Happy Halloween!

Feliz Halloween!
 Mi compi de trabajo hizo estas galletitas para Halloween!

mmmmm Qué ricas! Gracias Clara!
Happy Halloween! 
My colleague made theses cookies for Halloween! 

Yummy yummy! Thanks Clara!

Aprediendo a... Patchwork (log cabin)

Como os había dicho hace un par de semanas, hice un cursillo de iniciacion al Patch. Nos enseñaron la tecnica del Log-Cabin, conocidisimo tambien en el mundo tejeril.
Bueno, una mañana lluviosa llegué yo a la tienda de "Belen Patchwork" contentisima porque por primera vez iba a hacer un taller de 4 horas!! Oh si, y mi marido cuidando del peque, así que todo perfecto. A ver, que me lío... pues llegué puntual y ya estaba otra de las alumnas, majisima y tambien estaba la profe. Nos dijo que dos personas habian cancelado y que faltaba una... total que subimos a la parte de arriba de su tienda para empezar con el taller. Nos tenía preparadas tiras de tela cortadas a 3cm y un cuadradito con el patron!!! (He de decir que esto para mi es un hallazgo, igual todo el mundo sabe de esto, pero para mi coser siguiendo las lineas es una pasada) sorry, se me olvido hacer fotos. Bueno, despues de darme una aguja minuscula (que las mias eran enormes) empezamos con la cuestion... al principio un poco lioso, pero a la segunda vuelta hizo "clic" y el resto fue "coser y cantar"
Aqui una foto de lo que hice en clase

lo que cosi en casa...
y el desastre absoluto intentando poner el biés... uff! terrible! para esto necesito otra clase, pero bueno, hice lo mejor que pude inventandome las esquinas...
y el resultado es este cuadradito que a mi hijo le encanta y le he dado para que juegue

Mis conclusiones... que quiero hacer unos cojines con la misma tecnica, que me ha gustado mucho y que tengo que aprender a poner el dichoso bies!!! Me he cargado todo el trabajo sólo por no poder acabar "limpiamente". En fin, en busca de algun tutorial por la red...
Ah! por cierto, la otra alumna finalmente llego, me soltó que mi nombre qué quería decir, dijo que con esa aguja ella no cosia, que no tenía naaada de tiempo (sí claro, nosotras somos unas desocupadas y tenemos todo el tiempo del mundo) cosío de la forma más chapucera posible (pa´mis nervios) y yo debía tener una casa enorme si tenía una habitacion solo para mis "chorradas"... Se me han quitado todas las ganas de ir a talleres, porque con esta petarda 4 horas es demasiado... cada día quiero más a mi templo y cada día me cuesta más salir de él.

what's on L's phone?!

my parents are in DC (my crazy Mom ran another marathon there) WHAT A GREAT WEEK FOR A VACATION ON THE EAST COAST, EH? sheesh. anyway, they sent me this pic and i am obsessed.

mean muggin'. thanks auntie M for the halloween hat!  

Gem has really started noticing Cleo. most specifically her tail. Cleo isn't thrilled about it. also, DON'T WORRY, JJ shaved his mustache.  

hahahhaa my Mom found this in their house. a list of all my suitors. kljfdlkadfs best part is the heart with the 'z. classic. 

ohhhh this little pouty face. it kills us! 

Cleo the Caretaker. BTW THAT IS NOT MY HAIRY LEG IT'S JJ's. 

don't you hate when a blogger does the humble brag? well i'm going to not very humbly brag brag brag until the sun goes down and not even care. because that is my high school dance team skirt and shell. GO VIKINGS! it took a lot of sweating and grunting and struggling, and i practically need to spray myself with Pam to get it off...but i managed to stuff myself into it. the iPhone and the baby prove that this picture was not in fact taken in high school. ok brag time over. sorry i'm not sorry.

she snatched that apple right out of my hands!  

 LJ took this pic. hahahaha look at her little tongue. and look at JJ's face. 

my sister-in-law received this seahorse for her baby girl (who is due tomorrow!) at her shower, and i thought it was brilliant. a little glow toy that plays watery sounds and soothing bedtime music for 5 minutes. just what Gemsie Bear needs to get her to calm down and fall asleep at night. she is obsessed with the thing. we only bring it out during bedtime so she associates it with sleep, at it totally works! JJ and i may love the damn thing more than she does.

i loveeeeeeeeee her.

My new Lush Cosmetics blog.

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Can be found on this tumblr: lushcosmeticsxo
I'm quite lonely over there with only 9 followers but you've got a Lush tumblr or know of any please share! In future all my Lush reviews will be posted on this blog.

