Tuesday, November 30, 2010


i had every intention, as i do every year, of making a permanent advent calendar for the kids. and once again, we opted for the playmobil version, a big improvement over the cheap chocolate filled advent calendars at the grocery store. i really think that one of the fancy chocolate companies should market an advent calendar for adults. leave the toys for kids.

Friday, November 19, 2010

the end of an era

this is the well used back yard of our old place in 2006. we moved in on january 1st, 2001 and left on january 15, 2010. we started our time there with one kid and left with three. about the only redeeming feature of the whole place was that tree and the man-shed. (but we miss the neighbors and the neighborhood!). i drove by it yesterday and nothing remains but a pile of rubble - not even the beautiful old plum tree. i felt a little sad.

but...it is now snowing and i am so happy for insulation and double-paned windows. not to mention the view, the new neighborhood and friendly neighbors, huge garden, an office/studio, and finally, just enough room for us all.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

flopping on the floor

maybe it's all the years i lived in japan but i do prefer to flop on the floor. and now, thanks to pillow challenge week, we finally have nice covers for the two 40" square feather filled floor cushions. erin has a great tutorial on inserting zippers.
the boy got first flop.

Monday, November 8, 2010

pillow week: day one

ok so i didn't actually make a pillow today but i did brave ikea with a 3 year old. we got some much needed bookcases, a carpet, storage for sewing supplies and even some christmas wrapping paper. i jumped on the third fabric from the top to make a cover for the huge down pillows we have to flop on when we watch tv. the boy was pretty patient all things considered. that or he just really likes the ice cream at the end of the line up.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

most definitely fall

this is not our front yard (though we do have an ocean view on a clear day!). however, we have at least as many leaves both on the ground and in the compost bin. i miss the old days when we could have bonfires.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

pillow power

from Studio35
love this pillow - hand painted and embroidered and all the way from turkey.  are you going to play along with houseonhillroad? i can't wait to start sewing. the living room needs some sprucing up for fall and winter.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

the small object

from: The Small Object
i have been reading The Small Object Stenopad for a long time. today i finally got the chance to see some of sarah neuburger's creations in person at paper-ya at granville island and they did not disappoint. i will definitely be putting the journal on my christmas list and buying some of the stamps and stickers for a creative little girl i know.

Monday, November 1, 2010