Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Tour

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It was the hottest, stickiest evening of year and we took the kids to the Molson Amphitheatre see the Beach Boys.   We had a fun time listening and dancing to tunes in the lawn seating and it was the perfect way to start the summer.
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Lots of  Hawaiian shirt sightings
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All of Lily’s favourites made the playlist  (Barbara Ann, Surfer Girl, and That’s Why God Made the Radio) so she was satisfied.
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In the days leading up to the show, we worked a little Beach Boys into our Father’s Day crafting (using this song lyric wall art tutorial over at a Beautiful Mess).
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From the dashboard of my heart … have a great day!
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Monday, June 11, 2012

Toadstools

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We have a space in our backyard which is quite shady due to the overhang of our neighbour’s three umbrella catalpa trees.   I wanted to use this spot for a little outdoor  reading area for the girls.  I found this neat tutorial over at Twig & Toadstool which reinvents old wooden bowls into toadstools.   I used a slightly different wooden bowl than the tutorial - those parquet  type you used to see in the seventies.  I found 8 bowls at Value Village (cost about 6$ total) and transformed the bowls into decorative toadstools of various sizes.

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My neighbour has a woodpile and gave me the two large stumps which act as seating for the reading area.

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and a little “cuckoo clock” (Lily made this in the winter, the tutorial is found over at Ever Kelly).

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The big toadstool between the stumps is a useful table for bowls of berries.

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The girls love this addition to our yard, although they sort of bicker about who gets to sit on the stump under the chandelier.  That is the preferred stump!

Have a great week and thanks for stopping by,

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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Jubilee Doll house

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There was a little Jubilee surprise for the girls this morning. 
Last week, I found a little wooden doll house display at a thrift shop. It was perfect to create a doll house within our doll house.  The shape is very similar to the large doll house we gave the girls for Christmas.
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My bloggy friend Kim K recently sent us a number of wonderful miniatures including several very special Britannia miniatures. Thank you so much Kim, the miniatures are such a meaningful and thoughtful gift.
A telephone booth and miniature flowers.
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A fun shopping tote and a small display doll house.
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A pub sign.
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  A sewing machine also from Kim (I squealed when I saw it).  The Red Rose kettle is one of my Wade figurines and you can see Canada Post’s Jubilee stamp.
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Here is the doll house inside our doll house.  Tea is served.
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The little prince and princess are from Fisher Price’s Royal Doll House (1996) toy line, called Once Upon a Dream (more information here).   I recently found them second hand along with this gang from the 1990s.  I gave them to Evangeline Hope for her fourth birthday present and she plays with them all of the time.
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Thanks for stopping by and happy Jubilee!  {A couple of Jubilee store front windows in my neighbourhood and a few photos my dad scanned for me from his 1952 souvenir newspapers}
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