Polka Dots

I'm loving life right now, but I have been so busy and have hardly had time to post. These photos feel like they were taken sooooo long ago. I didn't even get a chance to capture any fall photos this year before the snow hit Calgary. Snow has completely blanketed the city and it will be winter on the blog from this post forward. 

Upcoming posts: I have a giveaway from CoutuKitch coming up this week and another beauty post from Joe Fresh! 

Outfit Details
Wilfred silk maxi skirt
Vero Moda polka dot tank top
Joe Fresh denim shirt
Gap sandals

Photos by my sister


The winner of the Globo Shoes giveaway is number 1, Christie D! Congratulations Christie!

October round up.

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what's inside my brain

dress: Zac Posen for Target, infinity scarf: F21, heels: Steve Madden

are you wondering what i'm looking at in this pic??

i was looking at him, all perched on that post, pretending that his body is small enough for his whole self to fit. squirrels are just clogging up my life, with their bullshit antics. i'm tired of it.

1. MOTHERHOOD.COM: I AM NOT PREGNANT 100% OF THE TIME. whyyyyy do they still send me deals on maternity clothes?!

2. Seattleites: nothing in life is more stressful than heading to the freeway and being stopped at a light going uphill on James St. AM I RIGHT?! when it turns green you're all "OHMYGODDDDDD PLEASE CAR GO FROM BRAKE TO DRIVE SMOOTHLY SO I DON'T ROLL BACKWARDS AND HIT THE CAR BEHIND MEEEEEEEEEE" and then you end up peeling out because you went from brake to drive too fast. i cannot even imagine the angst that comes with having to drive a stick up this hill. i get sweaty and nervous and i just can't deal.

3. i watched Arthur last week. and i literally can't get through my favorite scene without laughing my ass off, rewinding it and watching it again. 


4. Gemmie loves herself some Baby Signing Time.

5. i hate all things football, but i will tolerate the NFL song with the ringing bells that sound like Christmas music.

6. well Taylor, you've done it again. the album is just delicious.

7. i want a pearly pink Mary Kay car without actually having to do all the hard work selling that much makeup. is that so much to ask? probably.

8. you guys. i am the worst. i was giving Cleo a haircut and i sliced her ear with the scissors. i feel like a real jerk. after googling, i learned that i need to place a comb between her skin and the matted areas that need to be cut, so that i don't do this again. wahhhhh i'm sorry Cleobabyyyyy!

9. JJ lost my keys this weekend. i said, "did you check all the pockets of the coat and pants you were wearing when you drove my car??" he said "OBVIOUSLY L, GHODDDD." we searched literally everywhere. even the garbage. twice. which was so disgusting. Gemma's poopy diapers mixed with coffee grounds and a rotten banana are not the makings of a pleasant potpourri. after searching for 3 hours (taking breaks to eat candy corn obvs), JJ walked up to me holding my keys. "i found them in the jacket pocket i was wearing when i drove your car." aksdjfklajsdfkladjs

10. IT'S UGG SEASON, BITCHES. my feet rejoice.

Topeka Rose - Rose Garden BOM block 4

 How organised am I!  My quilts are all delivered for the Adelaide Quilt show 8-11 November, and I have made the November Rose Block a whole week early.  Got my life (temporarily) back in hand.  It is now available to download from the Legend and Lace website.

Hope you like this months block - Topeka Rose.  I did a little research on it and found a number of references, including one at the Spencer Museum (type in "Topeka Rose" for your search).  There are a few different designs, and I have used this image to create my drawing.

I thought I would give you a little step-by-step look at how I completed my block.

First off, I put my drawing on the light box, and put my fabric face down onto the drawing.  I then trace the drawing onto the back of the fabric with a 2B lead pencil.  At this stage I start thinking about the layers of the applique - what to do first, second etc.  In this case the leaves come first.

 I tack the leaf fabric onto the front of the block, using a size 8 needle and quilting thread.  I use the design on the back, and sew on top of the lines.  See how I have made the leaves as one piece instead of individual pieces.  Makes for easier handling.
 Once the leaves are tacked in place, I draw over the stitches with a Clover white wash out pen.  It helps to highlight the stitching line in case you can not see it properly.
 After the leaves are all done, I then tack the stems in place.  Make sure they are long enough so that they will be covered by the next layer of the applique.
 Stems are all done, so it is time for the flowers. The buds are done, then the centre red petals  They look a bit like hearts,  You do not need to take them right to the centre of the block, but just tack in place, which will be covered by the next layer.
 The pink petals are done next.  I found it easier to complete two opposite pieces first, then the final 2 pieces can then be added, and butted up close to the first 2 petals.  Leave the very centre flat, not turned under, as you will put the circle over the top.

All done!  I used Perfect Circles to complete the circle in the centre.  From the pack you choose the one you need.  Cut out a circle of fabric larger than the size,  do a running stitch around the edge of the fabric, pull up the stitches.  Press, remove the circle template, press again, and stitch in place.

