Sunday, June 14, 2015

May Add a Crochet Page Here

Necklace made from crochet lace (mercerized co...
Necklace made from crochet lace (mercerized cotton size 10 on 1.75mm hook)with faceted chalcedony, sterling silver, and freshwater pearls. Original design. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I have recently been getting into crocheting.  It has been a fun and rewarding hobby for me and the kids.  I have made them a few things here and there and I have just begun!

I thought that maybe if I added a page to my current blog (no need to create a new one for this hobby) that everybody can see what we have been up to.  It will be a slow add, I will start with new projects and some of them take a little while make.

Not sure if I should add a page for the crochet or just add the posts throughout the home page of the blog.  What do you think?

I did not make this necklace, but thought that it was pretty to add here!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Saturday Crafts for Kids

Michaels store in Halifax, Nova Scotia
Michaels store in Halifax, Nova Scotia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Do your kids enjoy doing crafts? I know you are probably thinking that is a silly question, right? Well we love crafts here and we discovered a few months back that Michaels (the craft store) has something they call kids club.  It is a time for kids to do a fun craft on Saturdays and it is from 10 AM - 12 PM.  I believe the hours for it are the same at all the locations, but you may want to call your local Michaels to be sure.

At kids craft they make whatever the days craft is.  The supplies are included and there is a staff member there to assist them in making it.  Last week they made Mother's Day cards and this week I think is a frame but I cannot remember for sure.  The cost is only $2 per child and everything is included! You cannot beat that really.  You can hang with your child or walk around the store and shop while they are crafting.  It is a fun time kids and I highly recommend it if you live close enough to a Michaels store.

We are not affiliated with Michaels and receive no compensation for this post.  We are just customers who enjoy going to their store! Hope you have a wonderful day and if you do go to the kid's club on a Saturday, bring your smartphone.  They usually have coupons to use (not on the club craft but you could use it if shopping) and they take coupons off your phone.  Their coupons are on their site for each week - http://www.michaels.com

Friday, April 3, 2015

A Cute Crochet Headband for Easter

Crochet daffodil headband
I recently took a big interest in crochet. It is something I always thought was cool and I did try it in the past but didn't give it enough time
before to actually learn it. This time around I was determined and so I took the time to learn the stitches and really work at it. I am finding it to be quite fun and I can be rather creative!

 I am still new to it tho so I am working on a dress but I had goofed a couple times in the sizing. I am getting there tho! Anyway, here is a headband that I made. It is a daffodil and I tried to make the headband part look more like stems or vines. I think it turned out cute and one of the girls was rather excited to wear it to school. It was a success and it is something that is cute for Easter too. It is a little dressy but also a little bit of spring fun. I will have to get better at writing instructions so maybe I can start showing everybody how to make the things I make. I haven't been good at taking notes so I really need to remember to write the patterns down as I go.

Happy Easter everybody!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Tiny White Fuzzy Jumping Bugs?

Have you ever seen a tiny white fuzzy bug that looks almost like a tiny cottonball? I wish I could say this is a story my kids wrote for our blog, but no this really happen to me yesterday! 

I was in the yard yesterday doing some yard work, even tho it was ridiculously hot outside.  I did take breaks and I got it all done too! Not sure what made me think that yard work was a good idea when the feels like temperature was almost 100 but I couldn't stand to look at how high the weeds had gotten.  It happened quickly too, it is not like we let the yard work go for long.  Ok onto the true story about the tiny white fuzzy bug.

While I was pulling weeds I saw something tiny that first reminded me of stuff that falls off the cedar tree.  Didn't think much of it the first time I saw it because we get these little things all over being we have a cedar tree.  But as I am looking at another one that I found, I noticed that it is all white and looks a little bit fuzzy and not solid with a tint of color like the pieces from the cedar tree are.  So I stop for a second to get a better look and figured it was a piece of lint or something from somewhere.  What else was I to think? It was white, tiny and fuzzy just like a real small cottonball only way too small to be a cottonball.

Take note that I was kneeling because I was pulling weeds and stuff.  As I kneel down even closer to the ground because I see another little fuzzy white thing and I was curious where it was coming from, I saw it moving.  Now I was a bit more curious but thought maybe it was just the slight wind moving it.  All of a sudden it jumped (no joke either) about a foot in the air right at me - yikes! You want to talk about me jumping? Ok it was NOT a piece of lint :) Yes my back is now hurting today and I am sure that bug has much to do with it, I haven't jumped that fast in a very long time!

