Friday, 28 February 2014

February Wrap Up

The month of love. So they say. I loved this month and also hated it at the same time.

February brought mine and Josh's 7 year anniversary. We got dressed up, had Grandma come babysit and went out for a nice dinner together. This is something we never do, it was a treat. February also brought Valentines day, which we normally don't celebrate. I usually just buy Josh a cheap box of chocolates from the grocery store, so that's what he got this year. I also made him a comfort food dinner and baked him a cake in the shape of a heart. He was amazing and surprised me by fixing my bike and giving me some beautiful handmade jewellery. What a good man!

This month was also full of tears. Ray started teething. And we polished off the month with a terrible cold (all 3 of us). We've had some long nights and hard days.

I've learned to just take it one day at a time. I've learned to take on life's challenges as they come. February taught me a lot in patience and love.

There was late night drives out of town chasing the Northern Lights, snowy day coffee shop chats, and clearing mental and physical clutter.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Space: Dining Room Inspiration

Slowly but surely my dining is finally starting to look the way I want it to. These photos from Pinterest were my inspiration to create a simple clean dining room.

Last week I sold my old dining room table and chairs. Although it was a nice dining set it just didn't work with our lifestyle, cats = choose your furniture wisely. It was a dark brown/black wood table that was so bulky it made the room look so small, plus the darkness and texture of the wood really made cat hair extremely visible. It was a pain to constantly be wiping the table 100 times a day. The chairs were solid and fabric covered so naturally they became 4 cat scratching posts. I've had this set for 5 years and always complained about it... so I'm happy its gone.

Instead of buying a new table I brought my craft table out from hiding in the back corner of the living room. I LOVE the way this table looks, the lovely wood top and wrought iron base reminds me of a café table. I liked having this as a craft table, but since my craft room is now Ray's room it was not getting much use tucked away in the corner.

My dining room is looking so much brighter, bigger and cleaner. And now it's getting to that time of year where I finally get some sun in the kitchen window it is now my favourite room in the house. All I need now is a few wooden chairs. I plan to find 4 chairs all different but I will paint them all the same colour to match (like in the inspiration photo above)

Before I went on maternity I was a bartender, or as I like to refer to myself as a "Cocktail Artist". A well stocked bar is a must for a former bartender, this is literally just the tip... the rest of the alcohol is stored below and are alternated up depending on my mood or the season.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Craft: Hot Air Balloon Light Bulbs

I decided to stop feeling sorry for myself and do something to lift my spirits. So I crafted! Doing something you love always will make you feel better. After last month where I started lots of projects that never got finished, I felt very discouraged. And this past week I had a cranky teething baby, which meant I was a cranky tired mama.

This week the sun came out, the air warmed ever so slightly and I sat down to start and complete a project.

Hot Air Balloons out of burnt out light bulbs!

**A little side note, I had noticed a couple of bulbs burnt out in my house a few weeks ago so I went out to the Dollarstore and bought some new ones and changed them. Then a week later the same bulbs burnt out... again. I changed them... again. A week later... the same thing. The lesson I learned is that Dollarstore light bulbs are garbage. So here I was (sitting in the dark) with a bunch of burnt out light bulbs and I decided to make something out them. Atleast one thing good came out of these cheap bulbs.**

Mod Podge
Acrylic paints (colours of choice)
Fabric scraps (colours of choice)
Embroidery threads (colours of choice)
Burnt out light bulbs
Bottle caps

With these there was literally no method to the madness, no rules!
I just lathered up the bulbs in modge podge and covered them with fabric. I cut some of the fabric into strips, some into squares, and some were shapes that have no names.
Then I lathered on some more modge podge and used 2 pieces of embroidery thread, crossed at the top and draped down the sides. I tied these in a knot at the bottom, leaving a bit of space below the bottom of the bulb.
And to polish it all off, I painted a few bottle caps with different colours. Once again (you guessed it) with a nice lather of modge podge these were placed between the threads below the bulb, lining up my knot in the middle on the bottom of the cap.

You can never go wrong with more modge podge.

These will now hang as a mobile above Rays crib, for the time being. When I was pregnant I had planned on making him a space mobile to go with the theme of his nursery. But this and a couple other pregnancy projects I had planned did not get done, because SURPRISE he decided to come 3 weeks early.

Enjoy your hot air balloons Ray!

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

7 Months!

Stop growing! Ray eats lots of different solid foods now, yams are definitely the favourite. Peas are the least favourite. It's so fun watching his reactions to trying new foods, and I love making my own baby food for him.

He has two teeth poking through!

Not much else going on, he's always reaching for different objects like toys or the cats... or my cell phone. He loves watching his Papa, even if it's just watching him walk from room to room he giggles at EVERY little thing he does. Dad is hilarious to him!

He likes playing peek-a-boo and he will put a blanket over his head and wait for someone to pull it off, this is also very hilarious to him. Lots of laughing happening, he is generally a very happy guy.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

February Rattlesnake

The Rattlesnake lets you know the experiences that you're presently going through are an initiation into fulfilling your purpose as a healer. Open your heart to the suffering around you and do your part in alleviating it.

The rattlesnake comes into your life to let you know that change is coming and not to fear it, it wants you to shed your skin and transform into a better version of yourself. The snake also reminds us to stay connected to self through observations of tiny vibrations and changes in the air. To connect with your surroundings, to meditate and spend time outdoors. Pay attention to your intuitions and instincts.

I'm curious how the rattlesnake will come into play this month, I plan on being open to change to see the outcome.