Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Another Top 3

For Cheryl, who doesn't watch enough movies to answer the previous question.

Have you ridden an elephant?
Bungee jumped?
Worn matching hats at an airport?

Now is your chance to share it with the world.

Name the 3 craziest things you have done.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Choose your Top 3

(subtitle: 500 Dynamic Discussion Starters to Get Your Teenagers Talking)

At supper, instead of asking "How was your day?" we ask a question from this handy little book.
The answers give us something to talk about and we gain perspective into each other's thoughts. Connor's friends seem to really enjoy it as well. Connor's friend Derek was around one night when they had to tell us their top 3 personal injury stories. Watching the two hardcore snowboarder/mountain bikers compare injuries was like that scene from one of the Lethal Weapons where Mel Gibson and Rene Russo show each other their scars.

Todays question: Choose your top 3 movies about high school

Careful - your answer may date you!

Tori - we missed your contribution to this discussion!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Quotes about Love

I went looking in my quote book for something appropriate to celebrate Valentine's Day. Alas, I could not find anything sentimental. Have no fear, I did find some to share with you!

Some birds mate for life. There's no divorce in the aviary world, apparently. I think that's why they fly into windows, it's the only way out .... Robin Fairbanks

Marriage is a three ring circus: engagement ring, wedding ring and suffer-ring ... Anonymous

My mother always said that a rose is the perfect symbol of romance. It dies after a few days, it's pretty petals fall off and all you're left with is the ugly prickly thing ... Maureen Murphy

Hope these made you chuckle!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

(The end - for now) of What I've been up to

Inspired by the apron I made my mom, after Christmas sales and winter nesting I have been quite industrious. Here is a group shot of the aprons I have made, followed by individual pictures. I have a few more I want to finish but no time right now.

And I made a few diapers and an apron for Haiti.

I made the pattern for this one from my granny's holey, threadbare one that my mom was still wearing. I think it turned out great. Mom -yours will look just like it but with the pink (to make the boys wink) bias tape you requested.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

What I've been up to - getting organized

When I started all the mittens I told you about in the last post I had an awful time finding and matching my double-pointed needles. Most of the plastic envelopes they come in had ripped and the needles were loose all over my craft shelf and stuck in pattern books. I figured there had to be a better way to store them so I started looking for cases in stores. Nada. I looked on line and found a few for sale but they were all over $60. So I found a few tutorials on needle rolls, some scrap material and bias tape (leftover from making aprons) and got to work.

Here are the raw materials.

And the finished product! It only took a few hours and I am pleased with the results.

When I am done, I fold down the upper half, roll it up and tie it. No more lost needles!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

What I've been up to - part 1

While you were knitting crazy hats, I was knitting mittens.

This is all Tori's fault. When asked what she wanted for Christmas, she replied she wanted me to make her mitts. So I did. Apparently mittens on strings are back so I fastened ribbons to them.

The above pair was done in her favourite colours but didn't really match her cape (or any other winter wear) so I made her a pair of flip mitts too. I was working like crazy on these and managed to finish them one hour after we dropped her at the airport. Canada Post must love me this year since I am sending parcels coast to coast regularly.

Then I took a break and did this puzzle that my parents gave me for Christmas. It was the hardest one I have done for a long time. Too bad Susan wasn't around to help put in a piece or two.

Connor really liked the colour of the first pair I did and asked for mitts with fingers. So I made him mitts with fingers (some of you may know them as gloves).

I have made many other items over the last month and I will share them with you shortly.

Stay tuned!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

For Caitlin

I have been slowly packing a box for you.

I thought I would give you some choice as to the contents.

Which one would you prefer?