Sunday, 18 June 2017

25/52

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

With Daddy on Father's Day....so much love.

Inspired by The 52 Week Project at Practicing Simplicity. 

Thursday, 15 June 2017

An Apple and a Little Worm

Well, I finished a little crochet project and remembered to take some pictures of it.....
I made this apple with a little worm for Claire's teacher as an end of the year gift. At one point in the year Claire had written in her school journal that she likes to crochet and her teacher shared that she too is a crocheter, so with that in mind, I thought a crochet gift would be the perfect gift for her.

And an apple for a teacher also seems fitting.

Pattern: Amigurumi World: Seriously Cute Crochet
Yarn: Bernat Handicrafter Cotton
Time to Make: A few hours

Monday, 12 June 2017

Lately....

Lately it's been especially busy on the home front. I honestly do not know where the evenings go...before I know it I am looking at the clock and thinking I really should get to bed.

I've spent many evenings of late, until the sun sets at almost 9pm (love that about the summer), in the garden. Our original plan this summer was to rebuild the garden along the side of the deck, to put a better edging around it and add a bit more soil, but a few not-so-fun and unexpected expenses (brakes, tires, water softener) ransacked the budget for that so we have had to make do with what we have. I've weeded and transplanted some flowers and I am happy with how things are looking. There are still a few plants that I am hoping will recover after being chewed down by the resident rabbits, so we'll see how that goes.
On the weekend I weeded the vegetable garden and planted some radish seeds. It makes me so happy to look out the kitchen window at the veggie garden growing so well; I love growing vegetables in the backyard.
I've been spending a lot of time in the kitchen as well. I've made several recipes from my new favorite cookbook, Dishing Up the Dirt, which focuses on seasonal eating and is incredibly down to earth and approachable. I've loved each and every recipe that I've tried and have many more earmarked.
I have also been doing a little crocheting. I have a finished project to show you, I just need to remember to take some photos, and I'm working on a little owl friend for myself.
So there you have it, a little life update. With all the expenses of late, it feels great to just hunker down at home and tend to the garden, cook good meals in the kitchen (with my helpers at my side), and do a little crafting. Simple pleasures to fill the days.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

24/52

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

Two silly girls, off to school....only a few weeks left.

Inspired by The 52 Week Project at Practicing Simplicity.

Friday, 9 June 2017

23/52

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

Claire: "I'm a happy person. I'm an optimist"

Bridget: Seeing you so disappointed, and knowing there was nothing I could do to fix it, broke my heart. You learned a hard lesson, cried some hard tears, and then (rather quickly) devised a plan to do better next time...

Inspired by The 52 Week Project at Practicing Simplicity.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Veggie Garden: Planted

It took some reorganizing of schedules and a race against the rain, but we got the vegetable garden planted. I've been reading all about the vegetables we planted, little tips and tricks to help them thrive, and I am so excited to work in the garden this year and reap the harvest.

In our one garden we have: onions, eggplant, cauliflower, broccoli, kohlrabi, chard and arugula. The marigolds are there to attract the bees, and to look pretty.
In this other garden we have: black kale, curly kale, red beets, yellow beets, strawberries and radishes(we are growing these from seed).
As usual, things look pretty sparse to begin with, but as we know, it will all fill in.

If everything goes well, we will be dining on fresh veggies all summer long. I can not wait.

Aside from all the veggies, I also planted some Gerber Daisies. I've had these growing on the deck every summer for as long as I can remember and this years' flowers are absolutely gorgeous. 
Veggies and flowers, sunshine and rain....the garden is off to a good start this year.

Monday, 29 May 2017

22/52

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

Seeing you girls come through the door after school, smiling and full of stories, is my favorite part of the day.....

And this may be my favorite photograph of you two this year....

Inspired by The 52 Week Project at Practicing Simplicity.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Not Crocheting, but Gardening

I have not touched a crochet hook or any yarn in the last three weeks, and truth be told I am getting a little twitchy, missing the calm and peace I get when I crochet. My problem is that I am at a loss of what to crochet. I started a blanket a while back but do not like how it is coming along and am a little stumped with what to do with it. I've been collecting patterns - I recently purchased this book with some birthday money, and this e-book on a whim one Friday night - but can still not decide what to make...

But all is not lost because instead of crocheting, I have been gardening.

This past weekend was a holiday weekend, with an extra day off work, so I was able to focus a little creative energy on the garden. The girls and I planted pots for on the deck and I planted all my herbs. There is nothing like fresh herbs right outside the back door, and I look forward to using them all summer long.
I also mulched the front garden and planted three yellow begonias. Our front garden is fairly low maintenance, but after a few years more mulch was definitely needed. I'm telling you, putting down mulch under some well established and large plants is not easy (maybe a little torturous) and my legs are still in agony today, four days later. (Let's not talk about what that may indicate about my physical stamina, okay?).
Never the less, the front garden looks amazing and the flowers and green herbs on the deck make me smile each time I look out the kitchen window. Next on the list is the vegetable garden which we should get planted this week....

I'm also determined to get a little crochet project going,  a little something small, just to get back into it....

A week with some gardening and crochet in the mix, should be a good one...

Monday, 22 May 2017

21/52

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

Hanging out in the backyard making soup - with water, leaves, grass, maple keys, birdseed and flower petals. Using what is around to make a fun game for yourselves - an everyday activity for you girls.

Inspired by The 52 Week Project at Practicing Simplicity. 

