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A Tiny Stuffed Snowman

stuffed snowman ornament This year for our tree, we are using only handmade ornaments. The kids have loved working on all kinds of different ornaments. Our oldest made this snowman. This little guy is full of fantastic details, a pointy 3d nose, a separate thumb on his mitten hand. Such wonderful detail and all on a snowman that’s only about an inch tall. I’m so proud of my kids and I love that they have such creative imaginations. It just really hit me today that we only have 3 days until we leave on a trip to visit some family for the next couple of weeks. I have tons to do, and am just hoping that it all gets done. I am looking forward to being able to relax a little bit though. I also wanted to let you know that after a few inquiries about how I made my vintage button heart, I made a tutorial here. Hope you guys have lots of fun making them. Have a fantastic day, I better get back to the laundry and packing.

gifts, home, kid's art • Thursday, December 3rd, 2009 • 10 Comments »

Stockings

knit stockingsUp until last year, we all had a hodge podge of stockings. I really wanted our whole family to have handmade stockings, and I wanted the kids to have a part in making them. I purchased one of those little knitting looms and found some directions and we all pitched in and made these stockings. I was thrilled with how they turned out and the kids loved taking turns working the rounds. It was so much fun making them and I just love the look. They make me think of Little House on the Prairie, which just makes me smile.

family, home • Tuesday, December 1st, 2009 • 15 Comments »

Vintage Button Heart

button heartI have quite a few vintage buttons all tucked away in several tins and bags. I love going through them and my kiddos love it too, especially the babe. She picks one up and turns it around and then puts it down again. She’ll do this several times until she gets so excited that small chubby handfuls start to fly. As much fun as it is to go through the tins, it’s a shame that they can’t been seen and enjoyed everyday, which led me to try to come up with ways to display them. We separated the white buttons out and strung them on some wire. After we had the right amount I shaped it into heart and attached a crochet chain to hang it from. We are very slowly making progress on decorating the girl’s room and now this little heart hangs from her dresser mirror. I think we will definitely be making some other button decorations in all sorts of fun colours. Edited to add: Due to some inquiries as to how I made my vintage button heart, I have now made a tutorial here. Enjoy! I’d love to see any that you make.

crochet, gifts, home • Saturday, November 28th, 2009 • 14 Comments »

Being Grateful

longhorn cowToday I am grateful for my family, my beautiful children, my fantastic husband, the fact that we have friends and family who love us. I am grateful that we have a roof over our heads, and warm clothes on our bodies. I am thankful that we are able to educate our own children and that we have that extra time in the day to be close. I am grateful for little bodies nestled close while sleeping, and for big hugs and high fives. I am grateful for the fact that my children have tremendous amounts of creativity and imagination, even if it does get them into trouble sometimes. I am thankful that nursing still comforts the babe when she is tired, or hungry, or just needs extra snuggles. I am thankful that, though they have their moments, my children all love each other. I am thankful that God has given us life and love. Have a wonderful weekend of being grateful.

family, home, nature • Thursday, November 26th, 2009 • 4 Comments »

Monogrammed Stone Coasters

monogrammed tile coastersI love giving handmade gifts whenever I can, though sometimes if I don’t have much time, this can cause a bit of an issue. We recently decided to take a quick trip to see some family before Christmas. This means I need quite a few gifts quickly, and I wanted it to be something I was excited about. I was really excited when my new friend from the book signing shared a tutorial for her monogrammed stone coasters. I love these, they are classy, personalized, homemade, and inexpensive. Who wouldn’t love getting their own set of personalized stone coasters? Here is the tutorial for the coasters, I do hope you’ll make some if you need a quick, easy, and gorgeous gift for someone else, or yourself. They are superb, and would also be great for a wedding gift, housewarming gift, or just about any other occasion you can think of. Thanks for such a great tutorial Domestic Notebook.

gifts, home • Monday, November 23rd, 2009 • 12 Comments »

Scones and Memories

sconeWhat do you do when you and the babe aren’t feeling quite up to par? When the big kids are climbing the walls and you really don’t want to send them back out to the mud pit that used to be your yard? Why, you ask your five year old if she wants to help you make some scones. Then what do you do when you can’t find your trusty scone recipe? You find a new one and hope it works out. What do you do when the new recipe is a complete flop? You slather it with extra jam and cream and eat them anyway. Then what? Well, you send the kids back out into the mud, after all that’s what is really important, right? Full bellies, play exhausted kids and happy memories.

family, food, home • Friday, November 20th, 2009 • 8 Comments »

