Monday, February 28, 2011

Hurry Up and Slow Down

One of my favourite places to visit in Blogland is the Pleated Poppy.

One little visit over there and and you'll know why!
She's talented and witty!
Hop on over, you'll be glad you did!

When her recent post appeared in my blog sidebar and was entitled how did this happen?!
I immediately thought DIY project gone wrong?
Then my mind turned to a big mess made by a little person?
Then, I clicked on the link...and found this picture...
photo credit: Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy
It struck me right away.
I'm always asking my kids who gave them permission to grow up.
Who said you could have another birthday?
Who said you could go to Kindergarten?
Who said you could have sleepovers and not miss your mom?

It reminded me of this photo I took last Christmas...
See the little itty-bitty skates...second from the left?
Kieran wore those...
Elle wore those...
And Ava wore those...
Yes, all in the past tense!

How did this happen?
I have no answer!

Although there is something very emotional about my kids growing up...there's also something very rewarding and heartwarming.

I love seeing the kind of person they're becoming and watching as their personalities evolve.
I'm in awe as I watch them figure things they approach different situations...setting goals and dreams for themselves...learning from their mistakes...and living.

I l.o.v.e. watching how they live.

Here's to growing out of skates...
To moving to the next grade...
To independence...
To interdependence...
To celebrating to small things...

Here's to remembering to hurry up and slow down.


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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I'm Celebrating!

Today's a BIG day for me over here in my little piece of the blogosphere!
I've reach 60 followers...yippeeee!
It wasn't too long ago that I was thrilled when I reached 20...then 30...and now 60!
It flatters me that to think that 60 people enjoy what I write enough to keep coming back.

So, I'm celebrating.
I'm celebrating by placing my blog in the Blog Guidebook listing.
~click on the picture to visit their bee-utiful blog~
This fun little blog lists other blogs by category.
They post tips for improving your blog.
Tips for utilizing all the Blogger tools.
And...the listings will give you a list of reading materials for days weeks to come!
I think their tag-line sums it up beautifully...for all things bloggy!
So, why not head on over and check them out?
You'll be happy you did!
I promise!


Monday, February 21, 2011

Always Kiss Me Goodnight

A few weeks back I wrote a post about my sweet decor.
 Little additions to our little home for happy {heart} day.
I linked that post up to the partay over at Lil' Luna's and I was tickled to find out that my plate was the most viewed link that week.

Kristyn {Lil' Luna herself!} suggested I show you how it's done.

So, here goes...
You'll need a plate, some Staz-On ink, stamps, fabric and your hot glue gun.
 Number One...Decide on a message to send.
In the original post, I chose listen with your heart as a reminder that if you listen only with your ears, you'll only get part of the message.
If you listen with your're listening for meaning and feeling.

For this post, I've chosen a wee little saying that says something powerful.
Always kiss me goodnight.
It's about unconditional love, right?
So, even if I've been a turkey, or teased my sister, or have acted like a whirling dervish...I deserve a kiss goodnight.

Number 2...Choose your plate and stamps.
I chose a plate I've had for as long as I can remember and some stamps I picked up at Dollarama.

Number 3...stamp.
 Number 4...make a rosette.
In the original post, I made a heart out of the technique you can find here.

For this project, I decided on a rosette made from silk scraps I had in my fabric bin.
Here's a little refresher on how they're made...
Cut a circle and a strip of fabric.
Glue the strip to the centre of the fabric.
Wrap, twist and glue.

Attach the ribbon and the rosette and hang.
A welcomed little addition to Ava's space.

I'm linking up...

Sunday, February 13, 2011

happy {heart} day

Happy {heart} day arrives in t minus 1.5 hours.
We're ready to go!

The girls decided to tell their classmates that they 'rock'.
You'll need paper, stamps, an ink-pad and some goody bags.
Cut and fold the paper to match the size of your goody bags.
Stamp your message, fill your bags and staple together.
 Kieran on the other hand wasn't quite in the spirit. 
I won't tell you what message he wanted to send...but I will say it would have involved a bag-full of sour soothers and a sassy lil' note.
He thought he was being funny.
I didn't see the humour!
He'll be taking prepackaged hugs 'n kisses...and NO sassy lil' note.

