Wednesday, November 26, 2008

happy birthday daddy.....


With a last wave of our hands and a very cool and calm "have a good day at work", we finished our goodbyes and rushed back inside to begin a day of daddy day preparations. Two hours later, the sign was decorated and so were we....(inevitable when you sit down with runny glue, bits of paper, and very free-flowing glitter.)

many attempts were made to blow up balloons I was surprised to find stashed away in the cupboard (turns out there was a reason for that....without a pump of any kind, these were just impossible to blow up) so....

we decided to take our stash of no blow balloons and stick them on our signs and cover them with glitter. Apparently anything can look good as long as you use glitter!

After a much needed break to wash off glitter and eat a quick lunch, we were out to go do some shopping. One superman baseball cap later (big A was determined to give him a very "animated" Hulk touque, and knowing they would be expecting him to sport this wherever he went, we decided on a much mellower compromise) we were ready to celebrate.
The boys had such a wonderful time getting ready for his birthday, and the look on their faces when he walked into the restaurant where we met him for dinner was priceless. It all came to a great close when big A looked at daddy and said "for my superhero" as he handed him the present. (oh, and meanwhile little M kept standing up to see who was on the other side of the booth and smothering his hands on the window............)

happy birthday sweetie.


(p.s. i'll post the winner after thanksgiving!)

Sunday, November 23, 2008

help me "bust" it out.....with a free mummysam giveaway!!!


As I find myself getting a bit more frantic with every day that much closer to the Bust Craftacular show in NYC, I realize that it may help to get some input from my lovely readers....the house is slowly turning into a crafty mess, as bits and pieces of thread and felt can be found in almost every nook and cranny. Dolls are being made, fiber drawings are getting sketched, and other ideas are getting explored. ....here is where I need your help! If you could please let me know what you would like to see at the show, post it on this site. On Tuesday I will gather all the comments and choose someone to receive a little mummysam goody just in time for the holidays!
good luck and thank you so much :)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

it's online!!!!


after a long night of what amounted to nothing, my tired and frustrated body went to do a quick e-mail check before heading to bed and was delighted to get an e-mail from Small magazine. The December issue is now out, and mummysam is part of it! I am absolutely thrilled, and love the way the page turned out. I needed this little "lift" , and can now go to bed a happy camper :)

some custom fabric perhaps?



I used to document my life with my little ones through what I called my "scribble pages". I would often lay in bed after many a long day and challenge myself to record the day through these little drawn images. It has been quite amusing looking at these after a few years have passed, and thought they might make a great pattern for some fabric. I have been wanting to design my own fabric to incorporate into my dolls, and think this might be just what I need. After the wee ones retire tonight, I hope to spend a good evening on Spoonflower coming up with that perfect design. What do you think?

always by my side


It's always tough trying to come up with a self-portrait when asked for one, and with that comes many attempts at producing something not too awkward looking. I decided it would be best to include my camera in the picture, especially since it accompanies me everwhere I go.....and what humours me so much is that I never even realized another "appendage" present until I went back through the photos. The ultimate decision to use this photo came simply from the fact that a self-portrait for me would have to include big A. (little M tends to be content wandering off in his own space) He is always present, even at "alone time" play. He is, after all, the first-born of the family. As a first time mum, I was always trying to fill every moment of time with something "engaging" and often felt a sense of guilt if I left him alone......then the second child came along. My days were then filled with putting little M on his floor blanket while I went about dealing with many situations that can come from having a two year old........
Yes, they do have very different personalities that probably lean them towards how independent they want to be, but I am sure the time I had to dedicate to each one as a wee one had something to do with it too......(hmmm....let's just say big A lifted his head way earlier than his little brother. I had mirrors propped on the floor, constantly dangling toys just out of reach to help him strengthen his neck. Then came little M....no longer did I have "first-time mum" worries, and thus my philosophy became a very casual , "he'll do it when he's ready" )
oh, the life with wee ones :)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

oh, the craziness has just begun....


the craziness has begun as every room in the house fills with "in progress" piles of dolls, paintings, ornaments, fiber drawings, etc.......so much for keeping everything contained in the studio. (poor hubby...I have taken over the house....even his office has evidence of my scramblings)
After finding out about getting into the upcoming Bust magazine's "holiday craftacular" in NYC in a few weeks, I have found myself amidst a swirl of ideas in hopes of producing a good table of work for the show. Hopefully everything can come together just in time!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

more angels on the way....


