Saturday, April 30, 2011

Pulling Things Out Of a Hat

I remembered the night before Easter that I should probably have an Easter basket for Ryan, Isabel's neighbourhood buddy (he calls her his sister)

I had to rummage through the candy bin (which, thank goodness, is quite well stocked) and then through my craft cupboard for all the other non-edible treats. And something to put it all in.

So, ta-da


Total cost? $0

The Peep Rabbit and basket are two of the many tutorials that have been printed out a while ago - I have 2 huge binders full of these...the heart is willing, but the free time and motivation are lacking!

I liked the basket so much that I pulled out my rusty math skills (pi = 3.142!! I can't believe I used to be good at math) and made a bigger one to contain her clean cloth diapers that always, for some reason or other, seem to settle itself on the chair in my bedroom


Ahhh...much better.


I've always been a freak about organization

As is my daughter:


Tuesday, April 19, 2011


We try and go down to the beach as often as we can - and hopefully, the weather will warm up soon so we won't have to huddle together in our big coats, teeth chattering away


She doesn't quite like sand on her feet. In fact, she refused to move to prevent more sand from going into her slippers


But we enjoyed ourselves -- good thing I brought a blanket to lay on - I just need to make a big blanket now that can be used for picnics out on the grass or by the beach


Also tried to make a sandcastle -- my city roots are showing - I don't make good sandcastles.


I have all summer to perfect my technique, I suppose.

Monday, April 18, 2011


I'm feeling somewhat sentimental tonight - so pardon me as I spew my thoughts while they are still here, to remind myself that the whole relationship was not a mistake.
There are times where I miss him. The person I fell in love with - that person was kind, thoughtful, sweet, faithful, loving, he definitely did not lie, and most importantly, he made the effort. To show me that I'm a priority. That I'm not the very last on the list. Because isn't that what a relationship is about? To someone, you're important. To someone, you matter. Without that, it's not a relationship. Not a good one, at least. Not an meaningful one.

I mourn the lost of him. Now and then, I'll catch a glimpse of the old him. And little reminders like that are nice - because it lets me know that I didn't make a mistake from the get-go. That there is still a little bit of soul left in him. That I didn't marry a weak cheating coward who doesn't stand up for either woman - and that lessens the disappointment.
Does that make me think that things will be different? As I sit alone night after night after night, for a period of ten months - the answer to that is a big honking NO! I'm a faster learner than that!

However, I'm scared as heck to have to start over. But you know what? It's going to happen, regardless of how I feel. Life goes on. The sun will keep shining. The birds will keep singing (I'm pretty sure there's a song here somewhere) And I will trudge along. It's not easy - but it does get easier. Thank God for that.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

My New White Picket Fence Dream

This is what happened to my current white picket fence, literally and figuratively.

I think it is ironically humorous.But then again, I'm taking conscious effort to see the silver lining in every situation. I'd rather laugh than cry. Plus, crying makes my head hurt. It's partly vanity speaking.

So, my marriage crumbled, my house is falling apart. Got it.

What's a girl to do now, if she's not going to waste any more time crying?

Look for a new dream.

picture from

I want a small little cottage - perfect for 2 girly girls.

It'll be mostly white, but perhaps I'll paint my kitchen cabinets a pale pale blue?

picture from here

My furniture will be mostly cottagy, shabby-chicy stuff...stuff from thrift stores and such, because it'll fit my single mom budget, and because it'll be different


And I'll definitely, definitely, well...hopefully...have a room for dress up. For both Isabel and I. Because what are girly girl houses for without a good dress-up area?

picture from Domino magazine

There'll be flowers everywhere - hopefully snipped from my garden. That will be hopefully dog-poop free. And I'll hopefully magically cure my black thumb-ness.

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Let me know if you see a listing somewhere that fits the bill

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Another pattern from the "Making Children's Clothes" by Emma Hardy


My first pair of pants for her, using the unbleached cotton fabric from IKEA (I seem to have a ton of that)The fabric is pretty thin so it shouldn't bog her down too much when the weather finally decides to warm up. I don't know why I haven't made pants before -- they are pretty simple to make (meaning - quick) and it's quite fun to put little pops of color using fabric scraps (which I also seem to have a ton of)

Pardon her appearance - she just woke up from her nap
I think I'm going to wait to see how these hold up first before going crazy on them - I've double stitched the bum area that will hopefully prevent any embarrassing moments - who knows how much roughhousing goes on at daycare!


Sunday, April 10, 2011


I went upstairs after putting in a load of laundry in...this is what greeted me when I walked into Isabel's room


Apparently I almost missed story time


She even has her "teacher pose" perfected


You know, to prevent any unwanted flashing. Although since she's really not wearing any pants...I'm not sure if that goal was really achieved.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Petal Top


Something that I made awhile ago from "Making Children's Clothes" by Emma Hardy


The petal top in 3T so that it should fit Isabel perfectly for fall. Because apples = fall. 


But that doesn't mean I won't try and put my kid in it during Spring.

I have to say, there's something so satisfying when your kid is excited to wear something that you made. After putting it on this morning, Isabel said "Momma take picture!"


So we did.


Sunday, April 03, 2011

I Have A Problem


I have all these sewing books that I just HAD to have


But I have yet to make a SINGLE things out of them...

At least they are pretty to look at...*shrug*

But with one of my best friends having a baby soon, I have grand plans of sewing a whole bunch of stuff for her baby. So hoping that these books will be well-used.

But first, I promised Izzy that I'll make a dress for her doll.


So today, we sat down and planned for the outfit. Poor dolly was stripped, fabric was compared, and the pattern was chosen.

This is serious business 

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Izzy Longstockings

I have an idea for her Halloween costume this year...


Izzy Longstockings!! With some red and white striped socks, she's good to go!


Friday, April 01, 2011

Friday Night Recoup

My job has been something else these days. Although I love it. Somewhat. Not all the time.

Regardless, it's Friday night.

The kid is in bed. I've finished mopping the house. The laundry is in the wash. The dishes are in the dishwasher. The dog is...somewhere and the house is quiet.

And now is time for me to relax.

And I found help me. Good thing I cleaned out the freezer this evening and refilled the ice cube tray. ;p


Add something from my Netflix queue


And this delightful, frilly, completely girly set up


And presto!

It's destress time!

(Classic movie night selection will come back soon enough -- right now, I need something laugh out loud funny)

Dora, Dora

I have been trying to get Isabel on a better teeth brushing regime -- we got a My Little Pony toothpaste, and a brand new Dora the Explorer toothbrush. She doesn't watch any of those shows. But she seems to like them enough...

She's singing the Dora theme song....well, the song the way she interprets it