Tawashi

tawashi Most of yesterday was spent struggling with a migraine that just wouldn’t go away. By the time the kid’s bedtime came, I was really desperate for some quiet. After getting the babe to sleep, I curled up on the chair with a cup of tea and some cotton yarn and a hook. I have seen different versions of tawashi (Japanese scrubbies) all around the internet lately. They are so cute, and best of all, practical. Washing the dishes is part of every day, so why not do it with something cute. This is the tawashi pattern I used for these. They are really simple, and I was able to make two of them really quickly. There are lots of other patterns and variations out there, and I am looking forward to trying out some other types as well. These work up really quickly, and you can make them out of small amounts of yarn, so perfect for using up scraps. With Christmas around the corner, these would make fantastic stocking stuffers as well. Who doesn’t need to wash dishes? They could also be used instead of washcloths for the little ones provided that you use a soft yarn. There are so many uses and they can just be tossed into the wash when they need to be cleaned. Sounds like a win-win to me. I know that I will be working on quite a few of these in the next few weeks, aren’t they great?

crochet, green, home • Thursday, November 19th, 2009 • 17 Comments »

A Winter Wreath

autumn wreathI’m not normally a wreath person, but I had seen several pictures lately of wreaths made with pinecones and other nuts that I just loved the look of. This past Saturday I was in our local thrift store looking for a few items and as soon as I walked in the door, this beauty was sitting on the table right inside. Someone had taken the time to individually wire all of the pinecones, chestnuts, walnuts and many other gorgeous brown items to a frame. It is absolutely beautiful and they were practically giving it away at $1. I really love that it’s not Christmassy as it can be displayed all through the autumn and winter. It always make me a little sad when I see things that were so lovingly made go for such a small sum. On the other hand, I am thankful that it wasn’t just tossed out, and now my family can give it a new life where it will be much loved and appreciated.

home, nature, thrift store finds • Monday, November 16th, 2009 • 15 Comments »

New Things in My Kitchen

artdesk.jpg My mom recently gave us this beautiful child size desk. It now has a home in the corner of our kitchen, as our art desk. On top are coloured pencils, glue, rulers, scissors, erasers, and little folded paper books. We also have our Usborne Spotter’s Guides for quick reference and our nature bowl, which from this angle looks empty, but it’s full of rocks and dried flowers and a couple of acorns. artdesktopdrawers.jpg The top drawers are filled with different sizes of papers and the bottom drawer, which came with a metal divider, is filled with bits of string, yarn, fabric and sparkly papers. There are also some crayons and cardboard tubes for crafting. art desk bottom drawer.jpg I deliberately kept it pretty empty so that it is easy to get to all of the materials, and hopefully it won’t get too messy. Next up is my new farmhouse kitchen table. The photos don’t do the desk and table justice as the lighting in our house is really bad. Since we have lived in this house we have been eating around a small built in table. It has always been tight squeezing all of our family around it, but with the addition of the babe, it just wasn’t working anymore. We were so cramped that I ended up with food from the babe’s fingers all over my sleeve and sometimes in my hair. Needless to say, we needed a better solution. farmhousetable We’ve been keeping an eye out for a good table and we hit the jackpot when we were at our local thrift store last week. The same day that we found the stool, we found this table. It is almost six feet long and exactly what I was looking for. It was scratched up and one of the legs was loose, but with a fresh coat of paint and some tightening of the legs, we now have a super sturdy, beautiful kitchen table. The best part is that it cost $20, and I can’t tell you how fantastic it is for the six of us to sit around a table and have room not only to eat without chewing on someone else’s elbows, but there’s even enough room to put extra food on the table. This past weekend, Hubby ripped out the table and painted the walls and tore out some cabinets that cut the room in half. It is so much better now, much more open and the whole space feels so much better, and brighter. I forgot to take pictures of the cupboards that he took out, but I did snap a picture of the wallpaper that was covering the whole kitchen. Let me just say that I am so very glad the walls are now a beautiful shade of antique white instead of this. bluestrawberries Hope you all have a great day.

family, home, kid's art, thrift store finds • Thursday, November 12th, 2009 • 19 Comments »

Pears, Lots of Pears

babypearsWell, I should have known that things always take longer than expected with four little ones under foot. The kitchen is still in chaos, which unfortunately is seeping into the living room. Oh the joys of demolition and painting. It is so worth it though. It’s not by any means a full makeover, there are still plenty of things left to do, but two major things were taken care of and it has made a huge difference. I’m really hoping to have some decent pictures tomorrow, unless of course, life gets in the way. Onto the pears, there was a slight miscommunication the other day when Hubby went to the store. When I write out grocery lists, I usually write the sale price next to the item so that I can make sure they’re charging the right price (which all too often doesn’t happen). Anyway, next to pears, I had written $10 for 10lbs, which is a good price around here. Hubby thought I meant to get 10 pounds. Oops. Not really a problem though as my kiddos descend on fruit like locusts. As soon as they ripen up a tad, I have the most delicious pear custard pie recipe to share with you. I can hardly wait myself, as it is a favourite around here. Back to the grindstone, hope everyone is having a great day.

food, home • Wednesday, November 11th, 2009 • 17 Comments »