So I have no idea what this tiny little white fuzzy jumping bug was, but I was finding them all throughout the yard.  I couldn't believe it jumped as high as it did, but these little buggers sure can jump.  Anybody have any idea what this tiny thing could be or if they bite? I got a couple bites yesterday, but we have so many spiders that every time I pull weeds spiders scatter so I don't know what actually bit me.  We also have the Asian Tiger Mosquito here now which bites aggressively during the day so I don't think it was these little white things that got me.

Monday, June 24, 2013

A Twist on Bedtime Story Book Reading

Many parents read a bedtime story to their children and it helps them fall asleep.  It also is a nice bonding time and kids enjoy it too! There are definitely benefits to reading bedtime stories to your kids.

Well our girls are getting a little bit older and not as interested in me reading them a bedtime story anymore.  There is a new twist on story time here at our house! Both of my girls love to read and they both read on higher grade levels then the grade they are in (yup so proud!)

My younger daughter is a night owl in the summer and so she often stays up quite late when she doesn't have school.  There are many times that she makes sure that she stays awake late enough to "put me to bed" and then she goes to bed right after me.  No worries, Daddy is still up when she does this until she goes to sleep.

She now (if she can stay awake) stays up until I go to bed.  She comes in and brushes her teeth with me and let's me finish getting ready for bed while she picks out a book.  She then sits up next to me once I am laying down in bed and reads me the book she picked out.  Just like I would do for her, it is so cute :) There have been times she has told me that she was going to tuck me in before the bedtime story as she is fixing the blanket around me.  Yes I sound spoiled!

This is all her idea and she looks forward to doing this at least a couple times a week in the summer.  It is our little twist on the bedtime story books here.  I am proud of her for picking out difficult books to read too.  She doesn't reach for the easy one.

Have your children read you a bedtime story in bed?
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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy Father's Day :)

We should always be letting our dads know how great they are, but today is his day and let him know how much you appreciate all he does for you! Dads do so much for their kids.  They play with you as you are growing up, they give us unconditional love and show us how to be responsible adults as we grow up.

Happy Father's day to dads all over the world: You are awesome and thank you for all you do for your kids and the love you share with them.  You have an important part in your child's life - even tho sometimes it can be rough going and they may not like the decisions you make.  It is ok, they love you still and will see that your tough decisions were for their own well being.  I know sometimes as a kid you can't see it being the right decision, but they will thank you for it later.

I remember my dad making some tough decisions and I had a few choice (and not so nice) words to say about it when I was a kid.  I didn't see that it was for my own good, but trust me I appreciate those tough decisions he made now (and of course my mom made tough ones too.)

Thank you dad for all the fun we had when I was growing up and the fun we still have when we see you.  I know we don't see you as often as I would like with you living further away, but we do always think about you here! I remember the days of daddy and me play dates, canoeing down the river and having an awesome time :) The days of helping out in the garage because I was having fun hanging out with dad and learning about how you fix the cars! There are so many more thanks and we always did so much together as a family and I will always remember those days.

Happy Father's Day Dad and thank you.  Happy Father's Day to my honey too and thank you for being a great dad for our kids!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

A Bird Attacked my Tomato Plants!

This year I have been keeping a close eye on my tomato plants and making sure that they don't start to get
Tomato plant after bird attacked it!
any insects eating them.  I have battled a few pests that attack the plants in the past years and I was being quite cautious this year. This morning I was on the deck having my cup of coffee and looked into the yard to see a bird by the plants.  I birds in our yard throughout the day, usually looking for something to eat and then fly away quickly (after all  there are a bunch of wild cats in the neighborhood.)  I didn't think much of it since I see them walk the yard and pecking at the ground before quickly flying away every day.

As I am watching this bird, I see it is staying a bit close to the plants the whole time but I couldn't see what it was doing from the deck.  Then all of a sudden it flew off and away with something green in it's mouth.  Yikes! I went down to the plants to see what the bird was doing and found a poor tomato plant there with absolutely no leaves on it and only short pieces of the branches were left.  It had gotten a branch or 2 off of a couple other tomato plants too (or another bird did) but not as bad as this poor plant.

This all happen today since birds are not night creatures and the plants were in great shape last night.  I was so frustrated and could not believe that a bird attacked my tomato plants.  It was such a healthy plant too.

I wish I chased it out of the yard, but I have never had this problem before.  I also looked at all the other plants to see if there were any hornworms (trying to give this flying feathered creature the benefit of the doubt) but there was no evidence of the hornworms.  So now I am going to be trying some experiments to see how I can keep them from attacking my garden! I won't do anything toxic, I prefer to just keep them out of my yard/garden.

If anybody has any advice on how to keep my garden safe, please do share!

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