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

20/52

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

My two little Star Wars fans! (and Daddy could not be prouder)

While waiting in line to board the cable car in San Fransisco we spotted a display in the window of the Gap showcasing their latest collection, a celebration of the 40th anniversary of Star Wars. Of course, t-shirts needed to be purchased...there was really no question about it...you two are such huge fans....

Inspired by The 52 Week Project at Practicing Simplicity.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Taking Stock

Hello Friends. It's been a while, I know.

We were on holidays in San Francisco for a week (I shared some photos in my 52 Weeks Post) and had the most amazing time, one of our best vacations ever. We've been home for two weeks now and I am not too sure where the time has gone. Anyways, I hope to be back to posting more regularly again, to sharing some creative things with you. In the meantime, I thought I'd take stock....

Making: crochet pineapples, I'm not exactly sure why
Cooking: plant based meals
Drinking: water
Reading: At Home in the World
Looking: at photos from our vacation
Deciding: which herbs to plant in the garden
Hoping: it is warm on the weekend so I can wear a dress for Mother's Day
Enjoying: my decluttered house
Waiting: for too many things
Liking: the evening light
Loving: the scrapbooks the girls made of our trip
Pondering: what to do with the cards I made that are sitting in the cupboard
Listening: to podcasts - so many - and learning so much
Considering: another wardrobe purge
Buying: shoes for the girls
Browsing: my crochet book collection  
Wishing: for a night out alone with Steve
Wondering: what to do with the crochet blanket I started, but don't like
Marveling: at the swan I see every morning on my drive to work
Cringing: at the amount of yard work that needs to be done
Needing: a good conversation
Smelling: my blackberry candle burning on the kitchen counter
Wearing: leggings, always
Noticing: that my weekends are not very restful
Knowing: that there are some things I just do not want to do anymore
Prioritizing: healthy eating, though it is a lot of work
Sorting: through my forsaken scrapbooking supplies
Thinking: about what to bring to our Mother's Day BBQ
Getting: excited about another Loft Box season
Celebrating: the continued survival of all my houseplants
Disliking: how expensive life is
Opening: the windows, every chance I can
Feeling: a little anxious
Hearing: the bus drive by
Embracing: stolen moments to myself

(writing prompts courtesy of Pip)

Sunday, 7 May 2017

19/52

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

Bridget: big smiles and a little stretching before running in the 3 kilometer Mud Puppy Chase...

Claire: the most enthusiastic baker

Inspired by The 52 Week Project at Practicing Simplicity.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

18/52

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

Bridget: "I want to enjoy everything in my life."

Claire: Sitting in bed, crocheting, and listening to Miranda Lambert....

Inspired by The 52 Week Project at Practicing Simplicity.

Friday, 28 April 2017

17/52

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

Sailing around the Bay and under the Golden Gate Bridge...

Dipping our toes into the freezing cold Pacific Ocean....

Biking across the Golden Gate Bridge....

And riding the historic cable car....

Just a few of the wonderful memories from our week in San Fransisco.

Of course, as you girls would say, the best thing was being together as a family...and you would be right...

Inspired by The 52 Week Project at Practicing Simplicity.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

16/52

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

Welcome to San Fransisco!

On a clear and sunny day we landed in San Fransisco for our family holiday. First stop, the iconic Golden Gate Bridge...and then off to explore the city and make some wonderful memories together.

Inspired by The 52 Week Project at Practicing Simplicity.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

A Snail in a Pear

My latest amigurumi creation: a little snail and her pear home.

This was a lot of fun to make and my girls just love it; there is something about little containers and hiding things inside that these girls of mine just love.

Just like my bumble bee, the pattern for the snail and the pear can be found in the book Amigurumi Two: Crocheted Toys for Me and You and Baby Too.

Happy Tuesday!

Sunday, 9 April 2017

15/52

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

Another collection of photos this week; it's too hard to pick just one.

It definitely feels like spring. We spent as much time as we could outside today....riding bikes, walking around the neighborhood, jumping off the porch, and feeling the warmer breeze on our faces. These early spring days are so full of anticipation, they are almost magical.

Inspired by The 52 Week Project at Practicing Simplicity.

P.S. Thanks again to my wonderful photographer husband for taking these amazing pictures..this time with his new lens...

Thursday, 6 April 2017

The Maybelle Blanket

This blanket happened quite by accident.

I was camped out in my "crochet corner" on the sofa and quite happily began making flowers using the leftover yarn ends from my Cozy Stripe Blanket. I had a vague idea to make a bunting, but soon realized that I had enough yarn to make a blanket - a stash-busting blanket of sorts if you don't count the cream and tan yarns that I needed to buy in order to make the flowers into squares and to join everything together. And so I made my Maybelle blanket. I hadn't intended to, in fact I had yarn all lined up for another blanket project, but this one just sort of happened and luckily so....

As I recovered from my surgery, and as I worked through a little setback that filled me to the brim with anxiety, I crocheted this blanket. There are tears and healing in the stitches; this blanket represents my journey, in a way, to the place I am now - a happy place, a healthy place....

The patterns for all parts of the blanket - the flowers, turning the flowers into squares, joining the squares, and the border - can be found at the beautifully inspiring blog My Rose Valley.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Charlotte the Bumble Bee

Yes, I made a crochet bumble bee and named her Charlotte.
Sometimes I wonder if I should get out a bit more, but there is something so incredibly satisfying about curling up on the couch in my pajamas and crocheting another amigurumi friend. I love it so much and it just makes me so happy....

The pattern for this bee can be found in the book Amigurumi Two: Crocheted Toys for Me and You and Baby Too.

Happy Tuesday!