Tuesday, 25 September 2012

357: I should probably stop counting ;P

Wow, the days have turned into a week - bad me.

I found Dawa reading Martha Stewart Living to his baby brother today ;)

Friday, 21 September 2012

358: Fall Fair!

We had a crazy week, first with Fall Fair, and then getting everything ready for university. I also made a custom doll for the cutest little boy, and Lavender & Lark's first market is tomorrow - exciting!

A bit of Fall Fair:

I want these ducks!

Thursday, 13 September 2012

359: A pixie cap for T

I never really got into knitting, I don't know why, I love all things wool and I love working with my hands. I remember my aunt teaching me the basics when I was about nine, but I think I was daunted by complicated knitting patterns and I just never picked it up again (very unlike me). I always regretted when D was small that I couldn't knit him sweet little sweaters and hats. So I've decided with Tsoknyi that I am going to learn to knit and I am going to make lots and lots of beautiful things for him. I thought I would start with a hat because winter is coming on and it seems like a good place to begin. I wanted to make something classic and I came across this absolutely adorable pattern by Hadley Fierlinger at She's crafty for a little pixie cap. The pattern was no longer available in her etsy shop but I was so in love with it that I had to have it so I ordered her book Vintage Knits for Modern Babies. Of course it arrived packed full of cute projects, a little more for girls than boys but still enough to keep me busy this winter. So yesterday I ran out to grab some gorgeous Debbie Bliss cashmerino in a soft blue (so hard to choose, I think I'll have to make several!). And here it all is...

I'm going to make one of these...

For this little guy :)

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Saturday, 8 September 2012


Market was lots of fun today, giant bubbles and tightrope walking for kids, I love Salt Spring :) 

Thursday, 6 September 2012

362: A little more time and lots of new faeries!

School is back in session and our little house is relatively quiet (barring the teething baby). I've even had time to sew. Here are a few projects I've been working on...

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

363: Teething baby and Irish lamb stew...

What a day! Can a three month old really teeth? I don't mean drooling and gnawing on his hands, but the kind of teething that has him fussing and wailing all day long, and sticking fingers in mouth and screeching. Well that's been our day. To make it worse, on top of the piles of paper work that I wasn't able to finish, I realized that I had promised my husband I would make a big Irish lamb stew tonight. So I spent 45 minutes browning tiny batches of lamb in a ridiculously small cast iron frying pan while holding a fussing baby in my other arm. Normally I would have thrown him in the carrier but for some reason it made things worse, he would push away from me as hard as he could and scream. When I finally finished I realized that I forgot the Guinness and the thyme, so I put the baby in the carrier and walked to town with him wailing away. He finally fell asleep and I was just starting to think that maybe it was a nice idea to get out of the house and cool off a bit when I rounded the corner and saw the the liquor store was on strike, TODAY of all days! I walked back to the house dejected and only remembered the thyme as I was opening the front door :(

Monday, 3 September 2012

364: Tired ramblings and a new work space...

It's 10pm, I'm so tired that I'm nearly asleep at the computer. I FINALLY got Tsoknyi into bed, which doesn't mean much as he is the lightest sleeper I have ever seen. This makes work very hard since nights are usually the only time I can find to sew. Bedtimes have been a little different since Tsoknyi, tonight was a typical juggling act - D in his pyjamas sitting in a lawn chair in the middle of our backyard while I walked/bounced wide laps around him with the baby in the carrier, reading loudly (so he could actually hear) from the Hobbit. The reason we were outside was because D was hot and couldn't sit still so he was doing gymnastics on the couch (this was his reasoning at least), and the laps in the living room weren't big enough for Tsoknyi so he was fussing. But everyone is asleep now and I have approximately twenty minutes to work before I can no longer keep my eyes open.

I haven't set up a studio in the new place yet (due to lack of room) and have been seriously in need of a permanent area where I can spread my work out. The dinning room table has been doubling as my desk till now. Today though we were driving back from a birthday party and I found this little desk on someone's lawn with a free sign. It was exactly the right size to fit into the fireplace alcove. So here is the beginnings of my very humble studio. I dream of having an entire room one day with a big window looking over our yard and shelves and shelves lined with all of my supplies, till then this will have to do...


Sunday, 2 September 2012

365 Day Challenge

Ok so I haven't exactly kept up with this blog (yet again!). I am going to set myself a challenge: I am going to post once a day, even if it's just a picture from our day, for the next 365 days.

Here's a little of our summer...

Tsoknyi joined us on June 2nd. He was born at home, 10.4 lbs and 22" long.

D is totally in love with him.

We've had a few adventures...

but mostly it's been lazy summer days with good food and friends

...and blackberry picking of course!

oh and did I mention the food? ;)

Happy three months Tsoknyi!