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RAIN!

That word best describes this past week. Oh.my.word. This is that time of year when we are teased with a few nice days, {and bust out all the spring clothes, ahem} and then are hit with a rainfall warning for most of the week! Crazy wet days, but my allergies are telling me that Spring is coming!

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We had a lovely sunny Saturday, and the six of us went to the park. Miles liked the swing, for about 5 seconds. Oh well, the other kids loved it!

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I spent some time this week trying to figure out how to ‘customize’ the fabric bunting I’ve been making. Painted fabric circles seems like they will work, and I love the typewriter font!

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This boy.

He’s giving me fits I tell you. I turn my back for one second and this is what he does. And he was strapped in, pretty tightly too! He has also taken to standing in shopping carts, and his stroller, oh help!

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Noah had his annual allergy check-up this past week too. I’ve learned {the hard way} that it’s best to only tell him about these appointments on the day they happen, otherwise he stresses, majorly. Thankfully having his blood pressure taken was about as painful as it got. No skin pricks with itchy allergy stuff on them this time!

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We had a freak downpour/thunder/lightning storm tonight. I was upstairs for a minute when there was a huge crack of thunder. Miles was unfazed, and I came down to find Biscuit hiding behind my mixer, in the very back corner of my kitchen counter, frozen with terror, poor kitty.

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I’ll leave you with my favourite photo of the week — my bunting is on display at the amazing Grandiflora Home & Garden!  I’m excited and nervous to see where this may lead…

happy weekend friends!

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photo friday

Goodness it was a quick week!

I had a few sewing projects on the go and my pics definitely reflect that! I had to laugh when I uploaded them, I’m such a granny sometimes.

 

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A rare picture with these two together. Miles is all about boy time, I see a lot of wrestling matches in their future.

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Bunting! I was on a roll this week and made loads {for a plan I have in the works…}

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I have a quilt for Miles in my project pile. It started with the bicycle fabric, I saw it and knew I had to make something with it! Then polka dots, {of course}, and soft minky fabric for the back. I found the bunting fabric at a shop in town when I popped in for thread for another project, it brings it all together! Now to figure out how to put to actually make a quilt…

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I’m always drawn into the book section at Joann’s. My love of books, glossy photos and projects and lovely fabrics all in one! I have to stop myself from buying them ALL.

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I got to spend some time picking out fabrics for bunting {Miles lasted a good half hour before trying to climb out of the shopping cart, over and over again}. I love playing with the combinations of colours, large prints and small prints, I limited myself to eight!

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This cat cracks me up. He just couldn’t resist the sound and motion of the sewing machine one afternoon. He kept trying to bat at the spool and any moving part!

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And here are some of the finished products! I’m stepping out on a limb and trying to sell some of these babies via consignment at a local {amazing!} shop. Etsy may be my future too, we’ll see. I’m nervous excited. My love of creating is wrestling with my fear of failure {what if no one buys any!?!?!}. But I did it! I tried something new! I’ll keep you posted.

happy weekend friends!

xo

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This page of ‘mint greens’ in the March issue of BHG *swoon*. I want to paint everything in those colors, if only painting wasn’t so much work…maybe our half-bath.

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Miles helped me shop at Joann’s this week. Picking fabric is such fun, waiting to have it cut, not so much. Why does it take so long? every.single.time. Ok, complaining over, I got some fun polka dot fabric, soon to be bunting and my first attempt at a quilt {for Miles, and it’ll be very ‘mini’ I’m guessing!}

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I laughed when I saw this sweater, I’m pretty sure I had something similar in grade 6. Long live the 80’s!

I didn’t buy it, but have been thinking about it ever since, I may need to go back for it….

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Um, my boot does seem like a perfectly good place for the cat’s food. I was sure to empty them out before wearing them {and I needed them a lot this week with ALL THE RAIN!}

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I’m into taking ‘selfies’ this week. They’re so awkward, where do I look? Am I supposed to smile? Oh well. Also, I’m no stranger to shopping in the girl’s section at Gap, but I’ve only just discovered the boy’s section. Take this sweatshirt, I love it! Comfy, the sleeves are long enough {!!} and it was on clearance! The boy’s section always has the best sweatshirt too, and I’m all about the sweatshirt.

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If there are steps/stairs/boxes/rungs of a ladder, he will climb it. Bonus if tormenting the cat is included.

