Published August 12, 2013
I thought long and hard about whether to start a new blog or to re-work this one into something that works better for me. I was struggling with the constraints of the blog name and the project it represented. So I have decided to move on and start another new blog. This time I have my own domain name (pinwheels and stories) and I’m really excited about it already. I’ve shared my birth story and a cute DIY bag project so far. Coming up is homemade granola and more tales of my life as a mama in California.
I hope you enjoy it and don’t worry, this site will still be here to explore and I may even pop in every so often to say hi. I hope you’ll join me in my new home!
Emily may only be one but she loves to scribble with crayons (and try to eat them) and I think if I were to let her loose with paint she’d have a whale of a time. I haven’t quite been brave enough for that yet but it is on the list of things to do outside this summer – I think it could be lots of fun if we did it with some of her playmates too.
In the meantime we have been playing with water on our concrete patio.
You can paint with a paintbrush. Or make hand prints.
At least 10 mins of fun before the toddler is bored and decides to paint the bushes.
I will keep you all posted on how the “proper” painting goes when we attempt it. Any other simple craft ideas for a one year old?
Published April 23, 2013
Tags: baby, clothes, dress, toddler
I intended to make this dress for her birthday but, as is often the way, I had to reassess my to-do list and put it to one side in favour of making sure the party guests had food to eat. But at last a couple of nights ago I put in a last burst of effort and got it finished.
Getting the little miss to sit still long enough to take photos is quite the challenge but I hope to get some better shots soon and then I’ll share more details on the pattern and the fabric. I hope this sneak peek is enough to keep you going until then!
Our little girl is no longer a baby! To celebrate her turning the big ONE we had a party at home with her friends, our friends and neighbours.
The giant one and the streamers were made from crepe paper. Directions are on the marvelous One Happy Day blog.
The felt pinwheels acted as labels for the food. You make them the same way as paper pinwheels, see some directions here. I added a cute button in the middle with a bit of hot glue. We also had “proper” pinwheels in the garden for the kids to play with and take home.
We had a fabulous day celebrating Emily’s birthday. We can’t wait to see what the next stage of her life has in store for us!
Published March 28, 2013
Tags: books, decor, home, nook, reading
When we moved in to our rented house in California we were at a loss at what to do with the brick structure in the corner of our living room. Presumably it was meant to be a fire place. But there was no stove. So I initially filled it with photos.
But with a mobile baby (almost-toddler eeek!) I needed to come up with a new plan. Emily loves snuggling up with me and reading or just sitting and turning pages on her own so the plan for a reading nook was born. The only purchase I made were more pillows. I covered the bottom with old quilts, a duvet and a blanket. The mantle is decorated with Spring-themed books (and the birdhouses I made before she was born) – I plan to change the theme every so often as I get bored looking at the same things all the time. And when she’s older she’ll be able to help me choose what we put there.
We love it!
Here’s my week 9 spread for Project Life. I shared it on Instagram already and it seemed to be a popular one! If you want to get sneak peeks of my weeks, follow me there as I often share before I manage to blog the detail.
So as you can see I went all black and white this week. No kit. Very little journalling and lots of white space.
I’ve been embracing the iPhone apps this week: Over for the type, PicTapGo for the editing, and Afterglow for the frames. I love doing all the editing on my phone and then I can also print from my phone too. Makes for a much quicker process.
I love this week but I’m missing colour. So we’ll be returning to some brighter photos for week 10 I think. What do you think?