Coffee & Tea Bar & Dining Room Tour

We have a corner in our dining room that has held the kids’ toy kitchen.  The kids love to play with the toys, but we found they often took them out of the dining room and into the living room to play.  Is it because our dining room floor usually has a layer of shredded cheese and cheerio crumbs? Probably.  We decided to move the toys into the living room and to create a coffee and tea bar in our dining room.

I found the perfect buffet / sideboard on craigslist that had a beautiful, dark wood finish but upon closer inspection was desperately in need of refinishing or painting.  Our woodwork in our living room and dining room is all quite dark so I opted to paint it and I love how it turned out.  Moving our espresso machine and tea kettle along with all the mugs and accessories freed up a lot of our counter and cupboard space and it it feels so good to have some empty space in the kitchen.

Also, can I take a moment to acknowledge and enjoy the sunshine outside the windows in these photos!  It hasn’t been a long winter, but it has been a very wet one and I’m thrilled to see the sun!

 

Hudson Bay Point Blanket Quilt

I have been wanting to make this quilt for a very long time.  I thought it would be a perfect fit for Will’s big kid room since I thought it was going to be a lot of work and I wanted it to last a long time.  I held off on making it since the task seemed too daunting until I got my new Bernina sewing machine last spring.  I tried making a pillow sham first and loved it, so for Christmas I decided to try the quilt.  It was much, MUCH more work than I thought it would be.  I have a new found respect for those who quilt on a regular basis.

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It took me about a month working on it off and on.  It was pretty simple to piece together and quilting in straight lines is a piece of cake compared to the designs and patterns that I’ve seen, but it was hard to work with something so big when it would slip off the table or get bunched up under my fairly small sewing machine.  Maybe I should go learn how to use this machine.

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Of course Felicity’s doll needed a matching quilt for her matching bed!

And what does Will think of his new quilt you may ask?

His exact words were:
“I don’t wike it mommy.  Let’s give it to somebody else.”  
Oh, three year olds!  In fact, it’s a bit of a miracle that it was on his bed this morning since all day yesterday he kept taking it off.

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Will is THREE!

It’s hard to believe that Will is now three.  He’s so fun, quirky and full of energy these days!  He also has a lot to say and for his birthday he told us (several times) that he wanted a birthday cake with airplanes on it and friends to come play in his backyard.

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I made a runway to put on the table, but it may have been overcrowded with the food!  It’s now in Will’s room and he’s been using it to play, so I guess it wasn’t a loss!
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The cake topper and clouds on the straws were ideas found on pinterest.  It’s amazing the things you can find if you search for “Airplane Birthday Party.”Will is 3! - 07 Will is 3! - 08

We played pin the propeller on the airplane but Will refused to play by the rules and wear the blindfold.  🙂
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Eating birthday cake is all business apparently.

On Sunday Will’s got to go to the air show with his daddy and both of his grandpa’s.  Will LOVED seeing the airplanes and now all his airplanes are “angels” and he runs around the house making jet engine sounds.  So far three is an incredible age.  🙂

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And finally, on the day of his birthday I picked up a few cinnamon buns from (our favourite) The Newberg Bakery and we had our traditional Happy Birthday “cake.”Will is 3! - 12Will is 3! - 13

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I hope you enjoyed your birthday, sweet boy.  We adore you and can’t imagine life without you in it.

Family Photos

We don’t usually have family photos taken.  We’ve taken most of the photos of the kids ourselves but this summer we celebrated our fifth anniversary and also the summer we celebrate Felicity’s first and Will’s third birthdays, so it felt like a great time to capture our little family.  We LOVED our wedding photographer so we asked her if she’d do family photos when we were in California and were thrilled when she said yes.  Emily is so relaxed and calmly walked around with us through the Golden Gate Botanical Gardens in San Francisco.  She wasn’t worried about Will digging in the mud or the fact that Felicity clung to us with her thumb in her mouth.  We got photos of what our family is like now and that is exactly what I had hoped for.  I should also mention that the black and white photos are film.  I’m no photographer, but I loved hearing the sound of the shutter on her camera with each photo she took.

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House Tour: Master Bedroom / Office / Studio / Catch-All

I’ve been meaning to post more photos of our house as we continue to settle in.  I just finished reading “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” and we’ve been inspired to purge our space of the things we don’t need and it feels so good!  Our bedroom has been the catch-all space since we moved in because the kids are rarely up here.  It’s the attic of our 1920-something house that was converted into a bedroom, so it’s a unique space with two small windows and it gets pretty hot up here in the summertime.  We decided to make it our bedroom because it’s out of the way and we didn’t want the kids having to navigate the steep stairs as often.  At first I regretted that decision because I hated the space but now that we’ve settled in and figured out how to get the A/C up here, I LOVE it.  It might even be my favourite room in the house.  It’s cozy and comfortable and filled with a lot of the things I love including our books, my sewing machine and most-importantly, our bed!

We divided the room in half and made one side our bedroom and the other side the office/work space.

