umbrella prints trimmings competition 2012

crafting,creative community,sewing | Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

oh this was a fun game to play. i loved working on the various small projects. it’s amazing how many fresh ideas one can come up with using a small package of fabric trimmings… something for the bebe, toys for the boys, a little something for my studio wall, another little something for the mantle and some things for gifting;

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juggling bean bag set of 3 – pattern by Denyse Schmidt;

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crochet stone – pattern by Margaret Oomen with the addition of fan flower trimming which to me resembles a seashell;

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crochet stone au verso (in case you were curious) along with a set of 3 discards. Trimmings are sewn on heavy card stock bordered with a letterpress herringbone pattern (herringbone is one of my all time favorite fabric patterns especially for my older boy’s pants);

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multimedia embroidery hoop. Little A and i each carved a cloud stamp to print alongside the beautiful grey cloud trimming i received. smaller trimmings were used to patch a cloud and the embroidered bird design comes from an awesome umbrella print! i may add more to this over time but here’s how it hangs for now;

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buttons! so useful and unique to accent a clutch purse (pattern by Amy Karol) or pin cushion (sorry no photo) or for a little one’s cashmere cardigan;

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big bib and baby cotton waffle blanket with patchwork details;

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all used up! fingers crossed that my images are pinned over at Pinterest – i’m eager to win more umbrella prints for my stash! Voting is from June 1st-7th. The person with the most repins from our Umbrella Prints Trimmings Competition board will be the Peoples Choice WINNER!

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Thank you Amy and Carly for the inspiration. it was super fun and i look forward to seeing the other entries.

edit –  i didn’t realize that i could only submit 1 photograph for pinterest so here’s some resized;

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sunny moments

Blue skies and sunshine, Little A on the mend after 2 weeks of fever and cough, weekend play and it’s feeling a lot like Summer break. This weekend there was much puttering about the home, garage and garden, lots of coffee and breakfasts and some exploring too.

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sunday’s coffee sack race;

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Also, i’ve been nominated 1 of 30 top mommy bloggers in Vancouver. What a surprise! i didn’t realize that i had so many local readers here. I feel a bit geeky and a lot more shy to consider that people i haven’t met might recognize me and my family out and about but this blog is always proving to be something other than my original plan for it which was to keep family and friends, near and far, up to date with our daily ventures without clogging their inbox with everyday photos. Over time i’ve connected with some amazing women and mamas from all over the world – it only seems right to embrace the local connections….vote here if you like.

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celebrations,day to day,playful,seasons | Saturday, May 26th, 2012

I think i had the most perfect birthday ever – we all of us woke together and there was a birthday table set for me! aww. It was so pleasantly unexpected. x.  Coffee and breakfast with the usual shenanigans (brie on the side),  plenty of text,  message and phone call wishes to start my day at home with the boys. The morning played out as it so often does and while the littlest one napped, the older boy and i sat in the sun and wrote out lists of “things we love in no particular order”. Near the top of my own list was the meadow of lupines and buttercups and somewhere on his list were Katmandu and Himalayan High smoothies from East is East so when our youngest awoke we headed off for our fill of each. Little A insisted on photos of the birthday mama and i’m so happy he snapped these (mostly of me chasing the littlest one who couldn’t get his fill of running up and down the hill). i love this place;

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over in the meadow

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lupines

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We played long in the lupines, longer than we had time for and so the return home to settle the kids and get myself changed was rather rushed and it wasn’t until after i made 3 pick ups and drove out to Deer Lake Park that i realized i had gone out dressed like this – big oops! So what do you think? Should i have gone for red or yellow? I’m still laughing at myself;

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the show was awesome!

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small is special

celebrations | Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

papa is away in Guatemala, big brother is alternating chills and fever and when you’re two, small is special and simple is abundant so that’s how we did it. 2 years ago this 5:55 morning Little Munroe was birthed into being and has been loved up ever since. first he turned 1 and now he is 2;

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aww babe, you woke up so happy this morning and in a moment of what i guess was just sheer joy you opened your arms wide and wrapped up your big brother in the greatest longest hug that i nearly cried to see your spread your love and intuitively give those extra cuddles to your brother when he needs them most.

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snuggles

we couldn’t have chosen a more appropriate verse, sweet simple and true;

chalkboard wishes

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two candles

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as i tucked him into bed i said once again to him, “happy birthday sweet boy” and he made a candle with his finger and blew it out. this kid, he’s something special;

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island time

away for the weekend

keeping on with the 30 day ocean side challenge – day 5 above and 6 below;

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there were several highlights this short trip away all of which beckon me back sooner than later.

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kick back

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beacon (down) hill

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(tourists indeed);

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oh man don’t you just want to love him up? squish. (too bad flash lighting buzzed in front of the lens just then);

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