I will start working ahead with the rest of the blocks while I can, and have them available as soon as you might need them.  Hope you are liking these lovely traditional floral blocks.

three months

baby emmie is three months old.  yay itty bitty, you're getting so big!  here's what's going on with your little self.

you are a very happy baby almost all the time.  your smiles are absolutely awesome.  sometimes you have little mischievous grins and sometimes giant, open-mouth, toothless cheeser smiles!  you smile at me and your poppa nearly anytime we come near you or talk to you.  it is so fun to see you respond to things.  you also still smile at your headbands [aka your friends] and when you're pulling on your blankets.  you like people most of the time and smile at your family and honorary aunties and uncles.
i think you're still the most smile-y when i come get you out of your crib.  you've got smiles for days!
you no longer have a witching hour, hallelujah!  you now only have a few crying fits a day right before your naps.  you fight sleep at your naps and that makes momma sad.  you throw a little baby tantrum [arched back, kicking legs].  its a little comical because you'll be dramatically screaming one second and then sound asleep, limp doll the next.
[this is my warning face]
[full blown baby-fit]

you talk a lot now.  lots of ooh's and aah's and squeaks.  you talk the most lying on your changing table and whenever you're around your dad.  you like to mimic what your poppa says - it's awesome.  when you're really on a roll i try and whip out my phone in time to record it and send some love to poppa at work.  we've heard you laugh out loud twice now, instead of just the big gasp.  it was precious and we loved it.  i can't wait until you have a real little giggle and we can spend our days making you laugh.
you try and sit up now.  you use your tiny little ab muscles and work so hard to be upright.  if you hold one finger in each hand you can sit right up.  you're like a tiny person.  well i mean, i know you are a tiny person but it's like you're a mini-adult shrunk into an itty bitty body.  you're doing a great job and holding your head up with much less wobble and sometimes do things to practice your one-day crawl.
you're still working on your rolls and chins [working on = keeping 'em i mean].  sometimes poppa says you have rolls on your rolls.  if i lay you on your back after you're done eating your belly is kind of unreal.
favorite activities include being a blanket monster where i cover you up in blankets and you pull and scrunch it up for large chunks of time.  you try and eat your covers.  you play some version of peek-a-boo by yourself.  
you also love kicking your legs and flailing your arms still.  you get a baby workout.
you like to arch your back now, when you're happy and unhappy.  you still roll from your belly to your back but haven't yet mastered rolling from your back to your belly.  i think you're getting close though.  today i saw you get halfway but then you wussed out and just kicked your legs some more.  you're very curious and love to look around when you hear new noises or hear people talking.  you watch us as we walk around the house.
you're still sleeping like a champ through the night, usually from around 10:30pm until 8am.  i'd like to cut out that last feeding and get you to bed at 8pm or so but just don't do so hot falling asleep right then.  you also sleep in between each feeding for at least 45 minutes.  sometimes more if you'll fall back asleep when you stir.  
i hear at three or four months your naps start getting more consistent and should develop into longer naps.  i'm trying to figure out how to help you do that.  i've been good about getting you in your crib for your first morning nap because you're still so sleepy but i'm not that awesome at it for the rest of the day.  i feel like when i can get you to sleep for those big chunks i'll learn to be much more productive around this place!  ay ay ay stay at home mommy-hood!
the only other things i can think of is that you're trying so hard to suck your thumb but you just cannot figure it out.  you'll get your whole fist up there but your thumb is tucked inside your fist.  i hope you figure it out soon.

last but not least, i've been reading your Jesus storybook bible to you before bed and sometimes before naps.  the fact that you're getting to hear God's word even as a tiny bean gives me such joy.  it's written for littles and it is awesome.  every story points to jesus coming to rescue His people, even from page 1.  it even shows scripture that points to a coming messiah that i had never thought about.  the other night we were reading about noah and the flood.  it's a sad story but at the end it talks about God putting a bow, like a warrior's bow in the sky [a rainbow] as a promise that he'd never do that again - you smiled in your sleep in my arms.  it was so sweet.

baby emmie-
it's cold outside now.  it's your first cold weather!  your first fall!  how fun that this year will be full of many, many first's for you.  i know you can't really understand what lots of those first's are about but it's still fun for us as your parents to see you squirm when you feel wind outside or know that you have a baby pumpkin on the front porch, a mini, just like you.  when it stops raining i'm going to sit you in the gorgeous red and yellow leaves in our front yard and see what happens.  you're beautiful and already have such personality.  we love your little squirmy worm self.  every night i pray that God would form your little heart to know Him deeply and that you'd grow to be a young lady that loves people wholeheartedly with compassion and generosity.

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