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The small door on the right is access to the rest of the attic space and is storage.  There is another door and more attic space behind our headboard too.  The stairs down to the main floor are also on the right.Master Bedroom - 05

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Master Bedroom - 09There are still things I’d love to do to this space.  Since the school owns it, we can’t paint it anything we want, but I’d love if the walls were a pale taupe or grey colour since so much of what we have is white.  Although the lighter the better since there isn’t a lot of natural light up here.  The three dressers and book shelves are all old things that I’ve painted and the desk is our old kitchen table from our last apartment.  A lot has been repurposed and I love that it fits so well.

Now I just have to take care of the pile of things to sell that are hiding behind the desk!

Felicity’s First Birthday

It’s hard to believe that we already have a 13-month old!  These photos are very long overdue, but what can I say?  We’ve been enjoying our summer!!

At the end of May Felicity turned ONE and we had a little brunch party in our back yard for her.  Grant’s brother and sister-in-law came to visit for Memorial Day weekend and it was so nice to have family in town to help us celebrate.

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It took Felicity a while to taste the cake, but once she did she loved it!  A few of the kids that came painted flower pots and planted them with flowers.IMG_6300 IMG_6303

On the day of her birthday, we made a “cake” out of cinnamon buns from the Newberg Bakery.  For Will we’ve always made donut cakes, but this was fitting since Felicity loves cinnamon buns but won’t touch donuts!  IMG_6330 IMG_6332 IMG_6338 IMG_6343 IMG_6352

We’ve loved watching Felicity grow this year and discovering her personality!  She is an incredibly cuddly baby and so very, very sweet (look at that smile!).  She is also passionate and opinionated and tough as can be. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Happy Birthday, sweet girl!

Tying a knot

I am a perfectionist.   I blame my mom for it and she blames my grandma.  (For the record, I wouldn’t have it any other way, love you mum!).  When we got married, I tied ribbon on each of the wedding invitations I made.  It took me a few tries to figure out the way to tie a knot so the ribbon was flat and the knot smooth.  I am also quite certain I am the only one who cared, and I am totally fine with that.

I started making these headbands for Felicity and was able to put my knot tying knowledge to good use.  Since the size is adjustable and the headbands are washable, I thought I’d share how I tie these knots.  I also included photos at the end on how to adjust the size without taking it completely apart!

First, match the two ends
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I used a book just to hold the fabric stable and make them a consistent size.  You don’t need to wrap it around anything in order to tie it, but it does make it a little easier.  A book is also easier than trying to tie it on our baby’s head since she is on the move these days.

Cross the left side over the right and fold it under
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Pull the ends into a cross shape.

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This step was hard to get a photo of.  You will tie a second knot by placing the end that is in your left hand over the one in your right hand.  The one in your right hand will stay put and the one in your left hand will fold under to form the knot.  Keeping the right side still is what keeps the knot nice and smooth.

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Grab the left end underneath the loop on the right with your right hand.  The ends will be in your opposite hands now.

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You can also adjust the headband without untying it.

First, loosen the top of the knot a little bit without untying it.

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Then, pull on the head band to re-tighten the knot.IMG_6112 IMG_6113

The knot may twist a little, but all you need to do is reshape the fabric ties.  And voi la!

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These headbands can be purchased < here >… and they do come tied.  *wink*

Etsy Shop Re-Opening

I am so excited to announce that my Etsy Shop has been re-opened!

I love having this little shop and I am so excited that I’ve been able to carve out the time and energy to start making things again!  Not only is this a way to earn a small income so I can continue to be a mostly-stay-at-home-mom, but it is so, so good for my soul to feed my creativity!

Here are photos of one of the items that is currently listed.  The link to the shop is on the right, or you can click < here >.  And best of all, this made for a great excuse to take a few more photos of our sweet girl on this beautiful afternoon.

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Baby Head Wrap made with Liberty of London Tana Lawn fabric

This fabric is beautiful!  It is so soft and smooth, it almost feels like silk, but it’s 100% cotton.  I loved the pattern when I first saw it and loved it again when I read the description of it and learned that it was inspired by Alice in Wonderland. “Inspired by Alice’s strange game of hedgehog croquet, this Liberty fabric has been created with hedgehog spikes in a loose formation. Fun and colourful this print is a small insight into the Wonderland Alice entered.”

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Be sure to check back as I continue to add new items in the coming weeks!

Pearl Shrug

This is one of my favourite baby knits.  I saved this pattern a long time ago and in 2012 decided to make it.  I knit the body and sleeves in one weekend and then it sat unfinished for two years in a ziplock bag, only needing to be stitched together.  It was a pretty quick knit overall and not nearly as complicated as I thought it would be by looking at the photos.  In the fall I finished it, just in time for Felicity to outgrow it.  I did manage to get a few photos of it on her back in October before it cut off the circulation in her cute little arms.  I guess it was just meant to be gifted to another little lady.

This is a vintage pattern that was reprinted in a book called Vintage Baby Knits.  I have the original pattern too which is from a book of knits for “rest and relaxation.”  The best part of the original pattern is that there is a matching shrug for mom.  Maybe one of these days I’ll knit Felicity and I matching sweaters that we can lounge around in.  Ha!

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Pattern: Pearl Shrug by Kristen Rengren
Yarn: Knit Picks Palette in white
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