Monday, December 31, 2007

Out with the old and in with the new

I love the feeling a New Year can bring. It's like a spring cleaning in a broader sense. I've made quite a few promises to myself, which mostly involve slowing things down and stopping to enjoy the little moments in life. They can pass so quickly if you're too distracted with the laundry piles or the dust under the couch. I'd rather leave the mess behind and enjoy what I have.

I count my blessings, they are abundant. I look around and can't believe these 2 little ones are ours. The end of a year causes me to reflect a little. And even through some of the challenges, I feel so lucky. This is a year of possibilites, endless adventures and a new beginning.

Happy New Year!

Friday, December 28, 2007

The Season of Sugar

Christmas has passed, but there are remnants of the holidays still floating around. I managed to bake a few goodies myself, but look at this assortment that was given to me by a little baking elf...

All baked and decorated by my little sister, Julie. We've been nibbling on them for days now and they taste as delicious as they are pretty. Thank you, Julie.

We actually managed to paint and semi-setup my new sewing room just in time to do some Christmas crafts. My niece Madeleine spent Christmas Eve morning with us and we decorated these dolls. I got the idea from here, and printed off the design from Kiddley's site.

They were so much fun, I even had Glen into it.

After that we made some tree ornaments. I had cut out dozens of felt Christmas trees, Snowmen and Gingerbread men but the kids were only interested in making one each. I am still not used to the attention spans of children under the age of 5. I think they turned out adorable and hopefully we've started a new tradition of making one each year.At the last minute, I decided to make Madeleine this little doll quilt. It was so much fun to finally make something pink and girlie. I'm working on another girlie project for my other little niece next. Stay tuned!

I hope everyone's holiday's were filled with family, friends, good food and sweet memories.

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

It's beginning to feel a lot like....

Winter! The snow has been coming down all day and I'm not really sure how we'll even make it out to work and school tomorrow. But it is so beautiful. It feels like winter should, although we're technically still in Fall, aren't we?

Christmas is only one week away. There are so many things to do and time is moving faster than fast, quicker than quick. No matter how chaotic things are though, the snow seems to slow us down. We spent the entire day indoors. We watched cartoons, baked a pumpkin cake, played games and lounged. I can hardly wait to do that for a whole week surrounding Christmas.

Amongst some of the Christmas stuff we've pulled out this year, I found these placemats I made a long time ago. I made them as a gift for Glen's Nana when I was still in University. I knew that out of anyone I knew, she would most appreciate placemats in the shape of ornaments. How right I was. She adored them and displayed them each and every year after that. She left us quite a while ago, and they made their way back to me when her apartment was cleared. This is the first year I've actually used them.

There are matching coasters as well, but for the time being they remain tucked away in a box.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Getting Inspired

So far, all of my posts have been related to food or family. But as I mentioned a little earlier, I'm venturing into some old but new creative territory. It seems only natural that it will find its way onto this blog, although my blog name does seem a little odd now. But onwards I go....

I have been gathering ideas and finding inspiration all over the place. I've added some amazing blogs to my sidebar which I visit regularly. I've also been flipping through old and new books that are really motivating me to start new projects.

We've decided to convert a spare bedroom into a studio of sorts. A creative den where I can lay out all of my stuff and be able to pick up and drop projects in between bathtime and stories or at any given moment. I am so excited! My sewing machine is coming out to see the light of day again. I suspect she might need a tune up. The room has been painted a fresh coat of paint and it already looks great. I'm trying to find the right desk, lighting and storage ideas for my threads, fabrics and books. It's exciting but I will have to be patient as Camden's birthday parties and all things Christmas have been consuming every spare second I have. With Christmas a week away, it's time to buckle down on wrapping gifts and baking too.

Hopefully by the new year, my room will be in working order and I will show you something exciting.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Turning Four

When else can you eat pizza on silly plastic plates with a side order of salt & vinegar chips? On your birthday, of course. Camden turned 4 this week and that's what we did. Just the 4 of us. We ate until we all felt a little sick, and then ate cake too.
James was happy to help Camden with the candles.

I can't believe 4 years have passed already. He has turned into such a charming, sensitive and funny little man. I thought I'd name off some random things that make him so special:

1. He is a deep thinker and makes interesting observations at the oddest times. You can really have a great conversation with him.

2. He is the farthest thing from shy and loves to have in-depth conversations with people in the park, stores or on the street.

3. When he smiles, his entire face lights up and you can't help but smile too.

4. He is always concerned about the well being and happiness of his loved ones.

5. He is generous with his hugs and compliments.

6. He loves to play with my hair, and asks for my permission each and every time.

7. Not only does he love to dress up as Peter Pan, but he also bears a striking resemblance, don't you think?
We are so proud of the little man he has become.