Their teacher's will receive a little lovin' too.
Aero bars with customized packaging...
You can find a tutorial for the wrappers  here...
Joel will receive the special gift that I made here ~ a fun way to reminisce about times gone by!

Here's wishing you a sweet happy {heart} day.

I'm linking to these fun parties...

Sunday, February 6, 2011

I've Been Awarded...

This morning I awoke to fantastic news.

I have been awarded the Stylish Blogger Award.
Little ol' me, on my little ol' blog.
You can bet I was tickled, flattered and maybe even a little giddy!
I love, that someone else loves my little piece of the blogosphere!

Kait over at Mrs. DIY and the Tennis Guy {how cute is that name?!} found my little blog worthy!
Thanks Kait ~I'm really, truly flattered!

So here we go...7 things about myself...

#1 -I am teacher. I teach grade 5 and French as a second language. I am passionate about my job...I am honoured to be a teacher. I am thankful that parent entrust their kiddos to me each and everyday. I take it seriously, but we have fun. We push each-other to take risks and we celebrate small successes. I think everyone should teach through the 7 Habits {you know...the Covey family?}. Who doesn't want their children to be proactive; begin with the end in mind; put first things first? And those are only the first three habits!

#2 - I was married when I was 20 and I remember thinking...if ONE more person tells me I'm a little young to be getting married...
Well, we've been married now for 16 years...together for 19. Take that you nay-sayers!

#3 - I decorate cakes and cupcakes...I love looking at pictures and trying to emulate what I see. Sometimes I'm successful, sometimes not so much! My favourite part of creating cakes? Watching people's reaction when they see the finished product...oh, and...I don't even like cake.

#4 - If I could, I would stop at Starbucks every morning. Yup...I {heart} Starbucks! But, I hear they're coming out with a Trente size...even bigger than the Venti {which is already a monstrocity!} With that large of a cup, I may only have to stop once a week!

#5 - I once said, "I will never run. Never. Did you hear me? N.E.V.E.R.
To date I've completed a bunch of 5 km races and my first ever 10 k race in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Lesson learned - never say never!
#6 - I am a mom to three beautiful little beings. They could not be more different from one another. I love them deeply and they drive me crazy...all in the same day, sometimes within the hour! But really, what's not to love?
#7 - If I were a child today, I'd undoubtedly be diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder...and I'm not kidding! I have to have 23 things going on at one time and bounce amongst all 23. It's just how I roll. Multitasking? Maybe! A.D.D...undeniably.

Now on to the good part...awarding the Stylish Blogger Award to eight deserving bloggers.
1. Restlessrisa - Not only did she just have the most precious little baby...but she has babushka doll patterns and she creates the sweetest printables.
2 - Attempting Aloha - If it isn't enough that Ashley lives in Hawaii, and by visiting her blog, you also get to visit Hawaii...then her crafting skills will hook you in. Good stuff over here people, good stuff!
3 - Social Salutations - The author of Social Salutations is Jennifer and she made the best anthroesque necklace from a bracelet. Oh, and check out her etsy shop ~ it's full of rosettes...a girl after my own heart!
4 - Krazy Crafty Lady - Meet Christine. She had me with her Valentine's Pennant...then I saw what she did with her Dollar Store pillow!
5 - David, Courtney & Camryn - The first thing you'll notice when you head on over, is the gorgeous little girl in the header photo! Then she'll introduce you to nifty turquoise and you'll be hooked!
6 - Cupcakes, Kisses and Crumbs - She shares the C.U.T.E.S.T. Cowboy Party - she's the real deal - she even put straw in one corner of her house!
7 - My Salvaged Treasures - Betsy created She's got a real eye for vintage!
8 -  Boyers at Home - You have to check out her kitchen redo..stunning!

It's my pleasure to pass this award along...Congratulations gals!
Please follow these rules to accept this award...

1)  Thank and link back to the blogger who
awarded you with the award.
2)  Share 7 Things about yourself.
3)  Award 8 recently discovered great bloggers.
4)  Contact the bloggers and inform them of  the award.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Pinpointing my Style

Where decorating is concerned...I'm kind of...unsettled; indecisive; always changing.

