Sunday, December 30, 2012

The craftiest Christmas I ever crafted

I was inspired this year, thanks to Pinterest to do a lot more crafting than I have in past years. I usually manage to get a blanket or something quick and easy made for at least one child, but this year I went all out.

It all started with the Juggling Chickens for A...

Then Cupcake Pin cushions for the girls.

Well, of course the pin cushions needed sewing kits to accompany them.

I finally got around to finishing the PJ pants I've intended to sew for a few years now and they ended up being too small, so W inherited them.  No pattern.  I just laid a pair of my pants down and cut around them.

I made up some of these Sweet little birdies and M gave me a hand with them.

A got a gnome hat, which I just winged and a Tutu from my Oliver and S: Little Things to Sew book.

Bath Salts with a slight variation to this recipe.

Oh, the Sock Monkey army!  Each kid got one and hubby adopted the red eyed guy and named him Lucifer.

The Crayon and Make-up brush rolls weren't done with a pattern.  I just melded together a few different tutorialsI found online.

Heat bags:
Tea Party accessories:
Couldn't leave out  my big girl's wish for a tutu:
Dolly diapers.  One of which the vacuum has already eaten.

A Terrarium for my boy:
And last, but not least, what I consider to be the Piece de la resistance, made by my talented husband.  Wooden popsicles:

Phew!  It's been a couple months of evening crafting, but I love it!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Our little fashionista

It's been interesting to watch Anna's fashion obsession develop. From the time she could sit up in the shopping cart as a little baby we had to start avoiding the clothing department if we didn't want to have a freak out. She wanted to hold all the hangers and touch the clothes. There were times like these...
Where we couldn't get the clothes hanger away from her for cake time. She had very favourite outfits like her blue tutu skirt or her curious george shirt. She learned to dress and undress herself by 2 and her current obsession is wearing multiple outfits a day. At daycare she spends the days in various princess dresses from the dress up box. She also loves to "organize" her clothes. Just like her mama, she is.
And don't leave your shoes around, because chances are she'll unlace them or parade around the house in them.
And while at times her obsession is frustrating. I love seeing her be so passionate about something. I can officially call her potty trained and it all happened in the span of a week! We had been encouraging potty use but not pushing it and up until 2 weeks ago she was still wearing a pull-up for pees and poops were on the toilet. I thought pee training wouldn't happen for a long time. One day at daycare she stripped off her clothes (surprise surprise) and pull up and decided to take herself potty and the rest is history! She had been waking up dry from naps and bedtime for ages so a couple days after we went to undies during the day, we ditched pull-ups at night too. A month shy of 2 1/2 makes her our earliest potty trainer! As far as language goes, we can pretty much understand everything she says and she's talking in longer sentences now. She's far from being ready for a day time talk show interview, but she's having big language leaps.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Super Girl!

Recently Anna has started turning her play silks and blankets into capes, so it was perfect timing that I had one started for her on my sewing table. The pattern I usually use didn't work with the amount of red fabric I had so I improvised with ribbon.
Test flight:

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Around my yard

We did a lot of work in our garden this spring. Dug up the crummy dirt. Added better dirt. Planted a lot of new plants then top dressed with bark mulch and installed a soaker hose. The daylilies are doing great. I love how bright and cheery they are. I have one more yellow variety in the garden, not pictured here.
Sadly, my much loved Purple Cone Flower did not survive it's transplant. One day I'll be able to dedicate more time to my garden. One day.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Too little time...not enough crafting

When I was on mat leave for a year I kept telling myself...when Anna is bigger I'll craft more. Now that Anna is bigger, I'm back to work full time and once she's in bed at 8, I don't have a lot left in me to be creative. The name of the game these days is quick and easy. I figured I should post some of my projects from this year. Sesame Street faces for Anna's 2nd birthday:
Sesame Street cupcakes:
New Tutu:
Gnome hat:
Red Riding Cape from Oliver and S: Little Things to Sew.
Bean Bag Chickens from

Sunday, July 29, 2012

I love 2 yr olds

There's so many things that I'm loving about this age. Anna's speech cracks me up. She can't really say S words so she substitutes S with H. Sister is Hister, Soup is Houp. When we ask her a question which would need a yes or no answer, she says "Kay!". Instead of answering Yes. When we call her name she says "Huh?" 3 syllable words are the most interesting. Popsicle is pop-pop-popicle. Watermelon is Matermelon. She excuses everyone and herself for every burp, sneeze and toot. 'Scuse me or Bess me. Today we heard "Yay, you did it!" or "Yay, I did it!" all day long. She's big into praise. Of course, she adheres to the toddler rule of Everything Is Mine, including other people's body parts. I taught her where her Elbow was yesterday and she was obsessed with Elbows the rest of the day. Her fears are developing. She loves and wants to watch Coraline but now gets afraid of the Mom. She also freaks out, shaking and screaming when Max's red lobster is in an episode of Max and Ruby, her favourite cartoon. Imaginary play is coming out in full force. Last night she insisted on putting her babies to bed instead of going to bed herself. She is such a bedtime staller, asking for Maaber (water), Milk, Eeeeeat!, Huh (hugs), Mwah (kisses) and the routine isn't complete without Hongs (songs) from Mommy. She is certainly little miss independent who picks out her own clothes, dresses herself, doesn't want her hair washed or combed. I wish I could bottle this age forever.

