorate a lot for fall, but it is nice to add a few seasonal touches here and there.
The stem of the pumpkins is actually just a piece of a stick cut to size and hot-glued to the top - very rustic indeed. And to increase the rustic factor even more, I tied some jute around the stem.
While orange pumpkins lend themselves well to Thanksgiving and autumn decor, I think this pumpkin in black would be great as a Halloween decoration.

Yarn: Red Heart Soft
Pattern: Megmade with Love
Are these necessary in your life: Yes, make one now.

(My hubby had a great time playing around and being creative with the camera to get these amazing shots. Thanks, hon.)

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

A Kerchief Scarf for Claire

I'm in a season right now where I am doing a lot of waiting at lessons for the girls. I don't mind at all - it is wonderful to see them learning new things and they are both thriving - but at the same time I am trying to be intentional with this time I have and make it productive for me as well. To that end I have been working on simple crochet projects that are manageable to carry around and that can be picked up and put down easily- basically projects that require minimal concentration.

Lessons have been up and running for a few weeks now, and today I am excited to show you the first thing I made during my "waiting time" (which I am also referring to as my scheduled crochet time): the Caron Cakes Kerchief Scarf:
Aren't Caron Cakes (and all the other yarn cakes like them) the most adorable things? Gosh, I like them a lot. I actually bought this Caron Cake (Funfetti) for Claire for Christmas thinking that she could make this scarf, but after looking at the pattern more carefully, I realized that it was a little too advanced for her, so I made it instead.

It was a great project - meeting all of my "minimal concentration" requirements.

And of course Claire Bear loves her new scarf which she may be able to wear soon now that the weather is a bit more fall-like.
I'm currently on the hunt for other simple, easy patterns and have even made a little visit to the yarn store to make sure I am well stocked for the next few months. I mean, if I'm going to be in the bleachers or in a chair waiting, I may as well be making something (seems a better use of my time than playing on my phone).

I'm joining in with the Winter Project Link Party over at Thistlebear. 

Monday, 9 October 2017

41/52

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"A portrait of my girls, once a week, every week, in 2017."

"Girls, what are your favorite things going on in your lives right now?"

Bridget: making American Girl Doll crafts, synchronized swimming, Girl Guides, swimming lessons, doing announcements at school, lunch room helping, reading, drawing.....

Claire: piano lessons, Brownies, making American Girl Doll crafts, swimming lessons, being in grade three, doing puzzles, reading, spending time with my family.....

Inspired by The 52 Week Project at Practicing Simplicity.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

40/52

"A portrait of my girls, once a week, every week, in 2017."

On Thursday afternoon you girls headed out into the yard, got the rakes out of the shed, and began raking the leaves. It wasn't long before there was a huge pile in the middle of the yard, and not long before I heard screaming and giggling and saw leaves being tossed into the air. Playing in the leaf pile is one of your favorite things to do: jumping in the pile, throwing leaves at each other, burying yourselves....it is a treasured autumn tradition and "so much fun".

Inspired by The 52 Week Project at Practicing Simplicity.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Birthday Girls - A SMASH Journal Page

I used to share a lot about paper crafts in this space, because I used to do a lot of scrapbooking and card making: I used to be on a design team and back when I first started this blog, I designed and shared a new greeting card every week. But over the years, the amount of paper crafts I do has decreased dramatically, and as I type this right now, I can not remember the last time I made a scrapbook layout or a card.

For a while I felt quite sad that I was not scrapbooking and card making as much, but the truth is simply that it does not fit so well in my life anymore at the same level and intensity as it used to. And that is okay. I've come to believe that hobbies ebb and flow over our lives; they are something that we can be intense about for a while and then they can become less front and center as our lives change and/or as we go off to explore and learn something else, not disappearing entirely, but simmering in the background for when we come back to them. That is where paper crafting is for me right now. I do not have the time to scrapbook every little moment of my life like I used to, and again, that is okay. What I am doing is documenting our family holidays - like I did with our Eastern Canada road trip - and also, when the mood strikes, adding a few pages to my SMASH journal. I'm basically doing what I can, at a level that feels right for me, and I am enjoying it.
My latest SMASH journal page came together rather effortlessly using photos of my girls from their last birthdays. I enjoyed layering the paper and the embellishments - my favorite thing to do with paper - and documenting a beautiful moment in time. Listening to a little Jason Aldean while I worked was also fun!
So here's to paper crafts, doing what works, layering pretty papers, SMASH journals, ebbs and flows, country music, and enjoying it all!

Have a wonderful day, friends!

Sunday, 24 September 2017

39/52

"A portrait of my girls, once a week, every week, in 2017."

Nothing but love for these sweet girls of mine...

Inspired by The 52 Week Project at Practicing Simplicity.

P.S. The weather has been absolutely bizarre. According to the calendar and the crunchy leaves on the ground, it is autumn, but at the same time, it is so hot. We were all sweltering as I took this picture, wanting desperately to head back to the house and the air conditioning; we didn't have heat like this all summer long, and now we have it at the end of September!!???