Sometimes I think too rustic and my rooms seem drab.
Other times there's not enough personality, not enough sentimentality.
I waffle back and forth...
It's all part of the fun!

Recently, I started adding more whites, more blues, more softness.
I painted antique furniture {much to my husband's dismay} white, robin's egg blue...anything to lighten it up. 

I roughed-up the edges for that time-worn feeling.
I white-washed items to bring them to life.

Now that our little bungalow has been brightened up a little...I'm thinking it's time to combine soft textures and colours with some rustic, time-warn pieces

I took this opportunity to pretty-up a much-neglected corner of our main bathroom.
I brought in a barnwood frame, built by my husband, from my mom and dad's old barn.
We found the white ironstone pitcher in my parents' field...just laying there waiting to be discovered! Waiting to be cleaned-up and repurposed.
The jars were just hanging around.

 I made this wreath using the ole cut-circle-fold-glue technique that you can read about here.
And...apparently I was a little too generous with the warming feature on the editing program! Our walls are white, not yellow!

I l.o.v.e. the contrast of the pretty with the rustic.

To recap...
I've gone from decorating rustic-style...
To painting everything in sight...
To celebrating the same time!

To do the math...
Bright + rustic + a touch of sentimentality = my current decorating style.

Thanks for stopping by!

Pretty Wreath Tutorial

Here's a quick and easy tutorial on making a beautifully, simple wreath.

1. Choose a fabric.
I used Dupioni silk - only because it was 70% off at Fabricland...and because it's pretty!

2. Cut the fabric into circles.

3. Fold and glue.
First in half.
Then fold one third of the fabric, towards the front.
Then fold the other third behind.
Apply hot-glue.
4. Glue onto your wreath form.
I used an embroidery hoop.

 That's it!

You can see the little vignette where my wreath

Thanks for the visit!

I'm linking up to some fun parties!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

U.R. HOT! funny story.
Waaaay back when I was...ahem...16...and Joel and I first started dating...I was over.the.moon.!

So over.the.moon. that I swooned...and swooned...and yes...swooned some more!
I shared, with my best friend, how giddy I was...and it went something like this;
"He's SOOOOOOOO cute...and soooooo hot and he likes me. ME? ME!!"
{Insert 16-year-old squeal here.}

Fast forward 5 years to our wedding reception.
My sister comes to the podium, to welcome Joel into our family. 
And what does she say?
You are not going to believe this...
She shared that story! With all 320+ guests.
If I hadn't been so giddy {yes, I was still giddy 5 years later!} I might have been embarrased!
Instead, I just hard...I nearly cried.
I probably was a little red in the face!
I'll just say this...I definitely wasn't the only one laughing!

To celebrate our 19 year-young-love...I made this for my hubby for Valentine's Day.
I'm going to leave it on the dash of his truck...
The process was as straight-forward as it looks!
1. Punch a tag.
2. Stamp the Message.
3. Fill the bag with goodies.
{If you're thinking...that's a BIG box but a small's 'cause I ate the rest!}
4. Tie with a ribbon.
5. And...voila!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

He Got Pinked {and I'm so proud of him}

I want to introduce you to a little girl named Cali.
Only...I don't know much about Cali.

Only...that she had cancer when she was little.
Only...that her family is amazing.
Only...that they've rallied the community.
Only...that they are making a difference.
Only...that they are allowing my son to make a difference.
Only...that because of people like her...cancer will one day be beat.

You can learn more about Cali here.
You can also learn about the St. Valentine's Day Hair Massacure.
You've met my son Kieran

This is him all pinked.
Sorry the picture is so tiny:)

He's shaving his head to raise money for Cancer research and I am super proud of him.

In a week and a half he will be shaved.
He will feel what it's like to be bald.
Truly, we have no idea what having cancer is really like.
This is a small thing we can do to help. To be empahtetic. To support.

If it's close to your heart, you can visit this link to make a pledge.
But really, I just want everyone to know how proud I am of him.