Let me first start by thanking everyone so much for making last week's shop update such a great one! I really had no idea how well the mini angels were going to go over, and was very honoured that so many of you enjoyed them. I decided to plug away at some more for those who missed out, and so tonight began my week of angel making galore. I am going to go by colour theme, and tomorrow night will kick things off with a batch of angels dressed in orange......well, best make this a short post if I am to meet my deadline!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

if you happen to be in Georgia.......


I have been so excited about this exhibit, and am thrilled that it's
finally here! It is such an honour to be in the company of some other great artists, and
wish I could be there for the opening event (which includes a screening of the much anticipated film, handmade nation).

As for some other exciting news.....Ijust found out that mummysam has been accepted to the Bust magazine's holiday craftacular show this December in NYC.! If anyone has done the show before, I would love to get your input on how it went for you. Any tips/advice/comments would be very welcome.....

have a great weekend everyone

Friday, November 14, 2008

mummy, can you play with me?


"mummy, can you play with me?" has been the most popular question in this house for the past few years, and for the most part has entailed sitting on the floor and talking to each other(for what can seem like hours on end!) as dinosaurs, cars, and animals. As much as I like to "play", there comes a time where it's nice to change it up a bit, and big A's definition of play is admittedly a breath of fresh air. His new favourite past time is the grid game shown above that I remember spending many an afternoon enjoying with my mum. (of course little M had to join in..... hence the very subtle and neat red lines) It's fun sitting on the floor and talking about "stuff" while we play back and forth, and if I ever do miss the way we used to play I know I can count on little feeling little M's fingers tap my shoulder and ask the inevitable, "mummy, can you play with me?"

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

hopefully you are tuning in!!!

Shop update is occurring a bit early (12:45 EST), as my wee one just came home from preschool feeling pretty horrible(lovely red spots coating his entire throat) ....I have decided to update the shop now, as his temperature is climbing and I don't know if I will be able to steal some time later on. I hope this didn't inconvenience anyone....my apologies.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

update almost ready!


angels have been filling up the studio as I ready for tomorrow's update.....plenty of coffee after the boys went to bed was a key ingredient to getting anywhere close to ready for tomorrow.
see you at 2pm EST!
here's

to new heights....


the sweet sounds of bickering between two very different souls reached new heights yesterday....so much so that documentation of the event was a must. There are bound to be fireworks when you couple a boy who takes pride in his ability to constantly push buttons with a boy whose sensitivity doesn't handle the button pushing very well.......but how little did I know! Apparently fighting over imaginary fish crackers can cause just as much upset as the real thing! It must have taken a good ten minutes for me to realize that the situation I was trying to settle was about nothing at all....in fact I didn't know what was going on until little M held out his empty hand to me and said "look mum...he took half of my crackers" (and may I note with buckets of tears pouring down his face) As the frustrations between the two grew, I couldn't help but turn my head ever now and then to hide the smile that was growing on my face.......it was just too cute.

oh, and remember.....SHOP UPDATE tomorrow! ........I am hoping to fill the shop with lots of goodies, so check back in and let me know what you think :)

Saturday, November 8, 2008

" hey mum....that is so awesome...."


"awesome", "sweet", "totally cool", "aw dude".....just a selection from big A's newly acquired vocabulary since entering Kindergarten. As we sat huddled in warmth between plays at his final soccer game, he taught me the "importance" of using such descriptive words when discussing the game. "That kick was totally awesome" is obviously way more powerful than "great kick"......especially when you add more five year olds to the conversation.

He's no longer that wobbly seven week old muttering nothing but gurgles and sweet cries, but rather a boy who now spends a shocking amount of time every morning trying to put a cool outfit together for school.

So much time can be spent looking forward to what they are going to accomplish next, that it takes holding someone else's wee one to suddenly realize how big they have become. And it wasn't until my three year old blurted out "cool, dude" upon seeing a fire engine on the drive home that I realized just how fast it is flying by!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Shop Update is coming....hooray!!!


