Monday 29 May 2017


"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


"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


"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 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


"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


"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.