Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Mr. Men Bowling Shirts: Retro Bowling Party


My nephew turns 6 today and this past weekend, we celebrated his 6th birthday at the bowling alley. 


He had a really fun Mr. Men-themed retro bowling party.  For my daughters' bowling shirts, I found some boys’ shirts at the thrift shop and basically pulled off the same refashion I did here only this time with licensed Mr. Men fabric.


I also found some vintage bowling patches on Etsy, which made a unique addition to the shirts.IMG_4434IMG_3328IMG_3256IMG_3281

As you can see from the shot above, lots of smiles.

Happy birthday 6th birthday little man!


Thanks for stopping by,


P.S.  thanks to friends with UK connections, we were able to get a copy of the Little Miss Princess book and colouring book which is based on Will & Kate’s wedding.  How neat is that?


Monday, November 26, 2012

Why I sew: What the Bell Ringers wore

This past weekend, we celebrated our dear friend’s wedding nuptials.  My daughters and my nephew were the bell ringers.

After the bridal party procession, the children walked down the aisle ringing the bells to signal the arrival of the bride.  I had never been to a ceremony with bell ringers, but it was a sweet touch to the program.   Bells are significant because  the bride, her parents (and many of her rellies), the maid of honour (my sister and her other sisters), the groom all went to Bell High School.  The bride and groom first met at Bell High in the 90s -  lost touch - and about two years ago bumped into each other at the Food and Wine Show and fell in love.


The girls wore white dresses.  This is my frugal tip: you can find white communion dresses at thrift shops, usually barely worn (i.e. just for the communion service).  Stitch up a cummerbund sash for an entirely different look. 

The sash fabric is a deep purple satin the same as the bride’s attendants. [I have posted before about how fancy formal dresses are one of my favourite things to purchase second hand, they are usually barely worn and the possibilities are endless].

Here is a photo of the bride and you can see the attendants.  I snapped this photo just before the ceremony.

IMG_2910IMG_2877My sister AJ and my nephew Haakon.

My daughters’  hair was done with some little twists and a touch of spray glitter and topped off with a crown of orchids.


I also stitched up some capes (the purple velvet was thrifted and a real score at four dollars . The capes were lined with the same sash fabric).


It was a happy and joyous occasion {You can see a sneak peak of the happy couple on the photographer’s blog here}.


Sewing Notes: Tutorial for the Flowergirl Cummerbund Sash  & Cape Pattern: McCalls M4703 View B

Lens Notes: I rented a Canon 24-70 mm 2.8 Lens from Headshots for the weekend.

It was such a fun wedding and in true Ottawa Valley fashion, complete with a late night poutine bar and Ottawa Senator’s groom’s cake, and a whole lotta dancing.


I will leave you with a shot of the kiddos on the dance floor….:) a little grainy, but it makes me happy.


Thanks for stopping by,


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Annual Santa Claus Parade


This past Sunday, we took the girls to the Santa Claus Parade.  The parade is an annual November event  (started in 1905).   Thousands of people line the streets of downtown Toronto. This is the first time we attended (in the past I have been reluctant due to the crowds and the cold, in order to see the parade you have to stake out a spot early!).  The girls loved the experience and the weather couldn’t have been any better.


lily couldn’t believe there was both a One Direction float AND a Barbie Princess and the Pop star float.


Swarovski Crystal float, above. Royal Canadian Mounted Police, below.


The  Grey Cup and Pinball Clemons


and of course, Santa


Thanks for stopping by - and to my American friends and family, wishing you a safe and blessed Thanksgiving celebration.

{I hope to be back to more regular posting next week!}


Friday, November 9, 2012

Crafting with my kids: Remembrance Day Poppies

The girls have been practising their primary choir Remembrance Day songs all week – their favourite Remembrance Day song is Roland Majeau’s A Soldier’s Cry. 
And the soldier cries oh Canada
Be true
And strong
For me
While the girls sang, we worked on potato print poppies this week using real poppy seeds. This  is a great craft for young children that I spotted on  The Learning Curve.
I love poppy crafts.  Below, is Lily’s first poppy craft. It was a gluing craft (age 3).  I don’t save all the girls’ crafts, but I thought it was important to save the first poppy.