A Shop Update Approaches!!
Things are finally starting to wind down after a few weeks of preparing for a couple of shows, and I can now finally take some much needed time to update the shop. Banking that this little stomach bug of mine gets better soon, I am hoping to stock the shop with Angels galore! (and a few other things here and there) So, plan on seeing some goodies added this coming WEDNESDAY at 2PM EST.

I'm it!

As I continue to enjoy a "wonderful day" with a stomach bug , I discovered I had been tagged by wonderful Beth from Tangled Sky Studio. Well, what better distraction than to come up with quirky things about myself to share with the world? (you mean I have to narrow it down to six?.....)
anyway, here are the rules:

1. link to the person who tagged you
2. mention the rules
3. tell six quirky yet boring, unspectacular details about yourself
4. tag six other bloggers by linking to them
5. go to each persons blog and leave a comment that lets them know they've been tagged

so here goes...
1. I love clipping my boy's toenails....when I see a long one, I get giddy..yes, strange.
2. I cringe at the thought of feeling the dew from grass in the morning seeping through my sandals as I walk across the yard
3. I have the same breakfast every morning....a cup of tea and toast with marmite (a british thing, that unless you were introduced to in the womb will probably never enjoy...) I am a bit of a rut girl....
4. I love to light a fire every night (o.k...well I attempt to. I always concede and let the mr. make an actual fire. )
5. I am a wannabe organizer...the idea sounds great, but execution is very questionable. (how about how I solved my panic of actually having to finish emptying a basket of miscellaneous toys? I placed a sheet of paper on top of the leftover toy, and continued to fill it with socks.)
6. I love when the mr. wears his somewhat fitting longsleeve cotton shirt (reminds me of Hugh Grant in About a Boy.......)

there you have it! now I have to tag some others.....

1. cakies
2.danita art
3.hop skip jump
4. letrainfantome
5. little red caboose

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

bye for now my little angels.....



it was a late night finishing my little angels last night as I ready them for their trip to Georgia for the upcoming hand.craft.it exhibition. I really got attached to these little creations, and find it bittersweet taking them off the mantle and carfully wrapping each one in tissue. The box is now ready to go, and after taking a number of items out of the shop (sorry!) I am ready to start my next project.......(well, after a little break tonight with a glass of wine and some comfortable jammies!)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

see you in a bit....


sorry if I have been missing a bit lately.....I am frantically trying to get items finished off and ready to ship to Georgia for an upcoming exhibit entitled, "hand.craft.it".
I am really excited about this contemporary craft exhibition, especially since a lot of crafters I truly admire and respect will be taking part. I am honoured to be included, and can't wait to see it all come together. The show will be running from November 18th - January 20th at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center, and on November 20th a documentary film screening of "Handmade Nation" along with a book signing by Faythe Levine will be occuring. I wish I could actually be there in person!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

what a hectic yet well worth it halloween....



our Halloween day read like the last page of many a children's book, and if I could publish it one would read, "one batch of cupcakes frantically baked for school, two costume parades for the parents to enjoy, three sets of hands cleaning out the pumpkin, four slices of pizza gobbled up at a festive Halloween party, five blocks of little ones screaming "trick or treat!" , six pieces of candy quickly devoured by an excited monkey and bat, and seven minutes of mum and dad collapsed on the couch before surrendering to sleep.




Halloween this year was definately an interesting one, as big A's concerns over his costume were ever-consuming. Excited and thrilled about his new monkey costume, fear quickly set in as the days approached hallows eve. Petrified of the other boys making fun of his costume, we finally decided it wasn't worth all the stress and decided to spend the day rushing to make a new costume. One paper mache hat, a half a box of aluminum foil, a quickly sewn felt cape, one hockey shoe lace and a bunch of stickers later...we had our costume. (let's just say the "handmade" quality of this one made me a bit nervous about parade! ) In the end, little "space" boy was able to march through his parade without worries.....and ended the parade very happy and ready to join his friends in the classroom festivities.



as school ended and the night began, the monkey costume came back out and we were ready to go...



and little m......well, he was just happy being a bat :)