Sunday, June 30, 2013

Double Sided Fabric Headband

I've now made several of these pretty little headbands.  I first made some at Christmas for my nieces, and then a few others for gifts since then, and only recently made one for myself.  They are quick and easy to make and they look so pretty!  I followed this double sided headband tutorial that I came across on Pinterest.  Gotta love Pinterest!

Another item for me to contemplate over selling in my shop.  The answer would be easy if I only had more time!!! 

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Meet The Triplets...

In a way, I wish I was introducing you to the triplet babies I just delivered, but that didn't happen, so now on to the real story (now that my husband likely just had a heart attack from reading this).  Could you imagine, though, three newborn babies would be handful!

Remember little Flapper, the backyard screech owl living in our neighbours owl box.  Well, it was a female, and she had babies - 3 of them!!!  How incredibly amazing is that!?  

Is this not the cutest picture ever?!  Look at those two little owlets sticking their heads out of that box!  I have to give all the credit to my neighbour for these photos.  I tried many times to photograph the owls and it wasn't easy.  He's pretty serious about photographing wildlife and has some amazing equipment.  He even set up a blind tent and hid out under the tree most evenings.  This shot below was taken in our backyard, in one of our huge pine trees.  It's the only shot with the three of them together.  They look so fluffy and huge!

Pretty sure this is the mommy - a red morph Eastern screech owl.

Dinner time!
 Mmmm, moths for dinner!
And the wise old father - gray morph.

And the rest, the fluffy babies.

These were his first steps outside the box.
We're pretty sure they have left the box now.  We can't believe how lucky we were to witness such an amazing thing right here in our backyard.  Such sweet little owls.  I hope they come back again next year to nest.  

Thanks again to my neighbour for sharing his photos!  Without him, you would have been left with images like this one!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Birding at Ruthven Park

I took the girls and my parents to Ruthven Park this morning for a lovely morning of birding.  This place is wonderful for birding enthusiast, or anyone who enjoys nature or history!  It was our first time there, and we all loved it.  My friend had mentioned it to me in the spring after she had taken a few trips there with her kids.  It's my dad's birthday today and he loves birds so I thought it would make for a nice little birthday surprise.  He really enjoyed it and we all look forward to returning soon.

I had seen on their website that the bird banding lab is open on Wednesday mornings in the summer, so the timing was perfect.  The lab is basically run by volunteers and some research students.  Everyone was so welcoming and friendly.  They let us tag along as they collected birds from the nets and then we observed the process of tracking and banding them back in the lab.  Everyone was great at answering all our questions and letting us be a part of this amazing experience.  We even got to hold a few birds and release them after being banded.  The girls just loved it. 

The park is situated on a beautiful piece of land right next the Grand River.  We all agreed that next time we will bring a picnic and take a tour of the Mansion.  There are lots of trails to hike, too. 
One of the first birds we saw up close - a hummingbird.  
Collecting a bird from the nets.
Those bags each contain a bird.  They hang there until it's their turn to be banded.
This little gold finch is being measured.
Little L gets to release the gold finch.  She did such a great job!

Little V gets a turn, too.  She released a warbler.

Such a special morning.  If you live in the area, I highly recommend a trip to Ruthven Park this summer!

Happy Birthday, Dad!!!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Quick DIY Headband from T-Shirt Fabric

Just when I thought the two scarves I sewed up on the weekend couldn't get any better... they did! When I was cleaning up the fabric scraps, I noticed the sides were curling inwards.  I found a few long strips of scrap that just naturally curled together.  As I was about to put them in the garbage I suddenly realized they would make the perfect headband!  All I did was tie a knot in them, and ta-da - a headband was formed!

Here's the scarf I started with.

Here's the headband I also got out of it!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Jersey Knit Infinity Scarf

I'm so excited about my latest sewing project - a scarf!  What's more exciting is how fast, easy and cheap it was to make!  Seriously.  You need to make one.  Now! 

I've been eyeing up a very similar scarf at Lululemon for quite some time now, but I just can't justify paying $58 for it.  Last night I went to Fabricland for their 50% off sale and scored some great jersey knit fabric.  I LOVE this purple colour.  Not only is the colour great but the fabric is SO soft!  I couldn't wait to turn it into a scarf.  I followed this YouTube tutorial, where I learned this tube type of scarf is called an "infinity scarf", and whipped it up in no time.

This scarf is really versatile, as you can wear it as one long loop, or wrapped around your neck two or three times.

Or, you can wrap it behind your shoulders for a little summer cover-up, or shawl.  How cool is that!?

I loved this scarf so much that I immediately sewed up another one with one of the other fabrics I bought.  It's a pretty aqua and deep charcoal with a thick stripe.

I apologize for the photo shoot, but it's better to see the scarf in action than on a table!  Plus, my husband wanted to try out a new lens for the camera!