Monday, July 16, 2012


Anna is 27 months now. She is in a big girl bed which went very smoothly. For the first few weeks she waited in bed for us to get her in the morning. Now she'll get up on the weekends and tell us "Get up, Mommy. Get up, Dada. Come on!" She doesn't want to wait for breakfast! Her language is growing a lot, but we can't always understand what she's trying to say, which leads to frustration. She still uses signs like "please, more (her favourite), apple, milk, cereal, cracker". I have to admit I've gotten slack with signing. We should start watching the videos again and see what new ones she might pick up. Teething is nearly done, thank goodness! Only about 1/3 of a molar left to emerge. On the weekend we saw Sesame Street Live. It was the first time I've attended an event like this and it was a lot of fun.
We've been navigating rough waters around here lately, but little one is as wonderful as always. Ah, to have the innocence of youth. I can get lost in her joy.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Birthday Countdown

And so begins the last month of Anna being 1.

The little girl is now pushing chairs and moving stools all around the house to do as the big people do. This can be quite frustrating in our small kitchen, but I stop and remember (and remind others) that this is how she learns and we need a lot of extra patience to deal with this little girl who is learning how to be a big girl. Of course this also means that nothing is safe, even put up "out of her reach". Spilled water, stolen treats and running after a toddler holding a precious electronic device, are becoming the norm around here.

In just this past week alone, while spending time at home all day with 2 of her big siblings (another is still in school and yet another stayed with his mom this week), her language decided to take a huge leap. She is repeating almost everything and 2 word combos are more and more frequent. It's so incredible to hear her communicating better and if I can't understand what she's saying she'll sign. For example, her More and Milk sound very similar so if I'm asking her "More?" she'll simply sign "Milk" to let me know what she is trying to say.

Something else we're loving is her silliness for the sake of being silly. She likes to try and dress the cat and if I remind her that Kitties don't wear shirts, she'll shake her head slowly and say "nooooo".

Something we're not loving is the arrival of tantrums. Boy oh boy does she resist naps, but I still try, especially when she starts having epic, screaming meltdowns after lunch.

Her almost 2 year old stats are 25 lbs and 32 inches tall.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Bye Bye Baby

I can't believe that in a few short weeks I'll be planning Anna's 2nd birthday. I'll say it again how much of a blessing this girl has been and well worth the wait we went through for her.

Language is expanding each week. My favourite things she says is "kay" for "ok" whenever I say something or "Moooooe" for "No" with an adamant shake of her head. A couple more 2 word and even a 3 word combos have been uttered from time to time, but mostly it's still "Night-Night" or "Bye-Bye".

We're going through a clingy Mommy phase which is both endearing and exhausting.

Her healthy appetite has finally resulted in a bit of a growth spurt and she's over 23 pounds now. If only she'd eat more meat and veggies, I'd be thrilled. The food throwing at mealtimes is less than desirable, especially since she sits beside me.

She sleeps 7:30-6:00 and naps are non-existant, unless she's at daycare.

There's my monthly blog post. Thank goodness for this, because I've been rather slack at scrapbooking and writing in her baby book.

Monday, January 16, 2012

More and more words

Don't let the photo fool you. She still won't tolerate hair accessories for anymore than a few minutes at a time.

Anna's vocabulary is growing by a few new words each week, it seems. Newest words include Molch (milk), Daddy, Uh Uh (up), Night-night, lololo (lego), Bees (grapes), nana (banana and Anna), lello (yellow). No 2 word combos other than Night-night and bye-bye yet. Newest signs are cracker and dirty. I only clued in tonight that she's been signing dirty when I thought it was a modified "napkin".

She's really getting into imagination play and likes to cook, tuck her toys in, dress up, feed her toys. She especially loves to dance and spin in circles until she falls down.

I feel lucky that she's not much of a daredevil yet and she's only recently learned how to move the stool around the house and climb up to reach things. With this also comes the fun new game "night-night" with the bathroom light switch. She opens up the door, carries the stool in and turns the light off and on, while saying Night-night, all excited.

Undressing has been happening for a while. I don't know what it is about girls and fashion! She's very particular about her fashion choices and has just started to learn how to pull pants on. She mastered shirts a while ago.

Oh how I wish I had her energy. She loves to run back and forth and round and round and never seems to tire!