Tuesday, August 28, 2012

What I Wore Wednesday - Vacation Edition

This week I sucked again at taking pictures. We are on vacation this week, we spent 4 days at the cottage and I wasn't picture worthy so I didn't put in an effort in taking my pictures.  I mean you don't really want to see me in yoga pants and t-shirts anyways.

This week was a semi-productive week in terms of my projects. You can check them out  here where I hold myself accountable on a weekly basis and post my pictures on facebook and twitter daily. 
 As with previous weeks I'm linking up with The Pleated Poppy , Mama Go Round and the Transatlantic Blonde.


 headband - made by me
t-shirt - fashion Bug
pearls - left to me by my Aunt
jeans - MXM

I was told by a co-worker that I look very dress up, another one told me I looked like I was glowing, another one commented about my hair.  Something was up because I rarely get so many compliments.


t-shirt - from Rock (he got the wrong size when he went to see Blue Rodeo in concert so it's mine now)
jeans - MXM

Here are a few shots from our weekend at the cottage

 Doesn't Rock look amazing here 218 lbs lost and counting. I am sooo proud of him.

We spent a lot of time painting and crafting

Tuesday - The Ex

not very flattering pictures of me
headband - made by me
t-shirt - stolen from Rock (because our washer broke and I had no clean clothes, replacement one comes Friday)
capris and belt - Penningtons
brace -physio

And a not so great full body family picture. We have been doing pictures with these signs for 8 years now, it's an inside family joke.

Here are a few more pictures from our day today

The last 2 pictures were taken by Rock on the Alpine ride. I may or may not have had a panic attack on that ride when I was on it. heights and I don't do well, and it was sooo slow. I totally freaked out on Monkey who went on with me.  It was her 3rd time on it.

We had a great day but that fun isn't over yet. Tomorrow we go to Canada's Wonderland, Thursday is our "down day" where I hope to get my hair done, take Monkey and me to Dr's appointments and then take the girls shopping for shoes for school, Friday is another day at the Ex, Saturday we are visiting with friends. Sunday and Monday I hope to maybe rest and get my house in order and cleaned up before back to work and back to school.

I hope that everyone had a great week and  creative week.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Creative Journey - A Daily Dose of Creativity Week 34

I can't believe it's believe I've been doing this for over 30 weeks, it all started here.  I have been doing at least one creative act everyday for over 30 weeks now.  There has been days when I haven't taken a picture of what I have done every day but I have been creative. 

This week wasn't so good in terms of productivity but once we hit the cottage on Friday I got a lot done. Monkey was so happy to have some time to raft with me.  I didn't do much work on my business plan this weekend. Just working on product prototypes.  

If you want to see what I am up to on a daily basis you can check me out on facebook or twitter.


Started on a hat for Muffin

More work on the hat and some sketches for Halloween costume ideas and bunk beds


Playing with a new watercolour set. It's been a while since we played together.

My ride was late so I worked on the hat some more.

Friday - was a good crafting day for us, we drove up to the cottage for a few days away.
working on the hat on the car ride to the cottage

And finished the hat

did some sketching and watercolours

Monkey was also in on the action

Monkey and I collaborated. I drew the picture and she painted it in.

Our set up

Pretty watercolours

Saturday - another big crafting day for us.

 We went to the Farmer's Market in town and picked up needle felting kits, the girls and I had fun working on them but the needles kept breaking on us. We broke 2 needles within 15 minutes of working on the kits and had to drive back to town to buy some more needles from the vendor. The 3 birds never got finished and 5 needles were broken. We will have to pick up some more felting needles.

Started a hat for Tutu

My mom working on her needle work

made all the pieces for Muffin's owl hat

Finished Tutu's hat but it's too small so my Godson will get it and I will work on another hat for Tutu

The progress on the second hat


worked on the second hat on the car ride home and finished it.

I hope everyone had a creative and productive week, and the upcoming week is as productive and creative.



Thursday, August 23, 2012

What Procrastinating Causes

I am suppose to be making coleslaw and packing for the cottage, we are going away for a few days to Rock's grandparent's cottage.  I want to go and get away for a few days, I just don't want to do the packing, I only have a little bit left to do but don't' feel like it right now.

I figured if I am procrastinating I should update you guys with my progress.  There hasn't been much, I am waiting for the quiet and the less distractions at the cottage to work on my Right Brain Business Plan. Working out product ideas, had a great idea for a new hat design and will make Tutu a prototype.

