Any day that Anna gets to make art and do crafts is a good day! This activity was simple enough for me but got Anna very excited and kept her busy for close to an hour (insert fist pump here). I traced her onto paper (roll from Ikea), drew in the lines for cloths and she decorated it. She even ended up tracing her baby so that the two of them could hold hands. I hung it up in the hallway and it will stay there until she makes something to take it's place. Kid art is the best!
Monday, 10 March 2014
Wednesday, 5 March 2014
LOVING play school!
"Working" at Starbucks... more like daydreaming and reading magazines.
Celebrating a special little dude's 5th!!! birthday party.
Having a nap together after a 4:30am start to the day.
Cardio for me while Anna's at school.
New sheet day. Hannah loves new sheet day. She waits until you fluff the sheets and then runs under them and sits perfectly still until you fluff them again and then she runs around under them like when kids play with the parachute in school! One of my favourite things about her.
Hello North Carolina.
Tuesday, 4 March 2014
Pattern Papers & Enamel Dots: Teresa Collins, Alphas: American Crafts, Circle Background: white cardstock cut with the Silhouette Cameo, Photo Overlay, Gold Label Stickers & Resin Flowers: Crate Paper, Wood Veneer: Studio Calico
Monday, 3 March 2014
Keep going to bed before midnight and getting up before 6, this time is valuable.
Keep creating. A goal of one layout & one card per week.
Keep up with whole eating/clean eating/calorie reduction that I began two weeks ago.
Go to the gym 2 days / week.
Go on a date night with Cory!
(Why is getting time together bumped to the bottom of our days!)
(Why is getting time together bumped to the bottom of our days!)
Keep up with Project Life.
Send out 2 pieces of happy mail.
Get the oil changed in my car!!
Friday, 28 February 2014
Some of you might remember when I posted about my office/studio tour, about five months ago we moved my office back downstairs and our room back into the master. I confess I was a little sad but the decision was based on the lack of sleep we were all getting. Anna was having a tough time sleeping through the night and I though that if we were just down the hall from her room it may make a difference (it did for a while but then she went back to sleepless nights). I have grown to love my cozy room with the sun shining in and as for my office- it's a work in progress.
Here's a peek into my space...
This is a DIY headboard (will talk about at the end) make from old boards Cory got from work.
Bedding set is from Home Sense.
Three of my favourite prints/pictures.
A Kal Barteski print, Anna's drawing of our family and a wedding picture.
Top left clockwise: a thrifted serving tower turned jewelry holder, stems from Ikea,
jars turned candle holders, part of my heart rock collection.
Thrifted chair (love how chipped & peeled the paint is) turned stand, the first original art I have ever bought- an embroidered owl from Simply Stated Design. Every time I look at it it makes me so happy. Side note: I also think it would make a gorgeous tattoo!
Metal bust from Home Sense that I use for jewelry and the scarves I am currently wearing.
A close up of that fabulous owl!
I had always wanted a headboard and when Cory came home with a bunch of old boards from work to make a planter box I had a different plan. I didn't want the project to be complicated so I came up with the easiest method of creating a headboard I could think of. Cory put it together for me and I pretty much supervised the whole project. You know- the usual- he's good to me. The end result... I love how it turned out!
7 @ 1x8 boards
a brush for staining
drill, tape measure, level
- We measured how high we wanted the top horizontal board to sit (less one inch) above the bed, this was to determine how long the two vertical 1x8's needed to be. The less one inch comes into play because I didn't want to see the tops of the vertical 1x8's, with them an inch shorter you can't see the wood. We cut down the two vertical boards.
- We then measured how far past the bed we wanted the horizontal boards to sit. The horizontal boards were and didn't need to be cut.
- I then chose which order and which way I wanted the boards to face. I wanted the boards who had markings like knots to be facing and near the top. Cory then stained the boards.
- Cory then attached the horizontal boards to the verticals. Each horizontal board has 4 screws on each end going into the verticals. We used a level and measuring tape to get the most accurate spacing on those screws
- The headboard is attached to the wall just below the bottom board with screw and anchors.
Wednesday, 26 February 2014
Life with a 3.5 year old can have it's challenges.
There is whining, lots of whining.
There are days when her "listening ears" are not turned on... all day.
There are arguments.
But for the most part (thankfully) these rotten days are few.
There is a wild struggle for independence when some days I just want her to need me, to be my baby but she won't have any of that.
If you can do something- then so can she and you better look out when it doesn't go the way she wanted it to.
She has a mighty will and is stubborn (just like her Mama).
She tells it like it is. Got morning breath? You better take care of that before you see Anna or she will definitely ask you "What stinks? Maybe it's horse poop!" And of course you'll die laughing but that's not such a bad way to start the day.
She has a wild, beautiful imagination.
She can make up the most elaborate, detailed stories.
She can turn anything into a song. Feeling down? Don't worry- Anna's got this- she'll sing you a song- "Songs always make everyone feel better."
She is a mimic and you better believe if you say or do something you shouldn't she will store it in her steal trap of a memory and use it at a later date!
If she's working on something she'll ask you to stop talking because she needs to concentrate. The conversation sounds something like this...
Anna: Can you stop talking I need to concentrate?
Mama: I wasn't talking.
Anna: You're talking now.
Mama: I see.
She loves to help. Insists on it, even if you don't need any help.
She doesn't appreciate it when you vacuum while her show is on. Don't worry- she'll let you know with one hand on her hip how she feels.
She loves any excuse to throw a party and loves to decorate or get the house ready. I really appreciate it when she moves everything around to "get the house ready".
She loves to get out of the house and go exploring. She weirdly loves to go to Costco and can often be heard cheering when she finds out I need to go there. I think that has more to do with the book section than any thing else.
She still loves to hold hands.
She always asks, "Sooo, how was your day?"
She still loves to cuddle and man am I grateful for that!
This age is pretty great, challenges and all.
Tuesday, 25 February 2014
Pattern Paper, heart overlay, gold stickers: Style Board: Maggie Holmes/Crate Paper, cork heart sticker, ribbon, chipboard alphas: American Crafts, tiny alphas: Fancy Pants, wood veneer: Studio Calico
I was going to start a new feature called Layout Love Tuesday in March but I couldn't wait. The plan is to share a layout every Tuesday, this way I will be intentional about setting time aside in my schedule each week to create for myself.
We have received SO MUCH new amazing product at Treasured Memories, I get dizzy trying to choose what to take home and what to leave behind. So far I have not been doing very good on the leaving behind part.
This layout celebrates Anna's first drawing of her family. I had this picture blown up to 8x10 and framed for our bedroom, seeing us all holding hands makes me so happy.