Monday, 14 August 2017


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

Summer fun: running through the sprinkler on a hot day, giggling and screaming.

Inspired by The 52 Week Project at Practicing Simplicity.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

The State of the Vegetable Garden

The vegetable garden has really been hit or miss this year. In the early days of summer we harvested kohlrabi and arugula, both of which were delicious.

One of our eggplant plants shriveled up and died, but we do have one eggplant growing and ready for harvest soon.
The parsley and the onions have really done well.
And I am excited to roast up all these beets with a little rosemary.
Our kale crop is okay, no where near what it was last year, and the same can be said for the chard.
Perhaps the most disappointing is the broccoli and cauliflower that amounted to nothing.

Like I said, a hit or miss year, but that is just how it goes sometimes with gardening.

How's your garden growing?

Thursday, 10 August 2017


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

A weekend at Papa and Grandma Sandi's house on the lake: playing with your cousins, paddle boarding, tubing, jumping off the dock, swimming....a great summer weekend!

Inspired by The 52 Week Project at Practicing Simplicity.

Friday, 4 August 2017

A Summer Blanket

I don't often make blankets in the summer, preferring to work on smaller projects like toys, but I have finally fallen in love with the blanket that I started back in March, so as long as it does not get too hot to work on, I'm charging ahead, in full on blanket making mode.
I bought the yarn for this blanket after Christmas for an incredible bargain, and was planning to make a Cedar River Blanket. Unfortunately my squares were not working out, and after several attempts to get the tension correct, using different hook sizes, I became incredibly frustrated and just let the whole thing lie in a basket for a while. I then decided to scrap the whole Cedar River Blanket idea and pick a much simpler design. I settled on a diamond stitch and got to work. After a few rows I was still not loving the outcome so my project sat untouched for another month or so....

But then last week, while I was on vacation, the weather was absolutely gorgeous one afternoon, so I made myself a cup of tea, sat on the deck, and worked on my blanket in the sunshine for two whole hours. It was lovely, and at the end of the afternoon, I finally loved what my blanket was becoming.
Since then it has been all-go, row after row being added, my blanket growing beautifully. We are going away for the long weekend and have a brutal drive to endure so I am going to bring along my blanket to work on in the car - think of how lovely it will be after all those hours when there is nothing else for me to do but crochet.
(I should darn in all those ends as I go. I know this, but I am ignoring it...I'll regret it, I know.)

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Oscar the Fish

A coworker of mine, who owns several aquariums and many fish, has been trying to persuade me to get a pet fish of my own for some time now. Since that is not going to happen (no pets for this lady), I decided that the next best thing would be a to crochet a fish.

Meet Oscar - he does not need to be fed regularly and his tank never needs to be cleaned.
He was a bit more difficult to make, with all the little pieces that needed sewing on, but still a fun little project.
Another little amigurumi friend to add to my collection, and let me tell you, I have quite the collection all made by me over the years. I've had the idea to get all my amigurumi friends together for a little photo see everything I've made all together in one could be fun?
Pattern: Amigurumi Two: Crochet Toys for Me and You and Baby Too
Yarn: Bernat Handicrafter Cotton
Is this a substitute for an actual fish?: absolutely

Monday, 31 July 2017


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

On Sunday we dropped you girls off at Girl Guide Camp for a five day camping adventure. You were so excited to go, counting down the minutes until we arrived by watching the GPS in the car. After we checked you in, we took you to your rooms (you both were assigned the top bunk - a dream come true) and then had to coax goodbyes out of you as you had already met some new friends and were being drawn to the craft table.

I am so excited for you to experience this week at camp, for the fun and new adventures that you are going to have. And I am so happy that you both embraced this new experience, being in an unfamiliar place with unfamiliar people, with confidence, smiles and a little skip in your step.

In your absence, the house is very quiet.....

Inspired by The 52 Week Project at Practicing Simplicity.

Monday, 24 July 2017


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

So excited for our annual family camping trip....and climbing a tree, just for fun...

Inspired by The 52 Week Project at Practicing Simplicity.