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Another awkward photo, but I was so delighted to have a latte and my hair done on the same day! It’s the little things I tell ya. I don’t have an after photo {I’m sure you’re dying to see it}, but I’m back to blonde! It’s been far too long…

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I LOVE/hate Trader Joe’s. Their food is fabulous, good value and quality. But their treats are too tempting. This week I discovered these ‘speculoos’ cookies. Stella and I managed to polish off the box in no time.

They are perfectly spicy and sweet, and dunked in coffee, don’t get me started.

Happy Weekend friends!

xo

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Here’s a glimpse into our week…

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Saturday mornings have turned into craft mornings around here. The girls got these beads for Christmas and spent a large part of the weekend making colorful creations. My favorite part is that Stella calls them “McKenna” beads, and I have no idea why!

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Date night! It doesn’t happen nearly enough, but we had a great time trying out a new place. Honestly, it felt like being back in Glasgow, at a slightly larger version of Velvet Elvis. It was our effort to celebrate Valentine’s Day, since Mike worked 12 hour shifts this week and we knew we’d never have the chance to celebrate later in the week. {do you remember last year’s Valentine’s dinner disaster?? this year was much better!}

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Fish and Chips and Pulled Pork, delicious! And water served in mason jars, love!

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Spent 2 hours watching Downton Abbey later Sunday night. I’m so sad that the season finale is this week, and I’m really nervous about what’s going to happen next, I sense disaster looming…

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I had the great idea to make and decorate cut-out cookies for the kids to take to school for Valentine’s day. They had a half day Wednesday so I figured it would be fun. I’m not sure what made me think that mid-week {sleepiest day of the week}, in the afternoon {my sleepiest time of the day}, I’d have enough energy to do that. Temporary insanity? Overzealous Mom? Well, we compromised, I made chocolate chip cookie dough, chilled it, pressed it between parchment, cut into heart shapes, baked & voila! Valentine’s cookies! It may be our new tradition.

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He really is a snuggly and sweet cat, and is destroying all my prejudices about felines in general.

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Ah…., the perfume Mike bought me in Paris 2 years ago. It seems like another life, where we could escape to Paris for a few nights. Some days I get all nostalgic and wonder when we’ll get there again, someday soon I hope!

Happy Weekend!

photo friday — is baaaack!

Well, it’s been awhile, hasn’t it? Let’s see, a quick recap… Miles dunked my phone in coffee and the camera stopped working {hence the abrupt end of photo friday}. We moved house, adopted a cat, celebrated Christmas, New Year’s, birthdays, repainted a huge red wall, had at least 1 or more child sick at a time for two weeks straight, gymnastics {Olivia}, basketball {Noah}, phone camera miraculously starts working again, and here we are! Go big or go home right, that’s how we take on life around here. Anyways, more on that later, here’s a glimpse into the past week…

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Can you see that lovely sun shining in?? I LOVE a cold sunny day, reminds me of childhood. Since we eat all most of our meals at the kitchen bar/island now, our huge table has become the permanent drawing station. I love it! {unless I’m on a ‘clear the table surfaces’ kick, then it’s really bothersome}

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Noah’s playing basketball at the Y! I can’t tell you how much humor and pride I gain from this. First off, little kids playing basketball is hi-larious, some kids can barely dribble {ahem}, while others can zoom down the court and shoot from the 3 point line! Noah is having a great time, and I’m so proud of him for doing something new that’s maybe just a tiny bit scary too.

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*second* visit to the doctor’s office

Oh my word — when 1 of 4 kids gets sick, it’s a loooong process for the bug to pass through all of the children, and then the adults! Noah came down with ‘the fever’ first, then Olivia, then Stella, and you guessed it, then Miles. Poor Stella just couldn’t kick it though. She had a fever for over a week, and then once it broke, she broke out in a rash! Two doctor’s office visits later, no antibiotics needed {thankful for that!}, she now seems to be mostly back to herself now, still a bit rashy though.

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#4, well he’s trouble. I should have known. I can’t leave him alone for a second, or he’s in my shower {getting all wet}, unraveling the toilet paper rolls {it’s his mission in life}, or climbing stools to get on kitchen islands to steal candy. I am in for it. Seriously.

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Stella, Miles and I snuck down to Seattle to see some Scotland friends this past week. It was a treat to see them and catch up. We got to talk about adjusting to life back stateside, and about loved ones in Glasgow, and about how life goes on. It was good for me, and Stella loved seeing Hazel!

And I’ll leave you with my favourite shot of the week. He can be such trouble, but his little face melts my heart every time.

Happy Weekend!


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