I found some more great links to share for any of you interested.

Handmadeology - a great resource for those with Etsy shops although the knowledge an be used for any small business.They have a great article for starting an Etsy store.  In that article I found a great link for this site Imaginative Bloom, they have a bunch of great creative business articles that I really enjoyed until I realized that they were written by April from Blacksburg Belle that I mentioned before. Gussy had a series on her blog today with inspirational business tips, that she co-hosted here are Just Love.ly .

I hope that these can help you out a bit, I found them very useful.

Today after spending much of my breaks and lunches at work researching I broke out some new watercolours and just played.

Tomorrow we are off for a few days of rest and relaxation before we have a crazy busy week of fun filled vacation days.  I hope you have a couple of creative days while I am off.


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

What I Wore Wednesday- Rocking Hair

OMG I sucked at taking pictures this week. But the one day I did take pictures was the best day.  My hair ROCKED on Sunday and I'm glad I have the photos to prove it, even if they are kinda poorly lit.  It was by soon to be Godson's 1st birthday and party on Sunday.  
I can't believe that just over a year ago I help support my cousin while she gave birth.  Can I just say that it is soooo much harder to support then to give birth. Mind you when she started pushing a fever hit me so it might have been better if I was feeling ok.   Also if any of my labours and pushing took as long as her's did that I would not have 3 kids. Seriously, she was in labour for over 24 hours (I was with her for 23 of those hours) and pushed for over an hour. My longest labour was 10 hours, and my longest pushing was 15 both with Monkey, with Muffin I was in labour for 8 hours, I went from 3cm to baby in 1 hour and 5 minutes. And 5 minutes was pushing, she just shot out. And Tutu was messed up labour with everything going on but it was about 9 hours and 8 minutes of pushing. So you an see why I kept having kids (it was easy for me) and I still would if Rock hadn't stopped me ;).

This week was a semi-productive week in terms of my projects. You can check them out  here where I hold myself accountable on a weekly basis and post my pictures on facebook and twitter daily. 
 As with previous weeks I'm linking up with The Pleated Poppy , Mama Go Round and the Transatlantic Blonde.
And the post is going up early today as Rock took Monkey and Muffin to gymnastics and I stayed home with Tutu and just hanged. I normally clean Tuesday nights when I only have 1 helper around but after the major cleaning I did on the weekend (cleaned, purged, organized and moved furniture) I needed a break.  I was still cleaning last night too. 

My cousin and I and Muffin.

headband - made by me (I am so loving this one and wearing it all the time, the colours make me happy)
pearl necklace - very old left to me by my Aunt
top - it's either Thyme Maternity or Penningtons
cuff - made by me
jeans - MXM
shoes - Walmart

I forgot to mention last week that I got new glasses (because my old ones broke 4 times in a year, so the Dr had that company replace them for me free of charge) and new shoes. 

Usually in my posts you don't see my shoes because when I come home the first thing I do is take off my shoes and if I go out I go outside barefoot to enjoy the grass under my feet while I can and the weather is nice.  But these ones are so pretty and colourful and make me happy,  I love pink.
And an we talk about my hair? These pictures don't do it justice but it looked awesome. I got so many compliments on it.  I love it.  Bu seriously an hour to do my hair, no way that's going to happen on a regular basis, before kids I spent that kind of time but not now. It's so simple I teased the top and put it up half-way. I pinned the back into a little flower (I was trying for a bow but my cousin said it looked like a flower), then I curled every so often.  Now if only I would go an colour my hair so it would look decent, I haven't done that since the beginning of the year (over 6 months ago) and may get a trim that hasn't been done sine October when Rock's grandfather did it for me on our trip to Louisville.   I think I may go and get that done next week when we are on vacation.
Speaking of vacation my Creative Journey post that is normally done on Sunday nights will be delayed until Monday when we come back from the cottage. Also there won't be any pictures on facebook or twitter as no internet connection up there.  We have 6 days off from work and they are jammed pack. Up at the cottage for a few days, then visiting the Ex on Tuesday, Wednesday we will go to Canada's Wonderland, Thursday I hope to get my hair done and Monkey and I have Dr's appointments and I want to take the girls shopping for their back to school shoes, Friday another trip to the Ex and then rest and relax over the long weekend. We may take a trip to Marineland  at some point but I would rather not after the week we will have.
I hope that everyone had a great week and  creative week.