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Archive for June, 2009

New bag

I made a bag for my wonderful neighbour, Elaine. She is a lovely woman and is very tolerant of the girls talking to her endlessly and making her dog run up and down along the fence line. If we go out in the garden and he’s not there, they call for him! They also pick daisies and dandelions and pass them to Elaine over the fence.

Deluxe big bag with lots of pockets

Deluxe big bag with lots of pockets

Interior of bag

Interior of bag

The exterior of the bag is made with home decor weight fabric with beautiful bold flowers on a warm brown background. The front features a divided, lined pocket. The lining is the same fabric as the upper facing inside the bag. The lining of the bag itself is a medium weight cream cotton and the base and pockets are made with a quilting cotton with a print of butterflies on a cream background. I wanted the interior to be light, so that it is easy to find things – I learned my lesson from making my own bag with a black interior – not so good! The interior of this very spacious bag features a key clip, as always, and pockets for cellphone, pen and notebook, as well as several other pockets. Even with the pockets filled, the centre of the bag is still available for carrying a sweater, shopping, snacks and drinks or whatever you need. The closure is a reinforced magnetic snap.

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Tomorrow is Pip’s final day at preschool and it is definitely a time of mixed emotions. She has absolutely loved being at Beach Kids and has thrived under the care and attention of the lovely teachers there. We will do our best to have playdates with her friends over the summer, but she knows that come September they will all go their separate ways. As excited as she is about starting kindergarten, she will definitely miss the friends she has made and we will both have to start afresh in September, with all new people.

As a small thank you to the preschool teachers, I have made some coffee cup cozies using a tutorial from the talented Erin over at House on Hill Road. Even though I don’t drink coffee, it will be hard to give these away!

Coffee cup cozies

Coffee cup cozies

We had to go to Tom Horton’s today to buy a drink so I had a cup to test the cozies on – I didn’t want to put the buttons in the wrong place. Of course, while we were there, we had to buy some doughnuts too! Before you get totally disgusted, no, we did not eat them all! A dozen is a much better deal than buying them individually and I cannot resist a bargain!

Doughnuts

Doughnuts

Back to the subject of preschool. As you may have gathered from previous posts, Pip is quite particular about things. She knows what she likes and will not be swayed, even if it means that the preschool “graduation” photos do not go quite as planned. She did NOT like the black gown and, as much as she likes having her photo taken generally, she really did not want to cooperate! She could hardly wait to get the gown off and get back to the normal routine of preschool.

Preschool grad

Preschool grad

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Evening light in the garden

Evening light in the garden

garden

garden

Washing hanging on the line

Washing hanging on the line

I love hanging washing out to dry, especially when it includes new fabric!

Beautiful surroundings

Beautiful surroundings

Being able to make really good pie!

Being able to make really good pie!

My incredible husband

My incredible husband

Sewing/embellishing/storage

Sewing/embellishing/storage

My studio

My studio

Baking, with my little helpers!

Baking, with my little helpers!

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Snippets of garden

We have quite a large garden – our lot is nearly 11000 square foot, 1000 of which is house footprint and approximately 750 of vegetable garden, plus flower beds. So, yes, it is big! We are what I like to call “experimental” gardeners. We try things, observe, and hope for the best, then move plants if they don’t thrive. The place is always changing, as we come up with new ideas, see what grows well, receive cuttings and transplants from friends and family and need to relocate things to improve the layout or flow.

It is a labour of love and we get enormous pleasure from our beautiful surroundings. It is by no means perfect, but it is all ours and it is a happy space.

Gazania

Peony, aquilegia, weigela, chives, campanulaHelianthemumIMG_2745

Grapevine

Garden Weigela IMG_2747

Helianthemum

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We went to a Healthy Start to Learning event this morning and the girls had their faces painted. The lady was very talented and the girls were utterly delighted by their new look – and the attention they received throughout the day!

butterfly girls

butterfly girls

Milly butterflyNow I just have to figure out how to get it all off…..

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Birthday party fun

Little P is 5! How can that be? Where did all that time go?!

I am too tired to write much about it right now, but I can post a few pics from the day….

birthday girl

birthday girl in her new dress and crown

Birthday treat - breakfast at A&W

Birthday treat - breakfast at A&W

Pip's fabulous cake - exactly as she wanted

Pip's fabulous cake - exactly as she wanted

This cake turned out exactly as she wanted. She spoke to the man at the shop and asked if she could have a rainbow cake with sparkles and this is what he did for her. One side is chocolate, one side plain, Bavarian cream filling, rainbow, edible glitter and no flowers to fight over! Success!

Party banner and gazebo

Party banner and gazebo

gazebo

inside gazebo

inside gazebo

sunflowers for goodie bags

sunflowers for goodie bags

That’s it for now. Will download photos from the other camera and continue later!

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