Friday, May 31, 2013

Pretty Little Knit Stuffed Bunny

I'm sure I've told you before that my sister-in-law (my husband's sister) is a very crafty, talented young lady.  Well, look at this adorable little bunny she knit for my daughter's 2nd birthday back in April!  It arrived in the mail and brought a huge smile to all our faces.  The wool is so soft and beautiful and coordinated together in the prettiest of colours.  Look at those little Mary Jane shoes!  Too sweet!

Little V loves her sweet bunny, as you can see.  Thanks again, Auntie Marybeth!


Monday, May 27, 2013

Busy Spring

Hello-o-o-o!  Sorry for my absence, but spring is a busy time around here!

Here's a few snippets of what I've been up to lately... Gardening. Picnics. Gardening. Birthday parties. Gardening. T-Ball. Gardening. Trike-a-Thon for charity (Cystic Fibrosis Canada). And of course, some sewing! 

Seriously, the garden has been a lot of work this year.  On top of our usual list of things to do in the spring, we started our own plants this year from seed and built a fence around our veggie garden to keep out the bunnies.  It still needs some painting, but for the most part, things are finished.  For now.  Phew, exhausted just telling you about it!

Oh, to add to the exhaustion, I did the 10K Sulpher Springs Trail Run on Saturday. I felt like a kid again racing in the woods.  I had even run on some of the trail before when I was a kid running cross country.  It was a great race.  I was happy to only be running the 10K and not the 100 miler, like many participants were doing.  Crazy!  As I enjoyed a huge Indian dinner that night I thought of those poor buggers still racing in the woods!

I have a back log of posts to share so stay tuned.  I promise I'll be back quicker!

Friends birthday party.
Girls decorated their bikes for the preschool Trike-a-Thon.
Getting the garden ready and building the fence.
Little L's first soccer game.  Little V proudly wearing L's old uniform.
A true sign of spring - seedlings!

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Decorative Fabric Kite

I don't know about you, but with spring, comes many, many jobs!  It seems like our To Do List keeps getting bigger, rather than smaller.  Most of the work that needs to be done is outdoor maintenance, but of course we add to the list, like building a picket fence this spring.  We had several determined bunnies in our yard last year that we must keep out of our veggie garden this year.  We also decided to start most of our veggies from seed this year, which meant veggie gardening started in March rather than May.  As my husband says, we have a little grow op in our basement!

But moving on... let's check one thing off my list... a blog post!

I made a cute little fabric kite to hang on the wall in the girls playroom.  I looks so sweet.

It was fairly easy to make and as you can see, I whipped it up without paying too much attention to detail.  This is something I rarely do, if ever!  But, I knew it would still look as lovely hanging on the wall in the play room whether or not the seams were sewn perfectly!  

To get started, I drew a template of a kite on freezer paper, cut it out and then cut four triangles of fabric to sew together.  After sewing the triangles together I sewed a quick hem along the edges.  I made some really basic little triangles and sewed them to the corners to create little pockets to tuck some wooden dowels underneath to create a frame for the kite.  Then I tied on some twine at the bottom for the string and I tied little scraps of fabric to it for an extra cute kite look.  Do those things have a name, or a purpose, other than looking cute?! 

Flying a kite is a great springtime activity.  Now we have to get outside and fly our real one!