Sunday, April 22, 2012

Earth Day

earthdaycomp We celebrated Earth Day with our annual park clean up, the event was chilly but well attended. 

For the past ten days, we have been working on a papier-mâché globe.

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I still can’t believe we persevered on this project. This was the first time that the girls and I have attempted mache.  I think it will be awhile before we try it again as it is very labour-intensive: three coats of newspaper plus drying time, one coat of paint and then one coat of Modge Podge.  That being said,  I was kind of delighted when they told their grandparents all about the project – I think a few memories were made.

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{The continent templates are from  One Charming Party}

I anticipate there will be a pause between posts for the next little while as things are more busy than I like at the day job.

Hope to be back soon - thanks for reading and Happy Earth Day!

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Magnolia

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Nearly ten years ago, I took a continuing education urban gardening course.  The instructor, a local master gardener, encouraged us to keep lists of interesting plant specimens in our neighbourhood.   He would name off lists of local trees and plants and where you could spot them actually growing in someone’s yard.  These sorts of “neighbourhood plants lists” have become a bit of a habit us - sort of something we track when we walk the dog or on our way to school.  We will often change our route if we know something is about to bloom.  This weekend it was the magnolias.

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IMG_9200 Magnolias hold a special place in early Tiffany glass making.  You may have seen this image before.

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(Image via Sothebys)

At home, we recreated a “stained glass” magnolia window using contact paper, black cardstock, and tissue paper. I drew the magnolias free hand and cut them out with a craft knife. The girls applied the tissue paper.  {The contact paper technique is adapted from a past Wee Folk project that we have tried and although not entirely necessary the technique works well for young children and makes “stain glass” paper projects more durable.}

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Have a great week and thanks for stopping by,

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Bento {the post where I tell you about how much I love Daiso}

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I recently finished reading the book Fifteen Minutes Outside by Rebecca Cohen. It has some excellent tips on how to bond with your kids outdoors, year round.  One of the ideas that the author promotes is year around picnics outside.  I am trying to do more of that, but it takes some advance planning.  I picked up these Bento boxes at Daiso when I visited San Francisco in February.  They were perfect for our Sakura / Cherry blossom viewing picnic.

IMG_9153 If you have never been to Daiso it is real treat.  Daiso is a Japanese dollar store.  I had palpitations when I my sister drove me to the outskirts of SF  to this big one in Daly City (I had previously been only to the one on Market Street). These photos were taken in mid February.

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Lots of Bento boxes

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colourful silicon and paper liners

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and I love the variety of craft supplies

Colourful packing tapes (I left with several rolls)

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Glassine bags

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gingham paper bags in various sizes (I left with a package)

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scrapbooking embellishments

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rolls of craft felt, including printed craft felt

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Felt buttons (I picked up a package of the apple ones)

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Fun stationary sets (I picked up one for Lily)

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There are also many unusual items, such as these little socks for chair legs

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Shopping bags

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Flags and koi kites

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I could have taken a ton more photos, but I have decided you will have to see for yourselves.  Sadly there is only one Daiso location in Canada (in Richmond, British Colombia), hopefully one will open in my neck of the woods in the future.  In the meantime, it is always on my to-do list when I am in the San Francisco area.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by,

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Monday, April 9, 2012

Sakura Hanami – Cherry blossom viewing

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I hope you had a lovely Easter!  We have been out of the city and returned late last night.  I had the day off so the girls and I travelled  across town (17 subway stops!) to view the cherry blossoms at High Park.   {For Torontonians, I have been following this blog  and this blog trying to get a blow by blow so that we wouldn’t miss this special moment. }

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We had a little picnic under the cherry tree (more details in a separate post)  and when we returned home we tried out the recycled soda bottle cherry blossom craft which was featured on alphamom.  I can’t believe I actually had a Decoart paint called “cherry blossom pink”!  The branches are faux bois contact paper.

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{The mini Kokeshi April calendar is from the Creative Mama.}

We really enjoyed the day!

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Thanks for stopping by,

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Blessings

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This year we sprouted our wheat grass in some old loaf tins.  She has been tending to this grass since March 17th.

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Our wheatgrass loaves made a fun photo prop for the vintage Easter giveaway I won over at Musings of Kim K, thank you Kim! There was so much excitement to open such a grand parcel full of goodies. {There was also something special and unexpected for our doll house, but I will share that in a later doll house update post}.

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And speaking of special deliveries, my sister, brother-in-law, and nephew welcomed a new addition: baby girl named Elsa May.   She was discharged from hospital and we look forward to meeting our newborn niece this weekend. 

Inspired by this post, my sister wanted a felt bunting for the newborn bassinet.  I made the felt polka dot bunting (she did not know whether she was expecting a girl or a boy) using this tutorial over at the Purl Bee. The color scheme is loosely based on Dwell’s Dot Fun nursery bedding line.  It was very fortunate because the bunting arrived in the mail on her birth date.  The felt peeps bunting is one of my sister’s Easter decorations (tutorial over at Made).  I understand that the nurses got a kick out of the buntings and it was nice touch because Elsa had to stay a little longer in hospital than first expected.

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It is so wonderful to have a new baby in the family again!

Wishing you a joyous Easter and Passover season,

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